Thursday, September 28
More than 1,000 apparel brands came to the Coterie trade show, which took place Sept. 17–19 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York.
Though the news is rife with stories about internet retailers hammering bricks-and-mortar stores, at the Designers and Agents trade show, which took place Sept. 16–18, independent fashion boutiques—and the specialty brands they carry—were alive and well.
Designers weren’t the only ones showing their wares during New York’s September trade shows.
Fiber & Fabric
With the star power of Tyra Banks and Kobe Bryant making speeches, National Retail Federation’s Shop.org convention made the case that digital commerce was on a course to grow even more prominent with the help of burgeoning technologies such as voice technology, artificial intelligence and virtual reality.
A Fred Segal boutique emporium opened for business Sept. 26 at the edge of the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, Calif.
Headlines say that fashion retail is being pummeled. Others believe a bright future is coming into focus.
As the retail industry has changed into a split personality of online and offline shopping, so too has the factoring industry that finances manufacturers’ production and sales to clients.
After a decade of working in the once blighted, now gentrifying downtown Los Angeles, Jonny Cota, creative director of the Skingraft label, was ready to talk about extremes.
After more than 18 years of running an influential boutique on Los Angeles’ Westside, and dressing Los Angeles’ women in designers such as Balenciaga, Balmain and Bottega Veneta, among other labels, Elyse Walker produced her first presentation of Fall looks on Sept. 21.
At American Apparel, founder Dov Charney worked with software and equipment from Los Angeles–based technology company Tukatech. For his latest manufacturing venture, Los Angeles Apparel, Charney is returning to Tukatech solutions.
The annual Urban Dinner organized by the Los Angeles Fashion District BID coming to Rossoblu next month.
Wednesday, September 27
Los Angeles Fashion Week begins on Oct. 4 and runs through Oct. 15
In one year, retail employment declined by 29,000 jobs. What had been the second largest private-sector employer in the United States has dropped to the fourth largest, according to the recently released UCLA Anderson Forecast.
Tuesday, September 26
Fred Segal opened a 13,000-square-foot emporium in West Hollywood on Sept. 26.
Swimwear label Vitamin A designs a sandal collection with SoCal Beek.
Monday, September 25
“Victoria & Abdul” Designer Consolata Boyle
“Victoria & Abdul” costume designer Consolata Boyle recently dropped by the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and the FIDM Museum & Galleries to discuss her work.
Indie designers and labels get a platform at Handcrafted LA, it held a grand opening party Sept. 22 at The Bloc.
Artists for Trauma helps people recovering from traumatic injuries. On Sept. 17, the group produced a runway show at Macy’s department store at Westfield Topanga,
Thursday, September 21
Bricks-and-mortar stores can gain the same technology advantages as e-commerce. They just have to use more RFID, or radio frequency identification technology, said Dan Doles, president and chief executive of Los Angeles–headquartered tech company Mojix.
Supima Design Competition
The idea behind the fashion show was this: Recent graduates from seven fashion design schools across the United States were given the assignment to take Supima cotton fabric and whip up capsule collections of women’s eveningwear for Supima’s 10th annual design competition, seen on the runway in New York on Sept. 7.
Art Hearts Fashion Week
There were plenty of West Coast designers on the runway during the Arts Heart Fashion shows, held Sept. 7–11 at the Angel Orensanz Center, housed inside a Gothic Revival synagogue in New York.
AAU @ NYFW
For some 12 years now, the recent graduates from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco have displayed their designs on the runway during New York Fashion Week.
Fiber maker Lenzing has launched a new line of viscose fibers that are both environmentally friendly and traceable.
Swiss color and specialty chemical company Archroma has taken an additional stake in M. Dohmen SA, a maker of textile dyes and chemicals for the automotive, carpet and apparel industries.
Military green and olive shades give florals, laces and abstract patterns—not to mention textured knits and solids—a fresh, sophisticated look.
In 2015, entrepreneur Greg Selkoe left the Boston-headquartered Karmaloop, the online emporium for streetwear he founded in 2000. Relocated to the Los Angeles area, Selkoe announced Sept. 21 that he was going to unveil the e-commerce and content site Wanderset.
Mayor Eric Garcetti and Not Just a Label, the organization that represents independent designers, hosted a meeting featuring members of Los Angeles’ creative community.
There were no registration lines at 9 a.m. on the opening day of Surf Expo and few vehicles in the massive parking lots at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center.
The clothing business can be a cutthroat industry, especially in these times of retail challenges and shifting consumer shopping habits.
Boutique Streets Seek Change
The shopping mall—once considered mini–town centers that attracted after-school teens and early-morning exercising seniors—has struggled to stay competitive after consumers did an about-face and altered their shopping habits.
Wednesday, September 20
Street style art lovers flood the streets and galleries of the CCAD
South Coast Plaza has been celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with events that require invites. But throughout the 50th anniversary year, the luxe Costa Mesa, Calif.-retail center is offering ways to celebrate its golden anniversary open to anyone with a comfortable credit card account.
Fast Retailing Co. LTD opened a Uniqlo emporium at Westfield Santa Anita, about 30 minutes east of downtown Los Angeles Sept. 9, but the Japanese fast-fashion company announced it was going to open another unique store in Los Angeles.
Tuesday, September 19
Back to the nature means neutral colors, right? Not according to Fronteer's Jon Tang.
After four years of online sales, Fabletics adding shoes to activewear.
A hip new food hall opens on the edge of the Los Angeles Fashion District.
Monday, September 18
Call it stylish activism. Skid Row Denim & Apparel is a clothing line and a project of the Skid Row Housing Trust, which has been building housing for homeless people in Los Angeles County since 1989. On Sept. 14, Skid Row Denim & Apparel made an official introduction of its premium denim line.
Friday, September 15
Findings & Trimmings
Gardena, Calif.–based Twin Dragon Marketing is rolling out new denim made with Unifi’s Sorbtek wicking fiber as well as with Unifi’s recycled Repreve fiber.
In the fast-moving world of mobile apps, San Francisco Bay area–headquartered PredictSpring is betting on speed.
Los Angeles–based Mojix, a provider of RFID systems and IoT platform solutions, has merged with CXignited, a European company that is a leader in delivering real-time product and consumer data to retailers.
Thursday, September 14
Next year, a documentary about Christian Audigier, founder of Ed Hardy, will be available to watch on video-on-demand platforms.
The third annual Techday LA ran on Sept. 14 at The Reef showroom and exhibition building near downtown Los Angeles.
The California Labor Commissioner’s Office cited 14 Los Angeles garment manufacturers and contractors for labor law and garment registration violations following inspections last month in the Los Angeles area.
Style Fashion Week opened its three-day event on Sept. 7 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, located aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid at Pier 86 in New York.
Spring Is In The Air
Los Angeles designer Tadashi Shoji went with a more informal vibe for his Spring/Summer ’18 collection, which was seen on the runway during New York Fashion Week.
Los Angeles–headquartered Liverpool Jeans Company is on the move.
Mustafa Wafa produced his second runway show for New York Fashion Week, unveiling his Spring/Summer 2018 collection for his Los Angeles–headquartered brand called Dunyah.
A chance encounter with a homeless woman sent apparel manufacturer Jodie Dolan on a path to connecting her 13-year-old manufacturing business with doing social good.
Nordstrom Gets Compact
For the past decade, Melrose Place has been an exclusive Los Angeles address for high-end designer boutiques. Now Nordstrom plans to join the crowd.
The world knows about last week’s New York Fashion Week for stylish people. But what about a fashion event for the discerning cartoon character?!
Tuesday, September 12
Adrienne D. Williams wants to show the world that skateboarding is not just for men.
Monday, September 11
It may be a little early to think about Halloween, but not for Local Boogeyman House of Horror, which recently opened in Los Angeles' Echo Park section.
You could accuse the Most Hated label with false advertising. Scores of people demonstrated that they, in fact, liked the Los Angeles-headquartered label, when they lined up Sept. 9 at Los Angeles’ American Rag to buy the brand's new looks.
Friday, September 8
Consumer confidence keeps shoppers buying as the economy chugs along.
On Sept. 6, Leica Gallery in West Hollywood, Calif., hosted an opening reception for an exhibition featuring American Photographer Doug Menuez’s latest body of work titled “Fearless Genius: The Next Generation.”
Thursday, September 7
Sof for Lolli, a capsule collection from swimwear brand Lolli takes a bow.
Rosie HW X Paige
For their Fall/Winter ’17 collection, Paige Adams-Geller and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley let their imaginations roam wild for their Rosie HW X Paige collection.
Commercial lender CIT Group has named Kenneth McPhail as executive vice president and chief strategy officer, effective immediately.
Prana has named a replacement for its longtime president, Scott Kerslake, who left last month to become the chief executive of Nixon watches.
Taiwanese Citizen Held in San Francisco on Charges of Bringing in Millions of Counterfeit Footwear and Apparel
A former Taiwanese national living in New York was charged with smuggling and conspiracy to traffic counterfeit goods that ranged from high-priced Nike shoes and Ugg boots to True Religion blue jeans after he tried to board an international flight in San Francisco.
The U.S. economy was good in August, but retail sales ranged from solid to soft.
For 85 years, four generations of the Vecchiarelli family have been selling apparel supplies to manufacturers in Los Angeles. But in December, owner Joe Vecchiarelli is closing the family’s retail operations.
After a long period of restructuring, Gap Inc., often described as the world’s largest specialty retailer, is charting a course for growth.
Step into Trishia Grace’s compact atelier in West Hollywood and you will see her world of fashion influenced by delicate fabrics and femininity.
Financial gurus around the United States have started to ask whether the prosperous athleisure trend is on its last run around the track.
For many, shopping online feels like navigating a tsunami of choices and information.
The competition is just beginning.
The Sept. 6-9 run of Centrestage at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre was expected to feature more than 200 international fashion brands and a lineup of events that includes runway shows, designer Q&As, B2B seminars and networking events.
OC FASHION WEEK: Gigi Hunter gained notoriety for her knits and glamorous crochet pieces that were seen on celebrities such as Halle Berry, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jasmine Guy.
An artists’ collective in Berlin has found a way to put the “street” in streetwear graphics.
Wednesday, September 6
Spring pops with new colors.
Tuesday, September 5
In 2012, Melanie Michaud opened indie fashion shop Graffiti Beach in San Diego. Over the recent Labor Day weekend, Michaud opened Thread + Seed.
Friday, September 1
Since 1999, Fashion Business Inc has been an educational source for fashion entrepreneurs that also produced runway shows and events. It announced that it was shuttering in July. On Aug. 31, a farewell party was produced at the Fathom Gallery in California Market Center.