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Deborah Belgum

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Port Congestion Fees Suspended for Shippers But More Problems at the Docks

Import & Export

The silver lining in the West Coast port-congestion problem is this: There will be tons of discounted winter merchandise for sale after the holiday shopping season.

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Byer California Launching Retail and Fast-Fashion Items


Manufacturing

In December, the San Francisco–based company said it plans to open its first outlet store, which will be at the Outlets at Tejon in Tejon, Calif. The discount mall is a convenient stopping-off point for long-distance travelers driving north from Los Angeles through the San Joaquin Valley on Interstate 5.

Stockholder Demands Resignation of Two American Apparel Board Members

A Canadian shareholder who owns a minority stake in American Apparel stock is calling for the last two senior members on the clothing company’s board to resign.

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Turkish Mill Reveals Denim Trends

Isko

Isko, the Turkish denim maker, scouts the globe year-round for denim and fabric trends to help it invent and improve on 300 different new fabric offerings per year.

Levi’s to Lay Off 500 Employees as More Outsourcing Takes Place

Manufacturing

As part of its overall five-year plan to outsource global services, Levi Strauss & Co. recently announced it would lay off 500 people from its offices around the world.

American Apparel Sees Big Rise in Third Quarter Net Loss

Retail

Los Angeles–based American Apparel, the largest apparel factory in the United States, continued to battle financial woes with its third-quarter net sales dipping 5 percent.

Port Congestion Worsens With Mounting Fees for Importers

Import & Export

Apparel importer Ashok Kumar is patiently waiting in Los Angeles for six to eight containers of sweaters and jackets to arrive by boat from Asia to stock his various clothing stores in downtown Los Angeles.

Lingerie Companies Fined for False Claims on Caffeine-Infused Shapewear

Textiles

The Federal Trade Commission has fined two lingerie makers $1.5 million for their statements that their caffeine-infused shapewear would solve a multitude of weight and fat problems.

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The Celebs at the Toms for Target Launch Celebration

Retail

Lots of entertainment people showed up in Culver City for the debut of the Toms for Target collection.

Shop & Dine

Trade Show

Trade shows can be fun, but they can zap your energy with endless hours on your feet or days bogged down at a booth. Here are a few suggestions on new restaurants and boutiques that might make life a little easier when traveling to those trade shows.

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Trina Turk Sample Sale This Weekend

Retail

Three-day sample sale coming up at Trina Turk store in Los Angeles.

Positive Signs for California Job Growth

Finance

More people should be employed in California during the fourth quarter of this year as companies around the state continue to add staff.

Work Stoppage Spreads to Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

Import & Export

Adding to the cargo congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, longshore workers allegedly started imposing a work slowdown at the largest port complex in the United States.

California Apparel Makers Concerned About ‘Made in USA’ Label

Manufacturing

A recent federal judge’s ruling is making California apparel makers think twice about how they label their garments in the future.

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Basic Line Corp. Selling Its Embroidery and Embellishment Company

For nearly 23 years, the Shalom brothers have operated Basic Line Corp., a popular embroidery and embellishment company, out of a huge industrial building they own in Vernon, Calif.

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New Yoga Store Opens First California Store in Los Angeles

Retail

Yogasmoga finds a retail home on the Westside.

Macerich Says Shopping Mall Sales Are Up

Retail

The Macerich Co., which owns Santa Monica Place and a host of other shopping centers across the country, said its tenants saw their annual sales per square foot inch up 4 percent from one year ago.

Jerry Leigh Named New Dickies Girl Licensee

Manufacturing

Veteran Los Angeles apparel maker Jerry Leigh of California has been given the license to make Dickies Girl juniors’ apparel. The license was awarded by Texas work wear company Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Co., which has been making hard core work wear as well as more fashionable pieces since 1922.

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Toms and Target Unveil Their Holiday Collaboration

Retail

Southern California's Blake Mycoskie of Toms Shoes partners with Target on a casual but cool Holiday collection.

St. John CEO Leaving in Early November

Executive Moves

After a little more than one year on the job, Geoffroy van Raemdonck is stepping down as the chief executive of St. John, the high-end knitwear company based in Irvine, Calif.

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Demi Moore and Daughter at Torrid Event

Retail

Rumer Willis hosts fashion guests at Torrid cocktail event at Chateau Marmont.

AAFA Joins Forces with Chinese Textile and Apparel Group

Import & Export

The American Apparel & Footwear Association and the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textiles and Apparel have signed a memorandum of understanding to better understand what is happening in the apparel and textile industries in China.

Burberry to Receive the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award

Fashion

Just in time for its new flagship store opening on Rodeo Drive, the iconic British luxury brand Burberry will receive this year’s Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award.

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Apparel Importers Hope to See Solutions to Local Port Congestion Problems

Import & Export

For nearly two weeks now, Ram Kundani has been waiting to receive seven cargo containers filled with tops, sweaters and dresses shipped from Bangladesh, China and Indonesia to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

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Ann Taylor's Spring/Summer Collection for 2015

Retail

Ann Taylor's creative director goes light and breezy for spring and summer.

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The New Mart Has a New Restaurant

Fashion District

Amante Pizza and Pasta moves over to The New Mart.

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Showroom Profile: Shu Shu Showroom

New Lines

Darlier this year, Hsu decided to make her life more manageable by shutting down her New York showroom and transferring it to Los Angeles.

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Miss Me Jeans Collaborates With Jewelry Designer

Manufacturing

Miss Me jeans collaborates with jewelry designer Dominique Cohen.

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Adding to Cargo Congestion Problem

Port of Los Angeles Fire

A fire that engulfed an old wooden wharf nearly the length of three football fields at the Port of Los Angeles was completely contained by early morning on Sept. 24, port officials said.

Designers and Agents Suspends Paris Show

Trade Show

Designers and Agents, which organizes curated trade shows for contemporary fashions, has decided to suspend its Paris show, which took place for several years in the Marias district of the French capital.

Feds Want to See increased Scrutiny of Cash Transactions in LA Fashion District

Manufacturing

After raids in the LA garment district revealed more than $90 million in cash has been allegedly laundered by apparel importers for Mexican drug cartels, federal officials are calling for a special order to reduce the dollar amount in cash transactions that can be done without having to report them to the government.

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A Different Approach to LA Fashion Week?

Fashion

Maybe designers should take to the LA streets to show their new collections.

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New Sam Edelman Flagship Store in Southern California

Retail

The West Coast gets its first Sam Edelman flagship store.

Customs Officials Ease Back on Changes for First-Sale Rule

Import & Export

Customs officials have stopped pushing for major adjustments to the so-called “First-Sale Rule,” which would have required handing over a boatload of documents to validate where goods were made and at what price.

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How Mounting Congestion at Local Ports Is Affecting Apparel Importers

Import & Export

Bob Wysocki of Sears Holdings complained that sometimes it takes as long as one to two weeks to extract his merchandise out of the port complex in Los Angeles and get Sears’ cargo containers on a train, where it might take another two weeks to reach a warehouse.

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Allen Schwartz's Store Celebrates Big Anniversary

Retail

ABS by Allen Schwartz store celebrates big anniversary in Santa Monica, Calif.

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Wildfox Opens in Sunset Plaza

Retail

Wildfox opens first flagship store in Sunset Plaza.

What a Proposed $13.25 an Hour Minimum Wage Would Mean for LA’s Apparel Industry

Manufacturing

On Labor Day, Sept. 1, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed raising the city’s minimum wage to $13.25 in the next 2½ years.

UCLA Anderson Forecast Sees California’s Economy Inching Ahead

Economic Forecast

The latest UCLA Anderson Forecast, released on Sept. 11, shows California's economy making slow progress with the operative word here being “slow.”

UPDATE Feds Raid LA Garment Companies in Mexican Drug Money-Laundering Scheme

LA Fashion District

Scores of federal and local law enforcement agents early Wednesday swarmed dozens of residences and apparel businesses in Los Angeles to crack down on a long-running money laundering scheme benefiting two drug cartels in Mexico.

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Levi's Gets into the Body-Shaping Jeans Game

Retail

Levi's Launches a Line of Body-shaping jeans at Walmart, Kmart and Meijer stores.

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Patagonia Introduces New Nano-Air Products That Are Extremely Light

Manufacturing

Most outdoor athletes know that when the going gets tough, you start to heat up and have to shed layers of clothing.

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More Services Jump In to Bring Apparel Production Back to Los Angeles

Made in LA

When Mike Basteguian was growing up in Los Angeles, his family’s garment factory was one of 80 clothing contractors in the early 1990s. Today, there are only a handful of factories.

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Run Wild With the Ponies

Isle Poni Lo

In her first luxury swimwear collection ever designed, Ashley Morgan Foster knew she wanted it to be as ecologically viable as possible.

Denim Trends: How Unskinny Can Denim Get?

Manufacturing

Trend forecasters say there is a shake-up occurring in the denim world as we know it.

West Coast Dockworkers and Port Employers Make Progress in Negotiations

Import & Export

The long and drawn-out contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association took a giant step forward.

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WWIN Caters to Specialty Stores

Trade Shows

All six ballrooms were packed at the Women’s Wear in Nevada (WWIN) show, which took place Aug. 18–21 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

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Capsule Is Compact

Trade Shows

Many exhibiting and wandering through the Capsule show, an edited collection of everything hip in the world of apparel and accessories, enjoyed the airy feeling of the event, held Aug. 18–20 at The Venetian ballroom along with the other five shows that make up the relatively new Modern Assembly group.

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New Sources at Sourcing at MAGIC

Trade Shows

Walking into Sourcing at MAGIC at the Las Vegas Convention Center is a little bit like taking a trip to the United Nations. It seems that just about every region or country in the world has sent a group of apparel or shoe manufacturers in search of new business.

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The Hello Kitty Convention in L.A.

Fun stuff

The first-official Hello Kitty fan convention will be held in downtown L.A. in late October.

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