BCBG Max Azria Downsizing With Big Layoffs

By Deborah Belgum | September 29, 2016

BCBGMaxAzriaGroup, one of the longest-running contemporary brands in Los Angeles, is laying off 123 people from its company effective Nov. 1, according to filings with the state Employment Development Department.

Sensoria: Fitness Tracking Meets Smart Garments

The founders of Sensoria Inc. believe that clothing can be the next wave of “ultra-personal computing” and have created a collection of apparel featuring embedded sensors that connect to an app that tracks data such as activity type, heart rate, gait and in-footwear pressure to the user.

Raffi: Art Meets Tee

Raffi: Art Meets Tee

Most buyers know Raffi Mauleon from his 15 years as vice president of sales and merchandising for Los Angeles collection Citron, but the designer’s career has also included working with West Coast labels Sue Wong, L. Bates and Product by Elaine Kim.

On and Off the Court With P.E Nation

Australian-born activewear brand P.E Nation was conceived as a performance line that can translate into any lifestyle. The athleisure line launched in March in Australia and recently made its U.S. debut with its third collection, titled “All Sports.”

Jeanologia Touts ‘One Glass, One Garment’ at Sourcing at MAGIC

At the Aug. 14–17 run of Sourcing at MAGIC, Spanish laser-finishing company Jeanologia discusses sustainable solutions for denim makers, including the “one glass, one garment” process.

Jimtex and Denim North America Team Up to Launch Sustainable Denim Using Recycled Cotton

Denim North America and Jimtex Yarns, a division of Martex Fiber Southern Corp., have teamed up to launch a new sustainable denim collection called R3 Denim.

Goldschmied to Discuss Denim Innovation at Project

Denim designer Adriano Goldschmied is discussing the “past, present and future of denim” at an event titled “Adriano Goldschmied Unthreaded” during the Aug. 15–17 run of the Project trade show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Long-Time LA Garment Manufacturer Charged With Hiding Income at Israeli Banks to Avoid Paying Taxes

Masud Sarshar, known for taking an ordinary workwear brand and converting it into a colorful array of pants called Dickies Girl, has been charged by the federal government with hiding more than $21 million in income in Israeli banks and avoiding U.S. taxes on it.

Terrot’s New Corizon Machine Combines Spinning and Knitting to Save Time, Money and Energy

Members of the U.S. apparel industry turned out recently at a demonstration of a new machine that combines the functions of a spinning machine and a knitting machine.

Cotton Prices Rising as India Overtakes China as Largest Cotton Producer

Cotton prices are on the rise after holding steady for the last few years.

Levi Strauss Awards Fellowships to 10 Textiles-Industry Entrepreneurs to Further Their Approach to Sustainability

Blue-jeans maker Levi Strauss & Co. is putting its pocketbook behind an effort to make fabric and apparel production more environmentally friendly and socially aware.

Lucy Introduces Extended Size Range

Lucy, the Alameda, Calif.–based activewear brand, is launching a new extended-size range.

Football Pro Terrell Owens Launched Prototype 81

Football Pro Terrell Owens Launched Prototype 81

Former NFL player Terrell Owens launched a new luxury activewear collection during the recent run of the MRket trade show at the Javits Center in New York.

Obituary: Showroom Owner Terry Ventre, 62

Terese Virginia Ventre—known to her friends, familiar and colleagues as Terr—died on June 23 after a short battle with lung cancer. She was 62 years old.

Coolibar Acquired by California Company

Minneapolis-based sun-protective apparel and accessories maker Coolibar Inc. has been acquired by Olivarius Hospitality California, a Santa Barbara, Calif.–based company owned by Olivier Leclercq.

Andrew Richard Named VP Regional Sales for ASICS America

Irvine, Calif.–based ASICS America Corp., the U.S. headquarters of Japanese footwear and athletic apparel brand ASICS, has named sportswear industry veteran Andrew Richard vice president of regional sales for the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Brazil.