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Deborah Belgum

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A Better Economy Means Better Orders at the Las Vegas Trade Shows

Leaving Orders in Las Vegas

The conglomeration of apparel, footwear and accessories trade shows, which twice a year invade this city in the middle of the desert, filled the town with thousands of visitors from all over the world under a blistering sky where the temperatures reached up to 105 degrees during the day.

Differential Brands Reports Second-Quarter Earnings Results

Manufacturing

Differential Brands—the Los Angeles company whose labels include Hudson Jeans, Robert Graham and SWIMS—said its second-quarter sales for the period ending June 30 were down 1 percent from the same period last year to $36 million.

Technology Changes Are Driving LA Fashion Industry

Manufacturing

Fashion-industry leaders in Los Angeles far prefer to use Instagram as their social media of choice than any other digital outlet, with most gravitating toward making their social-media decisions in-house rather than using outside consultants.

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Fred Segal Going International With New Stores

Retail

Fred Segal has its sites on Europe and Asia for new stores.

Agenda and Liberty Fairs Moving to Downtown Las Vegas

Agenda and Liberty Fairs are packing up their bags and moving out of the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

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Gump's San Francisco Sells Off Merchandise Following Bankruptcy Filing

Retail

Gump's San Francisco could be closed by the end of the year.

Fashion Week Organizers Keep Los Angeles on the Fashion Map

Fashion

Fashion Week is always a hectic time in Los Angeles, especially with all of the different forces around town organizing runway shows in disparate locations.

LA Fashion Week Lands a Permanent Home to Expand Its Events

Fashion

When Arthur Chipman decided to organize his first LA Fashion Week, he set out to find a venue that would be artistic but also reflect Los Angeles’s heritage.

Quality Basics Is the Idea Behind November Six

Manufacturing

The idea of basic clothes made of quality material was the impetus behind November Six, a new Los Angeles label sold exclusively online by two sisters who felt their clothing could fill a niche.

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Parent Company of Fallas Paredes and Factory 2-U Files for Bankruptcy Protection

National’s Bankruptcy Filing

Bankruptcy filing for parent company of Fallas Paredes, Factory 2-U and Anna's Linens

Apparel Would Benefit From Propose U.S. Free-Trade Agreement With EU

Import/Export

After months of talking about slapping tariffs on various imports from China, Canada and Mexico, the Trump administration announced it would like to start negotiations with the European Union to eliminate tariffs between the two regions.

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Marciano Collection Goes for Chic Look

La Dolce Vita

Sophistication was in the air for the Marciano brand, which recently launched its Fall 2018 campaign.

FIDM Names New Co-Chairs of Fashion Design Program

Fashion

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising has named two designers and longtime school supporters to become the co-chairs of FIDM’s fashion design program, which encompasses four campuses.

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New Swimwear Styles for Resort 2018/2019 on the Runway at Art Hearts Fashion

Swimwear at Art Hearts

As part of Miami Swim Week, Art Hearts Fashion filled the runway for five days with swimwear and resort looks for Cruise 2019.

How Healthy Is the Retail Industry and What Lies Ahead?

Finance

We asked finance experts and factors to give us their take on the retail industry and how it is shaping up this year.

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DG Expo's Two-Day Show in New York Sees Positive Traffic

Textiles

DG Expo holds two-day textile-and-trim show in New York.

Gap Inc. Sues Westfield Malls for Overcharges

Retail

In the tough retail world where vacancies are mounting and foot traffic is declining, most mall-based retailers are trying to trim costs as much as possible.

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Colorful Lineup of Swimwear at Paraiso Runway Shows

Paraiso Hits Collins Park

Miami Beach was hot in more ways than one when Miami Swim Week was filled with runway events showing off the latest in swimwear fashion for Resort and Cruise. Miami SwimShow, Cabana, Hammock and the new Paraiso opened their doors with booths and runway shows running July 12–16. Art Hearts Fashion also organized a host of runway shows with lots of swimwear on the catwalk.

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LA's Beautycon Festival Is Filled With Fashion

Fashion

The hair styles at the 2018 Beautycon Festival at the Los Angeles Convention Center were fabulous but so was the fashion.

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First Nike Live Concept Store Opens on Melrose

Retail

A new way to shop at the Nike Live store in West Los Angeles

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Lily Pulitzer to Open First West Coast Store

Retail

For the first time, Lily Pulitzer will have a stand-alone retail presence on the West Coast by early 2019.

Stitch Fix Launches Stitch Fix Kids

Retail

For the parent who doesn’t have enough time to shop for his or her children, Stitch Fix has come up with a solution.

Levi Strauss Expects Revenues This Year to Be Up Almost 10 Percent

Manufacturing

Levi Strauss & Co. has been having a very good year, reflected by the fact that it now has 53 more company-operated stores than last year and plans to add approximately 50 more retail outposts by the end of this year.

Guess Partnering With Alibaba to Test Artificial Intelligence in Stores

Retail

The realm of artificial intelligence has become reality in the retail world with the new Guess? Inc. store in Hong Kong partnering with Alibaba’s FashionAI project to give shoppers a glimpse into the future.

New Proposed Tariffs on Chinese Imports Hit Textiles and Handbags

Import/Export

The latest round of proposed tariffs on Chinese imports has the apparel world wondering if it is time to shift its manufacturing from the country that for decades has been known as the apparel factory to the world.

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Nordstrom Local Coming to Brentwood

Retail

Look for a new Nordstrom Local store this fall.

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Hex Closes Downtown LA Store

Retail

Small flagship store for tech accessories company closes in downtown Los Angeles.

Gordon Brothers Buys Streetwear Retail Brand

Retail

Gordon Brothers, the Los Angeles restructuring and investment firm, announced it has acquired the Bench brand and all its related intellectual-property assets.

Online Retailer Acquires Wellen Surf Brand

Manufacturing

Huckberry, the online men’s retailer based in San Francisco, has acquired the LA premium men’s apparel brand Wellen, which gives a sophisticated look to casual surfwear.

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A Budding Trade War Could Harm a Growing U.S. and California Economy

Trade War Threat

Despite rumblings of a trade war, the U.S. economy is marching forward at a nice pace as the U.S. unemployment rate hits a low not seen for almost 50 years.

Lunada Bay Swimwear Catches Another Wave After New Leadership Carries On

Swim/Surf

With a new chief executive at the helm, Lunada Bay is stepping out with some new labels in the mix as the Southern California company continues to grow.

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Nordstrom Local Coming to The Bloc in DTLA

Retail

Nordstrom Local will set up shop at the remodeled The Bloc shopping center.

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House of Apparel Maker Harry Roth, Eric Garcetti's Grandfather, For Sale

Apparel History

Eric Garcetti's grandfather was a successful apparel maker and retailer before he died. His Beverly Hills house is for sale.

National Jewish Health Holds Annual Fund-raiser in Pasadena

Events

National Jewish Health is a medical institution founded in Denver in 1899 by Frances Wisebart Jacobs, the “Mother of Charities,” as an institution for the needy.

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Fashion Market Northern California Surpasses Expectations

NorCal Numbers Up

Even though the June version of Fashion Market Northern California is normally quieter than its other shows, exhibitors were pleasantly surprised by the turnout and the number of orders written.

WWDMAGIC Partners With FashionGo

Trade Shows

WWDMAGIC is venturing into the realm of online fashion.

Manhattan Beachwear Adds New Swim Labels

Manufacturing

Manhattan Beachwear, one of the largest swimwear manufacturers in the United States, said it will be designing and distributing women’s swimwear for BCBGMax­Azria and BCBGeneration. The collection will launch globally for Fall 2018.

Tariff War With China Hits California Cotton Market

Import/Export

In the latest salvo in the tariff war between the United States and China, the U.S. cotton industry is expected to receive a direct hit as China piles on an additional 25 percent tariff on U.S. uncombed-cotton imports.

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Los Angeles Fashion Market Gets Buyers Ready for Holiday

LA Fashion Market

For buyers attending Los Angeles Fashion Market, the event was filled with surprises that energized the June 18–20 buying show for the Fall II/Holiday season.

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Malibu Teen Receives Award for Upcycled Fashion

Fashion

Upcycled fashion for homeless youth in Los Angeles wins an award for Malibu teen.

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Students from The Art Institute of California Campuses Show Off Their Designs

Fashion

Several creative looks were seen on the runway at the annual student designer fashion show at The Art Institute of California - Orange County.

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The Way of Fashion at Santa Monica College’s Student Show

LA Mode at SMC

Global looks were on the runway at Santa Monica College’s annual student fashion show, called LA Mode 2018.

How Missteps in Trade Could Flip the U.S. Economy

Trade and tariffs could be the make or break factors when it comes to growth of the U.S. economy.

Paul Marciano to Resign as Guess Executive

After investigation into charges of sexual harassment, Paul Marciano stepping down from Guess as an executive.

Eddie Bauer and PacSun Tie the Knot

Rumors of a merger between outdoor retailer Eddie Bauer and surfwear and streetwear retailer Pacific Sunwear of California have been circulating for the last few weeks.

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The Mad-Cap World of Fashion Design

Wonder of Fashion

The fashion students at Long Beach City College created a world taken from the pages of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” in the school’s 38th biennial fashion show.

Guess Inc. Sees Net Loss Despite Growth in Europe and Asia

Retail

Guess? Inc. is an apparel brand synonymous with the cool California lifestyle, but most of its sales are now done in Europe and Asia.

Tariff War Heats Up and Expands to U.S.-Made Clothing

Import/Export

A major trade war that started with aluminum and steel is now migrating into steep tariffs being placed on U.S.-made apparel exported to Europe.

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Los Angeles Trade-Tech Fashion Students Travel Through the Years

Fashion Stays Golden

The fashion-design students at Los Angeles Trade-Tech College showed off their creations at the recent Gold Thimble Fashion Show.

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