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AAFA Names Joseph Abboud ‘Person of the Year’

Fashion

The American Apparel & Footwear Association has named Abboud the 2016 “Person of the Year.” The award is being presented to the designer at the AAFA’s 38th annual American Images Awards in New York on May 24.

Retailers Relying More on Promotions This Year to Clinch a Sale

Retail

Statistics show that during the first three months of this year, retailers were putting up more signs for special promotions than during the same period last year.

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CCA Collections on the Runway in San Francisco

CCA Collections

California College of the Arts hosted its 2016 annual fashion show on May 13 on the back lot of the design school’s San Francisco campus.

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Academy of Art Taps Rodarte Designers for Graduation Runway Show

Rodarte Designers Honored

Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy received honorary doctorate degrees from the Academy of Art University on May 11 at the San Francisco design school’s graduation fashion show.

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For Better, Not Worse: Apparel With a Purpose

Apparel With a Purpose

With every For Better, Not Worse (FBNW) shirt sold, a bag of groceries goes to a child in need.

Kent Smith Stepping Down as Head of Los Angeles Fashion District BID

Manufacturing

With a major improvement in the neighborhood since he took over, Kent Smith is stepping down this summer as the executive director of the Los Angeles Fashion District Business Improvement District—formed in 1996 as the first business improvement district in Los Angeles.

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The RealReal Gets Real in SF

Online luxury consignment shop The RealReal is expanding its physical presence with the May 17 opening of its fourth watch evaluation office.

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Jovani Celebrates First U.S. Store Now on Robertson Blvd.

Retal

The evening gown label has never had a stand-alone store until it opened on Robertson Boulevard.

Agave Denim and XCVI Ink Design, Manufacturing and Distribution Deal

Manufacturing

Los Angeles–based XCVI has acquired Agave, the men’s and women’s denim lifestyle collection founded by Jeff Shafer in 2002.

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Aussie Retailer Opening First U.S. Store in Los Angeles

Retail

General Pants Co. coming up from down under.

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Outlander Costumes Behind the Scenes

For the second season of “Outlander,” costume designer Terry Dresbach pulls out all the stops.

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Frame’s ‘Sartorial Puzzle’

Frame has released a new limited-edition style called Le Mix, which was made from reworked Frame jeans.

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Topshop/Topman Opening Next Week in Glendale

Retail

Topshop/Topman soon opening second Los Angeles-area store.

Trade Show: Shop & Dine

Trade Shows

Here are a few suggestions on some of the newer restaurants and fashionable boutiques found in the major cities on the trade-show circuit.

Trade Show Dilemma: What Makes a Trade Show a ‘First Stop’ for Attendees?

Trade Shows

With a packed trade-show calendar—as well as new trade shows launching—event organizers are faced with the task of driving traffic to their shows. It’s even more challenging in markets such as Las Vegas, where multiple events run concurrently at locations scattered around town.

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Sue Wong Shares Story, Archival Pieces at FGI Event

Sue Wong

Sue Wong is preparing for the next chapter in her career. The Los Angeles designer recently inked a licensing deal for her namesake eveningwear collection and a new day-to-eveningwear collection with DNAM Apparel Industries LLC.

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St. Roche: L.A. Brand Mixes British Irreverence and N.Y. Chic

St. Roche

English designer Sue Stemp channels a touch of British irreverence and New York City chic into Los Angeles–based St. Roche to create its direction each season.

Michael Topliss joins Wood Underwear

Manufacturing

Men’s brand Wood Underwear named Michael Topliss its new head of global sales, a position that includes overseeing and expanding the brand’s sales as well as providing input to marketing, merchandising and product development.

Levi’s Partners With Recycled-Cotton Start-Up

Manufacturing

Levi Strauss & Co. has created a jean made from post-consumer recycled cotton.

Container Cargo Imports Not as Robust as Last Year

Import/Export

Slow growth in consumer spending and high inventory levels at stores across the country are affecting import cargo volumes at the nation’s ports.