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Deborah Belgum

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Michael Cohen, co-founder of Michael Stars

Obituary

Michael Cohen, co-founder of Michael Stars apparel line, passes away at age 79.

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Fashion and Design Students Take Their Creativity to the Runway


FIDM Gala

Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport was packed with 700 people who showed up for the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s annual Debut show, which tops off the academic year for its fashion, costume and interior-design students.

Dov Charney Seeking $40 Million in Wrongful-Termination Complaint Against American Apparel

Manufacturing

Three months after Dov Charney was dismissed from American Apparel as its chief executive officer, the founder of the Los Angeles clothing company is seeking $40 million in damages stemming from his termination.

C&C California Sold to Los Angeles Licensing Company

Manufacturing

Perry Ellis recently announced it sold C&C California’s intellectual-property rights and trademark to Los Angeles licensing company ACH C&C Inc., a newly created venture by members of ACI Licensing, a Los Angeles licensing agency for personality chefs, TV programs and brands.

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LA Opera Costumes for Sale

Fashion

Los Angeles Opera has a ton of costumes for sale on March 28.

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Hot Topic Introduces "Orphan Black" Collection

Retail

Hot Topic has developed a limited clothing collection inspired by the TV thriller "Orphan Black."

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Orders, Out-of-Town Buyers and Mixed Traffic Reports

L.A. Market

Traffic appeared lighter than usual for March at the recent run of Los Angeles Fashion Week, but exhibitors said traffic was steady and reported landing orders from local and out-of town retailers.

Georges Marciano Files Lawsuit Against Guess Over Name

Manufacturing | Legal

Georges Marciano, who founded Guess 35 years ago, filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles clothing company run by his brothers to be able to use his name for new clothing labels he wants to develop.

American Apparel Resolves Lawsuits Against Ousted CEO Dov Charney


Manufacturing | Legal

Months after firing Dov Charney, two lawsuits against the founder and former chief executive of American Apparel have been settled.

New American Apparel Director on Board After One Board Member Resigns

Manufacturing

Los Angeles–based American Apparel’s board of directors has had several members come and go in the wake of founder Dov Charney being suspended and later terminated as the president and chief executive.

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Unicolors Wins Another Copyright Infringement Case Over Fabric Design


Manufacturing | Legal

Nearly one year after filing a lawsuit over a colorful fabric design, Unicolors Inc. has been awarded $164,400 in a case over copyright infringement.

Otis Report: L.A.s’ Creative Economy Slowly Regaining Jobs, but Fashion Manufacturing Continues to Shrink

The Los Angeles County fashion industry is the second-largest sector in the local creative economy, right behind the entertainment industry and just ahead of the publishing industry.

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Sue Wong Dazzles With Her Designs

Fashion

Sue Wong fashion show kicks off Arts Heart Fashion's four days of runway events.

East Coast Ports Benefited from West Coast Cargo Diversions

In a sign of how bad the port congestion problem grew on the West Coast this January, East Coast ports ended up handling 45 percent of the cargo containertraffic that entered the United States, up from 36 percent during the same month last year.

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Mission Showroom


Showroom Profiles

Inside the Mission Showroom, the décor is minimalist, but the various brands are not. They range from clunky jewelry and fashion-forward sunglasses to colorful men’s socks and athletic streetwear.

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H&M Debuts Exclusive H&M Studio Collection for Fall

Fashion

Retailer unveils its H&M Studio, a limited-edition collection available Sept. 10.

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What’s Up for Solving the Ports’ Congestion Problems


Import & Export

Even though a labor dispute has been tentatively resolved, port officials in the Los Angeles area admit it will take at least three months to deal with the traffic jam of goods that has plagued the watery transportation centers since October.

NRF President Calls for a Better Way to Resolve Labor Union Disputes


Retail

Noting that the retail industry is highly reliant on just-in-time delivery of goods, the head of the National Retail Federation said many retailers were economically hurt by the recent West Coast port problems and labor slowdowns that led to imported merchandise taking weeks and even months to be delivered.

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Las Vegas Trade Shows

February 2015

Coverage the recent trade shows in Las Vegas

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Consistently Busy at WWIN


Trade Shows

At the WWIN (Women’s Wear in Nevada) show, tables were filled with buyers perusing collections and taking notes or writing orders.

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Stitch, Accessories the Show, MRKT VG


Trade Shows

Just about everybody was happy at the trio of shows organized by Business Journals Inc., except for the Canadian buyers wandering the Sands Expo at Venetian/Palazzo, where the shows were held.

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Around the World at Sourcing at MAGIC


Trade Shows | Import/Export


The South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center turned into the United Nations for the semiannual Sourcing at MAGIC show, which ran Feb. 16–19.

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Nordstrom Leaving Westside Pavilion for Century City

Retail

Nordstrom saying adios to the Westside Pavilion

Ports Still Clogged With Waiting Ships

West Coast Ports

Hammering out a tentative contract with longshore workers took nine months of negotiations. Now importers are hoping it doesn’t take as long to clear thebacklog of merchandising floating on the water outside the country’s largest ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach.

American Apparel Fires Creative Director and Adds Two New Executives

Executive Shift

Nearly two months after Paula Schneider took over as the new head of American Apparel, she has fired the company’s long-time creativedirector, Iris Alonzo.

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The Day After the Oscars

Fashion & Entertainment

The party is over as crews start to dismantle the arrival area outside the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Longshore Workers Reach Tentative Agreement With Employers

Import/Export

After nine months of talks, longshore workers reach a tentative agreement with their employers.

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AG Jeans Sample Store Closing This Weekend

Retail

Last chance for big bargains on AG Jeans.

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Good International Turnout and Strong Interest in Immediates

Vegas Trade Shows

International buyers and retailers looking to restock diminished inventories circulated around the more than 20 apparel, accessories and sourcing trade shows in Las Vegas

Hudson Jeans Founder Fights to Get His Company Back

Denim Report

Sometimes breaking up is hard to do. But Hudson Jeans founder Peter Kim is trying to do just that.

California Economy on a Sound Footing for the Next Two Years

Economic Forecast

All signs point to the U.S. and California economy picking up speed in 2015 and 2016 and leaving the Great Recession in the dust.

Port Cargo Container Volumes Drop as Longshore Contract Negotiations Continue

Import & Export

Work slowdowns, idling ships and closed weekend gates all contributed to cargo volumes at California’s ports dropping precipitously in January compared with the same month last year.

Industry Focus: Factoring in the Age of Start-Up Apparel Companies and E-commerce

Finance

California Apparel News recently spoke with some finance-industry executives to find out how their companies approach financing new businesses and how selling to e-tailers differs from selling to a bricks-and-mortar retailer.

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Pantone Reveals Top Ten Colors for Fall 2015

Fashion

Pantone, one of the top authorities for predicting trendy colors for the design industry, has another nine colors that are making the Top 10. The designator of future colors unveiled its Top 10 list just in time for New York Fashion Week.

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Veteran Designer Barbara Lesser Launches New Line of Tops

Manufacturing | Designer Profile

Last fall, the Los Angeles label decided to pull back and revamp. The result is a new brand called Love Barbara, a line of tops that launches with a Fall 2015 collection that will be shown at the Stitch trade show Feb. 23–25 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

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Troubles Pile Up at West Coast Ports

Import & Export

Labor Secretary Tom Perez being called in to help the two sides conclude longshore contract negotiations while West Coast port operations are bogged down in cargo containers.

California Market Center Changes Fashion Market Dates

Trade Show

The California Market Center has realigned the dates it will be holding the next four editions of Los Angeles Fashion Market so they will begin on Mondays and end on Thursdays.

Kingpins Show to Discuss Denim Sustainability in New Conference Concept

Textiles | Trade Show

To address that issue, denim sustainability will be one of the main topics at the next Kingpins Show, the international denim sourcing show whose next edition will be April 16–18 in Amsterdam.

BCBG Max Azria Group Gets Infusion of Cash

Manufacturing | Retail

The ailing BCBG Max Azria Group, which has a mountain of debt, received a $135 million infusion of cash from Guggenheim Partners and other affiliated investors.

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Forever 21 Arrives on Fifth Avenue

Retail

Forever 21 opens a new store on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

BCBG Max Azria Group Gets Infusion of Cash

Retail

BCBG Max Azria Group get infusion of cash.

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Hot Topic to Launch Cinderella Limited-Edition Collection

Retail

Hot Topic partners with Walt Disney for a limited-edition clothing collection based on the "Cinderella" movie coming out March 13.

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New President at the Helm of Michael Stars


Retail | Manufacturing

After 30 years as president of contemporary clothing label Michael Stars, Michael Cohen has stepped down as the head of the company, turning the job over to his wife, Suzanne Lerner. His title is now chairman of the board.

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More Chassis May Not Solve Peak Port Congestion Problem


Traffic Jam


This month, four companies are starting a “gray,” or neutral, chassis pool at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach, which should be fully operational by March.

Lockout Nears for West Coast Ports With No New Longshore Worker Contract


Import & Export

Vessel operations are suspended for Feb. 12, Lincoln's Birthday; the weekend of Feb. 14-15; and on Feb. 15, President's Day.

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BCBGMaxAzria Closes Hollywood Store

Retail

Store closes at Hollywood & Highland shopping center.

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Hong Kong Fashion Week Fills the Runway With Dozens of Shows


Fashion Extravaganza

For the first time ever, a U.S. designer was included in the opening night of the Hong Kong Fashion Extravaganza. Several other parts of the world were also represented on the stage.

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Something for Everyone


Hong Kong Fashion Week

As China’s apparel and textile industries compete to maintain their global dominance, similar challenges confront Hong Kong Fashion Week, established more than 40 years ago at a time when many people outside of Asia knew nothing about making clothes in this part of the world.

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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.

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