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

| August 11, 2016

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.

New CEO Appointed at NYDJ Apparel

Los Angeles blue jeans company NYDJ Apparel, formerly known as Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, has appointed Lisa Collier to take over the top job at the company.

Summer Ready with House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve

Summer Ready with House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve

House of Harlow Creative Director and pop-culture icon Nicole Richie celebrated her collaborative project with Revolve clothing on June 2 at theRevolve Social Club on Melrose Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Cherokee Signs Deal to Create Footwear for Everyday California Brand

Cherokee Global Brands—whose labels include Cherokee, Carole Little, Tony Hawk and Sideout—has signed a deal with Saliluz to create a collection of men’s and women’s casual footwear and flip-flops under Cherokee’s Everyday California label.

MISA Los Angeles: Bohemian Roots, Global Style

MISA Los Angeles: Bohemian Roots, Global Style

Inspired by the love of global style and travel, MISA Los Angeles is designed for the modern bohemian. Created by Shadi Askari-Farhat, founder and designer of tbagslosangeles, MISA is an extension and evolution of the brand yet has its own identity.

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.

For Better, Not Worse: Apparel With a Purpose

For Better, Not Worse: 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

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.