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Before Fly Was Cool

There’s a new fashion documentary opening on Friday focused on the early days of hip-hop fashion.

Kingpins New York to Shift to November/May Schedule

Trade Show

Kingpins, the boutique premium-denim trade show, is moving its New York show schedule beginning in November, when it will host a Nov. 3–4 show at Pier 36 NYC (Basketball City) in Manhattan.

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Active Collective in Huntington Beach, Calif.

All Active

Buyers from department stores, resorts, boutique stores and yoga studios turned out early for the June 23–24 run of Active Collective at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort in Huntington Beach, Calif.

MRket Rolls Out The Hub for New Events, Activities at New York Show

Trade Show

MRket, the menswear show organized by Business Journals Inc., will kick off a video series, a photo studio, a book signing and a Beam pop-up shop at The Hub, the trade show’s new interactive area set to bow during the July 19–21 show at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York.

Coast Trade Show Adds Nashville to the Lineup, Changes 2016 Schedule to Coincide with Miami Swim

Trade Show

Coast, the men’s and women’s contemporary trade show based in Miami, has added a new venue to its roster of shows: Nashville, Tenn.

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Rihanna: Fashion Icon to Fashion Design?

Fashion icon Rihanna appears be considering launching her own fashion and accessories brand.

Velcro Cos. Acquires Fastener and Elastic Web Companies

Manufacturing | Textiles

Velcro Companies acquired two Belgium-based companies specializing in hook-and-loop fasteners and elastic and rigid webbing in a move the company says will broaden its product portfolio, expand its presence in Europe, and facilitate research and development “to speed the pace of product innovations.”

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FineLine Introduces ‘As You Like It’ for RFID-Integrated Hangtags

Manufacturing | Technology

Atlanta-based RFID (radio frequency identification) tag provider FineLine Technologies Inc. has a new quick-turn program, dubbed “As You Like It.”

App Gives Manufacturers an Eye on the Production Floor


Alpharetta, Ga.–based solutions provider Shopfloor Support LLC has launched Shopfloor Eye, a solution that helps manufacturers collect production data and get real-time visibility on the factory floor.

Pent-Up Demand for Retail Real Estate Could Fuel Development, Drive Rent Prices Up


There are signs of economic recovery in Southern California as “pent-up demand” drives retail real estate development in the region.

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Onitsuka Tiger + original Japanese textiles by Makumo

Footwear/Textiles Collab

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.

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Hana’s Kim and Avant’s Blanco Honored at Black & White Ball

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.

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LA Market Draws Low Foot Traffic But Committed Buyers

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.

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Brand Building With a Denim Foundation

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.

New President at Citizens of Humanity as Williams Takes Over as CEO


Kathy Kweon joined Citizens of Humanity as president of the premium-denim lifestyle brand, replacing Amy Williams, who was promoted to chief executive officer.

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Kanye West Turns Out at L.A. Trade Tech’s Fashion Show

Gold Thimble

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.

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August Los Angeles

Showroom Profiles

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.

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McCarthy Puts on Her Fashion Face for Stewart

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.”

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California Retail With a Swedish Accent

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.

Parking Lot Thefts Prompt New Security Measures at the CMC

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 Promotes Four


Columbia Sportswear Co. recently promoted four executives at the Portland, Ore.–based outdoor and activewear company.

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CCA Hosts Annual Fashion Show in SF

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.

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Presidential Meets Promotional

Political Fashion

Hillary Clinton is determined to be the frontrunner—in presidential candidate merch, that is.

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License to Rock

Star Wares

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.

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Saks Promotes Metrick to President


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.