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For Better, Not Worse: Apparel With a Purpose

By Sarah Wolfson | May 19, 2016

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

Footwear Brand EMU Australia Moving Back to California

After five years in the Midwest, Emu Australia has decided to bring its U.S. headquarters back to California.

Kristopher Enuke: A New Take on the 5-Pocket Jean

Kristopher Enuke: A New Take on the 5-Pocket Jean

Kristopher Enuke is launching a chic new look for denim this fall. The veteran Los Angeles designer’s namesake label challenges the traditional five-pocket jean with a unique fashion and fit sensibility.

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

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.

Agave Denim and XCVI Ink Design, Manufacturing and Distribution Deal

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. Thread Maker to Buy Second Largest Thread Maker in India

American & Efird—the largest U.S. manufacturer of industrial and consumer thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles—is acquiring a majority ownership of Vardhman Yarns and Threads Ltd. from its joint-venture partner, Vardhman Textiles Ltd.

Levi’s Names New President of Americas Division

Levi Strauss & Co. has promoted Roy Bagattini to the role of executive vice president and president of Levi Strauss Americas.

Jeanologia Software Release Aimed at Faster Laser Finishing in Production

Spanish laser equipment maker Jeanologia has introduced eMark 3.0, the latest release for its laser-finishing software, created to help production designers maximize speed and creativity.

LA Fashion District Intersection Renamed for Stanley Hirsh

LA Fashion District Intersection Renamed for Stanley Hirsh

The intersection of Ninth and Los Angeles streets in the Los Angeles Fashion District will be renamed Stanley Hirsh Square in honor of the late businessman, who was instrumental in creating the L.A. Fashion District Business Improvement District.

Gildan Buying Alstyle

Midlothian, Texas–based Ennis Inc. will sell its Alstyle Apparel LLC division to Canadian T-shirt giant Gildan Activewear Inc. for a $110 million all-cash offer subject to a working capital adjustment. The deal is expected to close by the end of June.

Kingpins Transformers Tackles Industry Waste in Latest Roundtable Series

Kingpins Transformers Tackles Industry Waste in Latest Roundtable Series

Cotton is compostable; polyester is forever. That was the message at a recent roundtable discussion hosted by denim trade show Kingpins.

Rokit: Skate Meets Street Basketball

Rokit: Skate Meets Street Basketball

Rokit menswear line is a Los Angeles–based lifestyle brand that bridges the subcultures of skate and street basketball.

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