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.
The July 9–10 run of the Kingpins boutique denim trade show at the Cooper Design Space in Los Angeles included 44 local and international exhibitors.
With roots in France and a base in Los Angeles, Etienne Marcel jeans launched its U.S. business in 2011 after showing at Coterie in New York.
Denim vet's new line is made in US, crowd-funded and sells direct to consumers.
The European Union recently unexpectedly and drastically raised duties on US-made women’s jeans to 38 percent. Trade officials, industry organizations and manufacturers are working to repeal the tax hike. Stay up to date on the issue here.
The Able Tailor was conceived by Stephanie Alves including denim bottoms, sweat pants, jackets, tops and accessories
California Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard, Xavier Beccera, Linda Sanchez and Grace Napolitano urge action on the EU's steep duty on US denim.
Thvm Atelier, William Lemon roll over denim's color convention.
Obituary: Mel Matsui, 68: Denim Expert Launched Simply Blue, Christopher Blue, Indigo Hand and Pulp Brands
Denim-industry veteran Mel Matsui died on April 12. He was 68.