MANUFACTURING

CFA Members Event Discusses Private Label and Branded Manufacturing

By Alison A. Nieder | September 18, 2014

There’s no magic formula for striking the right balance between producing your own brand and producing private-label products for retailers. But having a mix of both can be a good strategy for growing a brand as you maintain a steady stream of production work.

After Billabong Sale, Dakine Expands Surf Line

After Billabong Sale, Dakine Expands Surf Line

Ever since Billabong International sold its Dakine label last year for nearly $66 million, the brand has been undergoing a transformation.

Controversy Over the ‘Made in USA’ Label

Los Angeles blue-jeans makers may be headed to court over one little thing: the “Made in USA” label sewn inside their garments. Several Los Angeles denim makers have been hit with class-action lawsuits and legal letters challenging the accuracy of their labels because most of their raw materials are imported from Europe or Asia even though the jeans are sewn in California.

UPDATE: Los Angeles Apparel Industry Could Grow With Hi-Tech Fabrics and Other Innovations

During the last decade, the number of people working in California’s apparel and textile manufacturing industry has shrunk some 43 percent as production of clothing and textiles has moved overseas.

Los Angeles Apparel Industry Could Grow With Hi-Tech Fabrics and Other Innovations

Report shows that California's manufacturing sector is shrinking but is still the largest in the country.

SLVDR: Taking the Boardshort in a Different Direction

SLVDR: Taking the Boardshort in a Different Direction

Technical boardshorts have ruled the action-sports swim game for years. But Rob Myers, president and creative director of the Santa Ana, Calif.–based men’s collection SLVDR, wants to challenge swim fashion with his label’s new “Water Short,” which debuted at the Agenda trade show in Long Beach, Calif., on July 10.

Los Angeles Swimwear Maker Belusso to Make Colorful Splash in Miami

Los Angeles Swimwear Maker Belusso to Make Colorful Splash in Miami

Inspired by the luxe beaches and resort lifestyle of the French Riviera and coastal Florida, Belusso was established six years ago in Los Angeles.

Blue Jeans Are a Harder Sell to Teenagers, Who Have Other Favorites

Blue Jeans Are a Harder Sell to Teenagers, Who Have Other Favorites

For years, denim hit its stride with everyone snapping up several pairs of blue jeans to wear just about anywhere, anytime. But in recent years, denim has been seeing some new competition, which has the makers of everything denim taking a second look at what consumers want to buy.

Major Investor in American Apparel Commits to Keeping Manufacturing in Los Angeles

Major Investor in American Apparel Commits to Keeping Manufacturing in Los Angeles

The largest investor in American Apparel has agreed to infuse the company with $25 million so the Los Angeles clothing maker can pay off a $10 million loan that is being called in.

Top Investor Commits to Keeping American Apparel Production in Los Angeles

Investors say they will support American Apparel's factory in Los Angeles and not move it out of the country.

American Apparel Board to be All Shook Up

Investor wants to see different people on the American Apparel board.

Re-Claimed, Up-Cycled Fashion  With SoCal Roots

Re-Claimed, Up-Cycled Fashion With SoCal Roots

Growing up as a self-proclaimed “punk-rock kid” in Los Angeles’ Venice Beach neighborhood, Rico Adair always admired Vivienne Westwood’s designs but could not afford them.

Party in L.A.

Party in L.A.

Here’s a typical timeline for designers: Toil through the process of making a debut line, produce a big party, and then hope buyers take a look at the line. The Well, a downtown Los Angeles creative company, flipped the typical timeline.

Guess Founder Returns with New Denim Line

Guess Founder Returns with New Denim Line

Marciano has returned to fashion with his own clothing line. It is called GM - Georges Marciano. It launched about three months ago with the help of 6188, a creative branding studio owned by Marciano’s son, Scott Marciano, and Marciano’s former design liaison, Angela Furlong.

UPDATE: Dov Charney Now Controls 43 Percent of American Apparel Stock

Dov Charney nearly doubles the amount of American Apparel stock he owns.

Sequential Brands in Deal to Buy Galaxy Brand Holdings

Sequential Brands Group is getting ready to double its revenues. The company, which got its start in Los Angeles as a clothing company that has the William Rast label, announced it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Galaxy Brand Holdings for $280 million in cash and stock.