Thursday, August 31
At the Ramos Carreon Salon, it’s a tradition for any assistant in the salon to do a final soiree of his/her own before becoming a full-time hairstylist on the salon floor.
IHL Group, a partner of National Retail Federation, the Washington, D.C.–based trade group, released a paper on Aug. 30 that said that tough times for retail have been greatly exaggerated.
Designing the Look
Members of the cast of “This Is Us” were on hand for an Aug. 28 event at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, amid the costumes of the 11th annual “Art of Television Costume Design” exhibition.
Now there's a way to avoid the parking lot at Westfield shopping centers in style.
Hank Pola Scholarship
Megan Weitz, a textile design student at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, received the Hank Pola Scholarship at an Aug. 28 reception at the design school’s FIDM Museum and Galleries in downtown Los Angeles.
The August edition of the Fashion Market Northern California trade show is always the smallest of the event’s five annual shows because it is held just days after the humongous apparel trade shows wrap up in Las Vegas.
Back-to-School shopping is barely over, but retail gurus are already making predictions for the holiday shopping season.
Orange County Fashion Week will aim to balance trade, consumer and glitz when the biannual fashion event unveils a series of shows Sept. 5–9. OC Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2018 shows will be held in venues around Newport Beach, Calif.
Jeff Shafer, the founder of Agave, a premium-denim line that has been sold at retailers such as Nordstrom, recently announced that he was leaving the label after a 15-year run.
Retailer Fraser Ross filed a lawsuit in July against its former executive Christopher Lee, lender Salus Capital Partners LLC, HGI Asset Management Holdings LLC and Spencer Spirit Holdings LLC.
Designer Paul Schnell died earlier this year at the age of 90. Best known as the designer for Ernst Strauss, a Los Angeles–based manufacturer of high-end women’s apparel in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, Schnell’s last job in the industry was as designer at Da-Rue California Inc., the maker of upscale updated apparel.
Frances Harder has a new gig. The founder and president of Fashion Business Inc., the fashion nonprofit that recently shuttered after nearly 20 years, has joined the board of advisors at Yonduur, an online marketplace for closeouts, overstock and excess inventory.
The Nifty Genius menswear label takes the term “lifestyle brand” very seriously.
In a rapidly changing fashion market, Matt Boelk and Rob Lohman basically want to build a new segment from the ground up.
Icons of Culture
After taking a look at classic surf heritage brands Ocean Pacific and Gotcha, Irvine, Calif.–based Z Supply LLC has unveiled the next brand in its Icons of Culture series: Maui and Sons.
Wednesday, August 30
Lucky Brand is offering a home collection that sells at Macy's.
Tuesday, August 29
At an Aug. 28 party for its Fall 2017 collection, the AG brand decamped to Skybar in West Hollywood.
ComplexCon returns the weekend of Nov. 4 – 5 in Long Beach, festival goers will be treated to sounds from hitmakers such as Pharrell Williams' N.E.R.D and Gucci Mane.
Monday, August 28
An independent boutique, Enze, recently opened on high end retail street Abbot Kinney.
Friday, August 25
Abercrombie & Fitch's new concept store took a bow at Westfield Century City mall on Aug. 25. A&F promises that it will be more fashion in a smaller space.
Thursday, August 24
UBM’s Pooltradeshow has always been a venue for independent and up-and-coming apparel and accessories brands. The Aug. 14–16 show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center returned to its prime location next to Project near the shuttle bus drop-off.
At the vast Sourcing at MAGIC show, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, it was around the world in more than 2,000 booths, not around the world in 80 days.
Bargain hunters should feel right at home at the Offprice show in Las Vegas, held Aug. 12–15 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.
Attending WWDMAGIC, held Aug. 14–16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, is much like going to a disco nightclub. The cacophonous vibes of various soundtracks emanate from booths displaying the latest in juniors and young-contemporary fashions.
Visitors at the Women’sWear In Nevada Show at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino were greeted by a long hallway lined with displays of women’s fashions being represented at the biannual show.
During a time of great change for retail, Project continued to be a big show.
Change was on the mind of Sam Ben-Avraham, founder of Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs.
High-end streetwear, fashion, denim and environmentally sustainable fashions for men and women were among the categories on display at the Aug. 14–16 run of Capsule at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.
The Aug. 14–16 run of Agenda at the Sands Expo and Convention Center featured debuts and some new fashion styles. There also was a promise of change, said Aaron Levant, the show founder.
For the second season, Stitch, UBM Fashion’s show for upscale women’s apparel and accessories, was located next to Project Womens at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. The location proved to be ideal for many of the exhibitors at Stitch, who were steadily busy throughout the Aug. 14–16 show.
The Manhattan Beachwear booth at Curve Las Vegas, held Aug. 14–16 within Project Womens at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, was a flurry of activity with appointments and drop-by traffic for the company’s swim, activewear and resortwear collections.
This season introduced a new section at Project Womens, Coeur x Project, a partnership between Project owner UBM Fashion and Coeur, the 6-year-old trade show focused on lifestyle lines, accessories and gifts.
Buyers placing orders for Spring merchandise turned out at a steady pace at the Gentle Fawn booth at the Project Womens show, held Aug. 14–16 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
Signs of Spring
The recent run of apparel and sourcing trade shows in Las Vegas offered a glimpse into an industry in transition. Many exhibitors at the nearly 20 trade shows running concurrently noted a lighter-than-usual buyer turnout.
Costume designers, fashion designers and other fashion-industry insiders turned out to celebrate the art of costume design at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, where the 11th annual Art of Television Costume Design exhibition recently bowed at the FIDM Museum & Galleries.
A desire to make Macy’s department stores even more tech-friendly led to the hire of its new chief.
After more than two decades of making flip-flops and footwear for the surf and beach crowd, the Sanuk brand is trying apparel.
The city of Beverly Hills has been encouraging boutiques to keep doors open after most stores call it quits for the night.
Six or seven years ago, Steve DiBlasi of Lanier Clothes decided to shift a fair amount of his company’s apparel production from China to Vietnam.
COS, launched by H&M 10 years ago, has few stores around the United States, but one is opening in downtown LA on Friday, Aug. 25.
The world got a first look at the new SpaceX uniform thanks to Elon Musk’s Instagram account.
Wednesday, August 23
Taking blue jeans to the skateboard world.
Wrangler is about to roll out its latest collab with Pop Art icon Peter Max.
Tuesday, August 22
Red carpets are scheduled to be rolled out Sept. 17 for the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Beverly Center held a panel of nominated costume designers Aug. 16.
Monday, August 21
A desire to make Macy’s department stores even more tech-friendly informed the hire of its new chief.
After a career of dressing the likes of Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, and starring on Project Runway in 2010, Michael Costello put his name in concrete...with a L.A. Fashion District store.
Friday, August 18
UK brand PrettyLittleThing’s mission is to bring runway and celeb fashions to women at a low price. On Aug. 17, it produced a Los Angeles party for its capsule line PrettyLittleThing X Olivia Culpo.
Thursday, August 17
Contemporary basics line Z Supply is going to the dogs (and cats). The Irvine, Calif.–based company recently launched a pet line featuring many of the same fabrics from the Z Supply line.
La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival has maintained its independence since it was founded in 2010. Last month, more than 700 people attended the event’s parties and film festival. The Best Picture Award was handed to Magic Kingdom.
Designer Arnold Zimberg and his brother Bruce Zimberg debuted their new men’s leather jacket collection under the label Jakett/Arnold Zimberg at the recent run of Liberty in Las Vegas.
LA Swim Week
For its second run at the Skirball Cultural Center in West LA, the Los Angeles Swim Week fashion shows started on an irreverent note.
LV Trade Shows
The apparel industry headed to Las Vegas on the hunt for new trends and new business at the many apparel and sourcing trade shows spread across the city.
Consumer spending on clothes and other items should definitely be in positive territory this fall as shoppers are feeling more confident about their economic condition and rising housing prices make people feel wealthier.
Online sales took a giant 11.4 percent step forward from last year as shoppers let their fingers do the buying. Of all the categories broken out by the National Retail Federation, it was the winner in the NRF’s monthly tabulation of retail sales.
A recent survey by the International Council of Shopping Centers shows that the majority of U.S. adults are loyal to brands and retailers because of price and value.
Differential Brands Group—the Los Angeles company whose labels include denim label Hudson, Robert Graham and SWIMS—reported net sales growth for its second quarter but a net loss.
Costume designer Janie Bryant designs 12-piece collection for Unique Vintage.
Wednesday, August 16
The singer has a collection with 12 pieces.
Tuesday, August 15
New Zealand’s Rodd & Gunn clothiers are taking a wider gamble on California. The third Rodd & Gunn store in California opened Aug. 10 at the Westfield Century City mall, which neighbors affluent enclaves such as Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles.
Monday, August 14
The Debbie Harry X Obey Collection lands in a pop-up shop on Los Angeles' Melrose Avenue.
Thursday, August 10
A Tokyo and Worcester, Mass.-based company has designed a sensor-enabled shirt to optimize your time spent in the virtual world—and the real one.
Bread is a New York–headquartered finance technology company that lets merchants give their customers the option to pay for items in several installments over time.
Emily Current and Meritt Elliott debut first collection for Pottery Barn.
Precise Software, a Minnesota-based company that provides software solutions to the decorated apparel market, has merged with Open Systems, a provider of business software solutions such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer-relationship management (CRM).
On a recent weekday afternoon, denim loyalists trickle into a small store in a nondescript strip shopping center in Greenville, S.C. They’ve come to be measured and fitted for custom-made jeans or they are anxiously waiting to pick up their finished product.
Fair Trade Fashion
The Fair Trade Fashion Show, held July 29 at CTRL Collective in downtown Los Angeles, raised $31,000 for Free the Slaves, an international nonprofit organization that helps anti-trafficking efforts in Haiti, Ghana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Nepal and India.
DSTLD, the direct-to-consumer contemporary brand for men and women, is preparing to open up its second round of crowdfunding.
The California Fashion Association broke down an ever-widening field of intellectual-property issues for a group of apparel manufacturers and retailers at a recent strategy session featuring several legal and insurance experts.
Crystal Ortiz and Christina Rosenberg spent years planning and producing large-scale, big-budget events such as corporate parties at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and South by Southwest. With their latest project,—the nonprofit organization Twice New—the two are focused on the less-glamorous side of event planning: what to do with all that food and other items left over after the guests have gone home.
For the past two years, Le Box Blanc has been delivering contemporary fashions to people all over America from its e-commerce shop .
Reef brand founder Fernando Aguerre ushered in the irreverent sartorial style of the annual Waterman’s when he arrived at the inaugural event in 1993 wearing a sarong and a 1920s-era vintage dinner jacket.
Agenda Festival, the consumer day of the streetwear-focused Agenda trade show, made an inaugural run last month.
Westfield Century City recently announced another slate of retailers scheduled to join the sprawling mall, which is undergoing a $1 billion remodel.
Odain Watson relaunched his Odaingerous brand in 2016, and on Aug. 17 he is scheduled to open a shop, also called Odaingerous, at 719 S. Main St. in downtown Los Angeles. It will be the emerging brand’s first shop.
In its 70th anniversary year, Japanese denim powerhouse Edwin Co. Ltd. opened a U.S. creative studio and is bringing in jeans legend Adriano Goldschmied to design a collection for the U.S. market.
A new bricks-and-mortar store is the center of Patrick DiLascia’s new fashion venture.
Callaway Golf Co. recently announced that it had acquired Huntington Beach, Calif.–headquartered apparel brand TravisMathew, LLC for $125.5 million in an all-cash transaction.
After spending years working in corporate environments, specifically digital departments for entertainment companies, Daniel Sakai and Calvin Lim came to a conclusion: Men’s office clothes had become a dull uniform, even in the era of business casual.
Pastels and neon colors might as well be white noise to Brian Boles.
When Michael DeVirgilio and Cory Baker were figuring out whether they wanted to acquire the BCBGMaxAzria label and its sister brands, they quizzed retailers about whether they were still willing to carry the decades-old brands in their stores. They were happy to find that the labels weren’t on life support yet.
After being with the company for nearly nine years, Scott Kerslake is leaving Prana as its chief executive to take another job.
WWDMAGIC, the trade show for women’s apparel and accessories, has a big lineup of activities for its Aug. 14–16 event at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
It’s official. Some 67 percent of the members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have approved a three-year extension to their five-year contract with the Pacific Maritime Association, which means their contract won’t expire until July 1, 2022.
Shortly after graduating from the University of Southern California, Tina Lo used her degree in economics and communications to immerse herself in the corporate world as a commercial insurance underwriter.
Only four months after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Bachrach men’s stores is expected to emerge from bankruptcy by the end of August with 15 stores intact.
Ask Lun*na Menoh, there’s a rock ‘n’ roll song in the sound of the sewing machine.
Wednesday, August 9
Made in Los Angeles, Wool & Thimble constructs high end T-shirts, wovens and sweats for men. Reggie Marshall, the brand’s founder and creative director, produced a launch party for its Summer ’17 collection on Aug. 8.
Monday, August 7
High end Japanese streetwear brand Bathing Ape is making a return to Los Angeles after closing down an emporium near Melrose and Fairfax avenues in July 2010.
Thursday, August 3
Miami Cruise 2018
The Cruise 2018 collections bowed on the runways in Miami at events produced by Swim Miami, Funkshion and Art Hearts Fashion.
The look still appeals to the girl who likes fancy clothes and likes to party.
J!nx is a San Diego-headquartered brand that makes clothes for gamers; the people who can’t be pried away from their video, Internet, X-Box, you name it-games.
Fred Segal is moving along toward a fall 2017 opening—perhaps in mid-September—for its new flagship in West Hollywood, Calif., located near the Sunset Plaza high-end retail enclave.
Gender neutral fashions are having a moment. Los Angeles brand 69 is making a statement for the look at a pop-up shop
July sales beat forecasts, according to market-research firm Retail Metrics.
Cotton prices should remain on a level playing field and even decline a bit next year as farmers around the world plant more acreage.
The latest release of YuniquePLM’s product lifecycle management software, YuniquePLM 7.1, includes new features and additions to streamline the design process.
The recent gala hosted by Dress for Success San Francisco featured San Francisco brands Everlane and Margaret O’Leary on the runway, San Francisco chefs offering special tastings and a live auction as well as a silent one.
August market in Los Angeles is typically a quiet affair, with exhibitors and buyers navigating a crowded trade-show schedule that includes the massive Las Vegas trade shows later in the month.
Oracle NetSuite, the San Mateo, Calif.–based, cloud-based enterprise resource planning and omnichannel commerce software owned by tech giant Oracle, has been hitting a number of apparel trade shows this year. The most recent was Agenda in Long Beach, Calif., in July.
Heritage aloha brand Reyn Spooner has been traveling a steady course for decades, but its new creative and executive team plans to steer it toward bigger things.
Sears has run a department store and an auto center at the northeast end of luxe retail center South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., for 50 years.
There were mixed emotions at the July 26–29 run of Outdoor Retailer. For the past 20 years, Salt Lake City has been home to the biannual show, but in January 2018 Outdoor Retailer will move to Denver. Some were sad to be leaving Salt Lake City, while others were excited to head to Colorado next year to start a new chapter.
Sourcing & Fabric
Tuesday, August 1
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes threw a fashionable quincenera to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the release of "Frida."
Nearly 100 firefighters show up to put out a blaze in the LA Fashion District.
On Aug. 1, Marquee Brands announced it had acquired the entire portfolio of brands once owned by the BCBG Max Azria Group, the Los Angeles fashion house that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Feb. 28.
Lucky Brand recently unveiled a collaboration line with country music performers Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. They’ve been really big deals in the world of country music for more than 20-years, and are currently in the midst of their long Soul2Soul tour.