MANUFACTURING

Mad Engine Acquires Mighty Fine for Fourth Acquisition

By Deborah Belgum | February 15, 2018

Mighty Fine, a mostly juniors and children’s apparel maker based in downtown Los Angeles, has been acquired by Mad Engine. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

2017 Newsmaker: A New Clothing Chapter for Dov Charney, American Apparel Founder

Irreverent Los Angeles clothing manufacturer Dov Charney picked up this year right where he was decades ago.

2017 Newsmaker: Hitting the Denim Blues, True Religion Reorganizes After Bankruptcy

Los Angeles premium-denim companies that sold their expensive dungarees to fashionistas for hundreds of dollars were flying high until a few years ago when many companies saw sales slide precipitously.

2017 Newsmaker: Bebe Closes All Its Stores After Selling Half Its Label

For decades, Bebe Stores struggled as its losses mounted every year. Top executives came and went but still no solution.

2017 Newsmaker: After Decades on the Contemporary Clothing Scene, BCBGMaxAzria Declares Bankruptcy

When Max Azria established his BCBGMaxAzria brand in 1989, he was immediately off to the races in the world of women’s contemporary clothing.

U.S. T-Shirt Factory Receives GOTS Certification

Sundog Productions, a 25-year-old apparel manufacturer in Fairfax, Va., recently was certified as a fully integrated GOTS factory by the Global Organic Textile Standard.

Defyant’s Dare to Be Different

Defyant’s Dare to Be Different

After running a basics apparel company and working on music documentary projects, Joe Jihoon got the opportunity to take over the streetwear line Defyant<. He hesitated because he didn’t know where he could take the brand. Then he took inspiration from the brand’s name.

IndieSource Founders named to Forbes ’30 Under 30’

Indie Source founders Zack Hurley and Jesse Dombrowiak were recently named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30,” the publication’s annual list of rising stars under 30 years old in a host of industries.

Guess Inc. Faces Challenges in U.S. Market With Europe and Asia Taking the Lead

Guess?, Inc. was founded in Los Angeles nearly 40 years ago with its eye on the U.S. consumer, but its weakest market now is the United States and the Americas region.

Brazilian-L.A.Connection at Fashion Panel

It was a call that every American red carpet–gown label in America is waiting for: a personal request from an A-list star. But in this case, Sofia Vergara was calling a Brazilian label.

Paula Schneider Takes Over as Head of Susan G. Komen

After decades of working in the apparel industry, Paula Schneider is moving her career in a different direction by taking over as president and chief executive of Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest breast-cancer organization.

Lakers Star Invests In New Men's Brand

Lakers Star Invests In New Men's Brand

Former Los Angeles Lakers star Metta World Peace made sports headlines in October when he took a coaching job with the South Bay Lakers, the development team for the NBA organization.

Los Angeles Denim Factories Are Struggling to Stay Alive

Los Angeles has always been the epicenter for manufacturing blue jeans in the United States. Major labels such as True Religion, Lucky Brand, Hudson and 7 For All Mankind built their reputations on that “Made in the USA” cachet, which signaled quality and prestige in their premium-denim products.

Dreamgirl CEO Scharff Leaving Company

Christopher Scharff, chief executive officer of DG Brands, parent company of the costume and lingerie label Dreamgirl International, is leaving the company after 14 years to pursue other ventures, according to the company.

Owner of Hudson Jeans and Robert Graham Sees Net Loss in Third Quarter

Differential Brands, the Los Angeles parent company of Hudson Jeans, Robert Graham and SWIMS, reported that its third-quarter net loss was $183,000, down from a net loss of $2.82 million for the same time last year.

Apparel Marts Across the Country Are Figuring Out How to Adapt to Changing Times

Six months after Brookfield acquired a controlling interest in the California Market Center in Los Angeles, plans are still swirling around about how the half-century-old complex will be modernized and updated.