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Deborah Belgum

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Newsmakers 2015: Otis Fashion Design School to Leave Downtown L.A.

Fashion

Many can’t imagine that the fashion design department of the Otis College of Art and Design could be any other place but in the heart of the Los Angeles Fashion District.

Newsmakers 2015: Lengthy Negotiations End in New Longshore Workers Contract

Import/Export

The beginning of the year was a challenging time for shippers, who found their merchandise delayed for weeks at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach.

Newsmakers 2015: Los Angeles Minimum-Wage Laws Prove Challenging to Apparel Industry

Manufacturing

A patchwork of new minimum-wage laws were passed in Los Angeles this year, setting up cities to compete with each other for businesses that want to skirt paying the higher salaries.

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Store Inventory Levels Remain Stubbornly High

Cargo Increase

The total number of cargo containers coming into the nation’s major ports will increase approximately 5.5 percent this year compared with last year, according to the National Retail Federation.

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Big Sample Sale at BNKR

Fashion

BNKR opens Los Angeles showroom for four days of sample sales.

American Apparel Founder Dov Charney Ups Fight to Regain Company

Manufacturing

Dov Charney was ousted as the head of American Apparel one year ago. Now, the founder of the company is making a concerted effort to mount a financial army that will help him acquire the company out of bankruptcy.

Joe’s Jeans to Seek Approval of Reverse-Merger Agreement

Manufacturing

Joe’s Jeans, the publicly traded company in Los Angeles that makes blue jeans and other clothing, will be holding a stockholders’ meeting in January to approve a reverse merger that will see the company become the Differential Brands Group and traded on the Nasdaq.

Growing Economy Will Lead to Rising Interest Rates Soon

UCLA Anderson Forecast

The long-awaited moment may be here. The U.S. government is expected to boost federal interest rates this month.

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American Apparel Rejects Million-Dollar Offer to Buy Oak Stores

No Sale

The founders of the high-end Oak stores, acquired by American Apparel two years ago, really want their stores back.

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Hale Bob Closing Robertson Boulevard Store

Retail

Hale Bob store closing after four years on Robertson Boulevard.

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Heads Up for the Rodarte Sample Sale

Retail

Rodarte sample sale coming to Los Angeles.

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Macy's Preserves Its Old Wooden Escalators

Retail

Macy's remodel of its Herald Square flagship keeps some of the store's original wooden escalators.

U.S. Trade Representative Visits Port of Long Beach

Import/Export

With 40 percent of the nation’s cargo-container traffic arriving at Los Angeles–area ports, trade has become a very important economic engine for the area.

Vince Taps Founders to Boost Label’s Business

Manufacturing

Sometimes you have to take one step back to move two steps forward. That’s the philosophy the contemporary label Vince is taking. The now New York–based company has hired the label’s two founders—Rea Laccone and Christopher LaPolice—to help develop the brand’s products, merchandising and creative efforts.

Forever 21 Closing Huge Store in Central California

Retail

Forever 21 said it will be closing its 120,000-square-foot store in San Luis Obispo, Calif., in January and laying off scores of employees.

BCBGMAXAZRIA Expands to China

Manufacturing

BCBGmaxazria is looking to the Chinese consumer to boost business. The Los Angeles womenswear maker recently announced it has partnered with VoyageOne to sell its clothing online in China.

Taking Advantage of the Push for Made in USA

Manufacturing

When Jack Chang invested in an apparel business in 1988, a good number of California labels were still making their clothes in California.

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COS Opens in Beverly Center

Retail

The upscale retail store, COS, opened at the Beverly Center.

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LA Fashion Designer Joins Forces With Pottery Barn Kids

Fashion

Bridalwear designer Monique Lhuillier to design children's furniture for Pottery Barn Kids.

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Massimo Dutti Opens First West Coast Store in Southern California

Retail

Zara stores seem to be in every major U.S. city, but its more-upscale sister store, Massimo Dutti, had been a stranger to this country.

LA Private-Equity Firm Buys Specialty Store Chain

Retail

Classic styles with a touch of fashion have been the mainstay of J.McLaughlin, a small specialty-store chain founded in New York by two brothers in 1977.

Men’s Sock Trend Leads to Sale of California Sock Company

Manufacturing

Men’s socks have been one of the bright spots on the retail scene as dudes—hipsters or not—are finding they can dress conservatively for work but maintain a subtle splash of rebellious color by sporting bright socks under dark suits or khaki pants.

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Swarovski Unveils Spring/Summer 2016 Collection in Los Angeles

Fashion

Swarovski gives a glimpse of what is in store for Spring/Summer 2016.

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How to Dress Up While Dressing Down

Fashion

Fruit of the Loom introduces a special holiday collection that should keep many men happy.

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Forever 21 to Open All Day Thanksgiving

Retail

Thanksgiving Day shopping gets ridiculous.

Cargo Container Imports Grow Except in Southern California

Import/Export

Import volumes at most of the nation’s ports are on the upswing as retailers bring the last of their goods in for the holiday season.

American Apparel Reports Shrinking Sales in Third Quarter

Manufacturing

American Apparel filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early October, but it still must report its revenues and earnings for the third quarter, ending Sept. 30. In a preliminary filing, the troubled Los Angeles clothing company said its third-quarter sales plummeted 19 percent to $126 million, compared with nearly $156 million in the same period last year.

MAGIC Marketplace Owner Reshuffles Top Executives in Fashion Group

Trade Shows

Nearly one year after UBM PLC acquired California-based Advanstar Communications, the organizer of MAGIC and several other apparel trade shows, UBM is making some significant adjustments to its executive lineup within the fashion group division.

Shifting More Showrooms Onto One CMC Floor Boosts Business

Manufacturing

When Guddi Bedi and her husband, Baljit, moved into their third-floor California Market Center showroom some 15 years ago, they had to pay $50,000 key money just to garner a coveted spot. Now the Bedis’ small Krishma Overseas showroom is surrounded by a vast desert of empty spaces as everyone around them is picking up and moving from the B side of the CMC’s third floor to open spots on the A side.

AAFA Chief Stepping Down After More Than One Year on the Job

Manufacturing

The American Apparel & Footwear Association is looking for a new president and chief executive to take over for Juanita Duggan, who is leaving.

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COS Opens Pop-Up Store in Downtown LA

Retail

COS, a division of H&M, is testing the waters for its stores.

Final Text Released for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal

Import/Export

After years of negotiating a trade agreement between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries, the U.S. government released the final text outlining the deal.

American Apparel May Shutter Its Oak Stores in LA and NY

Shuttered Stores

Two years ago, American Apparel founder Dov Charney snapped up a small high-end specialty-store chain called Oak. With Charney ousted last year as the company’s chief executive and American Apparel now in bankruptcy, the struggling Los Angeles clothing company has decided to shutter its Oak stores to save money.

Port Clerks Get Early Start on Contract Negotiations

Import/Export

It seems like only yesterday that the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach were clogged with container ships after contract negotiations with the workers of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union dragged on for nine months.

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Burlington Opens in Downtown LA

Retail

More retailers are arriving in downtown Los Angeles.

Oaktree Capital Working on Buying Quiksilver

Retail

Oaktree Capital Management, the Los Angeles–based investment firm, is ramping up its effort to buy Quiksilver Inc. out of bankruptcy.

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BNKR Flagship Now Opening in Early 2016

Retail

Opening date for BNKR flagship in downtown LA gets pushed back again.

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Which Stores Will Open on Thanksgiving Day?

Retail

The lineup of stores open Thanksgiving Day is starting to form.

Indian Summer Tempers Buyers at Fashion Market Northern California

Trade Show

SAN MATEO, Calif.—Buyers were literally taking the temperature outside to see how much merchandise they needed as they visited the three-day Fashion Market Northern California show to browse Spring 2016 fashions.

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Cruise Line Launches Fashion Week Voyage

Fashion

Now you can cruise the seas and be fashionable.

Who Owns the Fashion Week Name

Fashion

The new organizers of Los Angeles Fashion Week events are creating a bit of confusion among the fashion crowd. Because Arthur Chipman has trademarked the name LA Fashion Week, fashion show organizers are wondering if they can no longer use LA Fashion Week in their title and whether that extends to the term Los Angeles Fashion Week.

How Fashion Week in Los Angeles Has Turned Into a Name Game

Fashion

Inside his spare office, located in a 1920s-era historic brick building in the heart of Hollywood, Arthur Chipman is just letting the dust settle after five days of back-to-back fashion shows produced by his company, LA Fashion Week.

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Brandy Melville Adding New LA Store

Retail

Brandy Melville, the teen retailer, opening new store in November.

Otis Fashion Design School Saying Goodbye to Downtown LA

Fashion

After some 20 years of holding classes at the California Market Center, the fashion design department of the Otis College of Art and Design is leaving the large showroom building in the heart of the LA Fashion District and moving to Otis’ main campus near the Los Angeles International Airport

Shape Enters Third Season

Trade Shows

Athletic wear, yoga wear and swimwear were front and center at the third Shape show, organized by the California Market Center on the building’s 13th floor.

Hot Weather Creates Challenges and Opportunities at LA Market

Trade Shows

Unseasonably high temperatures and unusually high humidity greeted buyers and exhibitors attending the recent Spring 2016 Los Angeles Fashion Market, which ran Oct. 12–15 in downtown Los Angeles.

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The Chaotic Mind and Fashion

Fashion

Woodbury University graduate Polina Zeynalian presents her collection at LA Fashion Week.

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The White Collection

Fashion

Woodbury University graduate brings her collection to Los Angeles Fashion Week.

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Lands' End Wants to See Old Lighthouse Restored in SF

Historic Preservation

Lands' End will help fund a study for lighthouse restoration on Alcatraz Island.

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One Tough Mother Is Back

Manufacturing

The 91-year-old chairwoman of Columbia Sportswear has never been one to shy away from the camera.