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Deborah Belgum

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Max Azria Named CEO of Bug-Zapping Light Company

Manufacturing

More than one year after being forced out of his Los Angeles clothing company, Max Azria has been named chief executive of ZappLight and its parent company, Clean Concept.

Why Manufacturers Are Turning to Central America for Quick-Turn Apparel

Trade Shows

The demise of a free-trade agreement between the United States and several Asian countries is breathing new life into the Guatemalan apparel industry.

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Bella+Canvas Starts YouTube Channel

Fashion

T-shirt maker Bella+Canvas will have YouTube content change weekly.

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Max Azria Named CEO of Bug-Zapping Light Company

More than one year after leaving his Los Angeles clothing company, Max Azria has been named chief executive of ZappLight and its parent company, Clean Concept.

Emerald Expositions Adds SIA Snow Show to Its Stable of Trade Exhibitions

Weeks after raising $264 million in a public offering, Emerald Expositions turned around and acquired for $16.4 million the SIA Snow Show organized by SnowSports Industries America.

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Leading the Los Angeles Fashion District in a New Era

LA Fashion District

Every day, seven tons of trash are collected in the Los Angeles Fashion District, up from six tons a day last year.

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Shop & Dine

Shop & Dine

The trade-show season is a year-round circuit that is like a movable feast when it comes to hunting for new styles and fashions.

Creativity Abounds in California’s Economy

Finance

In 2015, some 747,600 people in California were directly employed in creative-industry jobs, a 13.5 percent increase from 2010, according to the “2017 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California,” released on May 18 by the Otis College of Art and Design.

New U.S. Trade Representative Will Have a Busy Schedule

Import/Export

Days after being sworn in as the new U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer will be traveling to Vietnam to attend a meeting of trade ministers from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation countries.

A Free-Trade Agreement Between the U.S. and Europe Waiting in the Wings

Import/Export

Trade experts were expecting a free-trade agreement between the United States and Europe to be signed, sealed and delivered by the time Barack Obama left the White House. But things didn’t turn out as planned as the political winds in Europe and the United States shifted recently from pro free trade to increased protectionism.

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High-end Sunglass Store Coming to Fashion District

Retail

A South Korean eyewear company is opening its first West Coast store in downtown LA.

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New Plus-Size Collection

Fashion

Former Forever 21 head starts her new line for large-size women.

Imports Will Grow Nicely Through the Fall

Import/Export

With unemployment hitting extremely low levels and workers’ wages rising, the nation’s ports should see a decent uptick in cargo-container volumes through at least September.


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Hundreds of Guests Attend the Annual Otis College of Art and Design Fund-raiser and Fashion Show

Otis Fashion Show

A fashionable collection of 800 people crowded into a large ballroom at the Beverly Hilton for the annual Otis Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show, which raises money for students and highlights the fashion collections designed by the junior and senior classes of the fashion design department.

New Key Buyer Program Established at WWIN

Trade Shows

In an attempt to identify new attendees and buyers, the twice-a-year Womenswear in Nevada show held in Las Vegas has appointed Lynn Visser as the new key account manager.

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The Auction Is On for Fashions Created by Otis' Students

Fashion

Students from Otis College of Art and Design put their mentor-inspired creations up for auction.

Capital Business Credit Gets a Name Change

Finance

Five months ago, White Oak Global Advisors acquired Capital Business Credit, known for its asset-based lending portfolio. Now White Oak Global is renaming Capital Business Credit to White Oak Commercial Finance.

Bebe Stores Resolves Store Leases and Skirts Bankruptcy

Retail

Bebe Stores settles store lease problems with landlords to move forward.

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Deciding Where Your American Apparel T-shirt Is Made

Manufacturing

Consumers will soon be able to decide where their American Apparel T-shirt is made - in the U.S. or in Central America.

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Sister Act in Creating the Fenini Collection

Fenini

When Fei Yang was a little girl growing up in Taiwan, she was constantly drawing on anything that had a flat surface—napkins, notebooks, newspapers and walls.

Bachrach Clothing Stores File for Bankruptcy Protection in Los Angeles

Retail

In the wake of several recent retail bankruptcies, the wave of clothing store troubles just keeps coming.

Paula Schneider Steps Down as CEO of Three Contemporary Brands

Manufacturing

Paula Schneider no longer CEO at 7 For All Mankind, Splendid and Ella Moss.

West Coast Longshore Workers to Vote on Three-Year Contract Extension

Import/Export

With political and economic change in the wind, longshore workers have agreed to vote on a three-year extension of their current contract expiring July 1, 2019.

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Marchers Gather in Downtown LA in Fashion District

May Day

More than 100,000 people are expected to be marching into downtown Los Angeles today for May Day protests.

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Time to Vote in Student-Designed Vans Shoe Contest

Fashion

Some 3,000 high schools across the country participated in the Vans design contest to create a wild and crazy shoe with an artistic sense.

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Retailers Dry off From a Wet Winter to Attend Fashion Market Northern California

FMNC

Retailers weary of a soggy winter in Northern California were in a positive mood at the recent Fashion Market Northern California as they looked forward to a brighter summer and fall to entice customers through the do

Azrias Lose Out in Contract Dispute With BCBG

Manufacturing

A bankruptcy judge rules against Azrias in their contract dispute with BCBG.

Gap Outlines Five-Year Goal for Sustainable Fibers Use

Textiles

By the year 2021, Gap Inc. wants its Gap brand to be getting all its cotton from more sustainable sources.

Long-Term Licensing Agreement Signed With Calvin Klein

Manufacturing

Delta Galil Industries Ltd.—the Israeli company that recently purchased the Los Angeles contemporary brands 7 For All Mankind, Splendid and Ella Moss—announced that its Delta Galil USA subsidiary has signed a long-term licensing agreement with Calvin Klein Inc. to develop, manufacture, produce and distribute boys’ and girls’ underwear, sleepwear and socks.

Despite a Strong Economy, Retailers Are Being Hit Hard and Trying to Adjust

Finance

Even though the U.S. economy is predicted to be on sound footing this year, the stack of retailers closing their stores due to bankruptcies or slipping sales keeps piling up at an alarming rate.

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Spanish Espadrilles Get an LA Touch

Fashion

Pineapples and Love launches its first e-commerce site.

American Apparel and Los Angeles Apparel: A Tale of Two Labels Starting From Ground Zero

Manufacturing

As part of his apparel comeback, Dov Charney recently signed an exclusive partnership with TSC Apparel in Cincinnati, Ohio, to distribute his Los Angeles Apparel collection to screen printers and embroiderers in need of well-made blanks.

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Kevan Hall's Fall Fashion Collection

Fashion

Designer Kevan Hall looks to Sophia Loren for inspiration.

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Get Wrapped Up in the Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest

Fashion

Get ready to enter the 13th annual Cheap Chic Weddings Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest.

Bebe Stores Dismissing Hundreds of Employees

Retail

Bebe Stores Inc., which has been in financial hot water for some time, is laying off more than 700 employees at its two business offices and at its stores.

U.S. Cargo-Container Imports to Rise Steadily This Year

Import/Export

With retail sales predicted to inch up around 4 percent this year, cargo container traffic should also see healthy growth this year.

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Teva Collaborates With Hudson Bay's on Sandal Collection

Fashion

All stripes with the Teva collection appearing for a limited time at Hudson Bay's department stores.

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Trina Turk Opens a New Store in Los Angeles

Trina Turk's New Store

It has been a few years since Trina Turk had a store in Los Angeles. But the contemporary designer—known for her bright colors synonymous with sunny California—has staked out a new outpost in the Larchmont Village neighborhood of Los Angeles, where an old-fashioned Main Street vibe permeates Larchmont Boulevard.

How Are Finance People Handling the Weak Retail Market and Have They Adjusted Their Financing Rules for Clothing Manufacturers?

Finance

As retailers start shrinking their footprints around the country, apparel manufacturers are wondering how to cope with this constricting retail landscape.

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Directives West Shines the Spotlight on Major Trends for Fall/Winter 2017

Directives West

Directives West broke down the trends for Fall/Winter 2017 at its April 3 runway show, held at the California Market Center during LA Majors Market.

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.