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Deborah Belgum

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Boardriders to Lay off 40 People in Orange County, Calif.

Retail

Boardriders, the surfwear company, is laying off 40 employees according to records filed in early May with the state Employment Development Department.

Survey Finds Sustainability Affects Clothing Purchases

Manufacturing

The results of a survey of 7,300 men and women in various countries revealed that more shoppers are taking into account the role clothing brands are playing in sustaining the environment and preventing climate change.

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Academy of Art University Students Take On Nature and the International Scene for Inspiration in Their Annual Fashion Show

International Inspiration

Students from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco presented their creative interpretations on fashion at their annual student fashion show.

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Students in Flagstaff, Ariz., Win Vans Shoe Contest

Fashionable Footwear

The winners received $75,000 in prize money for their arts program at the high school.

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Woodbury University Celebrates 55th Annual Student Fashion Show

Architectural Influence

Architecture was the inspiration for this year’s Woodbury University student fashion show, where graduates were able to take what they spent years learning and display it on the runway.

Delta Galil Sees Sales Rise in First Quarter

Manufacturing

Delta Galil, the Israeli-based apparel company whose California labels include 7 For All Mankind, Splendid, Ella Moss and P.J. Salvage, reported a 9 percent increase in sales for the first quarter of 2019.

Proposed Tariffs on Chinese Goods Has the Apparel Industry Scrambling

Import/Export

Robert Jungmann has been importing hemp fabric from China for more than 20 years for the T-shirts he manufactures in Los Angeles.

How Far Will Tariff Expansion Go?

Import/Export

As the Trump administration threatened to again raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports as soon as May 10, many were wondering how far it would go and what it would cost the American consumer.

Trina Turk Celebrates 10 Years of Retail in Northern California

Retail

Los Angeles designer Trina Turk opened her first store in 2002 with a location in Palm Springs, Calif.

Max Azria, Founder of BCBGMaxAzria Group, Passes Away in Houston

Founder of BCBGMaxAzria, passes away.

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Halston Goes to the Desert for Pre-Fall 2019

Desert Dreaming

The Los Angeles–based Halston label looked to the desert for some of its pre-Fall 2019 inspiration.

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Designers Calvin Klein and Donna Karan Talk About Their Brands at Annual Beverly Hills Finance Conference

Fashion Designers Talk

In 1968, Calvin Klein founded his self-named fashion company and spent years building up a brand that became renowned for style, sophistication, and sexy jeans and underwear ads.

Brokedown Clothing Finds Success With Quirky Phrases

Manufacturing

When Jodi Benavidez started her clothing company, Brokedown Clothing, her collection of T-shirts, tanks and sweatshirts was known for its buttery fabrics and clever graphics that had a beach vibe or a Western feel.

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Global Travels Inspire Johnny Was Collection for Fall ’19

Johnny Was World

Johnny Was has always been a leader when it comes to infusing ethnic flair into its collection.

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Semi-Finalists Named in Vans 'Custom Culture' Shoe Contest

Fashionable Footwear

Seven high schools in California are among the 50 semi-finalists named in the Vans shoe contest.

Sene Studio Takes Custom-Made Suits in a New Direction

Manufacturing

Athleisure apparel has been at the forefront of a trend that has swept across the country for the past several years.

Bebe Stores Names New Board Member

Retail

Bebe Stores Inc. has named a new member to its board of directors. New to the board is Perry Mandarino, who became a member on April 22. He replaces Kenneth Young, a director who joined the board last year.

What Kinds of Blue Jeans Are Women Buying?

Manufacturing

Blue jeans never fade away, but they come and go in popularity. In recent years, blue jeans have faced increasing competition from activewear and athleisure pants that have more stretch and are extremely comfortable as well as versatile.

Second Generation Sells Its Juniors Labels to L.A. Company

Manufacturing

Second Generation, a juniorswear company founded in Los Angeles in 1996, has sold its three juniorswear labels to a Los Angeles company associated with Star Fabrics.

Clothing Manufacturer Three Dots Closes Doors

Manufacturing

After nearly 25 years in business, Three Dots, a Southern California contemporary knit tops and womenswear company launched in 1995 by Sharon Lebon, has ceased operations.

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Gentle Monster Unveils New Store Decor

Retail

Gentle Monster, the eyeglass-store chain from South Korea, freshens up its decor to keep its downtown L.A. outpost relevant.

Late Tax Returns Affect Retailers Counting on a Shopping Boost

Finance

The U.S. economy is expected to cruise along at a moderate speed this year after whizzing past the speed limit last year.

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Fashionistas Flock to the Desert to Show Off Their Trendy Togs

Desert Dressing

Fashion and parties are an integral part of the Coachella Festival, where the Southern California desert becomes inundated with music fans and partygoers.

The Imprinted Sportwear Shows Change Name

The Imprinted Sportswear Shows will get a name change.

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Johnny Was Store Opens in Montecito

Retail

This makes the 15th store in California for Johnny Was.

Fashion Design Giannulli and Wife Plead Not Guilty in College-Bribery Scandal

Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli and wife, Lori Loughlin, pleaded not guilty on charges stemming from a college-admissions scandal case involving their two daughters.

Fashion Designer Mossimo Giannulli and Wife Charged With Money Laundering

Legal

Nearly one month after 33 parents were indicted for paying bribes to get their children into prestigious universities, 16 of them were indicted by a federal grand jury on a secondary charge of fraud and money laundering.

Levi Strauss Reports Solid First-Quarter Earnings

Manufacturing

Just weeks after going public, Levi Strauss & Co., based in San Francisco, reported that its first-quarter revenues for 2019 were up 7 percent to $1.435 billion over the same period last year. Net income in the first quarter was $147 million compared with a $19 million net loss during last year’s first quarter.

Byer California Cited for Evading Customs Duties by Undervaluing Garments

Import/Export

After years of litigation, Byer California has agreed to pay $325,000 in a civil fraud lawsuit that alleges the decades-old San Francisco clothing company for five years undervalued the cost of its merchandise coming through customs, paying lower duties than normal.

Fashion Designer Mossimo Giannulli and Wife Charged With Money Laundering

More charges filed against 16 parents caught up in college admissions cheating scandal.

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Chip Foster Launches New Basics Line

Fashion

Lakes of the Woods Club is a new apparel brand being launched by Chip Foster of Chip & Pepper Jeans.

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Exhibit Shows Off Costume Designs for 'Fosse/Verdon' Series

Costume Design

Costume designs are on display from the limited series showcasing the lives of choreographer/filmmaker Bob Fosse and dancer/actress Gwen Verdon.

How Apparel Companies Can Deal With a Slowing Economy

Finance

The formula for doing business is slowly changing this year. While interest rates were rising at a steady pace last year, it’s a different story this year. The Federal Reserve hasn’t raised benchmark interest rates in 2019 and may even lower them, which is good news for apparel manufacturers and retailers.

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A Look at Fall Fashions on the Runway

Los Angeles Fashion Week

The runways were full for Los Angeles Fashion Week with styles being seen in two locations this season.

Rue21 to Open a Buying Office in Los Angeles Fashion District

Retail

Rue21, the fast-fashion enterprise that now has more than 700 bricks-and-mortar stores across the country, is opening a West Coast buying office in Los Angeles to be closer to clothing manufacturers that supply the company.

Rent the Runway Sued by Competitor FashionPass

Legal

Rent the Runway was started in 2009 by two East Coast women who hit upon the idea of renting out clothes to a broad range of women who like to mix up their wardrobe but may not have the money to buy a full closet of clothes.

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A Squad of Female Executives Takes Over at Manhattan Beachwear

Women Take Manhattan

Inside the two-story industrial office building that houses the vast Manhattan Beachwear operations in Cypress, Cal­if., a mini revolution is going on.

Guess? Inc. Reports Solid Earnings for Fiscal 2019

Manufacturing

Guess? Inc. has been undergoing a lot of executive changes this year, but that didn’t hamper its bottom line.

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Trina Turk Visits the Vine for Her Fall 2019 Collection

Trina Turk Collection

For her Fall 2019 collection, Trina Turk took a trip to California’s wine country for her inspiration and colors.

New Shared Workspace Going to The Bloc in DTLA

Retail

For those who like to be able to shop in the same space where they work, then a new co-workspace at The Bloc in downtown Los Angeles might just be the place.

Koral Expands Into Men’s Activewear

Manufacturing

For several years now, Los Angeles designer Ilana Kugel has been the creative drive behind the Koral label, which has been producing high-end, stylish activewear for women who value quality and design.

S&S Activewear Shutters California Warehouse, Opens New Facility in Nevada

Manufacturing

S&S Activewear, the 31-year-old distributor of wholesale apparel, is laying off 136 employees as it prepares to close down its large warehouse in Santa Fe Springs, Calif.

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OC Fashion Week Starts Next Week

Fashion

OC Fashion Week launches its first day on a yacht.

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Disappearing Rains Help Buyer Traffic at LA Market

LA Market Brightens Up

A Los Angeles winter of heavy rains and unprecedented cold weather lifted for buyers attending the March 11–13 LA Market Week.

UCLA Anderson Forecast Sees a Downshifting in the Economy

Slower economy sees slower housing starts this year and next.

Fashion Designer Mossimo Giannulli and Wife Accused of Paying Bribes to Get Daughters Into USC

Los Angeles fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli and his wife were named in a massive federal indictment accusing wealthy individuals of paying bribes to get their children into prestigious universities.

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Buffalo Exchange Celebrates 45 Years With Select Vintage and Unique Finds

Retail

The resale fashion house is celebrating with pop-up shops.

Gap Inc. Acquires Janie and Jack Stores

Retail

One week after Gap Inc. said it would be splitting into two separate, publicly traded companies, the company announced it had purchased the Janie and Jack retail chain from children’s retailer Gymboree Group Inc. for $35 million.

Big Challenges for Shipping Industry in 2020

Import/Export

Apparel and textile importers have spent the last year challenged by rising shipping rates and tight vessel space as cargo owners scrambled to bring in merchandise earlier than normal to beat an expected tariff rise on certain Chinese goods.

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