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Deborah Belgum

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BCBG Max Azria Starts Closing Stores After Filing for Bankruptcy Protection

Retail

BCBG Max Azria, the Los Angeles brand that filed for bankruptcy protection in late February, has begun to shutter more than half the stores it operates in the United States.

Hudson Jeans Names New President

Manufacturing

Starting April 10, Matthew Fior will take over as the new president of Hudson Jeans, based in Los Angeles.

Delta Apparel Sells Junkfood Clothing

Manufacturing

Twelve years after buying Los Angeles–based Junkfood Clothing Co. for more than $22.5 million, Delta Apparel is selling the T-shirt brand for about $28 million to JMJD Ventures.

U.S. Textile and Apparel Industry Inching Forward After Steep Asian Competition

Textiles

The U.S. textile and apparel industries have seen revenues slowly rise over the last seven years as free-trade agreements and rising Asian prices have given local textile and clothing makers a bit of a reprieve.

Alvanon and BodiData Partner Up to Help Apparel Industry With Sizing

Technology

How many times have customers praised a designer for a pair of perfectly fitted blue jeans and then snapped them up without glancing at the price?

BCBG Max Azria Lays Off More Employees Following Bankruptcy Filing

The BCBG Max Azria Group, which filed for bankruptcy protection on Feb. 28, gave notice on March 13 that it will lay off another 116 people, effective May 11. This comes after the Los Angeles contemporary label laid off 123 people last November and another 71 people one year ago.

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On the Runway at FWLA

Fashion

Roosevelt Broome IV, founder of Rich Apparels, shows off his T-shirts at FWLA.

Disabled Worker Wins Discrimination Case Against Citizens of Humanity

Manufacturing

In a court case that took more than three weeks to argue, a 61-year-old employee who felt he was wrongfully dismissed after a shoulder injury limited his ability to work won a major verdict against his employer, Citizens of Humanity.

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Woodbury University’s Historic Fashion Archive Gets an Organizational Makeover

Woodbury’s Archives

As Woodbury University’s fashion department celebrates its 85th year, it is taking a good, hard look at its archive of 4,000 garments and accessories, which range from frocks from the 1800s to more-contemporary pieces that include designers Yves Saint Laurent and Jean-Paul Gaultier.

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Rooftop Party at the Gerry Building Draws a Crowd

Los Angeles Market Week

Buyers get together for a sunset party with drinks, food and lots of dancing.

Byer California Closes Northern California Warehouse to Concentrate on Southern California Distribution Center

Manufacturing

Byer California, the long-time juniorswear manufacturer headquartered in San Francisco, is laying off 99 employees as it consolidates its Northern California warehouse with its Los Angeles distribution center.

Co-Working Creative Space to Open This Summer in the California Market Center

Trade Shows

Construction workers are just starting to put up the walls for a new co-working area by IgnitedSpaces, which will take up an entire floor in one of the California Market Center buildings.

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Sprawling LA Market Draws Wide Range of Buyers

LA Market

For many buyers and exhibitors, the March 13–16 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market was the last stop in a long trade-show season that included shows three weeks ago in Las Vegas and New York.

Apparel Manufacturer Sentenced to Federal Prison for Hiding Income in Israeli Banks

Legal

Masud Sarshar, known for taking a heritage workwear brand and converting it into a colorful pants collection under the Dickies Girl label, has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for hiding more than $21 million in income and $2.5 million in interest in Israeli banks and avoiding U.S. taxes.

Lubov Azria Exits BCBGMaxAzria as Company Restructures

Manufacturing

With the BCBGMaxAzria Group trying to restructure its business after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection days ago, the Los Angeles contemporary clothing company has replaced its chief creative director, Lubov Azria, whose husband founded the company.

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Sunrise Brands Partners With Eva Longoria for New Collection

Sunrise Brands

Eva Longoria, the actress known for her years on the TV series “Desperate Housewives,” is no stranger to fashion. Her role in the long-running nighttime soap opera portrayed her as a former model who was always elegantly dressed—even when she was living in the suburbs.

New Owners Lay Off More People at 7 For All Mankind, Splendid and Ella Moss

Manufacturing

Eight months ago, Israeli-based Delta Galil acquired three Los Angeles premium brands from VF Corp. and then laid off 105 people.

Quiksilver Gets a New Name After Bankruptcy

Retail

With new owners running the show at Quiksilver Inc., it only seemed appropriate for a name change to go along with a revamped business model for the surfwear and skatewear retailer.

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What Do Shoppers Want This Spring?

Fashion

Poshmark reveals its five biggest trends among millennials.

Rising Employment, Interest Rates and Inflation Set the Economic Tone for the Next Few Years

Finance

A new Trump administration should be good for the U.S. economy over the next couple of years, but there might be some bumps in the road for California, according to a UCLA report released March 8.

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Billabong Joins Forces With Warhol for New Collection

Fashion

Looking to Andy Warhol for surf inspiration.

Sourcing at MAGIC Shines a Light on Africa

Trade Shows

The 56 booths in the African pavilion were filled with bright bursts of color where countries such as Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia displayed their various products.

Stitch Levels Out to Blend With Other Shows

Trade Shows

Stitch, the show for women’s ready-to-wear fashions, found its groove.

Attendance Climbs at WWIN

Trade Shows

The several ballrooms that make up the Women’s Wear In Nevada show at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas were packed to the gills with booths that sold everything from large colorful hats for church to slip-on sleeves to be worn under sleeveless dresses.

Positive Vibe Floats Through WWDMAGIC

Trade Shows

The energy was high at WWDMAGIC, a vast young contemporary and trend-driven show held Feb. 21–23 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Gordon Brothers Wins Bid for The Wet Seal

Retail

The Wet Seal, the Southern California teen retail chain that filed for bankruptcy protection in early February, will be sold to Gordon Brothers, who won the bankruptcy bid and beat out Canadian retailer YM.

Nasty Gal Offices to Remain Open in Los Angeles

Manufacturing

After being acquired by British-based online fashion retailer BooHoo.com for $20 million, Nasty Gal is marching forward with its same website and smaller offices in Los Angeles, as well as work spaces in New York, London and Manchester, England.

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BCBGMaxAzria Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Manufacturing

BCBGMaxAzriaGroup, the decades-old Los Angeles apparel company that was one of the first on the contemporary fashion scene, will keep stores open during bankruptcy proceedings.

AAFA Names Recipients of its American Image Awards

Events

The American Apparel & Footwear Association will be presenting its 2017 American Image Awards on April 24 in New York, benefiting the Council of Fashion Designers of America Foundation’s Fashion Manufacturing Initiative.

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Change Is Good for Las Vegas Trade Shows

Change Is Good

Attendees returning to the Las Vegas apparel and textile trade shows found the landscape changed again.

U.S. Economic Engine Expected to Chug Along at a Moderate Pace

Finance

In its latest forecast for 2017-2018 released on Feb. 22, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. predicted that the nation’s gross domestic product—the country’s measurement of economic growth—will inch up by 2.2 percent this year and increase to 2.7 percent in 2018.

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Backpack Maker Hex Partners with Streetwear Designer for New Looks

Fashion

Southern California technology accessories maker Hex works with streetwear fashion icon Alyasha Owerka-Moore to design a travel duffel bag and travel backpack with a vintage look.

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Orange County Fashion Week Starts on March 6

Fashion

The four-day event will be held in four different locations around Orange County.

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Hong Kong Designers at NYFW

Fashion

Three Hong Kong designers show off their talent at New York Fashion Week.

What Stumbling Blocks Are in Store This Year for Apparel Makers and Retailers?

Finance

The California Apparel News recently spoke with several finance-industry executives about what challenges and bumps in the road apparel manufacturers and retailers are facing this year now that the uncertainty of the presidential election is over, but another set of uncertainties have cropped up under a new administration.

AAPN Conference: Speed to Market Is More Important Than Ever

Manufacturing

Maybe everybody should look to Zara—the highly successful Spanish retail chain that can churn out clothing collections in a few weeks—to survive these uncertain fashion times.

The Wet Seal Goes on the Auction Block

Retail

Another California clothing venture is selling its brand after declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Nasty Gal Shuttering Los Angeles Operations With Sale to BooHoo

Retail

Online clothing vendor Nasty Gal will be spending the next two to three months winding down its Los Angeles operations after British-based fashion online retailer BooHoo won a $20 million bid to buy the company’s intellectual-property assets, trademarks and customer lists.

Yarns and Viscose Rayon Fibers Get Tangled in EU-U.S. Tariff Fight

Textiles

A trade war over Europe limiting U.S. beef imports led the Obama administration last year to propose a set of retaliatory tariffs on mostly food-related goods coming from Europe.

BCBGMaxAzria Outlines Store Closing Plan

Retail

Los Angeles–based brand BCBGMaxAzriaGroup, which has been weathering some tough financial times lately, has outlined its strategy for closing nearly 400 stores in its retail chain of 570 outposts.

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Allen Schwartz Revamps His Company With a New Name and New Business Model

Manufacturing

Los Angeles apparel guru Allen Schwartz is back at it, changing his business model.

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Monrow Opens Store in Venice

Retail

Los Angeles-centric Monrow decides to hit the retail road with a new store.

Dov Charney: From American Apparel to Los Angeles Apparel

Manufacturing

If the business plan sounds the same, it is. Dov Charney is more determined than ever to make his second stab at apparel manufacturing more successful than the first.

Fashion Market Northern California Buzzes With Activity

Trade Shows

Buyers attending Fashion Market Northern California were lined up one hour before the doors opened at the San Mateo County Event Center on the first day of the show, exhibitors said.

New CFO Named to Hudson Jeans Parent Company

Manufacturing

Differential Brands Group has named Bob Ross its new chief financial officer, effective Jan. 30.

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Nordstrom Rack to DTLA

Retail

Nordstrom Rack to take over old Sport Chalet space.

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Designers from the 1950s at FIDM Museum in Orange County

Fashion

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Orange County has an exhibit showing the works of five designers who influenced California's 1950s-era fashion.

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Home of American Rag Owner Up for Sale

Fashion

Mark Werts puts his house near Griffith Park up for sale.

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Banana Republic to Pop With Olivia Palermo Next Week

Retail

Banana Republic to highlight Spring collection during New York Fashion Week, when everyone else is showing Fall.

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Ontario Mills Gets Ready for Chinese New Year

Retail

Ontario Mills will have a host of activities for the start of Chinese New Year.