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Deborah Belgum

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The Wild Side of Fashion

Fashion

Hong Kong designer Andy Ho goes all out during Hong Kong Fashion Week.

Major Progress Made in Longshore Contract Negotiations

West Coast Port Crisis

After a federal mediator was called in earlier this year to speed things along, West Coast longshore workers and their employers said they have resolved the sticky issue of how the chassis fleet is maintained and by whom.

Prana Names New Director of International Sales

Manufacturing

Prana, the lifestyle and yoga line headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., is going more global with the appointment of Pacho Bedoya as its new director of international sales. He begins his new job on Feb. 2.

Container Volumes Rise with the Business Tide at Local Ports


Import & Export

The Port of Los Angeles reported that in 2014, cargo-container volumes were up 6 percent over the previous year. Total volumes reached 8.34 million 20-foot containers, which is the third busiest year for the port.

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LA Design Student Shows in Hong Kong

Fashion

Woodbury University graduate shows her student collection at Hong Kong Fashion Week.

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Wildfox Swim Shows Off Cruise '15 Collection

Fashion

Wildfox Swim goes from the runway to the retailer with Cruise '15 collection.

Ships Stack Up as Port Terminals Try to Clear Back-Logged Containers

Import & Export

As of Jan. 15, there were 13 cargo-container ships anchored beyond the breakwater that protects the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles.

Full Steam Ahead for 2015 as Economy Accelerates and Gas Prices Drop

Finance

Just about everyone agrees that 2015 is shaping up to be a good year for the U.S. economy.

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H&M Teams Up With Coachella Festival for Collection

Fashion

H&M joins forces with the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to create an H&M Loves Coachella collection.

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Showroom Profile: Necessitees

Showroom Profiles

When her CMC lease expired last year, Hallie Shano decided to move across the street to the seventh floor of The New Mart, opening a 1,200-square-foot space that is even brighter than her old space—if that is possible.

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Showroom Profile: Tivoli Paris Collections


Showroom Profile

For her very first independent showroom, Smadar Elkayam chose to be in the Gerry Building, where other showrooms carrying European lines are located.

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Pac-Man Comes to the Fashion District

Media

Budweiser Light shows up in LA Fashion District, creating a real-life Pac-Man set.

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Nordstrom Rack to New LA County Location

Retail

Nordstrom Rack is opening a new store in Long Beach, Calif.

Will Port Congestion Fees Be Imposed?

West Coast Port Crisis

The worst Los Angeles/Long Beach port congestion problem in a decade still has cargo stacked high on the docks. Goods continue to take two to three weeks to get off out of the ports and onto trucks and rail cars.

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Who Will Be Making More Clothes in LA?

Manufacturing

A deal between Coastal Living magazine and Fresh Produce means more apparel production will take place in Southern California.

Feds Send in Mediator to Help With Longshore Contract Talks

Port Negotiations

The U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service said it plans to send in Scot Beckenbaugh, a skilled mediator and the service’s deputy director, to get West Coast longshore workers and their employers back to the bargaining table.

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Victoria's Secret Unveils 2015 Swimwear Collection

Fashion

Victoria's Secret reveals trends for its 2015 swimwear collection.

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Frederick’s of Hollywood Losing Lease on Flagship Store

Real Estate

Since 2005, Frederick’s of Hollywood has had its flagship store sitting appropriately enough at 6751 Hollywood Blvd., one block away from the Hollywood & Highland retail center and in the heart of the well-trafficked tourist district. But the lingerie store with a beautiful chandelier in the middle of the shop has lost its lease and has to move out by April 27, store staffers said.

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A.P.C. Moves Opening Dates for LA Stores

Retail

French brand A.P.C. pushes back opening dates in downtown LA and Silver Lake.

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Hot Topic Celebrates 25 Years

Retail

The loud music has been going on for 25 years.

Longshore Union Wants to See More Shipping Line Honchos at the Negotiating Table

Talks between longshore workers and their employers have been slogging along since last May with no end in sight for a new contract that would replace the last contract that expired July 1.

Buyout Firm Lion Capital Urges American Apparel Sale

The pressure keeps mounting for American Apparel to put itself on the auction block.

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Frederick's of Hollywood Losing Lease on Flagship Store

Retail

Frederick's of Hollywood losing lease on Hollywood Boulevard store.

New California Laws Will Change Some Workplace Rules in 2015

A new year means a flurry of new workplace laws that go into effect.

2014 in Review: More Apparel Production Returns to the United States

Everyone talks about making their clothes in the United States, but is it all talk and no action? Apparently not. According to a study by a Chicago management consulting firm

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Forever 21 Opens for 14 Hours on Xmas Day

Retail

Forever 21 is one of the few clothing stores open Christmas Day.

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Halston Sells Two Diffusion Brands

Manufacturing

House of Halston sells two brand names for $27.7 million.

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Longshore Employers Call for Federal Mediators to Help Push for a New Contract With Dockworkers

For seven months, longshore workers have been head to head at the negotiating table to hammer out a new six-year labor agreement with their port bosses.

American Apparel Receives Bid to Buy the Company

On Dec. 22, American Apparel's board of directors said that it received a bid to acquire the Los Angeles clothing company for $1.30 to $1.40 a share. As of early morning on Dec. 22, the stock was trading at around $1.15 a share, almost double what it was trading for last week.

2014 Retrospective: Import/Export: Vietnam Makes Great Inroads in Apparel Exports to U.S. Stores


Import/Export

Even though the Southeast Asian nation has a population of 93.4 million people, not even 10 percent of the Chinese population, it is becoming an increasingly popular place for apparel manufacturing. The country’s wages are about one-third to half as much as those in China, and its workers are known for their fine, detailed work.

2014 Retrospective: Real Estate: Retail Rents Climb in Beverly Hills


Retail

During the past year, rents on several prime Los Angeles shopping streets have stayed the course and not risen over last year.

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Parker & Barrow Store Opening on Broadway

Downtown Retail

Parker & Barrow store with custom-made clothes opening in downtown Los Angeles.

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American Apparel Managers Write Letter Urging Board to Keep Charney On After Hiring New CEO

After American Apparel’s board announced its decision on Dec. 16 to fire Dov Charney as the clothing company’s president and chief executive, a group of 30 managers and directors wrote a letter saying they wanted the controversial founder to stay on in some capacity

American Apparel Fires Dov Charney, Hires New CEO

Executive Shift

After months of deliberating, a special committee appointed by the American Apparel board of directors decided on Dec. 16 to fire company founder Dov Charney as its chief executive and president. He had been working as a paid consultant during the investigation, an arrangement

2014 Newsmakers: Staci Riordan and The Fashion Law Project

Legal

Attorney Staci Riordan is known for having a lot of energy and creative ideas swirling around in her head.

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2014 Newsmakers: The Controversy Over ‘Made in USA’ Labeling


Manufacturing

A class-action lawsuit filed earlier this year has led to a lot of confusion lately about how California apparel companies cutting and sewing their garments locally should label their products.

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2014 Newsmakers: Federal Raid in Los Angeles Fashion District Uncovers Drug-Money Laundering Scheme


Manufacturing

Federal agents in September raided some 70 LA garment companies and residences in an investigation undercovering a Mexican drug money-laundering scheme that had been going on for years right in the heart of the Los Angeles Fashion District.

2014 Newsmakers: West Coast Ports’ ‘Perfect Storm’

Import/Export

For many retailers and apparel importers, this holiday season didn’t turn out to be very merry and bright.

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2014 Newsmakers: Dov Charney’s Fight With American Apparel

Manufacturing

For American Apparel founder Dov Charney, it’s been a harrowing year.

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Apparel Importers Push to Bring Cargo In Before Chinese New Year


New Year's Deadline

Wary apparel and textile importers who have lost millions of dollars due to late-arriving merchandise are setting their shipping plans on fast forward even though the holiday season normally signals a shipping slowdown.

Kelly Slater Appoints More Execs to His New Brand Outerknown


Manufacturing

Surf legend Kelly Slater is hoping to rip it with his new clothing label, Outerknown, which will see the men’s collection in stores for Fall 2015 and women’s debuting for Resort 2015.

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Downtown LA Gap Store Opening Soon

Retail

The Gap Factory Store to Open Soon on Broadway.

UCLA Anderson Forecast Takes a Look at California’s Future

2015 Report

California is on a steady course to see job growth outpace the U.S. economy through the end of 2016, eventually driving down the state unemployment to 5.6 percent during that period. That is considerably lower than the 7.3 percent recorded in October.

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Diane von Furstenberg Comes to The Grove

Retail

At The Grove, Diane von Furstenberg opens her newest shop.

Hong Kong Fashion Week Takes a Look at the Fall/Winter 2015 Season

Trade Show

The 46th semiannual Hong Kong Fashion Week will be held Jan. 19–22 at the Hong Kong Convention Centre with a number of fashion shows, seminars, exhibitors and trend forecasts tailor-made for buyers and other attendees.

California and U.S. Economic Growth Looks Brighter for 2015


Finance

California has been slowly adding jobs to its payrolls, and next year should be no different.

Poshmark Fashion App Adds a Layer to Detect Fake Designer Labels

Poshmark, a 3-year-old mobile app launched by Manish Chandra out of Menlo Park, Calif., has unveiled a free new service that will help buyers on the fashion and accessories destination make sure the brands they are buying are the real McCoy.

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Bright Holiday Lights Come to The Bloc

Holiday Retail

Downtown L.A. lights adorn The Bloc, the ongoing restoration of the former Macy's Plaza on Seventh Street.

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Novelty Textile Wins Major Case Over Fabric Design Copyright

Textiles

More than one year after filing a copyright-infringement lawsuit over three different fabric designs, Novelty Textile has been awarded $650,000 in a jury verdict.

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No Change on the Waterfront as Cargo Slowly Clears the Ports

Import & Export

The protracted contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, which employs the longshore workers at 29 West Coast ports, have stalled until Dec. 2. Charges of work slowdowns at the ports have continued.

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