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Deborah Belgum

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Court Tells Dov Charney to Pay Nearly $20 Million to Hedge Fund

Manufacturing

The Delaware Supreme Court upheld an early court ruling that Dov Charney, the founder of American Apparel, must repay $19.5 million to Standard General, a New York hedge fund.

The U.S. Economy Cruises Along But With Speed Bumps Down the Road

Could the U.S. economy be partying like there’s no tomorrow only to be faced with a hangover in two years?

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Puma Takes Inspiration from the Fashion District and Other DTLA Spots

Fashion and Footwear

Puma develops a line of limited-edition boots taking inspiration from the Fashion District, the Jewelry District and the Flower District in downtown L.A.

H&M Launches Collection With Recycled Cashmere, Velvet and Eco-Conscious Fabric

Manufacturing

With sustainability the buzzword for responsible fashion, H&M has launched a collection for Fall/Winter 2018 that incorporates recycled textiles, which include cashmere and velvet made from recycled polyester.

Academy of Art University Students Shake It Up During NYFW

Fashion

The fashion students from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco hit the runway during New York Fashion Week, showing their avant-garde and creative collections for both Spring and Fall 2019 at Pier59 Studios, located on the Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.

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Los Angeles Designers Show at Art Hearts Fashion During New York Fashion Week

Art Hearts Fashion at NYFW

A handful of Los Angeles designers stepped onto the runway during Art Hearts Fashion’s five days of runway shows held at the Angel Orensanz Foundation building, originally built in 1849 as a neo-Gothic Jewish synagogue on the Lower East Side.

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Intimate Environment Rules at the OC.Mix Show

OC.Mix’s Intimate Vibe

You won’t get lost at the OC.Mix Show, a compact trade event organized twice a year by apparel company Z Supply at its company headquarters in Irvine, Calif.

Trump Administration to Impose $200 Billion in New Chinese Tariffs

Trump administration will impose tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods as of next week.

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Los Angeles Designers on the Runway at Style Fashion Week in New York

LA Designers at NYFW

Los Angeles designers were front and center during New York Fashion Week when they showed at Style Fashion Week, a fashion and art–oriented event founded by Veronica Welch-Kerzner, whose first runway shows were held in downtown Los Angeles.

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Tadashi Shoji Shoots for the Moon at NYFW

Celestial Bodies

The stars and the heavens above were the inspiration for Tadashi Shoji’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection, seen on the runway on Sept. 6 during New York Fashion Week.

Tariff Threat Pushes Importers to Bring in Cargo Early

Import/Export

There is nothing like the prospect of tariffs on Chinese goods to nudge importers to bring in their merchandise a little early to avoid a hefty increase in prices.

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Forever 21 Introduces Its Kodak Collection

Fashion

Kodak teams up with Forever 21 for a collection of clothing that will be in 600 stores.

Downtown LA Garment Factories Cited for Labor-Law Violations

Manufacturing

Six factories that allegedly were operating under one contractor’s license will have to pay $573,704 in fines for various violations cited by the state Department of Industrial Relations.

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How Three Sisters Launched a Multimillion-Dollar Business With Very Little Money

Family Business Affair

When the Kaviani sisters started their online clothing company from their parents’ home six years ago, they never imagined that their $7,500 investment would mushroom into a multimillion-dollar enterprise selling mostly simple knit basics that have been seen on celebrities including Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Khloe Kardashian and her sister Kylie Jenner.

ReMode Adds Speakers to Its November Event

Trade Shows

The fashion-sustainability event called ReMode has added a number of top fashion leaders to its speaker lineup at the conference scheduled for Nov. 13–14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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Pantone Releases Color Trends for Spring/Summer 2019

Fashion

The trend report incorporates 12 trending colors and four classic hues.

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Trina Turk Reaches for Harmony in Her Resort 2019 Collection

Garden of Color

Harmony and color were front and center in the Resort collection created by Trina Turk, known for her styles that are always colorful.

Guess Stores in the U.S. Make Major Improvements During the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2019

Retail

Victor Herrero, a Spaniard who had worked for Inditex for more than a decade, came on board three years ago as the new chief executive of Guess? Inc. to turn things around.

Apparel Production in Mexico Will Change Slightly Under NAFTA 2.0

Import/Export

The renegotiated free-trade deal between the United States and Mexico has a new name and a new set of rules that will make it a little more difficult to manufacture apparel in Mexico.

Hybrid Apparel Names a New President

Manufacturing

Hybrid Apparel, the Cypress, Calif., company that does all kinds of casual clothing, announced it has a new president.

Moss Adams Resurrects Its MAFI Award

Fashion

After a two-year hiatus, the Moss Adams Fashion Innovator award will return with the coveted honor being presented on Oct. 6 at the opening night of LA Fashion Week at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Curve Las Vegas Appeals to Retailers From Across the Country

Trade Shows

Loungewear and swimwear were front and center at Curve Las Vegas, a compact show held Aug. 13–15 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

Pooltradeshow Attracts Creative Companies

Trade Shows

Matt Fellows is an artist who takes his sketches and transfers them onto blank T-shirts, which wholesale for $16. He started his MNKR Brand label in Los Angeles 15 years ago and has been a regular at the Pooltradeshow ever since.

Project Womens Takes Off With Lots of Business and Buzz

Trade Shows

It was pajama-game time at Project Womens for Ban.Do, a 10-year-old Los Angeles accessories label that has been branching out into lifestyle items, apparel and, now, pajamas.

New and Old Lines Exhibiting at Stitch

Trade Shows

Priscilla De Leon didn’t decide to exhibit at Stitch, the womenswear show, until three days before the event opened at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

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Bella Hadid Is the New Face of True Religion

Fashion

True Religion taps model Bella Hadid for its new campaign.

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A Better Economy Means Better Orders at the Las Vegas Trade Shows

Leaving Orders in Las Vegas

The conglomeration of apparel, footwear and accessories trade shows, which twice a year invade this city in the middle of the desert, filled the town with thousands of visitors from all over the world under a blistering sky where the temperatures reached up to 105 degrees during the day.

Differential Brands Reports Second-Quarter Earnings Results

Manufacturing

Differential Brands—the Los Angeles company whose labels include Hudson Jeans, Robert Graham and SWIMS—said its second-quarter sales for the period ending June 30 were down 1 percent from the same period last year to $36 million.

Technology Changes Are Driving LA Fashion Industry

Manufacturing

Fashion-industry leaders in Los Angeles far prefer to use Instagram as their social media of choice than any other digital outlet, with most gravitating toward making their social-media decisions in-house rather than using outside consultants.

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Fred Segal Going International With New Stores

Retail

Fred Segal has its sites on Europe and Asia for new stores.

Agenda and Liberty Fairs Moving to Downtown Las Vegas

Agenda and Liberty Fairs are packing up their bags and moving out of the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

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Gump's San Francisco Sells Off Merchandise Following Bankruptcy Filing

Retail

Gump's San Francisco could be closed by the end of the year.

Fashion Week Organizers Keep Los Angeles on the Fashion Map

Fashion

Fashion Week is always a hectic time in Los Angeles, especially with all of the different forces around town organizing runway shows in disparate locations.

LA Fashion Week Lands a Permanent Home to Expand Its Events

Fashion

When Arthur Chipman decided to organize his first LA Fashion Week, he set out to find a venue that would be artistic but also reflect Los Angeles’s heritage.

Quality Basics Is the Idea Behind November Six

Manufacturing

The idea of basic clothes made of quality material was the impetus behind November Six, a new Los Angeles label sold exclusively online by two sisters who felt their clothing could fill a niche.

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Parent Company of Fallas Paredes and Factory 2-U Files for Bankruptcy Protection

National’s Bankruptcy Filing

Bankruptcy filing for parent company of Fallas Paredes, Factory 2-U and Anna's Linens

Apparel Would Benefit From Propose U.S. Free-Trade Agreement With EU

Import/Export

After months of talking about slapping tariffs on various imports from China, Canada and Mexico, the Trump administration announced it would like to start negotiations with the European Union to eliminate tariffs between the two regions.

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Marciano Collection Goes for Chic Look

La Dolce Vita

Sophistication was in the air for the Marciano brand, which recently launched its Fall 2018 campaign.

FIDM Names New Co-Chairs of Fashion Design Program

Fashion

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising has named two designers and longtime school supporters to become the co-chairs of FIDM’s fashion design program, which encompasses four campuses.

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New Swimwear Styles for Resort 2018/2019 on the Runway at Art Hearts Fashion

Swimwear at Art Hearts

As part of Miami Swim Week, Art Hearts Fashion filled the runway for five days with swimwear and resort looks for Cruise 2019.

How Healthy Is the Retail Industry and What Lies Ahead?

Finance

We asked finance experts and factors to give us their take on the retail industry and how it is shaping up this year.

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DG Expo's Two-Day Show in New York Sees Positive Traffic

Textiles

DG Expo holds two-day textile-and-trim show in New York.

Gap Inc. Sues Westfield Malls for Overcharges

Retail

In the tough retail world where vacancies are mounting and foot traffic is declining, most mall-based retailers are trying to trim costs as much as possible.

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Colorful Lineup of Swimwear at Paraiso Runway Shows

Paraiso Hits Collins Park

Miami Beach was hot in more ways than one when Miami Swim Week was filled with runway events showing off the latest in swimwear fashion for Resort and Cruise. Miami SwimShow, Cabana, Hammock and the new Paraiso opened their doors with booths and runway shows running July 12–16. Art Hearts Fashion also organized a host of runway shows with lots of swimwear on the catwalk.

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LA's Beautycon Festival Is Filled With Fashion

Fashion

The hair styles at the 2018 Beautycon Festival at the Los Angeles Convention Center were fabulous but so was the fashion.

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First Nike Live Concept Store Opens on Melrose

Retail

A new way to shop at the Nike Live store in West Los Angeles

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Lily Pulitzer to Open First West Coast Store

Retail

For the first time, Lily Pulitzer will have a stand-alone retail presence on the West Coast by early 2019.

Stitch Fix Launches Stitch Fix Kids

Retail

For the parent who doesn’t have enough time to shop for his or her children, Stitch Fix has come up with a solution.

Levi Strauss Expects Revenues This Year to Be Up Almost 10 Percent

Manufacturing

Levi Strauss & Co. has been having a very good year, reflected by the fact that it now has 53 more company-operated stores than last year and plans to add approximately 50 more retail outposts by the end of this year.

Guess Partnering With Alibaba to Test Artificial Intelligence in Stores

Retail

The realm of artificial intelligence has become reality in the retail world with the new Guess? Inc. store in Hong Kong partnering with Alibaba’s FashionAI project to give shoppers a glimpse into the future.