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Deborah Belgum

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Nordstrom Expanding Online and With Bricks-and-Mortar

Retail

Nordstrom Inc. is busy laying down plans for a new outlet store in Orange County while buying an e-commerce site that caters to men.

How a Growing Economy Affects Financing for Apparel Manufacturers

Finance

With interest rates still hovering in single-digit territory, the cost of borrowing money should be cheap, cheap, cheap. But it’s more than low interest rates that determine how much apparel manufacturers pay for a loan.

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Zero Degrees Celsius

Showroom Profile

An abundance of light streams in through the south-facing windows of the new showroom for the Zero Degrees Celsius line.

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Highlighting Apparel Production and Fashion in Colombia

Colombiamoda

Colombia is a powerhouse of apparel production in South America, right after Brazil. And the country is fighting to keep its apparel and textile industry vibrant. Every year, Colombiamoda gets bigger with more pavilions and elements to it.

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Onda de Mar Hits the Runway at Colombiamoda

Fashion

Colombian swimwear maker Onda de Mar shows its latest collection on the runway at Colombiamoda.

UPDATE: L.A.’s Topson Downs Acquires Majority of Rachel Roy Label

Manufacturing

Topson Downs, a Los Angeles manufacturer established in 1971, announced on July 18 it had acquired a majority interest in the Rachel Roy brand from The Jones Group. No purchase price was listed.

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FIDM Students to Design Windows at Saks

Retail

FIDM students to enter content to design the display windows at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills.

L.A.’s Topson Downs Acquires Majority of Rachel Roy Label

M&A

Topson Downs, a Los Angeles manufacturer established in 1971, announced on July 18 it had acquired a majority interest in the Rachel Roy brand from The Jones Group.

Fred Segal Heads to Tokyo in Global Expansion

Retail

Fred Segal, the Los Angeles nameplate launched in 1961 by denim guru Fred Segal, is setting up stakes in Tokyo with its first retail complex outside of the United States.

Love Culture Retail Chain for Sale After Filing for Bankruptcy

Retail

Love Culture, the Los Angeles–based retail chain founded by two former Forever 21 executives, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Cargo-Container Volumes Surge at Local Ports

Import & Export

With contract negotiations still going on with West Coast longshore workers, apparel importers and retailers were pushing to land their goods before a potential work stoppage or port strike takes place.

Controversy Over the ‘Made in USA’ Label

Manufacturing

Los Angeles blue-jeans makers may be headed to court over one little thing: the “Made in USA” label sewn inside their garments. Several Los Angeles denim makers have been hit with class-action lawsuits and legal letters challenging the accuracy of their labels because most of their raw materials are imported from Europe or Asia even though the jeans are sewn in California.

UPDATE: Los Angeles Apparel Industry Could Grow With Hi-Tech Fabrics and Other Innovations

Manufacturing

During the last decade, the number of people working in California’s apparel and textile manufacturing industry has shrunk some 43 percent as production of clothing and textiles has moved overseas.

Los Angeles Apparel Industry Could Grow With Hi-Tech Fabrics and Other Innovations

Manufacturing

Report shows that California's manufacturing sector is shrinking but is still the largest in the country.

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Islands in the Stream

How swimwear designers do their job far away from corporate headquarters

Designing swimwear and running a swimwear company are worlds apart. So why shouldn’t a swimwear designer’s studio be a world apart from corporate headquarters? Many are.

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Blue Jeans Are a Harder Sell to Teenagers, Who Have Other Favorites

Manufacturing

For years, denim hit its stride with everyone snapping up several pairs of blue jeans to wear just about anywhere, anytime. But in recent years, denim has been seeing some new competition, which has the makers of everything denim taking a second look at what consumers want to buy.

Longshore Workers Get Ready to Return to the Negotiating Table

Import/Export

After taking a three-day break, longshore workers and their employers were planning to get back at the negotiating table to hammer out a new six-year contract that expired on July 1.

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Major Investor in American Apparel Commits to Keeping Manufacturing in Los Angeles

Manufacturing

The largest investor in American Apparel has agreed to infuse the company with $25 million so the Los Angeles clothing maker can pay off a $10 million loan that is being called in.

Economy on Strong Footing to Grow, But Apparel Sales Challenged

Finance

For once, economists are in agreement. The financial outlook for California and the rest of the nation is bright for the rest of the year.

Top Investor Commits to Keeping American Apparel Production in Los Angeles

Manufacturing

Investors say they will support American Apparel's factory in Los Angeles and not move it out of the country.

American Apparel Board to be All Shook Up

Manufacturing

Investor wants to see different people on the American Apparel board.

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New Restaurant in Fashion District

Fashion District

New Argentine restaurant, 1810, opens in Fashion District.

Maria Contino Joins Rosenthal & Rosenthal

Finance

Rosenthal & Rosenthal of California announced it has hired Maria Contino as its new senior vice president and business development officer.

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How Vintage Fashion Affects Contemporary Design

Fashion

Ralph Lauren is one of the prime examples of how a designer turns the past into the present. In the 1980s, he built his line on the American prairie look. Most recently, he has been an astute student of the Edwardian period of the early 20th century, which falls in sync with the popularity of the British TV series “Downton Abbey.”

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New Country Western Clothing Online Store

Retail

New country western online store launches in San Diego.

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Ugg Goes for the Tween Market

Fashion and Footwear

Ugg introduces new line for tweens.

Longshore Workers and Employers Continue Talks After Contract Expires

News

Even though the six-year contract between West Coast dockworkers and their port employers expired at 5 p.m. on July 1, the two sides will continue negotiations through the middle of July.

UPDATE: Dov Charney Now Controls 43 Percent of American Apparel Stock

Manufacturing

Dov Charney nearly doubles the amount of American Apparel stock he owns.

Sequential Brands in Deal to Buy Galaxy Brand Holdings

Manufacturing

Sequential Brands Group is getting ready to double its revenues. The company, which got its start in Los Angeles as a clothing company that has the William Rast label, announced it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Galaxy Brand Holdings for $280 million in cash and stock.

Juicy Couture Revamping Stores Under New Ownership

Retail

By next year, Juicy Couture will have a series of new concept stores open to reflect the label’s changing directions under new ownership by Authentic Brands Group.

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The North Face Recycles 1.5 Million Polybags

Retail and the Environment

The North Face takes it polyethylene bags used to ship clothes and recycles them to save the environment.

Dov Charney Wages War to Stay on at American Apparel

In a filing on June 23 with the Securities & Exchange Commission, Dov Charney, the ousted American Apparel founder, president and chief executive, said he met with a group of shareholders last week who want him to continue running the company, and he will fight to stay on.

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Amour Vert Opens First Store in San Francisco

Retail

Eco-apparel company debuts first-ever store in San Francisco.

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New Licensing Partners Announced for Saban Brands’ Julius Jr. Character

Manufacturing

“Julius Jr.” is a new pre-school children’s TV series that debuted last September on Nick Jr., part of the Nickelodeon network. Saban Brands is signing agreements with a host of licensing partners this year and next to make tons of Julius Jr. products.

South Korean Thread Plant to Open in Costa Rica

Manufacturing

With an eye on taking advantage of the free-trade agreement between Central America and the United States, a large South Korean apparel and textile company is building a $50 million thread mill in Costa Rica.

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Delays Mount in Retrieving Cargo at Port of LA

Import/Export

Truck drivers are waiting as long as five to six hours to pick up cargo at some terminals at the Port of Los Angeles.

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Speedo Joins Forces With Red Cross

Swimwear

Speedo will be the official licensee of the American Red Cross in a certain category.

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Suffering for Fashion Isn't New?

Vintage Fashion Trends

Bata Shoe Museum in Canada unveils one of the more interesting exhibits on fashion.

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So What Is the Latest Denim Trend?

Denim World

Everyone seems to be rolling out the same fabric for a new look in denim.

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Immediates and Final Fall Orders at LA Fashion Market

Trade Shows

Los Angeles Fashion Market was busier than expected for many showing at the California Market Center, The New Mart, the Cooper Design Space, the Gerry Building and the Lady Liberty Building, as well as exhibitors showing at Designers and Agents, Brand Assembly and Select.

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How Retro-Style Clothing Formed a Multi-Million Company

Pinup Girl Clothing

Inside a sewing factory in South Central Los Angeles, mounds of colorful fabric are piled high as the buzz of sewing machines punctuates the air.

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Apparel Leaders Defeat Dam Project in Patagonia

Environment

Patagonia wants Patagonia to remain free.

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New Men’s Fast-Fashion Line Launches From LA

Jonny IV

From a clothing factory in South Los Angeles, Eugene Kang is putting the finishing touches on his new fast-fashion line for young men who want style but don’t have a lot of cash languishing in their wallets.

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There's More Than One Way to Charge at Some OC Shopping Centers

Retail

Four Orange County shopping centers will install plug-in charging stations for electric cars.

Los Angeles Retail Rents Rise With the Economy

Finance

Start looking for that new store location now before rents go up even more, because the retail market is heating up.

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Showroom Profile: Gallery 608

Showroom Profiles

For more than 10 years, Jane Mohr shot fashion photography for several well-known European fashion publications—Italian Vogue, British Brides, L’Officiel and Io Donna.

Columbia Sportswear Completes Acquisition of Prana Apparel

Manufacturing

For Prana, a Southern California company founded in 1993 as a yoga wear and climbing-apparel brand, the third time may prove to be the charm.

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Showroom Dog

Canine Escapades

Rusty the Golden Retriever likes to hang out at his owner's showroom in the Gerry Building.

Columbia Sportswear Completes Acquisition of Prana Apparel

M&A

Oirtland, Oregon-based Columbia Sportswear completed its purchase of Carlsbad, California-based Prana on May 30.

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Fast Means Cash for Central American Clothing Makers

Central American Sourcing

Quick turn has always been one advantage for Gua­temala and the other Central American countries that make up the Dominican Republic–Central American Free Trade Agreement. But it is becoming more important than ever.

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