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Deborah Belgum

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Old Navy Drives Growth for Gap in First Quarter

Retail

The tried-and-true formula of trendy casual wear at a bargain price was the right formula for Old Navy, a division of Gap Inc.

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Academy of Art University Students Present a Stellar Runway Presentation

Fashionable Student Collaborations

Geometric silhouettes, digitally printed textile designs and unusually woven knit garments were some of the creative looks seen on the runway by graduating seniors at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Jobs in the Creative Industries Take a Big Step Forward in California

Finance

Over the past five years, the creative economy in California has seen a growth spurt as more jobs have been added in the sector’s core areas of entertainment, fashion and publishing.

Jobs in the Creative Industries Take a Big Step Forward in California

Creative jobs in California and Los Angeles County continue to grow as the economy holds strong.

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Nordstrom Rack Expanding to El Segundo

Retail

Nordstrom Rack continues its expansion for shoppers loving a bargain.

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Vans Names Tennessee High School the Winner in its Custom Culture Competition

Fashion

Tennessee high school gets $75,000 prize from Vans.

St. John Knits Makes Top Executive Changes as CEO Retires

Manufacturing

After 15 years at the luxury label known for its women’s knit suits, Bruce Fetter has retired as St. John Knits’ chief executive officer, president and chief operating officer. He has been replaced by Eran Cohen, who joined the company May 1.

U.S. Textile Industry Calls for Tariffs on Imported Textiles and Apparel End Products

Import/Export

The U.S. textile industry has asked the Trump administration to place tariffs on certain textile and apparel products made by China that may infringe on U.S. companies’ intellectual-property rights.

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Tellason: A Rare Find in the Denim Industry

Tellason: Raw Denim

Ever since the brand was launched in San Francisco nearly 10 years ago, Tellason has been one of those rare clothing companies that only uses American raw materials for its collection of menswear blue jeans.

Hudson Jeans Names New President

Manufacturing

New president comes from Thakoon LLC.

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Nordstrom Expanding Large-Size Selection in Stores

Retail

A trend that started at a Los Angeles store is being brought to 30 more Nordstrom stores and online.

New CEO Named for 7 For All Mankind and Splendid

Manufacturing

After an executive search, Delta Galil names a new CEO for its Los Angeles labels.

UBM Fashion Launching New LA Event in November

Trade Shows

New event will feature speakers and experts from all areas of the fashion and retail world.

Closer Lead Times in Apparel Is Benefiting Los Angeles Knitters, Dyers and Finishers

Manufacturing

The stainless-steel vats that populate the factory floor at Swisstex California churn out ribbons of damp, recently dyed knit fabric that piles up in large plastic carts before being sent to the finishing machines.

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Otis College Celebrates Student Fashion Show and Fund-raiser With New York Designer Jason Wu on Hand

Celestial Styling

The special guests lined up for photos as the students at the Otis College of Art and Design got ready for their 36th annual student fashion show.

No NAFTA Means Retailers Would Have to Increase Prices and Decrease Jobs

Import/Export

The North American Free Trade Agreement is still being negotiated between the United States, Mexico and Canada, but no new trade accord has been hammered out and retailers are getting worried.

American Apparel to Open First Store in Los Angeles

Retail

Look for a new American Apparel store on Melrose Avenue later this year.

Shopping Center Owner Macerich Shows Net Loss for the Quarter

Retail

Macerich Company, the owner of retail centers Santa Monica Place in Santa Monica, Calif., and the Westside Pavilion in Los Angeles as well as other properties, had a $33.6 million net loss for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018, compared with a profit of $69.2 million for the same period last year.

Former Liz Claiborne CEO Named to Deckers Brands Board of Directors

Manufacturing

William McComb, who headed up Liz Clairborne for eight years and was there when the label changed its name to Fifth & Pacific Companies, has been named to the board of directors of the California shoe company Deckers Brands.

How Millennial Parents Shop Differently Than Other Generations

Retail

Now that millennials are becoming parents, their way of shopping for their families varies wildly from their parents. The phone is practically the command center for this generation, born between 1981 and 1994.

The Future in Retail Leadership Lies in Discovering Its Core Customer and Technology

Retail

For retailers, it should be more about millennials.

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Kevan Hall Unveils Fall Designs With a Hint of the Modern Woman

Fashion

Kevan Hall's designs speak to the modern woman who loves lace.

How Millennial Parents Shop Differently Than Other Generations

Millennial parents adapt new methods when shopping for their families.

Mountain Hardwear Names New Marketing Director

Manufacturing

Mountain Hardwear, the Northern California outdoors wear company owned by Columbia Sportswear, has named a new head of marketing.

Bebe Selling Its Main Office in Los Angeles

Retail

Long-time retailer Bebe, which was based in Northern California but had a major presence in Los Angeles, said it is selling its main LA office building for $28.5 million.

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Coachella Spawns Tons of Parties and Fashion

Coachella Cool

What would the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival be without a flood of fashion that gives designers a clue as to what styles are trending?

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New Style Fair in Bangkok Has Something for Everyone

Style Fair Bangkok

Inside the vast international exhibition center that houses the newly created Style fair, the brightly colored hand-painted dresses and tops that make up the Yodyoko collection were a standout.

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BB Dakota Enters Wedding Season with Bridesmaids Dress Collection

Fashion

Los Angeles label adds to its BBDakota RSVP label.

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Style Fashion Week Makes a Splash in Palm Springs

Palm Springs Style

During Style Fashion Week Palm Springs, a number of California-based designers unveiled collections for Fall 2018.

Bumps Along the Way Don’t Deter U.S. Economy

Finance

Lately, the apparel and retail world has been centered around three Ts: taxes, tariffs and trade.

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Thailand Gets Stylish at Fashion Fair in Bangkok

Fashion

Thailand promotes creative businesses in Style April 2018.

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Costume Designers to Discuss Old Hollywood in Old Hollywood Barn

Costume Designs

Taking a look at the Betty Davis and Joan Crawford costumes seen in "Feud" and the legacy of the actresses

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LA-Owned SWIMS Adds to Men's Collection for Fall

Fashion

Scandinavian-influenced SWIMS introduces more apparel and accessories to line.

Unifi Buys National Spinning Co.

Textiles

Unifi Inc., known for its synthetic and recycled yarns, has agreed to buy the dyed-yarn business and assets of National Spinning Co. Both are located in North Carolina.

Levi Strauss Shows Strong First-Quarter Revenue Gains

Manufacturing

Levi Strauss & Co., that venerable denim brand founded in San Francisco in 1853, has been on a revenue roll recently as it diversifies its products and targets the international market for growth.

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AST Sportswear Takes Over Where American Apparel Left Off

Bigger at Bayside

When American Apparel went bankrupt and laid off some 3,500 employees last year, another company was waiting in the wings to take over the title of the largest vertically integrated T-shirt venture in the United States.

GOTS Gets Two New Leaders

Textiles

After leading the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) nonprofit since it was founded in 2002, Herbert Ladwig has stepped down as managing director, turning leadership over to two people.

Hudson’s Parent Company Sees a Net Loss in 2017

Manufacturing

Revenues keep growing for Differential Brands Group—the parent company of Hudson jeans, Robert Graham and SWIMS—but that hasn’t translated into a profit yet

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Directives West Shines Spotlight on Major Trends for Fall/Winter 2018

Directives West Trends

Denim has been on a roll for the past few seasons, but it will continue to push forward with more distressed looks, high-wasted tops, Mom jeans and cropped silhouettes.

The Tariff Scare Keeps Apparel and Textile Companies Hopping

Import/Export

President Trump launched a trade war in March by imposing a 10 percent tariff on aluminum and a 25 percent tariff on steel coming from countries around the world.

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North Face to Celebrate a New Generation of Female Explorers

Outdoor Wear

The North Face taking actions to recognize and promote female explorers and adventurers in all fields.

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What Fashion Will We See at Coachella?

Fashion

White Fox gets the jump on Coachella Fashion.

Versatility is the Key to This Fashion Label

Manufacturing

When Nicole Frank had a real-estate business, she found her days were long and her wardrobe options were short.

New Chairman Elected for the National Council of Textile Organizations

Textiles

At its annual meeting, the National Council of Textile Organizations elected Marty Moran, chief executive of Buhler Quality Yarns Corp. in Jefferson, Ga., as its chairman. Previously, he had been the vice chairman of NCTO.

Tariffs on China Could Broadly Affect Clothing and Footwear Imports

Imports/Exports

With about 33 percent of all clothing and 72 percent of all footwear sold in the United States coming from China, President Trump’s latest volley to impose some $50 billion in tariffs on that Asian country could have a dire effect on the average consumer.

Guess Earnings Fall for Fiscal 2018

Manufacturing

Guess? Inc., the decades-old denim and lifestyle label, no longer counts on the United States for the bulk of its sales.

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Mr. Turk Teams Up With Jonathan Adler for Swimwear Capsule Collection

Fashion

Think cabanas and swimming pools with this collaboration

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Art Hearts Fashion Changes Venue With Full Schedule

Game of Fashion

Los Angeles Fashion Week kicked off with Art Hearts Fashion, the first of two back-to-back, multi-day shows that filled the week with more than 35 designers on the runway.

February Retail Sales See Solid Jump

Retail

February was a very good month for sales. The National Retail Federation reported that retail sales last month rose 4.4 percent year-over-year as the economy continued to grow.

Law Firm Steps Down From Paul Marciano Investigation

Manufacturing

A little more than three weeks after Guess? Inc. cofounder Paul Marciano relinquished his day-to-day duties following sexual-harassment allegations, the law firm that was investigating the accusations is stepping aside.