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Deborah Belgum

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Eating Hall Opens in LA Fashion District

Fashion Foodies

A hip new food hall opens on the edge of the Los Angeles Fashion District.

Mojix and CXignited Announce Merger

Los Angeles–based Mojix, a provider of RFID systems and IoT platform solutions, has merged with CXignited, a European company that is a leader in delivering real-time product and consumer data to retailers.

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Christian Audigier Documentary Coming Next Year

Fashion

Next year, a documentary about Christian Audigier, founder of Ed Hardy, will be available to watch on video-on-demand platforms.

Los Angeles Apparel Manufacturers Fined for Labor Violations

Manufacturing

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office cited 14 Los Angeles garment manufacturers and contractors for labor law and garment registration violations following inspections last month in the Los Angeles area.

Style Fashion Week Sees Three Days of Runway Shows During NYFW

Fashion

Style Fashion Week opened its three-day event on Sept. 7 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, located aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid at Pier 86 in New York.

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LA Designer Tadashi Shoji Unveils Spring/Summer ’18 at NYFW

Spring Is In The Air

Los Angeles designer Tadashi Shoji went with a more informal vibe for his Spring/Summer ’18 collection, which was seen on the runway during New York Fashion Week.

Containerized Imports Headed for a Record in the United States

Import/Export

Consumer confidence keeps shoppers buying as the economy chugs along.

CIT Group Names New Chief Strategy Officer

Finance

Commercial lender CIT Group has named Kenneth McPhail as executive vice president and chief strategy officer, effective immediately.

Athletic Wear Maker Prana Names New President

Manufacturing

Prana has named a replacement for its longtime president, Scott Kerslake, who left last month to become the chief executive of Nixon watches.

Taiwanese Citizen Held in San Francisco on Charges of Bringing in Millions of Counterfeit Footwear and Apparel

Import/Export

A former Taiwanese national living in New York was charged with smuggling and conspiracy to traffic counterfeit goods that ranged from high-priced Nike shoes and Ugg boots to True Religion blue jeans after he tried to board an international flight in San Francisco.

Getting Back Into the Apparel Business After a 20-Year Hiatus

Fashion

Step into Trishia Grace’s compact atelier in West Hollywood and you will see her world of fashion influenced by delicate fabrics and femininity.

How Many More Laps Are Left for the Athleisure Trend?

Fashion

Financial gurus around the United States have started to ask whether the prosperous athleisure trend is on its last run around the track.

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Pantone Reveals Its Spring 2018 Colors

Fashion

Spring pops with new colors.

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Westfield Shopping Centers Hook Up With Uber

Retail

Now there's a way to avoid the parking lot at Westfield shopping centers in style.

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Serious Retailers Turn Out to Write Orders at Fashion Market Northern California

FMNC

The August edition of the Fashion Market Northern California trade show is always the smallest of the event’s five annual shows because it is held just days after the humongous apparel trade shows wrap up in Las Vegas.

Who Will Be the Winners and Losers This Season in Holiday Shopping?

Retail

Back-to-School shopping is barely over, but retail gurus are already making predictions for the holiday shopping season.

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Lucky Brand Expands Into Home Collection

Retail

Lucky Brand is offering a home collection that sells at Macy's.

Sourcing at MAGIC: Focus on Vietnam

Trade Shows

At the vast Sourcing at MAGIC show, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, it was around the world in more than 2,000 booths, not around the world in 80 days.

Offprice: Even Discount Retailers Feeling the Pinch

Trade Shows

Bargain hunters should feel right at home at the Offprice show in Las Vegas, held Aug. 12–15 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

WWDMAGIC: A Trade Show with a Party Ambience

Trade Shows

Attending WWDMAGIC, held Aug. 14–16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, is much like going to a disco nightclub. The cacophonous vibes of various soundtracks emanate from booths displaying the latest in juniors and young-contemporary fashions.

WWIN: Retailers From Across the Country Crowd into the Show

Trade Shows

Visitors at the Women’sWear In Nevada Show at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino were greeted by a long hallway lined with displays of women’s fashions being represented at the biannual show.

How Sourcing Managers Are Re-examining Vietnam After the Demise of a Free-Trade Agreement

Import/Export

Six or seven years ago, Steve DiBlasi of Lanier Clothes decided to shift a fair amount of his company’s apparel production from China to Vietnam.

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COS Opening in DTLA

Retail

COS, launched by H&M 10 years ago, has few stores around the United States, but one is opening in downtown LA on Friday, Aug. 25.

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Orders Despite Uncertainty at Las Vegas Trade Shows

LV Trade Shows

The apparel industry headed to Las Vegas on the hunt for new trends and new business at the many apparel and sourcing trade shows spread across the city.

Denim Defines the Clothing Trends for Back-to-School Apparel

Retail

Consumer spending on clothes and other items should definitely be in positive territory this fall as shoppers are feeling more confident about their economic condition and rising housing prices make people feel wealthier.

Retail Sales Show Solid Gains in July

Retail

Online sales took a giant 11.4 percent step forward from last year as shoppers let their fingers do the buying. Of all the categories broken out by the National Retail Federation, it was the winner in the NRF’s monthly tabulation of retail sales.

Price and Value Are Driving Retail Business

Retail

A recent survey by the International Council of Shopping Centers shows that the majority of U.S. adults are loyal to brands and retailers because of price and value.

Differential Brands Sees Sales Grow in the Second Quarter

Manufacturing

Differential Brands Group—the Los Angeles company whose labels include denim label Hudson, Robert Graham and SWIMS—reported net sales growth for its second quarter but a net loss.

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Janie Bryant of "Mad Men" Creates Collection for Unique Vintage

Fashion

Costume designer Janie Bryant designs 12-piece collection for Unique Vintage.

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Demi Lovato Pairs Up With Fabletics Again

Athleisure

The singer has a collection with 12 pieces.

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Denim Designers Debut First Collection With Pottery Barn

Design

Emily Current and Meritt Elliott debut first collection for Pottery Barn.

New BCBG Owners Outline Their Plans for Moving the Brands Forward

Manufacturing

When Michael DeVirgilio and Cory Baker were figuring out whether they wanted to acquire the BCBGMaxAzria label and its sister brands, they quizzed retailers about whether they were still willing to carry the decades-old brands in their stores. They were happy to find that the labels weren’t on life support yet.

Prana Chief Executive Leaving in Mid-August

Manufacturing

After being with the company for nearly nine years, Scott Kerslake is leaving Prana as its chief executive to take another job.

Hollywood in Focus at WWDMAGIC’s Event Lineup in Las Vegas

Trade Shows

WWDMAGIC, the trade show for women’s apparel and accessories, has a big lineup of activities for its Aug. 14–16 event at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

ILWU Officially Votes to Extend Labor Contract by Three More Years

Import/Export

It’s official. Some 67 percent of the members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have approved a three-year extension to their five-year contract with the Pacific Maritime Association, which means their contract won’t expire until July 1, 2022.

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Klarety: A Clear Vision for Womenswear

Klarety

Shortly after graduating from the University of Southern California, Tina Lo used her degree in economics and communications to immerse herself in the corporate world as a commercial insurance underwriter.

Bachrach Men’s Stores to Exit Bankruptcy Soon

Retail

Only four months after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Bachrach men’s stores is expected to emerge from bankruptcy by the end of August with 15 stores intact.

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Bebe Launches New Campaign With New Direction

Fashion

The look still appeals to the girl who likes fancy clothes and likes to party.

Cotton Prices Holding Stable as China Continues to Sell Off Its Reserves

Textiles

Cotton prices should remain on a level playing field and even decline a bit next year as farmers around the world plant more acreage.

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Quiet August Market in LA Yields Immediate Orders, Out-of-Town Business

Trade Shows

August market in Los Angeles is typically a quiet affair, with exhibitors and buyers navigating a crowded trade-show schedule that includes the massive Las Vegas trade shows later in the month.

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Fire in the LA Fashion District Near Santee Alley

Incendiary

Nearly 100 firefighters show up to put out a blaze in the LA Fashion District.

New Owners Take Over BCBGMaxAzria and Other Labels

Manufacturing

On Aug. 1, Marquee Brands announced it had acquired the entire portfolio of brands once owned by the BCBG Max Azria Group, the Los Angeles fashion house that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Feb. 28.

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Two New Contemporary Stores Opening in DTLA

Retail

The area near Broadway and Ninth street is heating up with contemporary stores.

West Coast Longshore Workers Approve Contract Extension to 2022

Import/Export

Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union approved a three-year extension to their five-year contract with the Pacific Maritime Association, which means their contract won’t expire until July 1, 2022.

The Effect of Rising Interest Rates on the Apparel Business

Finance

For nearly a decade, interest rates have remained near zero, meaning it was very inexpensive for businesses to borrow money. But those sunny days may be over. Twice this year, the Federal Reserve has raised the prime rate, and it is expected to do so again later this year.

Bankruptcy Court Judge Denies Lubov Azria’s Latest Move to Receive $7 Million in Compensation

Manufacturing

In the latest saga in the bankruptcy case of BCBG Max Azria Group, a federal judge has denied Lubov Azria’s attempt to receive nearly $7 million in lost wages and a payout known as a golden parachute.

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REI to Open Big Store in Burbank

Retail

REI is taking over a former Sports Authority store that has been closed since Sports Authority went bankrupt last year.

Trade Protectionism and E-Commerce Are Top Concerns for Chief U.S. Fashion Industry Executives

Retail

With a new president in the White House, U.S. fashion manufacturers and retailers said their biggest concerns this year are about new trade barriers going up that would restrict apparel imports.

How the Apparel Industry Is Coping With Higher Minimum Wages

Manufacturing

The introductory video on the Tianello website talks about how the Los Angeles clothing maker’s collection of Tencel and silk tops lovingly passes through 100 hands before ending up in someone’s closet.

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The CMC Balloons With Fun

Events

For a couple of days, the lobby at the California Market Center looked like a big party.