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Deborah Belgum

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Customs Confiscates Thousands in Fake Nike Air Jordans

Import/Export

U.S. Customs and Border Protection suspected that the Nike Air Jordans inside seven parcels that landed as air cargo near Dulles International Airport outside of Washington, D.C., weren’t the real thing.

Booming Economy in 2018 Means Smart Retailers Will Profit

Retail

With tax cuts in place and unemployment at a record low, 2018 is shaping up to be a banner year for the economy.

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Hong Kong Fashion Week Kicks Off for Fall/Winter

Fashion

Hong Kong Fashion Week introduces a more compact version of its show that highlights Fall/Winter 2018.

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Large Japanese Second-Hand Store Opens on Melrose

Retail

2nd Street opens first U.S. store on Melrose Avenue.

Texworld USA Launches ‘Explore the Floor’ Series

Textiles

An added feature this year at Texworld USA is the new “Explore the Floor” series, which features tours for attendees to walk the show floor with industry experts.

UBM Fashion Partners with the Council of Fashion Designers of America to Help Emerging Designers

Fashion

UBM Fashion, organizers of the various MAGIC trade shows in Las Vegas and other apparel events, is working with the Council of Fashion Designers of America to promote the growth of emerging talent in the fashion industry.

Shoppers Favor Stores That Have Technology

Retail

Shoppers may be letting their fingers do the walking by snapping up fashions online, but a recent survey shows that consumers are willing to hit the stores if time-saving technology is involved.

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Flora and Fauna Infuse the Latest Collection by Kevan Hall

Lacing Up

For his latest collection, Kevan Hall looked back to the 1970s with jumpsuits infused with sophisticated lace and flared pants.

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A Father-Daughter Team Launches a Los Angeles Denim Line

Father’s Daughter

The constant whir of sewing machines and the drumbeat of downtown LA traffic echo through the second-story design studio occupied by Su Kim and her father, Jim Kim.

Free Bella: Sustainable Swimwear at a Reasonable Price Point

Swim/Surf

Francesca Lagudi was still in fashion school when she launched her swimwear line, called Free Bella, two years ago.

Lolli Swim: All Things Gidget and More

Swim/Surf

As a kid growing up in Upland, Calif., Vy Nguyen swam practically every day. If she wasn’t in a swimming pool, she was at the beach. “I was just obsessed with swimming and the beach,” said the founder of Lolli Swim.

Obituary: Jack Berger, Textile Converter, 94

Textiles

Jack Berger, the cofounder of The Print Works, a swimwear textile converting company, passed away on Dec. 16, 2017, of cancer. He was 94.

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The Trina Turk Collection Is Infused With Latin America Vibes and Color

Latin Influence

For her pre-Fall collection, Trina Turk turned her design eyes to Latin America for an infusion of brilliant colors and prints that say “Olé.” Cross-hatch chambray is heavily represented as are fringed tops and ruffles.

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Fabletics and Demi Lovato Join Forces for Third Collection

Fashion

Capsule collection inspired by life on the road and active lifestyle.

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Thierry Mugler Sketches on Display at FIDM Orange County

Fashion

Exhibit at FIDM Orange County includes sketches and garments.

Alstyle Apparel Closing Distribution Center in Anaheim

Manufacturing

T-shirt and sweatshirt company Alstyle Apparel is shutting down its distribution center in Anaheim, Calif., and laying off 81 employees, according to notices filed with the state Employment Development Department.

Sam Edelman Looks to Los Angeles to Develop New Blue-Jeans Line

Manufacturing

Sam Edelman is known for the cute and fashionable shoes the New York company has been making for more than 10 years.

New California Laws Change Workplace Rules

Manufacturing

Starting off the New Year means getting to know the new laws recently passed by the state Legislature. Most of them go into effect on Jan. 1.

Two LA Textile Importers Plead Guilty to Laundering Money for Mexican Drug Cartels

Textiles

Executives at Pacific Eurotex pleaded guilty to money laundering funds for Mexican cartels.

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Paris Baguette Coming to the Fashion District

Retail

Pastry and sandwich cafe coming to the heart of the Los Angeles Fashion District.

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Perry Ellis, With a Few California Labels, Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Manufacturing

George Feldenkreis, an immigrant from Cuba, founded Perry Ellis 50 years ago.

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Neighborhood Kids Meet Santa and Receive Gifts at the Annual Holiday Party by CFF and TALA

Celebrating the Holiday

The top floor of the Cooper Design Space in Los Angeles was filled with 200 children who met Santa Claus, ate typical kids’ food and celebrated the holidays with gifts.

Year in Review in Trade: The Year of Breaking UP and Getting Back Together Again

Import/Export

Some relationships last forever. Others need to be restarted.

Fashion Market Northern California Gets a New Executive Director

Trade Shows

The five-times-a-year Fashion Market Northern California trade show, held at the San Mateo County Event Center, has a new executive director.

CMC Unveils New Trade Show

Trade Shows

At the upcoming Los Angeles Fashion Market in March, the California Market Center is taking the wraps off a new trade show, which will be on the building’s top floor.

Fashion Students Getting Better Tools to Increase Their Tech Skills

Technology

New cloud-based technology is popping up everywhere, and the world of fashion and design is no different.

Hudson Jeans Going to Canada

Manufacturing

Differential Brands—the Los Angeles company whose labels include Robert Graham, Hudson Jeans and SWIMS—has entered into a partnership with Throat Threads Apparel to relaunch Hudson Jeans in Canada.

Charlotte Russe Heads for Choppy Waters After Restructuring Debt

Retail

Charlotte Russe, the San Francisco–based teen retailer that got a lifeline by restructuring its debt without filing bankruptcy, is now headed for a tough time as it tries to convince shopping-mall owners to give it a break on store rents.

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Allen Schwartz Redesigns Santa Monica Flagship

Retail

A grand relaunch party was held to celebrate the redesign of the Allen Schwartz flagship store in Santa Monica.

CMC Unveils New Trade Show for High-End Brands

A new trade show called Label Array will be held at the California Market Center.

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Fashion Students from Los Angeles Trade-Tech Take an Imaginative Journey in Their Designs

Future designers show off

The graduating fashion-design students at Los Angeles Trade-Tech College showed off their creations at the recent Gold Thimble Fashion Show.

2017 Retrospective: China’s Dominance in U.S. Apparel Imports Is Slowly Declining

Import/Export

China’s reign as the apparel powerhouse to the United States continues as sourcing agents find this go-to region a reliable manufacturer of anything related to clothing.

2017 Retrospective: Retailers Starting to Emerge From Their Shells and Look for New Outposts in Los Angeles

Retail

During the first half of the year, retailers were still in a cautious mood and on the fence about setting up new shops on some of Los Angeles’ prime shopping streets.

2017 Retrospective: Higher Minimum Wages Contribute to Loss in Apparel-Factory Employment

Manufacturing

The beginning of the year started on a down note as some 3,500 workers at the American Apparel factory in Los Angeles got pink slips after the company sold its brand name and shuttered its vast factory.

2017 Economic Retrospective

Finance

The stock market is at an all-time high. Unemployment rates have hit rock bottom, and Southern California housing prices have surpassed their all-time high in 2009.

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A Bit of Ho Ho Ho for the Retail Industry

Retail

Seasonal hiring by retailers hits a healthy level in November.

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Surf Expo Adds New Category to Trade Show

Surf Expo Adds New Section

Surf Expo, known for showcasing all kinds of apparel and accessories related to surfing and other water-related sports, is adding a new section called Bluewater.

2017 Newsmaker: American Apparel Reaches the End of an Era With Sale to Gildan Activewear of Canada

Manufacturing

The American Apparel brand was born in Los Angeles when Dov Charney set out to make a basic T-shirt manufactured in Los Angeles by workers who received a fair wage and benefits.

2017 Newsmaker: A New Clothing Chapter for Dov Charney, American Apparel Founder

Manufacturing

Irreverent Los Angeles clothing manufacturer Dov Charney picked up this year right where he was decades ago.

2017 Newsmaker: Hitting the Denim Blues, True Religion Reorganizes After Bankruptcy

Manufacturing

Los Angeles premium-denim companies that sold their expensive dungarees to fashionistas for hundreds of dollars were flying high until a few years ago when many companies saw sales slide precipitously.

2017 Newsmaker: Bebe Closes All Its Stores After Selling Half Its Label

Manufacturing

For decades, Bebe Stores struggled as its losses mounted every year. Top executives came and went but still no solution.

2017 Newsmaker: After Decades on the Contemporary Clothing Scene, BCBGMaxAzria Declares Bankruptcy

Manufacturing

When Max Azria established his BCBGMaxAzria brand in 1989, he was immediately off to the races in the world of women’s contemporary clothing.

UCLA Economists Predict a Healthy 2018 With Clouds on the Horizon

UCLA economists are optimistic about the U.S. economy in 2018 and then see it cooling in 2019.

Denim Production in the United States Hit With Another Blow

Textiles

One of the last mills in the United States to make denim fabric has decided to shutter its denim production and concentrate on technical fabrics.

Trade Observers Fear Trump May Pull Out of NAFTA Negotiations

Import/Export

With little progress in the last negotiating round for the North American Free Trade Agreement, trade experts believe it is becoming more likely that President Trump will follow through on his threat to withdraw from the talks.

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Sample Sale at ABS by Allen Schwartz

Fashion

The sample-sale season is upon us.

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Jennifer Lopez the Next Face of Guess Jeans

Retail

Guess launches its Spring 2018 jeans campaign with a superstar.

Guess Inc. Faces Challenges in U.S. Market With Europe and Asia Taking the Lead

Manufacturing

Guess?, Inc. was founded in Los Angeles nearly 40 years ago with its eye on the U.S. consumer, but its weakest market now is the United States and the Americas region.

Paula Schneider Takes Over as Head of Susan G. Komen

Manufacturing

After decades of working in the apparel industry, Paula Schneider is moving her career in a different direction by taking over as president and chief executive of Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest breast-cancer organization.

Los Angeles Denim Factories Are Struggling to Stay Alive

Manufacturing

Los Angeles has always been the epicenter for manufacturing blue jeans in the United States. Major labels such as True Religion, Lucky Brand, Hudson and 7 For All Mankind built their reputations on that “Made in the USA” cachet, which signaled quality and prestige in their premium-denim products.

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