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Deborah Belgum

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Longshore Workers and Employers Continue Talks After Contract Expires

News

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.

UPDATE: Dov Charney Now Controls 43 Percent of American Apparel Stock

Manufacturing

Dov Charney nearly doubles the amount of American Apparel stock he owns.

Sequential Brands in Deal to Buy Galaxy Brand Holdings

Manufacturing

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.

Juicy Couture Revamping Stores Under New Ownership

Retail

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.

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The North Face Recycles 1.5 Million Polybags

Retail and the Environment

The North Face takes it polyethylene bags used to ship clothes and recycles them to save the environment.

Dov Charney Wages War to Stay on at American Apparel

In a filing on June 23 with the Securities & Exchange Commission, Dov Charney, the ousted American Apparel founder, president and chief executive, said he met with a group of shareholders last week who want him to continue running the company, and he will fight to stay on.

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Amour Vert Opens First Store in San Francisco

Retail

Eco-apparel company debuts first-ever store in San Francisco.

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New Licensing Partners Announced for Saban Brands’ Julius Jr. Character

Manufacturing

“Julius Jr.” is a new pre-school children’s TV series that debuted last September on Nick Jr., part of the Nickelodeon network. Saban Brands is signing agreements with a host of licensing partners this year and next to make tons of Julius Jr. products.

South Korean Thread Plant to Open in Costa Rica

Manufacturing

With an eye on taking advantage of the free-trade agreement between Central America and the United States, a large South Korean apparel and textile company is building a $50 million thread mill in Costa Rica.

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Delays Mount in Retrieving Cargo at Port of LA

Import/Export

Truck drivers are waiting as long as five to six hours to pick up cargo at some terminals at the Port of Los Angeles.

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Speedo Joins Forces With Red Cross

Swimwear

Speedo will be the official licensee of the American Red Cross in a certain category.

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Suffering for Fashion Isn't New?

Vintage Fashion Trends

Bata Shoe Museum in Canada unveils one of the more interesting exhibits on fashion.

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So What Is the Latest Denim Trend?

Denim World

Everyone seems to be rolling out the same fabric for a new look in denim.

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Immediates and Final Fall Orders at LA Fashion Market

Trade Shows

Los Angeles Fashion Market was busier than expected for many showing at the California Market Center, The New Mart, the Cooper Design Space, the Gerry Building and the Lady Liberty Building, as well as exhibitors showing at Designers and Agents, Brand Assembly and Select.

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How Retro-Style Clothing Formed a Multi-Million Company

Pinup Girl Clothing

Inside a sewing factory in South Central Los Angeles, mounds of colorful fabric are piled high as the buzz of sewing machines punctuates the air.

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Apparel Leaders Defeat Dam Project in Patagonia

Environment

Patagonia wants Patagonia to remain free.

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New Men’s Fast-Fashion Line Launches From LA

Jonny IV

From a clothing factory in South Los Angeles, Eugene Kang is putting the finishing touches on his new fast-fashion line for young men who want style but don’t have a lot of cash languishing in their wallets.

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There's More Than One Way to Charge at Some OC Shopping Centers

Retail

Four Orange County shopping centers will install plug-in charging stations for electric cars.

Los Angeles Retail Rents Rise With the Economy

Finance

Start looking for that new store location now before rents go up even more, because the retail market is heating up.

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Showroom Profile: Gallery 608

Showroom Profiles

For more than 10 years, Jane Mohr shot fashion photography for several well-known European fashion publications—Italian Vogue, British Brides, L’Officiel and Io Donna.

Columbia Sportswear Completes Acquisition of Prana Apparel

Manufacturing

For Prana, a Southern California company founded in 1993 as a yoga wear and climbing-apparel brand, the third time may prove to be the charm.

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Showroom Dog

Canine Escapades

Rusty the Golden Retriever likes to hang out at his owner's showroom in the Gerry Building.

Columbia Sportswear Completes Acquisition of Prana Apparel

M&A

Oirtland, Oregon-based Columbia Sportswear completed its purchase of Carlsbad, California-based Prana on May 30.

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Fast Means Cash for Central American Clothing Makers

Central American Sourcing

Quick turn has always been one advantage for Gua­temala and the other Central American countries that make up the Dominican Republic–Central American Free Trade Agreement. But it is becoming more important than ever.

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Casual Work Wear With a Flair

Dress for Success

Now you can bike to work and look professional by the time you get there.

Jeff Rudes Leaves J Brand for Next Venture

Denim Shift

An executive shuffle continues at J Brand with the blue jeans company’s founder, Jeff Rudes, leaving as the chief executive.

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How Toms Shoes Influenced a Guatemalan Shirt Company

Manufacturing

Toms Shoes founder Blake Mycoskic inspires a Guatemalan shirt company to give back too.

Customs Scrutiny to Increase With Hundreds of New Employees

Import/Export

For years, U.S. customs officials have been playing a game of cat and mouse with apparel importers, trying to figure out who is undervaluing their goods to get out of paying higher duties.

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Local Designers to Design Wizard of Oz Doll Costumes for Charity

LA and NY designers get together to create doll costumes based on "The Wizard of Oz.'

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The Secret Formula to Find and Keep Online Customers

Technology

When the online shopping site Ruche started analyzing the buying habits of its customers, it found that 50 percent of the company’s revenues were coming from 25 percent of its return customers.

Shop & Dine

Trade Show

Now that the economy is moving forward, the number of new restaurants and clothing stores is starting to pop again. Here’s our take on some fun and interesting boutiques and restaurants to explore when you are out and about attending your favorite trade show.

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New Website Highlights Made in USA

Technology

A new website features clothing made in the United States.

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Vintage Fashion Expo in LA This Weekend

Vintage shopping

Dozens of vendors selling vintage apparel at the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend.

Apparel Counterfeiters Banned from L.A. Fashion District and Fined $26 Million

Record Fine Imposed

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer secured a permanent injunction barring two apparel and accessories merchants from the LA Fashion District, where they allegedly sold counterfeit items.

Southern California Man Sentenced for Importing Counterfeit Goods

Import/Export

Kevin Wang, a 54-year-old resident of Rosemead, Calif., was sentenced on May 8 to 31 months in federal prison for bringing in 11 containers filled with counterfeit apparel and other goods from China.

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Leather Sandals Get the Made in California Look

Beach Wear

Footwear designer Ocean Minded in San Clemente takes its sandals to a local specialist to be made.

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Citron: American-Made Mission

Designer Profile

For more than a decade, the owners of Citron, located in Los Angeles, have been making their printed silk blouses and tops in China because of the intricate prints, designs and fabric used.

Wet Seal Shutters Arden B Stores

Retail

Teen retailer Wet Seal Inc. is shedding its young contemporary chain of stores called Arden B, which last year accounted for only $60.4 million in revenues, or 11 percent of the company’s total revenues.

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Apparel Makers Tackle the Task of Finding Skilled Labor in Los Angeles

Manufacturing

Apparel makers who want to manufacture more merchandise in Los Angeles have a challenge. It’s hard to find good, skilled laborers who are in the country legally.

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Contract Negotiations on the Waterfront Worry Many About Shipping Season

Import/Export

Ship early and ship often. That’s the advice logistics experts are giving to apparel and textile importers who don’t want to be caught up in a possible strike that could take place this summer at West Coast ports.

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What's Chan Luu Doing With Hello Kitty?

Fashion

The Los Angeles -based jewelry designer partners up with Sanrio, the people behind Hello Kitty.

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H & M Opens in Downtown LA on May 1

Retail

H & M opens its largest store in Southern California in downtown Los Angeles.

Wet Seal Exiting Arden B Business to Concentrate on Plus-Size Stores

Retail

Wet Seal Inc. to convert 31 Arden B stores to Wet Seal + merchandise and the rest to Wet Seal merchandise .

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Giant Cake at the Center of Beverly Hills Bash on Rodeo Drive

Retail

Rodeo Drive blocked off for Beverly Hills' centennial celebration.

Forever 21 Opening New Store Concept

Retail

Fast-fashion retailer Forever 21 is going after the bargain shopper with gusto.

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Newest Everything But Water Store Opens Near the Beach

Retail

Everthing But Water opens in Santa Monica.

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Express on a New Retail Venture

Express is rolling out 30 new outlet stores this year, with a couple in California.

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Get Ready for Robertson Shopping Stroll

Retail

To celebrate BritWeek, hit the stores on Robertson.

BedHead Recalls Children’s Pajamas

Manufacturing

BedHead Pajamas Inc. of Los Angeles has recalled 800 pairs of children’s pajamas because they fail to meet federal flammability standards for children’s sleepwear.

Gap Inc. Reveals Plans for Omni-Channel and Asia Expansion

Retail

In the next three years, Gap Inc. hopes its sales in China will reach $1 billion as it expands the number of stores located there and pumps up its omni-channel offerings.