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Beauticurve X Lane Bryant Preview Event Held With Rochelle Johnson in Culver City

FASHION

Beauticurve founder Rochelle Johnson previewed the Beauticurve X Lane Bryant collection during an event held at the retailer's location at the Westfield Culver City shopping center.

Grayson Debuts as the More Affordable Sibling of Premium Shirting Brand Frank & Eileen

Manufacturing

Upon the 10-year anniversary of her premium-shirting brand Frank & Eileen, Audrey McLoghlin wanted to create a new product exclusively for women who work hard for luxurious products but might not be able to spend $250 for a single shirt.

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Shima Seiki Debuts a Collaborative Apparel-Technology Space in Los Angeles

Apparel-Tech Showcase

Shima Seiki, the nearly 60-year-old Japanese machine manufacturer and technology firm, recently unveiled its new showroom in the Arts District where it can take advantage of the neighborhood’s roots in the apparel-manufacturing industry and its place in fashion’s future.

NCTO Elects Glen Raven CEO to 2019 Chairman Post

Manufacturing

During its 16th annual meeting, the National Council of Textile Organizations elected its 2019 officers.

Levi Strauss & Co. Closes Above IPO Pricing With Unexpected Investors

Finance

Following the initial public offering price of $17 per share, San Francisco’s Levi Strauss & Co. closed at $22.41 per share on March 21, up $5.41, a 31.82 percent increase.

The Doneger Group Appoints Michelle Evans to New EVP of Merchandising Role

Manufacturing

Fashion- and retail-strategy firm The Doneger Group announced the appointment of Michelle Evans to the newly created role of executive vice president of merchandising.

New Executive Vice President of Sales at Jerry Leigh

Manufacturing

Jerry Leigh, the Los Angeles apparel manufacturer and brand-management company, announced the promotion of Michelle Roback to the role of executive vice president of sales, juniors and the David Lerner brand.

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LA Textile Offers an Experiential Show to Generate Buyer Interest

An Experiential LA Textile

This season, the LA Textile show blended experiences with business to make the event more than a showcase for materials and manufacturing.

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The Sustainable Fashion Forum Provides a Tech Focus for Green Apparel Manufacturing

Sustainable Fashion Tech

Working toward a cleaner and greener apparel industry was the mission of the Sustainable Fashion Forum, held at the California Market Center on March 7during the March 6–8 run of the LA Textile show.

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Disappearing Rains Help Buyer Traffic at LA Market

LA Market Brightens Up

A Los Angeles winter of heavy rains and unprecedented cold weather lifted for buyers attending the March 11–13 LA Market Week.

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The Compassion Project Gala Brings Out Fashionable Brands and Celebrities

PARTIES

The Compassion Project Gala, hosted by the AH&W Foundation with Animal Hope in Legislation, included a cruelty-free fashion show and silent auction.

Salesforce Releases ‘Trends in Retail and Consumer Goods Marketing’ Report

Technology

Marketing professionals in retail and consumer goods are harvesting tons of data to monitor consumer habits, but that data often remains unorganized and unused.

Entrupy Expands Its Reach to Combat Counterfeit Goods

Technology

With counterfeit goods estimated to carve out $461 billion in global trade, technology firm Entrupy has an anti-counterfeiting solution that proves authenticity for luxury resale outlets and decreases return fraud.

Measuring Omni-shopper Habits Brings Together Nielsen and The NPD Group

Technology

Shifting consumer behavior has left many retailers and brands wondering how to develop the perfect formula for successfully engaging shoppers.

Deckers Brands to Close Camarillo Distribution Center and Lay Off Nearly 100 Employees

Manufacturing

Deckers Brands—parent company of footwear-and-lifestyle brands Ugg, Koolaburra by Ugg, Teva, Hoka One One and Sanuk—will permanently close its Camarillo, Calif., distribution center by Aug. 31.

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The Frances Austen Brand Elevates Ecologically Sound Classics to a Heritage Level

Responsible Heritage

Launched by Margaret Coblentz in 2017, the Frances Austen brand was founded in San Francisco to provide responsibly crafted, classic cashmere pieces to consumers who are concerned about how their clothing is made.

Intimates Company ThirdLove Completes a $55-million Fundraising Round

Manufacturing

San Francisco direct-to-consumer women’s intimate-apparel company ThirdLove announced the completion of a $55-million round of fund-raising.

Smartrac Brings Its Green Tag Program Initiative to LogiMAT

Tags & Labels

Following the January announcement that it would invest in producing greener products, Amsterdam-based RFID-product and IoT-solutions provider Smartrac,while exhibiting at the17th edition of LogiMAT, unveiledits plan to add environmentally friendly tag options to its offerings.

Edouard Macquin Appointed President of Lectra Americas

Manufacturing

Lectra, the French information-technology and digital-solutions leader that produces software and hardware to facilitate fabric cutting, appointed Edouard Macquin as its new president of Lectra Americas.

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Haggar Names Zachary Hall as the Winner of FIDM SuperLab Menswear Design Competition

FASHION

Following a selection process that began in August 2018, Dallas-headquartered Haggar Clothing Co. awarded Zachary Hall the top prize in the inaugural FIDM SuperLab menswear-design competition.

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Vans Collaboration Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Led Zeppelin Debut Album

FASHION

Joining forces with legendary rock band Led Zeppelin, Vans is celebrating the golden anniversary of the group's release of its self-titled, debut album.

University of Maryland Researchers Create Fabric With Environment-Dependent Insulation

Technology

Researchers at the University of Maryland have developed a new fabric that would make your body cooler when the weather warms up.

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PI Apparel’s L.A. Conference Dispels Tech Fears and Promotes Innovation Collaboration

PI Apparel L.A.

Bringing its Apparel World Series brand conference to Los Angeles for the second year, event-and-conference producer Market Key invited apparel-and-footwear industry leaders to its Product Innovation Apparel (PI Apparel) event to discuss how the future of the business will be shaped by technology.

Planet Rehab Shows How Working Together Benefits the Planet

Textile

If it takes a village to raise a child, the same could be said about creating a sustainable capsule collection.

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Polartec to Increase Recycled and Biodegradable Materials Across Entire Product Line

Polartec Goes Green

Building upon its Eco-Engineering process, which produces high-performance sustainable fabrics, Polartec has launched a new campaign to utilize recycled and biodegradable materials throughout its entire product line.

ATSM Changes 2019 Dates to Coincide with Miami Fashion Week

Trade Shows

Affording greater opportunities to apparel-industry professionals, organizers of the Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami (ATSM) show announced the event will now take place May 28–30 at the Mana Wynwood Convention Center, which is one week later than originally scheduled.

Sustainable Fashion Forum Will Examine How to Help the Environment

Trade Shows

A one-day Sustainable Fashion Forum looking at solutions for designers, manufacturers, factories and retailers to reduce their environmental impact, cut waste and maximize their profits will be held March 7 at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles.

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Serena Williams Appointed to Poshmark's Board of Directors

FASHION

Social-commerce platform Poshmark announced the appointment of tennis champion and entrepreneur Serena Williams to its board of directors.

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An Exciting NYFW for John Elliott Includes Unveiling of Lexus Partnership

FASHION

During New York Fashion Week, Los Angeles designer John Elliott had an exciting Fall/Winter 2019 show, which included the unveiling of the Lexus X John Elliott partnership.

Curve Las Vegas Launches New Section for Emerging Lingerie Brands

Trade Shows

At Curve Las Vegas, held Feb. 5–7 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, organizers wanted to bring sexy back. With the addition of the Kinky Korner—an area devoted to showcasing luxurious, provocative lingerie from international and emerging brands—organizers introduced collections that did not have a booth at the show.

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Xabi Jeans Helps Factory Focus on Rebuilding Local Denim Industry

Delivering L.A. Denim

After leaving Mexico for the United States in 1987, Javier Marquez spent 19 years learning about Los Angeles’ local denim industry.

Stitch Offers Eclectic Mix to Buyers, But Exhibitors Want More Traffic in 2019

Trade Shows

During this February’s Stitch @ Project Womens, held Feb. 5–7 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, buyers encountered an array of ready-to-wear offerings.

Camaraderie Among IFJAG Members Brings In Buyers to Las Vegas

Trade Shows

Exhibitors at the International Fashion Jewelry & Accessory Group (IFJAG) show, held Feb. 2–5 at the Embassy Suites in Las Vegas, were able to meet with buyers on a more intimate and personal level.

Conscious Fashion and Emerging Brands Reign at Project Womens

Trade Shows

While Project Womens was held much earlier than previous February editions of the show, buyers didn’t seem to mind the Feb. 5–7 dates for the event, held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Show organizers said registration was up 2 percent over last year.

Pool Promotes Independent Brands with an Array of Unique Offerings

Trade Shows

The eclectic mix of goods available during Pooltradeshow, held Feb. 5–7 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, excited buyers who were looking for unique items and artisan-crafted goods.

Beyond Yoga Hires Lynsey Cole to Lead Sales Strategy

Manufacturing

Athleisure brand Beyond Yoga announced the hire of Lynsey Cole as the director of key accounts and sales strategy.

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NYFW to Feel SoCal Beach Vibes with Hola Swim 2019 Resort Debut

FASHION

Fresh off of its win as 2018's San Diego CityBeat Bestie Awards for "Best Swimsuit Shop in San Diego," swimwear brand Hola Swim, will debut its 2019 Resort Collection Feb. 10 during New York Fashion Week.

Charlotte Russe to Close Approximately 94 Stores in Voluntary Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Plan

Retail

Charlotte Russe Holdings Corporation filed a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition on Feb. 3 in United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

New Study Reveals Impact of Creative Jobs on L.A. County’s Economy

News

In the latest study of Los Angeles County’s creative economy conducted by the Otis College of Art and Design, the fashion industry was the only one of the creative industries that saw a decrease in employment. The decrease came even though the fashion industry has the second-largest share of creative-industry jobs in Los Angeles County.

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Vegan Fashion Week Launches in L.A. With Fashion and Activism

Vegan Fashion Week

The very first Vegan Fashion Week kicked off in Los Angeles on Feb. 1 with a private event at the Natural History Museum and then two days of public events at the California Market Center.

Las Vegas Apparel and Footwear Shows Announce Big Location Moves

Trade Shows

MAGIC and WWIN announce big moves.

Charlotte Russe to Close Approximately 94 Stores in Voluntary Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Plan

RETAIL

Charlotte Russe Holdings Corporation filed a voluntary Chapter 11 Bankruptcy petition in United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

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21 Savage Named the Face of F21 x Honda Moto-Streetwear Collection

FASHION

Through a partnership with Honda, Los Angeles-headquartered retailer Forever 21 developed a moto-streetwear-inspired line, which features 21 Savage as the face of the collection.

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Hurley and Carhartt Launch Collection to Outwork The Water

FASHION

Celebrating the spirit of people whose passions and careers rely on bodies of water, such as oceans, rivers, and lakes, surf brand Hurley and workwear manufacturer Carhartt launched a new line of clothing.

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Wiser Wash Provides Cleaner Production Opportunities for Denim Brands

Denim Wiser Wash

While Los Angeles apparel-industry veteran and Tortoise Denim founder Kevin Youn is now dedicated to cleaning up the jeans-manufacturing industry, his long-term plan after graduating with a degree in Latin American literature from the University of California, Berkeley, didn’t include denim.

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Amour Vert Brings a Green Side to Local Manufacturing

Green Manufacturing

Before domestically made, sustainable apparel manufacturing became a major trend, San Francisco–based Amour Vert provided women with well-made clothing that combines style with sustainability, and it has ever since it was founded in 2010.

With Fashion Design in Her DNA, Theresa McAllen Elevates the Johnny Was Family

Fashion

After starting with Johnny Was from its inception during the early 1990s, the company’s senior vice president of design, Theresa McAllen, continues to cultivate the brand.

From Colombia, With Love, Nathalia Gaviria Rediscovers Herself in Los Angeles

Fashion

Never forgetting her Colombian roots, Nathalia Gaviria now calls Los Angeles home, where she has a flagship store called Nathalia Gaviria: Black on Melrose Avenue.

Heidi Merrick Develops Her Own Formula for Fashion Success

Fashion

Los Angeles–based Heidi Merrick was known from the start as an artist who envisioned designs that were far beyond popular trends.

Poshmark Report Examines Trends Toward Growing Social Commerce

Technology

Social-commerce company Poshmark released its first review of the social-retail environment in a report called “A Year in Social Commerce.”

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