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Deborah Belgum

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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.

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Magazines That Rank at the Top of Model Diversity

Fashion

Fashion magazines get slightly better at putting non-white models on the cover.

American Apparel Hits Financial Headwinds

The largest clothing factory in the United States had a mountain of debt that pushed it into bankruptcy court in October, filing for Chapter 11 protection.

Newsmakers 2015: Mammoth Free-Trade Agreement Talks Concluded

Import/Export

After seven years of negotiations, trade representatives from 12 countries hammered out a final agreement this year on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which could change free-trade as we know it between the United States and Asia.

Newsmakers 2015: Joe’s Jeans Undergoes a Metamorphosis

Manufacturing

It was a topsy-turvy year for Joe’s Jeans, the Los Angeles premium-jeans maker launched in 2001 by designer Joe Dahan.

Newsmakers 2015: Otis Fashion Design School to Leave Downtown L.A.

Fashion

Many can’t imagine that the fashion design department of the Otis College of Art and Design could be any other place but in the heart of the Los Angeles Fashion District.

Newsmakers 2015: Lengthy Negotiations End in New Longshore Workers Contract

Import/Export

The beginning of the year was a challenging time for shippers, who found their merchandise delayed for weeks at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach.

Newsmakers 2015: Los Angeles Minimum-Wage Laws Prove Challenging to Apparel Industry

Manufacturing

A patchwork of new minimum-wage laws were passed in Los Angeles this year, setting up cities to compete with each other for businesses that want to skirt paying the higher salaries.

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Store Inventory Levels Remain Stubbornly High

Cargo Increase

The total number of cargo containers coming into the nation’s major ports will increase approximately 5.5 percent this year compared with last year, according to the National Retail Federation.

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Big Sample Sale at BNKR

Fashion

BNKR opens Los Angeles showroom for four days of sample sales.

American Apparel Founder Dov Charney Ups Fight to Regain Company

Manufacturing

Dov Charney was ousted as the head of American Apparel one year ago. Now, the founder of the company is making a concerted effort to mount a financial army that will help him acquire the company out of bankruptcy.

Joe’s Jeans to Seek Approval of Reverse-Merger Agreement

Manufacturing

Joe’s Jeans, the publicly traded company in Los Angeles that makes blue jeans and other clothing, will be holding a stockholders’ meeting in January to approve a reverse merger that will see the company become the Differential Brands Group and traded on the Nasdaq.

Growing Economy Will Lead to Rising Interest Rates Soon

UCLA Anderson Forecast

The long-awaited moment may be here. The U.S. government is expected to boost federal interest rates this month.

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American Apparel Rejects Million-Dollar Offer to Buy Oak Stores

No Sale

The founders of the high-end Oak stores, acquired by American Apparel two years ago, really want their stores back.

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Hale Bob Closing Robertson Boulevard Store

Retail

Hale Bob store closing after four years on Robertson Boulevard.

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Heads Up for the Rodarte Sample Sale

Retail

Rodarte sample sale coming to Los Angeles.

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Macy's Preserves Its Old Wooden Escalators

Retail

Macy's remodel of its Herald Square flagship keeps some of the store's original wooden escalators.

U.S. Trade Representative Visits Port of Long Beach

Import/Export

With 40 percent of the nation’s cargo-container traffic arriving at Los Angeles–area ports, trade has become a very important economic engine for the area.

Vince Taps Founders to Boost Label’s Business

Manufacturing

Sometimes you have to take one step back to move two steps forward. That’s the philosophy the contemporary label Vince is taking. The now New York–based company has hired the label’s two founders—Rea Laccone and Christopher LaPolice—to help develop the brand’s products, merchandising and creative efforts.

Forever 21 Closing Huge Store in Central California

Retail

Forever 21 said it will be closing its 120,000-square-foot store in San Luis Obispo, Calif., in January and laying off scores of employees.

BCBGMAXAZRIA Expands to China

Manufacturing

BCBGmaxazria is looking to the Chinese consumer to boost business. The Los Angeles womenswear maker recently announced it has partnered with VoyageOne to sell its clothing online in China.

Taking Advantage of the Push for Made in USA

Manufacturing

When Jack Chang invested in an apparel business in 1988, a good number of California labels were still making their clothes in California.

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COS Opens in Beverly Center

Retail

The upscale retail store, COS, opened at the Beverly Center.

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LA Fashion Designer Joins Forces With Pottery Barn Kids

Fashion

Bridalwear designer Monique Lhuillier to design children's furniture for Pottery Barn Kids.

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Massimo Dutti Opens First West Coast Store in Southern California

Retail

Zara stores seem to be in every major U.S. city, but its more-upscale sister store, Massimo Dutti, had been a stranger to this country.

LA Private-Equity Firm Buys Specialty Store Chain

Retail

Classic styles with a touch of fashion have been the mainstay of J.McLaughlin, a small specialty-store chain founded in New York by two brothers in 1977.

Men’s Sock Trend Leads to Sale of California Sock Company

Manufacturing

Men’s socks have been one of the bright spots on the retail scene as dudes—hipsters or not—are finding they can dress conservatively for work but maintain a subtle splash of rebellious color by sporting bright socks under dark suits or khaki pants.