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MADE IN AMERICA

Winky & Dutch: Novelty Metal Jewelry Made in the USA

By By Alyson Bender | January 15, 2015

After nearly 30 years making novelty jewelry in America, New York–based Winky & Dutch is restructuring the company, streamlining its pop culture–inspired collection and updating its back-end operations.

Levi’s to Lay Off 500 Employees as More Outsourcing Takes Place

As part of its overall five-year plan to outsource global services, Levi Strauss & Co. recently announced it would lay off 500 people from its offices around the world.

American Apparel Sees Big Rise in Third Quarter Net Loss

Los Angeles–based American Apparel, the largest apparel factory in the United States, continued to battle financial woes with its third-quarter net sales dipping 5 percent.

Lingerie Companies Fined for False Claims on Caffeine-Infused Shapewear

The Federal Trade Commission has fined two lingerie makers $1.5 million for their statements that their caffeine-infused shapewear would solve a multitude of weight and fat problems.

Alternative Takes a Bow

Alternative Takes a Bow

Levi Strauss & Co.’s new brand, Levi’s California introduced a collection designed by Nic Rendic, Levi’s global design director.

Aussie Brand Makes Comeback With L.A. Knowhow

Aussie Brand Makes Comeback With L.A. Knowhow

Ksubi is preparing for an LA comeback.

California Apparel Makers Concerned About ‘Made in USA’ Label

A recent federal judge’s ruling is making California apparel makers think twice about how they label their garments in the future.

U.S. Labor Department Finds Southern California Garment Workers Owed Millions in Back Wages and Overtime

A U.S. Department of Labor survey of 221 investigations in the last year found that more than 1,500 Southern California garment workers are owned more than $3 million in unpaid wages.

Basic Line Corp. Selling Its Embroidery and Embellishment Company

Basic Line Corp. Selling Its Embroidery and Embellishment Company

For nearly 23 years, the Shalom brothers have operated Basic Line Corp., a popular embroidery and embellishment company, out of a huge industrial building they own in Vernon, Calif.

Fast-Growing Apparel Brand Builder is Driven by Decades of Experience

Fast-Growing Apparel Brand Builder is Driven by Decades of Experience

Tucked into one of the many nondescript office parks in Irvine, Calif., is apparel manufacturer Z Supply Inc. Just a little over a year old, Z Supply is growing into a mini-powerhouse producing contemporary womenswear that is sold in 1,800 stores from coast to coast.

1st Round: Boosting Athletic Performance With Textile Technology

1st Round: Boosting Athletic Performance With Textile Technology

When planning the concept behind their sports-apparel line, 1st Round Athletics, Teague Egan and Sterling Brewster wanted to take the idea of wearable technology a step further.

Jerry Leigh Named New Dickies Girl Licensee

Veteran Los Angeles apparel maker Jerry Leigh of California has been given the license to make Dickies Girl juniors’ apparel. The license was awarded by Texas work wear company Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Co., which has been making hard core work wear as well as more fashionable pieces since 1922.

St. John CEO Leaving in Early November

After a little more than one year on the job, Geoffroy van Raemdonck is stepping down as the chief executive of St. John, the high-end knitwear company based in Irvine, Calif.

New Hires at Element

New Hires at Element

Element, the Costa Mesa, Calif.–based brand owned by Billabong International Ltd., announced new hires recently.

Basics on a Local Mission

Basics on a Local Mission

When Robert Lohman and Matt Boelk started the Los Angeles–based Groceries Apparel brand in 2010, they were advised that they could not launch their type of business—a vertically manufactured eco-basics brand. Critics said it was too niche and too expensive to build. Just one mistake could cripple the whole venture. Their advisers were almost right.

Showroom Profile: Summer Somewhere

Showroom Profile: Summer Somewhere

Virginia native, opened her showroom, Summer Somewhere, in the Cooper Design Space in June. With the help of Richard Ruiz, stylist for Mara Hoffman, Spigel transformed the lofty corner space into a beach oasis, complete with a hammock hanging over a sandbox and display tables made from vintage surfboards.