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American Apparel Managers Write Letter Urging Board to Keep Charney On After Hiring New CEO

By Deborah Belgum | December 17, 2014

After American Apparel’s board announced its decision on Dec. 16 to fire Dov Charney as the clothing company’s president and chief executive, a group of 30 managers and directors wrote a letter saying they wanted the controversial founder to stay on in some capacity

Surprises and Contrasts

Surprises and Contrasts

From the sale of trade show giant Advanstar to the high-profile federal raid on Los Angeles Fashion District businesses, 2014 was a year of surprises and contrasts.

Kelly Slater Appoints More Execs to His New Brand Outerknown


Surf legend Kelly Slater is hoping to rip it with his new clothing label, Outerknown, which will see the men’s collection in stores for Fall 2015 and women’s debuting for Resort 2015.

UCLA Anderson Forecast Takes a Look at California’s Future

California is on a steady course to see job growth outpace the U.S. economy through the end of 2016, eventually driving down the state unemployment to 5.6 percent during that period. That is considerably lower than the 7.3 percent recorded in October.

Element Goes Global: New Executives, New Boutique

Element, an Irvine, Calif.–based brand owned by Billabong International Ltd., announced on Nov. 24 the hiring of two European executives.

Connecting Asia to the U.S. Through Orange County

Connecting Asia to the U.S. Through Orange County

Based in Ningbo, China, with U.S. headquarters in Costa Mesa, Calif., Dragon Crowd makes apparel for specialty stores and private labels for department stores such as the BP and Make + Model brands at Nordstrom.

QST Introduces Online Waistband Design Tool

QST Introduces Online Waistband Design Tool

The international marketing director for QST Industries has a waistband wall, which is part of the Chicago-based company’s trade show booth. But, inevitably, designers at trade shows will pull off examples of the custom waistband treatments they want to use in their own collections.

Byer California Launching Retail and Fast-Fashion Items


Byer California Launching Retail and Fast-Fashion Items


In December, the San Francisco–based company said it plans to open its first outlet store, which will be at the Outlets at Tejon in Tejon, Calif. The discount mall is a convenient stopping-off point for long-distance travelers driving north from Los Angeles through the San Joaquin Valley on Interstate 5.

From Runway to Retail

From Runway to Retail

Walk into the three-room Hollywood studio that serves as the MarcoMarco headquarters and you’re likely to find the five design assistants frantically stitching the final details to a costume that must be delivered immediately.

Krochet Kids International Asks, ‘Who Made Your Clothing?’

Krochet Kids International Asks, ‘Who Made Your Clothing?’

Kohl Crecelius, founder of Costa Mesa, Calif.–based Krochet Kids International, wants to steer consumers away from asking “who are you wearing” and instead have them consciously consider who made what they are wearing.

Stockholder Demands Resignation of Two American Apparel Board Members

A Canadian shareholder who owns a minority stake in American Apparel stock is calling for the last two senior members on the clothing company’s board to resign.

Turkish Mill Reveals Denim Trends

Turkish Mill Reveals Denim Trends

Isko, the Turkish denim maker, scouts the globe year-round for denim and fabric trends to help it invent and improve on 300 different new fabric offerings per year.

American-Made Denim For Nearly 30 Years

American-Made Denim For Nearly 30 Years

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.

Levi’s to Lay Off 500 Employees as More Outsourcing Takes Place

As part of its overall five-year plan to outsource global services, Levi Strauss & Co. recently announced it would lay off 500 people from its offices around the world.

American Apparel Sees Big Rise in Third Quarter Net Loss

Los Angeles–based American Apparel, the largest apparel factory in the United States, continued to battle financial woes with its third-quarter net sales dipping 5 percent.

Lingerie Companies Fined for False Claims on Caffeine-Infused Shapewear

The Federal Trade Commission has fined two lingerie makers $1.5 million for their statements that their caffeine-infused shapewear would solve a multitude of weight and fat problems.