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Deborah Belgum

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Byer California Cited for Evading Customs Duties by Undervaluing Garments


After years of litigation, Byer California has agreed to pay $325,000 in a civil fraud lawsuit that alleges the decades-old San Francisco clothing company for five years undervalued the cost of its merchandise coming through customs, paying lower duties than normal.

Fashion Designer Mossimo Giannulli and Wife Charged With Money Laundering

More charges filed against 16 parents caught up in college admissions cheating scandal.

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Chip Foster Launches New Basics Line


Lakes of the Woods Club is a new apparel brand being launched by Chip Foster of Chip & Pepper Jeans.

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Exhibit Shows Off Costume Designs for 'Fosse/Verdon' Series

Costume Design

Costume designs are on display from the limited series showcasing the lives of choreographer/filmmaker Bob Fosse and dancer/actress Gwen Verdon.

How Apparel Companies Can Deal With a Slowing Economy


The formula for doing business is slowly changing this year. While interest rates were rising at a steady pace last year, it’s a different story this year. The Federal Reserve hasn’t raised benchmark interest rates in 2019 and may even lower them, which is good news for apparel manufacturers and retailers.

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A Look at Fall Fashions on the Runway

Los Angeles Fashion Week

The runways were full for Los Angeles Fashion Week with styles being seen in two locations this season.

Rue21 to Open a Buying Office in Los Angeles Fashion District


Rue21, the fast-fashion enterprise that now has more than 700 bricks-and-mortar stores across the country, is opening a West Coast buying office in Los Angeles to be closer to clothing manufacturers that supply the company.

Rent the Runway Sued by Competitor FashionPass


Rent the Runway was started in 2009 by two East Coast women who hit upon the idea of renting out clothes to a broad range of women who like to mix up their wardrobe but may not have the money to buy a full closet of clothes.

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A Squad of Female Executives Takes Over at Manhattan Beachwear

Women Take Manhattan

Inside the two-story industrial office building that houses the vast Manhattan Beachwear operations in Cypress, Cal­if., a mini revolution is going on.

Guess? Inc. Reports Solid Earnings for Fiscal 2019


Guess? Inc. has been undergoing a lot of executive changes this year, but that didn’t hamper its bottom line.

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Trina Turk Visits the Vine for Her Fall 2019 Collection

Trina Turk Collection

For her Fall 2019 collection, Trina Turk took a trip to California’s wine country for her inspiration and colors.

New Shared Workspace Going to The Bloc in DTLA


For those who like to be able to shop in the same space where they work, then a new co-workspace at The Bloc in downtown Los Angeles might just be the place.

Koral Expands Into Men’s Activewear


For several years now, Los Angeles designer Ilana Kugel has been the creative drive behind the Koral label, which has been producing high-end, stylish activewear for women who value quality and design.

S&S Activewear Shutters California Warehouse, Opens New Facility in Nevada


S&S Activewear, the 31-year-old distributor of wholesale apparel, is laying off 136 employees as it prepares to close down its large warehouse in Santa Fe Springs, Calif.

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OC Fashion Week Starts Next Week


OC Fashion Week launches its first day on a yacht.

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Disappearing Rains Help Buyer Traffic at LA Market

LA Market Brightens Up

A Los Angeles winter of heavy rains and unprecedented cold weather lifted for buyers attending the March 11–13 LA Market Week.

UCLA Anderson Forecast Sees a Downshifting in the Economy

Slower economy sees slower housing starts this year and next.

Fashion Designer Mossimo Giannulli and Wife Accused of Paying Bribes to Get Daughters Into USC

Los Angeles fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli and his wife were named in a massive federal indictment accusing wealthy individuals of paying bribes to get their children into prestigious universities.

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Buffalo Exchange Celebrates 45 Years With Select Vintage and Unique Finds


The resale fashion house is celebrating with pop-up shops.

Gap Inc. Acquires Janie and Jack Stores


One week after Gap Inc. said it would be splitting into two separate, publicly traded companies, the company announced it had purchased the Janie and Jack retail chain from children’s retailer Gymboree Group Inc. for $35 million.

Big Challenges for Shipping Industry in 2020


Apparel and textile importers have spent the last year challenged by rising shipping rates and tight vessel space as cargo owners scrambled to bring in merchandise earlier than normal to beat an expected tariff rise on certain Chinese goods.

Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami Adds Events to Second Show

Trade Shows

Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami recently announced the lineup for its three-day show to be held May 28–30 at the same time as Miami Fashion Week.

A Cease-Fire in the Trade War Has the Apparel Industry Wondering What Will Happen Next


The recent lull in the trade war between the United States and China was good news for U.S. retailers, clothing manufacturers and importers who have seen their bottom line eroded by a 10 percent tariff on certain goods imported from China.

Gap Inc. to Split Into Two Separate Publicly Traded Companies


Old Navy to become a separate company from the rest of Gap Inc.'s brands.

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Los Angeles Designers on the Runway at Art Hearts Fashion in New York

California Love for NYFW

Fernando Alberto was one of the Los Angeles designers who showed at Art Hearts Fashion in New York

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New CEO Named for the National Council of Textile Organizations


Kimberly Glas, a former deputy assistant secretary for textiles, consumer goods and materials at the U.S. Department of Commerce, was named the new president and chief executive officer of the National Council of Textile Organizations.

Splendid Names New Creative Director


The Los Angeles premium label Splendid, which was acquired by Delta Galil Inc. nearly three years ago, has named a new creative director to help grow the brand.

LAEDC Economic Report Sees U.S. Growth Over the Next Two Years

Economy will slow down but will be on a positive path over the next two years.

Charlotte Russe Looking for an Angel to Buy the Retail Chain

Charlotte Russe is available to the highest bidder.

WWDMAGIC Puts the Fun Into the Trade-Show Scene

Trade Shows

Walking into WWDMAGIC is like walking into a warehouse of elaborately decorated stores with a huge party scene going on.

Sourcing at MAGIC Celebrates Chinese New York With a Dragon Parade on the Show Floor

Trade Shows

Sourcing at MAGIC has always been like a mini version of the United Nations. Countries from all over the world exhibit a wide-ranging collection of clothing, shoes, accessories, textiles and machinery.

OffPrice Adds New Section to Discount-Merchandise Trade Show

Trade Shows

New to the longstanding OffPrice show this year in Las Vegas was a section called Boutique Buyer.

Womenswear In Nevada Filled With Buyers Who Gathered for A Surprise Announcement

Trade Shows

Inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, the various ballrooms with exotic names such as Amazon, Brasilia and Tropical were packed with clothing and accessories that painted a vivid portrait of the vast apparel offerings sold in the United States.

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Tadashi Shoji Looks to Southeast Asia for His Fall/Winter 2019 Collection

Tadashi Shoji at NYFW

L.A. designer Tadashi Shoji had his fashions on the runway during New York Fashion Week for his Fall/Winter 2019 collection, which carried influences from Southeast Asia.

Levi Strauss Files IPO to Trade on New York Stock Exchange

Levi Strauss & Co. is going public with filing of IPO.

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Naeem Khan to Headline LAFW


The first night of LA Fashion Week will see New York designer Naeem Khan's creations on the runway.

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Rodarte Debuts Fall 2019 Collection in Southern California

Rodarte Collection

Kate and Laura Mulleavy are home-grown designers who grew up in Pasadena, Calif. But their careers and their fashion shows for their Rodarte label have taken them mostly to New York, where their creations are seen on the runway during New York Fashion Week.

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FIDM Unveils Some 100 Movie Costumes at its Annual Costume Design Exhibition

Movie Costume Exhibit

More than 800 people attended the Feb. 2 preview opening of the annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition, which features more than 100 movie costumes from some 25 films released in 2018.

Markdowns Cost U.S. Retailers $300 Billion in 2018


Who doesn’t love a sale? Consumers do, but for retailers the idea of discounting merchandise by 10 percent to 25 percent adds up.

U.S. Retail Sales on Strong Footing for 2019 With Job Growth Continuing


Despite rumblings of a trade war with China and an up-and-down stock market, the National Retail Federation said it expects retail sales for 2019 to be up from 3.8 percent to 4.4 percent, totaling more than $3.8 trillion.

Levi Strauss Sees Substantial Growth in 2018


Levi Strauss & Co., the San Francisco clothing company known for its Levi’s jeans, had a solid year of growth with net revenues increasing a healthy 14 percent in its fiscal year ending Nov. 25, 2018.

Las Vegas Apparel and Footwear Shows Announce Big Location Moves

Trade Shows

MAGIC and WWIN announce big moves.

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Sourcing at MAGIC Kicks Off in South Hall of Convention Center

Sourcing at MAGIC returns to its old location in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Monique Lhuillier Unveils Her Pre-Fall Collection for Ready-to-Wear

Fall Colors by Monique Lhuillier

In 1996, Los Angeles designer Monique Lhuillier launched her self-named company with a line of wedding dresses that had a more modern feel to them.

Fashion Market Northern California Runs Into Some Competition

Trade Shows

A confluence of trade shows and an early date for the apparel and textile trade shows in Las Vegas put a damper on the latest edition of Fashion Market Northern California.

How to Tackle the China Trade-War Challenges


In the past year, it has become increasingly more challenging to be an apparel manufacturer, importer or retailer in the United States as uncertainty surrounds trade with China.

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American Eagle Outfitters Leaves Hollywood & Highland


American Eagle Outfitters joins a number of retailers leaving Hollywood & Highland.

Guess CEO Unexpectedly Steps Down

New CEO at Guess has been there before.

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Hong Kong Fashion Week Downsizes Amid U.S. Tariff Tiff

Trade Shows

Hong Kong Fashion Week had a subdued air this year as U.S. buyers have become more cautious about placing orders with Chinese factories, which make up the bulk of the exhibitors.

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Hong Kong Designers Take an Artsy Approach to Showing Their Styles

Hong Kong Fashion Week

Traditionally, Hong Kong Fashion Week shows have been down a long catwalk surrounded by spectators interested in the latest trends.