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Deborah Belgum

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L.A. Textiles Executives Sentenced to Prison for Laundering Mexican Cartel Drug Money

The owners of Pacific Eurotex Corp., a textile company in Los Angeles, were sentenced to federal prison after they pleaded guilty last year to federal money-laundering and tax-evasion charges.

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Badgley Mischka Opens Flagship in West Hollywood

Retail

New Badgley Mischka outpost is located in an historic building in West Hollywood.

An Economic Snapshot of 2018 and the Apparel Industry

News

This year started out with a bang with a vibrant stock market and low interest rates.

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Los Angeles Trade-Technical Fashion Students Take inspiration from Mexico City for Their Designs

Latin Style Influence

The fashion students at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College held their biannual student fashion show where designs covered everything from childrenswear to evening wear.

2018 Retrospective: China Still Dominates U.S. Apparel Imports Despite Trade War With United States

Import/Export

If you thought U.S. clothing companies were shying away from China to make their wide array of imported garments, think again.

2018 Retrospective: Rising Minimum Wage Contributes to Decline in California’s Apparel-Factory Employment

Manufacturing

As the minimum wage continues to rise in Los Angeles County and the rest of the state, more apparel manufacturers are opting to move production elsewhere.

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Old Navy Will Pay for Your Lyft Trip

Holiday Shopping

Old Navy will pay for you to come to the store to pick up your online order.

Newsmaker: National Stores Files for Bankruptcy Protection After Half a Century in Business

Retail

For years, the Fallas and Factory 2-U stores owned by National Stores have been the favorite shopping spots for consumers in search of a bargain.

Newsmaker: Ilse Metchek, California Fashion Association

Manufacturing

For decades now, Ilse Metchek has been the go-to person if you want inside information on anything going on in the California apparel world.

Newsmaker: As the Trade War Turns, So Goes the Economy

Import/Export

This has been a year of uncertainty for the trade world.

Newsmaker: AST Sportswear Inherits Title of Large T-shirt Maker in the United States

Manufacturing

For years, AST Sportswear operated under the radar in Orange County, Calif.

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The Pantone Color of the Year Is Selected for 2019

Color Trend

Pantone does its research for the Color of the Year.

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Madewell Pop-Up Mobile Truck Making the Rounds in L.A. This Week

Rolling retail

Madewell's mobile pop-up holiday store will be making the rounds in Los Angeles.

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UCLA Anderson Forecast Sees a Slowing Economy With Trade Causing Potential Problems

Trade and the Economy

The UCLA Anderson Forecast predicts the economy will slow down in 2019 and then nearly even out in 2020.

AAFA Announces Honorees for American Image Awards

Manufacturing

The American Apparel & Footwear Association, a trade organization in Washington, D.C., representing hundreds of the country’s largest manufacturers, named the recipients of its annual American Image Awards, which will be presented April 15 at the Plaza Hotel in New York.

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Uniqlo Opening Downtown L.A. Store Soon

Retail

Uniqlo opening at The Bloc on Dec. 13.

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New Company to Take Over Some National Stores Outposts

National Stores Saved

After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in August, National Stores has found a way to keep some of its stores open after announcing it was closing all of them.

Informa Names New President of Menswear Shows

Trade Shows

Informa, the British company that acquired UBM Fashion this year for $5 billion, has chosen a new president of menswear.

Gap Inc. Reports Third-Quarter Earnings Results

Retail

During its third-quarter earnings results, Gap Inc. said it expects its same-store sales for the year to be flat or up slightly as some brands are thriving and others aren’t.

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London Fashion Week Co-Founder Eyeing Los Angeles for New Projects

LFW Co-Founder Eyes LA

After helping to launch London Fashion Week in the 1980s and nurturing the careers of several well-known designers, British fashion-industry icon Mikel Rosen is setting his sights on Los Angeles for his next fashion projects, which could include his own version of a Los Angeles–style fashion week.

Earnings Decline for Parent Company of Hudson Jeans and Robert Graham

Manufacturing

The company that started Joe’s Jeans and now runs Hudson Jeans and Robert Graham reported that its third-quarter earnings results took a step down from last year’s result.

Avery Dennison’s Third Quarter Sales in Positive Territory

Manufacturing

Avery Dennison, the Glendale, Calif., company that makes apparel labels and tags, RFID inlays, pressure-sensitive materials and specialty medical products, reported that its third-quarter sales ending Sept. 29 increased 4.8 percent over the same period last year to $1.76 billion. Net income was up 38 percent, to $150 million.

Outdoor Retailer Launches a New Show Schedule

Trade Shows

Under clear blue skies with a forecast of snow, Outdoor Retailer did something it has never done before.

Levi Strauss Reported to Be Planning an IPO

Retail

Levi Strauss & Co., the 145-year-old blue-jeans maker in San Francisco, is headed to the stock market to raise between $600 million and $800 million with an IPO next year.

Levi Strauss Reported to be Planning an IPO

Levi Strauss & Co, the 145-year-old blue jeans maker in San Francisco, is headed to the stock market to raise between $600 million and $800 million with an IPO next year.

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L.A. Designer Fashion Show Helps Raise Money to Fight Cancer

Fashionable Fundraising

Los Angeles designer Ali Rahimi organized a fashion show with evening gowns, cocktail dresses and other silhouettes for a fund-raising event to combat cancer.

Hudson Jeans Parent Company Provides Inducement to New CEO and Hires a New CFO

Manufacturing

Centric Brands, the new name of the company that now owns the Hudson, Joe’s Jeans, Robert Graham and other labels, has hired a new chief financial officer and offered its new chief executive a hefty financial incentive package to remain with the company over the next three years.

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Lace and Fringe Infuse the Spring/Summer ’19 Collection by Kevan Hall

Luxe Fringe and Lace

For his latest collection, Los Angeles designer Kevan Hall introduced a new split-pant silhouette in stretch crepe for day and accented it with a tuxedo sequin stripe for night.

Differential Brands Group Now Has a New Name

Manufacturing

Differential Brands Group, the Los Angeles apparel company whose labels include Hudson, Robert Graham and SWIMS, is changing its name to Centric Brands Inc. after acquiring a significant part of Global Brands Group’s licensing business in North America.

New Tariffs on Chinese Goods Have Apparel Manufacturers Worried

Import/Export

When U.S. tariffs were levied in September on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, some apparel companies saw the writing on the wall even if they wanted to erase it.

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A Movement Is Slowly Rising to Resurrect Selvage-Denim Production in the U.S.

Resurrecting U.S. Selvage

When it comes to manufacturing selvage denim in the United States, Ryan Huston could be the last man standing.

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Art Hearts Fashion Delivers Four Days of Runway Shows

Art Hearts Fashion

Los Angeles designer Michael Costello freshened up his Spring/Summer ’19 collection with vibrant colors and flowing styles.

National Stores Is Closing Remaining Locations

National Stores liquidating inventory at its remaining 184 stores.

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Jonathan Skow, the Designer Behind Mr. Turk and Husband of Trina Turk, Dies Following Accident

Remembering Jonathan Skow

Jonathan Skow, who started out as a photographer and stylist and branched out to designing the menswear line Mr. Turk, passed away on Oct. 12 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 55.

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Los Angeles Market Week Takes Off With Some Big Changes

Changes at L.A. Market

October ushers in one of the more important Los Angeles Market Weeks when showrooms in the downtown L.A. Fashion District are unveiling their Spring/Summer ’19 lines but still filling in orders for late Fall and Resort.

Despite Tariffs, Imports Are Hitting Record Levels

Import/Export

New tariffs on nearly half the goods imported from China haven’t dampened retailers’ zeal for bringing in merchandise from overseas factories.

Levi’s Sees Solid Revenue Growth in the Third Quarter

Manufacturing

Levi Strauss & Co. has been on a roll lately, reporting its fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit revenue growth.

Michael Glasser, Denim Innovator, 76

Manufacturing

No one would ever say Michael Glasser was a shy man. People like to tell the story about how he was in Paris looking for design innovations when he saw a woman wearing a pair of patchwork Levi’s. He quickly chased after her.

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L.A. Fashion Week Mixes the Road With the Runway

LAFW Springs Forward

For the past few years, L.A. Fashion Week has been bopping around the city, setting up runways at different locations that change from season to season.

Levi’s Sees Solid Revenue Growth in the Third Quarter

Levi Strauss & Co. shows strong results for third quarter of 2018.

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Los Angeles Market Week Revs Up

Fashion

Three-day market takes off we a big welcome.

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Nicole Alex: A New Line That Mixes Athletic Support With Everyday Garments

Made in LA

Nicole Zabal had been in the fashion industry for some 20 years when she decided to start her own line of athleisure apparel that had something a little different—a built-in shelf bra in all her tops and dresses.

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Directives West Focuses on Major Trends for Spring/Summer 2019

Spring/Summer ’19 Trends

California style was front and center for Spring/Summer 2019 trends, with designers from around the world looking to the Golden State for inspiration for their breezy styles this upcoming season.

Bebe Stores Changes a Few Board Members

Retail

Bebe Stores announced it made several changes to its board of directors.

NAFTA Turns Into a Three-Way Deal With a New Name

Import/Export

With the last-minute announcement on Sept. 30 that Canada would be joining the free-trade agreement with the United States and Mexico, there will be a new North American Free Trade Agreement covering about $12.5 trillion in trade.

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Guess? Inc. Opens 50th Store in Mexico

Retail

Guess? Inc. has been on a push to open stores in Mexico.

Stitch Fix Headed for Great Britain

Stitch Fix Inc., an on-demand, personal-styling service based in San Francisco that offers online-apparel subscriptions and personal-shopping services, is headed to Great Britain next year.

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FIT Students Take Up the Challenge to Design With Heat-MX

Fashion and Textiles

The world of winter apparel may start looking a little different.

MAFI Award Will Be Presented to Designer Elie Madi at LA Fashion Week

News

Accounting and consulting firm Moss Adams LLP will be presenting the 2018 Moss Adams Fashion Innovator Award, also known as the MAFI Award, to Elie Madi.

How Tariffs on Chinese Products Are Affecting the Manufacturing and Retail Community

Import/Export

Now that the Trump administration’s $200 billion of additional tariffs have gone into effect on thousands of Chinese imports, the apparel and retail industries are figuring out what to do next. Covered in this round of tariffs are buttons, bobbins, yarns, embroidery, textiles, handbags and leather. Apparel is not part of the equation yet.

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