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Deborah Belgum

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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.

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Chinese Clothing Makers See Good and Bad News With Trump at HK Fashion Week

HK Fashion Week

Inside the halls that house Hong Kong Fashion Week, many of the exhibitors were rejoicing that President Donald Trump had put the kibosh on the free-trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Hong Kong Fashion Week Takes to the Catwalk With Asian Designers

HKFW

Hong Kong Fashion Week has always been a bright spot to highlight the talents of young designers and accomplished artisans.

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Standard General Sues American Apparel Lenders

Manufacturing

As American Apparel is shuttering its downtown Los Angeles clothing factory and laying off thousands of workers, hedge-fund investor Standard General is suing the various lenders that bailed the garment company out of bankruptcy for the first time last year.

Solid Economic Growth Expected in 2017 With New Trump Administration

Finance

The economy is expected to head down a positive path this year, but department stores and specialty-store chains will be hitting strong headwinds as more people shop online.

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Hong Kong Fashion Week Opens With 1,500 Exhibitors

Fashion

The long-running Hong Kong Fashion Week celebrates its 48th edition.

Gildan Activewear Gets Final Approval to Acquire American Apparel With Retail Stores Closing

A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge on Jan. 12 gave Gildan Activewear the go-ahead to purchase the American Apparel name, some of the brand’s equipment as well as its wholesale merchandise following the Los Angeles clothing manufacturer’s bankruptcy filing in November.

Michael Stars Merges With Its Lerner et Cie Showroom

Manufacturing

For years, the cofounder of the Michael Stars clothing company in Los Angeles owned a separate showroom business called Lerner et Cie, which represented the Michael Stars collection as well as other brands.

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Raj Swim Expands With New Brand and Top Executives

Raj Swim

Raj Swim, the largest swimwear manufacturer in Orange County, Calif., started out the new year with a bang.

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Obituary: Anne Cole, Swimwear Designer, 90

Swim/Surf

Swimwear designer Anne Cole, who came from a family of apparel and swimwear makers, dies at the age of 90.

American Apparel Acquired by Gildan Activewear

Manufacturing

Gildan ups its offer and wins the bid for American Apparel.

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Nordstrom Rack Moving to New Long Beach Exchange Shopping Area

Retail

A new shopping venture rising up in Long Beach gets a commitment from Nordstrom Rack.

Manhattan Beachwear: Building a 21st-Century Swim Business

Swim/Surf

Kevin Mahoney’s spacious corner office at the Manhattan Beachwear headquarters is still sparsely decorated since his arrival in August. But in one corner stands an artistic homage to his 18 years as the youngest president of The Arrow Shirt Co.

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The Row Store Design Earns Award for Santa Monica Architects

Retail

Montalba Architects receives American Architecture Award for design of The Row flagship in Los Angeles.

Bidders Line Up for American Apparel

Manufacturing

As the deadline looms for buyers to submit their bids for bankrupt American Apparel, rumors are flying about who is thinking about making an offer.

After Yogasmoga Bankruptcy, Its Sole-Surviving Store is in Southern California

Manufacturing

Yogasmoga, the upstart East Coast manufacturer of yogawear, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in December, closing all its stores except one.

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Vans Enlist High-School Art Students for Design Contest

Art + Fashion

Vans asks students to put their creative hats on and come up with some designs for Vans' shoes.

Trump Nominates Conservative Attorney to Become U.S. Trade Representative

Import/Export

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Robert Lighthizer to become the new U.S. trade representative in charge of the country’s trade policy.

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US Retailers Suffer in UK

Retail

American Apparel closes stores in England.

New California Laws Alter Workplace Rules in 2017

Legal

A new year ushers in a host of new laws the state legislature passed and now take effect on Jan. 1.

Port of Long Beach Approves Swiss-based Shipping Line Taking Over Hanjin Shipping’s Terminal Lease

Import/Export

For years, Hanjin Shipping Co. was a major customer at the Port of Long Beach, accounting for 12 percent of the cargo containers that came through the Southern California terminus last year.

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Fabletics Expanding Retail Footprint Across the USA

Fabletics Expands

Los Angeles online activewear company Fabletics has gotten the retail bug and is adding 12 new store locations to its lineup in 2017.

RahiCali Seeks Adventure and Romance

Manufacturing

More than 30 years ago, Mukesh and Rajni Jain launched a Los Angeles accessories company called Jainson’s International, which eventually expanded into clothing imported from a family-owned factory in India.

Louis Vuitton Loses Copyright Appeal With Los Angeles Bag Company

Legal

The big French luxury handbag maker Louis Vuitton Malletier hasn’t had much luck convincing a judge that a California tote-bag company that parodies fancy designer handbags is violating copyright law.

Nasty Gal Gets Bid from British Online Fashion Site

Retail

Boohoo.com makes $20 million bid for Nasty Gal's intellectual property assets.

The Year in Tech

Technology

It was a year of investment and acquisitions in the technology world with several major deals going down in printing technology, cloud-based applications and software applications.

Capital Business Credit Acquired by White Oak

Finance

Capital Business Credit, the New York–based finance company with strong ties to the apparel industry, has been acquired for an undisclosed price by White Oak, a San Francisco firm that loans money to small- and medium-sized businesses.

Kellwood Co. Sold to Hong Kong Investor Group

Hong Kong group acquires Kellwood and brings back David Falwell as CEO.

American Apparel Resolves Fabric Dispute With Dyehouse

Manufacturing

After American Apparel filed a complaint in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to get back nearly 250,000 pounds of greige fabric from Tri-Star Dyeing & Finishing Co., the company has agreed to dye the fabric.

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Half-Price Sale at FIDM Scholarship Store

Retail

Bargains galore during the week before Christmas.

Economic Forecast by Chapman University Predicts Solid Growth in 2017

Finance

In its economic forecast released on Dec. 15, the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., predicted a strong U.S. economy spurred by personal and corporate tax cuts, more spending on infrastructure and defense, and an easing of bank regulations.

Woodbury University Names New Head of Fashion Design Department

Fashion

After several months of the position being vacant, Woodbury University has named Anna Leiker to be its chair of the fashion design department.

2016 Retrospective: Real Estate: Post-Election Retail Activity Picks Up

Retail

Many retailers were sitting on the fence before the presidential elections to see which way the political gate was going to swing. But now that Donald Trump has been elected to take office in January, retailers are out shopping for shops.

2016 Retrospective: U.S. Clothing Production in China Is Slipping

Import/Export

Fewer clothes were imported from China this year than last year as manufacturers headed to lower-wage countries such as Vietnam, India and Bangladesh to do more of their production.

2016 Newsmakers: It’s Taps for the TPP Free-Trade Agreement

Import/Export

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free-trade accord between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries, was poised to be approved this year by the U.S. Congress. But election-year politics put an official end to that as both presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump made it known they would not back the trade pact.

2016 Newsmakers: Hanjin Bankruptcy Sinks a Lot of Importer’s Revenue Goals

Import/Export

Los Angeles clothing importers were hit hard this year when Hanjin Shipping Co. filed for bankruptcy in South Korea on Aug. 31. The bankruptcy left several Hanjin vessels drifting at sea while the shipping line came up with funds to dock at global ports and terminals.

2016 Newsmakers: Israeli Manufacturing Giant Buys Three LA Contemporary Labels

Manufacturing

Three high-profile brands that epitomize the California lifestyle vibe were sold to Delta Galil this year, an Israeli clothing company known for making childrenswear, activewear and other garments for men and women.

2016 Newsmakers: Nasty Gal Files Chapter 11, Amoruso Steps Down

Manufacturing

Bankruptcies by apparel and retail ventures have been at the forefront of the news this year. Nasty Gal, the online clothing site based in downtown Los Angeles, was one of the latest to scamper to the courts looking for protection from creditors.

2016 Newsmakers: American Apparel Could be Sold Off in Pieces

Manufacturing

For the second time in a little more than one year, American Apparel headed to bankruptcy court while it searched for a buyer.

Two New Sections Planned for Upcoming Hong Kong Fashion Week

Trade Shows

The upcoming Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter, to be held Jan. 16–19, 2017, at the Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Centre, will be introducing two new apparel zones: fashionable sportswear and casualwear.

American Apparel Workers Get a Slight Reprieve

Manufacturing

American Apparel workers might have a few more days to work at the huge factory in downtown Los Angeles and two other facilities.

American Apparel Employees Get a Slight Reprieve

Auction of American Apparel assets postponed a few days.

UCLA Anderson Forecast Predicts the Fallout from ‘Trumponomics’

UCLA Anderson economists got caught by surprise when Donald Trump was elected to be the 45th president of the United States.

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Guess Looks to Latin America for Growth

Retail

Guess opens first store in Paraguay.

American Apparel Factory Workers Given Notice of Layoffs, Hope for A Reprieve from New Owners

Manufacturing

Hundreds of workers inside the American Apparel factory near downtown Los Angeles have been given written notices that they will have jobs until Jan. 7 and then they will be laid off unless the new buyer of the company decides to continue manufacturing in the building.

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Major Retailer Leaves Hollywood & Highland

Retail

Right before the holiday season seems like an odd time to close a store.

American Apparel Factory Workers Given Notice of Layoffs, Hope for a Reprieve from New Owners

Hundreds of workers inside the American Apparel factory near downtown Los Angeles have been given written notice that they will have jobs until Jan. 7 and then they will be laid off unless the new buyer of the company decides to continue manufacturing in the building.

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Bomb Threat at Hollywood & Highland

Retail

Bomb threat called into Hollywood & Highland on Monday morning.