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Deborah Belgum

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Guess Sees Nearly Flat Second-Quarter Revenues

Retail

Guess, the Los Angeles company known for its sexy clothes and even sexier ads, reported a slight decline in its second-quarter revenues for fiscal 2017 as tourist traffic to stores dipped in the United States.

Nordstrom Brings New Concept to LA Store

Retail

One year ago, Nordstrom launched a new in-store boutique called Space. The idea was to feature emerging and advanced designers and labels such as Simone Rocha, Vetements, Comme des Garçons, Ellery and Undercover.

WWIN Brings in Buyers From Across the Country


Trade Shows

About 2,200 stores showed up for the Aug. 15–18 run of the Women’s Wear In Nevada show in Las Vegas, down some 5 percent from one year ago.

Offprice Sees Exhibitor Count Off

Trade Shows

Booths at the Offprice Show in Las Vegas were selling merchandise at a bargain—designer sweaters for $7 and up and leggings for $2.50.

Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against Zara for Allegedly Overcharging U.S. Shoppers


Legal

Walk into a Zara store in the United States and you will find that the price tags on the clothes are marked in euros, the currency for the European Union, with a sticker placed over it with the price in U.S. dollars.

Sourcing at MAGIC Dominated by China


Trade Shows

The vast Las Vegas Convention Center looked like the United Nations when the Sourcing at MAGIC show came to town Aug.

Los Angeles Manufacturers Pack WWDMAGIC


Trade Shows

Boho chic was still a much sought-after look at the recent WWDMAGIC show, held Aug. 15–17 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Vegas is a One-Stop Shop—Spread Out Across Multiple Categories and Venues

Trade Shows

The recent Las Vegas apparel, accessories and sourcing trade shows offered a comprehensive overview of the apparel market for buyers who zipped between the many shows and venues.

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UGG Kicks Off New Fall Collection with Hailey Baldwin

Fashion

Ugg boots has a new classic street collection on the street.

Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against Zara for Allegedly Overcharging U.S. Shoppers

A Los Angeles consumer has filed a $5 million-plus class-action lawsuit against Spanish retailer giant Zara maintaining that U.S. consumers are being charged incorrectly for Zara merchandise priced in euros.

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Warm and Fuzzy Side of Sourcing at MAGIC

International

Chinese girl sells stuffed animals to raise money to send poor girls to elementary school.

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J.Jill Coming to Santa Monica

Retail

J.Jill is opening its first store in Santa Monica this fall.

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American Apparel Up for Sale and Eying Production Facilities Outside of California

Retail

American Apparel has a “For Sale” sign up just six months after exiting bankruptcy, according to sources close to the company.

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Buyers Navigate a Shuffled Trade Show Lineup in Las Vegas Shows

Vegas Trade Shows

Buyers returned to Las Vegas to find a newly shuffled layout during the Aug. 15-18 run of the apparel, accessories and sourcing trade shows.

West Coast Longshore Workers Agree to Talk About a Contract Extension

Import/Export

With the goal of keeping the West Coast ports from being hit with another labor snafu down the road, longshore workers and their port employers have agreed to discuss extending the current labor contract that ends in 2019.

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Sky High Rescue by Helicopter in LA's Fashion District

Flying Fire Dept.

Los Angeles Fire Department sends a helicopter to rescue a worker atop a crane in downtown LA's Fashion District.

Macy’s to Close 100 Stores and Look at its Real Estate Portfolio for Redevelopment

Retail

Among the 100 stores that Macy’s said it will be closing is the Macy’s Men’s store near Union Square in San Francisco.

Long-Time LA Garment Manufacturer Charged With Hiding Income at Israeli Banks to Avoid Paying Taxes

Legal

Masud Sarshar, known for taking an ordinary workwear brand and converting it into a colorful array of pants called Dickies Girl, has been charged by the federal government with hiding more than $21 million in income in Israeli banks and avoiding U.S. taxes on it.

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Burlington Expanding Downtown LA Store

Retail

Burlington Coat Factory takes over part of the St. Vincent Jewelry Center to add on to downtown LA store.

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Macy's Closing in NoHo

Retail

Store in Laurel Plaza scheduled to shutter this fall.

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Off 5th Comes to the San Fernando Valley

Retail

Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th opens third Los Angeles County store.

Cotton Prices Rising as India Overtakes China as Largest Cotton Producer

Textiles

Cotton prices are on the rise after holding steady for the last few years.

Levi Strauss Awards Fellowships to 10 Textiles-Industry Entrepreneurs to Further Their Approach to Sustainability

Manufacturing

Blue-jeans maker Levi Strauss & Co. is putting its pocketbook behind an effort to make fabric and apparel production more environmentally friendly and socially aware.

College Students Will Be Using Mobile Phones to Check Out Deals for Back-to-School Items

Retail

College students returning to school this fall are looking for bargains, and retailers that provide deals will do better than those who don’t, according to a recent survey by the accounting firm Deloitte LLP.

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Making the Most of a Quiet LA Market

LA Market

The recent Los Angeles Fashion Market for Holiday/Resort 2017 appeared to be dead on arrival, but signs of life existed.

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K-Swiss Moving Headquarters to Historic Downtown Los Angeles

After many years in Westlake Village, K-Swiss is making a big move to DTLA.

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Fashion District Sees Old Building Turned Into Apartment Building

Fashion District

The Maxfield Lofts on Santee Street have leased out one-fourth of the residential units since opening.

What Are the Roadblocks This Year for Apparel Makers and Retailers?

Finance

California Apparel News recently spoke with several finance-industry executives about what challenges apparel manufacturers are facing this year that they didn’t have to confront last year and how the presidential election is influencing consumer attitudes.

Ailing Bebe Stores Relying on Joint Venture to Save Its Business

Retail

Bebe Stores Inc., the California retailer that has been bleeding money for the last four years, said its recently formed joint venture with Bluestar Alliance to find licensees for the brand is marching forward quickly.

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Art Deco Festival Returns to Queen Mary

Fashion

The 12th annual Art Deco Festival is a chance to see fashion, art and architecture in Long Beach.

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TV Costume Designs to be Displayed at FIDM Museum

Fashion

Exhibition will show more than 100 costumes from 22 TV shows.

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Elizabeth and James Chooses LA for First U.S. Store

Retail

Elizabeth and James store opened by the Olsen twins.

Pokémon Go Craze Luring Shoppers to Stores and Malls

Retail

The marquis sign outside the Urban Outfitters store in downtown Los Angeles carries a curious message. It says: “There’s a Pikachu in my soup.”

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Artist Collaboration Makes for Colorful Sandals and Shoes

Fashion

California footwear maker Sanuk collaborates with the "Queen of Collage" to make brightly hued sandals and boat shoe.

Forever 21 Opening in Romania With Franchisee

Forever 21, the Los Angeles–based fast-fashion retailer, is hoping to open its first store in Bucharest by this fall.

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Volcom Launches Jeans and Chinos Fit for Skateboarders

Fashion

For its Fall/Winter collection, Volcom develops a blue jeans with the help of the Cone denim mill in North Carolina.

Los Angeles Gift Show Alters Dates Next Year and Moves

Trade Shows

LAMKT, the Los Angeles gift and home market, is moving its more than 200 exhibitors from the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center to The Reef, near downtown Los Angeles.

Daytime Rates Rising to Pick Up Cargo Containers at the Ports

Import/Export

If you want to pick up your cargo containers during the day at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, it will cost you a little more.

Rosenthal & Rosenthal Launches New Division With New Hires

Finance

Rosenthal & Rosenthal, a finance company specializing in factoring and asset-based lending, announced it is starting a new division called Rosenthal Trade Capital to provide alternative inventory-financing solutions to cash-constrained companies.

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St John Knits: Searching for the Magic Formula

St John Knits

St. John, the venerable Southern California luxury label that is a staple in many well-heeled shoppers’ closets, has been on an odyssey in recent years.

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Levi's Acquires Einstein's Iconic Leather Jacket

Fashion for a Genius

For its archives, Levi Strauss & Co. garners the winning bid for Albert Einstein's brown leather Cossack jacket.

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Combat Gent Opens First Retail Store in Santa Monica

Retail

After being online for four years, Combatant Gentleman is opening its very first retail store in Santa Monica Place.

U.S. Port Traffic to be Uneven for Back-to-School and Holiday

The nation’s ports are expected to see up-and-down import cargo volumes for the rest of the year as retailers gear up for Back-to-School and Holiday sales.

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Otis Fashion Design School Moving to Westchester

Fashion

Otis fashion design department packing up and moving out of the California Market Center.

Retailers Increasingly Shifting Over to E-Commerce

Retail

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. That is becoming the popular mantra of retailers as the industry goes through a revolution, according to Marc Heller, president of CIT Commercial Services, a division of CIT Group Inc. in New York.

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Footaction Coming to DTLA

Retail

Footaction building out a new retail spot on South Broadway.

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Getting Energized With Vitamin A by Amahlia Stevens

Swim/Surf

Designer Amahlia Stevens’ swim collection is designed, sourced and produced in Southern California with an eye toward fit, fashion and sustainability.

Mid-Year Financial Review: Retailers Take on a New Attitude as Economy Slows

Finance

As consumers continue to adjust their buying habits and purchase less on apparel, retailers are tweaking their business models to keep shoppers coming through the doors.

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Aussie Bridal Store Opens First U.S. Flagship in LA

Retail

Grace Loves Lace opens first U.S. flagship store in Los Angeles.

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Bike Share Program Coming to Fashion District

Transportation

Several bike share docking stations are being set up in the Los Angeles Fashion District.

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