Thursday, February 28
Deckers Brands—parent company of footwear-and-lifestyle brands Ugg, Koolaburra by Ugg, Teva, Hoka One One and Sanuk—will permanently close its Camarillo, Calif., distribution center by Aug. 31.
Designer Daniel Antonio is breathing new life into his Dirtymilk label, which is being resurrected after being dormant for several years.
Farm to Fashion
Tables stacked with carrots and celery. Bushel baskets filled with Cara Cara oranges and tangelos. A sea of strawberries packaged in white cartons.
Private Label in Retail
If you want to buy a pair of Levi’s jeans, it’s not too hard to find a store that carries them.
Launched by Margaret Coblentz in 2017, the Frances Austen brand was founded in San Francisco to provide responsibly crafted, classic cashmere pieces to consumers who are concerned about how their clothing is made.
San Francisco direct-to-consumer women’s intimate-apparel company ThirdLove announced the completion of a $55-million round of fund-raising.
Tags & Labels
Following the January announcement that it would invest in producing greener products, Amsterdam-based RFID-product and IoT-solutions provider Smartrac,while exhibiting at the17th edition of LogiMAT, unveiledits plan to add environmentally friendly tag options to its offerings.
Lectra, the French information-technology and digital-solutions leader that produces software and hardware to facilitate fabric cutting, appointed Edouard Macquin as its new president of Lectra Americas.
Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami recently announced the lineup for its three-day show to be held May 28–30 at the same time as Miami Fashion Week.
The recent lull in the trade war between the United States and China was good news for U.S. retailers, clothing manufacturers and importers who have seen their bottom line eroded by a 10 percent tariff on certain goods imported from China.
Old Navy to become a separate company from the rest of Gap Inc.'s brands.
Venerable menswear shop Carroll & Co called it quits after a run of more than six decades. However, Carroll & Co’s veteran general manager, Stuart Newmark, has no intention of retiring.
Following a selection process that began in August 2018, Dallas-headquartered Haggar Clothing Co. awarded Zachary Hall the top prize in the inaugural FIDM SuperLab menswear-design competition.
Wednesday, February 27
Former fashion editor Danyl Geneciran took his fashion inspirations and media savvy to start direct-to-consumer brand Privé Alliance in 2018.
Tuesday, February 26
Currently in development is "The Passion of McQueen." It’s a new opera recounting the final hour of the designer’s life.
Monday, February 25
On the night of Feb. 22, Maggie Barry got a call from Oscars stylist Katja Cahill for a special favor.
Friday, February 22
For years, there was only one pink building on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, Calif.
Joining forces with legendary rock band Led Zeppelin, Vans is celebrating the golden anniversary of the group's release of its self-titled, debut album.
Winnie Couture owner Chris Lee wanted his new space to be a big billboard.
Thursday, February 21
Trims, Accessories & Branding
Researchers at the University of Maryland have developed a new fabric that would make your body cooler when the weather warms up.
PI Apparel L.A.
Bringing its Apparel World Series brand conference to Los Angeles for the second year, event-and-conference producer Market Key invited apparel-and-footwear industry leaders to its Product Innovation Apparel (PI Apparel) event to discuss how the future of the business will be shaped by technology.
If it takes a village to raise a child, the same could be said about creating a sustainable capsule collection.
Polartec Goes Green
Building upon its Eco-Engineering process, which produces high-performance sustainable fabrics, Polartec has launched a new campaign to utilize recycled and biodegradable materials throughout its entire product line.
Affording greater opportunities to apparel-industry professionals, organizers of the Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami (ATSM) show announced the event will now take place May 28–30 at the Mana Wynwood Convention Center, which is one week later than originally scheduled.
California Love for NYFW
Fernando Alberto was one of the Los Angeles designers who showed at Art Hearts Fashion in New York
A one-day Sustainable Fashion Forum looking at solutions for designers, manufacturers, factories and retailers to reduce their environmental impact, cut waste and maximize their profits will be held March 7 at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles.
Kimberly Glas, a former deputy assistant secretary for textiles, consumer goods and materials at the U.S. Department of Commerce, was named the new president and chief executive officer of the National Council of Textile Organizations.
Since 1984, the Barbara Fields Buying Office has been putting together trend forecasts on juniors and contemporary clothing from an office in the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles.
Experts were wondering how the National Retail Federation could have been so wrong about its holiday sales forecast in late 2018.
The Los Angeles premium label Splendid, which was acquired by Delta Galil Inc. nearly three years ago, has named a new creative director to help grow the brand.
Wednesday, February 20
Social-commerce platform Poshmark announced the appointment of tennis champion and entrepreneur Serena Williams to its board of directors.
Economy will slow down but will be on a positive path over the next two years.
Tuesday, February 19
Workers put up white tents in the plaza in front of downtown Los Angeles' California Market Center showroom building Feb. 19. It was a rehearsal for a farmers’ market that will mark its inaugural run on Feb.27.
Charlotte Russe is available to the highest bidder.
Monday, February 18
Located in the former space of celebrity hot spot—the original Spago—The BADD House unveiled its inaugural art show.
Friday, February 15
During New York Fashion Week, Los Angeles designer John Elliott had an exciting Fall/Winter 2019 show, which included the unveiling of the Lexus X John Elliott partnership.
Thursday, February 14
Las Vegas Wrap
An earlier date and some location switches kept buyers hopping at the recent array of apparel, textile, accessories and footwear trade shows held Feb. 2–7 in Las Vegas.
Despite a move to downtown Las Vegas, Liberty Fairs did not see a decline in the number of vendors exhibiting at its recent show, held Feb. 5–7 at the World Market Center, said Sharifa Murdock, Liberty’s co-owner and partner. But she estimated that there was a slight decline in buyer attendance from a year ago.
Holiday sales in 2018 were a bit of a disappointment.
Delivering L.A. Denim
After leaving Mexico for the United States in 1987, Javier Marquez spent 19 years learning about Los Angeles’ local denim industry.
At Curve Las Vegas, held Feb. 5–7 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, organizers wanted to bring sexy back. With the addition of the Kinky Korner—an area devoted to showcasing luxurious, provocative lingerie from international and emerging brands—organizers introduced collections that did not have a booth at the show.
During this February’s Stitch @ Project Womens, held Feb. 5–7 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, buyers encountered an array of ready-to-wear offerings.
While Project Womens was held much earlier than previous February editions of the show, buyers didn’t seem to mind the Feb. 5–7 dates for the event, held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Show organizers said registration was up 2 percent over last year.
Exhibitors at the International Fashion Jewelry & Accessory Group (IFJAG) show, held Feb. 2–5 at the Embassy Suites in Las Vegas, were able to meet with buyers on a more intimate and personal level.
The eclectic mix of goods available during Pooltradeshow, held Feb. 5–7 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, excited buyers who were looking for unique items and artisan-crafted goods.
Athleisure brand Beyond Yoga announced the hire of Lynsey Cole as the director of key accounts and sales strategy.
Along the fringes of the MAGIC Mens show, held Feb. 5–7 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Dean De Costa of Cotton Heritage exhibited his brand’s blank T-shirts.
When Agenda moved off of the Las Vegas Strip for its Feb. 5–7 show, it stepped into uncharted territory.
Veterans and new vendors exhibited at The Tents, which is devoted to designer and contemporary men’s styles, cultivating a boutique environment with white-walled booths.
The sprawling Project, devoted to men’s contemporary styles and premium denim, introduced a new section called N:OW that focuses on new and emerging brands with a streetwear edge.
The fur has been flying with the news that fur products cannot be sold in Los Angeles after 2020.
Walking into WWDMAGIC is like walking into a warehouse of elaborately decorated stores with a huge party scene going on.
Sourcing at MAGIC has always been like a mini version of the United Nations. Countries from all over the world exhibit a wide-ranging collection of clothing, shoes, accessories, textiles and machinery.
New to the longstanding OffPrice show this year in Las Vegas was a section called Boutique Buyer.
Inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, the various ballrooms with exotic names such as Amazon, Brasilia and Tropical were packed with clothing and accessories that painted a vivid portrait of the vast apparel offerings sold in the United States.
Tadashi Shoji at NYFW
L.A. designer Tadashi Shoji had his fashions on the runway during New York Fashion Week for his Fall/Winter 2019 collection, which carried influences from Southeast Asia.
Odain Watson opened a new atelier for his outerwear brand Odaingerous at 349 S. Los Angeles St. He recently produced a presentation for a capsule collection called The Niado Hotel.
Wednesday, February 13
Jessica Simpson, singer, reality star and sex symbol of more than a decade, ago makes more headlines for being a mom than for her entertainment ventures.
Levi Strauss & Co. is going public with filing of IPO.
Tuesday, February 12
The first night of LA Fashion Week will see New York designer Naeem Khan's creations on the runway.
Monday, February 11
Nats Getty recently introduced streetwear inspired line Strike Oil. the name is inspired by her prominent family's heritage. However the line's style is the domain of her personal story, as well as the inspiration of the LGBTQ community.
Japanese denim brand Kapital and Cedella Marley,sought to distill the sartorial style of Bob Marley, yet view it through a new lens in the collection Kapital Sings Bob Marley Talkin’ Blues.
Friday, February 8
Fresh off of its win as 2018's San Diego CityBeat Bestie Awards for "Best Swimsuit Shop in San Diego," swimwear brand Hola Swim, will debut its 2019 Resort Collection Feb. 10 during New York Fashion Week.
The weather was unseasonably cold, but Sampson wasn't going to let a little bad weather get in the way.
Thursday, February 7
Kate and Laura Mulleavy are home-grown designers who grew up in Pasadena, Calif. But their careers and their fashion shows for their Rodarte label have taken them mostly to New York, where their creations are seen on the runway during New York Fashion Week.
Movie Costume Exhibit
More than 800 people attended the Feb. 2 preview opening of the annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition, which features more than 100 movie costumes from some 25 films released in 2018.
Who doesn’t love a sale? Consumers do, but for retailers the idea of discounting merchandise by 10 percent to 25 percent adds up.
Despite rumblings of a trade war with China and an up-and-down stock market, the National Retail Federation said it expects retail sales for 2019 to be up from 3.8 percent to 4.4 percent, totaling more than $3.8 trillion.
Levi Strauss & Co., the San Francisco clothing company known for its Levi’s jeans, had a solid year of growth with net revenues increasing a healthy 14 percent in its fiscal year ending Nov. 25, 2018.
Charlotte Russe Holdings Corporation filed a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition on Feb. 3 in United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
In the latest study of Los Angeles County’s creative economy conducted by the Otis College of Art and Design, the fashion industry was the only one of the creative industries that saw a decrease in employment. The decrease came even though the fashion industry has the second-largest share of creative-industry jobs in Los Angeles County.
Vegan Fashion Week
The very first Vegan Fashion Week kicked off in Los Angeles on Feb. 1 with a private event at the Natural History Museum and then two days of public events at the California Market Center.
Wednesday, February 6
Call Liberty Fairs and Agenda nomad trade shows.
MAGIC and WWIN announce big moves.
Tuesday, February 5
Sourcing at MAGIC returns to its old location in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Monday, February 4
Vegan Fashion Week was not the only sustainable fashion event going on in Los Angeles last week.
Venice, Calif. -based Dept. of Good will run an online market where consumers can find sustainable and fair-trade businesses.
Charlotte Russe Holdings Corporation filed a voluntary Chapter 11 Bankruptcy petition in United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
Friday, February 1
Through a partnership with Honda, Los Angeles-headquartered retailer Forever 21 developed a moto-streetwear-inspired line, which features 21 Savage as the face of the collection.
Celebrating the spirit of people whose passions and careers rely on bodies of water, such as oceans, rivers, and lakes, surf brand Hurley and workwear manufacturer Carhartt launched a new line of clothing.