Monday, July 31
The area near Broadway and Ninth street is heating up with contemporary stores.
After trying different sites in Long Beach, Calif., Ben Neuhaus and Miranda Malloy think they have found the right spot for Snake Oil Provisions. It’s in the historic Lafayette building in Long Beach’s East Village Arts District.
Friday, July 28
Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union 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.
Fifteen years ago, Ron Robinson was one of the first boutiques to take a chance on RVCA. On July 27, RVCA made a return to Ron Robinson with its limited collaboration line RVCA + Moblow.
Thursday, July 27
Uncertainty about international trade was a major concern at Texworld USA, the textile sourcing trade show, which took place July 17–19 at the Javits Center in New York.
Premiere Vision New York
“Fashion is perpetually new,” said Guglielmo Olearo, international exhibitions director of the Première Vision New York textile show, which took place July 18–19 at Pier 94 in Manhattan.
Swim Week Brings Trade Show Trifecta to Miami Beach: Cruise 2018 debuts at SwimShow, Cabana and Hammock
Miami Swim Week
One week a year in Miami Beach you can find more bikinis at the convention center than on the actual beaches. That was the case July 20–24, when Swim Week returned to South Florida. And this year—amid rainstorms, sweltering humidity and blazing sun (sometimes all within the same hour)—buyers, models, bloggers, socialites, editors and celebrities got an eyeful of what will be all the rage come Cruise 2018.
For nearly a decade, interest rates have remained near zero, meaning it was very inexpensive for businesses to borrow money. But those sunny days may be over. Twice this year, the Federal Reserve has raised the prime rate, and it is expected to do so again later this year.
Trade-show giant UBM is getting in on the consumer-facing show action this August when its Intermezzo Collections unveils its Vintage@Intermezzo. The New York show, set to bow during the Aug. 6–8 run of Intermezzo, will be UBM’s first market open to consumers.
Alternative Apparel is stating its case in the climate change crisis.
Wednesday, July 26
Miami Beach once again became the epicenter of swim fashion when the swim trade shows—Miami SwimShow, Hammock and Cabana—opened their doors while runway producers Swim Miami, Funkshion and Art Hearts Fashion hosted more than 50 catwalk shows showcasing Cruise 2018 collections.
Fashion’s festival styles have been featuring band T-shirts for years. Here’s a new angle; how about T-shirts from musical instrument makers?
In the latest saga in the bankruptcy case of BCBG Max Azria Group, a federal judge has denied Lubov Azria’s attempt to receive nearly $7 million in lost wages and a payout known as a golden parachute.
Tuesday, July 25
REI is taking over a former Sports Authority store that has been closed since Sports Authority went bankrupt last year.
Monday, July 24
The recent “Lalopalooza" featured live music, a fashion show, culinary and art workshops for the entire family in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Lalo Guerrero, famed Mexican American musician, composer and comic known as the “Father on Chicano Music.”
Calvin Klein headed to the California desert to shoot the Fall 2017 campaign.
Venice’s Abbot Kinney Boulevard has changed greatly over the past decade, causing many to complain that the street doesn’t have any more room for new brands or even the secret sauce that made it special in the first place. Venice area designer Angel Biotek hopes to prove those people wrong.
Friday, July 21
French fashion house Balmain opened its first West Coast flagship on Melrose Place in West Hollywood, Calif. this month.
Thursday, July 20
With a new president in the White House, U.S. fashion manufacturers and retailers said their biggest concerns this year are about new trade barriers going up that would restrict apparel imports.
The slogan “grown locally/buy locally” resonates for fashion, said the cofounders of e-commerce platform ChicCartel, a new market that promises to connect savvy fashion consumers with independent designers from their city and region.
Art collectors and photographers to fashion and movie industry people, among others were on hand for the opening-night party celebrating the photography works of Vivian Maier at the K P Projects Gallery on La Brea in Hollywood.
Trade shows and runway shows have been looking to produce extra revenue streams for their vendors.
French Leather in LA
The California Market Center played host to a small coterie of French tanneries when six companies showcased their upscale leathers for apparel, accessories and home décor July 13–14 in a suite on the CMC’s eighth floo
The Active Collective trade show, focusing on activewear and athleisure apparel, returned to Huntington Beach, Calif., for its July 18–19 run, which is slated to be the show’s last at the tony Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa.
The introductory video on the Tianello website talks about how the Los Angeles clothing maker’s collection of Tencel and silk tops lovingly passes through 100 hands before ending up in someone’s closet.
After 14 years of being a trade-only show, Agenda unveiled a consumer day at the recent run of its Long Beach, Calif., event.
A stylish crowd turned out for the debut of Agenda Festival, the one-day consumer event organized by the Agenda streetwear trade show.
Wednesday, July 19
For a couple of days, the lobby at the California Market Center looked like a big party.
Fashion designers argue that clothing is art. Lun*na Menoh gives the argument surreal support with her show A Ring Around the Collar, currently at Art Exchange Gallery near downtown Long Beach.
Tuesday, July 18
Waraire Boswell has been cutting up Los Angeles’ custom clothing scene for some time. The NBA-sized clothier made a splash at the ESPY awards show July 12 when D’Angelo Russel l of the Brooklyn Nets came to the ESPYS in Los Angeles wearing a suit Boswell made as part of a challenge.
Los Angeles’s Hammer museum and Southern California radio station KCRW are hosting a series of free eclectic concerts and DJ sets on Thursday evenings in July at the museum in L.A.’s Westwood neighborhood.
Erewhon Market is expected to open in the next few years in a hot spot in DTLA.
The unveiling of the Nordstrom Rack at Fig@7th will be this fall.
Monday, July 17
The non-profit HollyRod foundation is devoted to giving care to those living with autism and Parkinson’s Disease. On July 15, the foundation spread the word on its mission in a stylish way.
Henry Cherner, a Los Angeles pioneer in software programs for the fashion industry and an apparel industry veteran, passed away suddenly from a heart attack on Sunday. He was 66.
Friday, July 14
Disney Design Challenge
Otis College of Art and Design and Disney took inspiration of the animated film “Frozen,” for a reality show-style challenge that was documented in the “Disney Design Challenge” web series on DisneyStyle.
Thursday, July 13
Gerber Technology is preparing for its Ideation 2017 conference, set for Nov. 1–3 at the Sheraton Universal Studios in Universal City, Calif.
Trim models swiveled from front to back to show off the newest bikinis and one-piece suits created by swimwear designers. Serious buyers on the hunt for the latest in poolside fashions crowded into booths as an explosion of colorful prints and solid colors ran across the ballroom that housed the latest Swim Collective in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Football, lacrosse, yoga. Joe Kudla was game for almost any sport and fitness regimen.
After more than 20 years in fashion, the Edgemine company launched its first denim line intended for a women’s premium-denim market.
In a nod to the Ebony Fashion Fair, the Fashion Legacy Association for Industry Recognition—or FLAIR Inc.—will host a two-day event in July honoring supermodel Pat Cleveland as well as actors Richard Roundtree (“Being Mary Jane” and “Shaft”) and Judy Pace (“Cotton Comes to Harlem”).
Intertek, the Chicago-based quality-assurance provider, has expanded its textile testing services to meet the needs of the makers of activewear and leather goods.
After 47 years with Gerber Technology, Sam Simpson announced plans to retire, but the longtime technology executive will continue to serve as a consultant to the Tolland, Conn., company as well as acting as a special adviser to Gerber Chief Executive Officer Mohit Uberoi.
Protectionist talk may be in the air, but imports are still arriving at our doors.
Retailers might give the 2017 Back-to-School season an “A.”
Every major city has an “anti-downtown,” said Sam Brownell, principal and partner of property developers Blatteis & Schnur Inc.
Wednesday, July 12
Mark your calendars, Greylin fans. The contemporary label is hosting its annual sample sale.
Tuesday, July 11
Philanthropic accessories and apparel maker Simbi is heading to Evereve, the 70-store retail chain located across the country.
LA designer Trina Turk puts her touch on the cabanas surrounding the pool at the W Los Angeles.
As operations wind down at the bankrupt BCBG Max Azria Group, nearly 500 layoff notices have gone out to employees of the contemporary brand founded in Los Angeles nearly 30 years ago.
Monday, July 10
Protectionist talk may be in the air, but imports are still arriving at our doors. With the U.S. economy in its eighth year of recovery, cargo container volumes at the nation’s ports are expected to be at an all-time high as retailers head into the Back-to-School season.
Since pen touched paper and paint touched canvas, artists have groused about censorship. Artistic online community/ e-boutique Witchsy aims to take the muzzle off of artists, all while selling T-shirts, hats, fashions, jewelry, pins, prints and you-name-it. They celebrated it with a first year party shindig.
Friday, July 7
Vans Moves In
Footwear and apparel titan Vans recently unveiled a new headquarters in Costa Mesa, Calif.
A pop-up shop for a highly anticipated Louis Vuitton X Supreme capsule collection has shuttered after Los Angeles Police dispersed a large crowd in front of the pop-up shop at 4:30 a.m. on July 7.
Thursday, July 6
Meet the team behind Puma x Minions, the recent collab between venerable athletic shoe Puma and the cute, yellow creatures from the “Despicable Me” film series.
Designer Nathalie Saphier recently showcased the Spring/Summer '17 collection of her Replica knits line at a trunk show at Belljar in L.A.’s Los Feliz neighborhood.
Street Style: Venice
Los Angeles’ Venice Beach is world famous for its crowds of sun lovers and fitness buffs.
With decades of swim business experience and a label on the rocks, the Handy family found an avenue to rebrand and rebuild on reality TV.
Designer View Point
From travel lust to Wonder Woman–inspired power suits, beachwear is being influenced by all manner of pop culture. This season, we caught up with designers from Bondi Beach to Lima, Peru, and the shores of SoCal to find out the latest trends for Cruise ’18.
Z Supply LLC, the Irvine, Calif., maker of Z Supply fashion basics, is diving into its first swim collection for Spring 2018. Combining sleek, figure-flattering looks in a nylon/spandex fabric, the launch collection will include 10 bikinis and one-piece styles.
By day, Jessi Taylor is an executive assistant at a Los Angeles advertising company. By night she is a swimwear designer who makes her own patterns and sews her own swimsuits—one by one—for her line called Horizon Swim.
When Mireya de Andrés told her parents she was quitting her banking job in Geneva, Switzerland, to start a fashion line, they thought she was crazy. Fashion seemed to be on the flip side of the finance world.
Tori Praver modeled for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition in far-flung locales such as the Canary Islands off of Spain, her home island of Maui, and Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean. This year she is going to be modeling for her own brand.
Rent a Manhattan Beach address, and it might only be a matter of time before you are in the surf business.
For more than 50 years, the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue has been making headlines with its pictorials of supermodels posing in fashion’s most stylish swimwear in exotic locales.
Two big television shopping cable networks will now be one.
Some retailers saw June gloom. Some experienced a positively sunny June.
Nate Smith was named president of the Americas region for Boardriders Inc., the Huntington Beach, Calif., parent company of Quiksilver, Roxy and DC Shoes.
The Vuori brand makes performance apparel for yoga, CrossFit and other activities. It recently opened a pop-up at Malibu Country Mart.
French equipment and software maker Lectra recently introduced its latest product lifecycle management software at an industry event at the Paris-based company’s technology center in Bordeaux.
Advanced Functional Fabrics of America—which is based at MIT and has nearly 100 members from a diverse group of manufacturers, startups and institutes of higher learning—is leading a $317 million private-public effort to drive innovation in textile and fiber manufacturing.
French textile mill Sofileta is working with South Korean fiber company Hyosung on a new collection featuring Hyosung’s Creora Fresh fiber.
NY Textile Preview
Patagonia, the California outdoor-apparel company known as one of the first U.S. clothing companies to embrace the environment, is taking bikini and boardshorts production to a new level.
Dock & Bay
Lightweight, microfiber towel maker Dock & Bay has a new collection with a sustainable story behind it.
To celebrate 12 years helping Bay Area women enter and succeed in the workforce, Dress for Success San Francisco has enlisted San Francisco brands Everlane and Margaret O’Leary for the nonprofit organization’s annual gala fashion show.
Albiate 1830, the denim division of Bergamo, Italy–based Italian mill Gruppo Albini, and Italian denim mill Candiani joined forces to create FineFusions, a collection that showcases “top Italian heritage, cutting-edge thinking and a virtuous spirit.”
There is a time in a woman’s life where she wants to wear juniors styles and trends but she is looking for silhouettes and clothes that an adult woman would wear, said Leslie Gardner, a career designer.
After 18 years selling contemporary women’s fashion in Australia and New Zealand, the Gorman brand opened its first U.S. store in West Hollywood, Calif., recently.
Retail sales are inching forward this year with a strong nudge by online purchases fueled by millennials who prefer shopping on their smartphones and computers.
Wednesday, July 5
Pioneering brand Cross Colours is going way beyond basics. On July 6, it will launch an underwear line with MeUndies.
True Religion, once a high-flying premium denim brand so popular its blue jeans were constantly being knocked off by counterfeiters, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on July 5 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.
Bobby Hundreds leads a tour through the rise, fall and subsequent rise of streetwear in new documentary Built To Fail
Monday, July 3
After helping start-up and growing apparel companies for nearly two decades, Fashion Business Inc. will shutter operations at the end of August.
Event coming up to buy shoes on sale by Right Bank Shoe Co. of Beverly Hills.