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DENIM

Fighting for Greater Market Share

By Andrew Asch | March 5, 2015

Premium denim is a staple at LASC, but the West Hollywood, Calif., men’s boutique kept its offerings fairly narrow until recently, when the retailer began adding new labels to its mix.

Otis Report: L.A.s’ Creative Economy Slowly Regaining Jobs, but Fashion Manufacturing Continues to Shrink

The Los Angeles County fashion industry is the second-largest sector in the local creative economy, right behind the entertainment industry and just ahead of the publishing industry.

Stance Raises $50 million in VC Funding

Stance, a San Clemente, Calif.­–based company that helped build a market for fashion socks at streetwear and surf and skate retailers, raised $50 million in venture capital funding, according to media reports.

Mission Showroom


Mission Showroom


Inside the Mission Showroom, the décor is minimalist, but the various brands are not. They range from clunky jewelry and fashion-forward sunglasses to colorful men’s socks and athletic streetwear.

Australian Fashion Labels

Australian Fashion Labels

In the days leading up to Los Angeles Fashion Market, the new U.S. team at Australian Fashion Labels was putting the finishing touches on the 4,100-square-foot headquarters and showroom space on the third floor at the Cooper Design Space in Los Angeles.

The GIG Showroom

The GIG Showroom

After representing high-profile underwear Spanx and Calvin Klein, GIG co-owners Stacey and Joel Gossman recently took on some denim and activewear clients. The additional clients demanded more space. GIG moved to a bigger showroom in the building.

Sandy Jang, Sweet Rain and Alice Blue

Sandy Jang, Sweet Rain and Alice Blue

Sandy Jang has been producing young contemporary fashions for 15 years under the labels Sweet Rain and Alice Blue. For the upcoming March 16–19 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market, Jang will introduce her eponymous premium collection.

A Solar-Powered Factory Helps Maintain Domestic Production

A Solar-Powered Factory Helps Maintain Domestic Production

Bella+Canvas started out as a company dedicated to making T-shirts in the United States—a business model that hasn’t changed much even as other manufacturers have headed overseas.

Bangladesh Blank T-shirt Maker Serves the U.S. Market Though Southeast Operation

Bangladesh Blank T-shirt Maker Serves the U.S. Market Though Southeast Operation

Keya, a Bangladesh-based producer of 100-percent cotton T-shirts and other knit apparel,is finding success in the U.S. market by using a North Carolina beachhead as its distribution point.

Macbeth Introduces Apparel

Saban Brands announced this month that its Macbeth property, which is headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., has struck two new licensing deals.

Original Paperbacks: Custom Dyed in So Cal Facility

Original Paperbacks: Custom Dyed in So Cal Facility

Original Paperbacks has program to offer retailers unique colors and quick-turn deliveries.

American Apparel Fires Creative Director and Adds Two New Executives

Nearly two months after Paula Schneider took over as the new head of American Apparel, she has fired the company’s long-time creativedirector, Iris Alonzo.

Hang Ten Headwear Introduces New Fall Collection

Hang Ten Headwear Introduces New Fall Collection

Iconic surf brand Hang Ten introduced a new hat collection at the MAGIC trade show in Las Vegas.

Insight’s Fall ’15 Shows New Way for Brand

Insight’s Fall ’15 Shows New Way for Brand

The surf and street brand, founded in Australia in 1999, introduced its Fall ’15 line at the Agenda trade show in Las Vegas Feb. 16–18 and at Axis.