Stories for February 2019

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Thursday, February 28

Deckers Brands to Close Camarillo Distribution Center and Lay Off Nearly 100 Employees

Manufacturing

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.

Dirtymilk Label Rebounds With New Style and Attitude

Manufacturing

Designer Daniel Antonio is breathing new life into his Dirtymilk label, which is being resurrected after being dormant for several years.

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A Weekly Farmers’ Market Comes to the California Market Center

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.

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Private Label Is Lending a Helping Hand to Retailers’ Business

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.

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The Frances Austen Brand Elevates Ecologically Sound Classics to a Heritage Level

Responsible Heritage

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.

Intimates Company ThirdLove Completes a $55-million Fundraising Round

Manufacturing

San Francisco direct-to-consumer women’s intimate-apparel company ThirdLove announced the completion of a $55-million round of fund-raising.

Smartrac Brings Its Green Tag Program Initiative to LogiMAT

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.

Edouard Macquin Appointed President of Lectra Americas

Manufacturing

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 Adds Events to Second Show

Trade Shows

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.

A Cease-Fire in the Trade War Has the Apparel Industry Wondering What Will Happen Next

Import/Export

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.

Gap Inc. to Split Into Two Separate Publicly Traded Companies

Retail

Old Navy to become a separate company from the rest of Gap Inc.'s brands.

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Carroll & Co’s Newmark to Bespoke at Avedon

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.

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Haggar Names Zachary Hall as the Winner of FIDM SuperLab Menswear Design Competition

FASHION

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

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Privé Alliance Touches Down in L.A. with a Runway Show and Party for Social-Media Stars

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

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Kentaro Kameyama of "Project Runway" Composes Opera on Alexander McQueen

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

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Maggie Barry's Mad Dash to Make Melissa McCarthy's Oscars' Bunny Cape

On the night of Feb. 22, Maggie Barry got a call from Oscars stylist Katja Cahill for a special favor.

Friday, February 22

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PrettyLittleThing Takes A Bow on Melrose

For years, there was only one pink building on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, Calif.

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Vans Collaboration Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Led Zeppelin Debut Album

FASHION

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.

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Winnie Couture Parties for its New Beverly Hills Flagship

Winnie Couture owner Chris Lee wanted his new space to be a big billboard.

Thursday, February 21

Textile Trends

Textiles

Textile Trends

Trims, Accessories & Branding

Trims, Accessories & Branding

University of Maryland Researchers Create Fabric With Environment-Dependent Insulation

Technology

Researchers at the University of Maryland have developed a new fabric that would make your body cooler when the weather warms up.

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PI Apparel’s L.A. Conference Dispels Tech Fears and Promotes Innovation Collaboration

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.

Planet Rehab Shows How Working Together Benefits the Planet

Textile

If it takes a village to raise a child, the same could be said about creating a sustainable capsule collection.

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Polartec to Increase Recycled and Biodegradable Materials Across Entire Product Line

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.

ATSM Changes 2019 Dates to Coincide with Miami Fashion Week

Trade Shows

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.

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Los Angeles Designers on the Runway at Art Hearts Fashion in New York

California Love for NYFW

Fernando Alberto was one of the Los Angeles designers who showed at Art Hearts Fashion in New York

Sustainable Fashion Forum Will Examine How to Help the Environment

Trade Shows

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.

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New CEO Named for the National Council of Textile Organizations

Textiles

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.

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Barbara Fields Buying Office to Leave Downtown L.A.

Retail

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.

Analysts Scratch Their Heads About the Missed Holiday Sales Forecast

Retail

Experts were wondering how the National Retail Federation could have been so wrong about its holiday sales forecast in late 2018.

Splendid Names New Creative Director

Manufacturing

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

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Serena Williams Appointed to Poshmark's Board of Directors

FASHION

Social-commerce platform Poshmark announced the appointment of tennis champion and entrepreneur Serena Williams to its board of directors.

LAEDC Economic Report Sees U.S. Growth Over the Next Two Years

Economy will slow down but will be on a positive path over the next two years.

Tuesday, February 19

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Farmers' Market Coming to the CMC

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 Looking for an Angel to Buy the Retail Chain

Charlotte Russe is available to the highest bidder.

Monday, February 18

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The BADD House Debuts

Located in the former space of celebrity hot spot—the original Spago—The BADD House unveiled its inaugural art show.

Friday, February 15

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An Exciting NYFW for John Elliott Includes Unveiling of Lexus Partnership

FASHION

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

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Doing the Las Vegas Shuffle Proves Challenging

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.

Liberty Exhibitors Remain Steady But Buyers Down

Trade Shows

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 Miss Earlier Forecast

Retail

Holiday sales in 2018 were a bit of a disappointment.

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Xabi Jeans Helps Factory Focus on Rebuilding Local Denim Industry

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.

Curve Las Vegas Launches New Section for Emerging Lingerie Brands

Trade Shows

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.

Stitch Offers Eclectic Mix to Buyers, But Exhibitors Want More Traffic in 2019

Trade Shows

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.

Conscious Fashion and Emerging Brands Reign at Project Womens

Trade Shows

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.

Camaraderie Among IFJAG Members Brings In Buyers to Las Vegas

Trade Shows

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.

Pool Promotes Independent Brands with an Array of Unique Offerings

Trade Shows

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.

Beyond Yoga Hires Lynsey Cole to Lead Sales Strategy

Manufacturing

Athleisure brand Beyond Yoga announced the hire of Lynsey Cole as the director of key accounts and sales strategy.

Magic Mens Appeals to a Diversity of Styles

Trade Shows

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.

Business Good for Many at Agenda Despite the Move

Trade Shows

When Agenda moved off of the Las Vegas Strip for its Feb. 5–7 show, it stepped into uncharted territory.

The Tents Attracts Major Buyers to the Boutique-Style Show

Trade Shows

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.

Project Tries On New Looks

Trade Shows

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.

L.A. Becomes the Largest U.S. City to Ban Fur

Retail

The fur has been flying with the news that fur products cannot be sold in Los Angeles after 2020.

WWDMAGIC Puts the Fun Into the Trade-Show Scene

Trade Shows

Walking into WWDMAGIC is like walking into a warehouse of elaborately decorated stores with a huge party scene going on.

Sourcing at MAGIC Celebrates Chinese New York With a Dragon Parade on the Show Floor

Trade Shows

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.

OffPrice Adds New Section to Discount-Merchandise Trade Show

Trade Shows

New to the longstanding OffPrice show this year in Las Vegas was a section called Boutique Buyer.

Womenswear In Nevada Filled With Buyers Who Gathered for A Surprise Announcement

Trade Shows

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.

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Tadashi Shoji Looks to Southeast Asia for His Fall/Winter 2019 Collection

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.

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Odaingerous’ The Niado Hotel Capsule Collection

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

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Jessica Simpson’s New Maternity Line

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 Files IPO to Trade on New York Stock Exchange

Levi Strauss & Co. is going public with filing of IPO.

Tuesday, February 12

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Naeem Khan to Headline LAFW

Fashion

The first night of LA Fashion Week will see New York designer Naeem Khan's creations on the runway.

Monday, February 11

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Nats Getty Makes A Statement With Strike Oil

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.

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H. Lorenzo Parties for Kapital Sings Bob Marley Talkin’ Blues

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

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NYFW to Feel SoCal Beach Vibes with Hola Swim 2019 Resort Debut

FASHION

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.

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Trade Show Veteran Mike Sampson Unveils Commotion

The weather was unseasonably cold, but Sampson wasn't going to let a little bad weather get in the way.

Thursday, February 7

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Rodarte Debuts Fall 2019 Collection in Southern California

Rodarte Collection

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.

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FIDM Unveils Some 100 Movie Costumes at its Annual Costume Design Exhibition

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.

Markdowns Cost U.S. Retailers $300 Billion in 2018

Retail

Who doesn’t love a sale? Consumers do, but for retailers the idea of discounting merchandise by 10 percent to 25 percent adds up.

U.S. Retail Sales on Strong Footing for 2019 With Job Growth Continuing

Retail

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 Sees Substantial Growth in 2018

Manufacturing

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 to Close Approximately 94 Stores in Voluntary Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Plan

Retail

Charlotte Russe Holdings Corporation filed a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition on Feb. 3 in United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

New Study Reveals Impact of Creative Jobs on L.A. County’s Economy

News

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.

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Vegan Fashion Week Launches in L.A. With Fashion and Activism

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

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Agenda and Liberty Trade Shows Make a Big Move

Call Liberty Fairs and Agenda nomad trade shows.

Las Vegas Apparel and Footwear Shows Announce Big Location Moves

Trade Shows

MAGIC and WWIN announce big moves.

Tuesday, February 5

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Sourcing at MAGIC Kicks Off in South Hall of Convention Center

Sourcing at MAGIC returns to its old location in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Monday, February 4

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Verte Luxe Produces a Sustainable Market

Vegan Fashion Week was not the only sustainable fashion event going on in Los Angeles last week.

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Dept. of Good Takes A Bow

Venice, Calif. -based Dept. of Good will run an online market where consumers can find sustainable and fair-trade businesses.

Charlotte Russe to Close Approximately 94 Stores in Voluntary Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Plan

RETAIL

Charlotte Russe Holdings Corporation filed a voluntary Chapter 11 Bankruptcy petition in United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Friday, February 1

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21 Savage Named the Face of F21 x Honda Moto-Streetwear Collection

FASHION

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.

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Hurley and Carhartt Launch Collection to Outwork The Water

FASHION

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.