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Deborah Belgum

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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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Forever 21 Sets Up Marathon Shopping on Thanksgiving Day

Retail

If you need an outfit for Thanksgiving Day, Forever 21 will be open for you.

Owner of Hudson Jeans and Robert Graham Sees Net Loss in Third Quarter

Manufacturing

Differential Brands, the Los Angeles parent company of Hudson Jeans, Robert Graham and SWIMS, reported that its third-quarter net loss was $183,000, down from a net loss of $2.82 million for the same time last year.

Apparel Marts Across the Country Are Figuring Out How to Adapt to Changing Times

Manufacturing

Six months after Brookfield acquired a controlling interest in the California Market Center in Los Angeles, plans are still swirling around about how the half-century-old complex will be modernized and updated.

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Which Retailer Is Adding Stores Across the Southwest?

Retail

First launched as a catalog company and then expanding online, Sundance is on a retail roll-out binge.

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Woodbury Students Design Outfits for Burbank Philharmonic

Fashion

For the fourth time, Woodbury University fashion students design attire for musicians playing with the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra.

New Show Director Named for Womenswear in Nevada

Trade Shows

The Womenswear In Nevada show, which takes place twice a year in Las Vegas, has been undergoing a number of changes recently. The decades-old show was sold two years ago to trade-show organizer Urban Expositions, and since then it has seen a revolving door of show directors.

Will Tax-Free Online Sales Die With Newest Challenge?

Retail

The issue of whether e-commerce retailers have to charge sales tax for out-of-state purchases could be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Shop & Dine

Trade Show

New restaurants and shops are popping up all the time, but here’s a selection of some of the latest hot spots that will help you make your trade-show foray in the nation’s major cities even more of an adventure.

Santa Monica Place Being Refinanced by Owner

Retail

As the mall world continues to spin with winners and losers, The Macerich Co. reported solid financial results for the third quarter and said it is refinancing its high-end Santa Monica Place.

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Eataly Finally Debuts at Westfield Century City

Retail

The conglomeration of eating zones takes a bow on Nov. 3.

True Religion Exits Bankruptcy With Smaller Footprint

Manufacturing

True Religion, the Los Angeles company whose jeans were constantly being knocked off by Chinese counterfeiters when the label was a must-have brand, exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy with a smaller retail footprint and cash to move forward.

Egypt’s Duty-Free Apparel Production Making a Comeback After Years of Political Turmoil

Import/Export

As President Trump starts whittling away at the various free-trade agreements the United States has with different countries, Egypt is revving up its promotion of its special industrial zones where apparel can be made and exported duty-free to the United States.

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Buyers Navigate Sprawling LA Market

LA Market

The recent Los Angeles Fashion Market was a sprawling affair with permanent showrooms and temporary exhibitors showing at trade shows showcasing everything from Immediate goods to Spring merchandise to a group of buyers that were predominantly local.

The U.S. Free-Trade Agreement With Central America Is Next in Line for a Makeover

Import/Export

Experts are meeting for their fourth round of NAFTA trade talks in Washington, D.C., this week with the idea of wrapping up negotiations to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement by the end of this year if President Trump doesn’t derail the deal.

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Forever 21 Teams Up With Taco Bell For New Collection

Fast Fashion

Taco Bell and Forever 21 hit the runway with their new collection.

OC Mix’s Easy Format Draws Regional Buyers

Trade Shows

In the trade-show world, small can be beautiful.

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Jones Apparel Founder Selling Former House of Famous Talk-Show Host

Expensive Real Estate

Four acres of land next to the ocean in Malibu, complete with big house and tennis courts, is on the market.

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Denim Dominates on the Runway at Directives West Trends Forecast

Directives West

Directives West put the spotlight on Spring/Summer 2018 trends at the retail consultancy’s Oct. 2 runway show at the California Market Center. Trends included plenty of denim and feminine details such as ruffles, floral embroidery and off-the-shoulder silhouettes.

CMC Hosts Series of Seminars During LA Fashion Market

Events

Retailers not only get a chance to peruse the latest Spring/Summer collections at the upcoming LA Fashion Market, but they get the chance to listen to a number of seminars being held at the California Market Center on subjects ranging from upcoming trends to how to improve profits.

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Goat to Open Pop-up Store in Culver City for Sneakers

Retail

The pop-up store debuts at Platform in Culver City this Saturday and runs through the end of the year.

Citizens of Humanity Management Buys Back Company From Private Equity Investors

Manufacturing

Citizens of Humanity’s executive management team and private investors pooled their money together to buy back the portion of the company owned by private-equity investor Berkshire Partners and cofounder Jerome Dahan.

How the Factoring Industry Has Adapted to a Changing Retail World

Finance

As the retail industry has changed into a split personality of online and offline shopping, so too has the factoring industry that finances manufacturers’ production and sales to clients.

UCLA Anderson Forecast Shines a Light on the Troubled Retail Industry

Finance

In one year, retail employment declined by 29,000 jobs. What had been the second largest private-sector employer in the United States has dropped to the fourth largest, according to the recently released UCLA Anderson Forecast.

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Vitamin A Partners With Beek for Sandal Collection

Fashion

Swimwear label Vitamin A designs a sandal collection with SoCal Beek.

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Top Fashion Student Grads Walk Down the Runway at Supima Design Competition

Supima Design Competition

The idea behind the fashion show was this: Recent graduates from seven fashion design schools across the United States were given the assignment to take Supima cotton fabric and whip up capsule collections of women’s eveningwear for Supima’s 10th annual design competition, seen on the runway in New York on Sept. 7.

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Students from the Academy of Art University Hit the Runway

AAU @ NYFW

For some 12 years now, the recent graduates from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco have displayed their designs on the runway during New York Fashion Week.

Kandy Kiss Alleges a Former Executive Stole Its Business With Target

Legal

The clothing business can be a cutthroat industry, especially in these times of retail challenges and shifting consumer shopping habits.

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Fabletics Strides for More Business With Shoes

After four years of online sales, Fabletics adding shoes to activewear.

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