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Deborah Belgum

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Gap’s Chief Financial Officer Is Stepping Down

Retail

After 15 years working at Gap Inc., Sabrina Simmons is stepping down from her job as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Trina Turk Marches Forward With New Store and New Looks

Retail

Trina Turk, the contemporary lifestyle designer known for her bright colors and mid-century–inspired prints evoking a resort vacation, is opening her 12th store next February in the Larchmont Village area of Los Angeles.

Longshore Workers and Employers Meet for Early Talks on Contract Extension

Import/Export

After a disastrous holiday season two years ago when many ships couldn’t unload their cargo on time at West Coast ports, longshore workers and their employers are trying to head off any similar disaster.

Orange County Sportswear Company Leasing Former American Apparel Dye and Finishing Plant

Manufacturing

Months after American Apparel emerged from bankruptcy, the company shuttered its dye and finishing plant just outside of Los Angeles, which will be leased to AST Sportswear Inc.

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Heidi Merrick Opens First Store in Downtown LA

Heidi Merrick in DTLA

At a time when many people are shuttering stores and heading to e-commerce sites to sell their collections, Los Angeles designer Heidi Merrick is making a splash with her very first retail outpost.

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DSTLD: Building the Wardrobe One Premium Piece at a Time

DSTLD

When DSTLD launched two years ago, the company focused on premium denim and luxury tees. After two years of design development and brand building, the company is preparing to provide consumers with an entire wardrobe of luxury basics.

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The North Face Opens Flagship on Fifth Avenue

Retail

The North Face opens first big New York City flagship store in a hot spot.

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UGG Gets Into the Lounge Wear Biz

Fashion

The Ugg people introduce a small but high-end cashmere lounge wear collection with more to come on Nov. 15.

Cone Denim Parent Company Acquired by Beverly Hills Private-Equity Firm

Textiles

Platinum Equity acquires International Textile Group, parent of Cone Denim and Burlington Industries.

LA Blue Jeans Manufacturers Moving to Mexico to Take Advantage of Free Trade

Import/Export

With high-priced blue jeans made in Los Angeles taking a beating in the market, manufacturers facing rising wages in California are amping up their production of premium jeans in Mexico.

Crowded Schedule at LA Market

LA Market

The Los Angeles Fashion Week runway shows continued with events hosted by Style Fashion Week, Fashion Week Los Angeles and Fashion Business Inc.

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Neiman Marcus' 90th Christmas Book Unveiled

Holiday retail

Neiman Marcus goes all out for the 90th edition of their Christmas Book filled with over-the-top gifts you can't afford.

Speedo USA Gets a New President

Manufacturing

John Graham, previously senior vice president of sales for Speedo USA, has been named to take over the job as president of Speedo USA.

Paula Schneider Named Chief Executive of Three Los Angeles Premium Labels

Manufacturing

Former American Apparel Chief Executive Paula Schneider has been named chief executive of DG Premium Brands, whose recently acquired Los Angeles labels include 7 For All Mankind, Ella Moss and Splendid.

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Naven Goes Flirty at Style Fashion Week

Fashion

Kym and Alexis McClay, known as the Naven twins, hit the runway with color.

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Project Runway Contestant Shines at Style Fashion Week

Fashion

Designer Richard Hallmarq goes for high fashion on the runway.

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Cole Haan Opens South Coast Plaza Store With New Design

Retail

The new Cole Haan flagship store has the look and feel of a traditional home.

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Fashion District Street Being Closed Off for Urban Dinner

Fashion District

The annual Urban Dinner Party to be held on Santee Street.

The North Face Opens a Concept Store in San Francisco

Retail

In an old brick building, The North Face has opened a new concept store, tapping a spot right near Jackson Square in San Francisco.

Hanjin Bankruptcy Fiasco Still Hurting Apparel Importers

Import/Export

Sitting on the water somewhere between here and Asia are 17 containers of private-label menswear valued at around $1.5 million that Pacific Textiles & Sourcing in Los Angeles is importing from Pakistan.

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Popping Up Inside Opening Ceremony

Retail

Handbag and shoe maker Mansur Gavriel goes fancy with a pop-up inside the Opening Ceremony store.

Container Imports Inch Up for the Holiday Season

Import/Export

Imports coming through the nation's ports up slightly over last year.

VF Corp. Names a New CEO to Take over for Eric Wiseman

Manufacturing

VF Corp.—the 118-year-old company whose brands include Vans, Wrangler, Lee and, until recently, 7 For All Mankind—has appointed Steve Rendle as its new chief executive, effective Jan. 1.

Troubled California Brands Figuring Out How to Survive in the New Apparel World

Manufacturing

A rash of recent layoffs at big prestigious Los Angeles labels noted for their superb fabric, cutting-edge styles and trendsetting ways is a sign that traditional brands are facing tough competition from e-commerce sites and fast-fashion retailers and faced with the added challenge of a millennial mindset that shuns department-store merchandise in favor of fashion blogger recommendations.

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Bearpaw Adding Apparel to its Shoe Line-up

Outdoor Wear

Outdoor jackets will be added to the line-up of Bearpaw sheepskin boots and slippers launched in 2001.

BCBG Max Azria Downsizing With Big Layoffs

Manufacturing

BCBGMaxAzriaGroup, one of the longest-running contemporary brands in Los Angeles, is laying off 123 people from its company effective Nov. 1, according to filings with the state Employment Development Department.

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How Young Republicans and Young Democrats Dress Differently

Fashion

A study shows which clothing brands young Republicans and young Democrats prefer.

New Off-Price Discount Show Debuts at the California Market Center

Trade Shows


A new trade event that helps vendors get rid of old inventory or overstock got a small start at the same time buyers were flocking to downtown Los Angeles for the LA Majors Market.

Mergers, Acquisitions and Bankruptcies: What’s in the Cards for the apparel and Retail Sectors

Finance

Shoppers are flocking to online sites to snap up purchases while spending more money on dining out and traveling. This has left tried-and-true retailers and manufacturers in a quandary.

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JustFab and Betches Blog Form Partnership

Fashion and Technology

The online subscription brand JustFab and the edgy blog known as Betches are getting together.

UCLA Anderson Forecast Predicts Moderate Economic Growth and Rising Housing Prices in California

Quarterly Report

According to the recently released UCLA Anderson Forecast’s quarterly update, the next two years will be pretty much a repeat of the past several years—moderate growth with job gains. But future job gains won’t be quite as robust as in previous years.

Several Los Angeles Garment Manufacturers Fined for State Violations

Manufacturing

A two-day raid of Los Angeles–area garment factories resulted in the California Labor Commissioner fining 18 manufacturers and contractors $682,344 for having no workers’ compensation insurance and for garment registration violations.

Port of Long Beach Names New Interim Director

Import/Export

The Port of Long Beach is looking for a new chief executive after Jon Slangerup resigned on Sept. 8 to become chairman and chief executive of an aviation technology company in Canada.

What’s at Stake if a Designer’s Name is Part of the Label?

Manufacturing

The name game can be a financially dangerous game played by designers every time they create a new label.

Chief Executive Paula Schneider Exiting American Apparel

Manufacturing

After a tumultuous two-year ride as chief executive of American Apparel, Paula Schneider will be leaving the company on Oct. 3, sources said.

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Heidi Merrick Opening Store in DTLA

Retail

Designer Heidi Merrick steps out to explore the retail world.

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Pantone Unveils a Palette of Colors for Spring 2017

Fashion

Looking on the bright side of Spring 2017 fashion.

Ships from China and Vietnam Add Route to Port of Oakland

Import/Export

Starting in November, three Asian shipping lines will be establishing routes from Asia to the Port of Oakland.

Ex-CBP Apparel and Textiles Chief Janet Labuda Hired at FormerFedsGroup

Import/Export

For years, Janet Labuda was known as the government’s top dog when it came to enforcing apparel and textile import laws and finding counterfeit goods.

Retail Weakness Results in Layoffs at Major Los Angeles Contemporary Brands

Manufacturing

High-end Los Angeles labels that have strong brand recognition are going through troubled times.

Hanjin Shipping Bankruptcy Creating Chassis Problems at LA Ports

Import/Export

Cargo-container ships owned by bankrupt Hanjin Shipping have been arriving at the Long Beach/Los Angeles port complex this week after a U.S. bankruptcy judge cleared the way for vessels to dock without being seized by creditors.

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Torrid Debuts Its "Empire" Collection

Fashion

Styles that would be worn by the women on "Empire" make a splash at large-size retailer Torrid.

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FIDM Students Create Visual Displays at 99 Cents Only Store

Retail

Using items bought at the store, FIDM students use their imagination to create visual displays.

Hanjin Shipping Files Legal Papers to Help Unload Cargo at LA Ports

Cargo containers stuck on Hanjin Shipping Co. vessels anchored beyond the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach could be unloaded soon.

New Owners Laying Off 65 Employees at 7 For All Mankind, Ella Moss and Splendid

7 For All Mankind will be moving in with Ella Moss and Splendid.

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NYFW Trends Have a California Feeling

NYFW Trends

With a flurry of runway shows in line for New York Fashion Week, don’t be surprised if you see a bit of California on the catwalk.

Levi Strauss Names New Global and Supply Chain Executives

Manufacturing

Levi Strauss & Co., the San Francisco company known for its rugged denim, has promoted two executives to new posts.

PacSun Sheds Bankruptcy, Emerging as a Private Company

Retail

Five months after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Pacific Sunwear of California has been acquired by a San Francisco private-equity investment firm.

Expanded Broadway Plaza Shopping Center Officially Reopens

Retail

After years of renovation and expansion, Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, Calif., officially reopened with 90 percent of its space leased.

Arsonist Suspected in Gap Distribution Center Fire

Retail

After one of Gap Inc.’s largest distribution centers was severely damaged by fire, the company was scrambling to fill online orders and get merchandise on store shelves in its Northeast territory.