Friday, July 29
The Maxfield Lofts on Santee Street have leased out one-fourth of the residential units since opening.
Thursday, July 28
Wet Seal’s rebound campaign is hoping to make a splash with bloggers, bloggers, bloggers.
California Apparel News recently spoke with several finance-industry executives about what challenges apparel manufacturers are facing this year that they didn’t have to confront last year and how the presidential election is influencing consumer attitudes.
Bebe Stores Inc., the California retailer that has been bleeding money for the last four years, said its recently formed joint venture with Bluestar Alliance to find licensees for the brand is marching forward quickly.
In a tough retail market, off-price stores are churning up some of the best performances in the business.
This season, the Coast contemporary trade show shifted the timing of its show to coincide with Miami Swim Week.
Streetwear trade show Agenda this year opened a Miami edition of its biannual show, held in Long Beach, Calif., and Las Vegas.
The sweltering summer heat didn’t stop buyers from storming into the Cabana trade show, held in two pristine white tents along Collins Avenue in Miami Beach.
Now in its second year after a substantial rebranding, the Hammock trade show returned to the W Hotel with 80 exhibitors offering a variety of niche resort, swim and accessories brands, including Kai Lani Citrine, Issa de Mar and Revel Rey Swim.
Though most of the Miami Beach Convention Center was closed off due to an extensive renovation that kicked off earlier this year, Miami SwimShow 2016 was in full swing.
Texworld USA celebrated its tenth anniversary during the fabric sourcing trade show’s July 12–14 run at the Javits Center.
Première Vision New York celebrated the 33rd edition of the biannual trade show during the July 19–20 run at Pier 94 in Manhattan, where more than 352 exhibitors showcased the latest textile, trim and original artwork collections.
Swim and lingerie labels hit the runway at Los Angeles Swim Week as Miami Swim Week was closing.
The 12th annual Art Deco Festival is a chance to see fashion, art and architecture in Long Beach.
Wednesday, July 27
Exhibition will show more than 100 costumes from 22 TV shows.
Tuesday, July 26
Waters are crowded in the swim/beachwear market, but New York City’s Faherty brand hopes to make a California splash.
Monday, July 25
Streetwear, meet soccer.
Friday, July 22
Elizabeth and James store opened by the Olsen twins.
Thursday, July 21
Curve X Tom Dixon
On July 20, a gala opening was held for their 7,000-square-foot emporium, called The Shop, Curve X Tom Dixon.
Miami Beach was center stage for the launch of Swimwear’s Cruise 2017 season, which debuted on the runways and at private parties during Miami Swim Week.
Lucy, the Alameda, Calif.–based activewear brand, is launching a new extended-size range.
Former NFL player Terrell Owens launched a new luxury activewear collection during the recent run of the MRket trade show at the Javits Center in New York.
The marquis sign outside the Urban Outfitters store in downtown Los Angeles carries a curious message. It says: “There’s a Pikachu in my soup.”
At the W Hotel in Hollywood, guests can order apparel and accessories from LA brand ADBD, which are delivered like room service.
Carl Louisville spent a career on retail on Los Angeles’ affluent Westside, but in 2011 he decided that opportunities lay east. He opened the ultra-luxe boutique Guerilla Atelier in the Skid Row–adjacent Arts District in downtown Los Angeles.
After starting a career in fashion design and leading a surfwear company called Old Fame, Steven Esterley was dying to try something different.
Wednesday, July 20
San Lorenzo’s barely-there bikinis and one-pieces were rendered floral and feminine for the Spring 2017 line, which was showcased on the runway on July 17 at the Lycra Swim Salon at the W South Beach hotel during Miami Swim Week.
Celebrating its 60th anniversary, Gottex introduced its Cruise 2017 collection on July 16 at the W South Beach hotel during Miami Swim Week with a mix of the brand’s classic style elevated with bold metallics and racy silhouettes.
This year’s Hammock runway show—held July 15 at the W South Beach hotel during Miami Swim Week—was a departure from the standard romp.
Rich, burnt colors, animal prints, and stripes were present throughout ViX by Paula Hermmany’s Spring 2017 collection, which featured swimsuits, accessories and ready-to-wear resort pieces on the runway at Funkshion Miami Fashion Week on July 15.
Los Angeles–based swimwear brand Lee+Lani debuted its 2017 line at a runway show on July 15 at Funkshion Fashion Week during Miami Swim Week.
California footwear maker Sanuk collaborates with the "Queen of Collage" to make brightly hued sandals and boat shoe.
Tuesday, July 19
Kevyn Wynn wants you to slip into something glamorous—ideally a pair of her “cocktail slippers.”
Monday, July 18
Cruise 2017 swim season is underway in Miami Beach with a packed line-up of swimwear runway shows and trade shows.
Forever 21, the Los Angeles–based fast-fashion retailer, is hoping to open its first store in Bucharest by this fall.
For its Fall/Winter collection, Volcom develops a blue jeans with the help of the Cone denim mill in North Carolina.
Thursday, July 14
The California Market Center is launching a new trade show focused on the off-price market.
Activewear trade show Active Collective will expand to the East Coast in January.
French fashion house Balenciaga opened its second American flagship at 353 N. Rodeo Dr. recently.
Kelly Fielding took an extended break from Los Angeles' fashion rat race to go backpacking in South America and work in a women’s shelter in India. At the women’s shelter, clothes were made for export and Kelly had an Eureka moment. She could work on changing the fashion business and help people, if she sold clothes from places like the shelter and artisan co-ops around the developing world. She will produce a grand opening party for boutique Au Courant - which sells these fair trade clothes - on July 19.
Terese Virginia Ventre—known to her friends, familiar and colleagues as Terr—died on June 23 after a short battle with lung cancer. She was 62 years old.
Minneapolis-based sun-protective apparel and accessories maker Coolibar Inc. has been acquired by Olivarius Hospitality California, a Santa Barbara, Calif.–based company owned by Olivier Leclercq.
Irvine, Calif.–based ASICS America Corp., the U.S. headquarters of Japanese footwear and athletic apparel brand ASICS, has named sportswear industry veteran Andrew Richard vice president of regional sales for the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Brazil.
Electronics For Imaging Inc., a printing technology firm based in Fremont, Calif., has acquired Israel-based design software firm Optitex Ltd. for approximately $52.8 million.
NY Fashion Week
Now in its third season, NY Fashion Week: Mens, held at Skylight Clarkson Sq in Manhattan, featured a mix of established and emerging menswear labels.
Fashion Market Northern California, the apparel and accessories trade show in San Mateo, Calif., typically draws retailers from across Northern California as well as a few from neighboring states. But during the show’s recent June 26–28 run at the San Mateo Event Center, exhibitors reported seeing buyers from as far away as Pennsylvania and Georgia.
LAMKT, the Los Angeles gift and home market, is moving its more than 200 exhibitors from the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center to The Reef, near downtown Los Angeles.
If you want to pick up your cargo containers during the day at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, it will cost you a little more.
Rosenthal & Rosenthal, a finance company specializing in factoring and asset-based lending, announced it is starting a new division called Rosenthal Trade Capital to provide alternative inventory-financing solutions to cash-constrained companies.
St John Knits
St. John, the venerable Southern California luxury label that is a staple in many well-heeled shoppers’ closets, has been on an odyssey in recent years.
There’s only one store in the United States selling suits and gear for the shorter man; it’s Jimmy Au’s for Men 5’8” and Under, said Alan Au, company vice president.
Fashion for a Genius
For its archives, Levi Strauss & Co. garners the winning bid for Albert Einstein's brown leather Cossack jacket.
Wednesday, July 13
After being online for four years, Combatant Gentleman is opening its very first retail store in Santa Monica Place.
Tuesday, July 12
The nation’s ports are expected to see up-and-down import cargo volumes for the rest of the year as retailers gear up for Back-to-School and Holiday sales.
Monday, July 11
Once you’re involved in fashion, you never really say goodbye.
Friday, July 8
“Your money isn’t good here! We want your social media posts.” This is the mantra of a pop-up shop to produced July 15-17 by the online only media title Obsessee.
Herve Leger by Max Azria is having a coast-to-coast sample sale.
Rockstar is having a pop-up sale this weekend.
Thursday, July 7
Otis fashion design department packing up and moving out of the California Market Center.
For many retailers, there was no June gloom. They did better business than what many Wall Street analysts predicted.
If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. That is becoming the popular mantra of retailers as the industry goes through a revolution, according to Marc Heller, president of CIT Commercial Services, a division of CIT Group Inc. in New York.
Retailer Fraser Ross filed a lawsuit for legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty against Los Angeles law firm Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP in Los Angeles County Superior Court on July 1.
Footaction building out a new retail spot on South Broadway.
Designer Amahlia Stevens’ swim collection is designed, sourced and produced in Southern California with an eye toward fit, fashion and sustainability.
Swimwear designers are turning up the heat as they head to Miami to debut Cruise ’17.
Inspired by exotic vacations to locales from the Amazon and Southern Yucatan to Indonesia and sub-Saharan Africa, the tropical rainforest serves as the backdrop for innovative and beautifully designed swimwear.
Commercial printing solutions provider Kornit Digital North American is preparing to begin shipping its Vulcan system.
“Project Runway” star Tim Gunn will be speaking about the convergence of fashion and technology at Gerber Technology’s Ideation technology conference in Miami Beach, Fla.
Denim is transcending its workwear roots. Global fashion forecasting agency Trendstop gave us the lowdown on the major denim trends for Fall/Winter ’17/’18—from key silhouettes to surface finishes.
Hyosung, maker of Creora spandex, is introducing a new odor-neutralizing spandex fiber called Creora Fresh at the upcoming Interfilière show in France.
Samantha Khoury, the designer of Los Angeles–based Amaiò Swim, spent her early years traveling between the east and west coasts of the United States as well as France and Lebanon. This cross-cultural and cross-continental upbringing informs her recently launched swimwear collection, which is also inspired by Khoury’s studies in studio fine arts, literature and fashion design.
Koru Swimwear is based in Florida but inspired by New Zealand. Founder Julie Stine drew on her New Zealander heritage when she named her swimwear collection for the Maori word for “spiral,” which symbolizes new life, hope, spiritual growth, purity and peace.
The Kacey|Shana collection is designed to adapt to an active lifestyle that may include swimming, surfing, lounging poolside or hitting the gym.
We Are Handsome
We Are Handsome designers Jeremy and Katinka Somers launched their swimwear collection in 2009 with an emphasis on the couple’s shared love for travel, design and “the occasional tropical adventure.”
As consumers continue to adjust their buying habits and purchase less on apparel, retailers are tweaking their business models to keep shoppers coming through the doors.
Back in the LBC
Energy was high during the July 29–30 run of action-sports and streetwear trade show Agenda, held at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.
Wednesday, July 6
Los Angeles’ Melrose Avenue has a long history of being the address to innovative boutiques. But the fabled boulevard also has been dogged by the same complaint year after year. The city blocks are too long. Enter the Melrose Shopping Shuttle.
Tuesday, July 5
Grace Loves Lace opens first U.S. flagship store in Los Angeles.