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Deborah Belgum

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Cashmere Sample Sale in Santa Monica

Shopping

With a move to a new office, 360 Cashmere is selling some of its samples.

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Athleta Opening Fifth Store in LA Area

Retail

Athleta one of many stores opening at The Point in El Segundo.

CIT Merging With OneWest Bank

Manufacturing

CIT Group, the largest apparel factor in the United States, is merging with One­West Bank in Pasadena, Calif., in a deal worth $3.4 billion.

P.J. Salvage Hires New Executive to Focus on International Expansion

Manufacturing

P.J. Salvage—the Irvine, Calif., company that specializes in making fashionable loungewear, pajamas and women’s intimates—has hired Emma Wessman to make the venture more global.

Z Supply Hires New Chief Operating Officer

Manufacturing

Z Supply hires on Heidi Muther as chief operating officer to further promote the company's aggressive growth path.

Levi’s Expands Recycling Program

Manufacturing

Levi's, the San Francisco clothing company recently announced it has expanded its used-clothing recycling program to include all its stores instead of a limited number of outposts.

New CEO at Saban Brands

Manufacturing

Los Angeles–based Saban Brands has named Janet Hsu as its chief executive officer effective Aug. 17.

Lucky Brand Reaches Settlement With Laser Company

Technology

Lucky Brand Dungarees and RevoLaze have settled a lawsuit filed last year over a laser technology used for distressing blue jeans.

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Adding Stores in California

Yogasmoga

Yogasmoga, a relatively new New York-based yogawear chain, recently announced it would be adding a small fleet of stores in California as it revs up its expansion plans.

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Cavaliers Player Kyrie Irving Designing for LA Underwear Co.

Manufacturing

This basketball player is shooting for design success.

OBITUARY: Burton Horwitch, Lingerie Manufacturer, 89

Manufacturing

Burton Horwitch, who was president and chief executive of Deena Lingerie for more than 50 years and a founder of Kellwood Co., died at his Los Angeles home on June 18. He was 89.

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SoCal Materials Show Changes Location for Second LA Event

Sourcing for Shoes

The newly minted SoCal Materials Show decided that for its second edition it would move its location from the California Market Center to a hotel near Los Angeles International Airport to make it more convenient for vendors flying in from around the world and the buyers who want to see them.

New Chief Executive Joining Guess Inc.

Manufacturing

Guess Inc. has hired a new chief executive who will be joining the Los Angeles clothing company in August.

Jill Granoff Stepping Down as CEO of Vince

Manufacturing

Jill Granoff resigns as chief executive of Vince.

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Diving Into Swimwear With a Splash

Karen Kane Swim

After more than 35 years of making women’s clothing sold in stores such as Macy’s, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, Karen Kane is wading into the world of swimwear.

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Sole Society and StyleSaint Join Forces

E-commerce

Sole Society offers exclusive StyleSaint apparel on its website.

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OBITUARY: Christian Audigier, Founder of Ed Hardy, 57

Manufacturing

Christian Audigier, one of the more flamboyant clothing makers on the West Coast who launched the wildly popular Ed Hardy label, died Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from cancer. He was 57.

Joe’s Jeans Gets a Little Help From Its Creditors

Manufacturing

Joe’s Jeans got a lifeline when two major creditors gave the Los Angeles blue-jeans manufacturer some more time to pay off some hefty loans—for a price.

Port Traffic Up for Back-to-School Season

Import & Export

Cargo volumes at the nation’s ports are seeing a healthy upswing as retailers start stocking their shelves for the Back-to-School season.

American Apparel Cutting Workers and Costs to Improve Its Financial Pulse

Manufacturing

Days after American Apparel announced it would be closing some stores and laying off workers, about 80 American Apparel workers rallied outside the company’s enormous factory near downtown Los Angeles to protest the way the company is being managed.

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Forever 21 Closing Big SF Store

Retail

A big Forever 21 store in downtown San Francisco shuttering its doors.

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J Brand Outlet Sale

Retail

J Brand Outlet store closing on East Washington Boulevard.

American Apparel Cutting Workers and Costs to Improve Its Financial Pulse

Manufacturing

American Apparel sets out to cut $30 million in operating costs and trim non-performing stores.

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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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.

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