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Rodeo Drive Business Booms as COVID-19 Restrictions Ease

RETAIL

Rodeo Drive is flourishing once again. The famous stretch of retail road in Los Angeles is, like many other places, emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Twins For Peace, My Good Collaborate to Help Families Affected by Police Brutality

SOCIAL GOOD

Twins For Peace and My Good released a limited-edition series of sneakers for pre-order on April 29 to help families who have lost loved ones to police brutality.

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Citizens of Humanity T-shirt Initiative Supports COVID-19 Vaccine Research

FASHION CARES

With a history of showing its support for different organizations and movements, Citizens of Humanity has donated more than $180,000 to aid a variety of organizations over the last year.

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Mark Bruno Named Managing Director of Wealth Management at Informa Connect

FINANCIAL ADVISEMENT

Informa Connect announced Mark Bruno as the managing director of wealth management on May 4.

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Shapeways Digital-Manufacturing Software Merges With Galileo to List on NYSE

DIGITAL MANUFACTURING

A definitive merger agreement for a merger transaction has been announced between digital-manufacturing platform Shapeways, Inc., and Galileo Acquisition Corp., the publicly traded special-purpose acquisition company.

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Kida the Great Debuts New Collection With True Religion

STREETWEAR

Kida The Great came full circle with his newest limited capsule collection with True Religion, which debuted last Thursday.

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Experiential Collective Free Market Playa Vista Opens

RETAIL

The much-anticipated Free Market Playa Vista experiential collective of boutiques, restaurants, and event spaces opens May 1 as a retail center and brand incubator.

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Project Announces Fresh Focus to Its Debut at New July Event in Miami

TRADE EVENTS

Informa Markets Fashion’s contemporary men’s show Project will debut a fresh merchandising strategy, including the addition of women’s, during the new Project: Miami, which will be hosted at the city’s Fontainebleau Miami Beach July 10–12.

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AG's Launch of The Jean Of Tomorrow Offers Biodegradable Denim Pieces

SUSTAINABILITY

With its latest release, The Jean Of Tomorrow, AG is offering 100 percent biodegradable denim to observe the brand's 20 years of sustainable manufacturing.

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Textile Trends

Textile Trends

Textile Trends

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Trina Turk Docks Its Swim Line at Lunada Bay

Summer of Swim

As the swim season draws near, Trina Turk looks forward to new beginnings this summer while consumers seek the brand’s stylish options to enjoy sunny days.

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Sanuk Collaborates With Surfrider Foundation on Footwear Capsule

SUSTAINABILITY

A new capsule collection named Sanuk x Surfrider We Got Your Back brings together the Goleta, Calif., footwear brand with its longtime non-profit environmental partner.

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Port of Los Angeles, Oakland Report Record Cargo Surge

Import/Export

The Port of Los Angeles and Port of Oakland both reported a record cargo surge in March.

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Asesina Designs Looks to Lift Fashions for Woman Athletes

Manufacturing

In the past few years, more media attention has been paid to women’s sports and leading female athletes such as Serena Williams, Megan Rapinoe and Naomi Osaka, who have become mainstream celebrities. Osaka has inked deals to represent leading fashion and beauty brands. Williams and Rapinoe have developed their own fashion lines.

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Inside the Industry

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Liberty Fairs, LA Men’s Market Announce New Liberty Fairs: Los Angeles Event

Trade Shows

A new on-site trade-show experience is on the calendar with Liberty Fairs: Los Angeles, which will take place Aug. 4–5 with Liberty Fairs and LA Men’s Market rolled into a single show. The fresh event will take the place of Liberty Fairs’ semiannual appearance in Las Vegas, with the Los Angeles show also planned for February 2022.

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Silq Smooths Out Transparency Issues Within the Apparel Supply Chain

Technology

Supply-chain management continues to evolve and, at the forefront of that evolution, San Jose, Calif.’s Silq leads the way. Founded in March 2020 by Ram Radhakrishnan, the company’s chief executive officer, and Kate Alexander, vice president of operations, the company serves as a manager of production, extending the reach of a client brand’s sourcing and merchandising abilities by utilizing the expertise of local industry professionals in India; Guangzhou, China; and Ho Chi Minh City.

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Lezat Enjoys Giving Back Through Ethical, Eco Production

Lezat’s Ethical Apparel

Starting an apparel career as a factory owner can prove demanding for even the most-driven person, but Jaleh Factor wanted to do more. In 2020, after six years making private-label apparel for customers in the activewear, swimwear, knits and wovens categories, Factor decided to shift her business, Sewby, last year to create masks when the need for personal protective equipment soared with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Epson Pushes Ahead in Printer Innovation With New Releases

Technology

At Epson America, Inc., the first half of 2021 has seen the release of new printers that will serve the needs of an evolving apparel industry. Earlier this year, the company unveiled its SureColor F3070, an industrial direct-to-garment printer and, on April 13, it released its industrial-level SureColor F10070H 76-inch-wide dye-sublimation machine.

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California Designers Named as Finalists for CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund

FASHION CARES

The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund announced its 2021 finalists on April 27 and Los Angeles-based designers were among those selected. Both House of Aama by Rebecca Henry and Akua Shabaka, and designer Kenneth Nicholson were among the 10 finalists for this year’s award.

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