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West Coast Longshore Workers Agree to Talk About a Contract Extension


With the goal of keeping the West Coast ports from being hit with another labor snafu down the road, longshore workers and their port employers have agreed to discuss extending the current labor contract that ends in 2019.

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Macy's: Welcome Visitor!

Aug.11 was a tough day for Macy's Inc. However, there was some good news too.

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American Rag Parties For The Brand & The Book

Sometimes you have to make up a good reason to have a party. In the case of a big gathering Aug. 10 at American Rag Cie in Los Angeles, there were a couple of good reasons.

Emerald Expositions Buys Swim Collective, Active Collective Trade Shows

Trade Shows

Swim Collective and its sister trade show, Active Collective, have a new owner. Emerald Expositions LLC, the San Juan Capistrano, Calif.–based owner of Surf Expo and Outdoor Retailer, has purchased the Santa Barbara, Calif.–based show for an undisclosed amount from Shannon Leggett, the founder of Swim Collective and Active Collective.

Robert Talbott Opening Stores


Suiting and lifestyle brand Robert Talbott recently announced that it would open two new boutiques, one in Manhattan and the other at The Shops in Buckhead in Atlanta.

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Sky High Rescue by Helicopter in LA's Fashion District

Flying Fire Dept.

Los Angeles Fire Department sends a helicopter to rescue a worker atop a crane in downtown LA's Fashion District.

July Sales Slow


Searching for Pokémon Go creatures may have lured some potential shoppers into stores last month, but it probably didn’t translate into sales, said Wall Street analysts such as Ken Perkins, president of Retail Metrics Inc.

Industry Voices: Can Sustainability Be Sexy?


With consumers not prepared to pay a premium for more-ethical goods and services, what does the industry have to do?

Industry Voices: Avoiding A Writ of Attachment: A Buyer’s Guide to Rejecting Non-conforming Goods


The formidable Writ of Attachment is a popular tool among plaintiffs in California collection actions. A Writ of Attachment allows a plaintiff to turn its unsecured claim into a secured one by placing a judicial lien on the defendant’s assets—even before the case goes to trial.

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Departed: Edgy and Elegant Menswear

Edgy and Elegant

Departed is bringing a sexy sophistication to menswear—with an edge.

Keeping It Local: JS Apparel Has Weathered Foreign Competition and Now Tackles California’s Rising Minimum Wage


For years, JS Apparel was known primarily for its knit T-shirts, which currently wholesale for $9 to $15. It was the go-to factory for American Apparel when the T-shirt giant was swamped with orders. But the factory, located in Carson, Calif., south of Los Angeles, has decided it can’t survive on T-shirts alone.

American Rootswear: Tapping Into the Made-in-America Movement


Although Ben Waxman grew up in a family involved in New England’s woolen fabric business, he never figured on making a living in textiles. But after a career in politics and working with labor unions, that is exactly what he is doing in his hometown of Portland, Maine.

Sensoria: Fitness Tracking Meets Smart Garments


The founders of Sensoria Inc. believe that clothing can be the next wave of “ultra-personal computing” and have created a collection of apparel featuring embedded sensors that connect to an app that tracks data such as activity type, heart rate, gait and in-footwear pressure to the user.

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Raffi: Art Meets Tee

Art Meets Tee

Most buyers know Raffi Mauleon from his 15 years as vice president of sales and merchandising for Los Angeles collection Citron, but the designer’s career has also included working with West Coast labels Sue Wong, L. Bates and Product by Elaine Kim.

On and Off the Court With P.E Nation


Australian-born activewear brand P.E Nation was conceived as a performance line that can translate into any lifestyle. The athleisure line launched in March in Australia and recently made its U.S. debut with its third collection, titled “All Sports.”

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Street Style: Sidewalk Catwalk

Sidewalk Catwalk

Paris Street Scene

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Color, Fabric Treatments and Paying it Forward at the West Coast Trend Show

West Coast Trend

Menswear buyers were inspired by color, new fabric treatments and a sense of a “higher purpose” at the Spring ’17 West Coast Trend Show menswear market in Los Angeles.

Jeanologia Touts ‘One Glass, One Garment’ at Sourcing at MAGIC


At the Aug. 14–17 run of Sourcing at MAGIC, Spanish laser-finishing company Jeanologia discusses sustainable solutions for denim makers, including the “one glass, one garment” process.

Jimtex and Denim North America Team Up to Launch Sustainable Denim Using Recycled Cotton


Denim North America and Jimtex Yarns, a division of Martex Fiber Southern Corp., have teamed up to launch a new sustainable denim collection called R3 Denim.

Goldschmied to Discuss Denim Innovation at Project

Trade Shows

Denim designer Adriano Goldschmied is discussing the “past, present and future of denim” at an event titled “Adriano Goldschmied Unthreaded” during the Aug. 15–17 run of the Project trade show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.