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2014 Retrospective: Retail Employment: Key Seasons Provide Lift


Retail employment in apparel and accessories stores across California remained steady for much of the year, with upticks in employment in the months leading up to retail’s busiest seasons—Back to School and Christmas.

2014 Retrospective: Apparel Employment: Looking Beyond the Numbers


California continues to be the apparel manufacturing center of the United States, thanks to a steady interest in quick-turn delivery and made-in-America production. But that position is maintained by an increasingly lean employment base.

2014 Newsmakers: Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Minimum Wage Proposal

Manufacturing | Retail

On July 1, the minimum wage in California increased from $8 per hour to $9 per hour, the first increase in California’s minimum wage since 2008. In 2016, the minimum wage will increase to $10 per hour,

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2014 Newsmakers: Frances Harder and Fashion Business Inc.


Since 1999, Fashion Business Inc. has been helping small apparel companies grow their businesses through its series of courses, workshops and webinars.

2014 Newsmakers: Avery Dennison RBIS Opens Innovation Center in Downtown L.A.

Technology | Manufacturing

For its third Customer Design and Innovation Center, or CDIC, Glendale, Calif.–based Avery Dennison’s Retail Branding and Information Solutions unit (RBIS) looked to downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District, where the branding, packaging and technology solutions company opened a 15,000-square-foot facility on East Third Street in September.

2014 Newsmakers: Ilse Metchek and the California Fashion Association


For nearly 20 years, Ilse Metchek, president of the California Fashion Association, has served as the spokesperson for the California apparel community. She is the person to call for business intelligence or a pithy comment for the press or to consult about a new business strategy or the ramifications of a new piece of legislation.

Rose Jannuzzi Names SVP of Operations for SwimSpot


SwimSpot, the swimwear retailer owned by Raj Manufacturing, named Rose Jannuzzi senior vice president of operations.

Macy’s Remodel, New Retailers Planned for The Bloc

Downtown Development

Plans for The Bloc, the 1.8 million-square-foot, mixed-use shopping center in downtown Los Angeles are taking shape with a remodel planned for the center’s Macy’s store and new tenants signing on to open in 2015.

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Delia’s: End of an Era

Delia’s, the teen retailer that pioneered the whole “magalog” category is soon to be no more.

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Solstiss Lace Opens an Online Boutique

French lace mill Solstiss has launched an online boutique where lace lovers can find an assortment of textiles, accessories and home décor items—all featuring the company’s couture textiles.

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