Onitsuka Tiger, the lifestyle brand owned by ASICS, struck a partnership with Japanese textile maker Makumo for a capsule collection of shoes for men and women featuring original Makumo prints.
National Jewish Health
It was a sea of black-and-white formalwear at the Skirball Cultural Center in West Los Angeles when apparel-industry executives gathered to honor Sunnie S. Kim, and George P. Blanco.
LA Fashion Market
It looked like a typically lightly trafficked June market, but exhibitors reported seeing committed buyers from across the state and across the country—as well as a few from Japan—during the June 8–11 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market.
Citizens of Humanity
With the addition of Kathy Kweon as president, Citizens of Humanity has completed a number of staffing and brand-building changes to the Los Angeles–based denim lifestyle brand.
Kathy Kweon joined Citizens of Humanity as president of the premium-denim lifestyle brand, replacing Amy Williams, who was promoted to chief executive officer.
Los Angeles Trade-Technical College celebrated its 90th anniversary during its May 29 Gold Thimble runway show, where student designers showcased everything from swimwear, sportswear and menswear to day dresses, and after-five dresses inspired by the 1970s.
Melissa Naguiat opened her August Los Angeles showroom in the Cooper Design Space in February, and she’s curating the look of the showroom as carefully as the mix of the lines she represents.
Actress—and soon-to-be designer—Melissa McCarthy showed up on The Daily Show last night wearing a kimono dress printed with stills of host Jon Stewart, prompting the surprised host to quip “I am all over you like a cheap suit.”
LA’s ‘Little Scandinavia’
At the opening of the Susanne Karlsson Scandinavian Kollectiv store on Los Angeles’ West Third Street, Swedish was the predominant language, guests included members of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, and hors d’oeuvres included homemade Swedish pancakes served with cocktails made with Absolut vodka and Rekorderling cider.
Trade Show | News
A car was broken into and later stolen from the California Market Center in Los Angeles shortly after business hours on May 27.
Columbia Sportswear Co. recently promoted four executives at the Portland, Ore.–based outdoor and activewear company.
Art & Architecture
California College of the Arts hosted its annual fashion show on May 15 at CCA’s San Francisco campus, where 13 senior design students showcased their final collections for a crowd of about 750 guests.
Hillary Clinton is determined to be the frontrunner—in presidential candidate merch, that is.
Kiss co-founder Paul Stanley will launch a new lifestyle brand called Paul Stanley: Royals & Rebels at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas in June.
An Alaska-based company, Tidal Vision, wants to recycle fishery waste products like fish skin and crab shells into textile products.
Recent design school grad Lucy Jones took her Parsons instructor's challenge to “design a project that could change the world” to heart.
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.
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.
Manufacturing | Retail
Sherman Oaks, Calif.–based Cherokee Global Brands has acquired San Diego–based casual lifestyle brand Everyday California.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Columbia Sportswear Co. named Ham-Bo Shim general manager of the Portland, Ore.–based outdoor apparel company’s Korea subsidiary, based in Seoul.
It’s always Fashion Week somewhere. This week, it was in Silicon Valley.
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.
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.
New developments in technical textiles and machinery were high- lighted and honored during the recent Techtextil and Texprocess shows in Frankfurt, Germany.
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 named José Cabaço vice president and brand creative director of the Bellevue, Wash.–based outdoor lifestyle brand.
Cherokee Global Brands has struck a pair of licensing agreements with Sears Canada for its Liz Lange Maternity and Sportswear and Cherokee brands.
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.
Los Angeles designer Chan Luu launched two new collections inspired by Disney’s “Frozen” and Cinderella” films.
Refinery29 is slated to roll out the second season of its “Style Out There” video series, which profiles independent designers, subcultures and trends.
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.
For this collection, Rich used dye-sublimation printing to incorporate original art and photography in his made-in-America designs.
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 Holding LLC has sold its American Recreation Products LLC business to Exxel Outdoors LLC for an undisclosed amount.
Hudson’s Bay Co. named Marc Metrick president of the company’s Saks Fifth Avenue business, replacing Marigay McKee, who has left the company.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.