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Deborah Belgum

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Backpack Maker Hex Partners with Streetwear Designer for New Looks

Fashion

Southern California technology accessories maker Hex works with streetwear fashion icon Alyasha Owerka-Moore to design a travel duffel bag and travel backpack with a vintage look.

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Orange County Fashion Week Starts on March 6

Fashion

The four-day event will be held in four different locations around Orange County.

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Hong Kong Designers at NYFW

Fashion

Three Hong Kong designers show off their talent at New York Fashion Week.

What Stumbling Blocks Are in Store This Year for Apparel Makers and Retailers?

Finance

The California Apparel News recently spoke with several finance-industry executives about what challenges and bumps in the road apparel manufacturers and retailers are facing this year now that the uncertainty of the presidential election is over, but another set of uncertainties have cropped up under a new administration.

AAPN Conference: Speed to Market Is More Important Than Ever

Manufacturing

Maybe everybody should look to Zara—the highly successful Spanish retail chain that can churn out clothing collections in a few weeks—to survive these uncertain fashion times.

The Wet Seal Goes on the Auction Block

Retail

Another California clothing venture is selling its brand after declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Nasty Gal Shuttering Los Angeles Operations With Sale to BooHoo

Retail

Online clothing vendor Nasty Gal will be spending the next two to three months winding down its Los Angeles operations after British-based fashion online retailer BooHoo won a $20 million bid to buy the company’s intellectual-property assets, trademarks and customer lists.

Yarns and Viscose Rayon Fibers Get Tangled in EU-U.S. Tariff Fight

Textiles

A trade war over Europe limiting U.S. beef imports led the Obama administration last year to propose a set of retaliatory tariffs on mostly food-related goods coming from Europe.

BCBGMaxAzria Outlines Store Closing Plan

Retail

Los Angeles–based brand BCBGMaxAzriaGroup, which has been weathering some tough financial times lately, has outlined its strategy for closing nearly 400 stores in its retail chain of 570 outposts.

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Allen Schwartz Revamps His Company With a New Name and New Business Model

Manufacturing

Los Angeles apparel guru Allen Schwartz is back at it, changing his business model.

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Monrow Opens Store in Venice

Retail

Los Angeles-centric Monrow decides to hit the retail road with a new store.

Dov Charney: From American Apparel to Los Angeles Apparel

Manufacturing

If the business plan sounds the same, it is. Dov Charney is more determined than ever to make his second stab at apparel manufacturing more successful than the first.

Fashion Market Northern California Buzzes With Activity

Trade Shows

Buyers attending Fashion Market Northern California were lined up one hour before the doors opened at the San Mateo County Event Center on the first day of the show, exhibitors said.

New CFO Named to Hudson Jeans Parent Company

Manufacturing

Differential Brands Group has named Bob Ross its new chief financial officer, effective Jan. 30.

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Nordstrom Rack to DTLA

Retail

Nordstrom Rack to take over old Sport Chalet space.

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Designers from the 1950s at FIDM Museum in Orange County

Fashion

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Orange County has an exhibit showing the works of five designers who influenced California's 1950s-era fashion.

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Home of American Rag Owner Up for Sale

Fashion

Mark Werts puts his house near Griffith Park up for sale.

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Banana Republic to Pop With Olivia Palermo Next Week

Retail

Banana Republic to highlight Spring collection during New York Fashion Week, when everyone else is showing Fall.

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Ontario Mills Gets Ready for Chinese New Year

Retail

Ontario Mills will have a host of activities for the start of Chinese New Year.

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Chinese Clothing Makers See Good and Bad News With Trump at HK Fashion Week

HK Fashion Week

Inside the halls that house Hong Kong Fashion Week, many of the exhibitors were rejoicing that President Donald Trump had put the kibosh on the free-trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Hong Kong Fashion Week Takes to the Catwalk With Asian Designers

HKFW

Hong Kong Fashion Week has always been a bright spot to highlight the talents of young designers and accomplished artisans.

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Standard General Sues American Apparel Lenders

Manufacturing

As American Apparel is shuttering its downtown Los Angeles clothing factory and laying off thousands of workers, hedge-fund investor Standard General is suing the various lenders that bailed the garment company out of bankruptcy for the first time last year.

Solid Economic Growth Expected in 2017 With New Trump Administration

Finance

The economy is expected to head down a positive path this year, but department stores and specialty-store chains will be hitting strong headwinds as more people shop online.

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Hong Kong Fashion Week Opens With 1,500 Exhibitors

Fashion

The long-running Hong Kong Fashion Week celebrates its 48th edition.

Gildan Activewear Gets Final Approval to Acquire American Apparel With Retail Stores Closing

A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge on Jan. 12 gave Gildan Activewear the go-ahead to purchase the American Apparel name, some of the brand’s equipment as well as its wholesale merchandise following the Los Angeles clothing manufacturer’s bankruptcy filing in November.

Michael Stars Merges With Its Lerner et Cie Showroom

Manufacturing

For years, the cofounder of the Michael Stars clothing company in Los Angeles owned a separate showroom business called Lerner et Cie, which represented the Michael Stars collection as well as other brands.

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Raj Swim Expands With New Brand and Top Executives

Raj Swim

Raj Swim, the largest swimwear manufacturer in Orange County, Calif., started out the new year with a bang.

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Obituary: Anne Cole, Swimwear Designer, 90

Swim/Surf

Swimwear designer Anne Cole, who came from a family of apparel and swimwear makers, dies at the age of 90.

American Apparel Acquired by Gildan Activewear

Manufacturing

Gildan ups its offer and wins the bid for American Apparel.

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Nordstrom Rack Moving to New Long Beach Exchange Shopping Area

Retail

A new shopping venture rising up in Long Beach gets a commitment from Nordstrom Rack.

Manhattan Beachwear: Building a 21st-Century Swim Business

Swim/Surf

Kevin Mahoney’s spacious corner office at the Manhattan Beachwear headquarters is still sparsely decorated since his arrival in August. But in one corner stands an artistic homage to his 18 years as the youngest president of The Arrow Shirt Co.

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The Row Store Design Earns Award for Santa Monica Architects

Retail

Montalba Architects receives American Architecture Award for design of The Row flagship in Los Angeles.

Bidders Line Up for American Apparel

Manufacturing

As the deadline looms for buyers to submit their bids for bankrupt American Apparel, rumors are flying about who is thinking about making an offer.

After Yogasmoga Bankruptcy, Its Sole-Surviving Store is in Southern California

Manufacturing

Yogasmoga, the upstart East Coast manufacturer of yogawear, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in December, closing all its stores except one.

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Vans Enlist High-School Art Students for Design Contest

Art + Fashion

Vans asks students to put their creative hats on and come up with some designs for Vans' shoes.

Trump Nominates Conservative Attorney to Become U.S. Trade Representative

Import/Export

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Robert Lighthizer to become the new U.S. trade representative in charge of the country’s trade policy.

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US Retailers Suffer in UK

Retail

American Apparel closes stores in England.

New California Laws Alter Workplace Rules in 2017

Legal

A new year ushers in a host of new laws the state legislature passed and now take effect on Jan. 1.

Port of Long Beach Approves Swiss-based Shipping Line Taking Over Hanjin Shipping’s Terminal Lease

Import/Export

For years, Hanjin Shipping Co. was a major customer at the Port of Long Beach, accounting for 12 percent of the cargo containers that came through the Southern California terminus last year.

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Fabletics Expanding Retail Footprint Across the USA

Fabletics Expands

Los Angeles online activewear company Fabletics has gotten the retail bug and is adding 12 new store locations to its lineup in 2017.

RahiCali Seeks Adventure and Romance

Manufacturing

More than 30 years ago, Mukesh and Rajni Jain launched a Los Angeles accessories company called Jainson’s International, which eventually expanded into clothing imported from a family-owned factory in India.

Louis Vuitton Loses Copyright Appeal With Los Angeles Bag Company

Legal

The big French luxury handbag maker Louis Vuitton Malletier hasn’t had much luck convincing a judge that a California tote-bag company that parodies fancy designer handbags is violating copyright law.

Nasty Gal Gets Bid from British Online Fashion Site

Retail

Boohoo.com makes $20 million bid for Nasty Gal's intellectual property assets.

The Year in Tech

Technology

It was a year of investment and acquisitions in the technology world with several major deals going down in printing technology, cloud-based applications and software applications.

Capital Business Credit Acquired by White Oak

Finance

Capital Business Credit, the New York–based finance company with strong ties to the apparel industry, has been acquired for an undisclosed price by White Oak, a San Francisco firm that loans money to small- and medium-sized businesses.

Kellwood Co. Sold to Hong Kong Investor Group

Hong Kong group acquires Kellwood and brings back David Falwell as CEO.

American Apparel Resolves Fabric Dispute With Dyehouse

Manufacturing

After American Apparel filed a complaint in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to get back nearly 250,000 pounds of greige fabric from Tri-Star Dyeing & Finishing Co., the company has agreed to dye the fabric.

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Half-Price Sale at FIDM Scholarship Store

Retail

Bargains galore during the week before Christmas.

Economic Forecast by Chapman University Predicts Solid Growth in 2017

Finance

In its economic forecast released on Dec. 15, the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., predicted a strong U.S. economy spurred by personal and corporate tax cuts, more spending on infrastructure and defense, and an easing of bank regulations.

Woodbury University Names New Head of Fashion Design Department

Fashion

After several months of the position being vacant, Woodbury University has named Anna Leiker to be its chair of the fashion design department.

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