Monday, September 30
Following much outside speculation over the last few months, Forever 21 has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. On Sept. 29, documents were filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
The Kardashians ran a boutique chain called Dash. Now, another reality-TV star will put her love of fashion, shopping and retail on the line.
Friday, September 27
Inspired by the unrealistic depictions of relationships found in reality television, San Diego-born Justin and Hunter Moreno launched Make Sure Your Friends Are Okay to promote the social good through compassion and care.
Pop-ups are supposed to be ephemeral. Let 48 hours pass, and the pop-up shop has come and gone.
Thursday, September 26
After nine years of promoting a local apparel supply chain, through which all sourcing is no farther than 150 miles from a project’s headquarters, Fibershed founder Rebecca Burgess has become devoted to showing clothing makers how to create a more-responsible product.
The U.S. and California economies are slowing down, according to the UCLA Anderson Forecast titled “The Year of Living Dangerously,” which was released Sept. 26, but the slowdown has bright points that other economies would envy.
Laughton to Lead Athleta
It was announced Sept. 24 that Mary Beth Laughton was named president and chief executive officer of the Athleta division of Gap Inc.
The Week in Review
Anaheim, Calif.–headquartered Pacific Sunwear of California, LLC, will pay $85,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it was announced on Sept. 20.
Grown with Mulch
The Zarif brothers grew up surfing in San Clemente, Calif., one of the hubs of the California surf scene, but when they developed a ready-to-wear line for their sustainable brand, Mulch, they wanted to keep surf styles at a distance.
Industry Focus: Finance—How would you advise your apparel-industry clients to prepare for a potential recession?
Around the globe, trusted economic forecasters are predicting a slowdown over the next year, yet there is disparity regarding whether they feel a recession will occur. As previous spans of negative economic growth have shown, the most effective method of navigating through recessionary periods is to prepare in advance, expecting the worst while hoping for the best.
There was a quick reshuffling of the executive pack at eBay, the sprawling San Jose, Calif.–headquartered e-marketplace.
Digital-commerce emporium Lulus will produce its first physical pop-up shop on Sept. 28.
Wednesday, September 25
Britney Young of Netflix comedy GLOW, model and actress Hayley Hasselhoff and model Robyn Lawley made appearances at the debut party wearing the styles of Ryllace.
Monday, September 23
It was the second run for the LA Fashion Festival.
Thursday, September 19
Findings & Trimmings
To streamline in-store merchandising and marketing, the San Francisco–based customer relationship–management technology company Salesforce introduced its Consumer Goods Cloud as a tool to help brands work more efficiently with retail partners. Salesforce worked on developing the solution to also incorporate Einstein AI.
After five years of manufacturing its Natulon zippers from recycled materials, the Tokyo-based notions manufacturer YKK announced that it will bring production of these goods to the United States.
Through establishing parallels between the locally sourced, slow-food movement and the slowing down of apparel production from fast fashion, DuPont Sorona hosted an event on Sept. 11 to promote more-responsible approaches to fashion.
The Dark Side
Daring to go darker for her Spring 2020 collection, Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based designer Dalia MacPhee recently unveiled her latest collection, which exudes notes of dark romance blended with a bit of fun.
Color authority Pantone, LLC, recently introduced 294 colors to its library, the first addition to its Pantone Matching System since 2016.
Boardriders, Inc. announced a number of initiatives on Sept. 18 that will put it on a path to growth, according to David Tanner, chief executive officer of the Huntington Beach, Calif.–based action-sports company.
The Week in Review
A new show director will helm Surf Expo. It was announced Sept. 18 that Nikki Houston Duroe was promoted to show director and will report to Roy Turner, a senior vice president at Emerald Exhibitions, which owns Surf Expo. Turner had previously served as show director.
Retail Real Estate
Representatives of some of the newest trends in retail took the stage at the International Council of Shopping Centers' Western Conference & Deal Making convention, which ran Sept. 16–18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in the city’s downtown.
Kornit Digital’s Presto S printer is about as big as a limousine and can function as a mini T-shirt factory, said Robert Zoch, a global content manager for the printer company, headquartered in Englewood, N.J.
Cute culture pioneer and licensing juggernaut Hello Kitty will celebrate its 45th anniversary this year, the cartoon character is coming to Los Angeles to celebrate with the Hello Kitty Friends Around the World Pop—Up Tour.
Wednesday, September 18
Business headlines have been dominated by forecasts of bankruptcy for fast fashion giant Forever 21. But that has not stopped the Los Angeles-headquartered retailer from opening a new store.
Tuesday, September 17
Dia De Los Muertos doesn’t come for its annual costume and horror show for another six weeks.
The Hundreds streetwear label produced the inaugural Family Style Food Festival at Television City Studios in Los Angeles’ Fairfax District on Sept. 15.
Monday, September 16
Business casual may not be the best-defined style of office apparel, but, to Robert Herjavec, business magnate and star of ABC program "Shark Tank," it’s definitely not T-shirts and jeans.
Thursday, September 12
Vans’ Record Contribution
On Sept. 11, Vans announced that it was donating $1 million to Imagination.org, a Los Angeles–headquartered nonprofit that produces programs to foster the creativity of youth.
Star swimwear designer Anne Cole served as a mentor and major fund-raiser for the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles’ Westchester section before she passed at age 90 in 2017. Just as the 2019–2020 academic year started, Anne Cole’s estate bequeathed $2.5 million to Otis.
What’s Checking: Beverly Hills
North Canon Drive never ranked as one of the premier fashion retail streets in Beverly Hills, Calif. It was always a place to dine at a restaurant or go to a hair salon, but the street is on course to develop a bigger fashion scene.
California is closer to becoming the first U.S. state to ban sales and the manufacture of fur.
Over the summer, Heidi Merrick began to lay the groundwork for her plan to move away from wholesale partnerships with retailers, forge stronger relationships with her customers and answer only to herself in matters of business.
In September 2018, high school friends Shawn Harrison and Stacey Horton launched TateJones, a female-founded, Los Angeles–based luxury-basics brand made in the City of the Angels.
After moving 861,081 20-foot equivalent units—or TEUs—the Port of Los Angeles reported this week that it has set a new single-month cargo record for the month of August.
Art Hearts NYFW
During New York Fashion Week, the Erik Rosete–produced Art Hearts Fashion unveiled its shows Sept. 5–8 at the Angel Orensanz Foundation on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Gap Inc. executives forecast a growth spurt in its physical stores by spinning off its Old Navy division.
A major blaze destroyed a building at 1915 E. 7th St. during the early morning hours of Sept. 9, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The Week in Review
Manufacturing work clothes such as medical scrubs is a multi-billion dollar business. Barco Uniforms, headquartered in Gardena, Calif., has been doing well in this market and has the longevity to prove it.
In 2017, Guess? Inc set goals to develop more sustainable manufacturing. Some of the fruits of that labor will be on display, as the fall '19 looks from Guess? Eco Luxe collection were released recently.
Los Angeles-based lifestyle blogger Marianna Hewitt has partnered with New York-headquartered DL1961 on a new capsule collection that promotes more-sustainable practices.
Tuesday, September 10
The Aliso Viejo, Calif.-headquartered SIMA Humanitarian Fund, a non-profit run by the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association, is raising funds to help people in the areas hard hit in the Bahamas by the Hurricane Dorian.
Monday, September 9
Heidi Luerra has worked as an events producer for more than a decade—we can now add the job of author to her resume.
Friday, September 6
As it celebrates its 40th anniversary, Jordache unveiled its Spring 2020 collection to kick off New York Fashion Week, adding Venice Beach, Calif.-inspired touches.
Everyone talks about making their passion their job, but Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung actually did it.
Thursday, September 5
Think of life 100 years ago. Technologically, it was a completely different world. In 1919, horse & buggy was the main mode of transportation for many Americans. Most people didn’t own a telephone. The Internet was not even a fantasy for science fiction writers. But the seed for the Wrangler jeans started growing then.
A new Los Angeles bricks-and-mortar store also plans to be part of give-back retail.
For its 2019 MAFI award, Moss Adams chose Los Angeles–based designer Coral Castillo, whose formal designs with intricate details celebrate strength and femininity.
On the heels of its inaugural Las Vegas show, the CALA contemporary-apparel trade show hosted its San Francisco edition.
Returning to Los Angeles for its second installment, Vegan Fashion Week, the ethical-fashion runway and trade-show event, will be hosted Oct. 10–15.
The state of California has taken steps against the cultivation and possibly the sales of fur.
Eco-friendly Ring of Fire
With a name inspired by the 1963 Johnny Cash hit of the same title, Ring of Fire clothing has been selling graphic T-shirts and denim to better department stores for 12 years.
After 14 years of engagement with the American Apparel & Footwear Association, 10 as a member and four leading the organization, Rick Helfenbein announced that he will step down as the group’s president and chief executive officer. The Washington D.C.–based trade association represents more than 1,000 brands.
Levi Strauss & Co. announced on Sept. 3 that it will spend more than $35 million to acquire all of the operational assets related to its Levi’s and Dockers brands from The Jeans Company. The company serves as Levi Strauss & Co.’s distributor in Chile, Peru and Bolivia.
The Week in Review
It’s been a cruel summer for retail giant Forever 21. Just after Labor Day, lawyers for A-list celebrity Ariana Grande filed a suit against Forever 21 and its beauty brand, Riley Rose, in Los Angeles Federal District Court. The suit alleges the company used Grande’s image without her permission. Demanding $10 million in damages, the pop singer is suing for copyright and trade infringement.
Some Los Angeles–area garment workers will finally be able to cash checks long denied to them.
Wednesday, September 4
Some fashions ride into the sunset and never return. However this fate might not be in store for the beaver pelt hat.
Tuesday, September 3
The Orlando edition of the Imprinted Sportswear Shows was canceled Sept. 3 due to threats from Hurricane Dorian.
Sunday, September 1
The Surf Expo water-sports and beach-lifestyle trade show that was scheduled to be held Sept. 5-7 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., has been canceled due to threats from Hurricane Dorian, which made landfall in the Bahamas on Sept. 1.