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Alison A. Nieder

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2014 Retrospective: Retail Employment: Key Seasons Provide Lift

Retail

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

Manufacturing

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.

Manufacturing

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

Manufacturing

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

Retail

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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Honoring Signal Brands’ Jack and Jason Rimokh

City of Hope

The roof of the W Hotel in Hollywood was transformed into a Roaring ’20s bash by Signal Brands’ Jack and Jason Rimokh, this year’s Spirit of Life Award recipients for the City of Hope’s Fashion & Retail Industry Group.

CMC to Launch ‘Athleisure’ Lifestyle Show in March

Trade Show

The California Market Center will launch Shape, a new trade show focused on the “athleisure” trend, during the March 16–18 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market.

Doneger Acquires Huepoint

Retail

New York–based Doneger Group, the retail consultancy and partner of Los Angeles–based Directives West, has acquired New York–based color trend-forecasting agency Huepoint.

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Domestic Knitter Focuses on Efficiency and Technology

Texollini

Founded in 1989, Texollini is a vertical operation producing circular knits for the activewear, contemporary, ready-to-wear, swimwear, intimates and technical markets.

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Torrid’s New Face is Beautiful and Brainy

The new face of plus-size retail chain Torrid is more than just a pretty face.

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Belk Competition Spotlights Southern Charm

Design competition

If so,you might be interested in submitting your designs to the Southern Designer Showcase competition, the third-annual design competition hosted by family-owned department store chain

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L.A.–Based Britannia Sees Bright Prospects in Black Sheep

Textiles

Terrence Chermak has been spending the better part of the last six months knee-deep in wool—specifically, black wool.

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Attention Fashion Shoppers

Fashion Philanthopy

You have three more days to take advantage of the deals at Shop for Success, the pop-up shop fundraiser for Dress For Success going on this weekend in L.A.’s Westwood neighborhood.

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QST Introduces Online Waistband Design Tool

Technology

The international marketing director for QST Industries has a waistband wall, which is part of the Chicago-based company’s trade show booth. But, inevitably, designers at trade shows will pull off examples of the custom waistband treatments they want to use in their own collections.

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From Runway to Retail

MarcoMarco

Walk into the three-room Hollywood studio that serves as the MarcoMarco headquarters and you’re likely to find the five design assistants frantically stitching the final details to a costume that must be delivered immediately.

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Krochet Kids Makes a Point About Price

Starting today,Costa Mesa, Calif.–based non- profit Krochet Kids is letting consumers name their own price.

New Sourcing Trade Show to Bow in L.A. in March

Trade Show

Apparel manufacturers and retailers looking to scout factories will have a new venue when the Factory Direct trade show bows March 2–4 at The New Mart in downtown Los Angeles.

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Dress for Success to Host Fundraiser Pop-Up Shop

Events

During the recent Los Angeles Fashion Week, several fashion brands—including Single, Sea of Pearls, FBF by Checka, JHaus and Bri Seeley—participated in a runway show at the W Hollywood hotel to benefit Dress for Success.

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California Presence at Massive Intertextile Shanghai

Trade Show

With 15 halls covering nearly 1.8 millionsquare feet of space and more than 3,800 exhibitors showing textiles and trim from 30 countries and regions, the Oct. 20–23 run of the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics trade show could be described as massive.

U.S. Labor Department Finds Southern California Garment Workers Owed Millions in Back Wages and Overtime

Labor Law

A U.S. Department of Labor survey of 221 investigations in the last year found that more than 1,500 Southern California garment workers are owned more than $3 million in unpaid wages.

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Rock Chic

Fashion Collab

Hot Topic launched its Joan Jett X TRIPP NYC Fashion Collection for Hot Topic collection, a collaboration between the City of Industry, Calif.–based retailer, rocker Joan Jett and rock ‘n roll clothier Tripp NYC.

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1st Round: Boosting Athletic Performance With Textile Technology

Company Profile

When planning the concept behind their sports-apparel line, 1st Round Athletics, Teague Egan and Sterling Brewster wanted to take the idea of wearable technology a step further.

Experts Discuss Financing Options for Businesses Big and Small

Finance

Financing alternatives from traditional methods such as factoring to crowdfunding opportunities were discussed at a recent panel discussion featuring factors, investment bankers and other finance experts.

Sears Holdings to Close Stores, Strikes Lease Deal with Primark

Retail

Sears Holdings is closing stores in the U.S., but the Hoffman Estates, Ill.–based retailer has yet to confirm the actual number of closures planned.

Gap Expanding Old Navy in Middle East

Retail

San Francisco–based Gap Inc. signed deals to open Old Navy stores in six countries in the Middle East next year.

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Remembering Oscar de la Renta in LA

Fashion Icon

Designer Oscar de la Renta died on Oct. 20 at the age of 82.

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Falling for North Face’s New Stunt

Viral Marketing

Spoiler alert: This is no ordinary pop-up shop.

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Named MAFI Winner & FBI Receives FGI Grant

Sam & Lavi

The Moss Adams Fashion Innovator (MAFI) award was presented to Sam & Lavi founders Sam Arasteh and Lavi Mirzak on Oct. 14 at Union Station in Los Angeles at the fourth annual All Aboard … LA’s Fashion Platform runway show and fundraiser for Fashion Business Inc.

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F21's Street-Style Simpsons Line

Fashion Collab

The Simpsons land at Forever 21 stores on Oct. 16.

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Showroom Profile: Summer Somewhere

At LA Market

Virginia native, opened her showroom, Summer Somewhere, in the Cooper Design Space in June. With the help of Richard Ruiz, stylist for Mara Hoffman, Spigel transformed the lofty corner space into a beach oasis, complete with a hammock hanging over a sandbox and display tables made from vintage surfboards.

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Fueled by Heritage, Contemporary by Design

AS by DF and AStars

The jewelry-like gold zippers are polished by hand in Japan, the motorcycle jackets are lined in silk, and the pattern on a leather shift dress is also done by hand. These are the exacting details Denise Fócil puts into her contemporary collection.

Gores Group Sells Scovill Fasteners

Manufacturing

Los Angeles–based investment firm The Gores Group is selling Scovill Fasteners to Morito, a 106-year-old Osaka, Japan–based supplier of apparel fasteners and components for automobiles.

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Intertextile Offerings Include Expanded Denim Hall and Sustainability Zone

Textiles

When the giant Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics 2014 trade show opens on Oct. 20 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai, visitors will find a newly expanded Beyond Denim hall, featuring exhibitors from six countries and regions.

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Velvet Heart’s Tsabag

Returning to Juniors With Free Heart

Moshe Tsabag spent 12 years building the Hot Kiss juniors label before selling it in 2008 and turning his attention to the contemporary market with his Velvet Heart label.

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Showroom Profile: Summer Somewhere

At LA Market

Virginia native, opened her showroom, Summer Somewhere, in the Cooper Design Space in June. With the help of Richard Ruiz, stylist for Mara Hoffman, Spigel transformed the lofty corner space into a beach oasis, complete with a hammock hanging over a sandbox and display tables made from vintage surfboards.

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Showroom Profile: Allen Allen

New Lines

Open. Fresh. Light. That’s how Kari Carpino describes the new showroom for Los Angeles–based casual contemporary line Allen Allen, which, Carpino said, is a good match with the Allen Allen personality.

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Spring Forecast

Directives West

The trend presentation, held on Oct. 6, opening day of Los Angeles Majors Market at the California Market Center in Los Angeles, covered three key trends of the season: “Simply California,” “Effortlessly Feminine” and “Global Bazaar.”

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LA Fashion Week Begins

Los Angeles Fashion Week begins today.

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Fashion’s Mentor Moment at the White House

Fashioning the Future

First Lady Michelle Obama and Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour hosted the first White House Fashion Education Workshop on Oct. 8 in Washington D.C.

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Deep Pockets Required

Denim Design

The supersize of the iPhone 6 (and iPhone 5 Plus, not to mention the Galaxy Note) has created a fashion problem.

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Opening a RBIS Design Center in LA’s Arts District

Avery Dennison

Apparel designers, retailers and manufacturers looking for branding inspiration have a new resource in the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles with the opening of Avery Dennison Corp.’s Retail Branding and Information Solutions (RBIS) Customer Design and Innovation Center.

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Drawing a Mix of Established Brands, New Designers

LA Textile Show

Traffic steadily picked up at the Sept. 29–Oct. 1 run of the Los Angeles International Textile Show at the California Market Center in Los Angeles, where exhibitors said they met with both well-known brands as well as new designers.

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Fashionable Fundraising and Casino Games at Fashion Industries Guild Gala

Events

Members of the fashion and textile industry turned out on Sept. 20 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles to raise funds for the Fashion Industries Guild Congenital Heart Laboratory and the Hal Kaltman Fashion Industries Guild Congenital Heart Research Endowment.

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Sundance at 25: Brand Building With a Curatorial Eye

Retail

The Sundance Catalog is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with a series of one-of-a-kind products and a sweepstakes drawing for an all-expenses-paid trip to the Sundance Resort in Salt Lake City.

American Apparel Names Interim CEO and CFO

Executive Shift

American Apparel Inc. has a new interim chief executive officer and a new chief financial officer following the resignation of John Luttrell, who took over the two positions in June after the company’s board asked founder Dov Charney to step down.

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