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The Port of Los Angeles reported that in 2014, cargo-container volumes were up 6 percent over the previous year. Total volumes reached 8.34 million 20-foot containers, which is the third busiest year for the port.
Woodbury University graduate shows her student collection at Hong Kong Fashion Week.
Wildfox Swim goes from the runway to the retailer with Cruise '15 collection.
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As of Jan. 15, there were 13 cargo-container ships anchored beyond the breakwater that protects the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles.
Just about everyone agrees that 2015 is shaping up to be a good year for the U.S. economy.
H&M joins forces with the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to create an H&M Loves Coachella collection.
When her CMC lease expired last year, Hallie Shano decided to move across the street to the seventh floor of The New Mart, opening a 1,200-square-foot space that is even brighter than her old space—if that is possible.
For her very first independent showroom, Smadar Elkayam chose to be in the Gerry Building, where other showrooms carrying European lines are located.
Budweiser Light shows up in LA Fashion District, creating a real-life Pac-Man set.
Nordstrom Rack is opening a new store in Long Beach, Calif.
West Coast Port Crisis
The worst Los Angeles/Long Beach port congestion problem in a decade still has cargo stacked high on the docks. Goods continue to take two to three weeks to get off out of the ports and onto trucks and rail cars.
A deal between Coastal Living magazine and Fresh Produce means more apparel production will take place in Southern California.
The U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service said it plans to send in Scot Beckenbaugh, a skilled mediator and the service’s deputy director, to get West Coast longshore workers and their employers back to the bargaining table.
Victoria's Secret reveals trends for its 2015 swimwear collection.
Since 2005, Frederick’s of Hollywood has had its flagship store sitting appropriately enough at 6751 Hollywood Blvd., one block away from the Hollywood & Highland retail center and in the heart of the well-trafficked tourist district. But the lingerie store with a beautiful chandelier in the middle of the shop has lost its lease and has to move out by April 27, store staffers said.
French brand A.P.C. pushes back opening dates in downtown LA and Silver Lake.
The loud music has been going on for 25 years.
Talks between longshore workers and their employers have been slogging along since last May with no end in sight for a new contract that would replace the last contract that expired July 1.
The pressure keeps mounting for American Apparel to put itself on the auction block.
Frederick's of Hollywood losing lease on Hollywood Boulevard store.
A new year means a flurry of new workplace laws that go into effect.
Everyone talks about making their clothes in the United States, but is it all talk and no action? Apparently not. According to a study by a Chicago management consulting firm
Forever 21 is one of the few clothing stores open Christmas Day.
House of Halston sells two brand names for $27.7 million.
For seven months, longshore workers have been head to head at the negotiating table to hammer out a new six-year labor agreement with their port bosses.
On Dec. 22, American Apparel's board of directors said that it received a bid to acquire the Los Angeles clothing company for $1.30 to $1.40 a share. As of early morning on Dec. 22, the stock was trading at around $1.15 a share, almost double what it was trading for last week.
Even though the Southeast Asian nation has a population of 93.4 million people, not even 10 percent of the Chinese population, it is becoming an increasingly popular place for apparel manufacturing. The country’s wages are about one-third to half as much as those in China, and its workers are known for their fine, detailed work.
During the past year, rents on several prime Los Angeles shopping streets have stayed the course and not risen over last year.
Parker & Barrow store with custom-made clothes opening in downtown Los Angeles.
After American Apparel’s board announced its decision on Dec. 16 to fire Dov Charney as the clothing company’s president and chief executive, a group of 30 managers and directors wrote a letter saying they wanted the controversial founder to stay on in some capacity
After months of deliberating, a special committee appointed by the American Apparel board of directors decided on Dec. 16 to fire company founder Dov Charney as its chief executive and president. He had been working as a paid consultant during the investigation, an arrangement
Attorney Staci Riordan is known for having a lot of energy and creative ideas swirling around in her head.
A class-action lawsuit filed earlier this year has led to a lot of confusion lately about how California apparel companies cutting and sewing their garments locally should label their products.
Federal agents in September raided some 70 LA garment companies and residences in an investigation undercovering a Mexican drug money-laundering scheme that had been going on for years right in the heart of the Los Angeles Fashion District.
For many retailers and apparel importers, this holiday season didn’t turn out to be very merry and bright.
For American Apparel founder Dov Charney, it’s been a harrowing year.
New Year's Deadline
Wary apparel and textile importers who have lost millions of dollars due to late-arriving merchandise are setting their shipping plans on fast forward even though the holiday season normally signals a shipping slowdown.
Surf legend Kelly Slater is hoping to rip it with his new clothing label, Outerknown, which will see the men’s collection in stores for Fall 2015 and women’s debuting for Resort 2015.
The Gap Factory Store to Open Soon on Broadway.
California is on a steady course to see job growth outpace the U.S. economy through the end of 2016, eventually driving down the state unemployment to 5.6 percent during that period. That is considerably lower than the 7.3 percent recorded in October.
At The Grove, Diane von Furstenberg opens her newest shop.
The 46th semiannual Hong Kong Fashion Week will be held Jan. 19–22 at the Hong Kong Convention Centre with a number of fashion shows, seminars, exhibitors and trend forecasts tailor-made for buyers and other attendees.
California has been slowly adding jobs to its payrolls, and next year should be no different.
Poshmark, a 3-year-old mobile app launched by Manish Chandra out of Menlo Park, Calif., has unveiled a free new service that will help buyers on the fashion and accessories destination make sure the brands they are buying are the real McCoy.
Downtown L.A. lights adorn The Bloc, the ongoing restoration of the former Macy's Plaza on Seventh Street.
More than one year after filing a copyright-infringement lawsuit over three different fabric designs, Novelty Textile has been awarded $650,000 in a jury verdict.
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The protracted contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, which employs the longshore workers at 29 West Coast ports, have stalled until Dec. 2. Charges of work slowdowns at the ports have continued.
Forever 21 Gets the Jump on Other Clothing Stores on Thanksgiving.
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The silver lining in the West Coast port-congestion problem is this: There will be tons of discounted winter merchandise for sale after the holiday shopping season.
In December, the San Francisco–based company said it plans to open its first outlet store, which will be at the Outlets at Tejon in Tejon, Calif. The discount mall is a convenient stopping-off point for long-distance travelers driving north from Los Angeles through the San Joaquin Valley on Interstate 5.