FASHION

Paul Frank Returning to the Company He Founded

By Deborah Belgum | February 1, 2016

Paul Frank Sunich, the man who invented Julius the Monkey and founded Paul Frank Industries—only to be forced out from his namesake venture—is back with the label.

Showroom Profile: The NTWRK Agency

The NTWRK Agency is on the move. In December, the showroom started a massive remodel of its space in the “B” wing of the California Market Center. It also embarked on an expansion. A wall of the adjacent showroom, B-405, was knocked down and The NTWRK added additional real estate.

AAFA Names Helfenbein as New President and CEO

The American Apparel & Footwear Association, the trade group in Washington, D.C., comprising 530 apparel and footwear members representing 1,000 brands, has selected apparel and footwear veteran Rick Helfenbein to become the new president and chief executive of the organization.

Showroom Profile: Now Showroom LA

Couture, contemporary and ready-to-wear styles from designers around the world fill the new Now Showroom LA, opened recently by Natasha Greizen, a Los Angeles jewelry designer and entrepreneur.

Showroom Profile: Mystree

On Jan. 1, Jerry and Judy Wexler moved into their new showroom on the sixth floor of The New Mart. At 1,200 square feet, the new space is more than 400 square feet larger than their previous location on the second floor of the California Market Center.

Showroom Profile: Succarra

The Succarra showroom is in New York, Dallas and Atlanta, but until six months ago it did not have a home in Los Angeles. That changed with the opening of the newest Succarra location at the Cooper Design Space.

New Lines: Los Angeles Fashion Market Summer 2016

New Lines: Los Angeles Fashion Market Summer 2016

T-Shirts: Life Clothing Co.

T-Shirts: Life Clothing Co.

After a gig selling lingerie, Bobby Banafsheian shifted fashion gears. He started T-shirt and basics line Life Clothing Co. Since its 2009 debut, some of his styles have sold at Urban Outfitters, Topshop, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s.

T-Shirts: Linda Carmello Sibio

T-Shirts: Linda Carmello Sibio

Linda Carmello Sibio got into the T-shirt business through teaching art to homeless and mentally ill people. “What I’m trying to do is make mental-health issues palatable to the public,” said Sibio, a fine artist based in the high-desert town of Twentynine Palms, Calif. “How can I get this message across and make it playful? By making the T-shirts.”

Obituary: Sales Representative Mitch Stedman, 90

Longtime sales representative Mitch Stedman died on Dec. 30 at the age of 90. A familiar figure in the California Market Center (previously called the CaliforniaMart) and a fixture in the California apparel industry, Stedman and his late wife, Susan Barry, are remembered as consummate professionals who loved the apparel industry.

Manufacturer Starts Rent-a-Desk Program in L.A. Fashion District

A block or two from Santee Alley in downtown Los Angeles, Michael Harb believes that he can build an incubator and a post-college program for beginning manufacturers.

Bid to Return Charney to American Apparel Made More Attractive

At the last minute, two investment companies that bid in late December to buy American Apparel out of bankruptcy and return founder Dov Charney to the company have sweetened the deal to make it more enticing.

Speedo USA Dives Into Innovation and Technology

Speedo USA Dives Into Innovation and Technology

Speedo USA has gone through a lot of changes lately.

Billabong USA President Stepping Down

The president of Billabong USA, Ed Leasure, is leaving the company at the end of January.

Alternative Proposal Submitted to Buy American Apparel

In the continuing American Apparel saga, two investment funds guided by Dov Charney submitted a proposal shortly before New Year’s Day to buy the Los Angeles apparel manufacturer out of bankruptcy.

Concept Combines Retail, Restaurant and Made-in-America Manufacturing

Concept Combines Retail, Restaurant and Made-in-America Manufacturing

Shore is a mixed-use restaurant and retail compound, where both businesses share an interest in sustainability and the active lifestyle.