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Deborah Belgum

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Naeem Khan to Headline LAFW

Fashion

The first night of LA Fashion Week will see New York designer Naeem Khan's creations on the runway.

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Rodarte Debuts Fall 2019 Collection in Southern California

Rodarte Collection

Kate and Laura Mulleavy are home-grown designers who grew up in Pasadena, Calif. But their careers and their fashion shows for their Rodarte label have taken them mostly to New York, where their creations are seen on the runway during New York Fashion Week.

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FIDM Unveils Some 100 Movie Costumes at its Annual Costume Design Exhibition

Movie Costume Exhibit

More than 800 people attended the Feb. 2 preview opening of the annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition, which features more than 100 movie costumes from some 25 films released in 2018.

Markdowns Cost U.S. Retailers $300 Billion in 2018

Retail

Who doesn’t love a sale? Consumers do, but for retailers the idea of discounting merchandise by 10 percent to 25 percent adds up.

U.S. Retail Sales on Strong Footing for 2019 With Job Growth Continuing

Retail

Despite rumblings of a trade war with China and an up-and-down stock market, the National Retail Federation said it expects retail sales for 2019 to be up from 3.8 percent to 4.4 percent, totaling more than $3.8 trillion.

Levi Strauss Sees Substantial Growth in 2018

Manufacturing

Levi Strauss & Co., the San Francisco clothing company known for its Levi’s jeans, had a solid year of growth with net revenues increasing a healthy 14 percent in its fiscal year ending Nov. 25, 2018.

Las Vegas Apparel and Footwear Shows Announce Big Location Moves

Trade Shows

MAGIC and WWIN announce big moves.

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Sourcing at MAGIC Kicks Off in South Hall of Convention Center

Sourcing at MAGIC returns to its old location in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Monique Lhuillier Unveils Her Pre-Fall Collection for Ready-to-Wear

Fall Colors by Monique Lhuillier

In 1996, Los Angeles designer Monique Lhuillier launched her self-named company with a line of wedding dresses that had a more modern feel to them.

Fashion Market Northern California Runs Into Some Competition

Trade Shows

A confluence of trade shows and an early date for the apparel and textile trade shows in Las Vegas put a damper on the latest edition of Fashion Market Northern California.

How to Tackle the China Trade-War Challenges

Finance

In the past year, it has become increasingly more challenging to be an apparel manufacturer, importer or retailer in the United States as uncertainty surrounds trade with China.

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American Eagle Outfitters Leaves Hollywood & Highland

Retail

American Eagle Outfitters joins a number of retailers leaving Hollywood & Highland.

Guess CEO Unexpectedly Steps Down

New CEO at Guess has been there before.

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Hong Kong Fashion Week Downsizes Amid U.S. Tariff Tiff

Trade Shows

Hong Kong Fashion Week had a subdued air this year as U.S. buyers have become more cautious about placing orders with Chinese factories, which make up the bulk of the exhibitors.

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Hong Kong Designers Take an Artsy Approach to Showing Their Styles

Hong Kong Fashion Week

Traditionally, Hong Kong Fashion Week shows have been down a long catwalk surrounded by spectators interested in the latest trends.

Chinese Tariffs on Cotton Have Major Effect on Growers

Textiles

A tariff war between the United States and China is playing a big part in the health and well-being of the U.S. cotton market.

Despite a Few Ripples, the U.S. Economy Is Poised for Growth

Finance

If you had to describe what the economic outlook was for 2019, you might be inclined to liken it to the Charles Dickens novel “A Tale of Two Cities.”

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Hong Kong Fashion Week Celebrates Chinese New Year

Trade shows

Hong Kong Fashion Week coincides with upcoming Chinese New Year.

Coats Thread Company Acquires ThreadSol and Opens Innovation Hub

Manufacturing

Coats, the British industrial-thread manufacturer who has been on an acquisition binge, recently acquired for $12 million ThreadSol, a cloud-based digital-applications provider, which becomes a part of Coats Global Services.

Hybrid Apparel Names New CEO

Manufacturing

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

Could Charlotte Russe Be Up for Sale or Headed for Bankruptcy?

Retail

After restructuring its debt by more than 50 percent last year, Charlotte Russe Holding Inc. could be up for sale or headed for bankruptcy restructuring.

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The North Face Unveils New Breathable Waterproof Fabric

Textiles

The North Face unveils FutureLight, a new breathable waterproof material.

Hybrid Apparel Names New CEO

Hybrid Apparel names veteran retailer as new chief executive.

Could Charlotte Russe Be Up for Sale or Headed for Bankruptcy?

After restructuring its debt by more than 50 percent last year, Charlotte Russe Holding Inc. could be up for sale or headed for bankruptcy restructuring.

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Retail Seasonal Hiring Down From Last Year

Retail

A tight labor market made it hard to find seasonal retail workers this holiday season.

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Johnny Was: Carrying the Boho Look Over to Swimwear

Swimwear at Johnny Was

The world of Johnny Was is all about embroidered clothing with a certain boho look that has been a strong selling point for the Los Angeles label since it was founded in 1987.

Apparel Makers Feel the Rush to Bring in Goods From China Early

Import/Export

With additional tariffs on Chinese imports being threatened, Los Angeles clothing makers are feeling the pinch to bring in goods earlier to save money.

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Forever 21 on the Move at Hollywood & Highland

Retail

The store is expanding into a bigger space.

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Juicy Couture Going to South Korea

Retail

Juicy Couture will see shops-in-shops in South Korea by 2020.

The Most-Popular California Apparel News Stories of 2018

Manufacturing

This year was filled with a raft of news about how U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods were affecting the U.S. apparel and textile industry, and that news occupied a lot of our readers’ attention.

Cherokee Announces Deal With the Batra Group for Tony Hawk License

Manufacturing

Cherokee Global Brands, a Southern California brand-management company, announced it has signed a deal with the Batra Group for a licensing agreement to sell the Tony Hawk brand for apparel and accessories in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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New California Laws to Alter Workplace Rules

Legal

Ringing in the new year means ringing in a whole set of new laws that are important for employers to know. Most of these laws go into effect Jan. 1, but the minimum-wage increase in Los Angeles doesn’t take effect until July 1.

Report Shows That Dollar Stores Are Popular for Holiday Shopping

Retail

People of all income levels and age brackets are shopping dollar stores this holiday season, according to a recent survey conducted by The NPD Group, a market-research and consumer-trends company in Port Washington, N.Y.

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A Festive Spirit Takes off at the 71st Annual Holiday Party by the California Fashion Foundation

CFF Gives Back

The activity meter on the top floor of the Cooper Design Space went into overdrive as 200 children danced to holiday music, fought with sword balloons, tossed fake snow everywhere and received bulging bags filled with a boatload of gifts.

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Year in Review: Trade: The Year Where Nobody Knows What is Actually Going On

2018’s Trade Climate

If you had to explain why the stock market is going up and down like a yo-yo, one of the reasons is the uncertainty in trade.

Hong Kong Fashion Week Celebrating Its 50th Edition

Trade Shows

The upcoming Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter, to be held Jan. 14–17, will see the vast halls of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre filled with 1,400 exhibitors showcasing everything from buttons and accessories to evening gowns and activewear.

L.A. Textiles Executives Sentenced to Prison for Laundering Mexican Cartel Drug Money

Legal

The owners of Pacific Eurotex Corp., a textile company in Los Angeles, were sentenced to federal prison after they pleaded guilty last year to federal money-laundering and tax-evasion charges.

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Badgley Mischka Opens Flagship in West Hollywood

Retail

The new Badgley Mischka outpost is located in a historic building in West Hollywood.

An Economic Snapshot of 2018 and the Apparel Industry

News

This year started out with a bang with a vibrant stock market and low interest rates.

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Los Angeles Trade-Technical Fashion Students Take inspiration from Mexico City for Their Designs

Latin Style Influence

The fashion students at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College held their biannual student fashion show where designs covered everything from childrenswear to evening wear.

2018 Retrospective: China Still Dominates U.S. Apparel Imports Despite Trade War With United States

Import/Export

If you thought U.S. clothing companies were shying away from China to make their wide array of imported garments, think again.

2018 Retrospective: Rising Minimum Wage Contributes to Decline in California’s Apparel-Factory Employment

Manufacturing

As the minimum wage continues to rise in Los Angeles County and the rest of the state, more apparel manufacturers are opting to move production elsewhere.

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Old Navy Will Pay for Your Lyft Trip

Holiday Shopping

Old Navy will pay for you to come to the store to pick up your online order.

Newsmaker: National Stores Files for Bankruptcy Protection After Half a Century in Business

Retail

For years, the Fallas and Factory 2-U stores owned by National Stores have been the favorite shopping spots for consumers in search of a bargain.

Newsmaker: Ilse Metchek, California Fashion Association

Manufacturing

For decades now, Ilse Metchek has been the go-to person if you want inside information on anything going on in the California apparel world.

Newsmaker: As the Trade War Turns, So Goes the Economy

Import/Export

This has been a year of uncertainty for the trade world.

Newsmaker: AST Sportswear Inherits Title of Large T-shirt Maker in the United States

Manufacturing

For years, AST Sportswear operated under the radar in Orange County, Calif.

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The Pantone Color of the Year Is Selected for 2019

Color Trend

Pantone does its research for the Color of the Year.

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Madewell Pop-Up Mobile Truck Making the Rounds in L.A. This Week

Rolling retail

Madewell's mobile pop-up holiday store will be making the rounds in Los Angeles.

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UCLA Anderson Forecast Sees a Slowing Economy With Trade Causing Potential Problems

Trade and the Economy

The UCLA Anderson Forecast predicts the economy will slow down in 2019 and then nearly even out in 2020.