MANUFACTURING

Controversy Over the ‘Made in USA’ Label

By Deborah Belgum | July 17, 2014

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.

Lynne Koplin Named President of J Brand

Industry veteran Lynne Koplin, who most recently worked for denim maker True Religion, has been named president of J Brand, another Los Angeles denim maker.

Kingpins Puts LA Show on Hiatus Until July

Kingpins—the boutique denim trade show with editions in New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong—is putting its Los Angeles show on hiatus while it concentrates on launching its newest show in Amsterdam.

Retailers, Brands Brave Snow to Scout Denim Trends at Kingpins

Retailers, Brands Brave Snow to Scout Denim Trends at Kingpins

Despite inclement weather, the boutique denim trade show was held at The Tunnel in New York’s Chelsea district.

New Exec at Levi's

Craig Nomura is moving from Williams-Sonoma Inc. to Levi Strauss & Co. as the new executive vice president and head of global retail.

2013 Year in Review: In Memoriam

Mel Matsui, denim expert and founder, Simply Blue, Christopher Blue, Indigo Hand and Pulp

Carlos Alberini Named New CEO at Lucky Brand Jeans

Just days after Fifth & Pacific Companies announced it was selling Lucky Brand Jeans to a Los Angeles private-investment firm, Carlos Alberini has been tapped to be the new chief executive.

Not Your Daughter’s Jeans Fetches Top Price

Los Angeles blue-jeans company Not Your Daughter’s Jeans has been sold to a group of New York investors in a multi-million-dollar deal that closes in early January.

True Religion’s New Owners Lay Off Scores of Employees

Seven months after being bought by a private-equity firm, True Religion has laid off at least 70 people—many of them department heads and production people.

2013 Newsmaker: European Union Denim Tariff

2013 Newsmaker: European Union Denim Tariff

At a time when the Obama administration has been trying to boost U.S. exports overseas, Europe this spring put a crimp in the president’s initiative.

Law Firm Gets UK to Strike Down Steep Tariff on Hudson Jeans

Law firm Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg has won a ruling in the United Kingdom that exempts Los Angeles–based Hudson Clothing from paying a steep 38 percent tariff on its women’s premium denim jeans made in the United States.

Halladay: Denim Built for Comfort

Halladay: Denim Built for Comfort

The owners of newly established women’s contemporary line Halladay, Greg Duzian and Azi Tchatalbachian, have worked in the fashion industry for more than 25 years. The two have covered everything from design to product development, sales and marketing, production, and sourcing.

Former Levi’s Exec Joins True Religion

Vernon, Calif.–based True Religion Apparel Inc. named Mary Alderete chief marketing officer, overseeing the brand’s marketing strategy for retail, wholesale, international and e-commerce.

Jacob Davis: Denim From Street to Stage

Jacob Davis: Denim From Street to Stage

Their double lives give them added insight into menswear market research.

True Religion Adds to Management Team

The new owners of True Religion, taken private nearly three months ago, have added two top management team members to the premium-denim company, based in Vernon, Calif.

True Religion Adds to Management Team

The new owners of True Religion, taken private nearly three months ago, have added two top management team members to the premium-denim company based in Vernon, Calif.

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