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Deborah Belgum

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California’s Economy Charts Positive Growth Through 2018

Finance

Job gains and slow steady growth are the path for the country and California for the next few years, according to economists at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

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Mykita Eyewear Opening Soon in DTLA

Retail

German eyewear company has a sing out front of its soon-to-open location.

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Aussie Store Opens Doors in LA to First U.S. Store

Retail

The Local.132 by General Pants Co. opens an outpost on La Brea Avenue.

Showroom Profile: Salt & Pepper Sales

New Lines

Moving to a new showroom has been an energizing experience for Emmalena Bland and Bea Gorman, who make up the Salt & Pepper Sales showroom.

Showroom Profile: Mattson Showroom

New Lines

For three years, Mattson Global has had a large showroom at the Academy Awards Clothing building at 817 S. Los Angeles St. But when more room was needed to show its collections, the company turned to the California Market Center to set up a secondary showroom.

China Brand Show Coming to Los Angeles

Trade Shows

For the first time in more than a decade, the China Brand Show will be exhibiting at semiannual gift and home show LAMKT, which will be held July 22–25 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Cherokee Signs Deal to Create Footwear for Everyday California Brand

Manufacturing

Cherokee Global Brands—whose labels include Cherokee, Carole Little, Tony Hawk and Sideout—has signed a deal with Saliluz to create a collection of men’s and women’s casual footwear and flip-flops under Cherokee’s Everyday California label.

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Speedo USA Introducing New Line Designed with Olympian Missy Franklin

Fashion

Five-time Olympic medalist Missy Franklin helps design new line of performance swimwear for Speedo USA.

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Oak Opens Outlet Store in DTLA

Retail

Oak converts one-half of its downtown LA store into an outlet.

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WithMe: Meet the Store of the Future

Store of the Future

On May 26, WithMe took the wraps off its first permanent mall-based store, housed inside Santa Monica Place in Santa Monica, Calif., where an arsenal of high-tech gadgets is used to make shopping easier for customers and retailing more efficient.

Footwear Brand EMU Australia Moving Back to California

Manufacturing

After five years in the Midwest, Emu Australia has decided to bring its U.S. headquarters back to California.

Study Finds Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Have Little Effect on Apparel Imports and Export

Import/Export

The U.S. International Trade Commission recently published an independent study of the free-trade accord and found that U.S. apparel imports would inch up 1.4 percent with a $1.9 billion increase by the year 2032 while exports would barely budge, seeing a 0.3 percent rise, or a $10 million increase.

ModCloth Names New Chief Technology Officer

Retail

ModCloth—the San Francisco–based online purveyor of its own clothing brand as well as an e-commerce site that offers an assortment of fashion, accessories, shoes and home décor from independent designers—has named Nicolas Genest as its chief technology officer.

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Sports Authority Holds Going-Out-of-Business Sale

Retail

All 450 Sports Authority stores are holding a going-out-of-business sale.

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Designer Monique Lhuillier Expands Into Stationery

Fashion

Bridal and fashion designer Monique Lhuillier launches stationery brand.

Gap Closing All Old Navy Stores in Japan, Plus Select Banana Republic Stores

After reporting dismal sales for its first quarter, Gap Inc. announced it is closing all 53 of its Old Navy stores in Japan and 75 Banana Republic stores in mostly overseas locations as it concentrates on other geographies.

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Store of the Future Opening at Santa Monica Place

Retail

WithMe debuts its first mall location with shopping lineup that changes all the time.

AAFA Names Joseph Abboud ‘Person of the Year’

Fashion

The American Apparel & Footwear Association has named Abboud the 2016 “Person of the Year.” The award is being presented to the designer at the AAFA’s 38th annual American Images Awards in New York on May 24.

Retailers Relying More on Promotions This Year to Clinch a Sale

Retail

Statistics show that during the first three months of this year, retailers were putting up more signs for special promotions than during the same period last year.

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Jovani Celebrates First U.S. Store Now on Robertson Blvd.

Retal

The evening gown label has never had a stand-alone store until it opened on Robertson Boulevard.

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Aussie Retailer Opening First U.S. Store in Los Angeles

Retail

General Pants Co. coming up from down under.

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Topshop/Topman Opening Next Week in Glendale

Retail

Topshop/Topman soon opening second Los Angeles-area store.

Trade Show: Shop & Dine

Trade Shows

Here are a few suggestions on some of the newer restaurants and fashionable boutiques found in the major cities on the trade-show circuit.

Container Cargo Imports Not as Robust as Last Year

Import/Export

Slow growth in consumer spending and high inventory levels at stores across the country are affecting import cargo volumes at the nation’s ports.

U.S. Thread Maker to Buy Second Largest Thread Maker in India

Manufacturing

American & Efird—the largest U.S. manufacturer of industrial and consumer thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles—is acquiring a majority ownership of Vardhman Yarns and Threads Ltd. from its joint-venture partner, Vardhman Textiles Ltd.

Contempo Inc USA Controller Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

Legal

Peter Suk Lee started working for Los Angeles accessories maker Contempo Inc. USA in August 2014 as the controller at the company. But one year later, the owners were alleging that the 49-year-old had embezzled nearly $1.4 million from the company, according to court documents.

Negotiations for New Port Clerks Contract Nearing Deadline

Import/Export

600 full-time port clerks and 300 temporary clerks at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach have made great strides in this year’s negotiations for a contract that expires June 30.

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French Eco-Friendly Brand Opens First Store in SF

Retail

Les Lunes, which champions the slow-fashion movement, established its first outpost in Cow Hollow.

Gap Inc. Posts Dismal April Sales in All Categories

Retail

All of Gap Inc.'s retail chains showing negative same-store sales for April.

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BNKR Celebrates Grand Opening for DTLA Store

Retail

Two big events celebrate opening of BNKR's new U.S. flagship store.

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Scoop NYC Closing All Stores, Including LA

Retail

Scoop NYC has already shut down its SoHo store and plans to shutter LA stores.

Sales in April Disappoint with Lackluster Performance

Retail

With Easter falling in March this year, retailers reported that April same-store sales dipped at many big clothing store chains that depend on the holiday to bring customers through the doors.

Levi’s Names New President of Americas Division

Manufacturing

Levi Strauss & Co. has promoted Roy Bagattini to the role of executive vice president and president of Levi Strauss Americas.

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Creativity Walks Down the Runway at Woodbury University Student Show

Creativity Walks

A fresh look at fashion was seen on the runway when the students at Woodbury University displayed their design skills at the 52nd annual Envision Fashion Show at The Reef in downtown Los Angeles.

U.S. Trade Rep Hopes to Have New Free-Trade Agreement Signed, Sealed and Delivered Before Obama Leaves Office

Import/Export

The Obama administration has been talking about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement ever since the president arrived in office in 2009.

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Big Sale at ABS by Allen Schwartz Headquarters

Manufacturing

ABS by Allen Schwartz holds big sale at headquarters near DTLA.

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BNKR Opens in DTLA

Retail

Australian clothing company opens its first U.S. store in DTLA.

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Warehouse Sale for Goods from India

Retail

Raj Imports Has a Big Warehouse Sale in Downtown Los Angeles

NW Materials Show Changes Fall Dates

Trade Shows

Because of a holiday in Asia, the NW Materials Show is pushing up the dates of its fall trade show by two weeks.

Deckers Names New President of Fashion Lifestyle

Manufacturing

Deckers Brands—the footwear and apparel company in Goleta, Calif., known for its Ugg boots, Teva and Sanuk footwear, and other labels—has appointed Andrea O’Donnell as president of fashion lifestyle.

Garment Factory Manager Found Guilty of Offering Bribe to Labor Inspector

Legal

The general manager of a Southern California clothing factory was found guilty on April 26 by a federal jury for offering to pay a bribe to a labor inspector to close down an investigation into back wages owed to factory workers, said the U.S. Attorney’s office.

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Marcianos Jump Back Into the Clothing Business

GM Studio

Georges and Armand Marciano have joined forces with designer Cinzia Simone to create a new upscale clothing brand called GM Studio that will partially launch in July with the full launch scheduled for September in time for the Fall 2016 season.

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Chan Luu Opens First U.S. Store

Retail

Los Angeles-based designer Chan Luu sets her first U.S. shop near the ocean.

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Vintage Fashions at Weekend Expo

Fashion

Vintage Fashion Expo at The Reef this weekend.

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BNKR Plans Grand Opening

Retail

BNKR to soon open its first U.S. flagship in downtown Los Angeles.

Customs Officials Step Up Apprehension of Counterfeit items at the Border

Import/Export

Customs officials said they saw a 25 percent increase in the number of counterfeit goods they confiscated last year at the nation’s ports and at the border.

Lord & Taylor Cited for Not Disclosing Payments to Fashion Bloggers

Legal

In the last decade, the fine line between paid advertising and commentary has grown more complicated as social-media sites and fashion blogs become the norm for getting out the word about a new product.

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Teva Partners With Artists for Spring Collection

Fashion

Teva has a launch party in downtown Los Angeles for new collection.

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Denim Day Coming Soon

Social Causes

Guess partners with Peace Over Violence as fashion sponsor of Denim Day.

Sport Chalet Closing

Retail

After 57 years in business, Southern California sporting goods retail chain Sport Chalet is closing all stores and shuttering its online business.