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Deborah Belgum

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Match Your Swimsuit to Your Headphones

Fashion

Woodbury University students work with Velodyne to develop stylish headphones that match students' swim collections.

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When Will Alexander Wang Be At H&M?

Retail

Alexander Wang headed to H&M stores.

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Hot Topic Creates Collection Centered Around Disney's "Maleficent"

Retail

Hot Topic rolls out a new collection based on the Disney movie "Maleficent," the Sleeping Beauty story told from the viewpoint of the evil witch, played by Angelina Jolie.

Joseph Gromek Named to Guess? inc. Board of Directors

Manufacturing

With more than 30 years of experience in the retail industry, Joseph Gromek was appointed to the board of directors of Guess? Inc.

Ever-Changing Technology Keeps Apparel Makers and Retailers on Their Feet

Technology

Charming Charlie didn’t launch its e-commerce site until seven months ago, years behind many of its competitors. But during its first two weeks of operation, the website was inundated with 700,000 visitors and 34,000 submissions in the gift-card giveaway contest.

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Stephen Hyman, Co-Founder of Susie’s Deals

Retail

Stephen Hyman, a long-time discount retailer with nearly 40 years in the business, died on April 7. He was 66.

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Six Degrees of Retail Separation

Retail

Kmart adds singer Adam Levine's women's collection to lineup.

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Kinfolk to Downtown LA

Retail

Grab a few drinks as you shop at kinfolk.

Thimio Sotos Leaves J Brand

Manufacturing

After nearly four years at premium-denim brand J Brand, Thimio Sotos has left the company, where he was the executive vice president and chief financial officer.

How Apparel Manufacturers and Retailers Are Coping With the E-Commerce Threat

Finance

These are tough times for traditional retailers. Many big store chains and specialty stores are finding their business is being swept away by websites that make it easier for people to shop any time of the day or night without even moving from the couch.

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Who Will Replace the Tiara Café?

LA Fashion District

After more than seven years of serving healthy, California-style cuisine, the Tiara Café has closed its doors in the Los Angeles Fashion District.

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Put a Little Woof in that Dress

Doggie Apparel

The doggie dress for success trend is upon us.

Lynne Koplin Named President of J Brand

Industry veteran Lynne Koplin, who most recently worked for denim maker True Religion, has been named president of J Brand, another Los Angeles denim maker.

Levi’s Laying Off 800 Employees in Restructuring Effort

Levi Strauss & Co. is laying off 800 employees, or 20 percent of the workforce, in its non-retailing and non-manufacturing sectors of the company to save $75 million to $100 million a year.

EU Drops Extra Tariff on U.S. Women’s Jeans

Nearly one year after slapping an additional 26 percent tariff on U.S.-made women’s jeans, the European Union has decided to reduce that tariff to 0.35 percent starting on May 1.

What Buyers Are Looking for in an Apparel Company

This year could be a very good year for apparel companies that have a “For Sale” sign hanging outside their front door.

Lynne Koplin Named President of J Brand

Executive Moves

Industry veteran Lynne Koplin, who most recently worked for denim maker True Religion, has been named president of J Brand, another Los Angeles denim maker.

Levi’s Laying Off 800 Employees in Restructuring Effort

Denim News

Levi Strauss & Co. in San Francisco is going on a diet to reduce $175 million to $200 million a year in expenses.

EU Drops Extra Tariff on U.S. Women’s Jeans

Denim Duty

Nearly one year after slapping an additional 26 percent tariff on U.S.-made women’s jeans, the European Union has decided to reduce that tariff to 0.35 percent starting on May 1.

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Eva Mendes Adds Some Oomph to New York & Co.'s Spring Line-up

Retail

Actress Eva Mendes on the publicity campaign for new Spring collection.

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Key Retailers Turn Out at Los Angeles Fashion Market

Trade Show

Buyers from Nordstrom, Nasty Gal, Piperlime, Amazon.com, ShopBop, Elyse Walker, Madison, Ron Herman, Tilly’s, Revolve and American Rag turned out for the Fall 2014 Los Angeles Fashion Market.

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Change Coming With Two Historic Garment Buildings Being Converted Into Loft-Style Apartments

News

Two years ago, Capital Foresight Development, headed by Naty Saidoff, bought architectural gems—the Garment Capitol Building and the Maxfield Building.

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Deckers Opens Omni-Channel Store

Retail

Lots of shoes and different ways to buy them at new store in Goleta, Calif.

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Famous Movie Stars' Daughter Modeling for Gap

Fashion

The Gap Inc. starts new campaign for outlet stores.

Container Traffic to Rise 12.4 Percent This Month

Import/Export

As spring-like weather entices consumers out of their shells to shop, the number of cargo containers being shipped across the ocean to the nation’s ports is expected to increase by as much as 12.4 percent in March.

The Wet Seal Adds Three New Directors to Board

Executive Moves

Teen retailer The Wet Seal Inc., based in Foothill Ranch, Calif., added three new directors who have technology and social media skills to help the company move forward.

Will Europe Keep Its High Tariff on U.S. Women’s Jeans?

Import/Export

The steep 38 percent tariff the European Union slapped on U.S.-made women’s jeans last year is set to expire on April 30, but no one is sure whether the tariff will disappear or be extended for another year.

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Which Fashion Designer is Selling His House?

Rich & Famous

Christian Audigier lists another house for sale.

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Los Angeles Fashion Council Puts the Spotlight on LA Designers

Fashion

Los Angeles designers are front and center for Los Angeles Fashion Market.

New Mart Owner Donates $15 Million to LA Jewish Home

Finance

Many know Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer as the force behind The New Mart building, recently made a donation of $15 million to the Los Angeles Jewish Home.

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The Village Showroom

Showroom Profile

Tina Fleming and her partner Shanon Martin have branched out to their own 1,200-square-foot showroom on the eighth floor of The New Mart.

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Gap Explores Asia

Retail

Gap opens its first flagship store in Taipei.

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Sheree Waterson Named President at Nasty Gal

E-commerce

The online site Nasty Gall gets a new executive.

Container Shipping Prices to Remain Low Until 2016

Import/Export

One nugget of good news for apparel and textile importers is that shipping rates along the Asia–to–Los Angeles route should remain at bargain-basement prices for the next few years.

Positive Mood at Las Vegas Trade Shows

Trade Show

The outlook is encouraging after the recent run of apparel, accessories and sourcing trade shows in Las Vegas, where many exhibitors reported upbeat buyers ready to place orders for Immediate through Fall deliveries.

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WWIN is a Winner

Trade Show

A certain buzz of activity permeated the Women’s Wear in Nevada (WWIN) trade show, which caters primarily to misses and updated contemporary clothing exhibitors selling to specialty stores.

Sourcing at MAGIC Focuses on USA Products

Trade Show

Approximately 1,500 booths with 1,100 companies stretched out under the bright lights of the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

William Rast Label Headed to Europe for Big Expansion

Import/Export

The Los Angeles–centric William Rast label hit Canada last year and was in all of the Hudson’s Bay department stores, now it is headed to Europe, where it will be in stores in Germany, Switzerland, England and Italy.

Swimwear Label Bleu/Rod Beattie Sold to Amerex Group

Manufacturing

The California swimwear label is only 3 years old, but already Bleu/Rod Beattie has changed hands, being sold by New York swimwear manufacturer A.H. Schreiber Co. to Amerex Group.

U.S. Apparel Makers Forgo Free-Trade Production

Import/Export

The United States has free-trade agreements with 20 countries around the world, but only 14 percent of the apparel imported into the United States actually takes advantage of them.

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Check Out Who Will Be Showing at Orange County Fashion Week

Fashion

Five-day line-up at Orange County Fashion Week, starting March 3

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What Did Old Navy Donate to the Philippines?

Old Navy makes a donation to help the Philippine victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

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Who Will Be Inducted to the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style?

Film

Catherine Martin is being honored for her costume designs for "The Great Gatsby."

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Banana Republic Looks to California for Spring Collection

Retailing

Banana Republic injects California cool into its Spring collection.

Swimwear Label Bleu/Rod Beattie Sold to Amerex Group

Acquisition

Bleu/Rod Beattie has been sold by New York swimwear manufacturer A.H. Schreiber Co. to Amerex Group.

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Busy Start to Las Vegas Shows

Show Coverage in Las Vegas

Domestic and international retailers navigated the more than 20 events held across the city at this week's Las Vegas apparel, accessories and sourcing shows.

California Economy Predicted to Improve Next Year and Grow Modestly

Finance

California’s economy next year should be on a positive path, growing slightly more than the U.S. economy as the housing market and other industries forge ahead and grow, according to a recent economic forecast released by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.

Goldwin Ski and Running Apparel Company Opens First US office in Manhattan Beach

Retail

Goldwin Inc., a Japanese company founded in 1951, has opened its new U.S. headquarters in the Los Angeles area.

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Juniorswear Label Launches Medical Scrubs Collection

HeartSoul's New Line

HeartSoul is joining up with Strategic Partners to make HeartSoul Scrubs, workwear designed for young women who want to look fashion-forward while at their jobs in the healthcare industry.

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Vince Relaunches Web Site With Story About Melrose Place

Contemporary

Vince website talks up local neighborhoods, like Melrose Place, to get a sense of community for its online and in-store customers.

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