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INDUSTRY ISSUES

THREADS for Meaningful Change in 2023 and Beyond

By Chelsea Murtha, AAFA Director of Sustainability | February 2, 2023

2022 saw an unprecedented level of policymaking that affected, and often targeted, the apparel and footwear industry. 2023 is shaping up to be an even busier year.

Silent Panda Gives a Designer’s Voice to Samuel Taylor

Silent Panda Gives a Designer’s Voice to Samuel Taylor

The road to fashion greatness was a winding path for Samuel Taylor, founder of the elevated luxury streetwear and wearable-technology brand Silent Panda.

FABSCRAP Expansion Includes Opening of Philadelphia Location

FABSCRAP Expansion Includes Opening of Philadelphia Location

Following the May announcement of its partnerships with URBN and Nordstrom, which afforded it extensive funding, the textile recycling and reuse nonprofit FABSCRAP has opened a location in Philadelphia. In addition to bringing the group’s services to Philadelphia, FABSCRAP’s new location will allow the New York City–headquartered nonprofit to serve the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, including Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, Md.; and Southern New Jersey.

Beverly Hills Lingerie’s Unabashed Approach to Streetwear-Inspired Intimates

Beverly Hills Lingerie’s Unabashed Approach to Streetwear-Inspired Intimates

In 2017, Los Angeles-born and -raised sisters Celine and Joline Nehoray began developing a brand that would allow women to feel sexy and bold while also living these characteristics out loud and with no reservations.

California Passes Law Expanding Protections for Garment Workers

California Passes Law Expanding Protections for Garment Workers

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law that will require garment factories to pay a minimum hourly wage in addition to giving workers additional benefits.

A Sustainable-Jeans Story: SFI, EB Denim Partner on Vintage-Inspired Collection

A Sustainable-Jeans Story: SFI, EB Denim Partner on Vintage-Inspired Collection

When denim company Star Fades International announced its opening in January, the mission was more than simply cultivating the local Los Angeles jeans market.

Luxury Is the Foundation for Elevated Basics at Myles Price

Luxury Is the Foundation for Elevated Basics at Myles Price

While fashion has reevaluated its approach to how style mavens can blend feeling comfortable with appearing chic, Myles Price focuses on developing basics through an approach to true luxury.

With an Upcoming Launch, Holly Sanders Designs Denim for Women by Women

With an Upcoming Launch, Holly Sanders Designs Denim for Women by Women

Founding her Angela fashion denim brand, which she refers to as “the best jeans ever,” was a long journey for Holly Sanders, who grew up in the small town of Barstow, Calif., but is aiming to make a big impact on the industry.

EasyStandard Highlights Strong Women With Inaugural Collection

EasyStandard Highlights Strong Women With Inaugural Collection

Inspired by real women of the real world, EasyStandard is a new women’s loungewear brand focused on marrying clothing and community.

LiCi Fit Uplifts Women With Colorful, Comfortable Activewear

LiCi Fit Uplifts Women With Colorful, Comfortable Activewear

After searching for gym apparel that would satisfy the vibrant, fun and fit needs of Liz Holtz and Cinée Goudaillier, the pair’s frustration plateaued and they decided to create their own solution—LiCi Fit.

Ruben Rojas Falls in Love With Sharing an Important Message on T-shirts

Ruben Rojas Falls in Love With Sharing an Important Message on T-shirts

With a message of choosing love over fear, Ruben Rojas is cultivating his art-inspired label to grow from its Los Angeles T-shirt roots into a global brand that makes an impact.

5Loc Promotes Cotton Transparency, Traceability 'From Field to Fabric'

5Loc Promotes Cotton Transparency, Traceability 'From Field to Fabric'

Responsible cotton has been Brent Crossland’s passion throughout the industry expert’s nearly 40-year career. After working with a number of companies including Wrangler and Bayer CropScience—where he created the e3 sustainable cotton program that affords guidelines to farmers—Crossland recently founded 5Loc Cotton.

AII Announces California-based Sustainability Program

AII Announces California-based Sustainability Program

Following its work to promote scalable environmental solutions in apparel sectors within countries including China, Vietnam and India, the Apparel Impact Institute announced the launch of its research to introduce its Clean by Design program, which works with clothing manufacturers to increase efficiency and renewables, into Los Angeles.

IDEO Selects Detria Williamson as Chief Marketing Officer

IDEO Selects Detria Williamson as Chief Marketing Officer

IDEO has selected Detria Williamson, who joined the leadership team in spring 2021, as its chief marketing officer.

Fashion-Forward Golf Apparel Continues to Become the Standard

Fashion-Forward Golf Apparel Continues to Become the Standard

Within the past year, the sport of golf has seen an extraordinarily high increase in players hitting the links to enjoy the activity as a fun outdoor hobby. Brands are updating traditional golf apparel to feature fashionable and playful takes on classic styles, while maintaining the comfort and function players expect.

Canopy Adds 29 Brands to Its Pack4Good Initiative to Save Forests

Canopy Adds 29 Brands to Its Pack4Good Initiative to Save Forests

With 29 new brands joining Pack4Good, the goal of saving the world’s ancient and endangered forests took another step in the right direction. Pack4Good, an initiative by the environmental nonprofit organization Canopy, is focused on eliminating controversial forest fibers from packaging such as take-out containers, shoeboxes and various other paper goods.