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Alison A. Nieder

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Fish to Fabric

An Alaska-based company, Tidal Vision, wants to recycle fishery waste products like fish skin and crab shells into textile products.

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Seated in Style

Recent design school grad Lucy Jones took her Parsons instructor's challenge to “design a project that could change the world” to heart.

UPDATE: Port Contract Ratified by Shippers and Longshore Workers

Import & Export

Members of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents shipping lines and terminal operators, and International Longshore & Warehouse Union, which represents Longshore workers, voted to ratify a new five-year contract.

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American Apparel Files Lawsuit Against Charney for Alleged Breach of ‘Standstill Agreement’

Manufacturing | Retail

The fight between American Apparel and its founder, Dov Charney, continued with a lawsuit the manufacturer filed on May 15 in the Delaware Court Of Chancery against the ousted chief executive officer, alleging Charney violated a “standstill agreement” he had with American Apparel.

Cherokee Acquires Everyday California

Manufacturing | Retail

Sherman Oaks, Calif.–based Cherokee Global Brands has acquired San Diego–based casual lifestyle brand Everyday California.

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Academy of Art Honors CFDA, Ryan Roche at Annual Graduation Fashion Show

International Inspiration

The Council of Fashion Designers of America was honored and designer Ryan Roche received the Distinguished Alumna award on May 14 at the annual Academy of Art University graduation fashion show in San Francisco.

LA City Council Votes to Raise Minimum Wage

Los Angeles City Council members voted in favor of a minimum wage hike from its current $9 per hour to $15 per hour by 2020.

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Engineered Cool

Brrr! scarves and wraps are made with BrrrX, a proprietary fabric technology designed to keep the material permanently cool. The moisture wicking fabric also offers UV/SPF protection.

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Woodbury Hosts 51st Annual Runway Event in Downtown

Identity and Inspiration

Woodbury University returned to downtown Los Angeles for its annual runway show, held May 3 at a new venue: The Majestic Downtown, a 1921 architectural gem of a building that once housed the Los Angeles Bank of America.

Shim Names General Manager of Columbia’s Korean Subsidiary

Manufacturing

Columbia Sportswear Co. named Ham-Bo Shim general manager of the Portland, Ore.–based outdoor apparel company’s Korea subsidiary, based in Seoul.

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Send in the Drones...Don’t Bother, They’re Here.

It’s always Fashion Week somewhere. This week, it was in Silicon Valley.

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Father of the Mall

If you are a mall lover (as I am) or a mall hater, you’ll find Slate’s story (courtesy of Roman Mars’ 99% Invisible podcast) about Victor Gruen fascinating.

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Terra: Updated, Elegant, Wearable

Manufacturing

Suki Kim’s industry background is in mass pro- duction, producing apparel for department stores and chains, but she always dreamed of launching her own brand.

3D-Printed Fabric and Washable LED Screens Among the Innovation Awards Winners at Techtextil

New developments in technical textiles and machinery were high- lighted and honored during the recent Techtextil and Texprocess shows in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Peter Copping’s Collection Gets its West Coast Debut at The Colleagues

Oscar de la Renta

The well-dressed ladies (as well as a smattering of men) of The Colleagues paid tribute to the late designer Oscar de la Renta and welcomed his successor, Peter Copping.

Eddie Bauer Taps Longtime Nike Exec and Advertising Veteran as VP and Brand Creative Director

Manufacturing

Eddie Bauer named José Cabaço vice president and brand creative director of the Bellevue, Wash.–based outdoor lifestyle brand.

Cherokee Inks Sears Canada Deal for Liz Lange and Cherokee Brands

Manufacturing

Cherokee Global Brands has struck a pair of licensing agreements with Sears Canada for its Liz Lange Maternity and Sportswear and Cherokee brands.

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Guess Kicks Off Denim Day With Fashion Fund-Raiser

For the second year,Los Angeles–based Guess Inc.? will help support Peace Over Violence, the nonprofit organization that seeks to end sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence in the days leading up with Denim Day 2015.

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Accessorize Like a Princess

Los Angeles designer Chan Luu launched two new collections inspired by Disney’s “Frozen” and Cinderella” films.

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Tuning In to the Fashionable Fringe

Refinery29 is slated to roll out the second season of its “Style Out There” video series, which profiles independent designers, subcultures and trends.

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Good Advice for Young Designers

Brand Building

Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez sat down on April 15 at the French Institute Alliance Française in New York with Vogue’s Sally Singer and dished out some solid advice for budding designers.

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Fashion Week San Diego

Fall Flaunt

For this collection, Rich used dye-sublimation printing to incorporate original art and photography in his made-in-America designs.

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Open Style Lab: Making Apparel Accessible to All

Technology

With a mission “to make style accessible to people of all abilities,” the interdisciplinary research and development project seeks to find ways of “creating innovative wearable solutions for people with disabilities.”

Kellwood Sells Outdoor Brand American Recreation

Manufacturing

Kellwood Holding LLC has sold its American Recreation Products LLC business to Exxel Outdoors LLC for an undisclosed amount.

Saks Promotes Metrick to President

Retail

Hudson’s Bay Co. named Marc Metrick president of the company’s Saks Fifth Avenue business, replacing Marigay McKee, who has left the company.

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Big-Name Retailers Turn Out for L.A. Majors Market


Trade Show

The Los Angeles Majors Market at the California Market Center kicked off on April 7 for its three-day run with a flurry of activity drawing buyers from department stores and specialty chains.

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Boho, Fur, Sports Luxe and Shaping Denim

Barbara Fields Forecast for Fall ’15

Look for the bohemian hippie-chic trend to continue for Fall ’16 with some new items such as the blanket coat, the fit and flare pant, the fur jacket, and ponchos in all lengths to drive the look forward.

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Coachella Style for Fashionable Procrastinators

e-commerce

Coachella Music and Arts Festival revelers looking for a last-minute style update are in luck. Los Angeles–based e-tailer Revolve is offering same-day delivery to California’s Coachella Valley and surrounding areas during the festival’s two weekends.

Donald Pliner Leaving the Footwear Label He Founded

Manufacturing

Donald Pliner is leaving his position as creative director of the Donald J Pliner Company to “pursue new creative endeavors,” according to a statement released by the luxury footwear designer.

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Fashion Industry in Focus

New Mart TV

Peter Kim, founder and CEO of Los Angeles–based Hudson Jeans, discusses the premium denim brand’s new Forever Forward campaign and mission in a video on the New Mart’s newly launched video portal, the New Mart Network.

Tech Companies Look to Consumers and Connectivity to Drive Apparel Industry

Technology

From the shifting nature of analytics to consumers’ growing influence to the consumer connectivity of the “Internet of things,” key technology issues and their impact on apparel retailers and brands were discussed by technology experts who recently gathered in Los Angeles.

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From Flights of Fancy to Feathered Jackets

Mother Plucker

Just east of downtown Los Angeles and you’ll find designers wandering among hundreds of bins of brightly colored feathers, racks of feathered boas and displays of feather flowers, elaborate feathered epaulettes and collars, and, of course, wings.

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Fashion Week El Paseo

Haute in the Desert

Opening night of Fashion Week El Paseo put the spotlight on eight Southern California designers: Trina Turk, Eduardo Lucero, Kevan Hall, Anthony Franco, Lloyd Klein, Chagoury’s Gilbert Chagoury, Oliver Tolentino and Candice Held.

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Hank Pola Scholarship Winner

Events

Members of the Los Angeles fashion community met at the museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising to present FIDM student Karoline Korpor with the Hank Pola Scholarship.

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Swarovski Celebrates 120th Anniversary and Spring/Summer 16 Trends in L.A.

Events

To celebrate Swarovski’s 120th anniversary, Markus Langes-Swarovski, executive board member at the Austrian crystal maker and great-great grandson of company founder Daniel Swarovski, was in Los Angeles to introduce the company’s Spring/Summer ’16 collection.

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Trina Turns 20

20th Anniversary Capsule Collection

Trina Turk, the California contemporary brand with the Mid-Century, Palm Springs aesthetic, is turning 20 this year. To celebrate, designer Trina Turk launched a 20th Anniversary collection of dresses, sportswear, swimwear, accessories and jewelry featuring Turk’s signature original prints.

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Nike x Sacai Collab: Fashion x Function

Athletic giant Nike teamed up with designer Chitose Abe, founder of the Japanese brand Sacai, to launch Nike x Sacai, a new collaboration that adds a fashionable twist to athletic apparel.

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Orders, Out-of-Town Buyers and Mixed Traffic Reports

L.A. Market

Traffic appeared lighter than usual for March at the recent run of Los Angeles Fashion Week, but exhibitors said traffic was steady and reported landing orders from local and out-of town retailers.

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Walk Tall in Style

Special Sizes

Long Tall Sally is a retail chain specializing in fashion for women 5’8” and up.

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Cozy Orange: Taking Eco Active Beyond the Gym

Manufacturing

Carlsbad, Calif.–based Cozy Orange launched in 2013 with a mission to fuse active apparel with a sustainability message. Today, the company continues to evolve its eco-active focus to position the brand as a fashion-driven lifestyle collection.

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California’s Creative Impact

Public TV station KCET has a video released to coincide with Otis College of Art and Design's report on the creative economy that really demonstrates the scope of the industry’s impact—and takes viewers behind the scenes of two local companies.

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Australian Fashion Labels

Showroom Profiles

In the days leading up to Los Angeles Fashion Market, the new U.S. team at Australian Fashion Labels was putting the finishing touches on the 4,100-square-foot headquarters and showroom space on the third floor at the Cooper Design Space in Los Angeles.

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Sandy Jang, Sweet Rain and Alice Blue

Showroom Profiles

Sandy Jang has been producing young contemporary fashions for 15 years under the labels Sweet Rain and Alice Blue. For the upcoming March 16–19 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market, Jang will introduce her eponymous premium collection.

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Sourcing Show Factory Direct Debuts

The New Mart

Full-package producers, logistics, design consulting and other sourcing resources exhibited at the debut of the Factory Direct trade show at The New Mart March 2–4.

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New Format, New Developments

L.A. Textile Show

The threat of rain put a damper on the opening day of the Los Angeles International Textile Show, but traffic picked up on the second and third day of the show’s March 2–4 run at the California Market Center.

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El Paseo in L.A.

Fashion Week El Paseo is preparing to celebrate its 10th anniversary when it hosts its March 21-28 run in Palm Desert, Calif.

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Las Vegas Trade Shows

February 2015

Coverage the recent trade shows in Las Vegas

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Capsule Sees Good International Response

Trade Show

The Feb. 16–18 run of Capsule at The Venetian in Las Vegas got off to a good start with exhibitors reporting a strong turnout from domestic and international retailers shopping the men’s and women’s contemporary apparel and accessories collections at the show.

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Good Traffic at Offprice

Trade Show

Business was good for the exhibitors at the Offprice show, held Feb. 15–18 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

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Booths Buzzing at WWDMAGIC

Trade Show

Once again, the young contemporary section of WWDMAGIC was a buzzing hive of activity during the show’s Feb. 17–19 run at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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