Monday, February 29
A Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Institute of Textiles and Clothing has developed a dress form than can shift from a size 2 to a size 12—and back again—with the flip of a switch.
Last week, Uniqlo, the Japanese casual wear designer, manufacturer and retailer, introduced its Made In LA jeans.
Friday, February 26
After moving into a sprawling, street-level showroom in downtown Los Angeles' Fashion District, Flagship Agency put on a big debut party on Feb. 26
Much-delayed BNKR store coming to downtown LA in April.
Thursday, February 25
Spotted at the Las Vegas shows
Long-running wholesale jewelry show IFJAG debuted its first Las Vegas show during its Feb. 15–19 run at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.
In a tightly contested special election, voters in Carlsbad, Calif., rejected a retail center proposed by Caruso Affiliated, the developer of the prominent retail centers The Grove and The Americana at Brand, located in Los Angeles and Glendale, Calif., respectively.
Vegas Trade Shows
Coverage of the Las Vegas trade shows
Two big trade shows that display raw materials and components for footwear, fashion, high-tech and the automobile industries have grown by 25 percent over the last year.
After more than six months of searching for a new president, John Walbrecht has been appointed to take over the top job at Mountain Hardwear.
Two years ago, former financier Jacob Harrison Long set out to revive a shuttered 19th century textile mill in Connecticut with the hopes of launching a collection of American-made woolen fabrics.
Before the Capsule trade show started its run Feb. 15–17 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, two of the show’s vendors gained some fashion-industry buzz.
Activewear styles, plus sizes and medical scrubs were important categories at the 43rd Offprice show, which was held on the first level of the Sands Expo and Convention Center.
The Diesel and Will Leather Goods brands made their debut at the recent run of the Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs trade show, which ran Feb. 15–17 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.
This season, rather than show in an enclosed space next to WWDMAGIC at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Curve@MAGIC was held within WWDMAGIC in an area easy for buyers to spot with large signage, balloons and strings of pastel panties between the booths.
Streetwear and art brand 7th Letter made a return to Agenda after a three-year hiatus. In 2013, the brand opened the 7th Letter Gallery on Los Angeles’ Fairfax Avenue, where it also exhibits art.
After several seasons moving around the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, the Pooltradeshow has a new home within the Project show at Mandalay Bay.
Exhibitors at the trio of shows organized by Business Journals Inc. were generally happy with the wide aisles, ample space and airy ambience at the event, but that great environment didn’t prevent retailers from riding a wave of caution.
Even though the Women’s Wear In Nevada show has a new owner, not much changed at the jam-packed event, where women’s clothing and accessories filled six ballrooms and two large meeting rooms at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino.
The energy was high at the WWDMAGIC show held Feb. 16–18 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
More than 40 countries from around the world set up booths in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center for the Sourcing at MAGIC trade show, held Feb. 15–18.
Buyers visiting the Mandalay Bay Convention Center had a lot to see during the Feb. 16–18 run of trade shows produced by MAGIC and Project parent UBM Advanstar.
SIMA Image Awards
Roark Revival was named the Breakout Brand of the Year at the SIMA Image Awards.
Major tech companies such as Facebook and Google already have offices in Los Angeles’ Playa Vista district. Now it is time for fashion boutiques.
Epson Fashion Week
Epson taps 11 designers for second annual show at N.Y. Fashion Week.
Findings & Trimming Spotlight
Textile Preview: Textile Trends
Schutz is opening its very first pop-up store in the United States.
Wednesday, February 24
A Los Angeles manufacturer that supplies garments for Ross Stores has been ordered to pay $212,000 in back wages for employees of 13 of its subcontractors after the labor department found YN had violated requirements for minimum wage and overtime, according to a labor department release.
Monday, February 22
2016 is 30th anniversary of Etnies. Etnies is said to be the first skateboarder-owned sneaker brand. The Orange County-headquartered brand is planning some 30th anniversary celebrations.
Friday, February 19
When David Bowie died last month, the fashion world seemed to be the most shaken. On Feb. 18, designer Valerj Pobega introduced a capsule collection honoring the influential performer, composer and artist.
Bebe Stores Inc. Founder Manny Mashouf is taking the reins of the struggling mall-based women’s retailer, it was announced on Feb. 19. He also announced a 14.6 percent job cut in the company’s design, merchandising and production division.
Thursday, February 18
Denim veteran Philippe Naouri and Ayumi Shibata, a designer who won WWDMAGIC’s Crème de la Crème contest in August 2015, dropped by the trade show this week to introduce a new fashion line, Miss Me Vintage.
Casino magnate Steve Wynn announced new retail development Wynn Plaza, a 75,518-square-foot retail center scheduled to make its debut on the Las Vegas Strip by Fall 2017.
At the September run of Designers and Agents in New York, a new concept will bow showcasing designs that are made in New York.
Saks Fifth Avenue opened its first store in Canada on Feb. 18.
The new line will be called Wht Space.
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 issue is on newsstands, and Los Angeles brand Trunkettes Swimwear made a splash in the highly anticipated issue.
The California shoe company is venturing into an upscale mall for its second retail outpost.
N.Y. Fashion Week
Reflecting the all-embracing community surrounding Sunset Junction, Silver Lake’s boutiques boast an eclectic mix of merchandise that bears the common denominator of quality.
Call it the end of an era for Los Angeles boutique retail. Diane Merrick announced last month that she was closing her 45-year-old, self-named Diane Merrick boutique. Most likely, she is the last of her pioneering generation of boutique retailers to close operations.
The Wolves + Wildflowers young contemporary brand, which will roll out later this year, was inspired by the girl who likes bad boys, said Tina Rani, a cofounder of the Huntington Beach, Calif.–based label.
Traffic kicked off early during the Feb. 9–11 run of Milano Unica, the textile trade show that focuses on upscale fabrics.
L.V. Trade Shows
When visitors arrived at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas for the Feb. 16–18 run of Project, Project Womens, Pooltradeshow, Collective and The Tents, the registration line snaked around the lobby, forcing buyers to wait up to 30 minutes to get their badges and enter the trade show.
Wednesday, February 17
The latest LAEDC economic forecast calls for continued growth in California and the rest of the country.
Monday, February 15
After more than 100-years of style in baseball cap, one may think that there are no more new looks for the iconic headwear. But headwear gurus Hall of Fame and Original Chuck said cap style is ready for a shakeup.
Thursday, February 11
Blue is one of the predominant colors for the Fall season along with lots of mustard, red and forest green.
Victor Wilde, the downtown Los Angeles fashion provocateur and founder of the Bohemian Society fashion label, recently debuted a new Bohemian Society collection. It’s called Black Rose. Take a look.
Michelle Lam calls it “nomadic retail.” A trailer outfitted with a boutique will bring her e-commerce lingerie brand True&Co. to cities across the United States this year.
Cloquet is a small town in northeast Minnesota, about 20 miles west of Duluth. It is not a typical textile manufacturing center, and it’s home to a not-typical company called Wear-A-Knit.
Attendees at the West Coast Trend Show’s Fall ’16 menswear fashion market found a number of designer lines offering athleisure collections.
Paris Street Scene
Street Style: Paris
Staud clothing is a customizable luxury line that takes women virtually to the design table.
After three decades in the apparel industry, Donald Reichman, who has represented various womenswear brands, has joined technology company RMSA Retail Solutions.
New York designer B Michael recently had his first Los Angeles runway show, which was part of the 47th Annual NAACP Image Awards luncheon, honoring people of color in film and television.
For 18 months, People’s Project LA has been selling its sweaters, dresses, dusters, rompers and everything fashionable through its website.
Despite an uncertain economic beginning to the year, the National Retail Federation is forecasting that retail sales will be up 3.1 percent this year, which is slightly better than the 10-year average of 2.7 percent.
China, with a population of 1.4 billion people, is a burgeoning consumer market where shoppers are hungry for American clothing labels.
The global economy started out this year with a whimper, not a bang.
After a decade of designing for some of the biggest surfwear designers, including Billabong and Rip Curl, Christa Bischofberger and Kristy Kalsman started their own brand, Saltwater Luxe, which is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.
New York–based Express Trade Capital Inc. now has a West Coast office, which is headed by Dina Davletshina.
Wednesday, February 10
Everything But Water to establish an outpost on Beverly Drive in April.
Olsen Twins' Elizabeth & James brand will open its first bricks-and-mortar store at The Grove this summer, according to a statement from the popular Los Angeles area retail center.
Go behind the scene for Calleen Cordero's latest campaign
NRF forecasts retail sales to be up 3.1 percent in 2016.
Tuesday, February 9
Southern California malls have embraced the Chinese New Year. In case you have not heard, it is the Chinese Year of the Monkey.
Monday, February 8
Design school goes all out for motion picture costume display.
Friday, February 5
After four months in bankruptcy, Los Angeles clothing maker American Apparel announced on Feb. 5 that it had exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy after a reorganization plan was approved days earlier by the U.S. bankruptcy court.
To celebrate the opening of its new showroom in downtown Los Angeles, Turkish denim mill Bossa hosted a grand opening party and denim trend presentation on Jan. 15.
Thursday, February 4
Capsule's New Home
For its Jan. 26–28 run, Capsule trade show moved to a new location, Pier 92 on New York’s west side, from its previous location at Basketball City on the city’s Lower East Side.
One day after a historic snowstorm dumped two feet of snow on New York, menswear trade show Project opened its doors for its Jan. 24–26 run at the Javits Center. The storm cut into traffic on opening day, but exhibitors scrambled to rebook appointments and make the most of the remaining days of the show.
Fashion + Active
Outside the Javits Center, people were bundled up in winter coats and snow boots, but inside at the MRket menswear trade show, men in shorts and T-shirts were taking their turn on the Cycle for Survival bike to help raise funds for rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Most buyers arriving for the Liberty Fairs NYC show at Pier 94 in New York missed the historic snowstorm and the resulting travel cancellations.
Retailers typically regard January as a clearance month, a period of time to slog through while focusing on the important business of upcoming Spring fashion. However, January did not start the year with much cheer.
LA designer holds sample sale at his studio.
It was the official grand opening of the dining and retail section at Terminal 2 at LAX recently. Developed by Westfield, the shopping center company made a statement that its dining and retail section in the would have projected annual sales of $41 million.
Wanna cheer the Superbowl in a denim style? Levi Strauss & Co. announced that it had expanded its Levi's NFL Collection.
Los Angeles–based District2.co, an online B2B resource for connecting apparel designer and manufacturers, will host TomorroWear, a wearable-technology exposition, on Feb. 17 at Maker City at The Reef in downtown Los Angeles.
E-commerce solutions company Starmount recently launched new products to assist retailers with their omnichannel initiatives.
NEW YORK—Late in the afternoon on the last day of the Milano Unica trade show, two designers were walking in and out of booths showcasing luxury Italian fabrics.
Before winter storm Jonas slammed into New York on Jan. 22, organizers of international textile show Texworld USA said preregistration was up 25 percent for the show’s Jan. 24–26 run at the Javits Center.
Sourcing & Fabric: Textile Trends
Congress may not vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal until sometime after the November presidential election.
Levi Strauss filed the first patent for a distinctive pair of work pant made from a twill fabric in 1873. But denim work pants—or jeans—had been worn even earlier. The Fashion Institute of Technology recently organized “Denim: Fashion’s Frontier,” an exhibition charting the history and evolution of jeans, at the Fashion and Textile History Gallery at the Museum at FIT in New York.
Motocross and mountain-biking clothing brand Fox Racing, a division of Fox Head Inc., announced some big changes, according to a Feb. 3 company statement.
Many vendors felt optimistic about 2016 business after Fashion Market Northern California wrapped up its Jan. 24–26 run at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, Calif.
The California Market Center—the biggest apparel showroom complex in the Los Angeles Fashion District—is undergoing a metamorphosis by adding more mammoth exhibition space and consolidating showrooms onto fewer floors.
Denim’s ultra-chic new look will be getting major street cred this Fall.
Wednesday, February 3
Rachel Zoe’s 2016 looks will pop at The Grove, one of Los Angeles’ most popular retail centers. The fashion star will produce a pop-up shop at The Grove from Feb. 24 to March 31.
Tuesday, February 2
Torrid chooses one model out of 14,000 applicants.
Just days after American Apparel was cleared to exit bankruptcy, the troubled Los Angeles clothing maker filed its third-quarter earnings results showing the company is bleeding money.
Monday, February 1
Galia Lahav Haute Couture boutique opened last week at 169 N. La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles. It's just one of the new stores on La Brea.
Paul Frank Sunich, the man who invented Julius the Monkey and founded Paul Frank Industries—only to be forced out from his namesake venture—is back with the label.
Nordstrom Rack to open in Tustin, Calif., in a mall owned by the Irvine Company.