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Le Frenchlab’s Emmanuelle Rienda to Launch Vegan Fashion Week in L.A.

By Dorothy Crouch | January 17, 2019

The reputation of cruelty-free, or vegan, fashion has generally not been synonymous with elevated, chic textiles and designs. Now, Emmanuelle Rienda is launching the inaugural Vegan Fashion Week to show the mainstream fashion industry how offerings in the cruelty-free category have evolved.

2018 Retrospective: Rising Minimum Wage Contributes to Decline in California’s Apparel-Factory Employment

As the minimum wage continues to rise in Los Angeles County and the rest of the state, more apparel manufacturers are opting to move production elsewhere.

Apparel Made for Runners, By Runners, at Rabbit

Apparel Made for Runners, By Runners, at Rabbit

During the move toward more athleisure-focused collections, many apparel brands have sacrificed technical features in favor of comfortable styling.

‘The Godfather’ Builds a House of Gold to Make Sustainable Denim Affordable

‘The Godfather’ Builds a House of Gold to Make Sustainable Denim Affordable

Adriano Goldschmied—known for his luxury denim at brands such as Diesel, Citizens of Humanity and AG Jeans—has been quietly building a new Los Angeles venture over the last five years.

Newsmaker: Los Angeles Moves to Become the Largest U.S. City to Ban Fur Sales

With major design houses such as Chanel, Versace and Michael Kors abandoning the use of fur in their collections, the legislative movement toward prohibiting the sale of these controversial garments gained a lot of ground in California during 2018.

Newsmaker: Paul Marciano Leaves Guess? Inc. Amid Growth of #MeToo Movement

As the #MeToo anti–sexual harassment movement gained momentum, women across all industries came forward to share their stories and formally accuse the men they say harassed them.

Newsmaker: The Buzz Surrounding 2018’s Buzzword—Sustainability

If fashion had one theme in 2018 it was sustainability. While some who are unfamiliar with the concept are confused by the term “sustainability,” a sustainable-fashion industry is able to support itself through conservative manufacturing methods that limit harm to the environment and sourcing based on reuse.

Newsmaker: Ilse Metchek, California Fashion Association

For decades now, Ilse Metchek has been the go-to person if you want inside information on anything going on in the California apparel world.

Newsmaker: AST Sportswear Inherits Title of Large T-shirt Maker in the United States

For years, AST Sportswear operated under the radar in Orange County, Calif.

Newsmaker: Boardriders Joins Surf Rivals Quiksilver and Billabong

The surf industry sailed into uncharted waters earlier this year when two of its top brands and historic rivals joined forces.

Trims, Accessories & Branding: Patch Me In and Adornment

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Invista Unveils Lycra FreeF!t Technology at Kingpins NYC

During last week’s Kingpins NYC show, held Nov. 28–29 at Pier 36/Basketball City in New York, integrated-fiber company Invista unveiled the new patented Lycra FreeF!t technology to its North American audience.

Noble Sands Gives Limitless Wardrobe Options With Less

The idea behind Julie Habelmann’s recently launched Noble Sands line is this: One piece of fabric can do it all.

Touché LA Rebrands as LA Collective to Support Local Fashion Culture

Touché LA Rebrands as LA Collective to Support Local Fashion Culture

After a 2016 launch that grew into a vertically integrated manufacturing operation for activewear and athleisure clothing, Touché LA has changed its name to LA Collective.

AAFA Announces Honorees for American Image Awards

The American Apparel & Footwear Association, a trade organization in Washington, D.C., representing hundreds of the country’s largest manufacturers, named the recipients of its annual American Image Awards, which will be presented April 15 at the Plaza Hotel in New York.

Swimwear Brand Lolli Debuts Lingerie

Lingerie either is trying too hard to be sexy or it is dull and utilitarian, said Vy Nguyen, founder, designer and chief executive officer of Lolli, a Laguna Beach, Calif.–headquartered swimwear brand.