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Alison A. Nieder

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Sanuk Opens in Waikiki

Retail

After opening stores in Santa Monica and Cabazon, Calif., earlier this year, Sanuk headed to Hawaii.

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Sochi 2014: American Apparel’s Principle Message to Russia

Olympic Games 2014

The Principle 6 campaign takes aim at Russia’s anti-gay laws with a call to athletes and fans to “celebrate the Olympic principle of non-discrimination and call for an end to Russia's anti-gay laws before the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.”

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Color of the Future

Trend Watch

Pantone will unveil its 2014 Color of the Year during a Dec. 6 webinar.

Lectra Hosts 3-D Tech Demo in LA

Technology

An intimate gathering of Southern California designers and manufacturers turned out on Nov. 14 in downtown Los Angeles to see a demonstration of Lectra’s Modaris 3-D pattern-making software.

Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works Coming to Figat7th

Retail

Two more retail nameplates have signed on to Figat7th, the downtown Los Angeles mall owned by Brookfield Office Properties.

Swim Collective Heading to New Home in August

Swim & Surf

Swim Collective, the 4-year-old West Coast swimwear trade show, will have a new home in August at the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point, Calif.

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The Trend Chasers: Full-Package Production in Downtown LA

Made In America

The Trend Chasers employ 160 people in an 80,000-square-foot facility in the LA Garment District.

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Activewear Gets Technical

WearableTech

New Silicon Valley–based activewear brand Athos has incorporated electromyography or EMG technology ( typically used in biomedical applications) into fitness apparel to help the wearer gauge just how effective the workout is.

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Combat Cotton

Performance Luxury

Trimara Military Technology, a division of Trimera Group, an international branded and licensed apparel company, has introduced (and trademarked) Hellblock, a “military grade flame resistance technology…fused with ultra-soft Pima cotton.

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Balls, Backboards and Now Shoes

Spalding Athletic Shoes

Spalding, maker of basketball equipment such as backboards and balls is launching a new athletic shoe collection, which will bow next year.

Cherokee Takes Liz Lange to India

Manufacturing

Sherman Oaks, Calif.–based Cherokee Inc. struck a licensing deal with Mahindra Retail Pvt Ltd. to sell Liz Lange Maternity apparel in Mahindra’s Mom & Me stores throughout India.

Survey: RFID Poised to Hit $23.4 Billion in 2020

Technology

A new survey has RFID—radio frequency identification—technology on track to reach $23.4 billion in 2020.

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Brand Building Behind the Scenes

Manufacturing

When a designer is first considering launching a line, the first step may be researching the market and creating mood boards, or it might be shopping for textiles or creating original prints and embellishments—followed by design, patternmaking and samples.

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Wearable Tech Right from the Printer

Fashion Innovation

Researchers and engineers have developed a way to inkjet-print electronic circuits on a range of materials—including fabric.

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Where Fashion and Science Collide

Photography

When Dutch macaque anatomist Roxana Kooijmans needed a way to share her collection of monkey brains with other scientists, she turned to a StyleShoots, the tech company that makes an automated photography system for fashion e-commerce sites.

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Agenda Plans Expansion on All Fronts

Trade Shows

Last August, the Agenda trade show expanded to include a Las Vegas edition. In 2014, plans are even more ambitious for the event, which focuses on the action-sports, surf, streetwear and contemporary fashion markets.

New California Swim Trade Show Riviera by CurvExpo to Launch in 2014

Trade Shows

California is getting a new swimwear trade show next year when Eurovet, the European trade show organizer and owner of CurvExpo, launches Riviera by CurvExpo in August.

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StyleShoots Opens LA Showroom at Cooper

Technology

StyleShoots, the system that simplifies still-life product photography, has a new home in Los Angeles.

Former Levi’s Exec Joins True Religion

Manufacturing

Vernon, Calif.–based True Religion Apparel Inc. named Mary Alderete chief marketing officer, overseeing the brand’s marketing strategy for retail, wholesale, international and e-commerce.

Juicy Heads to Kohl’s

Retail

One month after Juicy Couture was purchased by Authentic Brands Group from Fifth & Pacific (formerly Liz Claiborne Inc.), the Southern California brand is heading to Kohl’s.

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There’s Stylish, and Then There’s Army Stylish.

Authentic Apparel

Authentic Apparel is launching a collection of “army style” clothing, which is officially licensed by the U.S. Army.

New California Swim Trade Show Riviera by CurvExpo to Launch in 2014

Swim & Surf

California is getting a new swimwear trade show next year when Eurovet, the European trade show organizer and owner of CurvExpo, launches Riviera by CurvExpo in August.

Nike Names New VP of Action Sports

Surf & Swim

Beaverton, Ore.–based athletic footwear and apparel giant Nike Inc. named Scott LeClair its new vice president of Action Sports, which oversees the action-sports category and Nike division Hurley International LLC.

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British Designers Return to LA to Show at London Show Rooms

London Show Rooms

The British Fashion Council returned to Los Angeles.

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Buhler’s Werner Bieri, 60

Textile

Textile executive Werner Bieri died on Nov. 2 after a long battle with leukemia. He was 60.

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Lazr Footwear Show Returns to Cooper for Third Run

Lazr Footwear Show

The Lazr trade show ran at the Cooper Design Space in Los Angeles.

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Seafolly Opens First US Store in Newport Beach

Retail Opening

For its first stand-alone U.S. store, Australian swim brand Seafolly headed to Newport Beach.

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Buhler’s Werner Bieri, 60

Obituary

Textile executive Werner Bieri, former president and founding chief executive officer of Buhler Quality Yarns, died on Nov. 2 after a long battle with leukemia.

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We've Got Your 3.1 Phillip Lim Right Here, LA

Sample Sale

3.1 Phillip Lim is having a sample sale at the Cooper Design Space in the heart of the LA Fashion District.

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New Lingerie Collection is Designed to Be Seen

Skivvies

For Love and Lemons Designers Gillian Mahin and Laura Hall are diving into lingerie.

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Melmarc Introduces New Program for Embellished Basics

The $3 T-Shirt

Melmarc recently introduced a full-package embellished T-shirt program dubbed “The $3 Basic T-Shirt.”

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Runway Trend from LA Fashion Week

The Royal Treatment

Attendees at the recently concluded Los Angeles Fashion Week could be forgiven for having “royals” on the brain.

Gerber Introduces New Paragon Cutting Platform

Technology

Tolland, Conn.–based Gerber Technology introduced its Paragon cutting platform in September at the China International Sewing Machinery & Accessories show in Shanghai.

TALA, CFF Children’s Holiday Party to Honor Hal Kaltman

Textile

The California Market Center, the Cooper Design Space, the California Fashion Foundation and the Textile Association of Los Angeles will join forces to host a holiday party for children from local organizations and after-school programs

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Revolve’s Bomb Squad

Fashion Collabs

Los Angeles–based e-tailer Revolve has launched a new collab involving five designers, five fashion bloggers and a bomber jacket.

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Beluva: San Francisco Based, San Francisco Made

Designer's Profile

Firuze Hariri launched her Beluva collection in 1996, but the designer and chief executive officer has a rich history in San Francisco’s fashion community.

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NZ Textiles Come to LA

Retail Opening

New Zealand textile boutique The Fabric Store is set to open its U.S. flagship at 136 S. La Brea Ave.

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Fashion Business Inc. All Aboard Fashion Fund-Raiser

LA Fashion Week

Fashion Business Inc. returned to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles on Oct. 15 for it annual fashion fund-raiser, All Aboard.

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LA Fashion Week S14: Krammer & Stoudt

Runway Report

Mike Rubin, the fine-arts painter turned designer behind menswear line Krammer & Stoudt, presented his collection on the runway on Oct. 15 at the California Market Center during the debut of Men’s Fashion Week Los Angeles.

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LA Fashion Week: The crowd at the show

LAFW draws to a close

Our photographer Volker Corell was hard at work covering the scene on the runways and off.

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Fashion + Bikes = That’s Clever!

Cycle Chic

Cleverhood's collaboration with Martone Cycling means city cyclists don't have to sacrifice style at the first sign of rain.

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Mayor Garcetti Addresses Industry at CMC’s 50th-Anniversary Event

Events

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti gave his first address to the local apparel community at an Oct. 14 event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the California Market Center.

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!IT Revamps With New Look, Market

!IT Revamps

Relaunching the brand as !iT Collective

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Shay Todd Lands MAFI Award at FBI Fashion Event

MAFI award

Shay Todd Lands MAFI Award at FBI Fashion Event

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LA Market Buzzing With New Shows, Staggered Dates

LA Market Buzzing

Retailers had a lot of ground to cover during the recent run of Los Angeles Fashion Market

Established Designer, Growing Brand Lands MAFI Award at FBI Fashion Event

At the Fashion Business Inc. fashion fund-raiser at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, the Moss Adams Fashion Innovator (MAFI) award was given to an established LA designer who has been expanding her reach and growing her brand in recent years.

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Profile: Brand Assembly

Cooper Design Space

In less than two years, Brand Assembly has grown from a showroom in the Cooper Design Space to a trade show featuring 60 upscale contemporary brands held on the building’s 11th floor.

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Showroom Profile: Miilla/Monoreno

California Market Center

Los Angeles contemporary collection Miilla has a new home on the fifth floor of the California Market Center.

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Directives West: Forecast for Spring '14

Directives West

The look for Spring '14 will be sunny, girly, eclectic and edgy.

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Check Out Cameron Silver’s New Shoes

Design Collab

Cameron Silver, founder of Los Angeles–based vintage emporium Decades, has a new collection for Nine West inspired by ’80s punk styles.