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Deborah Belgum

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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.

Bid to Return Charney to American Apparel Made More Attractive

Manufacturing

At the last minute, two investment companies that bid in late December to buy American Apparel out of bankruptcy and return founder Dov Charney to the company have sweetened the deal to make it more enticing.

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Speedo USA Dives Into Innovation and Technology

Manufacturing

Speedo USA has gone through a lot of changes lately.

Billabong USA President Stepping Down

Manufacturing

The president of Billabong USA, Ed Leasure, is leaving the company at the end of January.

Alternative Proposal Submitted to Buy American Apparel

Manufacturing

In the continuing American Apparel saga, two investment funds guided by Dov Charney submitted a proposal shortly before New Year’s Day to buy the Los Angeles apparel manufacturer out of bankruptcy.

CIT Group Appoints New President of CIT Commercial Services

Finance

CIT Group Inc., a provider of commercial lending and leasing services, announced that Marc Heller will be the new president of CIT Commercial Services, a major factor in the apparel industry.

Citizens of Humanity Allegedly a Victim of Embezzlement

Legal

Four men have been arrested on charges they embezzled $8 million from a commercial laundry house owned by Citizens of Humanity, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

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Show Draws Shoe Manufacturers Eager to See New Products

SoCal Materials

For the third season, the SoCal Materials Show has united suppliers from around the world in a two-day trade exhibit in Los Angeles.

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Kitson Closing Sale Ends Soon

Retail

Bankrupt Kitson retail chain nears the end of its big blow-out liquidation.

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Creative Culver City Shopping Center Shaping Up

Retail

More stores come online for Platform, a high-end contemporary shopping center in Culver City.

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Yogawear and Sweaty Yoga

Retal

New yoga studio is opening its first West Coast studio and store.

Governor Brown Appoints Two New Cal/OSHA Deputy Chiefs

Manufacturing

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Debra Lee and Eric Berg as the newest deputy chiefs for the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, also known as Cal/OSHA.

Indian Garment Company Fined for Stealing Software

Technology

California’s attorney general has won a settlement from a clothing factory in India accused of stealing intellectual property from U.S. software companies.

American Apparel Gets Deadline Extension on Reorganization Plan as IRS Files Objections

Manufacturing

American Apparel has been on a fast track to reorganize after it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Oct. 5.

Iconix Being Investigated by SEC

Manufacturing

Iconix Brand Group, which owns a number of labels started in California, announced on Dec. 28 it received a formal order of investigation from the Securities and Exchange Commission.

New California Laws Change Workplace Rules in 2016

Manufacturing

California politicians were busy in 2015 passing a bevy of employment laws that will take effect on Jan. 1.

2015 In Review: Mergers & Acquisitions: Big and Little Companies Join Forces to Grow

Manufacturing

Mergers-and-acquisitions activity was alive and well in the apparel industry in 2015.

Former Owners Taking Back Oak NYC Stores from American Apparel

Retail

After months of negotiations, the former owners of the edgy and hip Oak NYC stores have reached an agreement to buy back their small retail chain from American Apparel.

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Forever 21 Opening Three New F21 Red Stores

Retail

Forever 21's new concept store expanding nationwide.

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Big Sale at Oak Stores

Retail

Everything must go at the Oak stores.

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Alo Yoga to Open First Flagship Store Soon in Southern California

Retail

The Los Angeles-based label is staking out its first retail foray in a high-end neighborhood.

2015 RETROSPECTIVE: Retailers Are Returning to Popular Shopping Streets

Retail

Retail on the high-end streets around the Los Angeles area are starting to buzz with shopping crowds not seen since the economy took a dip in 2008.

2015 RETROSPECTIVE: China Stays on Top as U.S. Clothing Factory

Import/Export

China’s exports of textiles and apparel to the United States saw a 1.5 percent increase over last year, meaning that the nation of 1.35 billion people and nearly 20,000 apparel and textile factories sent $43 billion worth of goods to the United States for the 12 months ending Oct. 31.

Super-Sized Mega-Ship Making Its Way to California Ports

Import/Export

The largest container ship ever to call in the United States will be arriving at three California ports to test the waters on how the facilities handle a megaship of this size.

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T-shirts Designed by West Africans for American Apparel

Fashion

Artisans in Sierra Leone design T-shirt collection for American Apparel.

Retailers Fined for Bamboozling Customers by Mislabeling Rayon Products

Manufacturing

Four large retailers have been fined $1.3 million for mislabeling apparel and textile products as bamboo when in fact they were made from rayon.