Friday, September 28
Photography and Fashion
Excitement was in the air at the Leica Gallery in West Hollywood for the opening night of Melanie Pullen's latest photo series, "Unseen Stories."
Thursday, September 27
Accounting and consulting firm Moss Adams LLP will be presenting the 2018 Moss Adams Fashion Innovator Award, also known as the MAFI Award, to Elie Madi.
Working together for the first time, mother-and-daughter actors Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson launched a Fabletics x MindUP capsule collection of activewear to benefit MindUp.
A year ago, Nordstrom Inc. introduced the Nordstrom Local concept. Currently, Nordstrom Local is being rolled out to two more Los Angeles area locations.
The California Market Center has a number of textile, apparel and footwear trade shows and events taking place in October for the Spring/Summer 2019 season.
Shades of Autumn
Fall Textile Trends
Now that the Trump administration’s $200 billion of additional tariffs have gone into effect on thousands of Chinese imports, the apparel and retail industries are figuring out what to do next. Covered in this round of tariffs are buttons, bobbins, yarns, embroidery, textiles, handbags and leather. Apparel is not part of the equation yet.
The Delaware Supreme Court upheld an early court ruling that Dov Charney, the founder of American Apparel, must repay $19.5 million to Standard General, a New York hedge fund.
After launching her Los Angeles brand n:Philanthropy in 2014, Yvonne Niami has finally opened her first West Coast showroom at the Cooper Design Space in downtown Los Angeles.
Sanctuary’s Sustainable Spring
Ahead of its Spring 2019 launch, Los Angeles women’s lifestyle brand Sanctuary announced its “Smart Creation” production process, which will build the brand’s reputation for environmental and social responsibility.
Road Twenty-Two, a socially conscious San Francisco brand, announced that after four years it is shutting down its business.
What’s Checking: La Brea
Since the mid-1980s, Los Angeles’ La Brea Avenue has been a fashion street.
Wednesday, September 26
Better known for its sneakers and apparel, Vans teamed up with Hedley & Bennett to make...an apron!
Recognizing the innovative efforts of Chip Bergh, Levi Strauss & Co.'s president and chief executive officer, the National Retail Federation named the leader as the recipient of "The Visionary" award for 2019.
Could the U.S. economy be partying like there’s no tomorrow only to be faced with a hangover in two years?
Tuesday, September 25
Millions of people are celebrating Autumn Harvest festival holidays across Asia. South Coast Plaza observed the festival Sept. 23 with food, dance, costume and dignitaries.
Monday, September 24
Guess? Model Charlie Matthews talks about moving from shooting photos for the label's e-commerce channel to a main event; the Fall '18 campaign.
Friday, September 21
Expanding its bricks-and-mortar store presence, Rent the Runway opened the doors to the its first stand-alone location in San Francisco on Sept. 18.
Fashion and Footwear
Puma develops a line of limited-edition boots taking inspiration from the Fashion District, the Jewelry District and the Flower District in downtown L.A.
Thursday, September 20
Findings & Trimmings
No screwy rabbits. No suffering succotash. The Hundreds does a collection around Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner.
The IHL Group, a global research and analysis company, has reported a loss of $8.4 billion annually for fashion and retail due to returns for wrong sizing and fit. This makes 3-D technology for fashion and retail one of the fastest-growing technologies, with proven value for design and product development as well as consumer engagement.
With sustainability the buzzword for responsible fashion, H&M has launched a collection for Fall/Winter 2018 that incorporates recycled textiles, which include cashmere and velvet made from recycled polyester.
The fashion students from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco hit the runway during New York Fashion Week, showing their avant-garde and creative collections for both Spring and Fall 2019 at Pier59 Studios, located on the Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.
Art Hearts Fashion at NYFW
A handful of Los Angeles designers stepped onto the runway during Art Hearts Fashion’s five days of runway shows held at the Angel Orensanz Foundation building, originally built in 1849 as a neo-Gothic Jewish synagogue on the Lower East Side.
OC.Mix’s Intimate Vibe
You won’t get lost at the OC.Mix Show, a compact trade event organized twice a year by apparel company Z Supply at its company headquarters in Irvine, Calif.
Huf made its reputation as a men’s skate and streetwear brand, but since its very first day women have been wearing its T-shirts and hoodies.
Retail Vacancies Low
E-commerce business has been skyrocketing, but judging from retail vacancies in Los Angeles County, bricks-and-mortar retail is still a contender.
Berlin-headquartered trade-show company Premium Group announced it is buying a minority stake in the U.S.-based Liberty Fairs Fashion Group.
In mid-October, Gap Inc. is scheduled to release a new clothing brand called Hill City, a men’s performance-wear label geared toward the active guy who exercises, bikes, runs or just likes to hang out in athletic wear.
To decrease the threat of counterfeit products in different industries, Applied DNA Sciences has introduced a biochemistry-based innovation in apparel authentication.
Torrid Inc. announced the appointment of Liz Muñoz to lead the fashion retailer as chief executive officer.
E-Commerce for Manufacturers
The importance of e-commerce continues to grow as manufacturers seek tools to fortify their relationships with buyers.
After seven years of working with the L.A. Fashion District Business Improvement District, the organization’s director of marketing and external relations, Ariana Gomez, will leave on Sept. 21 to pursue other career interests in content strategy with an unnamed swimwear brand.
Wednesday, September 19
Los Angeles-based apparel brand Guess? Inc. launched a partnership with J Balvin, as the Latin Grammy Award Winner kicks off his Vibras tour today in Fresno, Calif.
Tuesday, September 18
The Wildfang brand of Portland, Ore., made a splash for outfitting the tomboy. By Oct. 1, it is scheduled to open in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles has become the largest city in the United States to take a big step toward banning the sale of fur. Sales of vintage and used fur are exempt.
Monday, September 17
Trump administration will impose tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods as of next week.
Thursday, September 13
Bringing more ethical manufacturing to fashion, Julia Daviy unveiled The Liberation Collection—a line of 3D-printed clothing—during New York Fashion Week.
Informa Exhibitions has appointed Mark Temple-Smith to the role of managing director of its fashion exhibitions business, a segment that includes WWDMAGIC, Coterie, Project and Project Womens.
As it expands its key-buyer program with new initiatives for its Womenswear In Nevada (WWIN) trade show, Clarion UX has hired Susan Milano to manage its key accounts.
After 20 years of leadership as the founder of the Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID), Carol Schatz will retire on Sept. 30.
Since its 2011 inception, American Giant has made a big impression on fans of premium basics. The San Francisco–based, primarily e-commerce apparel company founded by Bayard Winthrop has become known for its high-quality hoodies made in Los Angeles.
A year after officials closed the Surf Expo show as Hurricane Irma fast approached, the show welcomed eager retailers from throughout the Southeast and the Caribbean—many of whom have weathered more than just storms since then.
LA Designers at NYFW
Los Angeles designers were front and center during New York Fashion Week when they showed at Style Fashion Week, a fashion and art–oriented event founded by Veronica Welch-Kerzner, whose first runway shows were held in downtown Los Angeles.
The stars and the heavens above were the inspiration for Tadashi Shoji’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection, seen on the runway on Sept. 6 during New York Fashion Week.
There is nothing like the prospect of tariffs on Chinese goods to nudge importers to bring in their merchandise a little early to avoid a hefty increase in prices.
Caruso's Retail Plan
When Caruso, a well-known Los Angeles developer, unveils Palisades Village in a week, it will answer the question about whether the high-flying company behind the game-changing The Grove shopping mecca still has its magic touch.
Two major shopping-center developers are getting together to construct a big outlet mall that will be located south of Los Angeles and not far from the new Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers football stadium.
Kodak teams up with Forever 21 for a collection of clothing that will be in 600 stores.
Lisa Litt’s grandmother Lillian Green started Lili Bridals 60 years ago.
Wednesday, September 12
For years, people have crowded the Paul Smith flagship’s parking lot to take selfies in front of the store’s idiosyncratic Pepto-Bismol colored pink wall. On Sept. 12, act of taking a selfie was crudely satirized.
Tory Burch's performance line Tory Sport recently parked into a permanent shop-in-shop at the Rodeo Drive Tory Burch flagship.
Tuesday, September 11
During New York Fashion Week, San Francisco fashion blogger and stylist Tanesha Awasthi launched her Girl With Curves x Lane Bryant collaboration to great acclaim.
Monday, September 10
Melrose Place is the address to elegant designer flagships. David Lerner NY recently opened a pop-up there.
Friday, September 7
After announcing a partnership with the City of Los Angeles on Sept. 5, John Elliott unveiled his Spring/Summer 2019 collection on Sept. 6, which showed influences from the West Coast city, during New York Fashion Week.
Informa Exhibitions has appointed Mark Temple-Smith to the managing director role of its fashion exhibitions business a segment that includes WWDMAGIC, Coterie, Project and Project Womens.
Thursday, September 6
For Ida Petersson, one of the best things about her job is telling the world about new, emerging fashion designers. Until recently, she’s been doing it only in Browns, an influential boutique in London.
Retail’s Strong August
RETAIL HEALTH: After many retail chains crashed and burned, retail business is starting to improve. Retail sales for August, which includes the Back-to-School Season, were just released.
This week, the apparel industry found an unlikely partner as Herbalife Nutrition—distributor of nutrition, weight-management and fitness products—unveiled an activewear competition it is sponsoring with the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles.
Robot Models for LFW
When London Fashion Week starts this year, there will be something new on the runway: robots showing some of a Los Angeles designer’s collection.
Beginning in January 2021, the Western & English Sales Association (WESA) will host its International Western/English Apparel & Equipment Markets at its new home at the Dallas Market Center.
Many consumers often battle personal insecurities about their bodies and make apparel purchasing decisions based on how a piece of clothing makes their bodies appear—not simply how a garment looks on a hanger.
Not simply another activewear line, Nubia Natalie celebrates the artisans of Mexico’s Huichol community, located in the country’s Sierra Madre mountain region.
Apparel manufacturing and consultancy firm Indie Source announced the winner of its Indie Fashion Contest, held during Sourcing at MAGIC, the industry trade show held Aug. 12–15 in Las Vegas.
Six factories that allegedly were operating under one contractor’s license will have to pay $573,704 in fines for various violations cited by the state Department of Industrial Relations.
Family Business Affair
When the Kaviani sisters started their online clothing company from their parents’ home six years ago, they never imagined that their $7,500 investment would mushroom into a multimillion-dollar enterprise selling mostly simple knit basics that have been seen on celebrities including Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Khloe Kardashian and her sister Kylie Jenner.
The fashion-sustainability event called ReMode has added a number of top fashion leaders to its speaker lineup at the conference scheduled for Nov. 13–14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The message of the Los Angeles streetwear brand Face begs people to look deeper into themselves.
In the early days, Project Social T made its reputation with women’s T-shirts, but now, in search of new business, the Los Angeles–headquartered label is introducing a line of men’s tees.
Wednesday, September 5
The trend report incorporates 12 trending colors and four classic hues.
Banana Republic is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
Tuesday, September 4
Last week, Brittany Diego produced a panel on what it takes to be a fashion stylist.
Jeans are one of the classics of casual looks. John Moore of the Outerknown label wants to make sure that you feel good about wearing jeans.