MANUFACTURING

Gildan Activewear Gets Final Approval to Acquire American Apparel With Retail Stores Closing

By Deborah Belgum | January 12, 2017

A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge on Jan. 12 gave Gildan Activewear the go-ahead to purchase the American Apparel name, some of the brand’s equipment as well as its wholesale merchandise following the Los Angeles clothing manufacturer’s bankruptcy filing in November.

Surfer Jessie Snyder Branches Out On Own With Fitness Line

Jessie Snyder is using her experience as a professional surfer to leverage her newest venture, an eponymous line of basics.

VF Corp. Names a New CEO to Take over for Eric Wiseman

VF Corp.—the 118-year-old company whose brands include Vans, Wrangler, Lee and, until recently, 7 For All Mankind—has appointed Steve Rendle as its new chief executive, effective Jan. 1.

Troubled California Brands Figuring Out How to Survive in the New Apparel World

A rash of recent layoffs at big prestigious Los Angeles labels noted for their superb fabric, cutting-edge styles and trendsetting ways is a sign that traditional brands are facing tough competition from e-commerce sites and fast-fashion retailers and faced with the added challenge of a millennial mindset that shuns department-store merchandise in favor of fashion blogger recommendations.

Three Dots Launches Plus Sizes

Three Dots Launches Plus Sizes

Three Dots has been known for its American-made luxe basics in ultra-soft fabrications since the Garden Grove, Calif.–based company was founded in 1995. But Three Dots sizes only ran from XS to XL—until now.

BCBG Max Azria Downsizing With Big Layoffs

BCBGMaxAzriaGroup, one of the longest-running contemporary brands in Los Angeles, is laying off 123 people from its company effective Nov. 1, according to filings with the state Employment Development Department.

Several Los Angeles Garment Manufacturers Fined for State Violations

A two-day raid of Los Angeles–area garment factories resulted in the California Labor Commissioner fining 18 manufacturers and contractors $682,344 for having no workers’ compensation insurance and for garment registration violations.

What’s at Stake if a Designer’s Name is Part of the Label?

The name game can be a financially dangerous game played by designers every time they create a new label.

Chief Executive Paula Schneider Exiting American Apparel

After a tumultuous two-year ride as chief executive of American Apparel, Paula Schneider will be leaving the company on Oct. 3, sources said.

Retail Weakness Results in Layoffs at Major Los Angeles Contemporary Brands

High-end Los Angeles labels that have strong brand recognition are going through troubled times.

New Owners Laying Off 65 Employees at 7 For All Mankind, Ella Moss and Splendid

7 For All Mankind will be moving in with Ella Moss and Splendid.

U.S. Dyehouse Start-Up Sets Sights on Technical Textile Market

Saco River Dyehouse, a startup company formed in Biddeford, Maine, four years ago to dye yarn skeins for the home knitting industry, has moved into a new facility and has invested heavily in new equipment as it broadens into assorted technical textiles markets.

Levi Strauss Names New Global and Supply Chain Executives

Levi Strauss & Co., the San Francisco company known for its rugged denim, has promoted two executives to new posts.

Activewear: Finding the Spirit in Spiritual Gangster

Former yoga instructors Vanessa and Ian Lopatin are teaching what they preach through yogawear.

Mahoney named CEO at Manhattan Beachwear

Manhattan Beachwear named Kevin F. Mahoney chief executive officer of the Cypress, Calif.–based company.