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Remembering Lip Service and Kill City Founder

By Alison A. Nieder | August 21, 2014

Bernstein, who died on Aug. 18, was the founder of the Lip Service collection of punk rock, Goth and fetish apparel; Kill City, the edgy contemporary men’s and women’s line; goth line Widow and graphics-driven 24 Hours.

New Direction for Barbara Lesser as Company Revamps

Designer Barbara Lesser, who for more than 20 years ran the Barbara Lesser and Fibers by Barbara Lesser labels with her husband, Mark Lesser, is restructuring the company to a smaller model.

Avery Dennison RBIS Joins Forces with Chinese Knitwear Manufacturer

Avery Dennison RBIS—which specializes in apparel-industry branding, labeling, packaging, embellishments and RFID solutions—and Ningbo Shenzhou Knitting Co., a vertically integrated knitwear manufacturer in China, announced a joint venture to facilitate heat-transfer innovations.

Lip Service, Kill City Founder Drew Bernstein, 1963-2014

Lip Service, Kill City Founder Drew Bernstein, 1963-2014

Drew Bernstein, the founder of the Lip Service and Kill City brands, died on Aug. 18 in Los Angeles. He was 51 years old.

Big Star: European Heritage, Los Angeles Design and Environmental Philosophy

Big Star: European Heritage, Los Angeles Design and Environmental Philosophy

Established in 1974 in Europe, Big Star denim has been Los Angeles–based since Koos Manufacturing picked up the line in 2003, first as a licensed brand but now as one of Koos’ company-owned trademarks, which also include AG Adriano Goldschmied.

Fashionable Fitness Gear for the Active Minimalist

Fashionable Fitness Gear for the Active Minimalist

A fan of minimalist home design and fashion, designer Kaili Lickle was turned off by standard offerings of highlighter-hued tank tops and complicated leggings she saw when shopping for activewear clothes.

FIDM Students Get Advice, Inspiration from Some of Denim’s Best

FIDM Students Get Advice, Inspiration from Some of Denim’s Best

Denim pioneer François Girbaud is credited with a lot of firsts in the industry—from stonewash finishing and industrial washing to stretch denim and new silhouettes such as the baggy jean, the pedal pusher and engineered fit.

North Face Sets 100 Percent Certified Down Goal

By 2017, The North Face plans to have all its down 100 percent certified and responsibly sourced using the Responsible Down Standard, a third-party standard.

Barneys New York Opens at the Americana at Brand

Barneys New York is alive and well at The Americana at Brand shopping center in Glendale, Calif.

American Apparel Announces New Board Member and Quarterly Results

In preliminary results for its second quarter, American Apparel reported it reduced its net loss over last year even though revenues were relatively flat.

Made in LA Lingerie Is Just the Foundation

Made in LA Lingerie Is Just the Foundation

When twin sisters Bonnie Rae Boyes and Shelah Jean founded Noe Undergarments last year, they wanted to create a line that would fit in both lingerie stores and contemporary boutiques.

California Heritage, Classic Designs

California Heritage, Classic Designs

When Manuka Clarke purchased Farr West in January, she wanted to reinvigorate the company’s classic designs while keeping all production in the United States at the highest quality with ethically sound standards.

Serendipity at the Heart of Necessitees

Serendipity at the Heart of Necessitees

Necessitees came about 12 years ago when Hallie Shano was sitting in her self-named multi-line showroom at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles when a man in a baseball cap, T-shirt and shorts walked in and asked if she was interested in starting a T-shirt line.

Nester Hosiery: Diving into the U.S. Supply Chain Feet First

Nester Hosiery: Diving into the U.S. Supply Chain Feet First

A North Carolina sock manufacturer has fully embraced the “made in USA” trend and has taken it to the ultimate level. The company, Nester Hosiery, based in the textile region of Surry County, N.C., has achieved considerable success with its U.S.-centric supply chain.

San Francisco Clothing Label Isda Closes After 25 Years

Isda & Co., an updated misses line founded in 1989 by designer Isda Funari, has suddenly stopped operations and closed its doors after showing its Fall 2014 collection earlier this year in New York and Las Vegas.

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