Deborah Belgum

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Port Congestion Fees Suspended for Shippers But More Problems at the Docks

Import & Export

The silver lining in the West Coast port-congestion problem is this: There will be tons of discounted winter merchandise for sale after the holiday shopping season.

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Byer California Launching Retail and Fast-Fashion Items


In December, the San Francisco–based company said it plans to open its first outlet store, which will be at the Outlets at Tejon in Tejon, Calif. The discount mall is a convenient stopping-off point for long-distance travelers driving north from Los Angeles through the San Joaquin Valley on Interstate 5.

Stockholder Demands Resignation of Two American Apparel Board Members

A Canadian shareholder who owns a minority stake in American Apparel stock is calling for the last two senior members on the clothing company’s board to resign.

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Turkish Mill Reveals Denim Trends


Isko, the Turkish denim maker, scouts the globe year-round for denim and fabric trends to help it invent and improve on 300 different new fabric offerings per year.

Levi’s to Lay Off 500 Employees as More Outsourcing Takes Place


As part of its overall five-year plan to outsource global services, Levi Strauss & Co. recently announced it would lay off 500 people from its offices around the world.

American Apparel Sees Big Rise in Third Quarter Net Loss


Los Angeles–based American Apparel, the largest apparel factory in the United States, continued to battle financial woes with its third-quarter net sales dipping 5 percent.

Port Congestion Worsens With Mounting Fees for Importers

Import & Export

Apparel importer Ashok Kumar is patiently waiting in Los Angeles for six to eight containers of sweaters and jackets to arrive by boat from Asia to stock his various clothing stores in downtown Los Angeles.

Lingerie Companies Fined for False Claims on Caffeine-Infused Shapewear


The Federal Trade Commission has fined two lingerie makers $1.5 million for their statements that their caffeine-infused shapewear would solve a multitude of weight and fat problems.

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The Celebs at the Toms for Target Launch Celebration


Lots of entertainment people showed up in Culver City for the debut of the Toms for Target collection.

Shop & Dine

Trade Show

Trade shows can be fun, but they can zap your energy with endless hours on your feet or days bogged down at a booth. Here are a few suggestions on new restaurants and boutiques that might make life a little easier when traveling to those trade shows.

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