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Deborah Belgum

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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.

Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami Adds Events to Second Show

Trade Shows

Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami recently announced the lineup for its three-day show to be held May 28–30 at the same time as Miami Fashion Week.

A Cease-Fire in the Trade War Has the Apparel Industry Wondering What Will Happen Next

Import/Export

The recent lull in the trade war between the United States and China was good news for U.S. retailers, clothing manufacturers and importers who have seen their bottom line eroded by a 10 percent tariff on certain goods imported from China.

Gap Inc. to Split Into Two Separate Publicly Traded Companies

Retail

Old Navy to become a separate company from the rest of Gap Inc.'s brands.

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Los Angeles Designers on the Runway at Art Hearts Fashion in New York

California Love for NYFW

Fernando Alberto was one of the Los Angeles designers who showed at Art Hearts Fashion in New York

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New CEO Named for the National Council of Textile Organizations

Textiles

Kimberly Glas, a former deputy assistant secretary for textiles, consumer goods and materials at the U.S. Department of Commerce, was named the new president and chief executive officer of the National Council of Textile Organizations.

Splendid Names New Creative Director

Manufacturing

The Los Angeles premium label Splendid, which was acquired by Delta Galil Inc. nearly three years ago, has named a new creative director to help grow the brand.

LAEDC Economic Report Sees U.S. Growth Over the Next Two Years

Economy will slow down but will be on a positive path over the next two years.

Charlotte Russe Looking for an Angel to Buy the Retail Chain

Charlotte Russe is available to the highest bidder.

WWDMAGIC Puts the Fun Into the Trade-Show Scene

Trade Shows

Walking into WWDMAGIC is like walking into a warehouse of elaborately decorated stores with a huge party scene going on.

Sourcing at MAGIC Celebrates Chinese New York With a Dragon Parade on the Show Floor

Trade Shows

Sourcing at MAGIC has always been like a mini version of the United Nations. Countries from all over the world exhibit a wide-ranging collection of clothing, shoes, accessories, textiles and machinery.

OffPrice Adds New Section to Discount-Merchandise Trade Show

Trade Shows

New to the longstanding OffPrice show this year in Las Vegas was a section called Boutique Buyer.

Womenswear In Nevada Filled With Buyers Who Gathered for A Surprise Announcement

Trade Shows

Inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, the various ballrooms with exotic names such as Amazon, Brasilia and Tropical were packed with clothing and accessories that painted a vivid portrait of the vast apparel offerings sold in the United States.

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Tadashi Shoji Looks to Southeast Asia for His Fall/Winter 2019 Collection

Tadashi Shoji at NYFW

L.A. designer Tadashi Shoji had his fashions on the runway during New York Fashion Week for his Fall/Winter 2019 collection, which carried influences from Southeast Asia.

Levi Strauss Files IPO to Trade on New York Stock Exchange

Levi Strauss & Co. is going public with filing of IPO.

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Naeem Khan to Headline LAFW

Fashion

The first night of LA Fashion Week will see New York designer Naeem Khan's creations on the runway.

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Rodarte Debuts Fall 2019 Collection in Southern California

Rodarte Collection

Kate and Laura Mulleavy are home-grown designers who grew up in Pasadena, Calif. But their careers and their fashion shows for their Rodarte label have taken them mostly to New York, where their creations are seen on the runway during New York Fashion Week.

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FIDM Unveils Some 100 Movie Costumes at its Annual Costume Design Exhibition

Movie Costume Exhibit

More than 800 people attended the Feb. 2 preview opening of the annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition, which features more than 100 movie costumes from some 25 films released in 2018.

Markdowns Cost U.S. Retailers $300 Billion in 2018

Retail

Who doesn’t love a sale? Consumers do, but for retailers the idea of discounting merchandise by 10 percent to 25 percent adds up.

U.S. Retail Sales on Strong Footing for 2019 With Job Growth Continuing

Retail

Despite rumblings of a trade war with China and an up-and-down stock market, the National Retail Federation said it expects retail sales for 2019 to be up from 3.8 percent to 4.4 percent, totaling more than $3.8 trillion.

Levi Strauss Sees Substantial Growth in 2018

Manufacturing

Levi Strauss & Co., the San Francisco clothing company known for its Levi’s jeans, had a solid year of growth with net revenues increasing a healthy 14 percent in its fiscal year ending Nov. 25, 2018.

Las Vegas Apparel and Footwear Shows Announce Big Location Moves

Trade Shows

MAGIC and WWIN announce big moves.

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Sourcing at MAGIC Kicks Off in South Hall of Convention Center

Sourcing at MAGIC returns to its old location in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Monique Lhuillier Unveils Her Pre-Fall Collection for Ready-to-Wear

Fall Colors by Monique Lhuillier

In 1996, Los Angeles designer Monique Lhuillier launched her self-named company with a line of wedding dresses that had a more modern feel to them.

Fashion Market Northern California Runs Into Some Competition

Trade Shows

A confluence of trade shows and an early date for the apparel and textile trade shows in Las Vegas put a damper on the latest edition of Fashion Market Northern California.

How to Tackle the China Trade-War Challenges

Finance

In the past year, it has become increasingly more challenging to be an apparel manufacturer, importer or retailer in the United States as uncertainty surrounds trade with China.

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American Eagle Outfitters Leaves Hollywood & Highland

Retail

American Eagle Outfitters joins a number of retailers leaving Hollywood & Highland.

Guess CEO Unexpectedly Steps Down

New CEO at Guess has been there before.

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Hong Kong Fashion Week Downsizes Amid U.S. Tariff Tiff

Trade Shows

Hong Kong Fashion Week had a subdued air this year as U.S. buyers have become more cautious about placing orders with Chinese factories, which make up the bulk of the exhibitors.

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Hong Kong Designers Take an Artsy Approach to Showing Their Styles

Hong Kong Fashion Week

Traditionally, Hong Kong Fashion Week shows have been down a long catwalk surrounded by spectators interested in the latest trends.

Chinese Tariffs on Cotton Have Major Effect on Growers

Textiles

A tariff war between the United States and China is playing a big part in the health and well-being of the U.S. cotton market.

Despite a Few Ripples, the U.S. Economy Is Poised for Growth

Finance

If you had to describe what the economic outlook was for 2019, you might be inclined to liken it to the Charles Dickens novel “A Tale of Two Cities.”

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Hong Kong Fashion Week Celebrates Chinese New Year

Trade shows

Hong Kong Fashion Week coincides with upcoming Chinese New Year.

Coats Thread Company Acquires ThreadSol and Opens Innovation Hub

Manufacturing

Coats, the British industrial-thread manufacturer who has been on an acquisition binge, recently acquired for $12 million ThreadSol, a cloud-based digital-applications provider, which becomes a part of Coats Global Services.

Hybrid Apparel Names New CEO

Manufacturing

Hybrid Apparel, the Cypress, Calif., company that does all kinds of casual clothing, announced it has a new chief executive.

Could Charlotte Russe Be Up for Sale or Headed for Bankruptcy?

Retail

After restructuring its debt by more than 50 percent last year, Charlotte Russe Holding Inc. could be up for sale or headed for bankruptcy restructuring.

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The North Face Unveils New Breathable Waterproof Fabric

Textiles

The North Face unveils FutureLight, a new breathable waterproof material.

Hybrid Apparel Names New CEO

Hybrid Apparel names veteran retailer as new chief executive.

Could Charlotte Russe Be Up for Sale or Headed for Bankruptcy?

After restructuring its debt by more than 50 percent last year, Charlotte Russe Holding Inc. could be up for sale or headed for bankruptcy restructuring.

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