As spring-like weather entices consumers out of their shells to shop, the number of cargo containers being shipped across the ocean to the nation’s ports is expected to increase by as much as 12.4 percent in March.
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.
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.
Rich & Famous
Christian Audigier lists another house for sale.
Los Angeles designers are front and center for Los Angeles Fashion Market.
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.
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.
Gap opens its first flagship store in Taipei.
The online site Nasty Gall gets a new executive.
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.
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.
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.
Approximately 1,500 booths with 1,100 companies stretched out under the bright lights of the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
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.
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.
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.
Five-day line-up at Orange County Fashion Week, starting March 3
Old Navy makes a donation to help the Philippine victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
Catherine Martin is being honored for her costume designs for "The Great Gatsby."
Banana Republic injects California cool into its Spring collection.
Bleu/Rod Beattie has been sold by New York swimwear manufacturer A.H. Schreiber Co. to Amerex Group.
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’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 Inc., a Japanese company founded in 1951, has opened its new U.S. headquarters in the Los Angeles area.
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.
Vince website talks up local neighborhoods, like Melrose Place, to get a sense of community for its online and in-store customers.
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.
Happening leather and clothing store Tanner Goods debuts on up-and-coming Broadway.
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.
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.
Financial experts weigh in on how apparel manufacturers will fare in 2014 and what challenges to expect in the months ahead.
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.
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.”
Los Angeles shoe makers come up with a better shoe for bad weather.
Plus-size retailer Torrid spices up 2014 swimwear collection
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.
Tomson Buys Solitude
The legendary world-champion surfer has bought back the surfwear label he sold to Oxford Industries.
Parade celebrating Chinese New Year and the Year of the Horse to take place on ritzy shopping street.
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.
Mickey Sills, 55
Seven months after being diagnosed with cancer, the apparel veteran passed away on Jan. 28.
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.
Retailers hunted for anything that hinted of newness at one of the year's first swimwear shows.
Westfield Topanga shopping center welcomes a new David Yurman store.
T-Shirts & Tech
The name of the game for the T-shirt crowd this year is discovering a fresh take on blank tops.
The week-long gift show at the California Market Center is upon us.
Someone was having fun at the Imprinted Sportswear Show in Long Beach.
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.
If cargo container volume at the nation’s ports is any indication, 2014 should be a good year for retailers.
Apparel manufacturers and clothing stores are taking stock of 2013 and shaking their heads.
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.