Los Angeles blue-jeans makers may be headed to court over one little thing: the “Made in USA” label sewn inside their garments. Several Los Angeles denim makers have been hit with class-action lawsuits and legal letters challenging the accuracy of their labels because most of their raw materials are imported from Europe or Asia even though the jeans are sewn in California.
During the last decade, the number of people working in California’s apparel and textile manufacturing industry has shrunk some 43 percent as production of clothing and textiles has moved overseas.
Report shows that California's manufacturing sector is shrinking but is still the largest in the country.
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For years, denim hit its stride with everyone snapping up several pairs of blue jeans to wear just about anywhere, anytime. But in recent years, denim has been seeing some new competition, which has the makers of everything denim taking a second look at what consumers want to buy.
After taking a three-day break, longshore workers and their employers were planning to get back at the negotiating table to hammer out a new six-year contract that expired on July 1.
The largest investor in American Apparel has agreed to infuse the company with $25 million so the Los Angeles clothing maker can pay off a $10 million loan that is being called in.
For once, economists are in agreement. The financial outlook for California and the rest of the nation is bright for the rest of the year.
Investors say they will support American Apparel's factory in Los Angeles and not move it out of the country.
Investor wants to see different people on the American Apparel board.
New Argentine restaurant, 1810, opens in Fashion District.
Rosenthal & Rosenthal of California announced it has hired Maria Contino as its new senior vice president and business development officer.
Ralph Lauren is one of the prime examples of how a designer turns the past into the present. In the 1980s, he built his line on the American prairie look. Most recently, he has been an astute student of the Edwardian period of the early 20th century, which falls in sync with the popularity of the British TV series “Downton Abbey.”
New country western online store launches in San Diego.
Fashion and Footwear
Ugg introduces new line for tweens.
Even though the six-year contract between West Coast dockworkers and their port employers expired at 5 p.m. on July 1, the two sides will continue negotiations through the middle of July.
Dov Charney nearly doubles the amount of American Apparel stock he owns.
Sequential Brands Group is getting ready to double its revenues. The company, which got its start in Los Angeles as a clothing company that has the William Rast label, announced it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Galaxy Brand Holdings for $280 million in cash and stock.
By next year, Juicy Couture will have a series of new concept stores open to reflect the label’s changing directions under new ownership by Authentic Brands Group.
Retail and the Environment
The North Face takes it polyethylene bags used to ship clothes and recycles them to save the environment.
In a filing on June 23 with the Securities & Exchange Commission, Dov Charney, the ousted American Apparel founder, president and chief executive, said he met with a group of shareholders last week who want him to continue running the company, and he will fight to stay on.
Eco-apparel company debuts first-ever store in San Francisco.
“Julius Jr.” is a new pre-school children’s TV series that debuted last September on Nick Jr., part of the Nickelodeon network. Saban Brands is signing agreements with a host of licensing partners this year and next to make tons of Julius Jr. products.
With an eye on taking advantage of the free-trade agreement between Central America and the United States, a large South Korean apparel and textile company is building a $50 million thread mill in Costa Rica.
Truck drivers are waiting as long as five to six hours to pick up cargo at some terminals at the Port of Los Angeles.
Speedo will be the official licensee of the American Red Cross in a certain category.
Vintage Fashion Trends
Bata Shoe Museum in Canada unveils one of the more interesting exhibits on fashion.
Everyone seems to be rolling out the same fabric for a new look in denim.
Los Angeles Fashion Market was busier than expected for many showing at the California Market Center, The New Mart, the Cooper Design Space, the Gerry Building and the Lady Liberty Building, as well as exhibitors showing at Designers and Agents, Brand Assembly and Select.
Pinup Girl Clothing
Inside a sewing factory in South Central Los Angeles, mounds of colorful fabric are piled high as the buzz of sewing machines punctuates the air.
Patagonia wants Patagonia to remain free.
From a clothing factory in South Los Angeles, Eugene Kang is putting the finishing touches on his new fast-fashion line for young men who want style but don’t have a lot of cash languishing in their wallets.
Four Orange County shopping centers will install plug-in charging stations for electric cars.
Start looking for that new store location now before rents go up even more, because the retail market is heating up.
For more than 10 years, Jane Mohr shot fashion photography for several well-known European fashion publications—Italian Vogue, British Brides, L’Officiel and Io Donna.
For Prana, a Southern California company founded in 1993 as a yoga wear and climbing-apparel brand, the third time may prove to be the charm.
Rusty the Golden Retriever likes to hang out at his owner's showroom in the Gerry Building.
Oirtland, Oregon-based Columbia Sportswear completed its purchase of Carlsbad, California-based Prana on May 30.
Central American Sourcing
Quick turn has always been one advantage for Guatemala and the other Central American countries that make up the Dominican Republic–Central American Free Trade Agreement. But it is becoming more important than ever.
Dress for Success
Now you can bike to work and look professional by the time you get there.
An executive shuffle continues at J Brand with the blue jeans company’s founder, Jeff Rudes, leaving as the chief executive.
Toms Shoes founder Blake Mycoskic inspires a Guatemalan shirt company to give back too.
For years, U.S. customs officials have been playing a game of cat and mouse with apparel importers, trying to figure out who is undervaluing their goods to get out of paying higher duties.
LA and NY designers get together to create doll costumes based on "The Wizard of Oz.'
When the online shopping site Ruche started analyzing the buying habits of its customers, it found that 50 percent of the company’s revenues were coming from 25 percent of its return customers.
Now that the economy is moving forward, the number of new restaurants and clothing stores is starting to pop again. Here’s our take on some fun and interesting boutiques and restaurants to explore when you are out and about attending your favorite trade show.
A new website features clothing made in the United States.
Dozens of vendors selling vintage apparel at the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend.
Record Fine Imposed
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer secured a permanent injunction barring two apparel and accessories merchants from the LA Fashion District, where they allegedly sold counterfeit items.
Kevin Wang, a 54-year-old resident of Rosemead, Calif., was sentenced on May 8 to 31 months in federal prison for bringing in 11 containers filled with counterfeit apparel and other goods from China.