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Deborah Belgum

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National Stores Is Closing Remaining Locations

National Stores liquidating inventory at its remaining 184 stores.

Jonathan Skow, the Designer Behind Mr. Turk and Husband of Trina Turk, Dies Following Accident

Jonathan Skow, who started out as a photographer and stylist and branched out to designing the menswear line Mr. Turk, passed away on Oct. 12 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 55.

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Los Angeles Market Week Takes Off With Some Big Changes

Changes at L.A. Market

October ushers in one of the more important Los Angeles Market Weeks when showrooms in the downtown L.A. Fashion District are unveiling their Spring/Summer ’19 lines but still filling in orders for late Fall and Resort.

Despite Tariffs, Imports Are Hitting Record Levels

Import/Export

New tariffs on nearly half the goods imported from China haven’t dampened retailers’ zeal for bringing in merchandise from overseas factories.

Levi’s Sees Solid Revenue Growth in the Third Quarter

Manufacturing

Levi Strauss & Co. has been on a roll lately, reporting its fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit revenue growth.

Michael Glasser, Denim Innovator, 76

Manufacturing

No one would ever say Michael Glasser was a shy man. People like to tell the story about how he was in Paris looking for design innovations when he saw a woman wearing a pair of patchwork Levi’s. He quickly chased after her.

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L.A. Fashion Week Mixes the Road With the Runway

LAFW Springs Forward

For the past few years, L.A. Fashion Week has been bopping around the city, setting up runways at different locations that change from season to season.

Levi’s Sees Solid Revenue Growth in the Third Quarter

Levi Strauss & Co. shows strong results for third quarter of 2018.

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Los Angeles Market Week Revs Up

Fashion

Three-day market takes off we a big welcome.

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Nicole Alex: A New Line That Mixes Athletic Support With Everyday Garments

Made in LA

Nicole Zabal had been in the fashion industry for some 20 years when she decided to start her own line of athleisure apparel that had something a little different—a built-in shelf bra in all her tops and dresses.

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Directives West Focuses on Major Trends for Spring/Summer 2019

Spring/Summer ’19 Trends

California style was front and center for Spring/Summer 2019 trends, with designers from around the world looking to the Golden State for inspiration for their breezy styles this upcoming season.

Bebe Stores Changes a Few Board Members

Retail

Bebe Stores announced it made several changes to its board of directors.

NAFTA Turns Into a Three-Way Deal With a New Name

Import/Export

With the last-minute announcement on Sept. 30 that Canada would be joining the free-trade agreement with the United States and Mexico, there will be a new North American Free Trade Agreement covering about $12.5 trillion in trade.

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Guess? Inc. Opens 50th Store in Mexico

Retail

Guess? Inc. has been on a push to open stores in Mexico.

Stitch Fix Headed for Great Britain

Stitch Fix Inc., an on-demand, personal-styling service based in San Francisco that offers online-apparel subscriptions and personal-shopping services, is headed to Great Britain next year.

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FIT Students Take Up the Challenge to Design With Heat-MX

Fashion and Textiles

The world of winter apparel may start looking a little different.

MAFI Award Will Be Presented to Designer Elie Madi at LA Fashion Week

News

Accounting and consulting firm Moss Adams LLP will be presenting the 2018 Moss Adams Fashion Innovator Award, also known as the MAFI Award, to Elie Madi.

How Tariffs on Chinese Products Are Affecting the Manufacturing and Retail Community

Import/Export

Now that the Trump administration’s $200 billion of additional tariffs have gone into effect on thousands of Chinese imports, the apparel and retail industries are figuring out what to do next. Covered in this round of tariffs are buttons, bobbins, yarns, embroidery, textiles, handbags and leather. Apparel is not part of the equation yet.

Court Tells Dov Charney to Pay Nearly $20 Million to Hedge Fund

Manufacturing

The Delaware Supreme Court upheld an early court ruling that Dov Charney, the founder of American Apparel, must repay $19.5 million to Standard General, a New York hedge fund.

The U.S. Economy Cruises Along But With Speed Bumps Down the Road

Could the U.S. economy be partying like there’s no tomorrow only to be faced with a hangover in two years?

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Puma Takes Inspiration from the Fashion District and Other DTLA Spots

Fashion and Footwear

Puma develops a line of limited-edition boots taking inspiration from the Fashion District, the Jewelry District and the Flower District in downtown L.A.

H&M Launches Collection With Recycled Cashmere, Velvet and Eco-Conscious Fabric

Manufacturing

With sustainability the buzzword for responsible fashion, H&M has launched a collection for Fall/Winter 2018 that incorporates recycled textiles, which include cashmere and velvet made from recycled polyester.

Academy of Art University Students Shake It Up During NYFW

Fashion

The fashion students from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco hit the runway during New York Fashion Week, showing their avant-garde and creative collections for both Spring and Fall 2019 at Pier59 Studios, located on the Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.

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Los Angeles Designers Show at Art Hearts Fashion During New York Fashion Week

Art Hearts Fashion at NYFW

A handful of Los Angeles designers stepped onto the runway during Art Hearts Fashion’s five days of runway shows held at the Angel Orensanz Foundation building, originally built in 1849 as a neo-Gothic Jewish synagogue on the Lower East Side.

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Intimate Environment Rules at the OC.Mix Show

OC.Mix’s Intimate Vibe

You won’t get lost at the OC.Mix Show, a compact trade event organized twice a year by apparel company Z Supply at its company headquarters in Irvine, Calif.

Trump Administration to Impose $200 Billion in New Chinese Tariffs

Trump administration will impose tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods as of next week.

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Los Angeles Designers on the Runway at Style Fashion Week in New York

LA Designers at NYFW

Los Angeles designers were front and center during New York Fashion Week when they showed at Style Fashion Week, a fashion and art–oriented event founded by Veronica Welch-Kerzner, whose first runway shows were held in downtown Los Angeles.

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Tadashi Shoji Shoots for the Moon at NYFW

Celestial Bodies

The stars and the heavens above were the inspiration for Tadashi Shoji’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection, seen on the runway on Sept. 6 during New York Fashion Week.

Tariff Threat Pushes Importers to Bring in Cargo Early

Import/Export

There is nothing like the prospect of tariffs on Chinese goods to nudge importers to bring in their merchandise a little early to avoid a hefty increase in prices.

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Forever 21 Introduces Its Kodak Collection

Fashion

Kodak teams up with Forever 21 for a collection of clothing that will be in 600 stores.

Downtown LA Garment Factories Cited for Labor-Law Violations

Manufacturing

Six factories that allegedly were operating under one contractor’s license will have to pay $573,704 in fines for various violations cited by the state Department of Industrial Relations.

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How Three Sisters Launched a Multimillion-Dollar Business With Very Little Money

Family Business Affair

When the Kaviani sisters started their online clothing company from their parents’ home six years ago, they never imagined that their $7,500 investment would mushroom into a multimillion-dollar enterprise selling mostly simple knit basics that have been seen on celebrities including Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Khloe Kardashian and her sister Kylie Jenner.

ReMode Adds Speakers to Its November Event

Trade Shows

The fashion-sustainability event called ReMode has added a number of top fashion leaders to its speaker lineup at the conference scheduled for Nov. 13–14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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Pantone Releases Color Trends for Spring/Summer 2019

Fashion

The trend report incorporates 12 trending colors and four classic hues.

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Trina Turk Reaches for Harmony in Her Resort 2019 Collection

Garden of Color

Harmony and color were front and center in the Resort collection created by Trina Turk, known for her styles that are always colorful.

Guess Stores in the U.S. Make Major Improvements During the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2019

Retail

Victor Herrero, a Spaniard who had worked for Inditex for more than a decade, came on board three years ago as the new chief executive of Guess? Inc. to turn things around.

Apparel Production in Mexico Will Change Slightly Under NAFTA 2.0

Import/Export

The renegotiated free-trade deal between the United States and Mexico has a new name and a new set of rules that will make it a little more difficult to manufacture apparel in Mexico.

Hybrid Apparel Names a New President

Manufacturing

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

Moss Adams Resurrects Its MAFI Award

Fashion

After a two-year hiatus, the Moss Adams Fashion Innovator award will return with the coveted honor being presented on Oct. 6 at the opening night of LA Fashion Week at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Curve Las Vegas Appeals to Retailers From Across the Country

Trade Shows

Loungewear and swimwear were front and center at Curve Las Vegas, a compact show held Aug. 13–15 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

Pooltradeshow Attracts Creative Companies

Trade Shows

Matt Fellows is an artist who takes his sketches and transfers them onto blank T-shirts, which wholesale for $16. He started his MNKR Brand label in Los Angeles 15 years ago and has been a regular at the Pooltradeshow ever since.

Project Womens Takes Off With Lots of Business and Buzz

Trade Shows

It was pajama-game time at Project Womens for Ban.Do, a 10-year-old Los Angeles accessories label that has been branching out into lifestyle items, apparel and, now, pajamas.

New and Old Lines Exhibiting at Stitch

Trade Shows

Priscilla De Leon didn’t decide to exhibit at Stitch, the womenswear show, until three days before the event opened at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

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Bella Hadid Is the New Face of True Religion

Fashion

True Religion taps model Bella Hadid for its new campaign.

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A Better Economy Means Better Orders at the Las Vegas Trade Shows

Leaving Orders in Las Vegas

The conglomeration of apparel, footwear and accessories trade shows, which twice a year invade this city in the middle of the desert, filled the town with thousands of visitors from all over the world under a blistering sky where the temperatures reached up to 105 degrees during the day.

Differential Brands Reports Second-Quarter Earnings Results

Manufacturing

Differential Brands—the Los Angeles company whose labels include Hudson Jeans, Robert Graham and SWIMS—said its second-quarter sales for the period ending June 30 were down 1 percent from the same period last year to $36 million.

Technology Changes Are Driving LA Fashion Industry

Manufacturing

Fashion-industry leaders in Los Angeles far prefer to use Instagram as their social media of choice than any other digital outlet, with most gravitating toward making their social-media decisions in-house rather than using outside consultants.

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Fred Segal Going International With New Stores

Retail

Fred Segal has its sites on Europe and Asia for new stores.

Agenda and Liberty Fairs Moving to Downtown Las Vegas

Agenda and Liberty Fairs are packing up their bags and moving out of the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

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Gump's San Francisco Sells Off Merchandise Following Bankruptcy Filing

Retail

Gump's San Francisco could be closed by the end of the year.

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