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Gap to Launch Brand in Slovenia and Austria


San Francisco–based Gap Inc. has struck an agreement with new and existing franchise partners to extend the Gap brand to Slovenia and Austria.

American Apparel Names Four New Board Members


There are four new members to American Apparel’s board of directors following an agreement reached with New York–based hedge fund Standard General, which recently agreed to infuse American Apparel with $25 million to help pay off a $10 million loan that was being called in.

Kellwood Names Marc Babins President of Western Region


New York–based Kellwood Co. named Marc Babins president of Kellwood Western region, based in City of Industry, California

Silver Jeans Stores Files Chapter 11, Plans Retail Liquidation

Denim Report

SJC Inc., the company that has been operating the Silver Jeans retail stores, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on July 21 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., with plans to close five Silver Jeans stores and liquidate inventory.

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Fashioning TV’s Looks

Costume Design

The FIDM Museum & Galleries at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles recently opened its eighth annual “Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design” exhibition.

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Knit Hack


"Glitch," an exhibition of glitch-inspired fashion and accessories recently opened at the Tokyo Kaihouku shop in Japan.

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Flirty and Cool


Fans of the HeartSoul juniors line will soon find a collection of swimwear and coverups following a licensing agreement between Gardena, Calif.–based Big Strike, owners of the HeartSoul brand, and Miami-based swim maker In Gear Fashions Inc.

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Pacific Coast Knitting: High-End Knitting in LA’s Huntington Park


Pacific Coast Knitting’s showroom has racks of sweater knits, double-faced fabrics, sheer knits and styles with multi-color slubs, as well as basic fabrics.

Première Vision Preview Summit to Cover Sustainability From Fast-Fashion to Luxe


Model and actress Amber Valetta and representatives of Gucci, Eileen Fisher and the Council of Fashion Designers of America will be on hand to discuss sustainability issues across the supply chain at the upcoming July 22–23 run of Première Vision Preview New York in its new location at Pier 92 in New York.

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Get Kitty With It

Pop Culture

Hello Kitty turns 40 this year and to celebrate, parent company Sanrio is hosting its first Hello Kitty Convention—called, of course, Hello Kitty Con 2014.

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Wrangler Puts a Price on Premium: About $20

Denim Report

Greensboro, N.C.–based denim maker Wrangler has introduced a new line of jeans, twill and shirt for millennial men who want fashionable clothing as an affordable price

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Fashion Meets Function in New Men’s Collection Designed by Henry Duarte and Pepper Foster

Monkey Sports

Set to debut in September, the Monkey Sports menswear collection will include more than 200 styles, including denim, T-shirts, hoodies, jackets, woven shirts, sweats, shorts, track pants and underwear.

Cherokee Strikes Alliances in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, China


Sherman Oaks, Calif.–based Cherokee Inc. struck several new alliances that will take the company’s lifestyle brands further across the globe.

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Project Ethos Heads East

Emerging Artists

Project Ethos is hitting the road later this year with stops at New York Fashion Week, Chicago and Miami.

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20 Years in Business? That’s Cause for a Sale!

Shop Local

Owl Talk, one of my favorite neighborhood shops in northeast LA is about to turn 20. And owners, Kathleen and Sharon Kroner, are hosting a sale this weekend to celebrate.

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Mini Couture

Fashion Exhibition

Dior recently unveiled a new travelling exhibition of 60 couture pieces made in miniature, in homage to a 1945 exhibition of French haute couture.

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Immediates and Final Fall Orders at LA Fashion Market

Trade Shows

Los Angeles Fashion Market was busier than expected for many showing at the California Market Center, The New Mart, the Cooper Design Space, the Gerry Building and the Lady Liberty Building, as well as exhibitors showing at Designers and Agents, Brand Assembly and Select.

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With PLM, Evy of California Gets a Jumpstart on the Design Process


For many apparel companies, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software is seen as a tool to aid in production. But when Evy of California added NGC’s NGC PLM about two years ago, the company found the software changed the way the design department operates.

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Honorees Steinberg, Zaffaroni Help Raise more than $500K

National Jewish Health Fundraiser Ball

The apparel community turned out to honor CIT Trade Finance’s Debbie Steinberg and Roth Capital Partners’ Paul Zaffaroni and raise funds for National Jewish Health at the Black and White Ball, held at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills.

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Showroom Profile: Frank & Eileen

Showroom Profiles

Step into the Frank & Eileen showroom on the top floor of the Lady Liberty Building and you may think you’ve stumbled on a quaint country house in 1940s-era Ireland.

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Showroom Profile: The Vonderheide Showroom

Showroom Profiles

The Vonderheide Showroom has relocated to a new space on the top floor of The New Mart with a wrap-around view of the changing landscape of downtown Los Angeles.

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Showroom Profile: Moss/Jang

Showroom Profiles

Model, financial adviser, engineer and now apparel maker, Dustin Moss recently opened a new showroom at the California Market Center to showcase his newly launched young contemporary women’s line, Moss/Jang

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Calling All (LA) Designers

Open Runway

The second edition of Los Angeles Fashion Council’s Open Runway competition will begin on June 28.

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Adrianna Papell Taps TukaTech for Product Development

Apparel Tech

After 30 years making patterns manually, New York–based eveningwear and dress maker Adrianna Papell is computerizing the product-development process with Los Angeles–based technology-solutions provider Tukatech.

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FIDM Exhibition Showcases Fashion Sketches From Hollywood’s Golden Age

Costume Design

The art of fashion illustration and Hol­lywood's Golden Age will meet at the Fashion Institute of Design & Mer­chandising's Museum & Galleries in an exhibition titled "Designing Hollywood: Sketches from the Christian Esquevin Collection.

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Soccer Style in Anticipation of the World Cup

Futbol + Fashion

With the games in Brazil just two weeks away, where are the World Cup fashions?

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Downton Designs Up Close

Costume Exhibition

The costumes from “Downton Abbey” are on display at the Winterthur Museum & Country Estate in Wilmington, Delaware

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Honoring Missoni Family at Graduation Fashion Event

Academy of Art

Members of the Missoni family—including Rosita Missoni, Angela Missoni and Margherita Maccapani Missoni—were the guests of honor at the Academy of Art University Graduation Fashion Show and Awards Ceremony, held May 8 in San Francisco.

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Roar Wants You to Have a Lamborghini. Or a Ferrari.

Fashion Giveaway

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Los Angeles clothing line Roar is giving away Lamborghini Aventador or a Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. But first, you must vote.

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Fashion With Function

Art With Style

Hong Kong–based artist Kathleen McDermott uses robotics to create problem-solving fashions like The Personal Space Dress, the Auto Filter scarf and the Miss-My-Face hat.

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Loudmouth Golf Gets Spongey


Loudmouth Golf struck a deal with Nickelodeon for a line of men’s and women’s styles inspired by SpongeBob SquarePants.

Invista Launching Bio-Based Lycra


This fall, Invista will begin shipping a new version of Lycra made with a biologically based ingredient that will replace the petroleum-based chemical traditionally used to make Lycra.

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Pop-Up Mall Concept Turns Permanent


What started as a month-long pop-up shop for Los Angeles–based contemporary brand XCVI has become a chain of seven stores across California with plans to expand.

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Hollister House Party in Santa Monica

Memorial Day Weekend

Surf-inspired retailer Hollister is hosting a beach party in Southern California on Memorial Day weekend

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Torrid’s Swimsuit Edition

Torrid, Hot Topic’s plus-size division, has released its 2014 Swimsuit Edition catalog featuring Australian model Georgina Burke on the cover.

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Celebrating Innovators, Visionaries and Legends at Annual Scholarship Benefit


Leon Max, the founder of Los Angeles–based MaxStudio and action-sports executive Michael Egeck were honored on May 3 at the Otis College of Art and Design’s 32nd Annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show, where attendees helped raise nearly $1 million to support the design school’s scholarship program.

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Brand Building on Made in America Foundation


When Gala Inc. founders Galina and Michael Sobolev began shifting their production for their contemporary line, Single, back to the United States about six years ago, there were several compelling reasons to bring manufacturing home.

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Labels Don’t Just Grow on Trees

Sustainable Business

The Rainforest Alliance just got a $200,000 grant from Avery Dennison, the labeling giant based in Glendale, Calif.

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Dressing Three Heathers and a Veronica

Costume Design

A musical adaptation of “Heathers” recently opened on Broadway and costume designer Amy Clark has updated the 1988 film's classic looks for the stage.

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Fashion Group Talks Fashion, Tech, Social Media and E-commerce


Fashion, design and commerce in the digital age were discussed at an April 29 panel hosted by Fashion Group International–Los Angeles and held at Maker City LA, a new creative workspace at The Reef (formerly known as the LA Mart) in downtown Los Angeles.

Martex Expands Reclaimed Fiber Capacity, Names New Executives


With the addition of a fiber reclamation line at its facility in Spartanburg, S.C., Martex Fiber Southern Corp. will see an increase in its plant capacity for fibers made from cotton and cotton/polyester textile waste.

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Introducing Forever Black Denim

Twin Dragon

Gardena, Calif.–based denim maker Twin Dragon Marketing is using Lenzing’s Modal to make a black denim that is colorfast and requires less water to produce than a traditional black denim made with sulfur dye.

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Annual Fundraiser for the Children’s Institute

Colleagues Honors Monaco’s Princess Charlene

A full house of well-dressed women—and a handful of equally well-dressed men—turned out at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills at The Colleagues’ 26th annual spring luncheon and fashion fundraiser for the Children’s Institute Inc. (CII).

Pool Heads to NY in July

Trade Show

Pooltradeshow, the Advanstar Fashion Group–owned trade show held biannually in Las Vegas, is heading to New York, where it will host its first East Coast edition July 20–22.

Swim Collective Moves Back to Huntington Beach in August

Swim Collective, the 5-year-old West Coast swimwear show, will return to the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach, Calif., for its Aug. 12–13 run, then move to the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, Calif., in January.

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World Cup Kickoff

The World Cup is a little more than six weeks away, which means it’s time to gear up your quadrennial dose of soccer terminology and fashion.

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Footwear Show Lazr Bows at The New Mart

Trade Show Report

The Lazr footwear show kicked off in its new home on the third floor of The New Mart in Los Angeles for its April 23–25 run with a small group of higher-end shoe brands and an eye on the next edition of the show in August.

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Support Denim Day

Guess and Garcetti

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, musicians Aloe Blacc and Maya Jupiter, and Guess? Inc. founders Maurice and Paul Marciano April 23 in kicking off Denim Day 2014 in Los Angeles.

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Iggy Azalea and Revolve Kick Off a Clueless Summer

Music + Fashion

E-tailer Revolve signed Iggy Azalea as the face of its Summer campaign, releasing a series of shots featuring the Australian singer channeling Cher Horowitz from Amy Heckerling’s 1995 film “Clueless.”

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New Choo in the City

Redesign on Rodeo

Luxury footwear brand Jimmy Choo unveiled its newly remodeled and expanded store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.