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Deborah Belgum

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Burlington to Open Store in Heart of DTLA

Retail

Burlington opening a discount store on Seventh Street.

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Traditional Fabrics Made by Handlooms Showcased at Apparel Sourcing Show in Guatemala

Indigenous fabrics

The Mayan Store was launched five years ago to help Guatemalan Indians find ways to use their colorful fabrics in contemporary ways.

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Apparel Sourcing Show Opens in Guatemala

Import/Export

Guatemala hoping to capture more U.S. apparel production.

How Are Apparel Importers Adjusting Their Strategies for the Next Big Shipping Season?


Import & Export

Hundreds of apparel importers are recalibrating their logistics plans before the next big shipping season hits in July.

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A.P.C. Store Opens Soon in DTLA

Retail

A.P.C. Store is shooting for an opening in two weeks.

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Shop & Dine

Shop & Dine

Here are a few suggestions on the new restaurants and up-and-coming boutiques found in some of the major cities on the trade-show circuit.

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Dov Charney Files Two Lawsuits Accusing American Apparel and Hedge Fund for Defamation

Manufacturing | Legal | Retail

In more legal shots fired in the ongoing battle over control of American Apparel, the dismissed clothing company’s founder has filed two lawsuits in less than one week accusing American Apparel and hedge fund investor Standard General of defaming his character in false accusations and letters.

American Apparel Sees First Quarter Net Loss Jump

American Apparel reported that in the first quarter of this year it had a net loss of $26.4 million, or 15 cents a share, compared to $5.5 million, or 5 cents a share, last year.

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Rebel Wilson Teams Up With Torrid for Fashion Collection

Retail

Actress Rebel Wilson works with plus-size retail chain Torrid to create a capsule collection.

Dov Charney Files Lawsuit Accusing Hedge Fund of Defamation

In another legal shot fired in the ongoing battle over control of American Apparel, the dismissed clothing company’s founder filed a lawsuit alleging that hedge fund investor Standard General said it would defame his character if he didn’t give up control of his American Apparel stock.

Costa Rica Gets First Cotton Spinning Mill

Manufacturing | Import & Export

SAE-A, the largest apparel manufacturing company in South Korea, has opened a cotton spinning mill in Costa Rica, which is the first for the Central American country.

Europe’s Tariff on Women’s U.S.-Made Blue Jeans Inches Up

Import & Export

Europe has slightly increased a retaliatory tariff that it imposes on women’s blue jeans imported from the United States.

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Gap Joins Forces With Ellen DeGeneres on New Line

Retail

Gap Inc. to partner with Ellen DeGeneres' new line that will be in GapKids stores in August.

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The Sample Sale Trail

Retail

Two upcoming sample sales may be worth your time and energy.

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Exhibit on South Coast Plaza Founder Opens Soon

Retail

An exhibit that chronicles the life of Harry Segerstrom, founder of South Coast Plaza and other major Orange County landmarks, opens on May 8.

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Lawsuit Claims Hedge Fund Benefits if American Apparel Goes Bankrupt

Manufacturing

An American Apparel class-action shareholder lawsuit filed April 29 claims that the apparel company is being held hostage by Standard General, the New York hedge fund that is a controlling stockholder, and that the hedge fund would reap enormous profits if American Apparel declares bankruptcy.

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Mezon Travels the Tie-Dye Route


Made in LA

For nearly 25 years, Feri Sayyah has manufactured her intricately embroidered and ruched tops and dresses in Los Angeles even when many of her competitors searched for cheaper factories overseas.

Investigators Raise Tally to $140 Million in Fashion District Cartel Money-Laundering Scheme


Manufacturing | Legal

After 1,000 federal and state agents fanned out across the Los Angeles Fashion District last fall to crack down on a long-running money-laundering scheme benefiting two drug cartels in Mexico.

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Port Truckers Strike for Better Wages and Full-Time Employee Status


Import & Export

More than 200 truckers tired of being classified as independent contractors rather than full-time employees walked off the job and have been picketing around port terminals, rail yards and customer warehouses.

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American Apparel Hits the Charitable Campaign Route

Manufacturing

American Apparel selling a new T-shirt that will help immigrant causes.

Authentic Brands Group Acquires Jones New York

Manufacturing

Authentic Brands Group, the New York brand development and licensing company, is the new owner of the Jones New York label, which was acquired for an undisclosed amount from Sycamore Partners.

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Lawsuit By Former Finance Director Cites American Apparel for Financial Misdeeds and Discrimination

David Nisenbaum, the fired director of manufacturing accounting analysis and audit at American Apparel, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court on April 20 against his former employer. He maintains he was wrongfully fired because questioned the financial actions of John Luttrell, the chief financial officer of the company at the time Dov Charney was still the president and chief executive.

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BNKR Reveals Opening Date

Retail

BNKR starting to advertise its presence.

Frederick’s of Hollywood Has Buyer in Mind With Bankruptcy Filing

With a mountain of debt piling up, Frederick’s of Hollywood filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after closing all its stores.

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Michael Stars Launches 'Artisan Collection' From Haiti

Retail

Michael Stars stores will carry jackets made by Haitian artisans.

Workers File Lawsuit Against American Apparel as Unionization Efforts Heat Up

Three workers fired from American Apparel have filed a federal class-action lawsuit maintaining they were not given enough legal notice or severance pay before they were dismissed.

More Uncertainty over the ‘Made in USA’ Label


Manufacturing

A second federal judge’s ruling is making California apparel makers think twice about how they use their “Made in USA” labels.

Quarterly Report: Finding the Secret Formula to Luring in Cautious Consumers


Finance

In the last year, gas prices in California have fallen 26 percent and the state’s unemployment rate has shrunk 1.3 percent, but skittish shoppers are still acting like there is a recession.

Two True Religion Apparel Sub-Contractors Arrested for Fraud Scheme

Manufacturing

Two sisters who ran separate garment factories working for True Religion were arrested with their accountant on April 15 for allegedly trying to defraud the state workers’ compensation insurance funds.

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Big Kitson Warehouse Sale

Retail

Kitson's big sale will last one week.

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Frederick's of Hollywood Closes All Stores

Retail

Frederick's of Hollywood ceases to exist in the world of bricks and mortar.

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Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th Expands in Northern California

Retail

Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th opens a new store near Sacramento.

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Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th to Beverly Connection

Retail

Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th is opening its first store in Los Angeles County.

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Highlights Trends for Fall 2015 in Runway Show


Directives West

Scores of store buyers filled the Fashion Theater in the California Market Center in Los Angeles for a runway show that outlined some of the emerging Fall 2015 trends presented by the buying office Directives West.

Sean Jean Signs Licensing Agreement With Evy of California for Childrenswear

Manufacturing

Evy of California has signed a design, production and distribution licensing agreement with Sean “Diddy” Combs to produce his Sean John collection for girls and boys.

L.A. Apparel Maker Invests in New York SoHo Hotel


Manufacturing

It isn’t exactly Hotel California. Instead, it’s the NoMo SoHo hotel in lower Manhattan, which is under new ownership and a new name.

Garment Factory Manager Indicated for Alleged Bribery of Labor Inspector


Manufacturing

A federal grand jury in Los Angeles indicted the general manager of a clothing factory for offering to bribe a labor investigator in exchange for closing down a wage-violation investigation.

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Big-Name Retailers Turn Out for L.A. Majors Market


Trade Show

The Los Angeles Majors Market at the California Market Center kicked off on April 7 for its three-day run with a flurry of activity drawing buyers from department stores and specialty chains.

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BNKR Flagship to Downtown LA

Retail

Australian retailer opening its U.S. flagship near the Ace Hotel.

American Apparel Hires New Menswear Designer

Weeks after firing creative directors Iris Alonzo and Marsha Brady, American Apparel made a big hire in March by bringing on board Joe Pickman, a graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York and the former men’s design director of the Band of Outsiders label.

Sequential Brands Buys Major Stake in Jessica Simpson Brand

Sequential Brands Group announced it is purchasing a majority stake in the Jessica Simpson brand, including the Jessica Simpson Collection master license and other rights. No purchase price was given for the deal that should close in 90 days.

ILWU Delegates Approve Tentative Agreement for Members’ Vote

West Coast Ports

The five-year tentative contract agreement between longshore workers and their employers has been given the thumbs up, paving the way for a vote that will set the contract in stone.

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Targeting Women Who Want a Touch of Edginess


Ethereal

Designer Anita Rinaldi-Harnden is a big believer in garment-dyed clothes. For the past 20 years, she has worked with this special dyeing technique and fell in love with the endless possibilities it renders.

The U.S. Dollar Is on Fire: The Pros and Cons for U.S. Apparel Manufacturers.


Finance

The U.S. dollar is sailing at a 12-year high. A strong greenback means that if you travel overseas, hotels and restaurant dinners are cheaper. It also means raw materials produced overseas, such as fabric, zippers and buttons, have suddenly gone on sale.

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Patagonia Hits the Road Repairing Clothes

Environment

Patagonia's mobile worn-wear tour will repair used clothing to wear longer.

American Apparel Reducing Work Force

Manufacturing

Some 180 workers are being let go by the Los Angeles apparel maker.

Jeff Rudes Launches Luxury Menswear Collection

More than two years after selling a majority share of his Los Angeles premium-denim label, J Brand, to Japanese retailer Uniqlo for nearly $300 million, Jeff Rudes is back in the clothing business with a new line of high-end menswear.

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BCBG Founder Puts Holmby Hills House Up for Sale

Fashion Real Estate

Max Azria and his wife, Lubov, put luxury mansion up for sale after many renovations.

Michael Cohen, co-founder of Michael Stars

Obituary

Michael Cohen, co-founder of Michael Stars apparel line, passes away at age 79.

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Fashion and Design Students Take Their Creativity to the Runway


FIDM Gala

Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport was packed with 700 people who showed up for the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s annual Debut show, which tops off the academic year for its fashion, costume and interior-design students.

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