MANUFACTURING

Athleisure—Fad or Fashion for the Long Haul?

By Deborah Belgum | August 13, 2015

A fleeting trend or a cultural shift? That is the question everyone is asking about the popularity of athleisure clothing.

Jill Granoff Stepping Down as CEO of Vince

Jill Granoff resigns as chief executive of Vince.

OBITUARY: Christian Audigier, Founder of Ed Hardy, 57

OBITUARY: Christian Audigier, Founder of Ed Hardy, 57

Christian Audigier, one of the more flamboyant clothing makers on the West Coast who launched the wildly popular Ed Hardy label, died Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from cancer. He was 57.

Joe’s Jeans Gets a Little Help From Its Creditors

Joe’s Jeans got a lifeline when two major creditors gave the Los Angeles blue-jeans manufacturer some more time to pay off some hefty loans—for a price.

American Apparel Cutting Workers and Costs to Improve Its Financial Pulse

Days after American Apparel announced it would be closing some stores and laying off workers, about 80 American Apparel workers rallied outside the company’s enormous factory near downtown Los Angeles to protest the way the company is being managed.

Luxe Fabrics Are the Foundation of a New Contemporary Collection

Luxe Fabrics Are the Foundation of a New Contemporary Collection

Ecotex owner Raphael Javaheri is launching a new contemporary apparel brand beginning with a luxury knits collection that will officially bow in August in Las Vegas.

Authentic Brands Acquires Tretorn

Nearly a month after it acquired Frederick’s of Hollywood, Authentic Brands Group (ABG), announced it completed the purchase of Tretorn, a 124-year-old outdoor-lifestyle brand reportedly favored by tennis stars Bjorn Borg and Martina Navratilova.

New Hire at Matiere

Matiere, a menswear brand headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif., announced July 1 that Matt Feniger would join the company as a brand marketing manager for its Matiere and Strand collections.

Topher Gaylord Leaves Mountain Hardwear

After five years on the job, Topher Gaylord is leaving his position as president of Mountain Hardwear.

Flagship to Open Fashion District Showroom

After nine years of working out of a renovated kung fu cinema at the edge of downtown Los Angeles’ Chinatown, Flagship, a multi-channel showroom, will open a 3,000-square-foot satellite office located in the city’s Fashion District, said Christopher Josol, a Flagship partner.

Luxe Atelier Opens in Downtown Los Angeles

Luxe Atelier Opens in Downtown Los Angeles

The young couture and eveningwear designer threw a gala party on June 24 for the opening of his first physical atelier, the Walter Mendez Collection Store.

German Style, Made In Los Angeles

German Style, Made In Los Angeles

For recent German transplants Daniel Thies and Eva Napp, California manufacturing seems wide open with opportunity.

Obituary: Kristine Garrett, URU Designer


Kristine Garrett, who founded URU clothing nearly 40 years ago with her husband, Ken Brown, died on June 2 of cancer. She was 69.

Joe’s Jeans in Talks With Investment Group Over Acquisition

News sources are reporting that Joe’s Jeans, the Los Angeles premium blue jeans maker that bought Hudson Clothing nearly two years ago, is in talks to be acquired by an East Coast private equity firm.

Legal Action Between Dov Charney and American Apparel Heats Up

American Apparel chairwoman Colleen Brown, in an anti-SLAPP motion filed June 19 in Los Angeles County Superior Court against former CEO Dov Charney, maintained that Charney was fired in December for just cause after an investigation turned up dozens of lascivious and discriminatory events.

Velcro Cos. Acquires Fastener and Elastic Web Companies

Velcro Companies acquired two Belgium-based companies specializing in hook-and-loop fasteners and elastic and rigid webbing in a move the company says will broaden its product portfolio, expand its presence in Europe, and facilitate research and development “to speed the pace of product innovations.”