Monday, October 31
Schott NYC has crafted some of America’s most iconic leather jackets, but the venerable New York headquartered outerwear brand must have Southern California on the mind.
Months after American Apparel emerged from bankruptcy, the company shuttered its dye and finishing plant just outside of Los Angeles, which will be leased to AST Sportswear Inc.
Friday, October 28
Heidi Merrick in DTLA
At a time when many people are shuttering stores and heading to e-commerce sites to sell their collections, Los Angeles designer Heidi Merrick is making a splash with her very first retail outpost.
Thursday, October 27
Los Angeles–headquartered label Cotton Citizen is aiming to go beyond the basic look of a plain top. It plans to accomplish its goal with unique colors and finishes, luxe fabrics, and fashion silhouettes.
Poet Bovtique and the A One Plus L.A. showroom threw a party at Poet’s Hollywood space on Oct. 26. The honored guests were fashion lines Odaingerous and Queen of Noise.
J.Hilburn debuts its SS17 collection--including beautifully tailored suits and dress shirts to the newest velvet blazers and formalwear--at the Andaz West Hollywood Hotel.
High end T-shirt brand Hiro Clark made its most recent collaboration for an elusive demographic; androids.
Halloween will be sweet, not spooky, according to a survey from the National Retail Federation, the trade group headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Men’s fashion line Arcady was introduced with a big splash recently—the label founders produced a party attended by actors, models and musicians at the Los Angeles landmark Chateau Marmont—but the show of glamour was not necessarily the aim of the new line. Founders Billy and Christopher Hines hope that the line will mix in seamlessly with whatever someone is wearing.
Fred by Fred Segal
For the first time since retailer Fred Segal opened its doors in Los Angeles in 1965, the famous Fred Segal name will appear on an apparel line: Fred by Fred Segal.
For Sean Sassounian, the way to compete with cheap imports is to offer top quality and quick turnarounds.
The weather outside was Northern California cool and gray, but the mood—and the merchandise—inside the San Mateo Event Center was sunny as retailers from across the Western U.S. turned out for Fashion Market Northern California to place orders for Spring goods.
When DSTLD launched two years ago, the company focused on premium denim and luxury tees. After two years of design development and brand building, the company is preparing to provide consumers with an entire wardrobe of luxury basics.
Wednesday, October 26
The North Face opens first big New York City flagship store in a hot spot.
The Ugg people introduce a small but high-end cashmere lounge wear collection with more to come on Nov. 15.
Tuesday, October 25
The Garment Worker Center held a march and rally Oct. 25 in downtown Los Angeles' Fashion District, up to the Ross Dress for Less store on 719 S. Broadway and to City Hall.
At Marco Marco's Oct. 21 show, the nightclub crowd was promised one of the most ribald shows in fashion.
Monday, October 24
Platinum Equity acquires International Textile Group, parent of Cone Denim and Burlington Industries.
Sunday, October 23
Los Angeles Fashion Week
For its sixth-annual All Aboard Runway Show & Fund-Raiser, Fashion Business Inc. returned to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.
Thursday, October 20
With high-priced blue jeans made in Los Angeles taking a beating in the market, manufacturers facing rising wages in California are amping up their production of premium jeans in Mexico.
The days of epic rock tours à la Led Zeppelin seem long over in this age of digital download music, but rocker fashion is still strong, says Edwin Haynes of indie brand Sav Noir.
The Los Angeles Fashion Week runway shows continued with events hosted by Style Fashion Week, Fashion Week Los Angeles and Fashion Business Inc.
Founded earlier this year, Revice is aiming to be the go-to brand for premium denim for women and men, utilizing a fast-fashion format of manufacturing to offer limited quantities of each vintage-inspired style.
When designer Daniel Patrick expanded his eponymous streetwear label to include jeans, he wanted to steer clear of the traditional five-pocket style.
LAFW: California Collections
More than 100 designer lines graced the runways of Los Angeles Fashion Week, with six events spread out over a four-week span.
Designers at the Tavik brand thought that there was no reason to make yet another boardshort in Orange County, Calif.—the center of the surf industry and a place where scores of companies make boardshorts.
Neiman Marcus goes all out for the 90th edition of their Christmas Book filled with over-the-top gifts you can't afford.
Wednesday, October 19
John Graham, previously senior vice president of sales for Speedo USA, has been named to take over the job as president of Speedo USA.
It’s 90 degrees in Los Angeles and Christmas seems far away. But not at the Citadel Outlets near downtown Los Angeles.
Tuesday, October 18
The winner of the Moss Adams Fashion Innovator Award (MAFI) was announced at the sixth-annual Fashion Business Inc. All Aboard Runway Show at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.
Former American Apparel Chief Executive Paula Schneider has been named chief executive of DG Premium Brands, whose recently acquired Los Angeles labels include 7 For All Mankind, Ella Moss and Splendid.
There’s business in high end jeans.
The Victoria & Albert Museum's “Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery” exhibition features embroideries from the 14th and 15th centuries.
Monday, October 17
Kym and Alexis McClay, known as the Naven twins, hit the runway with color.
Those expecting a repeat of Mario De La Torre’s New York Fashion Week show were in for a surprise.
Designer Richard Hallmarq goes for high fashion on the runway.
Friday, October 14
For its Spring/Summer 2017 season, the Siwy brand mixed London streetwear savvy and traditional American denim looks.
Thursday, October 13
In the fast-changing world of Los Angeles boutique retail, the red, white and blue logo of Fred Segal has been an icon for decades, but a recently filed lawsuit might decide whether the famous sign can stay or must go at the first Fred Segal store opened on Melrose Avenue.
The new Cole Haan flagship store has the look and feel of a traditional home.
Stylist Estevan Ramos checks out the scene--and the fashion--at the Austin City Limits music festival.
New Zealand menswear label Rodd & Gunn recently opened its first U.S. shop.
The annual Urban Dinner Party to be held on Santee Street.
There was a double helping of Wilfredo Gerardo at the Art Hearts Fashion event on Oct. 10
In an old brick building, The North Face has opened a new concept store, tapping a spot right near Jackson Square in San Francisco.
Evan Lane hated carrying camera bags on his professional photography gigs in locales such as Nicaragua and Canada’s Vancouver Island.
In Spanish, “la causa” means “the cause,” and Rebecca Grenell’s underlying mission with her Lacausa clothing line is to make quality garments locally under ethical conditions.
Lido Marina Village observed its soft opening recently by serving free artisanal ice cream while children played with toy boats on one of the decks of the Newport Beach, Calif., retail center.
The area looks gritty, located in the industrial district of downtown Los Angeles, but in one year the 700 block of South Alameda Street will be the center of a unique, high-end restaurant and boutique retail district if things go according to the plans of developer Runyon Group.
Year of Ours
Los Angeles–based Year of Ours wants to put its mark on women’s sportswear with an in-house production facility and made-in-America craftsmanship.
Saturated shades create statement styles. Global fashion forecasting agency Trendstop gives us the lowdown on the key trends and essential applications affecting the SS17 commercial market.
Jessie Snyder is using her experience as a professional surfer to leverage her newest venture, an eponymous line of basics.
On With the Shows
There are more than 100 collections participating in this season’s Los Angeles Fashion Week, which is spread across six events over the course of a four-week span.
Sitting on the water somewhere between here and Asia are 17 containers of private-label menswear valued at around $1.5 million that Pacific Textiles & Sourcing in Los Angeles is importing from Pakistan.
Tuesday, October 11
Hale Bob’s Cruise 2017 season was inspired by the romance of the Greek island Mykonos, said Daniel Bohbot, the label’s founder and owner.
Handbag and shoe maker Mansur Gavriel goes fancy with a pop-up inside the Opening Ceremony store.
Monday, October 10
Los Angeles brand Nifty Genius celebrated its debut collection with a trunk show at the Ron Robinson lifestyle concept store in Santa Monica.
Imports coming through the nation's ports up slightly over last year.
Friday, October 7
Equipped with elastic and a tack stitch, Ron Redenius figures that he can manufacture the world’s best push-up bra.
Designer Rebecca Taylor came into town Oct. 6 for an exclusive engagement to celebrate the launch of LA VIE Rebecca Taylor, a denim and casual collection from the New York headquartered Taylor.
Thursday, October 6
Zumiez Inc. was one of the lucky retailers who beat pessimistic forecasts predicting that the retailer would see a decline in its same-store sales results.
VF Corp.—the 118-year-old company whose brands include Vans, Wrangler, Lee and, until recently, 7 For All Mankind—has appointed Steve Rendle as its new chief executive, effective Jan. 1.
A rash of recent layoffs at big prestigious Los Angeles labels noted for their superb fabric, cutting-edge styles and trendsetting ways is a sign that traditional brands are facing tough competition from e-commerce sites and fast-fashion retailers and faced with the added challenge of a millennial mindset that shuns department-store merchandise in favor of fashion blogger recommendations.
Fashion Business Inc. will return to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles on Oct. 18 for the sixth annual All Aboard Runway Show and presentation of the Moss Adams Fashion Innovator Award.
LAFW '17 Kick Off
The Los Angeles Fashion Week event known as LA Fashion Week, now in its third season, hosted its runway shows at the Hollywood Athletic Club
Three Dots has been known for its American-made luxe basics in ultra-soft fabrications since the Garden Grove, Calif.–based company was founded in 1995. But Three Dots sizes only ran from XS to XL—until now.
Fashion star Donna Karan will bring her Urban Zen concept to the Los Angeles area for a second engagement.
Outdoor jackets will be added to the line-up of Bearpaw sheepskin boots and slippers launched in 2001.
Wednesday, October 5
The generator gave up one-third of the way into Ashton Michael’s The Ritual Collection runway show the night of Oct 1. But the show had to go on.
Tuesday, October 4
The Bristol Los Angeles brand has been making a splash. This Summer, it produced its first runway show at the Gen Art Fresh Faces gala in downtown Los Angeles. On Sept. 30, it produced its first pop-up shop at the Platform retail center in Culver City, Calif.
International supermodel Gigi Hadid is the newest face of Reebok’s #PerfectNever campaign to “celebrate the beauty of imperfection.”
The first forecasts for the upcoming 2016 holiday season have been released, and they predict that retailers will enjoy solid sales during the crucial season which can comprise more than 20 percent of a retailer’s annual business, according to the National Retail Federation, a Washington D.C. retail trade organization.
Monday, October 3
It was all about ’70s denim and apparel when Wrangler presented a runway show at its North American headquarters in Greenboro, N.C.