Surprises and Contrasts

From the sale of trade show giant Advanstar to the high-profile federal raid on Los Angeles Fashion District businesses, 2014 was a year of surprises and contrasts. This was the year when control of manufacturing giant American Apparel seemed to change daily, as did the ongoing troubles at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The suggestion of a raise in the city’s minimum wage sent shock waves through the apparel community, and questions arose over the specifics behind “Made in USA” labeling.

Bright spots included a wave of luxury retail development on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, an expansion of iconic California retail brands beyond our borders and a new dedicated program to study fashion law in California.

For sheer buzz-worthiness there was the highly anticipated opening of the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, as well as the opening of the first Nasty Gal store, on Melrose, quickly followed by the announcement of a second store under construction in Santa Monica.

2014 Newsmakers: Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Minimum Wage Proposal

2014 Newsmakers: Iconic L.A. Retail Tests the Waters in Las Vegas

2014 Newsmakers: Staci Riordan and The Fashion Law Project

2014 Newsmakers: Frances Harder and Fashion Business Inc.

2014 Newsmakers: Avery Dennison RBIS Opens Innovation Center in Downtown L.A.

2014 Newsmakers: Rodeo Drive Construction Brings Even More Luxury to Beverly Hills

2014 Newsmakers: Nasty Gal Rising

2014 Newsmakers: Ace Moves Into Fashion District

2014 Newsmakers: Ilse Metchek and the California Fashion Association

2014 Newsmakers: The Controversy Over ‘Made in USA’ Labeling

2014 Newsmakers: West Coast Ports’ ‘Perfect Storm’

2014 Newsmakers: Federal Raid in Los Angeles Fashion District Uncovers Drug-Money Laundering Scheme

2014 Newsmakers: Dov Charney’s Fight With American Apparel

2014 Newsmakers: MAGIC Parent Advanstar Acquired