An American Apparel class-action shareholder lawsuit filed April 29 claims that the apparel company is being held hostage by Standard General, the New York hedge fund that is a controlling stockholder, and that the hedge fund would reap enormous profits if American Apparel declares bankruptcy.
Made in LA
For nearly 25 years, Feri Sayyah has manufactured her intricately embroidered and ruched tops and dresses in Los Angeles even when many of her competitors searched for cheaper factories overseas.
Manufacturing | Legal
After 1,000 federal and state agents fanned out across the Los Angeles Fashion District last fall to crack down on a long-running money-laundering scheme benefiting two drug cartels in Mexico.
Import & Export
More than 200 truckers tired of being classified as independent contractors rather than full-time employees walked off the job and have been picketing around port terminals, rail yards and customer warehouses.
American Apparel selling a new T-shirt that will help immigrant causes.
Authentic Brands Group, the New York brand development and licensing company, is the new owner of the Jones New York label, which was acquired for an undisclosed amount from Sycamore Partners.
David Nisenbaum, the fired director of manufacturing accounting analysis and audit at American Apparel, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court on April 20 against his former employer. He maintains he was wrongfully fired because questioned the financial actions of John Luttrell, the chief financial officer of the company at the time Dov Charney was still the president and chief executive.
BNKR starting to advertise its presence.
With a mountain of debt piling up, Frederick’s of Hollywood filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after closing all its stores.
Michael Stars stores will carry jackets made by Haitian artisans.
Three workers fired from American Apparel have filed a federal class-action lawsuit maintaining they were not given enough legal notice or severance pay before they were dismissed.
A second federal judge’s ruling is making California apparel makers think twice about how they use their “Made in USA” labels.
In the last year, gas prices in California have fallen 26 percent and the state’s unemployment rate has shrunk 1.3 percent, but skittish shoppers are still acting like there is a recession.
Two sisters who ran separate garment factories working for True Religion were arrested with their accountant on April 15 for allegedly trying to defraud the state workers’ compensation insurance funds.
Kitson's big sale will last one week.
Frederick's of Hollywood ceases to exist in the world of bricks and mortar.
Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th opens a new store near Sacramento.
Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th is opening its first store in Los Angeles County.
Scores of store buyers filled the Fashion Theater in the California Market Center in Los Angeles for a runway show that outlined some of the emerging Fall 2015 trends presented by the buying office Directives West.
Evy of California has signed a design, production and distribution licensing agreement with Sean “Diddy” Combs to produce his Sean John collection for girls and boys.
It isn’t exactly Hotel California. Instead, it’s the NoMo SoHo hotel in lower Manhattan, which is under new ownership and a new name.
A federal grand jury in Los Angeles indicted the general manager of a clothing factory for offering to bribe a labor investigator in exchange for closing down a wage-violation investigation.
The Los Angeles Majors Market at the California Market Center kicked off on April 7 for its three-day run with a flurry of activity drawing buyers from department stores and specialty chains.
Australian retailer opening its U.S. flagship near the Ace Hotel.
Weeks after firing creative directors Iris Alonzo and Marsha Brady, American Apparel made a big hire in March by bringing on board Joe Pickman, a graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York and the former men’s design director of the Band of Outsiders label.
Sequential Brands Group announced it is purchasing a majority stake in the Jessica Simpson brand, including the Jessica Simpson Collection master license and other rights. No purchase price was given for the deal that should close in 90 days.
West Coast Ports
The five-year tentative contract agreement between longshore workers and their employers has been given the thumbs up, paving the way for a vote that will set the contract in stone.
Designer Anita Rinaldi-Harnden is a big believer in garment-dyed clothes. For the past 20 years, she has worked with this special dyeing technique and fell in love with the endless possibilities it renders.
The U.S. dollar is sailing at a 12-year high. A strong greenback means that if you travel overseas, hotels and restaurant dinners are cheaper. It also means raw materials produced overseas, such as fabric, zippers and buttons, have suddenly gone on sale.
Patagonia's mobile worn-wear tour will repair used clothing to wear longer.
Some 180 workers are being let go by the Los Angeles apparel maker.
More than two years after selling a majority share of his Los Angeles premium-denim label, J Brand, to Japanese retailer Uniqlo for nearly $300 million, Jeff Rudes is back in the clothing business with a new line of high-end menswear.
Fashion Real Estate
Max Azria and his wife, Lubov, put luxury mansion up for sale after many renovations.
Michael Cohen, co-founder of Michael Stars apparel line, passes away at age 79.
Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport was packed with 700 people who showed up for the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s annual Debut show, which tops off the academic year for its fashion, costume and interior-design students.
Three months after Dov Charney was dismissed from American Apparel as its chief executive officer, the founder of the Los Angeles clothing company is seeking $40 million in damages stemming from his termination.
Perry Ellis recently announced it sold C&C California’s intellectual-property rights and trademark to Los Angeles licensing company ACH C&C Inc., a newly created venture by members of ACI Licensing, a Los Angeles licensing agency for personality chefs, TV programs and brands.
Los Angeles Opera has a ton of costumes for sale on March 28.
Hot Topic has developed a limited clothing collection inspired by the TV thriller "Orphan Black."
Traffic appeared lighter than usual for March at the recent run of Los Angeles Fashion Week, but exhibitors said traffic was steady and reported landing orders from local and out-of town retailers.
Manufacturing | Legal
Georges Marciano, who founded Guess 35 years ago, filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles clothing company run by his brothers to be able to use his name for new clothing labels he wants to develop.
Manufacturing | Legal
Months after firing Dov Charney, two lawsuits against the founder and former chief executive of American Apparel have been settled.
Los Angeles–based American Apparel’s board of directors has had several members come and go in the wake of founder Dov Charney being suspended and later terminated as the president and chief executive.
Manufacturing | Legal
Nearly one year after filing a lawsuit over a colorful fabric design, Unicolors Inc. has been awarded $164,400 in a case over copyright infringement.
Otis Report: L.A.s’ Creative Economy Slowly Regaining Jobs, but Fashion Manufacturing Continues to Shrink
The Los Angeles County fashion industry is the second-largest sector in the local creative economy, right behind the entertainment industry and just ahead of the publishing industry.
Sue Wong fashion show kicks off Arts Heart Fashion's four days of runway events.
In a sign of how bad the port congestion problem grew on the West Coast this January, East Coast ports ended up handling 45 percent of the cargo containertraffic that entered the United States, up from 36 percent during the same month last year.
Inside the Mission Showroom, the décor is minimalist, but the various brands are not. They range from clunky jewelry and fashion-forward sunglasses to colorful men’s socks and athletic streetwear.
Retailer unveils its H&M Studio, a limited-edition collection available Sept. 10.
Import & Export
Even though a labor dispute has been tentatively resolved, port officials in the Los Angeles area admit it will take at least three months to deal with the traffic jam of goods that has plagued the watery transportation centers since October.