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Deborah Belgum

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Orders Despite Uncertainty at Las Vegas Trade Shows

LV Trade Shows

The apparel industry headed to Las Vegas on the hunt for new trends and new business at the many apparel and sourcing trade shows spread across the city.

Denim Defines the Clothing Trends for Back-to-School Apparel

Retail

Consumer spending on clothes and other items should definitely be in positive territory this fall as shoppers are feeling more confident about their economic condition and rising housing prices make people feel wealthier.

Retail Sales Show Solid Gains in July

Retail

Online sales took a giant 11.4 percent step forward from last year as shoppers let their fingers do the buying. Of all the categories broken out by the National Retail Federation, it was the winner in the NRF’s monthly tabulation of retail sales.

Price and Value Are Driving Retail Business

Retail

A recent survey by the International Council of Shopping Centers shows that the majority of U.S. adults are loyal to brands and retailers because of price and value.

Differential Brands Sees Sales Grow in the Second Quarter

Manufacturing

Differential Brands Group—the Los Angeles company whose labels include denim label Hudson, Robert Graham and SWIMS—reported net sales growth for its second quarter but a net loss.

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Janie Bryant of "Mad Men" Creates Collection for Unique Vintage

Fashion

Costume designer Janie Bryant designs 12-piece collection for Unique Vintage.

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Demi Lovato Pairs Up With Fabletics Again

Athleisure

The singer has a collection with 12 pieces.

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Denim Designers Debut First Collection With Pottery Barn

Design

Emily Current and Meritt Elliott debut first collection for Pottery Barn.

New BCBG Owners Outline Their Plans for Moving the Brands Forward

Manufacturing

When Michael DeVirgilio and Cory Baker were figuring out whether they wanted to acquire the BCBGMaxAzria label and its sister brands, they quizzed retailers about whether they were still willing to carry the decades-old brands in their stores. They were happy to find that the labels weren’t on life support yet.

Prana Chief Executive Leaving in Mid-August

Manufacturing

After being with the company for nearly nine years, Scott Kerslake is leaving Prana as its chief executive to take another job.

Hollywood in Focus at WWDMAGIC’s Event Lineup in Las Vegas

Trade Shows

WWDMAGIC, the trade show for women’s apparel and accessories, has a big lineup of activities for its Aug. 14–16 event at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

ILWU Officially Votes to Extend Labor Contract by Three More Years

Import/Export

It’s official. Some 67 percent of the members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have approved a three-year extension to their five-year contract with the Pacific Maritime Association, which means their contract won’t expire until July 1, 2022.

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Klarety: A Clear Vision for Womenswear

Klarety

Shortly after graduating from the University of Southern California, Tina Lo used her degree in economics and communications to immerse herself in the corporate world as a commercial insurance underwriter.

Bachrach Men’s Stores to Exit Bankruptcy Soon

Retail

Only four months after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Bachrach men’s stores is expected to emerge from bankruptcy by the end of August with 15 stores intact.

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Bebe Launches New Campaign With New Direction

Fashion

The look still appeals to the girl who likes fancy clothes and likes to party.

Cotton Prices Holding Stable as China Continues to Sell Off Its Reserves

Textiles

Cotton prices should remain on a level playing field and even decline a bit next year as farmers around the world plant more acreage.

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Quiet August Market in LA Yields Immediate Orders, Out-of-Town Business

Trade Shows

August market in Los Angeles is typically a quiet affair, with exhibitors and buyers navigating a crowded trade-show schedule that includes the massive Las Vegas trade shows later in the month.

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Fire in the LA Fashion District Near Santee Alley

Incendiary

Nearly 100 firefighters show up to put out a blaze in the LA Fashion District.

New Owners Take Over BCBGMaxAzria and Other Labels

Manufacturing

On Aug. 1, Marquee Brands announced it had acquired the entire portfolio of brands once owned by the BCBG Max Azria Group, the Los Angeles fashion house that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Feb. 28.

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Two New Contemporary Stores Opening in DTLA

Retail

The area near Broadway and Ninth street is heating up with contemporary stores.

West Coast Longshore Workers Approve Contract Extension to 2022

Import/Export

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union approved a three-year extension to their five-year contract with the Pacific Maritime Association, which means their contract won’t expire until July 1, 2022.

The Effect of Rising Interest Rates on the Apparel Business

Finance

For nearly a decade, interest rates have remained near zero, meaning it was very inexpensive for businesses to borrow money. But those sunny days may be over. Twice this year, the Federal Reserve has raised the prime rate, and it is expected to do so again later this year.

Bankruptcy Court Judge Denies Lubov Azria’s Latest Move to Receive $7 Million in Compensation

Manufacturing

In the latest saga in the bankruptcy case of BCBG Max Azria Group, a federal judge has denied Lubov Azria’s attempt to receive nearly $7 million in lost wages and a payout known as a golden parachute.

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REI to Open Big Store in Burbank

Retail

REI is taking over a former Sports Authority store that has been closed since Sports Authority went bankrupt last year.

Trade Protectionism and E-Commerce Are Top Concerns for Chief U.S. Fashion Industry Executives

Retail

With a new president in the White House, U.S. fashion manufacturers and retailers said their biggest concerns this year are about new trade barriers going up that would restrict apparel imports.

How the Apparel Industry Is Coping With Higher Minimum Wages

Manufacturing

The introductory video on the Tianello website talks about how the Los Angeles clothing maker’s collection of Tencel and silk tops lovingly passes through 100 hands before ending up in someone’s closet.

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The CMC Balloons With Fun

Events

For a couple of days, the lobby at the California Market Center looked like a big party.

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Erewhon Market Coming to Building Near LA Fashion District

Retail

Erewhon Market is expected to open in the next few years in a hot spot in DTLA.

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Nordstrom Rack Set Opening Date for DTLA

Retail

The unveiling of the Nordstrom Rack at Fig@7th will be this fall.

Henry Cherner, AIMS360 Managing Partner, 66

Technology

Henry Cherner, a Los Angeles pioneer in software programs for the fashion industry and an apparel industry veteran, passed away suddenly from a heart attack on Sunday. He was 66.

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One-Piece Swimsuits a Popular Trend at Swim Collective

Swim Collective

Trim models swiveled from front to back to show off the newest bikinis and one-piece suits created by swimwear designers. Serious buyers on the hunt for the latest in poolside fashions crowded into booths as an explosion of colorful prints and solid colors ran across the ballroom that housed the latest Swim Collective in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Cargo Container Traffic Could Hit Record Numbers This Summer

Import/Export

Protectionist talk may be in the air, but imports are still arriving at our doors.

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Trina Turk Adds Her Design Flair to the Poolside Cabanas at W Los Angeles

Resort Fashion

LA designer Trina Turk puts her touch on the cabanas surrounding the pool at the W Los Angeles.

Hundreds Get Final Pink Slips at BCBG Max Azria

Manufacturing

As operations wind down at the bankrupt BCBG Max Azria Group, nearly 500 layoff notices have gone out to employees of the contemporary brand founded in Los Angeles nearly 30 years ago.

Cargo Container Traffic Could Hit Record Numbers This Summer

Protectionist talk may be in the air, but imports are still arriving at our doors. With the U.S. economy in its eighth year of recovery, cargo container volumes at the nation’s ports are expected to be at an all-time high as retailers head into the Back-to-School season.

Horizon Swim: A Swimwear Label With a Personal Touch

Swim/Surf

By day, Jessi Taylor is an executive assistant at a Los Angeles advertising company. By night she is a swimwear designer who makes her own patterns and sews her own swimsuits—one by one—for her line called Horizon Swim.

Drupe: Around the World With an International Staff:

Swim/Surf

When Mireya de Andrés told her parents she was quitting her banking job in Geneva, Switzerland, to start a fashion line, they thought she was crazy. Fashion seemed to be on the flip side of the finance world.

Home Shopping Network is Being Acquired by QVC

Retail

Two big television shopping cable networks will now be one.

Patagonia’s Bikinis and Board Shorts Hit the Fair Trade Trail

Swim/Surf

Patagonia, the California outdoor-apparel company known as one of the first U.S. clothing companies to embrace the environment, is taking bikini and boardshorts production to a new level.

Solid Economic Growth Pushes Online Sales With Traditional Stores Revamping Their Fleet

Finance

Retail sales are inching forward this year with a strong nudge by online purchases fueled by millennials who prefer shopping on their smartphones and computers.

True Religion Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Manufacturing

True Religion, once a high-flying premium denim brand so popular its blue jeans were constantly being knocked off by counterfeiters, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on July 5 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.

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Shoemaker Donald Pliner Is Back

Retail

Event coming up to buy shoes on sale by Right Bank Shoe Co. of Beverly Hills.

BedHead Acquired by Komar

Manufacturing

BedHead Pajamas, the nearly 20-year-old Los Angeles sleepwear company, has been acquired by Komar for an undisclosed price.

APM Terminal at Los Angeles Port Returns to Normal After Shut Down Following Cyber Attack

Import/Export

A global cyber attack that affected hundreds of companies and their computer systems crippled operations at A.P. Moller-Maersk, the world’s largest container carrier, headquartered in Denmark. Operations returned to close to normal.

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Retailers Revamp Inventory at Fashion Market Northern California

FMNC

Retailers, stuck with cold-weather inventory during a soggy winter, were sticking their heads out of their doors and filling in orders for a better season brought on by fairer weather.

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Banana Republic Hits the Wedding Aisle

Retail

Weddington Way, an online site for bridesmaids dresses and accessories, is opening a physical space inside the Banana Republic in Santa Monica.

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Skechers Goes Big With New Outlet Store

Retail

You won't have a problem finding a pair of shoes at this outlet store.

Bankruptcy Court Approves Stalking Horse Bid for BCBG Max Azria

Weeks after an offer was made to take BCBG Max Azria out of bankruptcy as a shell of its former self, a U.S. bankruptcy court has approved the $165 million offer.

Stitch Fix Names New CFO

Retail

Stitch Fix, the online subscription clothing service based in San Francisco, has a new chief financial officer.

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LA Designer Michael Costello Expanding into Retail from His Downtown Post

Michael Costello

The numbers tattooed on Michael Costello’s arm—12614—say it all. On Jan. 26, 2014, Beyoncé wore the designer’s white lacy and semitransparent gown to the Grammy Awards, and in just one night she pushed the former “Project Runway” contestant to the top of the celebrity-designer map.

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