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Alison A. Nieder

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Trend Forecaster Barbara Fields Retires


After 35 years tracking trends, Barbara Fields is retiring and closing her Barbara Fields Buying Office at the California Market Center in Los Angeles.

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300 Years of Menswear

If you have not yet seen "Reining Men” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (or even if you have), now is your chance to see the costume exhibition with the experts.

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Wolk Morais Takes on the LA Nightlife

Wolk Morais

It was all about the LA nightlife for the third Wolk Morais collection since designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais relocated from New York to Los Angeles. The designers debuted the collection on the runway on May 24 at Giorgio’s nightclub at The Standard Hotel in Hollywood.

UBM Bringing ‘Swimlessons” to LA in June

Trade Shows

UBM—the parent company of MAGIC, Project, Coterie and Pooltradeshow—is expanding its Swimlessons bootcamp to bring the networking and educational program to a broader audience.

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The Way We Wore’s Doris Raymond Takes Vintage Online

Voguely Familiar

The Way We Wore owner Doris Raymond has launched a new e-commerce site featuring vintage and more recent pieces.

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What to Wear in Zero Gravity

Forget the bulky silver spacesuits. A group of European fashion school students have a new take on the future of space fashion

Express Trade Expands Team With 1st SVP Appointment


Express Trade Capital Inc. named Ignatius “Nat” Marotta as first senior vice president for the New York–based finance company, which specializes in trade finance, factoring and purchase-order financing.

AIMS360 Treats Customers to a Day of Business Advice and Burgers


AIMS360 customers, the LA-based technology company has covered quite a bit of ground, from breaking down batch processes to making EDI (electronic data interchange) more efficient to tips for creating business intelligence reports and pivot tables using AIMS360 software.

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Naja’s Nude For All

Lingerie brand Naja recently kicked off a campaign titled #NudeForAll, which hopes to draw attention to the idea that the color “nude” is exclusionary and does not reflect the reality that people come in many shades of skin color.

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Zappos: n'est pas une box

Zappos recently kicked off its #ImNotABox campaign.

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Naomi Campbell: Lady in a Red Nose

Naomi Campbell recently flipped the switch on the Empire State Building turning the iconic New York landmark red in honor of Red Nose Day, the international fund-raiser for children in need around the world.

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JCP’s Got a Winner!

On May 24, Project Runway winner Ashley Nell Tipton will be at the Glendale Galleria in Glendale, Calif. , for the opening of JCPenney’s plus-size in-store concept called The Boutique and the launch of JCP’s own plus-size fashion line Boutique+.

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Diane Merrick Closing Sale

LA retailer Diane Merrick just announced her final closing sale with 50 percent discounts off everything in the store.

Technical Advice for the Retailer—from Brick-and-Mortar to Online-Only


Sean Finnigan, vice president of program services for Teamwork Retail, was speaking at “Take It to the Next Level: Empowering Retailers Through Technology,” an all-day event on May 10 at the Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach, Calif., hosted by One Step Retail Solutions.

Feedback on Chargebacks: Stage Stores VP Offers Advice for Avoiding Chargebacks


At a recent event in Los Angeles, Stage Stores executive Kenneth J. Lettre offered some words of advice for avoiding chargebacks.

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CCA Collections on the Runway in San Francisco

CCA Collections

California College of the Arts hosted its 2016 annual fashion show on May 13 on the back lot of the design school’s San Francisco campus.

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Academy of Art Taps Rodarte Designers for Graduation Runway Show

Rodarte Designers Honored

Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy received honorary doctorate degrees from the Academy of Art University on May 11 at the San Francisco design school’s graduation fashion show.

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The RealReal Gets Real in SF

Online luxury consignment shop The RealReal is expanding its physical presence with the May 17 opening of its fourth watch evaluation office.

Agave Denim and XCVI Ink Design, Manufacturing and Distribution Deal


Los Angeles–based XCVI has acquired Agave, the men’s and women’s denim lifestyle collection founded by Jeff Shafer in 2002.

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Outlander Costumes Behind the Scenes

For the second season of “Outlander,” costume designer Terry Dresbach pulls out all the stops.

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Frame’s ‘Sartorial Puzzle’

Frame has released a new limited-edition style called Le Mix, which was made from reworked Frame jeans.

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Sue Wong Shares Story, Archival Pieces at FGI Event

Sue Wong

Sue Wong is preparing for the next chapter in her career. The Los Angeles designer recently inked a licensing deal for her namesake eveningwear collection and a new day-to-eveningwear collection with DNAM Apparel Industries LLC.

Levi’s Partners With Recycled-Cotton Start-Up


Levi Strauss & Co. has created a jean made from post-consumer recycled cotton.

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Rosemary Brantley, Jenni Kayne and Joie Honored at 34th Annual Otis Gala

34th Otis Gala

For 34 years, Rosemary Brantley has presided over the Otis College of Art and Design annual scholarship benefit and fashion show. The first year the event was held it was a small party at the Hard Rock Café, where models stood on the tables.

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Billabong’s Beach Hair

Finish off your beach look with Billabong beach hair thanks to a collab between the surf label and hair care brand John Frieda.

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Guess Russia: From LA With Love

Los Angeles–based Guess? Inc. is opening a new 1,600-square-foot flagship store in Moscow's Europeisky Mall. A 590,000-square-foot shopping center with more than 500 stores.

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The North Face (Re) Opens in Palo Alto

The North Face celebrated the opening of its new store in Palo Alto, Calif., with a packed schedule of events for outdoor enthusiasts.

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A Warehouse Sale? Splendid!

Splendid and Ella Moss are having a big warehouse sale on May 20-21 on the top floor of the Cooper Design Space.

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Cone Denim Opens White Oak Web Shop

Cone Denim recently launched the White Oak Shop online with a selection of premium selvage denims available in smaller quantities.

Robert Ezra Joins Freeman Freeman Smiley to Head New Fashion Law Practice


Over the course of its 40-year practice, Freeman Freeman Smiley LLP has represented apparel-industry clients, but until now the Los Angeles law firm didn’t have a dedicated fashion law group.

Retail Veteran Lana Cain Krauter Joins Simparel Board


New York–based Simparel Inc. named Lana Cain Krauter to its board of directors. Krauter’s résumé includes holding executive positions at JCPenney, Sears, Bealls and Goody's during her more than 30-year career in retail.

Jeanologia Software Release Aimed at Faster Laser Finishing in Production


Spanish laser equipment maker Jeanologia has introduced eMark 3.0, the latest release for its laser-finishing software, created to help production designers maximize speed and creativity.

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LA Fashion District Intersection Renamed for Stanley Hirsh

Stanley Hirsh Square

The intersection of Ninth and Los Angeles streets in the Los Angeles Fashion District will be renamed Stanley Hirsh Square in honor of the late businessman, who was instrumental in creating the L.A. Fashion District Business Improvement District.

Fraser Ross Prepares for Retail Return with Kitross


Retailer Fraser Ross, the founder of the retail chain Kitson, is returning to retail with Kitross, which is set to open in his original 5,000-square-foot space on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Gildan Buying Alstyle


Midlothian, Texas–based Ennis Inc. will sell its Alstyle Apparel LLC division to Canadian T-shirt giant Gildan Activewear Inc. for a $110 million all-cash offer subject to a working capital adjustment. The deal is expected to close by the end of June.

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Kingpins Transformers Tackles Industry Waste in Latest Roundtable Series

Kingpins Transformers

Cotton is compostable; polyester is forever. That was the message at a recent roundtable discussion hosted by denim trade show Kingpins.

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Bella Dahl at Bloomingdale’s

Bloomingdale’s opened Bella Dahl in-store shops in Los Angeles, the New York metro area and Florida.

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Crash-Test Denim

DSM Dyneema has been working with denim mills to make a super-strong denim for performance markets like motorcycling and action sports.

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Sue Wong Launching Licensing

During a birthday celebration at her Los Feliz home, Sue Wong announced plans to begin licensing.

CFA Presents Scholarships at Annual Luncheon


The California Fashion Foundation, the charitable arm of the California Fashion Association, presented its annual scholarship awards at an April 21 luncheon at the California Market Center in Los Angeles.

Axis and Capsule Team Up for Events in L.A. and New York

Trade Shows

The Capsule and Axis trade shows both announced plans recently to launch events in Los Angeles, and now the two shows are joining forces at LA market as well as in New York.

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WHY by Kingpins Branding Show Debuts in Amsterdam

WHY by Kingpins

During the April 13–14 run of the Kingpins denim supply chain show in Amsterdam, organizers launched a new sister trade show focused on the branding side of the supply chain.

Kingpins Amsterdam Show Draws International Crowd

Trade Shows

Kingpins returned to Amsterdam for its fifth run at the Westergasfabriek, where the trade show bowed alongside a new branding show organized by Kingpins as well as a consumer event called Denim Days, which gives retailers, brands and textile mills a chance to meet with end consumers.

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Consumers and Trade Mix at Amsterdam Denim Days

Denim Days

After the Kingpins trade show wrapped up its two-day run in Amsterdam, textile representatives, designers and denimheads got a chance to celebrate their love of all things denim at Blueprint, a two-day festival held during Amsterdam Denim Days, a week-long, city-wide event featuring workshops, seminars, sales and parties.

Kingpins Heading to Miami

Trade Shows

Kingpins, the boutique denim trade show, has added a new venue to its lineup, which includes New York, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

UBM Advanstar Buying BJI Fashion, Taking MAGIC to Japan

Trade Shows

Trade show giant MAGIC is getting even larger. UBM Advanstar, parent company of MAGIC, Project, Pooltradeshow, Coterie and Intermezzo, will expand its trade show holdings with the acquisition of Business Journals Inc., which produces the MRket, Stitch, Accessories The Show and Fame trade shows. UBM Advanstar also struck a deal to take the MAGIC show to Japan in 2017.

Capsule Launching LA Show in October at the CMC

Trade Shows

The Capsule trade show is coming to Los Angeles.

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Denim With Less Water Demonstrated, Discussed at Calik Event at ECO PRK

Denim With Less Water

To get the perfect washed jean, denim makers put pants through multiple wash cycles.

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Everything But Water Hosting Marysia Trunk Show

On April 23, fans of Marysia Swimwear will have a chance to meet designer Marysia Reeves at the Everything But Water store in Santa Monica, Calif.

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Dogeared Opening in Santa Monica

Just in time to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary, Dogeared will open its first retail store in June in Santa Monica, Calif.