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Lectra Launches Fashion on Demand to Streamline Apparel Production

Technology

Bringing greater personalization to the apparel-manufacturing industry, French technology company Lectra is launching its Fashion on Demand digital solution.

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Apparel Made for Runners, By Runners, at Rabbit

Run, Rabbit, Run

During the move toward more athleisure-focused collections, many apparel brands have sacrificed technical features in favor of comfortable styling.

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The RealReal Partnership with Stella McCartney Extended

The RealReal and Stella McCartney have decided to celebrate their year-long partnership by extending the collaboration to promote a circular economy.

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Downtown's Real Holiday Spirit at DTLA // IRL

RETAIL

Housed at the LA Athletic Club on the corner of 7th and Olive Streets, the DTLA // IRL pop-up event brought together artists, fashion designers, food vendors and members of the community during the holiday season.

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The RealReal Releases Holiday Resale Report

Luxury Resale Secrets

With the 2018 holiday season in mind, The RealReal has revealed the highest-valued resale items at the top of luxury-brand lovers’ wish lists this year.

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‘The Godfather’ Builds a House of Gold to Make Sustainable Denim Affordable

House of Gold

Adriano Goldschmied—known for his luxury denim at brands such as Diesel, Citizens of Humanity and AG Jeans—has been quietly building a new Los Angeles venture over the last five years.

Newsmaker: Los Angeles Becomes the Largest U.S. City to Ban Fur Sales

Manufacturing

With major design houses such as Chanel, Versace and Michael Kors abandoning the use of fur in their collections, the legislative movement toward prohibiting the sale of these controversial garments gained a lot of ground in California during 2018.

Newsmaker: Paul Marciano Leaves Guess? Inc. Amid Growth of #MeToo Movement

Manufacturing

As the #MeToo anti–sexual harassment movement gained momentum, women across all industries came forward to share their stories and formally accuse the men they say harassed them.

Newsmaker: The Buzz Surrounding 2018’s Buzzword—Sustainability

Manufacturing

If fashion had one theme in 2018 it was sustainability. While some who are unfamiliar with the concept are confused by the term “sustainability,” a sustainable-fashion industry is able to support itself through conservative manufacturing methods that limit harm to the environment and sourcing based on reuse.

Newsmaker: Brookfield Properties Begins a $170-Million Upgrade of the California Market Center

News

More than one year after Brookfield Properties acquired a controlling interest in the California Market Center, the real estate–development company announced in November it would invest $170 million to transform the showroom and office complex into a mixed-use creative space and fashion-industry campus.

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Oliver Peoples and Assouline Reveal Their View of California

EVENTS

With its new book collaboration "California as We See It," luxury-eyewear brand Oliver Peoples collaborated with finely crafted-book publisher Assouline for an intimate, insider view of the Golden State.

Invista Unveils Lycra FreeF!t Technology at Kingpins NYC

Manufacturing

During last week’s Kingpins NYC show, held Nov. 28–29 at Pier 36/Basketball City in New York, integrated-fiber company Invista unveiled the new patented Lycra FreeF!t technology to its North American audience.

Noble Sands Gives Limitless Wardrobe Options With Less

Manufacturing

The idea behind Julie Habelmann’s recently launched Noble Sands line is this: One piece of fabric can do it all.

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Touché LA Rebrands as LA Collective to Support Local Fashion Culture

Collective L.A. Style

After a 2016 launch that grew into a vertically integrated manufacturing operation for activewear and athleisure clothing, Touché LA has changed its name to LA Collective.

Levi’s Sues Yves Saint Laurent America for Trademark Infringement

Legal

The famous trademarked red, blue or white tab found on Levi Strauss & Co.’s products has led the San Francisco denim maker to bring legal action against Yves Saint Laurent America, the American segment of the Parisian fashion house founded in the early 1960s.

Textile Science and Technology Shape the Future of Apparel Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Innovations in textile and design are two subjects that go hand in hand with sustainable manufacturing.

Building a Sustainable Business in the Era of Eco-Fashion

Manufacturing

Many sustainable-fashion experts discuss ethics, manufacturing innovations and research, but outlining how to navigate the economic shift toward greener fashion is often left out of the discussion.

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Old Navy Brings Goodwill to Black Friday

RETAIL

Starting off the 2018 holiday season by repeating its "One Dolla Holla Sale" on socks, Old Navy will donate $1 to Boys & Girls Clubs for every pair sold in stores on Black Friday.

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Torrid Partners With Model Tara Lynn to Create Luxury Lingerie

FASHION

Torrid and model Tara Lynn have joined forces to create a luxury Holiday 2018 lingerie-capsule collection.

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Guess Inc. Names J Balvin As the Face of Its Spring 2019 Campaign

FASHION

Building upon its relationship with Latin Grammy Award Winner J Balvin, Guess? Inc. announced the singer as the face of its Spring 2019 Vibras campaign.

Cynthia Vincent Launches Baacal to Expand Her Reach in Apparel Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Los Angeles designer Cynthia Vincent has returned to designing clothing, yet this time she has accepted a mission that blends two buzz-worthy initiatives: sustainability and large-size apparel.

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Defining American Cotton’s New Role in the Global Market

The Future of Cotton

During the biennial Sourcing USA Summit, global cotton-industry decision-makers, trade experts and government administrators convened at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess to discuss the current state and future of the industry.

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Daniel Patrick X Starter Black Label Launches With Streetwear Staples

FASHION

On Nov. 3, Daniel Patrick celebrated the launch of his new collaboration, Daniel Patrick X Starter Black Label, ahead of the capsule collection's Nov. 9 release.

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$170-Million Renovation of CMC in DTLA Begins

Brookfield Renovates CMC

Brookfield Properties, the property-management firm that took a controlling interest in the California Market Center—or CMC—in 2017, has announced that it will begin transforming the site into a mixed-use creative space and fashion-industry campus through a $170-million overhaul project.

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The RealReal Releases Its Holiday 2018 Most Obsessed Gift Guide

FASHION

Heralding in the busiest shopping time of the year, San Francisco-based luxury-consignment brand The RealReal offered a glimpse into the hot items for the 2018 holiday season.

Shop & Dine

Trade Shows

Following a day of negotiating, viewing trends and investing in the fashions that will generate customer traffic, celebrating a trade-show victory is always in order.

Costume Designer Alexandra Byrne Honored During FIDM Museum Reception

Events

Ahead of its “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition next February, the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising honored costume designer Alexandra Byrne for her work on the film “Mary Queen of Scots,” to be released Dec. 7.

J Brand Parent Company Brings New Sustainable Wash Process to Denim

Manufacturing

The Japanese parent company of Los Angeles­–based J Brand and Japanese brand Uniqlo has developed a new nanobubbles-and-ozone-based wash process for its denim brands that will reduce water consumption by up to 99 percent.

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Imbōdhi Owners Embody Sustainable Activewear Mission

Upcycling in Activewear

In 2017, Carolina Saboya and Ariel Dubov, who are dancers and acrobatic yoga teachers, launched Imbodhi in San Francisco.

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ModCloth Helps Hello Kitty Celebrate 44th Birthday

FASHION

For her 44th birhtday, Hello Kitty is being honored by San Francisco-based brand ModCloth with a full line of apparel.

Study Offers Clarification on Consumer-Purchasing Priorities

Retail

As consumers rely on more e-commerce options and the threat of increased tariffs on goods from China grows, cloud-based technology firm First Insight, Inc. noted that retail executives are not accurately informed about the impact of pricing.

California Denim Leaders Head to Amsterdam to Discuss the Industry’s Future

Trade Shows

Descending upon Amsterdam for the city’s jeans-focused, event-filled week, leaders from the world’s denim industry met to share ideas, unveil innovations and work together to make a better supply chain.

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Dame Launches to Blend Chic Fashion With a Sustainable Lifestyle

Dames of Eco-Design

Starting with a friendship that has grown for more than 10 years and apparel-industry experience that has spanned their entire careers, Alexx Monkarsh, Molly Levin and Wells Butler wanted to create a positive impact through clothing.

True Religion Names an Interim CEO

Manufacturing

Los Angeles denim company True Religion said it has appointed Chelsea Grayson as its interim chief executive officer while a search for a permanent CEO takes place.

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True Religion Teams Up With Manchester United

FASHION

Los Angeles denim brand True Religion and professional English football club Manchester United have partnered on a line of premium denim, which launches October 26.

Using Reclaimed Fabric to Promote a Sustainable Manufacturing Model

Manufacturing

For Tonlé apparel-brand owner Rachel Faller, entering into fashion wasn’t part of her career plan when she studied textile design at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she focused on fine art and sculpture.

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Thrive Société Forges Its Own Path in the Race to Compete With Athletic Apparel

Runway-Inspired Athleticwear

The activewear category in apparel has expanded far beyond fitness enthusiasts and accomplished athletes as fashion continues to embrace the trend with chic athleisure pieces and luxurious streetwear lines.

Industry Veterans Reformulate Misses/Contemporary Through Launch of Alchemy Thread

Manufacturing

For Spring 2019, Mandy Wang, owner of the fashion brand Daniel Rainn; Sonia Ding, an apparel-factory owner based in China; and Eileen Bushman, an apparel executive with more than 30 years in the business, have introduced the misses/contemporary line Alchemy Thread and its discounted counterpart, Alkamy.

ATSM Looks Toward Major Expansion for May 2019 Event

Trade Shows

With its return to the Mana Wynwood Convention Center May 20–22, 2019, Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami [ATSM] will double in size for its second event following a 2018 launch.

Ahead of the Holiday Season, Piper Jaffray Reveals the Brands Teens Want

Retail

As the retail industry approaches the holiday shopping season, overall teen spending has increased by 1 percent over fall 2017 but decreased 5 percent since spring 2018 among teenage members of Generation Z.

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U.S. Tariffs on Textile Imports From China Leads to Trade Opportunities Elsewhere

Tariffs to Shift Relationships

With new tariffs being placed on textiles coming from China, many U.S. fabric importers are scrambling to find new textile trading partners whose goods are not subject to the recently imposed 10 percent tariff that could rise to 25 percent at the beginning of the year.

L.A. Designer Pawan Kumar and Lenzing to Debut Midnight Blues at Kingpins

Manufacturing

At next week’s Kingpins Amsterdam—the denim trade show that runs Oct. 24–25—attendees will see the unveiling of a new collaboration between global textile company Lenzing of Austria and Los Angeles designer Pawan Kumar.

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Sustainable Fashion Leaders Meet in DTLA for the Pollima Material Revolution

EVENTS

During Los Angeles Fashion Week, sustainable-fashion consultant group Pollima brought together brands, designers, investors and manufacturers at downtown's Ren Gallery.

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Parks Project and National Geographic Launch Capsule Collection

FASHION

A new capsule collection launched this week by Parks Project and National Geographic will benefit parkland in the United States.

Discount Retail Favored by U.S. Consumers Regardless of Age or Income

Retail

In the United States, shoppers of different ages and income levels are bargain hunting as consumer culture continues to demand discounted goods.

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Los Angeles Market Week Takes Off With Some Big Changes

Changes at L.A. Market

October ushers in one of the more important Los Angeles Market Weeks when showrooms in the downtown L.A. Fashion District are unveiling their Spring/Summer ’19 lines but still filling in orders for late Fall and Resort.

A Fresh Look at the L.A. Textile Show Keeps Exhibitors Optimistic and Impresses Attendees

Trade Shows

Showcasing the latest trends in textiles, the L.A. Textile show at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles brought together vendors and buyers to conduct business for Fall/Winter 2019/2020.

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Sustainable Fashion Forum at L.A. Textile Brings Industry Leaders Into the Eco Discussion

Sustainable Fashion Forum

Sustainability is the buzzword swirling around the fashion and textile industries these days.

L.A. Textile Show Reflects Apparel Industry Changes and CMC Transition

Trade Shows

During this week’s L.A. Textile show, attendees experienced the fruits of a new initiative to refresh the biannual event, which took place Oct. 3–5 at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles.

California Fashion Students Honored at Awards Luncheon

Events

Marking its 15th year honoring California-based student designers, the California Fashion Foundation—the California Fashion Association’s philanthropic organization—recently hosted its annual scholarship-awards luncheon.

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