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Deborah Belgum

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Big Sale at ABS by Allen Schwartz Headquarters

Manufacturing

ABS by Allen Schwartz holds big sale at headquarters near DTLA.

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BNKR Opens in DTLA

Retail

Australian clothing company opens its first U.S. store in DTLA.

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Warehouse Sale for Goods from India

Retail

Raj Imports Has a Big Warehouse Sale in Downtown Los Angeles

NW Materials Show Changes Fall Dates

Trade Shows

Because of a holiday in Asia, the NW Materials Show is pushing up the dates of its fall trade show by two weeks.

Deckers Names New President of Fashion Lifestyle

Manufacturing

Deckers Brands—the footwear and apparel company in Goleta, Calif., known for its Ugg boots, Teva and Sanuk footwear, and other labels—has appointed Andrea O’Donnell as president of fashion lifestyle.

Garment Factory Manager Found Guilty of Offering Bribe to Labor Inspector

Legal

The general manager of a Southern California clothing factory was found guilty on April 26 by a federal jury for offering to pay a bribe to a labor inspector to close down an investigation into back wages owed to factory workers, said the U.S. Attorney’s office.

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Marcianos Jump Back Into the Clothing Business

GM Studio

Georges and Armand Marciano have joined forces with designer Cinzia Simone to create a new upscale clothing brand called GM Studio that will partially launch in July with the full launch scheduled for September in time for the Fall 2016 season.

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Chan Luu Opens First U.S. Store

Retail

Los Angeles-based designer Chan Luu sets her first U.S. shop near the ocean.

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Vintage Fashions at Weekend Expo

Fashion

Vintage Fashion Expo at The Reef this weekend.

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BNKR Plans Grand Opening

Retail

BNKR to soon open its first U.S. flagship in downtown Los Angeles.

Customs Officials Step Up Apprehension of Counterfeit items at the Border

Import/Export

Customs officials said they saw a 25 percent increase in the number of counterfeit goods they confiscated last year at the nation’s ports and at the border.

Lord & Taylor Cited for Not Disclosing Payments to Fashion Bloggers

Legal

In the last decade, the fine line between paid advertising and commentary has grown more complicated as social-media sites and fashion blogs become the norm for getting out the word about a new product.

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Teva Partners With Artists for Spring Collection

Fashion

Teva has a launch party in downtown Los Angeles for new collection.

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Denim Day Coming Soon

Social Causes

Guess partners with Peace Over Violence as fashion sponsor of Denim Day.

Sport Chalet Closing

Retail

After 57 years in business, Southern California sporting goods retail chain Sport Chalet is closing all stores and shuttering its online business.

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Frame's First Store Lands in LA

Retail

Frame, started by two Swedes, is a hot label that chose its first retail location to be in Los Angeles.

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Two Weeks Left to See FIDM Movie Costume Exhibit

Fashion

More than 100 movie costumes are on display until the end of April at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising's museum in downtown LA.

Obituary: Famed Retailer Fred Hayman, 90

Retail

Fred Hayman, the king of Rodeo Drive who put the Beverly Hills luxury street on the world shopping map, passed away on April 14. He was 90.

China Agrees to End Export Subsidies

Import/Export

After months of negotiations, China has agreed to put a stop to the export subsidies it has been granting for years to a host of industries, giving them an unfair advantage when competing with other companies around the world.

NRF Supply-Chain Expert Appointed to Government Advisory Committee

Import/Export

Jonathan Gold of the National Retail Federation has been appointed to a U.S. Department of Commerce committee to advise on supply-chain issues that affect the international competitiveness of the nation’s businesses.

Alliance Apparel Moves Into LA Fashion District After Partnership With Online Retailer Revolve

Manufacturing

Since Alliance Apparel was acquired last year by online retailer Revolve, the Los Angeles clothing company has seen things change at lightning speed.

Old Navy Gets New President

Retail

Coming off of months of declining sales in all its labels, Gap Inc. announced it was naming Sonia Syngal as Old Navy’s new global president.

Retailers Go Back to the Drawing Board to Draw in Consumers

Finance

As consumers alter their buying patterns, developers across the country are blowing up shopping centers and redrawing their mall maps to give more real estate to restaurants, nail salons and gadget stores and less square footage to clothing outposts.

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BNKR Store Opening Soon in DTLA

Retail

BNKR will pull off the wrapping paper in late April.

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Victoria's Secret Shuttering Catalog Business

Retail

Victoria's Secret saying good-bye to all those catalogs stuffed in your mailbox.

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Nas Curating Ghostbusters Collection

Fashion

Hip-hop star Nas is working with Sony to curate a Nas x Ghostbusters collection to coordinate with the movie's release this summer.

American Apparel Workers Get Pink Slips

Manufacturing

Scores of American Apparel workers are being laid off as the Los Angeles clothing company is revamping its production process shortly after emerging from bankruptcy protection in February.

California Approves Highest Minimum Wage in the Country

Finance

By 2022, California will be the state with the highest minimum wage in the country, making it an expensive place to do business.

Majors Market Buzzing

Trade Shows

The 2015 Back-to-School season was considered a disappointment for much of the juniors market, but the future looks bright, according to many of the exhibitors at the April 4–6 run of LA Majors Market, primarily held at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles.

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Directives West Highlights Major Trends for Fall/Winter 2016

Fall Forecast

Floppy hats, faux-fur vests, peasant tops, leather jackets trimmed with fringe, slouchy sweaters, ponchos, lacy dresses, plaid pieces and plenty of worn denim were at the top of the trend chart for Fall/Winter 2016.

PacSun Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Retail

Pacific Sunwear of California has not turned a profit in years.

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Streetwear Sample Sale at Fashion District Bar

Fashion

Menswear label Zanerobe hopes to party and sell samples at the same time.

Interest Rates to Rise This Spring as Economy Improves

Finance

UCLA Anderson Forecast predicts that the U.S. economy will grow moderately in 2016 and 2017.

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Bloomie's Opening Outlet in Orange County

Retail

First Bloomingdale's Outlet in Southern California is opening later this year.

Survey Reveals Clothing Manufacturers Optimistic for Better Spring/Summer Sales

Manufacturing

Apparel and accessories manufacturers are optimistic that retailers will be having a good season in the upcoming months.

Republic Business Credit Taps Fred Gaylord

Finance

Republic Business Credit announced it has hired Fred Gaylord as senior vice president of sales and marketing.

What Consequences Would Raising Tariffs Have on the Apparel Industry?

Finance

In the whirlwind of election-year debates, some politicians have been taking a protectionist attitude and threatening to raise U.S. tariffs and erect trade barriers.

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Hustler Hollywood Opening in Hollywood

Retail

Hustler Hollywood opening its doors on Hollywood Boulevard soon.

Ex-CEO at Liz Claiborne Named to American Apparel Board

Manufacturing

Nearly two months after emerging from bankruptcy, American Apparel has named three apparel industry veterans to its seven-member board of directors.

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COS Setting Up Permanent Store in DTLA

Retail

COS, the higher-end retail chain under the H&M umbrella, is opening in the old Olympic Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Hong Kong to Share in $20.5M Retrieved from Clothing Smuggled Through L.A. Ports

Import/Export

An elaborate scheme that involved bringing in Chinese-made apparel from Hong Kong through Los Angeles ports, allegedly destined for Mexico but ending up in the United States, will result in Hong Kong sharing some of the $20.5 million worth of forfeited assets collected during the investigation.

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Betsey Johnson Shows Off Her Spring/Summer Collection

Fashion

Betsey Johnson joins crowd at West Hollywood for a fun-filled and colorful party to debut her Spring/Summer collection.

Blue Jeans Maker Sharing Water-saving Techniques

Manufacturing

Levi Strauss & Co. announced it is making its Water< Less finishing techniques available to the public.

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Fred Segal Building Sold on Melrose Avenue

Retail

Fred Segal stores under transformation.

Man Who Embezzled From Citizens of Humanity Pleads Guilty

Legal

The man who oversaw a scheme to embezzle $8 million from a commercial laundry house owned by Citizens of Humanity pleaded guilty to federal charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

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LAFW Wraps Up at Columbia Square

Fashion

Newly minted Columbia Square proves to be a good spot for LAFW.

Rosemary Brantley: Fashion Design Chair at Otis Stepping Down After 35 Years

Fashion

When Rosemary Brantley walked up the stairs in 1980 to the newly established fashion design department at the Otis College of Art and Design, then located near Los Angeles’ MacArthur Park, she found only one office with a single telephone plugged into the corner and four classrooms.

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Fall ’16 Market Draws Mixed Reviews

Fall ’16 Market

For some at the recent Los Angeles Fashion Market, it was an opportunity to place Fall 2016 orders. For others, it was a chance to replenish depleted inventory.

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Kevan Hall's Fashion at the White House

Fashion

Actress Sandra Oh looks stylist at the White House wearing a Kevan Hall creation.

Imports Steady as Back-to-School Season Approaches

Import/Export

U.S. cargo-container imports for the first half of this year are expected to be nearly flat over last year as the economy inches along.

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