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Deborah Belgum

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New California Laws Will Affect the Workplace in 2014

Manufacturing

Ringing in the new year means ringing in a raft of new employment laws that take effect on Jan. 1.

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Sanuk Teams Up With Surfer Malia Manuel

Malia Manuel takes on role of brand ambassador

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Retailers Who Made Santa's Good List for Online Shopping

The top five retailers who made Santa's nice list for delivering the goods

Carlos Arias Joins Walter Wilhelm Associates

Manufacturing

Most people know Carlos Arias as the blue-jeans guy. For several years, he was president of Guatemala-based American Denimatrix, the largest blue-jeans manufacturer in Central America.

Carlos Alberini Named New CEO at Lucky Brand Jeans

Manufacturing

Just days after Fifth & Pacific Companies announced it was selling Lucky Brand Jeans to a Los Angeles private-investment firm, Carlos Alberini has been tapped to be the new chief executive.

Majority Shareholder Bids to Take Frederick’s of Hollywood Private

Retail

After years of losing money, executives at lingerie retailer Frederick’s of Hollywood Group said they have accepted an offer to take the company private.

2013 RETROSPECTIVE Import/Export: China Still at the Center of U.S. Apparel and Textile Imports

Import & Export

Consumers loosened their purse strings this year and spent nearly 3.5 percent more on apparel and textile imports than last year.

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2013 RETROSPECTIVE Real Estate: Retail Space Scarce in Prime LA Shopping Streets

Retail

Vacancies are getting harder to find in Los Angeles as more stores cruise for good locations in some of the more popular retail areas of town.

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Allen Schwartz Label Looms Large on TV

California label makes it to the finals of "The Voice."

Not Your Daughter’s Jeans Fetches Top Price

M&A

Los Angeles blue-jeans company Not Your Daughter’s Jeans has been sold to a group of New York investors in a multi-million-dollar deal that closes in early January.

AAFA's Kevin Burke Stepping Down as President and CEO

Manufacturing

The American Apparel & Footwear Association, the giant trade group in Arlington, Va., that represents apparel and footwear companies as well as retailers, announced on Monday that its president and chief executive, Kevin Burke, will be resigning on Jan. 21 to take a new job.

Carlos Alberini Named New CEO at Lucky Brand Jeans

NEW HIRES

Just days after Fifth & Pacific Companies announced it was selling Lucky Brand Jeans to a Los Angeles private-investment firm, Carlos Alberini has been tapped to be the new chief executive.

True Religion’s New Owners Lay Off Scores of Employees

Premium Denim

Seven months after being bought by a private-equity firm, True Religion has laid off at least 70 people—many of them department heads and production people.

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Early-Morning Fire in the LA Fashion District

Ninth Street

Some 135 firefighters from the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to an early-morning blaze Friday that started in the second floor of a small commercial building across from the California Market Center in the downtown Los Angeles fashion district.

2013 Newsmaker: Ilse Metchek, President, CFA

Manufacturing

There are thousands of apparel-related companies in California but not many nonprofit groups that serve as a go-to source informing the industry about new state laws and regulations, tariff and trade problems, and other fashion-centric issues.

2013 Newsmaker: Frances Harder, President, FBI

Manufacturing

Former designer Frances Harder created Fashion Business Inc. in 1999 as a Los Angeles nonprofit group to help emerging fashion companies get off the ground. Currently, there are about 250 full-time FBI members, and 90 percent of the organization’s clients are minorities or women.

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2013 Newsmaker: European Union Denim Tariff

Import & Export

At a time when the Obama administration has been trying to boost U.S. exports overseas, Europe this spring put a crimp in the president’s initiative.

2013 Newsmaker: Apparel Mergers & Acquisitions

Finance

Some very big apparel deals went down this year with half of them involving some important names in the premium-denim arena.

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Acne Studios Opening Doors Soon in Downtown LA

Acne Studios is braving downtown LA for its latest retail venture.

Lucky Brand Jeans Sold to Los Angeles Private-Equity Firm

Manufacturing

Fifth & Pacific Companies, which used to be known as Liz Claiborne Inc., has agreed to sell Lucky Brand Jeans for $225 million to Leonard Green Partners, a Los Angeles private-equity company. The deal should close in early 2014.

Loyola Law School Carves Out a Program for Fashion Law

Legal

Law schools in the West have specialties in entertainment law, sports law and biotech law, but it is rare to find a school that has a concentration of classes devoted to fashion law.

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Urban Outfitters Opening Soon in Downtown LA

The Rialto Theatre on Broadway will have a new life as an Urban Outfitters store.

Lucky Brand Jeans Sold to Los Angeles Private-Equity Firm

M&A

Fifth & Pacific Companies, which used to be known as Liz Claiborne Inc., has agreed to sell Lucky Brand Jeans for $225 million to Leonard Green Partners, a Los Angeles private-equity company. The deal should close in early 2014.

Trina Turk Opens Store in Manhattan Beach

Retail

Los Angeles designer Trina Turk is hitting the retail trail again.

Former Forever 21 Executive Named CEO of Uniqlo USA

Retail

Uniqlo’s new chief executive officer for the United States comes directly from Los Angeles.

Apparel Factories Are Bracing for California’s New Minimum-Wage Hike Next Year

Manufacturing

A rise in California’s minimum wage from $8 to $9 an hour next summer will cost Los Angeles clothing manufacturer Tianello at least $208,000 a year.

Law Firm Gets UK to Strike Down Steep Tariff on Hudson Jeans

Denim Tax

Law firm Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg has won a ruling in the United Kingdom that exempts Los Angeles–based Hudson Clothing from paying a steep 38 percent tariff on its women’s premium denim jeans made in the United States.

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Trina Turk Opens Store in Manhattan Beach

Trina Turk's ninth store opened its doors in Manhattan Beach

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Allen Schwartz Ventures into Young Contemporary and Plus Sizes

Brand Extension

The fashion veteran Allen Schwartz reinvents himself with new collections.

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City of Hope Honors Frank Kaufman and Kevin Sullivan at Annual Fundraiser

City of Hope

The City of Hope celebrates its 100th birthday this year.

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New Collection From a Second-Generation Goldschmied

Emm Gold: Luxe Streetwear

Luxury streetwear from a second-generation Goldschmied.

Interim Executive Director Takes Over at the Port of Los Angeles

Import & Export

Gary Lee Moore has stepped in as the interim executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, replacing Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, who earlier announced she would be retiring at the end of the year.

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Shop & Dine: Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Miami, Dallas, Las Vegas

Shop & Dine

Restaurant and boutique suggestions for your next trip through the trade-show circuit.

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Ström: Model Turned Designer Launches New Denim Line

Ström

Erika Stromqvist set out to create a clean and simple denim line.

USA-ITA Changes Its Name After 24 Years

Import & Export

When the U.S. Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel was launched in 1989, the United States had only one free-trade agreement and apparel was made mostly in this country.

Gap Inc. Names New Head of Global Supply-Chain Division

Retail

Gap Inc. has promoted Sonia Syngal as head of the company’s global supply-chain division, replacing Colin Funnell, who is retiring.

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Cosabella Pairs Up with BeachMint for Exclusive

Next year, Cosabella will be offering a new collection exclusive to BeachMint, based in Santa Monica, Calif.

Creative Recreation Footwear Acquired by Rocky Brands

Manufacturing

The 11-year-old lifestyle footwear company Creative Recreation, based in West Hollywood, Calif., has been acquired by Rocky Brands for $11 million.

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Bruce Berton Steps Down as Roochi Traders Executive

Manufacturing

After five years as the executive vice president and chief operating officer at T-shirt and apparel importer Roochi Traders Inc., Bruce Berton has stepped down from that position to work as a consultant.

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Apparel Industry Gets Behind Mickey Sills in His Cancer Fight

Brand Builder

P.J. Salvage and Scanty Clothing Founder Mickey Sills is launching a new brand

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Edith Head Remembered on Her Birthday

The woman who epitomized Hollywood gets a special Google remembrance.

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BurdaStyle Magazine Launches U.S. Edition

For those do-it-your-self sewers, there's a magazine for you.

True Religion Adds to Management Team

Manufacturing

The new owners of True Religion, taken private nearly three months ago, have added two top management team members to the premium-denim company, based in Vernon, Calif.

Quiksilver Sells Snowboard Business Mervin Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Quiksilver announced it is shedding Mervin Manufacturing Inc., which makes snowboard products, in a sale to Extreme Holdings Inc., a strategic holding company in Pennsylvania.

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Fire Damages Showroom in the California Market Center

News

Approximately 40 firefighters and 12 fire trucks responded to a California Market Center showroom fire that occurred Thursday morning on the second floor of the building, authorities said.

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Fashion Market Northern California Going Gangbusters

Trade Show Report

SAN MATEO, Calif.—The ever-growing Fashion Market Northern California just got bigger.

True Religion Adds to Management Team

Executive Moves

The new owners of True Religion, taken private nearly three months ago, have added two top management team members to the premium-denim company based in Vernon, Calif.

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H&M Coming to Downtown LA

H & M signs lease for 30,000-square-foot store at Figat7th shopping center.

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Taking the Creative Approach to Growing Fashion and Retail

Technology

If Marshal Cohen had his way, retailers and fashion-industry leaders would have started breaking the rules a long time ago.

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LA Market Buzzing With New Shows, Staggered Dates

LA Market Buzzing

Retailers had a lot of ground to cover during the recent run of Los Angeles Fashion Market