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One of the biggest free-trade agreements ever negotiated by the United States could be a done deal by the end of this year. But it is still unclear how the Trans-Pacific Partnership will affect textile and apparel makers that manufacture in the United States.
After five years on the job, Topher Gaylord is leaving his position as president of Mountain Hardwear.
Woodbury University, known for its wide array of classes, which include fashion and architecture, has appointed five people to its board of trustees.
Ellen DeGeneres puts her design stamp on clothes, home goods and accessories.
Kristine Garrett, who founded URU clothing nearly 40 years ago with her husband, Ken Brown, died on June 2 of cancer. She was 69.
About 200 people attended a reception and exhibition to celebrate the graduation of the first-ever students who completed a new advanced study program for menswear at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles.
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.
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.
Designer Calvin Klein coming to town.
Men's Wearhouse launches six-week donation drive.
Australian retailer BNKR launches a pop-up store on Robertson Boulevard.
With the economy still ticking along, the unemployment rate in California and the rest of the country will continue to drop through 2016, according to the latest UCLA Anderson Forecast.
Authentic Brands Group has completed its acquisition of the iconic Frederick’s of Hollywood lingerie label after Frederick’s declared bankruptcy in April and shuttered its 93 stores.
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In May, the Port of Long Beach saw its container volumes jump 4.8 percent over the same month last year while the Port of Los Angeles said its container volumes barely budged, rising only 0.8 percent in May over the previous year.
Going artsy, Sloane Rouge picks a hip cafe in the Arts District as the spot to highlight three seasons of clothes.
After four years, The Gores Group is selling Big Strike.
Japanese retailer comes to a fancy shopping mall.
More than five months after taking over as chief executive of American Apparel, Paula Schneider now sits on the clothing company’s board of directors.
LA Fashion Market
It looked like a typically lightly trafficked June market, but exhibitors reported seeing committed buyers from across the state and across the country—as well as a few from Japan—during the June 8–11 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market.
Fashion | Manufacturing | Events
Costume designers and fashion designers are two separate worlds, but in recent years the two professions have begun to overlap.
Retail | Technology
Retail is an ever-changing landscape that is expanding to different horizons all the time. But experts have one major piece of advice: Do nothing and you die.
Torrid launching nationwide search for the next Face of Torrid 2016.
Paul Frank Industries extends a licensing deal with a Chinese company.
Cherokee's in-house design team comes up with a new brand that will be sold in India.
For three years, Jane Mohr’s cooperative showroom was on the sixth floor of the Gerry Building. But with most of her neighbors being more private-label showrooms and destination spaces, she decided to move to the seventh floor, where there is more foot traffic.
Kate Hudson has introduced a line of activewear for men available through the same service. Keeping it all in the family, her older brother, Oliver Hudson, is the official spokesman for the new line, called FL2.
Yogasmoga and its relatively new line of yogawear for men and women are taking baby steps to open a chain of retail stores across the country by counting heavily on California for its success.
When Paula Schneider took over as the new American Apparel chief executive, she didn’t think the job would be so contentious.
The doors to the new A.P.C. store in downtown Los Angeles opened on May 30.
John Ermatinger, who had been True Religion's interim senior vice president of global sourcing and production, was named the new chief executive officer on June 1.
Nine months after agents busted a long-running Mexican drug money laundering operation in the Los Angeles Fashion District, an underwear importer has pleaded guilty to several offenses linked to the scheme.
Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th Opens in Heart of S.F.
Fashion | Manufacturing
Band of Outsiders, a well-regarded Los Angeles label that garnered a lot of attention from New York fashion magazines and high-end stores, is going out of business, according to various reports.
Apparel Sourcing Show
This year’s Apparel Sourcing Show in Guatemala opened with more foreign flavors to its vendors and a political scandal swirling on the national front.
Burlington opening a discount store on Seventh Street.
The Mayan Store was launched five years ago to help Guatemalan Indians find ways to use their colorful fabrics in contemporary ways.
Guatemala hoping to capture more U.S. apparel production.
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Hundreds of apparel importers are recalibrating their logistics plans before the next big shipping season hits in July.
A.P.C. Store is shooting for an opening in two weeks.
Shop & Dine
Here are a few suggestions on the new restaurants and up-and-coming boutiques found in some of the major cities on the trade-show circuit.
Manufacturing | Legal | Retail
In more legal shots fired in the ongoing battle over control of American Apparel, the dismissed clothing company’s founder has filed two lawsuits in less than one week accusing American Apparel and hedge fund investor Standard General of defaming his character in false accusations and letters.
American Apparel reported that in the first quarter of this year it had a net loss of $26.4 million, or 15 cents a share, compared to $5.5 million, or 5 cents a share, last year.
Actress Rebel Wilson works with plus-size retail chain Torrid to create a capsule collection.
In another legal shot fired in the ongoing battle over control of American Apparel, the dismissed clothing company’s founder filed a lawsuit alleging that hedge fund investor Standard General said it would defame his character if he didn’t give up control of his American Apparel stock.
Manufacturing | Import & Export
SAE-A, the largest apparel manufacturing company in South Korea, has opened a cotton spinning mill in Costa Rica, which is the first for the Central American country.
Import & Export
Europe has slightly increased a retaliatory tariff that it imposes on women’s blue jeans imported from the United States.
Gap Inc. to partner with Ellen DeGeneres' new line that will be in GapKids stores in August.
Two upcoming sample sales may be worth your time and energy.
An exhibit that chronicles the life of Harry Segerstrom, founder of South Coast Plaza and other major Orange County landmarks, opens on May 8.
An American Apparel class-action shareholder lawsuit filed April 29 claims that the apparel company is being held hostage by Standard General, the New York hedge fund that is a controlling stockholder, and that the hedge fund would reap enormous profits if American Apparel declares bankruptcy.