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American-Made Denim For Nearly 30 Years

By By John W. McCurry | November 13, 2014

After 28 years in business, Diamond Gusset jeans owner and co-founder David Hall says there is more happening with the Bon Aqua, Tenn.–based company than ever before.

Fast-Growing Apparel Brand Builder is Driven by Decades of Experience

Fast-Growing Apparel Brand Builder is Driven by Decades of Experience

Tucked into one of the many nondescript office parks in Irvine, Calif., is apparel manufacturer Z Supply Inc. Just a little over a year old, Z Supply is growing into a mini-powerhouse producing contemporary womenswear that is sold in 1,800 stores from coast to coast.

1st Round: Boosting Athletic Performance With Textile Technology

1st Round: Boosting Athletic Performance With Textile Technology

When planning the concept behind their sports-apparel line, 1st Round Athletics, Teague Egan and Sterling Brewster wanted to take the idea of wearable technology a step further.

Jerry Leigh Named New Dickies Girl Licensee

Veteran Los Angeles apparel maker Jerry Leigh of California has been given the license to make Dickies Girl juniors’ apparel. The license was awarded by Texas work wear company Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Co., which has been making hard core work wear as well as more fashionable pieces since 1922.

St. John CEO Leaving in Early November

After a little more than one year on the job, Geoffroy van Raemdonck is stepping down as the chief executive of St. John, the high-end knitwear company based in Irvine, Calif.

New Hires at Element

New Hires at Element

Element, the Costa Mesa, Calif.–based brand owned by Billabong International Ltd., announced new hires recently.

Basics on a Local Mission

Basics on a Local Mission

When Robert Lohman and Matt Boelk started the Los Angeles–based Groceries Apparel brand in 2010, they were advised that they could not launch their type of business—a vertically manufactured eco-basics brand. Critics said it was too niche and too expensive to build. Just one mistake could cripple the whole venture. Their advisers were almost right.

Showroom Profile: Summer Somewhere

Showroom Profile: Summer Somewhere

Virginia native, opened her showroom, Summer Somewhere, in the Cooper Design Space in June. With the help of Richard Ruiz, stylist for Mara Hoffman, Spigel transformed the lofty corner space into a beach oasis, complete with a hammock hanging over a sandbox and display tables made from vintage surfboards.

Gores Group Sells Scovill Fasteners

Los Angeles–based investment firm The Gores Group is selling Scovill Fasteners to Morito, a 106-year-old Osaka, Japan–based supplier of apparel fasteners and components for automobiles.

Velvet Heart’s Tsabag

Velvet Heart’s Tsabag

Moshe Tsabag spent 12 years building the Hot Kiss juniors label before selling it in 2008 and turning his attention to the contemporary market with his Velvet Heart label.

L.A. Company to Make CBGB Live Again

L.A. Company to Make CBGB Live Again

The styles inspired by the scene at the CBGB nightclub in mid-1970s New York, one of the world’s first punk clubs, made a big impact on global fashion, but the club closed in 2006. Los Angeles–based branding and licensing company Epic Rights plans to make CBGB a notable fashion name in the current era.

American Apparel Names Interim CEO and CFO

American Apparel Inc. has a new interim chief executive officer and a new chief financial officer following the resignation of John Luttrell, who took over the two positions in June after the company’s board asked founder Dov Charney to step down.

Designer Evolves Brand from Prints to Printed Fabric to Finished Garments

Designer Evolves Brand from Prints to Printed Fabric to Finished Garments

Josi Severson’s original prints feature mid-century graphics in a sunny palette. The Minneapolis-based designer has designed fabrics for companies such as Crate & Barrel, Thibaut, Joseph Abboud, Richloom Fabrics and Blu Dot.

Feds Want to See increased Scrutiny of Cash Transactions in LA Fashion District

After raids in the LA garment district revealed more than $90 million in cash has been allegedly laundered by apparel importers for Mexican drug cartels, federal officials are calling for a special order to reduce the dollar amount in cash transactions that can be done without having to report them to the government.

CFA Members Event Discusses Private Label and Branded Manufacturing

There’s no magic formula for striking the right balance between producing your own brand and producing private-label products for retailers. But having a mix of both can be a good strategy for growing a brand as you maintain a steady stream of production work.

Announcing Outerknown Brand

Announcing Outerknown Brand

Kelly Slater, surf champ and former public face of Quiksilver, announced his new brand, Outerknown, which will debut for Fall 2015.