Thursday, April 30
Launched April 20–21, during the first days of Fashion Revolution Week, Fashinnovation’s Worldwide Talks 2020 was held in a virtual forum covering themes including sustainability, social impact, entrepreneurship, business and, of course, innovation.
After producing a reported 88 shows together in 10 cities including New York, Amsterdam and Hong Kong, Kingpins founder Andrew Olah and the show’s managing director, Vivian Wang, introduced the brand’s first Zoom-hosted digital event April 22–23.
The COVID-19 pandemic turned the fashion business upside down and is putting supply chains through a giant stress test, said Neil Soni, vice president of business development and strategy for Omnichain, a Los Angeles–headquartered supply-chain company.
Tour Image dba UStrive received a Global Organic Textile Standard certification in November, which gave the Los Angeles–area factory one of the highest ranks in sustainable manufacturing.
Fashion for Good
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, scores of Los Angeles designers and apparel companies have shifted gears and started making nonmedical face masks.
Downtown Los Angeles' Grammy Museum is observing the 13th anniversary of the release of Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" album with an Instagram live event beginning April 30 and continuing with the virtual unveiling of organization's "Beyond Black — The Style Of Amy Winehouse" exhibition on May 1.
The Detroit-headquartered company recently launched its Campaign for a Cause. Celebrities, star athletes and musicians donated items from their personal collections to raffle to benefit the World Heath Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund
Cota Makes the Cut
Downtown Los Angeles designer Jonny Cota won the first season of Amazon’s reality-competition show “Making the Cut” April 24 with a diffusion fashion line he named Metamorphosis.
A Beautiful Defense
For Malena Ruth, working with fellow Los Angeles designer Kevan Hall is part of her design evolution. While Ruth counts Hall among the mentors who have helped forge her path, the two luxury designers have come together on one of their most-important collaborative projects.
Tuesday, April 28
After 14 years of growing its e-commerce platform to include more than 1 million businesses, Shopify is expanding to include a consumer-facing component.
Ross Stores, Inc.’s fleet of 1,566 off-price apparel emporiums are temporarily closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Dublin, Calif.–headquartered retailer’s philanthropy is active.
Monday, April 27
Jonny Cota forged a career of being on the outside. He recently was named the winner for the first season of Amazon's fashion competition reality show Making the Cut, and he might as well been officially been bequeathed the title of fashion insider.
Friday, April 24
President Donald Trump signed a $484 billion COVID-19 relief package into law on April 24.
Gap Inc. disclosed that it was taking a number of extraordinary measures to stay afloat during the COVID-19 crisis.
A story line centered on the potential capabilities for the artificial intelligence of advanced cybernetic organisms challenges HJFilmworld to capture the creation of human-like machines along with their development into individuals that are self-aware.
Thursday, April 23
The increased number of employees working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a pleasantly surprising trend—a rise in pet adoptions and fosters.
Wednesday, April 22
Earth Day turned 50 on April 22. Fashion groups celebrated with promises to be better environmental citizens and introduction of sustainable styles.
Tuesday, April 21
On the eve of Earth Day 2020, jeweler Robbins Brothers is providing eco-friendly gem options through its lab-grown E3 diamonds and a tree-planting partnership with the National Forest Foundation.
Monday, April 20
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Mario De La Torre shifted his Los Angeles design business from making fashion to making face masks. He has donated the masks to grocery-store workers and law enforcement. He recently expanded his efforts to include farmworkers.
Importers faced with financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic can request a 90-day deferment in payments on certain duties, taxes and fees, according to an executive order signed by President Trump on April 18.
Thursday, April 16
Earth Day Dyes
While the argument can be made that each day offers opportunities for making new choices to promote environmental responsibility, on April 22, Earth Day will bring the health of the planet center stage.
Under Armour announced on April 15 that Lisa Collier was hired as its chief product officer.
Through its efforts to close the loop on plastics pollution, BioCellection has advanced its program from recycling this type of waste by expanding into creating performance materials that could be utilized by the apparel industry.
Inspired by empowerment found in the freedom of revealing deep, dark secrets in the search for redemption, Nathalia Gaviria’s Autumn 2020 NG Gold collection—Confessions—provides insight into temptation and deliverance.
After emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2017, Los Angeles denim brand True Religion filed again this week.
Originally scheduled to take place June 2–3 at Basketball City on Pier 36 in Manhattan, the New York edition of Kingpins, the trade event for denim enthusiasts, has been canceled.
Continued debilitating business obstacles due to the COVID-19 pandemic have grown as the economy enters the second quarter of 2020 with employment and sales figures in the apparel industry decreasing.
According to serial entrepreneur Charles Nelson, co-founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes and the Pizzana restaurant, the men’s activewear segment is still underserved.
Finding Financial Lifelines
Like thousands of other businesses, Pocket Square Clothing, a maker of suiting accessories and bespoke clothing, had to furlough its staff because of the COVID-19 crisis.
The world’s oceans continue to be choked by plastic waste. LifeProof, headquartered in San Diego, recently released WĀKE phone cases, which are made from at 85 percent recycled ocean plastic.
State and city governments across the nation are requiring that people wear face masks when going out in public. There’s a growing need for face masks, and San Francisco-headquartered online wholesale marketplace Faire wants to make sure that small business gets some of the action.
Many Californians are looking for ways to support COVID-19 relief. Two clothing brands, Original Paperbacks and STKY, recently announced campaigns to raise awareness and funds to push back the pandemic
Wednesday, April 15
Former Walmart Exec To Lead eJamie Iannone, chief operating officer of Walmart eCommerce, was recently named chief executive officer of digital commerce pioneer eBay Inc.
Unemployment has skyrocketed since the economic freeze bought by the COVID-19 pandemic, it has reached rates that the California Employment Development Department has called historic.
Tuesday, April 14
Stay-at-home orders put the kibosh on public gatherings. But Justin Raymond Merino wants to produce content for a society avoiding contact.
With a shared skateboarding legacy, Costa Mesa, Calif., action-sports brand Vans and skateboard legend Tony Hawk announced a new brand partnership.
Due to a weak global-trade market resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, loaded container volume declined from 2019 totals during March at the Port of Oakland.
Monday, April 13
There’s not been much reason to put a nice jacket or a stylish dress in the past month, but retailer Fred Segal hopes to give people a reason to put on something special, while helping people out with its #DaytimeNightclub Challenge.
Thursday, April 9
Levi’s x Super Mario launched as a streetwear-inspired collection based on the denim brand's style and video-game hero's exciting adventures.
The coronavirus pandemic continues its economic freeze, delivering a major blow to the fashion business, according to a recently released survey from NuOrder.
Wednesday, April 8
As consumers stay at home, jewelry-design company Tacori shares a hopeful message of that "love is essential," as it hosts a weekly contest to promote this message.
Tuesday, April 7
As a United States Marine Corps veteran, Trinidad Garcia III still begins his day contributing to the armed services, as a contractor who provides marksmanship training for the United States Navy, but his calling to serve his country doesn’t end there.
Fashion brands continue to find new purpose in making personal protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic.
Monday, April 6
Vans plans to support independent skate shops, music venues and restaurants shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic with a special fundraiser.
Jared Ingold wanted his T-shirt brand Vardagen to poke humor at what people were going through during a typical day. But typical changed when the coronavirus pandemic hit.
Friday, April 3
In the search for greater sustainability, Ccilu announced the launch of its XpreSole Spring 2020 collection, which is manufactured primarily using coffee grounds.
Thursday, April 2
After a 2019 hiatus, Fashion Week San Diego plans to roll out a number of events in California and New York City this year.
Some of America’s most prominent publicly traded retailers announced that they would furlough bricks-and-mortar employees as the economy has frozen due to stay-at-home orders to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
President Donald Trump signed into law a $2 trillion stimulus bill on March 27 in response to the impact of COVID-19.
As clothing manufacturers, brands and designers create personal protective equipment for medical workers during the continued global efforts to combat COVID-19, apparel-technology firms are facilitating production of masks, gloves, gowns and footwear covers.
As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, government agencies and apparel manufacturers have started working together to compensate for a shortfall in personal protective equipment such as face masks and hospital gowns.
Taking a brighter approach to the Spring/Summer 2020 collection of Unpublished denim, founding designer Ya-el Torbati created pieces that help generate a luminous glow.
Industry Focus: Finance
For California Fashion Association President Ilse Metchek, the business of apparel is more than an industry that produces clothing. With a career that has spanned decades, Metchek has served as a resource for many in the field.
Found Los Angeles
With extensive fashion-industry careers, Cinzia Simone and Irene Kim have created a brand that they are building at a slower pace than the fast-fashion norms that were formerly dominating the industry.
One of the big fashion stories during the coronavirus pandemic has been how apparel manufacturers, designers and brands have retooled their production to make face masks. Los Angeles’ Lucky Brand has joined the fight.
Los Angeles-headquartered e-sports team FaZe Clan has been mixing good works and commerce recently.