Stories for June 2019

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Thursday, June 27

Trims, Accessories & Branding

Textiles

Trims, Accessories & Branding

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A Current of Sustainability Runs through Outdoor Retailer

Eco Outdoor Retailer

At the Summer version of Outdoor Retailer, sustainability was the theme throughout the Colorado Convention Center, where one of the largest gatherings for the outdoor industry was held for the second year. For years, Outdoor Retailer took place in Salt Lake City.

Los Angeles Sock Maker Increases Production With Licensed Socks

Manufacturing

When Alex Ryu founded Soxnet Inc. in 2002, his main business came from making private-label socks for big retail chains and brands including Forever 21, Old Navy, Aeropostale, Gap, Calvin Klein, Costco, Target and JCPenney.

Smart Manufacturing May Be Next Step for Factories

Technology

Get ready for big changes in manufacturing of all kinds. Factories will be automated. Robots will be a common sight in manufacturers’ factories—and many workers will be concerned about losing their jobs.

Obituary: John Marshall, Owner of JM International Group

Textiles

John Marshall, a longtime Los Angeles resident and president and owner of JM International Group, passed away on June 15 from natural causes. He was 52.

FIDM’s Menswear Graduates Mix Art and Science

Manufacturing

While menswear is a big business, it is not a major course of study at design colleges.

L.A. Streetwear Brand Tests Limits of Language in Trademark Case

Manufacturing

Streetwear brands have a long history of placing parody and anti-authoritarian viewpoints on T-shirts.

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Denim Making a Rebound After Activewear Challenge

Denim Delivers

For years, denim reigned as the unrivaled monarch of the market for casual styles.

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Fashion Market Northern California Nurtures a Buyer-Friendly Vibe

Buyer-Friendly FMNC

The recent Fashion Market Northern California saw a crowd of buyers ready to place orders for Holiday, Resort and Immediates. Many seasoned retailers were excited to see familiar brands, while show organizers worked to maintain an atmosphere allowing buyers to have fun while working to stock their shops.

Modaris V8R2 by Lectra Features Tools to Increase Patternmaking Efficiency

Technology

Building upon its modeling solutions for apparel manufacturers, Paris-headquartered information-technology and digital-solutions firm Lectra announced the launch of Modaris V8R2, bringing the latest advancements in digital patternmaking, grading and prototyping 2-D/3-D solutions to the industry.

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So Major Brings Pop-Up Shops to Airports

Retail at American airports has taken big strides in terms of sophistication and ambition in the last decade, and here’s a new angle.

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Bobby Hundreds On Building A Brand, Mistakes & The Power of Blogging in This Is Not a T-Shirt

Bobby Kim, better known to the fashion world as Bobby Hundreds is in the midst of a flurry of interviews for his first book This Is Not a T-Shirt

Tuesday, June 25

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Marine Layer Takes a Stand with Pride Collection and Summer Re-Spun Line

MANUFACTURING

June has been a busy month for San Francisco's Marine Layer, which launched its second recycled line on June 17 and has supported Pride Month with its limited-edition Giving Tees.

Monday, June 24

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PrettyLittleThing's BET Experience Party

The BET Awards were presented Sunday. We took in a pre awards show party at PrettyLittleThing, and met a stylish group of people.

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Louis Vuitton Shines Light on Collaborations with Louis Vuitton X Gallery Show

Louis Vuitton will produce a gallery show devoted to artist collaborations on Rodeo Drive.

Thursday, June 20

Organization Urges Trump Administration to Include Apparel and Made-Up Textiles in Next Round of Chinese Tariffs

Import/Export

As the trade war between the United States and China intensifies, members of the National Council of Textile Organizations have been urging the Trump administration to include apparel and certain textile items in the next round of tariffs.

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Fashion Students at Santa Monica College Present LA Mode 2019

Asian Boho

The fashion students at Santa Monica College showcased an eclectic mix of styles that was heavy on recycled denim.

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Going From Cocktail Dresses to T-shirts for Designer Sarah Parker

Most High

In 2006, Sarah Parker was designing the contemporary label DiSanto, a line of cocktail dresses carrying her maiden name, which was sold at high-end boutiques.

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Retailers Take on the Fight Against Organized Crime

Fighting Retail Crime

Robberies, employee theft and organized retail crime create billions of dollars in losses for stores every year, so companies are increasingly concerned about cybercrime.

May Sales Show Solid Growth Over Last Year

Retail

Retail sales across the country in May were up over last year, but several big apparel chains saw a slight dip in same-store sales.

June L.A. Market Sees Serious Buyers Placing Orders, Many for Immediates

Trade Shows

Organized to showcase Fall II and Holiday, L.A. Market Week saw local retailers and those who headed to Los Angeles from out of state to see their trusted showroom partners. Many buyers wanted to enjoy the intimate atmosphere of working with representatives they know.

Dallas Market Center to Launch Total Lifestyle Market Starting June 2020

Trade Shows

To accommodate the changing retail landscape, the Dallas Market Center will transform its summer markets into a total-lifestyle marketplace.

New Brand Is the Next Chapter for Lubov Azria

Manufacturing

For more than 25 years, Lubov Azria was the creative force behind the well-known California contemporary label BCBGMaxAzria.

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The North Face Says Plastic Waste Is Over With Nat Geo Collection

Journalists, environmentalists, scientists and activists sounded the alarm on plastic pollution years ago. San Francisco Bay Area brand The North Face plans to bring the fight against the plastic pollution crisis to fashion.

Wednesday, June 19

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Fund-raiser for Model Anna Leo

Anna Leo was recently released from the hospital and is recuperating from injuries caused by a car accident. To raise funds for her medical bills, her friends at downtown Los Angeles fashion school FCI Fashion School will be holding an art fund-raiser.

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Post Shark Tank, Butter Cloth Introduces Polos & Sweaters at Pop-Up

Remember when Butter Cloth got an investment from Shark Tank's Robert Herjavec? The Los Angeles label has more news.

Three Dots Acquired by Los Angeles Manufacturer

Three Dots, the Southern California brand of women’s contemporary knit tops and other apparel that abruptly closed its doors in April, has been acquired by FAM Brands.

Tuesday, June 18

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Hyfve Hosts "A Fashion Remix" for Remixmess at CMC During L.A. Market

FASHION

Introducing new misses-contemporary line Remixmess, Los Angeles apparel manufacturer Hyfive produced "A Fashion Remix," a runway show in the L.A. Market Week lobby lounge within the California Market Center.

Monday, June 17

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More Towne by Elysewalker Stores Announced

On June 17, Elyse Walker, a prominent boutique retailer announced the opening of several more locations for multibrand, high-end basics retailer, Towne by Elysewalker.

Friday, June 14

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ACB Presents "Variations on Raymonda" With Fashionable Touches

EVENTS

With a new home at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles, the American Contemporary Ballet has transformed elements from the 19th-century ballet "Raymonda" through modern details of costume making.

Thursday, June 13

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Fabletics Has a New Dance Partner

Athleisure

Fabletics taps dancer and celeb Maddie Ziegler for a new capsule collection.

Gap Inc. Announces Water-Saving Initiative With Textile Supplier

Manufacturing

Moving closer to the sustainable goals it set in 2018, Gap Inc. announced a new water-saving initiative with its sourcing partner Arvind Limited.

New Lines for Los Angeles Market Week

Manufacturing

NEW LINES

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Record-breaking San Francisco Heat Slows First-Day Traffic at CALA

CALA San Francisco

For several years now, the nearly 100-year-old Fort Mason Center on the San Francisco waterfront has been the idyllic location for the Bay Area edition of CALA, which was held June 11–12.

Integrating AI Into the Shopping Experience Isn’t One Size Fits All

Technology

Much of the technology buzz over the last few years has surrounded artificial intelligence, or AI. As some brands and retailers wonder how to implement the tools that fall under the AI umbrella, they are up against competitors already lev­eraging these technologies.

New President Hired to Lead 7 For All Mankind

Manufacturing

The parent company of 7 For All Mankind has hired Suzanne Silverstein to be president of the premium-denim brand.

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Moschino Does the Monster Mash for Its Men’s and Women’s Collections

Moschino’s Monster Mash

Creative director Jeremy Scott did his own interpretation of Resort and Spring for the Italian brand Moschino.

Mexican Tariffs Are Off for Now but Manufacturers Still Cautious

Import/Export

The Trump administration’s threat to impose a 5 percent tariff on all goods imported from Mexico did not go into effect on June 10 as threatened.

Southern California Ports Tell a Tale of Two Traffic Stories

Import/Export

Business at Southern California’s seaports has been looking a little schizophrenic.

Veteran L.A. Dye House to Release a High-End Basics Line

Manufacturing

For 20 years, Premiere Laundry sewed blank tees, hoodies and sweats and developed intricate dyes for clients at its factory and dye house in Vernon, Calif.

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Faster and Cheaper Digital Printing Shakes Up the T-shirt Business

Driving Digital Printing

For many T-shirt companies, business once solely revolved around the labor-intensive job of silkscreening a graphic onto a blank tee.

Wednesday, June 12

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Free People Opens Stand-alone Location in Malibu

RETAIL

As a brand that aligns with free-spirited, adventurous women, Free People entered the perfect retail space when it opened its first stand-alone Malibu location to embrace a town that inspires a carefree lifestyle.

Tuesday, June 11

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Poshmark Goes Home

TECHNOLOGY

Social-commerce company Poshmark has moved beyond apparel sales by launching its home business.

Monday, June 10

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B James Takes It To The Streets

Designer Brandon D James produced a guerrilla runway event, a Flash Mob Walk, in downtown Los Angeles June 7.

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Madhappy Opens Two New L.A.-Area Pop-ups

Los Angeles' Madhappy brand jumped back into the pop-up game with temporary shops on Melrose Place and Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

Friday, June 7

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Saint Laurent Creates Rocker's Paradise in Malibu for Men's SS20 Show

FASHION

Evoking early mornings spent during twilight in the sand following rock-star nights of the 1970s, Saint Laurent's Men's Spring/Summer 2020 show was set in the sand at Malibu's Paradise Cove.

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Morphew x Fred Segal Malibu

The Morphew brand repurposes vintage fabrics and garments from their archives to create new styles. Morphew is producing a trunk show at Fred Segal Malibu this weekend.

Thursday, June 6

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FIDM and Uniqlo at The Bloc Partner for Recycled Fashion in DTLA

FASHION

Promoting recycled fashion in downtown Los Angeles, Uniqlo at The Bloc partnered with the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising to create student-designed collections to promote sustainable apparel design and production.

Guess Sees Net Loss With Revenues Increasing in the First Quarter

Retail

Carlos Alberini, the new chief executive of Guess?, Inc., was celebrating more than four months on the job with financial news from the Los Angeles company’s first quarter of 2020.

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Tinctorium’s Natural Indigo Dye Receives Help From the Godfather of Denim

Tinctorium’s Eco Indigo

Michelle Zhu and Tammy Hsu, co-founders of San Francisco–based Tinctorium, are entering the apparel supply chain with a revolutionary natural product projected to transform sustainable indigo-dyeing methods in denim manufacturing.

Following New Board Hires, The RealReal Files for an IPO

Finance

Luxury reseller The RealReal filed documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission to prepare for an initial public offering.

Boutique Hub and Atlanta Apparel Partner on Boutique Summit in Georgia

Trade Shows

Atlanta Apparel, the producer of the largest apparel trade show in the United States’ Southeast region, is partnering with The Boutique Hub, the digital-media company in Chippewa Falls, Wis., that helps boutique retailers cultivate their businesses.

White House Announces Termination of India’s GSP Status

Import/Export

Following the White House’s removal of Turkey from the countries eligible for GSP (Generalized System of Preferences) status last month, the Trump administration declared that India has been deemed ineligible for continued inclusion as a beneficiary under the duty-free trade program.

Canadian Company to Open Several Charlotte Russe Stores

Retail

Canadian fashion company YM Inc. will put the young women’s boutique chain Charlotte Russe, formerly of San Diego, back in the retail game.

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Montana’s Past, Present and Future is Female

Montana Avenue

Shopping on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, Calif., continues to be perfect for the shopper who likes to walk. We visited the street to see what are some of the area’s hot sellers.

Cold Weather Puts a Chill on Retail

Retail

Southern California has been cold and rainy this winter, and some have described the business of selling beach-inspired and summer clothing as a washout.

Obituary: Carolyn Ajavananda, Designer at Maggie Barry

News

Following a long illness, Carolyn Ajavananda, a designer at Maggie Barry Company, passed away on June 3 after succumbing to complications from a stroke. She was 55.

Black & White Ball Honors Two Outstanding Individuals at Fund-Raising

Events

Some 450 guests gathered June 1 at the recently opened InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel for a fund-raising event benefiting the respiratory hospital National Jewish Health in Denver.

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Second Apparel Textile Sourcing Show in Miami Attracts Larger Crowd

Apparel Textile Sourcing

Now celebrating its second year in Miami, the Apparel Textile Sourcing trade show ran at the Mana Wynwood Convention Center May 28–30 with a surge in new visitors and exhibitors.

Los Angeles Apparel Contractor Fined for Underpaying Employees

Manufacturing

After a six-month investigation, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a nearly $54,000 fine against a Los Angeles garment sewing contractor for underpaying 21 employees.

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Goop Unveils Men's Collection G. Label Men

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop platform has dispensed advice on wellness, food, and also sold women's fashion. Earlier this week, Goop unveiled a fashion line for the guys.

Wednesday, June 5

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Planet Blue’s Agolde & Tie Dye Party

Tie dye designs and denim never really go out of style.

True Religion Names a New Interim CEO

Another new interim CEO is named at True Religion.

UCLA Anderson Forecast Sees a Slowing Economy Amidst Trade War

As the economists putting out the UCLA Anderson Forecast were writing their quarterly report released on June 5, the Trump administration had not yet announced its 5 percent tariff on all Mexican goods being imported into the country.

Tuesday, June 4

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Wrangler Introduces Nearly Zero-Water Denim Dyeing

Sustainability

Wrangler uses foam-dyeing technology to eliminate water when treating denim apparel.

Monday, June 3

Report Says Forever 21 Holding Debtor-in-Possession Talks

For months, the fashion industry has been talking about Forever 21 being in financial difficulties after it started shutting down all its stores in China and selling its giant headquarters building east of downtown Los Angeles.