Stories for October 2018


Wednesday, October 31

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Butter Cloth Wins on "Shark Tank"

Competing on business-reality show "Shark Tank" resulted in $250,000 in seed money for Los Angeles shirting brand Butter Cloth.

Monday, October 29

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Undefeated Showcases "For Freedoms"

There has been no escape from politics in the past couple of years. But prominent sneaker and fashion boutique Undefeated has placed an artful angle on the subject.

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CinéFashion Film Awards Rolls Out Red Carpet In Beverly Hills

Awards season is just beginning to flex its red carpet muscles.

Friday, October 26

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True Religion Teams Up With Manchester United


Los Angeles denim brand True Religion and professional English football club Manchester United have partnered on a line of premium denim, which launches October 26.

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South Coast Plaza’s Segerstrom Honored in DTLA

Under a clear night sky, Elizabeth Segerstrom, co-managing partner of South Coast Plaza, was honored Oct. 23 for her contributions to classical music and performing arts.

Thursday, October 25

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/The Lab/ by Please Do Not Enter's Debut for Dominique Lebrun

Vintage French movie posters are the primary canvases for Dominique Lebrun.

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Lekha Singh Shows Still-Life Portraits at The Apartment by The Line

One of the many charms of The Apartment by The Line is its casual ambiance. So when an Oct. 24 reception was held for the still life series of photographer Lekha Singh, it felt like walking into a party at a private residence.

NRF Finds Consumers Will Spend More During Holidays


The National Retail Federation released a forecast earlier this month that shows sales for the upcoming holiday season will increase from 4.3 percent to 4.8 percent over the year.

Forced Labor Targeted In New Agreement


Apparel is one of the industries marked by forced labor in its supply chain. Some prominent members of the industry recently took steps to protect migrant workers from forced labor in their supply chains as part of an effort to implement ethical standards.

Using Reclaimed Fabric to Promote a Sustainable Manufacturing Model


For Tonlé apparel-brand owner Rachel Faller, entering into fashion wasn’t part of her career plan when she studied textile design at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she focused on fine art and sculpture.

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Thrive Société Forges Its Own Path in the Race to Compete With Athletic Apparel

Runway-Inspired Athleticwear

The activewear category in apparel has expanded far beyond fitness enthusiasts and accomplished athletes as fashion continues to embrace the trend with chic athleisure pieces and luxurious streetwear lines.

Industry Veterans Reformulate Misses/Contemporary Through Launch of Alchemy Thread


For Spring 2019, Mandy Wang, owner of the fashion brand Daniel Rainn; Sonia Ding, an apparel-factory owner based in China; and Eileen Bushman, an apparel executive with more than 30 years in the business, have introduced the misses/contemporary line Alchemy Thread and its discounted counterpart, Alkamy.

ATSM Looks Toward Major Expansion for May 2019 Event

Trade Shows

With its return to the Mana Wynwood Convention Center May 20–22, 2019, Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami [ATSM] will double in size for its second event following a 2018 launch.

Ahead of the Holiday Season, Piper Jaffray Reveals the Brands Teens Want


As the retail industry approaches the holiday shopping season, overall teen spending has increased by 1 percent over fall 2017 but decreased 5 percent since spring 2018 among teenage members of Generation Z.

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A Movement Is Slowly Rising to Resurrect Selvage-Denim Production in the U.S.

Resurrecting U.S. Selvage

When it comes to manufacturing selvage denim in the United States, Ryan Huston could be the last man standing.

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Fashion Market Northern California Sold Out as Business Picks Up

FMNC's Holiday Hustle

During the Oct. 21–23 run of Fashion Market Northern California, exhibitor space was sold out at the San Mateo, Calif., event, while buyers ordered goods to prepare for the holiday shopping season.

Cashmere N Tee Bets on Multi-Brand Boutique


Walk through any mall or retail street—some of the most prominent shops are mono-brand stores that sell a wide variety of basics from a single fashion label. Lauren Goldstein and Samera Arkel are providing an alternative.

Fields Finds What’s Trending in Los Angeles- And What’s Not


Trend forecaster Barbara Fields of the Barbara Fields Buying Office builds her reports through researching what juniors styles are making cash registers ring in world fashion capitals such as London, Tokyo, Sydney and New York City.

Wednesday, October 24

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Citadel: the Tallest Xmas Tree

Some people haven’t worked on Halloween decorations. But Citadel Outlets is looking ahead.

Monday, October 22

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Bally's Hip Hop Party for Street Collection Bally X Shok-1

“The lights are low. The thread count is high and the CEO is on the dance floor,” Swizz Beats, Grammy winner and co-designer of Bally X Shok-1 , told a crowd of partyers.

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Room Service Takes A Bow At Beverly Center

Quintessentially is a members-only luxury-lifestyle management service, which provides concierge assistance to its well-heeled members. It recently introduced Room Service at Beverly Center

Thursday, October 18

How Trends Are Driving Innovation and Cooperation in Textile Manufacturing

Let’s update our college terminology: Daylongs, Dages and Darties.

Blended Retail Will Be the Hallmark of Holiday 2018


It looks like shoppers and retailers have taken down the old boundary between bricks-and-mortar retail and e-commerce.

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Art Hearts Fashion Delivers Four Days of Runway Shows

Art Hearts Fashion

Los Angeles designer Michael Costello freshened up his Spring/Summer ’19 collection with vibrant colors and flowing styles.

Action-Sports Vets Introduce New Denim Line


Fashion gurus can quibble about whether the athleisure trend has run its course. But for two entrepreneurs from Orange County, Calif., athleisure packs a lot of momentum.

Cantiq LA: Lingerie for Everyone


Lingerie is among the most beautiful garments anyone can wear, said Chelsea Hughes, founder of the Cantiq LA lingerie label.

Major Retail Construction Company Names Executive to Help Expand on West Coast


Shawmut Design and Construction has constructed retail flagships in top fashion areas including Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and in Manhattan.

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U.S. Tariffs on Textile Imports From China Leads to Trade Opportunities Elsewhere

Tariffs to Shift Relationships

With new tariffs being placed on textiles coming from China, many U.S. fabric importers are scrambling to find new textile trading partners whose goods are not subject to the recently imposed 10 percent tariff that could rise to 25 percent at the beginning of the year.

L.A. Designer Pawan Kumar and Lenzing to Debut Midnight Blues at Kingpins


At next week’s Kingpins Amsterdam—the denim trade show that runs Oct. 24–25—attendees will see the unveiling of a new collaboration between global textile company Lenzing of Austria and Los Angeles designer Pawan Kumar.

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After a Hibernation, Fashion District Space Opens As a Boutique

The last time the sprawling space at 719 S. Spring was used as a fashion boutique was 2012

Wednesday, October 17

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Two New Stores to Downtown Los Angeles' Broadway

Theory and a Footaction store devoted to Jordan footwear and clothes are ready to take a bow on Broadway

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Bohemian Society's Return to Los Angeles' Runway

Downtown Los Angeles’ Bohemian Society has played the wild-at-heart outsider to California’s fashion industry for 15 years.

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Rs Visual Thing's Big Concept Show

At the recent LA Fashion Week show from her brand Rs Visual Thing, Radka Salcmannova produced an event featuring dancers, a magician and what every Hollywood producer wants; a big concept.

Monday, October 15

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Whimsy + Row Scouts L.A.’s Mar Vista District

Los Angeles’ Venice neighborhood has been increasingly known as a spot for independent boutique retail. Rachel Temko is scouting the neighboring Mar Vista section as a burgeoning retail enclave.

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Sustainable Fashion Leaders Meet in DTLA for the Pollima Material Revolution


During Los Angeles Fashion Week, sustainable-fashion consultant group Pollima brought together brands, designers, investors and manufacturers at downtown's Ren Gallery.

National Stores Is Closing Remaining Locations

National Stores liquidating inventory at its remaining 184 stores.

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Jonathan Skow, the Designer Behind Mr. Turk and Husband of Trina Turk, Dies Following Accident

Remembering Jonathan Skow

Jonathan Skow, who started out as a photographer and stylist and branched out to designing the menswear line Mr. Turk, passed away on Oct. 12 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 55.

Friday, October 12

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Parks Project and National Geographic Launch Capsule Collection


A new capsule collection launched this week by Parks Project and National Geographic will benefit parkland in the United States.

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Style Interpretations at the L.A. Men's Market


Men's fashion is definitely on the rise with some interesting styles for those millennials who like to buy clothing.

Thursday, October 11

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Soho House, Shopify to Row DTLA

It was recently announced Soho House, a line of exclusive clubs, would lease 16,000-square-feet of office space at Row DTLA near downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District.

Vince Opens New Store at Palisades Village


Contemporary label Vince is opening a two-level shop at the recently unveiled Palisades Village retail center in Los Angeles’ exclusive Pacific Palisades neighborhood.

September Retail Sales Flummoxed by Calendar Shift


September sales were soft for many apparel retailers.

Discount Retail Favored by U.S. Consumers Regardless of Age or Income


In the United States, shoppers of different ages and income levels are bargain hunting as consumer culture continues to demand discounted goods.

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Los Angeles Market Week Takes Off With Some Big Changes

Changes at L.A. Market

October ushers in one of the more important Los Angeles Market Weeks when showrooms in the downtown L.A. Fashion District are unveiling their Spring/Summer ’19 lines but still filling in orders for late Fall and Resort.

A Fresh Look at the L.A. Textile Show Keeps Exhibitors Optimistic and Impresses Attendees

Trade Shows

Showcasing the latest trends in textiles, the L.A. Textile show at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles brought together vendors and buyers to conduct business for Fall/Winter 2019/2020.

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Sustainable Fashion Forum at L.A. Textile Brings Industry Leaders Into the Eco Discussion

Sustainable Fashion Forum

Sustainability is the buzzword swirling around the fashion and textile industries these days.

Despite Tariffs, Imports Are Hitting Record Levels


New tariffs on nearly half the goods imported from China haven’t dampened retailers’ zeal for bringing in merchandise from overseas factories.

Levi’s Sees Solid Revenue Growth in the Third Quarter


Levi Strauss & Co. has been on a roll lately, reporting its fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit revenue growth.

Michael Glasser, Denim Innovator, 76


No one would ever say Michael Glasser was a shy man. People like to tell the story about how he was in Paris looking for design innovations when he saw a woman wearing a pair of patchwork Levi’s. He quickly chased after her.

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L.A. Fashion Week Mixes the Road With the Runway

LAFW Springs Forward

For the past few years, L.A. Fashion Week has been bopping around the city, setting up runways at different locations that change from season to season.

Wednesday, October 10

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LA Fashion Week: From L.A. to the World

After a gala debut on Oct. 6 at Petersen Automative Museum , LA Fashion Week produced a slate of runway shows spotlighting the work of fashion designers from Los Angeles and around the globe.

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Volcom Unveils New L.A. Flagship

Volcom has long been providing popular styles on the beaches, mountains and on concrete favored by skateboarders. The brand opened a new Los Angeles flagship to make a bigger splash in urban areas.

Tuesday, October 9

Levi’s Sees Solid Revenue Growth in the Third Quarter

Levi Strauss & Co. shows strong results for third quarter of 2018.

Monday, October 8

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Metropolitan Fashion Week Takes A Bow at L.A. City Hall

Metropolitan Fashion Week showcased fashions inspired by King Tut, as well as international designers on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall Oct. 6.

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Los Angeles Market Week Revs Up


Three-day market takes off we a big welcome.

Friday, October 5

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Brownstone Gives A_New Warning

Los Angeles headquartered brand Brownstone has gained ink in hipster journals for its men’s looks as well as for the style of the brand’s founders. Brownstone recently introduced the collection A_New Warning.

Thursday, October 4

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Pre-Fashion Week, Vicken Derderian Takes The Runway

A week or so before L.A. Fashion Week and Art Hearts Fashion produce their slates of runway shows, the Vicken Derderian label put together an independent fashion show near downtown Los Angeles.

L.A. Textile Show Reflects Apparel Industry Changes and CMC Transition

Trade Shows

During this week’s L.A. Textile show, attendees experienced the fruits of a new initiative to refresh the biannual event, which took place Oct. 3–5 at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Early Trend Messages from Spring/Summer 2019 Runways in New York, London, Milan and Paris


Spring runway month has barely finished, but we have already pinpointed plenty of new directions for the upcoming season—from sturdy workwear to flouncy dresses, from tie-dye to daytime glimmer.

California Fashion Students Honored at Awards Luncheon


Marking its 15th year honoring California-based student designers, the California Fashion Foundation—the California Fashion Association’s philanthropic organization—recently hosted its annual scholarship-awards luncheon.

Juniorswear Trends for Spring/Summer 2019 Involve a Few Repeats


Fashion styles are always changing, but veteran juniorswear trend forecaster Barbara Fields suggested that retailers hold on to a few select looks she believes are going to have staying power through Summer 2019.

The National Retail Federation Sees a Strong Holiday Season


U.S. sales for the holiday 2018 season are expected to be better than last year.

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Vendors at L.A. Majors Show Claim Good Biz Despite Lighter Traffic

LA Majors Market

Retailers placed orders and brands introduced new denim lines at the semiannual L.A. Majors Market in an ambience where vendors thought that buyer traffic was slower than in previous years.

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Nicole Alex: A New Line That Mixes Athletic Support With Everyday Garments

Made in LA

Nicole Zabal had been in the fashion industry for some 20 years when she decided to start her own line of athleisure apparel that had something a little different—a built-in shelf bra in all her tops and dresses.

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Directives West Focuses on Major Trends for Spring/Summer 2019

Spring/Summer ’19 Trends

California style was front and center for Spring/Summer 2019 trends, with designers from around the world looking to the Golden State for inspiration for their breezy styles this upcoming season.

Bebe Stores Changes a Few Board Members


Bebe Stores announced it made several changes to its board of directors.

NAFTA Turns Into a Three-Way Deal With a New Name


With the last-minute announcement on Sept. 30 that Canada would be joining the free-trade agreement with the United States and Mexico, there will be a new North American Free Trade Agreement covering about $12.5 trillion in trade.

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Alter to Silver Lake

After more than a decade of clothing Brooklyn, N.Y. in “basics with flair,” multi-brand boutique Alter is scheduled to open a 1,300-square-foot shop in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake section.

Wednesday, October 3

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Guess? Inc. Opens 50th Store in Mexico


Guess? Inc. has been on a push to open stores in Mexico.

Monday, October 1

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This SOB Wants To Make Wardrobes Easy

Life is a complex matter. Trey Alligood of Shades of Black LA wants to make it a little more simple.

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The RealReal Observes National Consignment Day by Launching Sustainability Calculator


Observing National Consignment Day, The RealReal made a genuine effort to promote sustainable fashion through consignment with the launch of its Sustainability Calculator.

Stitch Fix Headed for Great Britain

Stitch Fix Inc., an on-demand, personal-styling service based in San Francisco that offers online-apparel subscriptions and personal-shopping services, is headed to Great Britain next year.

Los Angeles Fashion Week Spring 2019 Calendar


Los Angeles Fashion Week begins on Oct. 6 and runs through Oct. 14

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FIT Students Take Up the Challenge to Design With Heat-MX

Fashion and Textiles

The world of winter apparel may start looking a little different.