Many exhibiting and wandering through the Capsule show, an edited collection of everything hip in the world of apparel and accessories, enjoyed the airy feeling of the event, held Aug. 18–20 at The Venetian ballroom along with the other five shows that make up the relatively new Modern Assembly group.
Walking into Sourcing at MAGIC at the Las Vegas Convention Center is a little bit like taking a trip to the United Nations. It seems that just about every region or country in the world has sent a group of apparel or shoe manufacturers in search of new business.
The first-official Hello Kitty fan convention will be held in downtown L.A. in late October.
Designer Barbara Lesser, who for more than 20 years ran the Barbara Lesser and Fibers by Barbara Lesser labels with her husband, Mark Lesser, is restructuring the company to a smaller model.
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China may be the apparel factory to the world, but one day Africa could be right up there with the powerhouse manufacturer.
Gap Inc. plans to tap into the purchasing power of 1.2 billion people in India with the debut of 40 franchised stores that will open next year.
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LAS VEGAS—With more than 20 events spread across five venues, the Las Vegas trade shows offered just about something for every buyer—from juniors and streetwear to upscale menswear and lingerie.
Avery Dennison RBIS—which specializes in apparel-industry branding, labeling, packaging, embellishments and RFID solutions—and Ningbo Shenzhou Knitting Co., a vertically integrated knitwear manufacturer in China, announced a joint venture to facilitate heat-transfer innovations.
For years, Deborah Greaves made headlines by busting counterfeiters trying to knock off True Religion jeans. When True Religion was purchased in May by TowerBrook Capital Partners for $835 million, Greaves left the company and started her own practice.
FIDM is selling a few dummies.
Barneys New York is alive and well at The Americana at Brand shopping center in Glendale, Calif.
In preliminary results for its second quarter, American Apparel reported it reduced its net loss over last year even though revenues were relatively flat.
Necessitees came about 12 years ago when Hallie Shano was sitting in her self-named multi-line showroom at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles when a man in a baseball cap, T-shirt and shorts walked in and asked if she was interested in starting a T-shirt line.
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China and Vietnam are still the top two providers of apparel and textiles to the United States, but Vietnam is growing quickly as an apparel powerhouse.
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U.S. apparel and textile importers are rallying to push back a new proposal that would require more stringent record-keeping requirements to bring in goods under the so-called “First-Sale Rule,” which went into effect more than 25 years ago.
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As contract talks between West Coast longshore workers and their employers continued into their 14th week, importers were playing it cautious and bringing in as much merchandise as they could to fill holiday orders.
The makers of Uggs, Tevas, Sanuks and other footwear goes all out in constructing its new headquarters in Goleta, Calif.
The Singer sewing machine was patented on Aug. 12, 1851.
Isda & Co., an updated misses line founded in 1989 by designer Isda Funari, has suddenly stopped operations and closed its doors after showing its Fall 2014 collection earlier this year in New York and Las Vegas.
Michael Stars Men's
Michael Stars is branching out into menswear by launching a limited 34-piece collection for Fall in September and then a more extensive collection for Spring 2015.
With interest rates still hovering in single-digit territory, the cost of borrowing money should be cheap, cheap, cheap. But it’s more than low interest rates that determine how much apparel manufacturers pay for a loan.
Nordstrom Inc. is busy laying down plans for a new outlet store in Orange County while buying an e-commerce site that caters to men.
An abundance of light streams in through the south-facing windows of the new showroom for the Zero Degrees Celsius line.
Colombia is a powerhouse of apparel production in South America, right after Brazil. And the country is fighting to keep its apparel and textile industry vibrant. Every year, Colombiamoda gets bigger with more pavilions and elements to it.
Colombian swimwear maker Onda de Mar shows its latest collection on the runway at Colombiamoda.
Topson Downs, a Los Angeles manufacturer established in 1971, announced on July 18 it had acquired a majority interest in the Rachel Roy brand from The Jones Group. No purchase price was listed.
FIDM students to enter content to design the display windows at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills.
Topson Downs, a Los Angeles manufacturer established in 1971, announced on July 18 it had acquired a majority interest in the Rachel Roy brand from The Jones Group.
Fred Segal, the Los Angeles nameplate launched in 1961 by denim guru Fred Segal, is setting up stakes in Tokyo with its first retail complex outside of the United States.
Love Culture, the Los Angeles–based retail chain founded by two former Forever 21 executives, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
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With contract negotiations still going on with West Coast longshore workers, apparel importers and retailers were pushing to land their goods before a potential work stoppage or port strike takes place.
Los Angeles blue-jeans makers may be headed to court over one little thing: the “Made in USA” label sewn inside their garments. Several Los Angeles denim makers have been hit with class-action lawsuits and legal letters challenging the accuracy of their labels because most of their raw materials are imported from Europe or Asia even though the jeans are sewn in California.
During the last decade, the number of people working in California’s apparel and textile manufacturing industry has shrunk some 43 percent as production of clothing and textiles has moved overseas.
Report shows that California's manufacturing sector is shrinking but is still the largest in the country.
How swimwear designers do their job far away from corporate headquarters
Designing swimwear and running a swimwear company are worlds apart. So why shouldn’t a swimwear designer’s studio be a world apart from corporate headquarters? Many are.
For years, denim hit its stride with everyone snapping up several pairs of blue jeans to wear just about anywhere, anytime. But in recent years, denim has been seeing some new competition, which has the makers of everything denim taking a second look at what consumers want to buy.
After taking a three-day break, longshore workers and their employers were planning to get back at the negotiating table to hammer out a new six-year contract that expired on July 1.
The largest investor in American Apparel has agreed to infuse the company with $25 million so the Los Angeles clothing maker can pay off a $10 million loan that is being called in.
For once, economists are in agreement. The financial outlook for California and the rest of the nation is bright for the rest of the year.
Investors say they will support American Apparel's factory in Los Angeles and not move it out of the country.
Investor wants to see different people on the American Apparel board.
New Argentine restaurant, 1810, opens in Fashion District.
Rosenthal & Rosenthal of California announced it has hired Maria Contino as its new senior vice president and business development officer.
Ralph Lauren is one of the prime examples of how a designer turns the past into the present. In the 1980s, he built his line on the American prairie look. Most recently, he has been an astute student of the Edwardian period of the early 20th century, which falls in sync with the popularity of the British TV series “Downton Abbey.”
New country western online store launches in San Diego.
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Ugg introduces new line for tweens.
Even though the six-year contract between West Coast dockworkers and their port employers expired at 5 p.m. on July 1, the two sides will continue negotiations through the middle of July.
Dov Charney nearly doubles the amount of American Apparel stock he owns.
Sequential Brands Group is getting ready to double its revenues. The company, which got its start in Los Angeles as a clothing company that has the William Rast label, announced it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Galaxy Brand Holdings for $280 million in cash and stock.
By next year, Juicy Couture will have a series of new concept stores open to reflect the label’s changing directions under new ownership by Authentic Brands Group.