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Deborah Belgum

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The Wet Seal Adds Three New Directors to Board

Executive Moves

Teen retailer The Wet Seal Inc., based in Foothill Ranch, Calif., added three new directors who have technology and social media skills to help the company move forward.

Will Europe Keep Its High Tariff on U.S. Women’s Jeans?

Import/Export

The steep 38 percent tariff the European Union slapped on U.S.-made women’s jeans last year is set to expire on April 30, but no one is sure whether the tariff will disappear or be extended for another year.

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Which Fashion Designer is Selling His House?

Rich & Famous

Christian Audigier lists another house for sale.

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Los Angeles Fashion Council Puts the Spotlight on LA Designers

Fashion

Los Angeles designers are front and center for Los Angeles Fashion Market.

New Mart Owner Donates $15 Million to LA Jewish Home

Finance

Many know Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer as the force behind The New Mart building, recently made a donation of $15 million to the Los Angeles Jewish Home.

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The Village Showroom

Showroom Profile

Tina Fleming and her partner Shanon Martin have branched out to their own 1,200-square-foot showroom on the eighth floor of The New Mart.

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Gap Explores Asia

Retail

Gap opens its first flagship store in Taipei.

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Sheree Waterson Named President at Nasty Gal

E-commerce

The online site Nasty Gall gets a new executive.

Container Shipping Prices to Remain Low Until 2016

Import/Export

One nugget of good news for apparel and textile importers is that shipping rates along the Asia–to–Los Angeles route should remain at bargain-basement prices for the next few years.

Positive Mood at Las Vegas Trade Shows

Trade Show

The outlook is encouraging after the recent run of apparel, accessories and sourcing trade shows in Las Vegas, where many exhibitors reported upbeat buyers ready to place orders for Immediate through Fall deliveries.

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WWIN is a Winner

Trade Show

A certain buzz of activity permeated the Women’s Wear in Nevada (WWIN) trade show, which caters primarily to misses and updated contemporary clothing exhibitors selling to specialty stores.

Sourcing at MAGIC Focuses on USA Products

Trade Show

Approximately 1,500 booths with 1,100 companies stretched out under the bright lights of the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

William Rast Label Headed to Europe for Big Expansion

Import/Export

The Los Angeles–centric William Rast label hit Canada last year and was in all of the Hudson’s Bay department stores, now it is headed to Europe, where it will be in stores in Germany, Switzerland, England and Italy.

Swimwear Label Bleu/Rod Beattie Sold to Amerex Group

Manufacturing

The California swimwear label is only 3 years old, but already Bleu/Rod Beattie has changed hands, being sold by New York swimwear manufacturer A.H. Schreiber Co. to Amerex Group.

U.S. Apparel Makers Forgo Free-Trade Production

Import/Export

The United States has free-trade agreements with 20 countries around the world, but only 14 percent of the apparel imported into the United States actually takes advantage of them.

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Check Out Who Will Be Showing at Orange County Fashion Week

Fashion

Five-day line-up at Orange County Fashion Week, starting March 3

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What Did Old Navy Donate to the Philippines?

Old Navy makes a donation to help the Philippine victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

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Who Will Be Inducted to the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style?

Film

Catherine Martin is being honored for her costume designs for "The Great Gatsby."

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Banana Republic Looks to California for Spring Collection

Retailing

Banana Republic injects California cool into its Spring collection.

Swimwear Label Bleu/Rod Beattie Sold to Amerex Group

Acquisition

Bleu/Rod Beattie has been sold by New York swimwear manufacturer A.H. Schreiber Co. to Amerex Group.

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Busy Start to Las Vegas Shows

Show Coverage in Las Vegas

Domestic and international retailers navigated the more than 20 events held across the city at this week's Las Vegas apparel, accessories and sourcing shows.

California Economy Predicted to Improve Next Year and Grow Modestly

Finance

California’s economy next year should be on a positive path, growing slightly more than the U.S. economy as the housing market and other industries forge ahead and grow, according to a recent economic forecast released by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.

Goldwin Ski and Running Apparel Company Opens First US office in Manhattan Beach

Retail

Goldwin Inc., a Japanese company founded in 1951, has opened its new U.S. headquarters in the Los Angeles area.

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Juniorswear Label Launches Medical Scrubs Collection

HeartSoul's New Line

HeartSoul is joining up with Strategic Partners to make HeartSoul Scrubs, workwear designed for young women who want to look fashion-forward while at their jobs in the healthcare industry.

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Vince Relaunches Web Site With Story About Melrose Place

Contemporary

Vince website talks up local neighborhoods, like Melrose Place, to get a sense of community for its online and in-store customers.

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Crown Jewel: Fit and Fabric Are the Secret Ingredients

Designer Profile

If you happened to see Detective Kate Beckett wearing a form-fitting T-shirt on the television show “Castle,” it just might have been made by Crown Jewel, a 10-year-old T-shirt and lifestyle brand that makes all its clothes in Los Angeles.

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Tanner Goods Opens Doors Near Ace Hotel in Downtown LA

Retail

Happening leather and clothing store Tanner Goods debuts on up-and-coming Broadway.

Jami Lyn Clothes Downsizes to New Store

After nearly 25 years on the same section of Robertson Boulevard, the well-known Jami Lyn Clothes store is moving one block south, which technically moves the store out of Beverly Hills and into Los Angeles.

Retail CFOs Optimistic About 2014

Retail

Despite a less-than-stellar holiday season, chief financial officers at retail organizations across the United States were upbeat about 2014, predicting a 5.1 percent increase in to­tal sales and a 4.8 percent increase in same-store sales.

Apparel Finance Experts Give Advice on How to Weather the Economy

Finance

Financial experts weigh in on how apparel manufacturers will fare in 2014 and what challenges to expect in the months ahead.

Cargo Container Imports Will See a Rising Tide This Year 


Import and Export

During the first half of this year, cargo-container activity at the nation’s ports is expected to inch up 4.3 percent over last year, according to the recently released “Global Port Tracker” report, prepared every month for the National Retail Federation.

Ralph Lauren Looks to the USA for Winter Olympic Uniforms


Manufacturing

It didn’t take designer Ralph Lauren long to learn that any Olympics uniforms worn by U.S. athletes need to be “Made in the USA.”

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Los Angeles Shoe Line Gets a Grip on Things

Innovation

Los Angeles shoe makers come up with a better shoe for bad weather.

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Torrid Selects New Plus-Size Model for Swimwear Collection

Retail

Plus-size retailer Torrid spices up 2014 swimwear collection

Gap Closes 1969 Design Studio in Los Angeles

Retail

When The Gap Inc. opened its artsy denim design studio in the heart of downtown Los Angeles nearly four years ago, the company later went on a big media campaign touting the creative spirit wrapped up in the new locale.

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Legendary Surfer Shaun Tomson Buys Back Solitude Label From Oxford

Tomson Buys Solitude

The legendary world-champion surfer has bought back the surfwear label he sold to Oxford Industries.

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Rodeo Drive Gets Into the Year of the Horse

Retail

Parade celebrating Chinese New Year and the Year of the Horse to take place on ritzy shopping street.

Gap Closes 1969 Design Studio in Los Angeles

Downtown LA

Gap Inc. closed its denim design studio in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, where designers worked on the company’s 1969 brand, named for the year the company was founded.

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P.J. Salvage Founder and Creative Apparel Director, Mickey Sills, 55

Mickey Sills, 55

Seven months after being diagnosed with cancer, the apparel veteran passed away on Jan. 28.

Customs Expert Tom Gould Joins ST&R Law Firm

Import & Export

After more than a decade running his own customs consulting business in Los Angeles, Tom Gould is joining Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, a law firm that regularly advises apparel and textile companies in California.

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Swim Collective Has a Solid Show With Plans to Move in August

Swim Collective

Retailers hunted for anything that hinted of newness at one of the year's first swimwear shows.

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David Yurman Opens New Store at SoCal Shopping Center

Retail

Westfield Topanga shopping center welcomes a new David Yurman store.

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In Search of Newness at the ISS Show

T-Shirts & Tech

The name of the game for the T-shirt crowd this year is discovering a fresh take on blank tops.

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The Secret to Buying Gifts

The week-long gift show at the California Market Center is upon us.

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Trade Shows Just Get Goofier

Someone was having fun at the Imprinted Sportswear Show in Long Beach.

Fashion Law Boot Camp Headed to San Francisco

Legal

For the first time ever, the Fashion Law Institute in New York is partnering up with Levi Strauss & Co. in San Francisco to offer a six-day intensive fashion law course geared to fashion professionals, attorneys, and law and design students.

Port Traffic Predictions This Year Indicate a Healthier Economy Ahead

Finance

If cargo container volume at the nation’s ports is any indication, 2014 should be a good year for retailers.

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Economists Say a Tough Year Can Only Lead to a Much Better 2014

Finance

Apparel manufacturers and clothing stores are taking stock of 2013 and shaking their heads.

Cherokee Acquires Tony Hawk Brands

Manufacturing

Looks like Cherokee Inc. is going to be getting a little air with two new brands, Tony Hawk and Hawk, which it acquired for $19 million in cash.

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LA Market Beats Expectation as Buyers Stock Up on Immediates and Higher-End Goods

LA Fashion Market

The recent January market exceeded expectations for many showroom owners and reps.