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Deborah Belgum

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Victoria's Secret Shuttering Catalog Business

Retail

Victoria's Secret saying good-bye to all those catalogs stuffed in your mailbox.

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Nas Curating Ghostbusters Collection

Fashion

Hip-hop star Nas is working with Sony to curate a Nas x Ghostbusters collection to coordinate with the movie's release this summer.

American Apparel Workers Get Pink Slips

Manufacturing

Scores of American Apparel workers are being laid off as the Los Angeles clothing company is revamping its production process shortly after emerging from bankruptcy protection in February.

California Approves Highest Minimum Wage in the Country

Finance

By 2022, California will be the state with the highest minimum wage in the country, making it an expensive place to do business.

Majors Market Buzzing

Trade Shows

The 2015 Back-to-School season was considered a disappointment for much of the juniors market, but the future looks bright, according to many of the exhibitors at the April 4–6 run of LA Majors Market, primarily held at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles.

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Directives West Highlights Major Trends for Fall/Winter 2016

Fall Forecast

Floppy hats, faux-fur vests, peasant tops, leather jackets trimmed with fringe, slouchy sweaters, ponchos, lacy dresses, plaid pieces and plenty of worn denim were at the top of the trend chart for Fall/Winter 2016.

PacSun Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Retail

Pacific Sunwear of California has not turned a profit in years.

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Streetwear Sample Sale at Fashion District Bar

Fashion

Menswear label Zanerobe hopes to party and sell samples at the same time.

Interest Rates to Rise This Spring as Economy Improves

Finance

UCLA Anderson Forecast predicts that the U.S. economy will grow moderately in 2016 and 2017.

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Bloomie's Opening Outlet in Orange County

Retail

First Bloomingdale's Outlet in Southern California is opening later this year.

Survey Reveals Clothing Manufacturers Optimistic for Better Spring/Summer Sales

Manufacturing

Apparel and accessories manufacturers are optimistic that retailers will be having a good season in the upcoming months.

Republic Business Credit Taps Fred Gaylord

Finance

Republic Business Credit announced it has hired Fred Gaylord as senior vice president of sales and marketing.

What Consequences Would Raising Tariffs Have on the Apparel Industry?

Finance

In the whirlwind of election-year debates, some politicians have been taking a protectionist attitude and threatening to raise U.S. tariffs and erect trade barriers.

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Hustler Hollywood Opening in Hollywood

Retail

Hustler Hollywood opening its doors on Hollywood Boulevard soon.

Ex-CEO at Liz Claiborne Named to American Apparel Board

Manufacturing

Nearly two months after emerging from bankruptcy, American Apparel has named three apparel industry veterans to its seven-member board of directors.

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COS Setting Up Permanent Store in DTLA

Retail

COS, the higher-end retail chain under the H&M umbrella, is opening in the old Olympic Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Hong Kong to Share in $20.5M Retrieved from Clothing Smuggled Through L.A. Ports

Import/Export

An elaborate scheme that involved bringing in Chinese-made apparel from Hong Kong through Los Angeles ports, allegedly destined for Mexico but ending up in the United States, will result in Hong Kong sharing some of the $20.5 million worth of forfeited assets collected during the investigation.

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Betsey Johnson Shows Off Her Spring/Summer Collection

Fashion

Betsey Johnson joins crowd at West Hollywood for a fun-filled and colorful party to debut her Spring/Summer collection.

Blue Jeans Maker Sharing Water-saving Techniques

Manufacturing

Levi Strauss & Co. announced it is making its Water< Less finishing techniques available to the public.

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Fred Segal Building Sold on Melrose Avenue

Retail

Fred Segal stores under transformation.

Man Who Embezzled From Citizens of Humanity Pleads Guilty

Legal

The man who oversaw a scheme to embezzle $8 million from a commercial laundry house owned by Citizens of Humanity pleaded guilty to federal charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

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LAFW Wraps Up at Columbia Square

Fashion

Newly minted Columbia Square proves to be a good spot for LAFW.

Rosemary Brantley: Fashion Design Chair at Otis Stepping Down After 35 Years

Fashion

When Rosemary Brantley walked up the stairs in 1980 to the newly established fashion design department at the Otis College of Art and Design, then located near Los Angeles’ MacArthur Park, she found only one office with a single telephone plugged into the corner and four classrooms.

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Fall ’16 Market Draws Mixed Reviews

Fall ’16 Market

For some at the recent Los Angeles Fashion Market, it was an opportunity to place Fall 2016 orders. For others, it was a chance to replenish depleted inventory.

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Kevan Hall's Fashion at the White House

Fashion

Actress Sandra Oh looks stylist at the White House wearing a Kevan Hall creation.

Imports Steady as Back-to-School Season Approaches

Import/Export

U.S. cargo-container imports for the first half of this year are expected to be nearly flat over last year as the economy inches along.

Showroom Profile: the M Showroom and Michael Bush/LA-Apparel

Showroom Profile

Showroom Profile: the M Showroom and Michael Bush/LA-Apparel

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Otis Fashion Design Students Create Bicycling Outfits for MTA

Otis for MTA

Last year, the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority—which runs the mass transportation systems in Los Angeles County with 2,300 buses and more than 80 rail stations—launched an action plan to go beyond traditional marketing schemes to attract new riders—particularly those young urban dwellers who might be more inclined to ditch their cars.

Blue Jeans Imports by LA Company Challenge Labeling Requirements

Import/Export

In 2010, JBlu Inc., a longtime Los Angeles clothing company, imported some 500,000 pairs of blue jeans from China in 11 shipments through the Port of Long Beach—all headed for retail stores around the country.

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Italian Store Opening First U.S. Flagship in Beverly Hills

Retail

A bit of Europe is coming to Beverly Hills.

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Westside Pavilion Shopping Center to Remodel

Retail

Westside Pavilion joins LA shopping centers looking at big update.

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German Luxury Eyewear Store to DTLA

retail

Mykita to open store near Acne Studios in downtown Los Angeles.

ModCloth Ramping Up to Add Stores

Retailing

After operating as an online site for women’s indie apparel, ModCloth is gearing up to add bricks to its clicks-based business model.

Soft Global Trade Keeps Shipping Rates Low

Import/Export

The U.S. dollar will remain strong until the middle of this year, hampering U.S. exports but boosting a wave of imports into U.S. ports.

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The North Face's Latest Made in California Collection Debuts Today

Manufacturing

The North Face comes to Southern California to make its Backyard Project.

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BNKR Store Expected to Open Soon in Downtown LA

Retail

Much-delayed BNKR store coming to downtown LA in April.

Big Growth at Materials Shows

Trade Shows

Two big trade shows that display raw materials and components for footwear, fashion, high-tech and the automobile industries have grown by 25 percent over the last year.

New President Named at Mountain Hardwear

Manufacturing

After more than six months of searching for a new president, John Walbrecht has been appointed to take over the top job at Mountain Hardwear.

Busy at Stitch, Accessories The Show, MRket

Trade Shows

Exhibitors at the trio of shows organized by Business Journals Inc. were generally happy with the wide aisles, ample space and airy ambience at the event, but that great environment didn’t prevent retailers from riding a wave of caution.

Bright Lights and Music at WWDMAGIC

Trade Shows

The energy was high at the WWDMAGIC show held Feb. 16–18 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Show Floor Expands at Sourcing at MAGIC

Trade Shows

More than 40 countries from around the world set up booths in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center for the Sourcing at MAGIC trade show, held Feb. 15–18.

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Brazilian Pop-Up Shoe Store Coming to L.A.

Retail

Schutz is opening its very first pop-up store in the United States.

Ross Stores Supplier in L.A. Ordered to Pay $212,000 in Back Wages

Manufacturing

A Los Angeles manufacturer that supplies garments for Ross Stores has been ordered to pay $212,000 in back wages for employees of 13 of its subcontractors after the labor department found YN had violated requirements for minimum wage and overtime, according to a labor department release.

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California Snowboarder Shaun White Partners With Macy's for Capsule Collection

Retail

The new line will be called Wht Space.

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Toms to Open Second Los Angeles Store

Retail

The California shoe company is venturing into an upscale mall for its second retail outpost.

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Buyers Navigate Multiple Venues, Categories at Las Vegas Shows

L.V. Trade Shows

When visitors arrived at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas for the Feb. 16–18 run of Project, Project Womens, Pooltradeshow, Collective and The Tents, the registration line snaked around the lobby, forcing buyers to wait up to 30 minutes to get their badges and enter the trade show.

California and Nation to See Continued Economic Growth

Finance

The latest LAEDC economic forecast calls for continued growth in California and the rest of the country.

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Pantone Unveils a Palette of Colors for Fall 2016

Fashion

Blue is one of the predominant colors for the Fall season along with lots of mustard, red and forest green.

Retail Sales on a Positive Trail for 2016

Retail

Despite an uncertain economic beginning to the year, the National Retail Federation is forecasting that retail sales will be up 3.1 percent this year, which is slightly better than the 10-year average of 2.7 percent.

Chinese Website Promotes U.S. Apparel Brands in China

Technology

China, with a population of 1.4 billion people, is a burgeoning consumer market where shoppers are hungry for American clothing labels.