Paul Frank Returning to the Company He Founded

By Deborah Belgum | February 1, 2016

Paul Frank Sunich, the man who invented Julius the Monkey and founded Paul Frank Industries—only to be forced out from his namesake venture—is back with the label.

Newsmakers 2015: Fashion Business Inc.

Now in its 16th year, Fashion Business Inc. continued its mission to provide fashion-industry education and professional insight to startup and growing apparel companies.

Newsmakers 2015: CFA Turns 20

The California Fashion Association celebrated its 20th anniversary this year as it continues to serve as a hub of industry information and insight.

Newsmakers 2015: Mammoth Free-Trade Agreement Talks Concluded

After seven years of negotiations, trade representatives from 12 countries hammered out a final agreement this year on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which could change free-trade as we know it between the United States and Asia.

Newsmakers 2015: Joe’s Jeans Undergoes a Metamorphosis

It was a topsy-turvy year for Joe’s Jeans, the Los Angeles premium-jeans maker launched in 2001 by designer Joe Dahan.

Newsmakers 2015: Los Angeles Minimum-Wage Laws Prove Challenging to Apparel Industry

A patchwork of new minimum-wage laws were passed in Los Angeles this year, setting up cities to compete with each other for businesses that want to skirt paying the higher salaries.

Newsmakers 2015: Quiksilver Reorganizes

One of the innovators and major companies of the surf business, Quiksilver Inc., wiped out this year.

Linden:  Keep It Small, Don’t Waste

Linden: Keep It Small, Don’t Waste

For the next couple weeks, until Christmas, Jennifer Lynn Krischer is working overtime at the Los Angeles Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.”

American Apparel Founder Dov Charney Ups Fight to Regain Company

Dov Charney was ousted as the head of American Apparel one year ago. Now, the founder of the company is making a concerted effort to mount a financial army that will help him acquire the company out of bankruptcy.

Original Chuck Taps Mark McNairy for First Full Collection

Original Chuck Taps Mark McNairy for First Full Collection

After four years of designing almost every kind of top to put on a head—think baseball caps, broad-brimmed hats and beanies for the Original Chuck brand—John Putnam, the Los Angeles–area label’s founder, is going for an expansion.

Joe’s Jeans to Seek Approval of Reverse-Merger Agreement

Joe’s Jeans, the publicly traded company in Los Angeles that makes blue jeans and other clothing, will be holding a stockholders’ meeting in January to approve a reverse merger that will see the company become the Differential Brands Group and traded on the Nasdaq.

PacSun Announces Line With Fear of God’s Jerry Lorenzo

Pacific Sunwear’s next high-profile line has almost nothing to do with surfboarding, skateboarding or action sports, which have been a focus for the Anaheim, Calif.–headquartered retailer with a fleet of 605 stores.

Stitches Technology Begins Training Sewing Technicians

On Dec. 1, the second group of students is scheduled to begin a six-month training program in technical sewing at Stitches Technology, the nonprofit run by Clotee McAfee.

Broken Homme Aims To Crack Tough Made-in-L.A. Niche: Footwear

Broken Homme Aims To Crack Tough Made-in-L.A. Niche: Footwear

Southern California is a center for the design of casual footwear—think slip-ons and flip-flops—but Broken Homme, an emerging label headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., is waiting to see if the region is ready for manufacturing for a more complex footwear: work boots with a fashion edge.

Vince Taps Founders to Boost Label’s Business

Sometimes you have to take one step back to move two steps forward. That’s the philosophy the contemporary label Vince is taking. The now New York–based company has hired the label’s two founders—Rea Laccone and Christopher LaPolice—to help develop the brand’s products, merchandising and creative efforts.

BCBGMAXAZRIA Expands to China

BCBGmaxazria is looking to the Chinese consumer to boost business. The Los Angeles womenswear maker recently announced it has partnered with VoyageOne to sell its clothing online in China.