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Deborah Belgum

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Egypt’s Duty-Free Apparel Production Making a Comeback After Years of Political Turmoil

Import/Export

As President Trump starts whittling away at the various free-trade agreements the United States has with different countries, Egypt is revving up its promotion of its special industrial zones where apparel can be made and exported duty-free to the United States.

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Buyers Navigate Sprawling LA Market

LA Market

The recent Los Angeles Fashion Market was a sprawling affair with permanent showrooms and temporary exhibitors showing at trade shows showcasing everything from Immediate goods to Spring merchandise to a group of buyers that were predominantly local.

The U.S. Free-Trade Agreement With Central America Is Next in Line for a Makeover

Import/Export

Experts are meeting for their fourth round of NAFTA trade talks in Washington, D.C., this week with the idea of wrapping up negotiations to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement by the end of this year if President Trump doesn’t derail the deal.

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Forever 21 Teams Up With Taco Bell For New Collection

Fast Fashion

Taco Bell and Forever 21 hit the runway with their new collection.

OC Mix’s Easy Format Draws Regional Buyers

Trade Shows

In the trade-show world, small can be beautiful.

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Jones Apparel Founder Selling Former House of Famous Talk-Show Host

Expensive Real Estate

Four acres of land next to the ocean in Malibu, complete with big house and tennis courts, is on the market.

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Denim Dominates on the Runway at Directives West Trends Forecast

Directives West

Directives West put the spotlight on Spring/Summer 2018 trends at the retail consultancy’s Oct. 2 runway show at the California Market Center. Trends included plenty of denim and feminine details such as ruffles, floral embroidery and off-the-shoulder silhouettes.

CMC Hosts Series of Seminars During LA Fashion Market

Events

Retailers not only get a chance to peruse the latest Spring/Summer collections at the upcoming LA Fashion Market, but they get the chance to listen to a number of seminars being held at the California Market Center on subjects ranging from upcoming trends to how to improve profits.

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Goat to Open Pop-up Store in Culver City for Sneakers

Retail

The pop-up store debuts at Platform in Culver City this Saturday and runs through the end of the year.

Citizens of Humanity Management Buys Back Company From Private Equity Investors

Manufacturing

Citizens of Humanity’s executive management team and private investors pooled their money together to buy back the portion of the company owned by private-equity investor Berkshire Partners and cofounder Jerome Dahan.

How the Factoring Industry Has Adapted to a Changing Retail World

Finance

As the retail industry has changed into a split personality of online and offline shopping, so too has the factoring industry that finances manufacturers’ production and sales to clients.

UCLA Anderson Forecast Shines a Light on the Troubled Retail Industry

Finance

In one year, retail employment declined by 29,000 jobs. What had been the second largest private-sector employer in the United States has dropped to the fourth largest, according to the recently released UCLA Anderson Forecast.

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Vitamin A Partners With Beek for Sandal Collection

Fashion

Swimwear label Vitamin A designs a sandal collection with SoCal Beek.

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Top Fashion Student Grads Walk Down the Runway at Supima Design Competition

Supima Design Competition

The idea behind the fashion show was this: Recent graduates from seven fashion design schools across the United States were given the assignment to take Supima cotton fabric and whip up capsule collections of women’s eveningwear for Supima’s 10th annual design competition, seen on the runway in New York on Sept. 7.

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Students from the Academy of Art University Hit the Runway

AAU @ NYFW

For some 12 years now, the recent graduates from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco have displayed their designs on the runway during New York Fashion Week.

Kandy Kiss Alleges a Former Executive Stole Its Business With Target

Legal

The clothing business can be a cutthroat industry, especially in these times of retail challenges and shifting consumer shopping habits.

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Fabletics Strides for More Business With Shoes

After four years of online sales, Fabletics adding shoes to activewear.

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Eating Hall Opens in LA Fashion District

Fashion Foodies

A hip new food hall opens on the edge of the Los Angeles Fashion District.

Mojix and CXignited Announce Merger

Los Angeles–based Mojix, a provider of RFID systems and IoT platform solutions, has merged with CXignited, a European company that is a leader in delivering real-time product and consumer data to retailers.

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Christian Audigier Documentary Coming Next Year

Fashion

Next year, a documentary about Christian Audigier, founder of Ed Hardy, will be available to watch on video-on-demand platforms.

Los Angeles Apparel Manufacturers Fined for Labor Violations

Manufacturing

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office cited 14 Los Angeles garment manufacturers and contractors for labor law and garment registration violations following inspections last month in the Los Angeles area.

Style Fashion Week Sees Three Days of Runway Shows During NYFW

Fashion

Style Fashion Week opened its three-day event on Sept. 7 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, located aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid at Pier 86 in New York.

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LA Designer Tadashi Shoji Unveils Spring/Summer ’18 at NYFW

Spring Is In The Air

Los Angeles designer Tadashi Shoji went with a more informal vibe for his Spring/Summer ’18 collection, which was seen on the runway during New York Fashion Week.

Containerized Imports Headed for a Record in the United States

Import/Export

Consumer confidence keeps shoppers buying as the economy chugs along.

CIT Group Names New Chief Strategy Officer

Finance

Commercial lender CIT Group has named Kenneth McPhail as executive vice president and chief strategy officer, effective immediately.

Athletic Wear Maker Prana Names New President

Manufacturing

Prana has named a replacement for its longtime president, Scott Kerslake, who left last month to become the chief executive of Nixon watches.

Taiwanese Citizen Held in San Francisco on Charges of Bringing in Millions of Counterfeit Footwear and Apparel

Import/Export

A former Taiwanese national living in New York was charged with smuggling and conspiracy to traffic counterfeit goods that ranged from high-priced Nike shoes and Ugg boots to True Religion blue jeans after he tried to board an international flight in San Francisco.

Getting Back Into the Apparel Business After a 20-Year Hiatus

Fashion

Step into Trishia Grace’s compact atelier in West Hollywood and you will see her world of fashion influenced by delicate fabrics and femininity.

How Many More Laps Are Left for the Athleisure Trend?

Fashion

Financial gurus around the United States have started to ask whether the prosperous athleisure trend is on its last run around the track.

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Pantone Reveals Its Spring 2018 Colors

Fashion

Spring pops with new colors.

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Westfield Shopping Centers Hook Up With Uber

Retail

Now there's a way to avoid the parking lot at Westfield shopping centers in style.

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Serious Retailers Turn Out to Write Orders at Fashion Market Northern California

FMNC

The August edition of the Fashion Market Northern California trade show is always the smallest of the event’s five annual shows because it is held just days after the humongous apparel trade shows wrap up in Las Vegas.

Who Will Be the Winners and Losers This Season in Holiday Shopping?

Retail

Back-to-School shopping is barely over, but retail gurus are already making predictions for the holiday shopping season.

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Lucky Brand Expands Into Home Collection

Retail

Lucky Brand is offering a home collection that sells at Macy's.

Sourcing at MAGIC: Focus on Vietnam

Trade Shows

At the vast Sourcing at MAGIC show, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, it was around the world in more than 2,000 booths, not around the world in 80 days.

Offprice: Even Discount Retailers Feeling the Pinch

Trade Shows

Bargain hunters should feel right at home at the Offprice show in Las Vegas, held Aug. 12–15 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

WWDMAGIC: A Trade Show with a Party Ambience

Trade Shows

Attending WWDMAGIC, held Aug. 14–16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, is much like going to a disco nightclub. The cacophonous vibes of various soundtracks emanate from booths displaying the latest in juniors and young-contemporary fashions.

WWIN: Retailers From Across the Country Crowd into the Show

Trade Shows

Visitors at the Women’sWear In Nevada Show at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino were greeted by a long hallway lined with displays of women’s fashions being represented at the biannual show.

How Sourcing Managers Are Re-examining Vietnam After the Demise of a Free-Trade Agreement

Import/Export

Six or seven years ago, Steve DiBlasi of Lanier Clothes decided to shift a fair amount of his company’s apparel production from China to Vietnam.

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COS Opening in DTLA

Retail

COS, launched by H&M 10 years ago, has few stores around the United States, but one is opening in downtown LA on Friday, Aug. 25.

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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.

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