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American Apparel Managers Write Letter Urging Board to Keep Charney On After Hiring New CEO

By Deborah Belgum | December 17, 2014

After American Apparel’s board announced its decision on Dec. 16 to fire Dov Charney as the clothing company’s president and chief executive, a group of 30 managers and directors wrote a letter saying they wanted the controversial founder to stay on in some capacity

Designer Evolves Brand from Prints to Printed Fabric to Finished Garments

Designer Evolves Brand from Prints to Printed Fabric to Finished Garments

Josi Severson’s original prints feature mid-century graphics in a sunny palette. The Minneapolis-based designer has designed fabrics for companies such as Crate & Barrel, Thibaut, Joseph Abboud, Richloom Fabrics and Blu Dot.

Feds Want to See increased Scrutiny of Cash Transactions in LA Fashion District

After raids in the LA garment district revealed more than $90 million in cash has been allegedly laundered by apparel importers for Mexican drug cartels, federal officials are calling for a special order to reduce the dollar amount in cash transactions that can be done without having to report them to the government.

CFA Members Event Discusses Private Label and Branded Manufacturing

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.

Announcing Outerknown Brand

Announcing Outerknown Brand

Kelly Slater, surf champ and former public face of Quiksilver, announced his new brand, Outerknown, which will debut for Fall 2015.

Making a Comeback

Making a Comeback

Amanda Shi-Werts recently announced the debut of her self-named line, Amanda Shi. The Spring ’15 line is manufactured in Los Angeles and hopes to eventually sell across the globe.

What a Proposed $13.25 an Hour Minimum Wage Would Mean for LA’s Apparel Industry

On Labor Day, Sept. 1, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed raising the city’s minimum wage to $13.25 in the next 2½ years.

UPDATE Feds Raid LA Garment Companies in Mexican Drug Money-Laundering Scheme

Scores of federal and local law enforcement agents early Wednesday swarmed dozens of residences and apparel businesses in Los Angeles to crack down on a long-running money laundering scheme benefiting two drug cartels in Mexico.

Duarte Gives Activewear a Fashionable Edge

Duarte Gives Activewear a Fashionable Edge

Henry Duarte is joining the ath-leisure movement, but the Los Angeles designer is putting his signature rock ’n’ roll stamp on the growing trend.

Patagonia Introduces New Nano-Air Products That Are Extremely Light

Patagonia Introduces New Nano-Air Products That Are Extremely Light

Most outdoor athletes know that when the going gets tough, you start to heat up and have to shed layers of clothing.

More Services Jump In to Bring Apparel Production Back to Los Angeles

More Services Jump In to Bring Apparel Production Back to Los Angeles

When Mike Basteguian was growing up in Los Angeles, his family’s garment factory was one of 80 clothing contractors in the early 1990s. Today, there are only a handful of factories.

VF Collaboration Pledges $10 Million to Building and Safety Upgrades in Bangladesh

Greensboro, N.C.–based apparel giant VF Corp., in partnership with International Finance Corp., will provide up to $10 million in financing to VF vendor factories in Bangladesh.

Denim Trends: How Unskinny Can Denim Get?

Trend forecasters say there is a shake-up occurring in the denim world as we know it.

Luxury From Fit to Fabric to Finished Details

Luxury From Fit to Fabric to Finished Details

A photo shoot brought swimwear designer Leah Shlaer and swimwear model Alyssa Smith together, and the two discovered a shared background in dance and a passion for luxury swimwear.

Columbia Signs Licensing Deal With Dallas Cowboys

Portland, Ore.–based Columbia Sportswear has inked a deal with the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys for a collection of co-branded sportswear, outerwear and accessories for men, women and children.

New Direction for Barbara Lesser as Company Revamps

Designer Barbara Lesser, who for more than 20 years ran the Barbara Lesser and Fibers by Barbara Lesser labels with her husband, Mark Lesser, is restructuring the company to a smaller model.