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Deborah Belgum

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How a New Free-Trade Agreement Would Affect U.S. Textile and Clothing Makers

Import & Export

One of the biggest free-trade agreements ever negotiated by the United States could be a done deal by the end of this year. But it is still unclear how the Trans-Pacific Partnership will affect textile and apparel makers that manufacture in the United States.

Topher Gaylord Leaves Mountain Hardwear

Manufacturing

After five years on the job, Topher Gaylord is leaving his position as president of Mountain Hardwear.

Woodbury University Names Five People to its Board of Trustees

Fashion

Woodbury University, known for its wide array of classes, which include fashion and architecture, has appointed five people to its board of trustees.

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Ellen DeGeneres Launches New Line

Fashion

Ellen DeGeneres puts her design stamp on clothes, home goods and accessories.

Obituary: Kristine Garrett, URU Designer


Manufacturing

Kristine Garrett, who founded URU clothing nearly 40 years ago with her husband, Ken Brown, died on June 2 of cancer. She was 69.

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FIDM Graduates Its First Class of Menswear Design Students


Fashion

About 200 people attended a reception and exhibition to celebrate the graduation of the first-ever students who completed a new advanced study program for menswear at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles.

Joe’s Jeans in Talks With Investment Group Over Acquisition

Manufacturing

News sources are reporting that Joe’s Jeans, the Los Angeles premium blue jeans maker that bought Hudson Clothing nearly two years ago, is in talks to be acquired by an East Coast private equity firm.

Legal Action Between Dov Charney and American Apparel Heats Up

Manufacturing

American Apparel chairwoman Colleen Brown, in an anti-SLAPP motion filed June 19 in Los Angeles County Superior Court against former CEO Dov Charney, maintained that Charney was fired in December for just cause after an investigation turned up dozens of lascivious and discriminatory events.

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Calvin Klein Buys House in LA

Fashion

Designer Calvin Klein coming to town.

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If the Suit Doesn't Fit, Donate It

Retail

Men's Wearhouse launches six-week donation drive.

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BNKR Pops Up on Robertson

Retail

Australian retailer BNKR launches a pop-up store on Robertson Boulevard.

Job Growth Looks Positive in California and the U.S.


Finance

With the economy still ticking along, the unemployment rate in California and the rest of the country will continue to drop through 2016, according to the latest UCLA Anderson Forecast.

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Authentic Brands Takes Over Frederick’s of Hollywood


Retail

Authentic Brands Group has completed its acquisition of the iconic Frederick’s of Hollywood lingerie label after Frederick’s declared bankruptcy in April and shuttered its 93 stores.

Port Container Volumes Return to Normal After West Coast Congestion Problems


Import & Export

In May, the Port of Long Beach saw its container volumes jump 4.8 percent over the same month last year while the Port of Los Angeles said its container volumes barely budged, rising only 0.8 percent in May over the previous year.

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Sloane Rouge Hits the Arts District to Showcase Collections

Manufacturing

Going artsy, Sloane Rouge picks a hip cafe in the Arts District as the spot to highlight three seasons of clothes.

The Gores Group Set to Sell Big Strike Clothing Company

Manufacturing

After four years, The Gores Group is selling Big Strike.

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Uniqlo Opens Big Store This Friday

Retail

Japanese retailer comes to a fancy shopping mall.

The Door Revolves Again on the American Apparel Board

Manufacturing

More than five months after taking over as chief executive of American Apparel, Paula Schneider now sits on the clothing company’s board of directors.

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LA Market Draws Low Foot Traffic But Committed Buyers

LA Fashion Market

It looked like a typically lightly trafficked June market, but exhibitors reported seeing committed buyers from across the state and across the country—as well as a few from Japan—during the June 8–11 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market.

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The Secret to Combining Costume Design With Fashion Design

Fashion | Manufacturing | Events

Costume designers and fashion designers are two separate worlds, but in recent years the two professions have begun to overlap.

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Keeping Up With the Shifting Retail Scene

Retail | Technology

Retail is an ever-changing landscape that is expanding to different horizons all the time. But experts have one major piece of advice: Do nothing and you die.

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Torrid Searching for Plus-Size Models

Fashion

Torrid launching nationwide search for the next Face of Torrid 2016.

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Julius Staying in China

Manufacturing

Paul Frank Industries extends a licensing deal with a Chinese company.

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Cherokee Introduces New Children's Wear Brand

Licensing

Cherokee's in-house design team comes up with a new brand that will be sold in India.

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Gallery 705


Showroom Profiles

For three years, Jane Mohr’s cooperative showroom was on the sixth floor of the Gerry Building. But with most of her neighbors being more private-label showrooms and destination spaces, she decided to move to the seventh floor, where there is more foot traffic.

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Kate Hudson Pumps Up Collection With New Men’s Line


Fabletics

Kate Hudson has introduced a line of activewear for men available through the same service. Keeping it all in the family, her older brother, Oliver Hudson, is the official spokesman for the new line, called FL2.

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Yogasmoga Bets on California for its Retail Rollout


California Adventure

Yogasmoga and its relatively new line of yogawear for men and women are taking baby steps to open a chain of retail stores across the country by counting heavily on California for its success.

Paula Schneider Outlines Plan for Turning Around American Apparel


Manufacturing

When Paula Schneider took over as the new American Apparel chief executive, she didn’t think the job would be so contentious.

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A.P.C. Now Open in DTLA

Retail

The doors to the new A.P.C. store in downtown Los Angeles opened on May 30.

New CEO at True Religion

John Ermatinger, who had been True Religion's interim senior vice president of global sourcing and production, was named the new chief executive officer on June 1.

Los Angeles Underwear Importer Pleads Guilty to Drug Money Laundering

Nine months after agents busted a long-running Mexican drug money laundering operation in the Los Angeles Fashion District, an underwear importer has pleaded guilty to several offenses linked to the scheme.

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Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet Opens First Downtown Store

Retail

Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th Opens in Heart of S.F.

Band of Outsiders Shuttering After 11 Years

Fashion | Manufacturing

Band of Outsiders, a well-regarded Los Angeles label that garnered a lot of attention from New York fashion magazines and high-end stores, is going out of business, according to various reports.

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Apparel Production Inches Up in Central America Due to Quick Turnaround


Apparel Sourcing Show

This year’s Apparel Sourcing Show in Guatemala opened with more foreign flavors to its vendors and a political scandal swirling on the national front.

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Burlington to Open Outlet in Downtown Los Angeles

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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