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Deborah Belgum

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Imports Steady as Back-to-School Season Approaches

Import/Export

U.S. cargo-container imports for the first half of this year are expected to be nearly flat over last year as the economy inches along.

Showroom Profile: the M Showroom and Michael Bush/LA-Apparel

Showroom Profile

Showroom Profile: the M Showroom and Michael Bush/LA-Apparel

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Otis Fashion Design Students Create Bicycling Outfits for MTA

Otis for MTA

Last year, the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority—which runs the mass transportation systems in Los Angeles County with 2,300 buses and more than 80 rail stations—launched an action plan to go beyond traditional marketing schemes to attract new riders—particularly those young urban dwellers who might be more inclined to ditch their cars.

Blue Jeans Imports by LA Company Challenge Labeling Requirements

Import/Export

In 2010, JBlu Inc., a longtime Los Angeles clothing company, imported some 500,000 pairs of blue jeans from China in 11 shipments through the Port of Long Beach—all headed for retail stores around the country.

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Italian Store Opening First U.S. Flagship in Beverly Hills

Retail

A bit of Europe is coming to Beverly Hills.

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Westside Pavilion Shopping Center to Remodel

Retail

Westside Pavilion joins LA shopping centers looking at big update.

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German Luxury Eyewear Store to DTLA

retail

Mykita to open store near Acne Studios in downtown Los Angeles.

ModCloth Ramping Up to Add Stores

Retailing

After operating as an online site for women’s indie apparel, ModCloth is gearing up to add bricks to its clicks-based business model.

Soft Global Trade Keeps Shipping Rates Low

Import/Export

The U.S. dollar will remain strong until the middle of this year, hampering U.S. exports but boosting a wave of imports into U.S. ports.

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The North Face's Latest Made in California Collection Debuts Today

Manufacturing

The North Face comes to Southern California to make its Backyard Project.

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BNKR Store Expected to Open Soon in Downtown LA

Retail

Much-delayed BNKR store coming to downtown LA in April.

Big Growth at Materials Shows

Trade Shows

Two big trade shows that display raw materials and components for footwear, fashion, high-tech and the automobile industries have grown by 25 percent over the last year.

New President Named at Mountain Hardwear

Manufacturing

After more than six months of searching for a new president, John Walbrecht has been appointed to take over the top job at Mountain Hardwear.

Busy at Stitch, Accessories The Show, MRket

Trade Shows

Exhibitors at the trio of shows organized by Business Journals Inc. were generally happy with the wide aisles, ample space and airy ambience at the event, but that great environment didn’t prevent retailers from riding a wave of caution.

Bright Lights and Music at WWDMAGIC

Trade Shows

The energy was high at the WWDMAGIC show held Feb. 16–18 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Show Floor Expands at Sourcing at MAGIC

Trade Shows

More than 40 countries from around the world set up booths in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center for the Sourcing at MAGIC trade show, held Feb. 15–18.

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Brazilian Pop-Up Shoe Store Coming to L.A.

Retail

Schutz is opening its very first pop-up store in the United States.

Ross Stores Supplier in L.A. Ordered to Pay $212,000 in Back Wages

Manufacturing

A Los Angeles manufacturer that supplies garments for Ross Stores has been ordered to pay $212,000 in back wages for employees of 13 of its subcontractors after the labor department found YN had violated requirements for minimum wage and overtime, according to a labor department release.

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California Snowboarder Shaun White Partners With Macy's for Capsule Collection

Retail

The new line will be called Wht Space.

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Toms to Open Second Los Angeles Store

Retail

The California shoe company is venturing into an upscale mall for its second retail outpost.

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Buyers Navigate Multiple Venues, Categories at Las Vegas Shows

L.V. Trade Shows

When visitors arrived at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas for the Feb. 16–18 run of Project, Project Womens, Pooltradeshow, Collective and The Tents, the registration line snaked around the lobby, forcing buyers to wait up to 30 minutes to get their badges and enter the trade show.

California and Nation to See Continued Economic Growth

Finance

The latest LAEDC economic forecast calls for continued growth in California and the rest of the country.

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Pantone Unveils a Palette of Colors for Fall 2016

Fashion

Blue is one of the predominant colors for the Fall season along with lots of mustard, red and forest green.

Retail Sales on a Positive Trail for 2016

Retail

Despite an uncertain economic beginning to the year, the National Retail Federation is forecasting that retail sales will be up 3.1 percent this year, which is slightly better than the 10-year average of 2.7 percent.

Chinese Website Promotes U.S. Apparel Brands in China

Technology

China, with a population of 1.4 billion people, is a burgeoning consumer market where shoppers are hungry for American clothing labels.

What Does an Economic Shift Mean for the Factoring Industry?

Finance

The global economy started out this year with a whimper, not a bang.

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Everything But Water Opening in Beverly Hills

Retail

Everything But Water to establish an outpost on Beverly Drive in April.

Retail Sales on a Positive Trail for 2016

NRF forecasts retail sales to be up 3.1 percent in 2016.

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Oscar-nominated Costumes on Display at FIDM

Fashion

Design school goes all out for motion picture costume display.

American Apparel Emerges From Bankruptcy

After four months in bankruptcy, Los Angeles clothing maker American Apparel announced on Feb. 5 that it had exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy after a reorganization plan was approved days earlier by the U.S. bankruptcy court.

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Kevan Hall Sample Sale

Fashion

LA designer holds sample sale at his studio.

Congressional Vote of Trans-Pacific Partnership Moves Farther Down the Road

Import/Export

Congress may not vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal until sometime after the November presidential election.

California Market Center Makes Big Push to Add More Exhibition Space

Manufacturing

The California Market Center—the biggest apparel showroom complex in the Los Angeles Fashion District—is undergoing a metamorphosis by adding more mammoth exhibition space and consolidating showrooms onto fewer floors.

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Where's the New Torrid Model From?

Fashion

Torrid chooses one model out of 14,000 applicants.

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Third-Quarter Revenues Slip for American Apparel

Manufacturing

Just days after American Apparel was cleared to exit bankruptcy, the troubled Los Angeles clothing maker filed its third-quarter earnings results showing the company is bleeding money.

Paul Frank Returning to the Company He Founded

Manufacturing

Paul Frank Sunich, the man who invented Julius the Monkey and founded Paul Frank Industries—only to be forced out from his namesake venture—is back with the label.

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Nordstrom Rack Opening in Orange County

Retail

Nordstrom Rack to open in Tustin, Calif., in a mall owned by the Irvine Company.

Otis Fashion Students Help Design New Lane Bryant Collection

Retail

The fashion students at the Otis College of Art and Design had a special assignment last year: Put together a collection of plus-size work outfits that will be sold at Lane Bryant stores.

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Hong Kong Fashion Week Fills the Runway With Diverse Styles

Swift Fashion

Popstar Taylor Swift introduced her new casual line at Hong Kong Fashion Week.

Hong Kong Designers to Show at New York Fashion Week

Fashion

Designers Polly Ho and Andy Wong are known for the painstakingly long process they use to naturally dye their silks in an old-fashioned style that can take days and weeks to produce.

Hong Kong Fashion Week Turns Focus Toward Asia

Trade Shows

The new Taylor Swift collection that has an all-American girl vibe didn’t debut in New York or Paris but launched its first looks in a fashion show at Hong Kong Fashion Week.

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Just Don Pop-Up Store Coming to DTLA

Retail

Just Don opens pop-up store this weekend in the Los Angeles Fashion District.

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Dov Charney Loses in American Apparel Takeover Bid

A U.S. bankruptcy judge rejects Dov Charney's bid to take over American Apparel.

Can Discount Prices Get Retailers Into Trouble?

Legal

California shoppers are filing a flurry of class-action lawsuits against big-name department stores over markdowns allegedly made on “false” original prices.

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Focused Buyers Turn Out

LA Market

January market in Los Angeles is typically a low-key affair with retailers looking to fill in depleted inventories after the holiday season or buyers looking to review lines in a more-relaxed setting before the crush of the Las Vegas trade shows in February.

AAFA Names Helfenbein as New President and CEO

Manufacturing

The American Apparel & Footwear Association, the trade group in Washington, D.C., comprising 530 apparel and footwear members representing 1,000 brands, has selected apparel and footwear veteran Rick Helfenbein to become the new president and chief executive of the organization.

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New Retailer Heading for Abbot Kinney

Retail

The contemporary line Stone Cold Fox has plans to open its first store in Venice.

Showroom Profile: Now Showroom LA

New Lines

Couture, contemporary and ready-to-wear styles from designers around the world fill the new Now Showroom LA, opened recently by Natasha Greizen, a Los Angeles jewelry designer and entrepreneur.

Retailers Face a Challenging Year in 2016 as U.S. Economy Chugs Along

Finance

Financial gurus and pundits agree that 2016 will probably be an economic twin of 2015. There will be slow but steady growth and unemployment will remain low.

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Los Feliz Store Closing Its Doors

Retail

Una Mae's Los Angeles has a going-out-of-business sale with 35 percent off.