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Michael Stars Launches 'Artisan Collection' From Haiti

Retail

Michael Stars stores will carry jackets made by Haitian artisans.

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Theodore Beverly Hills Posts Store Closing Signs

It might be time to say farewell to pioneering boutique Theodore in Beverly Hills, which has sold contemporary and designer fashion in the wealthy city of Beverly Hills since the late 1960s. Big signs bearing the messages “Store Closing Sale!” and “Lost Our Lease” were posted in the windows of the Theodore boutique located at 336 N. Camden Dr., a few blocks from Rodeo Drive where the store started business in 1969. It moved to Camden Drive in 2008.

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Rosario Dawson’s Fashion Rising, Seal & Others at Opening Ceremony

Actress Rosario Dawson produced a reception for her company Studio One Eighty Nine, which showcases and celebrates fashion, arts and content from Africa. The reception was held April 17 at Opening Ceremony in Los Angeles. Jessica Alba, Seal and Shaun Ross joined in the fun.

Workers File Lawsuit Against American Apparel as Unionization Efforts Heat Up

Three workers fired from American Apparel have filed a federal class-action lawsuit maintaining they were not given enough legal notice or severance pay before they were dismissed.

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California Dreaming Debut

Wolk Morais

The California dream of tearing down convention and crafting an independent ethos is a serious goal and inspiration for designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais.

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Good Advice for Young Designers

Brand Building

Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez sat down on April 15 at the French Institute Alliance Française in New York with Vogue’s Sally Singer and dished out some solid advice for budding designers.

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Fashion Week San Diego

Fall Flaunt

For this collection, Rich used dye-sublimation printing to incorporate original art and photography in his made-in-America designs.

Industry Voices: All Star Offensive: Converse Turns to the ITC to Protect Its Chucks Brand

Legal

Late last year, Nike’s Converse Inc. went on the offensive against 31 companies claiming that the companies are infringing upon a configuration of elements Converse claims are protected by trademark law

PLM’s Next Step: Can Maturing Tech Foster Fashion Innovation?

Technology

High-profile fashion brands and apparel companies such as VF Corp., Billabong International Limited, Jerry Leigh and Stony Apparel Corp. all use product lifecycle management software to design clothes and bring them to market, but PLM vendors hope to make their software do even more.

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Open Style Lab: Making Apparel Accessible to All

Technology

With a mission “to make style accessible to people of all abilities,” the interdisciplinary research and development project seeks to find ways of “creating innovative wearable solutions for people with disabilities.”

More Uncertainty over the ‘Made in USA’ Label


Manufacturing

A second federal judge’s ruling is making California apparel makers think twice about how they use their “Made in USA” labels.

Quarterly Report: Finding the Secret Formula to Luring in Cautious Consumers


Finance

In the last year, gas prices in California have fallen 26 percent and the state’s unemployment rate has shrunk 1.3 percent, but skittish shoppers are still acting like there is a recession.

Two True Religion Apparel Sub-Contractors Arrested for Fraud Scheme

Manufacturing

Two sisters who ran separate garment factories working for True Religion were arrested with their accountant on April 15 for allegedly trying to defraud the state workers’ compensation insurance funds.

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Supply Chain Textile Trends

Textile Trends

Textile Trends

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Burberry's London in Los Angeles

The venerable Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles was the backdrop for science field trips for thousands of students, the knife fight in the much ballyhooed 1955 film Rebel Without a Cause--- and on the night of April 16, there’s the London in Los Angeles fashion show produced by Brit brand Burberry.

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Big Kitson Warehouse Sale

Retail

Kitson's big sale will last one week.

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Frederick's of Hollywood Closes All Stores

Retail

Frederick's of Hollywood ceases to exist in the world of bricks and mortar.

Wet Seal to Go Private

Philadelphia-headquartered Versa Capital Management LLC, announced April 15 that it completed its acquisition of troubled retailer The Wet Seal Inc. The deal for an undisclosed amount was approved by United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on April 1.

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Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th Expands in Northern California

Retail

Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th opens a new store near Sacramento.

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Fred Segal to Bow in Tokyo

Brand Extension

Fred Segal, a boutique compound best known for infusing a luxe sensibility in Los Angeles’ casual lifestyle, is scheduled to open its first international location on April 17 in Tokyo—and it will be different from anything that the pioneering boutique concept has done, said Paul Blum, Fred Segal’s chief executive officer.