Wednesday, February 28
Sanuk made a splash with its irreverent humor and comfortable footwear. On Feb. 27, it partied for its 'Chapter 2' in a faux Hollywood dive restaurant.
Tuesday, February 27
Direct-to-consumer brand DSTLD recently opened a pop-up shop at 8406 Melrose Ave.
Fashion and Textiles
Denim is still the go-to fabric that keeps on giving.
Monday, February 26
Buying toothpaste may never be the same.
Downtown Los Angeles boutique pioneer, The Well, bid retail adieu on Feb. 24 with a splash.
Friday, February 23
UBM sells MR Magazine and sister publications.
Creativity abounds at the Las Vegas shows.
It goes without saying that Kate Moss has been influential in fashion. But does fashion savvy run in her family?
Thursday, February 22
The International Fashion Jewelry and Accessories Group took over three floors at the Embassy Suites near the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for their third show in Las Vegas, held Feb. 10–13.
Shopping for children’s books doesn’t usually lead to Coco Chanel, but Malibu, Calif.-based author Susan Goldman Rubin wants to change this misconception.
Findings & Trimmings
In the world of cotton, it is an open secret that some products labeled 100 percent Egyptian or Pima cotton are not what they appear and are really cheaper cotton.
Companies involved in the development of fabrics that achieve a cooling effect are proliferating in the U.S. to meet demands by apparel makers and other manufacturers.
During the Curve show, held Feb. 12–14 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, exhibitors and retailers were hopeful. From award-winning lines to retail expansion, Curve’s small size didn’t hinder its potential. Attendees from lingerie, swimwear and other categories examined new products and—ideally—put pen to paper.
Delivering on its usual promise of independent lines and unique pieces, Pool offered alternatives to the mainstream brands that exhibited in other areas.
Throughout the Project Womens space at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center vendors felt a strong sense of optimism as they showcased their pieces and fielded orders from retailers who were ready to buy yet made selections carefully.
At Stitch, held Feb. 12–14, the atmosphere was a mixture of zealous vendors, optimistic retailers and a few disappointed exhibitors.
Tucked away from the chaos of other show areas, The Tents in at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas offered a more refined buying experience for selective men’s retailers who searched for pieces appealing to a discerning clientele.
Business driven by millennials, athleisure styles and e-commerce resulted in $215 billion in U.S. apparel sales in 2017, according to market-research firm The NPD Group.
Vendors at the Feb. 12–14 run of the Agenda trade show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center reported mixed results for the three-day event.
Curtains around the edges of the Sourcing at MAGIC show marked the boundaries of a smaller exhibiting area at the Feb. 11–14 event at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Creativity was thriving at the WWDMAGIC show, held Feb. 12–15 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
This was only the second time that the Yak & Yeti label exhibited at the Womenswear in Nevada show Feb. 12–15 at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.
In 2013, Sam Ben-Avraham introduced Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs to fill a hole in the trade-show market.
At its recent Feb. 10–13 event, the Offprice show reported a slight dip in exhibitors for the organization’s 47th show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, but vendors said that didn’t affect business, which was booming.
Spreading over the sprawling show floor of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, a wide variety of menswear brands exhibited their Fall ’18 looks at Project and The Collective during the shows’ Feb. 12–14 run in Las Vegas.
Jeff Kirwan, the president and chief executive officer of Gap Inc.’s namesake Gap brand, will leave the company, it was announced on Feb. 20.
Marciano Steps Down
Paul Marciano, a cofounder of Guess? Inc. and the Los Angeles company’s chairman and chief creative officer, is taking a leave from his day-to-day duties while an investigation is being conducted following sexual-harassment accusations by model Kate Upton.
If retailers couldn’t find what they were looking for in Las Vegas, they probably couldn’t find it anywhere.
The California economy has been going gangbusters over the past few years and should continue to march along nicely over the next two years.
Under their new agreement that was finalized in October 2017, Berlin-based Premium Group and Clarion Events in England produced their first events as partners in January 2018.
Wednesday, February 21
Retailers have to find every opportunity to sell clothes. For Neely Shearer of the In Heroes We Trust boutique, it’s a comedy nightclub.
Not even one year old, the 3.1 Phillip Lim boutique in downtown Los Angeles' Art District celebrate something of a milestone.
Express put its take on suiting on display at NBA All-Stars Weekend.
The Mitchell & Ness brand has spent decades making caps with sports team logos and jerseys with a nostalgic feel. During the recent NBA All-Star weekend in Los Angeles, it pulled in a number of jocks to its various events.
California, with its technology, aerospace and entertainment industries, will continue to outdo the rest of the United States.
Tuesday, February 20
Paul Marciano, a cofounder of Guess? Inc. and the Los Angeles company’s chairman and chief creative officer, is taking a leave from his day-to-day duties while an investigation is being conducted following sexual harassment accusations by model Kate Upton.
Monday, February 19
More about the stores which opened during the NBA All Star Weekend in Los Angeles.
There’s a new designer on Melrose Place.
Friday, February 16
Bodega started NBA All Star Weekend with an after hours party featuring samba dancers and DJs. It's only the beginning of a weekend of store openings and parties.
Thursday, February 15
Perched on the aeries of OUE Skyspace, Jila Atelier showed its gowns Feb. 10.
The 113th annual Bachelors Ball Went Down on Feb. 9. Costumes were a big deal at the shindig at the Beverly Hilton hotel.
MadaLuxe Group, the Seal Beach, Calif.–headquartered company that distributes luxury goods in off-price and full-line channels, has named Adam Freede its chief executive officer. He was previously president of the company.
Apparel factories and mills in the Western Hemisphere are still a significant supplier to U.S. retailers that are whittling down their lead times and looking for more just-in-time delivery.
Red Carpet Ready
Elegance was on the runway at the Tadashi Shoji runway show held Feb. 8 at New York Fashion Week.
Mighty Fine, a mostly juniors and children’s apparel maker based in downtown Los Angeles, has been acquired by Mad Engine. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Product endorsements from Hollywood stars, professional athletes, pop stars and supermodels have always played a pivotal role in driving sales and generating visibility for fashion brands. In fact, over the past 20 years, the agreements under which celebrities were engaged to endorse brands in the fashion industry have remained rather stagnant in both form and substance.
With wages going up and unemployment going down, shoppers are expected to continue hitting the stores, which means more imports will be coming in by the boatload.
Feel the MAGIC
An air of optimism blew through the various trade shows held Feb. 10–14 in Las Vegas as many retailers were encountering empty shelves in their warehouses from a robust holiday season, which set up a willingness to place orders and stock up for the upcoming seasons.
Hundreds of apparel and textile manufacturers from China, India, Bangladesh, the United States, Mexico and other countries will be exhibiting at the newly established Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami show, scheduled for May 21–23.
When John Moore started a new gig at Outerknown, he didn’t think he was going to have to rethink all of his assumptions about design.
Wednesday, February 14
Private exhibit showcases the works of 31 photographers.
Monday, February 12
Z Supply unveiled a Fashion Island pop-up.
Exhibit gives the female point of view in photography.
Friday, February 9
Last year Band of Outsiders got a new headquarters, new creative team and a new direction. With the help of Liberty Fairs trade show, it produced a pop-up shop at Fred Segal.
Thursday, February 8
The Macerich Co., a real estate investment trust that owns interests in 48 regional shopping centers, said its annual revenues for 2017 were down a little more than 6 percent while its net income slipped dramatically.
For U.S. retailers, 2018 started out on a positive note.
Expect a good business year in 2018.
Research, research and research. Those are the hallmarks of a good costume designer.
Costume designer Mark Bridges said one of his greatest challenges in creating the styles for the “Phantom Thread” movie was the fact that it was shot in London and not Los Angeles.
More than 800 people from the film and fashion industry showed up for the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s unveiling of an extensive exhibit of costumes seen in movies released in 2017.
Fashion can be forgiving … sometimes. Forget fiddly watches, wireless earbuds that don’t stay put and unattractive virtual-reality glasses. “Smart clothing” is set to supercharge the fashion industry.
A North Carolina yarn manufacturer is hoping to “push the envelope” in the burgeoning smart textiles category.
Apparel News Group Publisher and Chief Executive Terry Martinez announced the hiring of Dorothy Crouch as the newspaper’s associate editor. Crouch started Feb. 5 and is working under the guidance of Executive Editor Deborah Belgum.
After Boardriders’ 54-year-old chief executive disappeared off the coast of southeast France on Jan. 30, the Southern California surfwear company has named his replacement.
The retail boneyard is piled high with store doors that closed last year, and many more may be on the way.
Since August, designer Maya Reynolds, whose brands include Clade and Uncommon Thrds, has ventured into the cryptocurrency world by doing a handful of sales in bitcoin.
After six years of running a boutique in an established retail neighborhood in Los Angeles’ Echo Park area, Whitney Bickers rolled the dice and moved her shop, Myrtle, to a new neighborhood that has yet to register on many fashion-savvy people’s radars.
Patagonia has made headlines with its unique mission of being an activist company.
Levi Strauss & Co. is planning to open 100 new stores this year, mostly outside of the United States, as it concentrates on international sales and building markets in China, India and the Americas.
At the beginning of the 21st century, the premium-denim market was buzzing with hot new brands that saturated the industry, driven by a consumer demographic comprising 20-something women willing to exhaust an entire week’s pay on one pair of jeans.
As many design houses rely on outsourced production that has been sent overseas, domestic suppliers are investing in their own businesses, building strong reputations for quality products and incomparable service.
Wednesday, February 7
A week before the production of its Las Vegas trade show, Project made a presentation at New York Fashion Week.
Tuesday, February 6
Sneakerhead styles for men have been a giant fashion news story for more than 10-years. But women’s sneaker fashion market remains underserved said Karla Welch at the Feb. 6 opening of Six:02. It's a store devoted to women's fashions and sneakers at Hollywood & Highland retail center.
Monday, February 5
If you follow the surf biz, you know Wahoo’s Fish Taco. Get ready for its 30th anniversary party.
Fashion and the Movies
All five of the nominated costume designs up for Academy Awards are on display at FIDM.
Friday, February 2
Art and Fashion
The artists in East Los Angeles are a talented group that get together to display their creations once a month.
Thursday, February 1
Epson is holding its fourth annual “Epson Digital Couture Project” on Feb. 6 in New York leading up to New York Fashion Week, which begins Feb. 8.
Twin sisters Paulina and Malinali Fosado grew up in Mexico with an anthropologist father who collected popular art and passed on his love of Mexican culture and art.
The new and improved Trans-Pacific Partnership is going forward without the United States as the other original members of the accord hashed out their differences in January, with a new free-trade pact expected to be signed as early as March.
Since the 1990s, the Oeko-Tex Association has set standards for consumer protection and sustainability in textiles.
Polartec was introduced on the fabric scene more than 30 years ago as an alternative to wool. It offers wool’s warmth but is not as heavy and is machine washable.
The Netherlands’ Grosso Moda works with a network of apparel factories based around the globe.
Weeks after fashion and celebrity photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber were accused of sexual harassment, another fashion figure, Paul Marciano, was accused of similar misconduct.
Rescue operations in the south of France were called off in the search for Pierre Agnes, the 54-year-old chief executive of Boardriders Inc., the parent company of Quiksilver, Roxy and DC Shoes in Huntington Beach, Calif.
What a difference a few months make. Last September, the Surf Expo show was disbanded after one day when Hurricane Irma walloped Florida and parts of the East Coast.
New looks in denim and advances in technical fabrics were hot topics at the recent Texworld USA, a large fabric sourcing event held Jan. 22–24 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
Free trade between the United States, Mexico and Canada has become a hot topic lately as negotiations to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement have been going on since last year.
Warmer weather and a better economy were two bright spots at the Fashion Market Northern California show, where buyers found an easy-to-navigate exhibition space at the San Mateo County Event Center.
Downtown Los Angeles has experienced an unprecedented revival over the past five years with big swatches of the district being transformed from blighted streets to neighborhoods buzzing with new restaurants, boutique hotels and now an onslaught of high-end streetwear stores.
It’s a boom time for women’s activewear, but while more designers are getting into the activewear game, a major group of women have been ignored, said Shilpa Rajpara, designer of the Nayali brand.
Los Angeles designer Haley Solar has been behind a sewing machine since she was 7 years old, a skill she continues to use today for the clothes she makes for her Junim Los Angeles boutique, located in Los Angeles’ Eagle Rock neighborhood.