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Deborah Belgum

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Curated Looks at Stitch, Accessories the Show and MRket VG

Stitch, AtS & MRket

Food trucks and a large teepee in the middle of the exhibition floor gave the trio of shows organized by Business Journals Inc. a more contemporary and avant-garde feeling this year.

Business Stays Consistent at WWIN

Trade Shows

A sea of clothing filled the six ballrooms of the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino for the semiannual WomensWear In Nevada (WWIN) show in Las Vegas.

Sourcing at MAGIC Moves and Grows

Trade Shows

More than 40 countries exhibited at the Sourcing at MAGIC show, growing from 2,050 booths last year to 2,700 booths this year.

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Sportswear Exec Flies American Heroes' Moms to France

Apparel Philanthropy

Sportswear exec loans his private jet to ferry moms to France to see their hero sons honored by French president.

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MTV Takes Over LA Fashion District's Broadway

Entertainment

One block of Broadway closes in downtown LA for a big event.

WomensWear In Nevada Trade Show Acquired by Urban Expositions

Trade Shows

WomensWear In Nevada trade show now under ownership of Urban Expositions.

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Vans Issues Limited Collection to Curb Teen Smoking

Manufacturing

Vans comes out with "Weapons of Mass Ridiculousness" campaign collection of shoes and apparel.

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O’Neill Partners With Cynthia Vincent on New Collection

O’Neill + Cynthia Vincent

O’Neill—the California brand known for its casual clothing, surfboards, swimsuits and wet suits—has tapped designer Cynthia Vincent for its second contemporary collaboration.

Cabana Opens Its First West Coast Swimwear Show

Trade Show

For the last two years, Cabana has been a popular trade show held in two big tents on the beach during Miami Swim Week. Buyers and vendors consistently raved about the well-curated collection of brands and the cool vibe that have kept exhibitors happy and buyers walking through the doors.

Swim Collective Buzzes With Business

Trade Show

Swim Collective is just a few years old, but already it has grown to the size of the very popular SwimShow in Miami Beach, Fla.

Buyers Navigate Changed Format at Las Vegas Trade Shows

Trade Show

LAS VEGAS—The landscape of the Las Vegas trade shows changed again as the giant UBM Advanstar, owner of the MAGIC Marketplace and Project, re-merchandised the layout of its shows.

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Cynthia Vincent Collaborating With O'Neill for Swimwear

Fashion

O'Neill hosts a sunset cocktail party to introduce its collection designed with Cynthia Vincent.

New Vice President at Rosenthal & Rosenthal

Finance

Rosenthal & Rosenthal Inc., a privately held domestic factoring and financing firm, has hired Martin Eckstein as vice president of business development.

Athleisure—Fad or Fashion for the Long Haul?

Manufacturing

A fleeting trend or a cultural shift? That is the question everyone is asking about the popularity of athleisure clothing.

Cargo Container Volumes Expected to Grow Modestly This Year

Import & Export

Despite massive congestion problems plaguing the West Coast ports earlier this year, cargo-container volumes for imported goods are expected to rise 4.2 percent this year compared with last year.

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Patagonia Hopes to Restore the Great Plains

Outdoor Wear

Patagonia Provisions is partnering with buffalo ranchers to restore the grasslands of the Great Plains.

Genetic Denim Has a New Owner

Manufacturing

Genetic Denim, a Los Angeles premium jeans label started nearly a decade ago, was acquired recently by a small investment group that brought in veteran apparel executive Hubert Guez to help turn the company around. The acquisition price was not disclosed.

Fred Jackson Retiring as CEO of American & Efird

Manufacturing

After nearly 20 years as head of the largest U.S. thread manufacturer, Fred Jackson is stepping down as the chief executive officer of American & Efird, effective Sept. 28.

Israeli Clothing Company Acquires P.J. Salvage Brand

Manufacturing

After 20 years of making women’s pajamas and loungewear, P.J. Salvage has been sold to an Israeli clothing company for an undisclosed price.

American Apparel Vacating One of Two Industrial Buildings

Manufacturing

American Apparel has renegotiated its lease, saving the Los Angeles clothing company millions of dollars and giving up one of its two industrial buildings.

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L.A.’s High-End Fashion Designers Test New Categories

New Frontiers

With price-conscious consumers and the athleisure trend changing the way the retail world turns, some of Los Angeles’ eveningwear and red-carpet designers are focusing their attention on less-expensive and casual lines that fit in with people’s lifestyles and pocketbooks.

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Speedo USA Incorporating Used Nylon From Italy

Manufacturing

Speedo USA works with Italian textile company to recycle old nylon fabric for swimwear.

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This Retailer Needs to Look at a Map

Retail

Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th could use a good map of Beverly Hills.

American Apparel Vacating One of Two Industrial Buildings

American Apparel has renegotiated its lease that will save the Los Angeles clothing company millions of dollars.

Israeli Clothing Company Acquires P.J. Salvage Brand

After 20 years of making women’s pajamas and loungewear, P.J. Salvage has been sold to an Israeli clothing company for an undisclosed price.

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Showroom Profiles: Nicasa Showroom

Showroom Profiles

For eight years, Nicole Odenwald was the national sales director for Wildfox, working out of the Los Angeles clothing company’s third-floor showroom in the Cooper Design Space.

COS Opening Its Second California Store

Retail

Up until now, there have been only two COS stores in the United States—one in New York and one in Beverly Hills.

Industry Focus Finance: How Will Mergers in the Factoring Business Affect Clothing Manufacturers?

Finance

In recent months, there has been some consolidation in the factoring and banking business, with CIT Group acquiring OneWest Bank and Sterling National Bank purchasing a factoring portfolio from First Capital Corp.

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Cashmere Sample Sale in Santa Monica

Shopping

With a move to a new office, 360 Cashmere is selling some of its samples.

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Athleta Opening Fifth Store in LA Area

Retail

Athleta one of many stores opening at The Point in El Segundo.

CIT Merging With OneWest Bank

Manufacturing

CIT Group, the largest apparel factor in the United States, is merging with One­West Bank in Pasadena, Calif., in a deal worth $3.4 billion.

P.J. Salvage Hires New Executive to Focus on International Expansion

Manufacturing

P.J. Salvage—the Irvine, Calif., company that specializes in making fashionable loungewear, pajamas and women’s intimates—has hired Emma Wessman to make the venture more global.

Z Supply Hires New Chief Operating Officer

Manufacturing

Z Supply hires on Heidi Muther as chief operating officer to further promote the company's aggressive growth path.

Levi’s Expands Recycling Program

Manufacturing

Levi's, the San Francisco clothing company recently announced it has expanded its used-clothing recycling program to include all its stores instead of a limited number of outposts.

New CEO at Saban Brands

Manufacturing

Los Angeles–based Saban Brands has named Janet Hsu as its chief executive officer effective Aug. 17.

Lucky Brand Reaches Settlement With Laser Company

Technology

Lucky Brand Dungarees and RevoLaze have settled a lawsuit filed last year over a laser technology used for distressing blue jeans.

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Adding Stores in California

Yogasmoga

Yogasmoga, a relatively new New York-based yogawear chain, recently announced it would be adding a small fleet of stores in California as it revs up its expansion plans.

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Cavaliers Player Kyrie Irving Designing for LA Underwear Co.

Manufacturing

This basketball player is shooting for design success.

OBITUARY: Burton Horwitch, Lingerie Manufacturer, 89

Manufacturing

Burton Horwitch, who was president and chief executive of Deena Lingerie for more than 50 years and a founder of Kellwood Co., died at his Los Angeles home on June 18. He was 89.

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SoCal Materials Show Changes Location for Second LA Event

Sourcing for Shoes

The newly minted SoCal Materials Show decided that for its second edition it would move its location from the California Market Center to a hotel near Los Angeles International Airport to make it more convenient for vendors flying in from around the world and the buyers who want to see them.

New Chief Executive Joining Guess Inc.

Manufacturing

Guess Inc. has hired a new chief executive who will be joining the Los Angeles clothing company in August.

Jill Granoff Stepping Down as CEO of Vince

Manufacturing

Jill Granoff resigns as chief executive of Vince.

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Diving Into Swimwear With a Splash

Karen Kane Swim

After more than 35 years of making women’s clothing sold in stores such as Macy’s, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, Karen Kane is wading into the world of swimwear.

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Sole Society and StyleSaint Join Forces

E-commerce

Sole Society offers exclusive StyleSaint apparel on its website.

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OBITUARY: Christian Audigier, Founder of Ed Hardy, 57

Manufacturing

Christian Audigier, one of the more flamboyant clothing makers on the West Coast who launched the wildly popular Ed Hardy label, died Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from cancer. He was 57.

Joe’s Jeans Gets a Little Help From Its Creditors

Manufacturing

Joe’s Jeans got a lifeline when two major creditors gave the Los Angeles blue-jeans manufacturer some more time to pay off some hefty loans—for a price.

Port Traffic Up for Back-to-School Season

Import & Export

Cargo volumes at the nation’s ports are seeing a healthy upswing as retailers start stocking their shelves for the Back-to-School season.

American Apparel Cutting Workers and Costs to Improve Its Financial Pulse

Manufacturing

Days after American Apparel announced it would be closing some stores and laying off workers, about 80 American Apparel workers rallied outside the company’s enormous factory near downtown Los Angeles to protest the way the company is being managed.

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Forever 21 Closing Big SF Store

Retail

A big Forever 21 store in downtown San Francisco shuttering its doors.

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J Brand Outlet Sale

Retail

J Brand Outlet store closing on East Washington Boulevard.

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