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Deborah Belgum

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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.

How Would the End of NAFTA Affect the LA Apparel Industry?

Import/Export

Ever since the presidential elections ended, people such as Daniel Barcenas have been fielding calls from Mexican apparel companies asking what is going to happen to free trade under a Trump administration.

Trade Show: Shop&Dine

Trade Shows

Traveling to trade shows means three things: making big sales, eating out and discovering a new store to provide a nice pick-me-up. Here are a few suggestions on some of the newer restaurants and fashionable boutiques found in the major cities on the trade-show circuit.

Ship at Port of Long Beach Picking Up Empty Hanjin Cargo Containers

Import/Export

With some 6,000 Hanjin-leased cargo containers sitting empty in the wake of the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy, the result is that some 6,000 chassis attached to the containers are not circulating throughout the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and stalling pickup times and deliveries.

Steady Increase in Merchandise Arriving at U.S. Ports for the Holidays

Import/Export

As the holiday season approaches, shipping import volumes at the nation’s leading ports are ramping up rapidly.

How Los Angeles Shopping Centers Are Targeting the Millennial Customer

Retail

This summer, Two Rodeo Drive—the tony Beverly Hills shopping destination that looks like a faux European thoroughfare—set up an exhibit with Galerie Michael of 12 Salvador Dali sculptures that attracted hundreds of thousands of people.

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Nasty Gal Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Retail

Nasty Gal, the Los Angeles online shopping site founded in 2006 by Sophia Amoruso, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with millions in debt.

American Apparel to Wind Down UK Clothing Stores After the Holidays

Retail

After Christmas, 13 American Apparel stores will be closed in Great Britain.

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Pam & Gela Contribute to Wear LACMA Collection

Fashion

Pam and Gela, the founders of Juicy Couture, use Japanese-art inspiration for their Wear LACMA Collection.

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Forever 21 Closing Hong Kong Store

Retail

After five years, Forever 21 is shuttering its huge store in Causeway Bay.

Gap’s Chief Financial Officer Is Stepping Down

Retail

After 15 years working at Gap Inc., Sabrina Simmons is stepping down from her job as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Trina Turk Marches Forward With New Store and New Looks

Retail

Trina Turk, the contemporary lifestyle designer known for her bright colors and mid-century–inspired prints evoking a resort vacation, is opening her 12th store next February in the Larchmont Village area of Los Angeles.

Longshore Workers and Employers Meet for Early Talks on Contract Extension

Import/Export

After a disastrous holiday season two years ago when many ships couldn’t unload their cargo on time at West Coast ports, longshore workers and their employers are trying to head off any similar disaster.

Orange County Sportswear Company Leasing Former American Apparel Dye and Finishing Plant

Manufacturing

Months after American Apparel emerged from bankruptcy, the company shuttered its dye and finishing plant just outside of Los Angeles, which will be leased to AST Sportswear Inc.

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Heidi Merrick Opens First Store in Downtown LA

Heidi Merrick in DTLA

At a time when many people are shuttering stores and heading to e-commerce sites to sell their collections, Los Angeles designer Heidi Merrick is making a splash with her very first retail outpost.

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DSTLD: Building the Wardrobe One Premium Piece at a Time

DSTLD

When DSTLD launched two years ago, the company focused on premium denim and luxury tees. After two years of design development and brand building, the company is preparing to provide consumers with an entire wardrobe of luxury basics.

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The North Face Opens Flagship on Fifth Avenue

Retail

The North Face opens first big New York City flagship store in a hot spot.

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UGG Gets Into the Lounge Wear Biz

Fashion

The Ugg people introduce a small but high-end cashmere lounge wear collection with more to come on Nov. 15.

Cone Denim Parent Company Acquired by Beverly Hills Private-Equity Firm

Textiles

Platinum Equity acquires International Textile Group, parent of Cone Denim and Burlington Industries.

LA Blue Jeans Manufacturers Moving to Mexico to Take Advantage of Free Trade

Import/Export

With high-priced blue jeans made in Los Angeles taking a beating in the market, manufacturers facing rising wages in California are amping up their production of premium jeans in Mexico.