Men’s Sock Trend Leads to Sale of California Sock Company

By Deborah Belgum | November 19, 2015

Men’s socks have been one of the bright spots on the retail scene as dudes—hipsters or not—are finding they can dress conservatively for work but maintain a subtle splash of rebellious color by sporting bright socks under dark suits or khaki pants.

Stitches Technology Begins Training Sewing Technicians

On Dec. 1, the second group of students is scheduled to begin a six-month training program in technical sewing at Stitches Technology, the nonprofit run by Clotee McAfee.

Broken Homme Aims To Crack Tough Made-in-L.A. Niche: Footwear

Broken Homme Aims To Crack Tough Made-in-L.A. Niche: Footwear

Southern California is a center for the design of casual footwear—think slip-ons and flip-flops—but Broken Homme, an emerging label headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., is waiting to see if the region is ready for manufacturing for a more complex footwear: work boots with a fashion edge.

Vince Taps Founders to Boost Label’s Business

Sometimes you have to take one step back to move two steps forward. That’s the philosophy the contemporary label Vince is taking. The now New York–based company has hired the label’s two founders—Rea Laccone and Christopher LaPolice—to help develop the brand’s products, merchandising and creative efforts.

BCBGmaxzazria Expand to China

BCBGmaxazria is looking to the Chinese consumer to boost business. The Los Angeles womenswear maker recently announced it has partnered with VoyageOne to sell its clothing online in China.

James Cox Knits: Kits for Men’s Knits

James Cox Knits: Kits for Men’s Knits

James Cox is looking to put knitting needles—and knit menswear designs—into the hands of home knitters with a collection of knitting kits.

Combatant Gentlemen’s New Suit: The Summit Collection

Combatant Gentlemen built a more-than- $10-million company on the cheap suit. The Irvine, Calif.–headquartered label’s point of difference was that it owned the entire supply chain for its suits and its collection of men’s clothing.

Taking Advantage of the Push for Made in USA

When Jack Chang invested in an apparel business in 1988, a good number of California labels were still making their clothes in California.

Petri Joins …Lost Holdings

Leading surfwear and fashion company …Lost Holdings announced that Rick Petri, a surf-industry veteran, will join the company as its president on Dec. 1.

Global Distribution: Giant Care Label

Apparel makers tell the story of international distribution on a very tiny canvas: the care and content label. As apparel brands increasingly sell their goods around the world, care labels become ever more complex.

SIMA Image Award Nominees Announced

Surf Industry Manufacturers Association has presented its SIMA Image Awards for 13 years, and on Nov. 11, it announced its slate of award nominees for work done in the past year. Winners will be announced Feb. 11.

New Resource: Mario De La Torre: “For All Women”

New Resource: Mario De La Torre: “For All Women”

A decade after quitting a lucrative banking job to learn the basics of fashion design, Mario De La Torre plans to introduce his namesake women’s contemporary line under the glamour of spotlights.

New Resource: Betro Simone

New Resource: Betro Simone

Stefanie Betro is on the move. In late 2014, she started working on the women’s contemporary clothing collection Betro Simone with Daniel Guez, founder and chief executive officer of BLVD Brands. Before the line was exhibited on the trade-show circuit, the Los Angeles–made line was picked up by select Nordstrom doors and Nordstrom’s e-commerce site, where it continues to be sold.

American Apparel Reports Shrinking Sales in Third Quarter

American Apparel filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early October, but it still must report its revenues and earnings for the third quarter, ending Sept. 30. In a preliminary filing, the troubled Los Angeles clothing company said its third-quarter sales plummeted 19 percent to $126 million, compared with nearly $156 million in the same period last year.

At 10, Tokidoki Finds Business in Collaboration

At 10, Tokidoki Finds Business in Collaboration

There’s Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Hello Kitty and a world of superheroes competing for spaces in our imaginations and on our T-shirts. Los Angeles–based brand Tokidoki recently celebrated its 10th anniversary of carving its own niche in this animated crowd, and the small, private company is looking to grow through a wide arena of collaboration and retail.