Stories for December 2012


Monday, December 31

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Love Azealia's Snark

I know, this one has been all over the place, but I couldn’t resist the snark.Fashion darling, cover girl and hip hopper Azealia Banks recently told Hypetrak TV that fashion brands will throw an artist/brand ambassador/obsession overboard once...

Friday, December 28

Strike at 15 East Coast and Gulf Coast Ports Averted; Negotiators ’Cautiously Optimistic’

A strike at 15 East and Gulf Coast ports has been avoided as both sides in the negotiation process agreed to extend the longshore workers contract for more than one month. They also resolved one of th...

Thursday, December 27

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Cycle Chic Runway Show mixes Fashion Brands with Bikes

Cycle Chic

Local bicyclists, advocates and politicians cycled to Long Beach’s Promenade Park for the Cycle Chic fashion show—and no one was wearing Lycra shorts or neon yellow vests. That’s the goal and theme for show organizer Melissa Balmer and her advocacy group, Women on Bicycles SoCal.

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Hong Kong Fashion Week Marks 44th Edition

Top designers to be featured at the upcoming Hong Kong Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2013 in January will be from primarily Asia with a few smattering of designers from Europe....

Monday, December 24

PacSun Unveils Wi-Fi Hot Spots


As part of its comeback strategy, Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. has been making deeper investments into technology, and the latest investment has the Anaheim, Calif.–based retailer exploring Wi-Fi wireless networks.

Thursday, December 20

Gap Heads to Brazil

San Francisco–based retail giant Gap Inc. will open its first stand-alone Gap stores in Brazil in fall of 2013 through an agreement with Tudo Bom Comércio Ltda....

Agenda at 10: How The Rebels Came to Run a Trade Show

It started out as a forum for the refused. ...

Levi’s Taps Hyatt Exec as CFO

San Francisco–based Levi Strauss & Co. named Harmit Singh executive vice president and chief financial officer, overseeing Levi’s global information technology and finance functions....

Wednesday, December 19

U.S. Textile and Apparel Imports Still Center on China

Shoppers were being cautious with their pocketbooks this year as apparel and textile imports dropped 1 percent during the first 10 months of 2012 compared with last year....

Tuesday, December 18

Billabong Bid Heating Up

A buyout offer from the United States for Billabong International Ltd. is creating turmoil in the Australian surf giant’s home territory....

Gores Group Buys Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent

The Gores Group LLC, the Los Angeles investment firm, added another brand to its growing portfolio of fashion companies....

Trina Turk to Unveil New Look at NY Fashion Week

On Feb. 10, Los Angeles designer Trina Turk will host a fashioninstallation at Mercedes-BenzFashion Week in New York tounveil the new look for her collection. ...

Friday, December 14

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This is the view from my workstation at California Apparel News on the 7th floor of California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles. If you have even a remote interest in these things, that would be a 24-inch iMac running MacOSX/Mountain Lion and Photoshop CS6. On the screen is an image of a moonrise over my neighborhood in the Santa Clarita Valley.

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Wear Your Protest

Confederacy boutique located on Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles celebrated the launch of the Falling Whistles “5 Boy Collection” on Friday, November 9. Falling Whistles is a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, campaigning for peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Bodyrock Sports Launches Bespoke Activewear


Southern Californian designer Kelley Dooley creates stylish fitness apparel. Her Los Angeles-based company, Bodyrock, is well known for donning pop music sensation Britney Spears with the infamous diamond skull tassel and 18K gold zippered bra.

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(I Always Feel Like) Somebody's Watching Me

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but perhaps not in the fashion business, where designers strive to strike the right balance between innovation and salability, while building—and protecting—their brands.

STYLE FILE: Priscella Shum

Texworld USA friend, PriscellaShum, buyer for Jessica Simpson Outerwear, shares her thoughts on New YorkStyle, her one item she can’t live without and trends she plans on rocking forthe upcoming holiday....

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LA Garment District Raid Yields Violations at 10 Contractors

The U.S. Departmentof Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and the California Division of LaborStandards Enforcement found violations of federal and state labor laws at 10garment contractors inspected during a sweep in the Los Angeles FashionDistrict earlier this year.

Caruso Buying Up Palisades Village

The sleepy commercial strip of Los Angeles’ wealthy Pacific Palisades neighborhood might get an overhaul from one of Los Angeles’ most successful mall developers....

Salute To Suppliers & Services Resource

Azteca Dye and Laundry

Thursday, December 13

Newsmakers 2012: Omnichannel Showrooming

The big buzz for retail tech recently is omnichannel, which lets retailers serve customers any way they choose to access stores—in person, online, or through smartphone, tablet or social media....

Newsmakers 2012: Woodbury Revamps Fashion Program

Woodbury University is revamping its fashion design program under the direction of the department chair, Kathryn Hagen, who has set a goal to launch Los Angeles’ first master’s degree ...

Newsmakers 2012: New Free-Trade Pacts: South Korea, Colombia and Panama

It was a long time coming, but 2012 marked the year that three free-trade agreements went into effect....

Newsmakers Shipping

This year made a play to become a bigger player in fashion—and it issued a big challenge to the retail industry....

Newsmakers 2012: Ilse Metchek, President, CFA

For 17 years, Ilse Metchek has helmed the nonprofit California Fashion Association in Los Angeles, promoting local fashion and textile companies and keeping the industry informed about new la...

Newsmakers 2012: Mergers & Acquisitions: PVH Snaps Up Warnaco, Uniqlo Buys J Brand, Sequential B

This year, fashion company PVH Corp. plopped down $2.9 billion to acquire Warnaco Group, a New York company with a stable of well-known clothing labels....

Macy’s Plaza to Be Sold

The Ratkovich Co. will redevelop beleaguered mixed-use mall Macy’s Plaza, located at 700 S. Flower St. in downtown Los Angeles....

Tuesday, December 11

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City of Hope Celebrates Halston With Studio 54 Theme

City of Hope

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CGS Acquires Online Sales Tool Threadvine

New York–based Computer Generated Solutions (CGS), a provider of technologysolutions for the apparel market, announced on Dec. 7 its acquisition of Threadvine, a ...

Monday, December 10

Holiday Window Displays Light Up NYC

There's no place like New York for viewing holiday lights.This year is no different. I was recently in New York City and couldn't help but snap a few photos of the incredible window displays seen at all the department....

PETA Picks Fur Fight With Bebe

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will bring its anti-fur protest to the boardroom of Bebe Stores Inc....

Sequential Brands Acquires Heelys Shoes

Los Angeles–based Sequential Brands Group, known for its William Rast and People’s Liberation labels, is on a roll....

Vans Names Quik Exec as Vice President, Apparel

Action-sports industry veteran Vicki Redding was named vice president of apparel for Santa Fe Springs, Calif.–based Vans, where she will oversee global strategy—including product design, development and merchandising—f...

Thursday, December 6

Hot Topic's Blackheart Shines Light on Lingerie Alternative


City of Industry, Calif.–based Hot Topic Inc. debuted it lingerie concept Blackheart earlier in November.

EEOC Finds Wet Seal Discriminated Against African-American Store Manager

After a three-year investigation, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has found that juniors retailer The Wet Seal Inc. discriminated against an African-American former store man...

Fred Segal and Kitson Adding Stores to LAX

Fred Segal and Kitson, both prominent Los Angeles boutique concepts, are set to take off at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport n...

Using Software to Squeeze More Profit Out of Company Sales

NEW YORK—When luxury clothing brand Ports 1961 decided to relocate its design office to Milan but retain its corporate office in Manhattan, the company needed a way to connect everyone on the ...

Kagan Trim Center Building Sold to Peter Koral

Peter Koral, co-founder of 7 For All Mankind jeans, is busy ramping up his new blue-jeans company....

More Tech Firms Hope to Make the Fashion Industry Go Digital

Serving a market obsessed with the next big thing, mid-size and small fashion businesses have been criticized for falling behind the technology curve that is needed to be more efficient and competitiv...

Wednesday, December 5

Apparel News Daily Reader

A short history of NYC's 5th Avenue Holiday Windows (New York Times)The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show: A Two-Minute Video Recap (The Cut)Chanel Highlights:...