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Las Vegas Trade Shows

February 2015

Coverage the recent trade shows in Las Vegas

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Consistently Busy at WWIN


Trade Shows

At the WWIN (Women’s Wear in Nevada) show, tables were filled with buyers perusing collections and taking notes or writing orders.

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Stitch, Accessories the Show, MRKT VG


Trade Shows

Just about everybody was happy at the trio of shows organized by Business Journals Inc., except for the Canadian buyers wandering the Sands Expo at Venetian/Palazzo, where the shows were held.

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Around the World at Sourcing at MAGIC


Trade Shows | Import/Export


The South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center turned into the United Nations for the semiannual Sourcing at MAGIC show, which ran Feb. 16–19.

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Nordstrom Leaving Westside Pavilion for Century City

Retail

Nordstrom saying adios to the Westside Pavilion

Ports Still Clogged With Waiting Ships

West Coast Ports

Hammering out a tentative contract with longshore workers took nine months of negotiations. Now importers are hoping it doesn’t take as long to clear thebacklog of merchandising floating on the water outside the country’s largest ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach.

American Apparel Fires Creative Director and Adds Two New Executives

Executive Shift

Nearly two months after Paula Schneider took over as the new head of American Apparel, she has fired the company’s long-time creativedirector, Iris Alonzo.

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The Day After the Oscars

Fashion & Entertainment

The party is over as crews start to dismantle the arrival area outside the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Longshore Workers Reach Tentative Agreement With Employers

Import/Export

After nine months of talks, longshore workers reach a tentative agreement with their employers.

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AG Jeans Sample Store Closing This Weekend

Retail

Last chance for big bargains on AG Jeans.

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Good International Turnout and Strong Interest in Immediates

Vegas Trade Shows

International buyers and retailers looking to restock diminished inventories circulated around the more than 20 apparel, accessories and sourcing trade shows in Las Vegas

Hudson Jeans Founder Fights to Get His Company Back

Denim Report

Sometimes breaking up is hard to do. But Hudson Jeans founder Peter Kim is trying to do just that.

California Economy on a Sound Footing for the Next Two Years

Economic Forecast

All signs point to the U.S. and California economy picking up speed in 2015 and 2016 and leaving the Great Recession in the dust.

Port Cargo Container Volumes Drop as Longshore Contract Negotiations Continue

Import & Export

Work slowdowns, idling ships and closed weekend gates all contributed to cargo volumes at California’s ports dropping precipitously in January compared with the same month last year.

Industry Focus: Factoring in the Age of Start-Up Apparel Companies and E-commerce

Finance

California Apparel News recently spoke with some finance-industry executives to find out how their companies approach financing new businesses and how selling to e-tailers differs from selling to a bricks-and-mortar retailer.

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Pantone Reveals Top Ten Colors for Fall 2015

Fashion

Pantone, one of the top authorities for predicting trendy colors for the design industry, has another nine colors that are making the Top 10. The designator of future colors unveiled its Top 10 list just in time for New York Fashion Week.

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Veteran Designer Barbara Lesser Launches New Line of Tops

Manufacturing | Designer Profile

Last fall, the Los Angeles label decided to pull back and revamp. The result is a new brand called Love Barbara, a line of tops that launches with a Fall 2015 collection that will be shown at the Stitch trade show Feb. 23–25 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

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Troubles Pile Up at West Coast Ports

Import & Export

Labor Secretary Tom Perez being called in to help the two sides conclude longshore contract negotiations while West Coast port operations are bogged down in cargo containers.

California Market Center Changes Fashion Market Dates

Trade Show

The California Market Center has realigned the dates it will be holding the next four editions of Los Angeles Fashion Market so they will begin on Mondays and end on Thursdays.

Kingpins Show to Discuss Denim Sustainability in New Conference Concept

Textiles | Trade Show

To address that issue, denim sustainability will be one of the main topics at the next Kingpins Show, the international denim sourcing show whose next edition will be April 16–18 in Amsterdam.

BCBG Max Azria Group Gets Infusion of Cash

Manufacturing | Retail

The ailing BCBG Max Azria Group, which has a mountain of debt, received a $135 million infusion of cash from Guggenheim Partners and other affiliated investors.

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Forever 21 Arrives on Fifth Avenue

Retail

Forever 21 opens a new store on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

BCBG Max Azria Group Gets Infusion of Cash

Retail

BCBG Max Azria Group get infusion of cash.

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Hot Topic to Launch Cinderella Limited-Edition Collection

Retail

Hot Topic partners with Walt Disney for a limited-edition clothing collection based on the "Cinderella" movie coming out March 13.

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New President at the Helm of Michael Stars


Retail | Manufacturing

After 30 years as president of contemporary clothing label Michael Stars, Michael Cohen has stepped down as the head of the company, turning the job over to his wife, Suzanne Lerner. His title is now chairman of the board.

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More Chassis May Not Solve Peak Port Congestion Problem


Traffic Jam


This month, four companies are starting a “gray,” or neutral, chassis pool at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach, which should be fully operational by March.

Lockout Nears for West Coast Ports With No New Longshore Worker Contract


Import & Export

Vessel operations are suspended for Feb. 12, Lincoln's Birthday; the weekend of Feb. 14-15; and on Feb. 15, President's Day.

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BCBGMaxAzria Closes Hollywood Store

Retail

Store closes at Hollywood & Highland shopping center.

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Hong Kong Fashion Week Fills the Runway With Dozens of Shows


Fashion Extravaganza

For the first time ever, a U.S. designer was included in the opening night of the Hong Kong Fashion Extravaganza. Several other parts of the world were also represented on the stage.

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Something for Everyone


Hong Kong Fashion Week

As China’s apparel and textile industries compete to maintain their global dominance, similar challenges confront Hong Kong Fashion Week, established more than 40 years ago at a time when many people outside of Asia knew nothing about making clothes in this part of the world.

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The Wild Side of Fashion

Fashion

Hong Kong designer Andy Ho goes all out during Hong Kong Fashion Week.

Major Progress Made in Longshore Contract Negotiations

West Coast Port Crisis

After a federal mediator was called in earlier this year to speed things along, West Coast longshore workers and their employers said they have resolved the sticky issue of how the chassis fleet is maintained and by whom.

Prana Names New Director of International Sales

Manufacturing

Prana, the lifestyle and yoga line headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., is going more global with the appointment of Pacho Bedoya as its new director of international sales. He begins his new job on Feb. 2.

Container Volumes Rise with the Business Tide at Local Ports


Import & Export

The Port of Los Angeles reported that in 2014, cargo-container volumes were up 6 percent over the previous year. Total volumes reached 8.34 million 20-foot containers, which is the third busiest year for the port.

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LA Design Student Shows in Hong Kong

Fashion

Woodbury University graduate shows her student collection at Hong Kong Fashion Week.

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Wildfox Swim Shows Off Cruise '15 Collection

Fashion

Wildfox Swim goes from the runway to the retailer with Cruise '15 collection.

Ships Stack Up as Port Terminals Try to Clear Back-Logged Containers

Import & Export

As of Jan. 15, there were 13 cargo-container ships anchored beyond the breakwater that protects the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles.

Full Steam Ahead for 2015 as Economy Accelerates and Gas Prices Drop

Finance

Just about everyone agrees that 2015 is shaping up to be a good year for the U.S. economy.

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H&M Teams Up With Coachella Festival for Collection

Fashion

H&M joins forces with the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to create an H&M Loves Coachella collection.

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Showroom Profile: Necessitees

Showroom Profiles

When her CMC lease expired last year, Hallie Shano decided to move across the street to the seventh floor of The New Mart, opening a 1,200-square-foot space that is even brighter than her old space—if that is possible.

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Showroom Profile: Tivoli Paris Collections


Showroom Profile

For her very first independent showroom, Smadar Elkayam chose to be in the Gerry Building, where other showrooms carrying European lines are located.

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Pac-Man Comes to the Fashion District

Media

Budweiser Light shows up in LA Fashion District, creating a real-life Pac-Man set.

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Nordstrom Rack to New LA County Location

Retail

Nordstrom Rack is opening a new store in Long Beach, Calif.

Will Port Congestion Fees Be Imposed?

West Coast Port Crisis

The worst Los Angeles/Long Beach port congestion problem in a decade still has cargo stacked high on the docks. Goods continue to take two to three weeks to get off out of the ports and onto trucks and rail cars.

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Who Will Be Making More Clothes in LA?

Manufacturing

A deal between Coastal Living magazine and Fresh Produce means more apparel production will take place in Southern California.

Feds Send in Mediator to Help With Longshore Contract Talks

Port Negotiations

The U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service said it plans to send in Scot Beckenbaugh, a skilled mediator and the service’s deputy director, to get West Coast longshore workers and their employers back to the bargaining table.

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Victoria's Secret Unveils 2015 Swimwear Collection

Fashion

Victoria's Secret reveals trends for its 2015 swimwear collection.

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Frederick’s of Hollywood Losing Lease on Flagship Store

Real Estate

Since 2005, Frederick’s of Hollywood has had its flagship store sitting appropriately enough at 6751 Hollywood Blvd., one block away from the Hollywood & Highland retail center and in the heart of the well-trafficked tourist district. But the lingerie store with a beautiful chandelier in the middle of the shop has lost its lease and has to move out by April 27, store staffers said.

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A.P.C. Moves Opening Dates for LA Stores

Retail

French brand A.P.C. pushes back opening dates in downtown LA and Silver Lake.

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Hot Topic Celebrates 25 Years

Retail

The loud music has been going on for 25 years.