Friday, January 29
It’s a time for brides and eveningwear on Los Angeles’ La Brea Avenue. Israeli-fashion house Galia Lahav Haute Couture opened a flagship boutique at 169 N. La Brea Avenue.
Toy giant Mattel has unveiled a newly revamped Barbie collection designed to more accurately reflect the diversity of the children who play with the doll.
Thursday, January 28
After 45 years running a boutique selling cashmere, jeans, china and antiques to generations of Los Angelenos, Diane Merrick is closing her namesake boutique. On Jan. 28, she announced the closing sale for the Diane Merrick boutique at 7407 Beverly Blvd., near Los Angeles’ Fairfax District.
Dov Charney Responds to the Bankruptcy Court Decision
The fashion students at the Otis College of Art and Design had a special assignment last year: Put together a collection of plus-size work outfits that will be sold at Lane Bryant stores.
Surf giant Quiksilver Inc. plans to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy by Feb. 8, it was announced on Jan. 28. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware confirmed the Huntington Beach, Calif.–headquartered company’s plans for reorganization. The bankruptcy was declared in September 2015.
International textile show Première Vision New York hosted its 32nd show in New York, featuring fabrics, trim, leather, manufacturing resources and original artwork at a new venue—Midtown West’s Pier 94.
Popstar Taylor Swift introduced her new casual line at Hong Kong Fashion Week.
Designers Polly Ho and Andy Wong are known for the painstakingly long process they use to naturally dye their silks in an old-fashioned style that can take days and weeks to produce.
The new Taylor Swift collection that has an all-American girl vibe didn’t debut in New York or Paris but launched its first looks in a fashion show at Hong Kong Fashion Week.
It’s an era marked by retailers closing stores and scaling back, but Mark Zunino, a Beverly Hills, Calif., couturier, unveiled a 5,500-square-foot atelier with a staff of 40 people.
The California Market Center showroom building in the Los Angeles Fashion District reorganized its retail relations department in early January.
Los Angeles’ exclusive Brentwood neighborhood is the address to many fitness businesses, but there were no multi-line boutiques offering the best activewear styles, said Natalie Fritz, a partner and the “N” in Sweat NSK.
The Imprinted Sportswear Show, which traditionally sprawls across a large convention center ballroom every year at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, was the biggest ISS trade show produced by Emerald Expositions ever since it acquired the show in 2001, said Jeff Brown, the show’s group show director.
Over the years, Crooks & Castles has printed a Medusa’s head, a castle and the brand's name on it's labels. For Fall ’16, we’re going to see something new.
Tuesday, January 26
Just Don opens pop-up store this weekend in the Los Angeles Fashion District.
Monday, January 25
Neely Shearer of Abbot Kinney Boulevard boutique In Heroes We Trust started the year by producing the In Bowie We Trust show. It commemorated the life and art of David Bowie, with more than 30 artists riffing off of the legend and looks of the musician and pop star.
A U.S. bankruptcy judge rejects Dov Charney's bid to take over American Apparel.
Fashion on Film
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin has unveiled the secret talent behind French fashion show sound engineer Michel Gaubert. It’s his assistant Petit Michel and he’s a total doll.
Friday, January 22
"Zoolander 2" features Kristen Wiig as beauty mogul Alexanya Atoz famous for a product called “Youth Milk.”
Thursday, January 21
The long delayed renovation of Redondo Beach Pier might be actually on its way to becoming a reality.
Elyse Walker is on the move. She recently announced that she will open a second of her self named Elyse Walker boutique. It will be located in the Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach, Calif.
Check out Volcom's SS16 boardshorts styles.
The Sub Pop music label drove the 1990s indie rock scene. At Agenda trade show in Long Beach, Calif., the Altamont clothing line introduced a capsule clothing line Altamont x Sub Pop. Check it out.
American Apparel founder Dov Charney, current Chief Executive Office Paula Schneider and others vying for a stake in the future of the Los Angeles–based apparel manufacturer and retailer recently appeared before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Brendan Shannon in Wilmington, Del.
Los Angeles–based Crew Knitwear, maker of the Bobeau and H.I.P. brands, has hired Tricia Franklin as chief executive officer.
Boston Proper, the multichannel retailer owned by Chico’s FAS Inc., has been acquired by Los Angeles–based private-equity investment Brentwood Associates for an undisclosed amount.
Robin’s Jean Boutique
High-end denim brand Robin’s Jean is on the move.
40 Years of Swim/Surf
It was the 40th anniversary of the Surf Expo trade show, and during its most recent run, Jan. 14–16 in Orlando, Fla., the sprawling trade show for swim, surfwear and beach culture reported an increase in vendors.
California shoppers are filing a flurry of class-action lawsuits against big-name department stores over markdowns allegedly made on “false” original prices.
Focus on Activewear
Active Collective, the activewear and athleisure show that bowed last year in Huntington Beach, Calif., returned for its second solo show with 90 exhibitors showing their collections Jan. 15–16 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort.
January market in Los Angeles is typically a low-key affair with retailers looking to fill in depleted inventories after the holiday season or buyers looking to review lines in a more-relaxed setting before the crush of the Las Vegas trade shows in February.
Tuesday, January 19
Ray Barbee is an action sports renaissance man. Maybe that's why the Element recently devoted a capsule collection honoring everything that is Ray Barbee.
Monday, January 18
Express Presto café took a bow at the lobby of the New Mart on Jan. 18. Its sister café, L'Express Presto, has been serving treats and coffee drinks at the California Market Center for more than 25-years.
Friday, January 15
The results are in. Holiday sales are up 3 percent over last year.
Thursday, January 14
Aussie brand Zhivago will take a January LA Fashion Market bow at the Room showroom at Cooper Design Space. The LA Fashion Market begins Jan. 17. Take a look.
The NTWRK Agency is on the move. In December, the showroom started a massive remodel of its space in the “B” wing of the California Market Center. It also embarked on an expansion. A wall of the adjacent showroom, B-405, was knocked down and The NTWRK added additional real estate.
The American Apparel & Footwear Association, the trade group in Washington, D.C., comprising 530 apparel and footwear members representing 1,000 brands, has selected apparel and footwear veteran Rick Helfenbein to become the new president and chief executive of the organization.
The contemporary line Stone Cold Fox has plans to open its first store in Venice.
Patagonia's new wetsuit line - first exhibited at Agenda trade show last week - aims to be a wet suit with a big difference. It's not made with neoprene.
Virgin Galactic teamed up with Y-3, the Adidas/Yohji Yamamoto collaboration, to create flight suits for Virgin's commercial spaceships.
Couture, contemporary and ready-to-wear styles from designers around the world fill the new Now Showroom LA, opened recently by Natasha Greizen, a Los Angeles jewelry designer and entrepreneur.
On Jan. 1, Jerry and Judy Wexler moved into their new showroom on the sixth floor of The New Mart. At 1,200 square feet, the new space is more than 400 square feet larger than their previous location on the second floor of the California Market Center.
The Succarra showroom is in New York, Dallas and Atlanta, but until six months ago it did not have a home in Los Angeles. That changed with the opening of the newest Succarra location at the Cooper Design Space.
New Lines: Los Angeles Fashion Market Summer 2016
Life Clothing Co.
After a gig selling lingerie, Bobby Banafsheian shifted fashion gears. He started T-shirt and basics line Life Clothing Co. Since its 2009 debut, some of his styles have sold at Urban Outfitters, Topshop, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s.
Linda Carmello Sibio
Linda Carmello Sibio got into the T-shirt business through teaching art to homeless and mentally ill people. “What I’m trying to do is make mental-health issues palatable to the public,” said Sibio, a fine artist based in the high-desert town of Twentynine Palms, Calif. “How can I get this message across and make it playful? By making the T-shirts.”
Longtime sales representative Mitch Stedman died on Dec. 30 at the age of 90. A familiar figure in the California Market Center (previously called the CaliforniaMart) and a fixture in the California apparel industry, Stedman and his late wife, Susan Barry, are remembered as consummate professionals who loved the apparel industry.
Finance One opened its first international branch last fall in Shanghai after a five-year process to secure new business partners in China and ensure that the Los Angeles–based factor has done its due diligence regarding international laws and regulations for overseas trade and financing.
A block or two from Santee Alley in downtown Los Angeles, Michael Harb believes that he can build an incubator and a post-college program for beginning manufacturers.
Dive Into Summer
Southern California got a break in the El Niño rainstorms just in time for the Jan. 8–9 run of Swim Collective at the Hyatt Huntington Beach, a seaside resort in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Financial gurus and pundits agree that 2016 will probably be an economic twin of 2015. There will be slow but steady growth and unemployment will remain low.
Attendance increased 6 percent at streetwear and action sports–focused trade show Agenda, held Jan. 7–8 at the sprawling Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.
Philanthropic footwear company TOMS is teaming up with Oceana in support of the Washington D.C. organization’s mission to protect sea turtles and other marine life.
Wednesday, January 13
Una Mae's Los Angeles has a going-out-of-business sale with 35 percent off.
Monday, January 11
The gowns and red carpet looks of the Nicolas Felizola Collection have graced the runways of Miami Fashion Week and the Latin Grammys in the past, designer Nicolas Felizola held the first Los Angeles area viewing of his styles Jan. 9 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Take a look.
At the last minute, two investment companies that bid in late December to buy American Apparel out of bankruptcy and return founder Dov Charney to the company have sweetened the deal to make it more enticing.
Friday, January 8
Speedo USA has gone through a lot of changes lately.
Swim New Resource
Sexy, low-cut dresses have been a specialty of Los Angeles–based brand For Love & Lemons, said Laura Hall, one of the designers for the brand, which has been sold at high-end specialty stores such as American Rag Cie, Elyse Walker and Planet Blue.
Swim New Resource
Gabby Sabharwal took her fashion marketing and public-relations experience and applied it to launch a swim brand, Giejo which mixes runway inspiration with street style to create pieces that can be worn on and off the beach.
New Swim Resource
When Lisa Hackwith launched her swimwear company, Hackwith Design Co., in 2013, she had a mission to produce quality, sustainable, locally made clothing.
N.Y. Textile Preview Textile Trends
Thursday, January 7
It was Mark Zunino's dream to give Los Angeles a grand, full service atelier for red carpet gowns and eveningwear. On Jan. 7, he unveiled his dream with a gala event at the Mark Zunino Atelier at 181 N. Robertson Blvd.
The president of Billabong USA, Ed Leasure, is leaving the company at the end of January.
Last year Merchant Factors endowed a scholarship for Agenda trade show. Agenda and Merchant Factors extended its scholarship program for Agenda’s upcoming trade show in Miami, Fla. It was announced recently that the winners of the program were the Valley High women’s streetwear label and Oscar x Frank.
Department-store giant Macy’s Inc. reported a soft holiday sales season.
In the continuing American Apparel saga, two investment funds guided by Dov Charney submitted a proposal shortly before New Year’s Day to buy the Los Angeles apparel manufacturer out of bankruptcy.
In the wake of Pantone’s announcement of its color of the year (two, actually—“Rose Quartz and “Serenity”), print-on-demand site Spoonflower released its own 2016 Color to Avoid.
Swiss textile maker Schoeller Textil added a new member to its U.S. team with the addition of Fawn Knadler as West Coast sales manager.
Chinese denim mill Prosperity Textile will begin using Better Cotton for all its lightweight cotton denim fabrics beginning with the Spring/Summer 2017 season.
At the January 2016 edition of the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City, Global Merino Inc. is showing new fabrics made from blends of Merino wool and Creora Eco-Soft, a spandex engineered to maintain a soft hand and good drape when mixed with heat-sensitive fibers, including natural fibers such as cotton, wool and silk as well as cellulosics such as rayon, Modal and Tencel.
Shore is a mixed-use restaurant and retail compound, where both businesses share an interest in sustainability and the active lifestyle.
Shape, the activewear and athleisure show launched last year by the California Market Center, is changing its name and expanding its focus in 2016.
CIT Group Inc., a provider of commercial lending and leasing services, announced that Marc Heller will be the new president of CIT Commercial Services, a major factor in the apparel industry.
Official opened a branded boutique in Los Angeles.
Four men have been arrested on charges they embezzled $8 million from a commercial laundry house owned by Citizens of Humanity, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
For the third season, the SoCal Materials Show has united suppliers from around the world in a two-day trade exhibit in Los Angeles.
When the luxe mixed-use development Platform makes a formal debut in April, it hopes to shake up the area around the bustling restaurant and art-gallery neighborhood of downtown Culver City, Calif.
"It takes 36 pairs of hands to make one shoe,” says designer Calleen Cordero, who makes shoes and accessories by hand in her North Hollywood, Calif., factory.
The art world and Miami street style converged in December during the annual Art Basel modern and contemporary art festival in Miami Beach.
Waterwear 2016 Textile Trends
On The Beach And Beyond
Swim Trends: Swimwear—On The Beach And Beyond
Bankrupt Kitson retail chain nears the end of its big blow-out liquidation.
Wednesday, January 6
Planet Blue’s Venice store is having a 50 percent off sale.
True&Co. is taking bra fittings on the road with the kickoff of the True&Co.’ National Try-on Truck Tour.
Tuesday, January 5
The holidays may be over but the sample sales continue. San Francisco-based and SF-made plus-size resource IGIGI is having one right now.
2016 looked more like the 1920s at designer Sue Wong’s lavish New Year’s Eve Party in Los Angeles.
Monday, January 4
They say L.A. is a place where no one gets out of their cars. It means that there are few public spaces where people actually gather and mingle in the metropolis. The bright pink Paul Smith boutique in West Hollywood has presented an alternative. There's an occasional street scene in the parking lot where people take selfies.