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Keeping It Local: JS Apparel Has Weathered Foreign Competition and Now Tackles California’s Rising Minimum Wage

| August 11, 2016

For years, JS Apparel was known primarily for its knit T-shirts, which currently wholesale for $9 to $15. It was the go-to factory for American Apparel when the T-shirt giant was swamped with orders. But the factory, located in Carson, Calif., south of Los Angeles, has decided it can’t survive on T-shirts alone.

LA Fashion District Intersection Renamed for Stanley Hirsh

LA Fashion District Intersection Renamed for Stanley Hirsh

The intersection of Ninth and Los Angeles streets in the Los Angeles Fashion District will be renamed Stanley Hirsh Square in honor of the late businessman, who was instrumental in creating the L.A. Fashion District Business Improvement District.

Gildan Buying Alstyle

Midlothian, Texas–based Ennis Inc. will sell its Alstyle Apparel LLC division to Canadian T-shirt giant Gildan Activewear Inc. for a $110 million all-cash offer subject to a working capital adjustment. The deal is expected to close by the end of June.

Kingpins Transformers Tackles Industry Waste in Latest Roundtable Series

Kingpins Transformers Tackles Industry Waste in Latest Roundtable Series

Cotton is compostable; polyester is forever. That was the message at a recent roundtable discussion hosted by denim trade show Kingpins.

Rokit: Skate Meets Street Basketball

Rokit: Skate Meets Street Basketball

Rokit menswear line is a Los Angeles–based lifestyle brand that bridges the subcultures of skate and street basketball.

WHY by Kingpins Branding Show Debuts in Amsterdam

WHY by Kingpins Branding Show Debuts in Amsterdam

During the April 13–14 run of the Kingpins denim supply chain show in Amsterdam, organizers launched a new sister trade show focused on the branding side of the supply chain.

Kingpins Amsterdam Show Draws International Crowd

Kingpins returned to Amsterdam for its fifth run at the Westergasfabriek, where the trade show bowed alongside a new branding show organized by Kingpins as well as a consumer event called Denim Days, which gives retailers, brands and textile mills a chance to meet with end consumers.

Consumers and Trade Mix at Amsterdam Denim Days

Consumers and Trade Mix at Amsterdam Denim Days

After the Kingpins trade show wrapped up its two-day run in Amsterdam, textile representatives, designers and denimheads got a chance to celebrate their love of all things denim at Blueprint, a two-day festival held during Amsterdam Denim Days, a week-long, city-wide event featuring workshops, seminars, sales and parties.

Deckers Names New President of Fashion Lifestyle

Deckers Brands—the footwear and apparel company in Goleta, Calif., known for its Ugg boots, Teva and Sanuk footwear, and other labels—has appointed Andrea O’Donnell as president of fashion lifestyle.

Marcianos Jump Back Into the Clothing Business

Marcianos Jump Back Into the Clothing Business

Georges and Armand Marciano have joined forces with designer Cinzia Simone to create a new upscale clothing brand called GM Studio that will partially launch in July with the full launch scheduled for September in time for the Fall 2016 season.

Denim With Less Water Demonstrated, Discussed at Calik Event at ECO PRK

Denim With Less Water Demonstrated, Discussed at Calik Event at ECO PRK

To get the perfect washed jean, denim makers put pants through multiple wash cycles.

Industry Voices: How California’s Minimum Wage Increase Will Impact the Industry

With the recent decision to increase California’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022, we asked industry watchers what they think the impact will be on the state’s apparel industry—the largest manufacturing center in the U.S.

Grlfrnd Denim: Revolve Denim Has a Vintage Look With a Contemporary Fit

Grlfrnd Denim: Revolve Denim Has a Vintage Look With a Contemporary Fit

E-commerce powerhouse Revolve clothing has added another line to its roster with the launch of Grlfrnd denim, a made–in–Los Angeles vintage-inspired denim collection that is produced by Alliance Apparel, the manufacturing business acquired by Revolve last year.

Lord & Taylor Cited for Not Disclosing Payments to Fashion Bloggers

In the last decade, the fine line between paid advertising and commentary has grown more complicated as social-media sites and fashion blogs become the norm for getting out the word about a new product.

Textile Trends

Textile Trends

California Label Offering Woven RFID Labels from TexTrace

A Swiss company has developed a woven RFID (radio frequency identification) tag that can stand up to production processes such as stone washing, bleaching and enzyme finishing.