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Deborah Belgum

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European Retaliation Tariffs Planned on U.S. Clothing

Import/Export

After President Trump signed an order on March 8 to impose tariffs on imported aluminum and steel, apparel makers were bracing for Europe to slap retaliatory tariffs on a variety of apparel coming from the United States.

Impulse Moda Showroom

Manufacturing

After four years of operating her Impulse Moda showroom on the eighth floor of the Gerry Building, Lori Marchand moved up a notch at the beginning of the year to the ninth floor, where there is a friendly vibe because all the showroom owners have known each other for years.

The UCLA Anderson Forecast Sees Big Changes in Store for U.S. Economy

Finance

Last year, President Trump had just taken office and the economy was slowly slogging forward as unemployment rates dropped steadily, inflation was modest and interest rates were changing every so slightly.

Two Important Textile and Fiber Organizations Merge

Textiles

As of April 1, the National Council of Textile Organizations and the American Fiber Manufacturers Association will be one.

Cherokee CEO Says the Old Ways of Brand Management Are Over

Manufacturing

When Henry Stupp became the chief executive of Cherokee Global Brands in 2010, revenues at the brand-management company had been declining for five years.

The UCLA Anderson Forecast Sees Big Changes in Store for U.S. Economy Through 2020

Business investment is going to be driving the bus this year.

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Paris Baguette Opens in LA Fashion District

Retail

New eatery opens up where a clothing store used to be located.

Gap Inc. Moves in a Positive Direction Seen in Fourth-Quarter Earnings

Retail

There was no gap in the financial results reported on March 1 by Gap Inc. The San Francisco–based retailer—one of the largest in the United States—saw a huge jump in net earnings for the year and even experienced positive same-store sales in the fourth quarter for all its various nameplates except for the Gap stores.

UBM Sells MR Magazine and Sister Publications

Retail

UBM—the parent company of UBM Fashion, which organizes various apparel and footwear trade shows in Las Vegas, New York and other venues—has sold MR Magazine to Wainscot Media, based in Montvale, N.J.

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Several California Designers Show at Art Hearts Fashion in New York

LA in NY

As a warm-up for Los Angeles Fashion Week, several California designers participated in the Feb. 8–11 edition of Art Hearts Fashion in New York, which took place at the Angel Oresnanz Foundation event space in lower Manhattan.

New Owners of American Apparel Set Goal to Double Sales This Year

Manufacturing

It has only been a little more than one year since Gildan Activewear acquired the intellectual-property rights of American Apparel, the decades-old Los Angeles apparel company that twice declared bankruptcy in a little more than one year.

Bachrach Menswear Stores Closing After Filing for Second Bankruptcy

Retail

Centuries-old Bachrach menswear stores is closing all its outposts across the country.

UBM Sells MR Magazine and Sister Publications

UBM sells MR Magazine and sister publications.

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The Creative and Fun Side of the Business in Vegas

Trade Shows

Creativity abounds at the Las Vegas shows.

IFJAG Vendors Keep Busy at Hotel Venue

Trade Shows

The International Fashion Jewelry and Accessories Group took over three floors at the Embassy Suites near the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for their third show in Las Vegas, held Feb. 10–13.

Supima Cotton’s Origin to be Verified in New Program

Textiles

In the world of cotton, it is an open secret that some products labeled 100 percent Egyptian or Pima cotton are not what they appear and are really cheaper cotton.

Chinese New York Puts a Dent Into Sourcing at MAGIC

Trade Shows

Curtains around the edges of the Sourcing at MAGIC show marked the boundaries of a smaller exhibiting area at the Feb. 11–14 event at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Imagination Blossoms at WWDMAGIC

Trade Shows

Creativity was thriving at the WWDMAGIC show, held Feb. 12–15 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Womenswear in Nevada Keeps the Beat Steady

Trade Shows

This was only the second time that the Yak & Yeti label exhibited at the Womenswear in Nevada show Feb. 12–15 at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

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Guess Chairman Stepping Down During Investigation of Sexual-Harassment Accusations

Marciano Steps Down

Paul Marciano, a cofounder of Guess? Inc. and the Los Angeles company’s chairman and chief creative officer, is taking a leave from his day-to-day duties while an investigation is being conducted following sexual-harassment accusations by model Kate Upton.

Buyers Pack Las Vegas to Peruse Some 15 Trade Shows

Trade Shows

If retailers couldn’t find what they were looking for in Las Vegas, they probably couldn’t find it anywhere.

California’s Economy Will Continue to Outshine Most of the United States

Finance

The California economy has been going gangbusters over the past few years and should continue to march along nicely over the next two years.

California’s Economy Will Continue to Outshine Most of the U.S.

California, with its technology, aerospace and entertainment industries, will continue to outdo the rest of the United States.

Guess Chairman Stepping Down During Investigation of Sexual-Harassment Accusations

Paul Marciano, a cofounder of Guess? Inc. and the Los Angeles company’s chairman and chief creative officer, is taking a leave from his day-to-day duties while an investigation is being conducted following sexual harassment accusations by model Kate Upton.

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Tadashi Shoji Styles Are Long on Sophistication and Eveningwear

Red Carpet Ready

Elegance was on the runway at the Tadashi Shoji runway show held Feb. 8 at New York Fashion Week.

Mad Engine Acquires Mighty Fine for Fourth Acquisition

Manufacturing

Mighty Fine, a mostly juniors and children’s apparel maker based in downtown Los Angeles, has been acquired by Mad Engine. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Retail Imports Will Rise During the First Half of the Year

Import/Export

With wages going up and unemployment going down, shoppers are expected to continue hitting the stores, which means more imports will be coming in by the boatload.

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A Successful Holiday Season Reaps Benefits in Las Vegas

Feel the MAGIC

An air of optimism blew through the various trade shows held Feb. 10–14 in Las Vegas as many retailers were encountering empty shelves in their warehouses from a robust holiday season, which set up a willingness to place orders and stock up for the upcoming seasons.

New Apparel and Textile Sourcing Show Slated for Miami

Trade Shows

Hundreds of apparel and textile manufacturers from China, India, Bangladesh, the United States, Mexico and other countries will be exhibiting at the newly established Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami show, scheduled for May 21–23.

Macerich Sees Lower Revenues but Solid Vacancy Rates

Retail

The Macerich Co., a real estate investment trust that owns interests in 48 regional shopping centers, said its annual revenues for 2017 were down a little more than 6 percent while its net income slipped dramatically.

Costume Designer Luis Sequeira Had 12 Week to Put Together his Academy Award-Nominated Costumes

Fashion

Research, research and research. Those are the hallmarks of a good costume designer.

Costume Designer Mark Bridges Took on Detective-Like Qualities to Develop ‘Phantom Thread’ Costumes

Fashion

Costume designer Mark Bridges said one of his greatest challenges in creating the styles for the “Phantom Thread” movie was the fact that it was shot in London and not Los Angeles.

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FIDM Unveils Academy Award-Nominated Costumes and Other Movie Attire at its Campus Museum

Oscar Material

More than 800 people from the film and fashion industry showed up for the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s unveiling of an extensive exhibit of costumes seen in movies released in 2017.

Boardriders Names New CEO to Replace Pierre Agnes

Swim/Surf

After Boardriders’ 54-year-old chief executive disappeared off the coast of southeast France on Jan. 30, the Southern California surfwear company has named his replacement.

What’s in Store for the Factoring Business With Fewer Stores on the Retail Landscape?

Finance

The retail boneyard is piled high with store doors that closed last year, and many more may be on the way.

Levi Strauss Sees Profitable Year After Turn-Around Campaign

Manufacturing

Levi Strauss & Co. is planning to open 100 new stores this year, mostly outside of the United States, as it concentrates on international sales and building markets in China, India and the Americas.

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Exhibit Opens of Costumes Nominated for Academy Awards

Fashion and the Movies

All five of the nominated costume designs up for Academy Awards are on display at FIDM.

Epson Asks Designers to Create Fashion Prints With New Printing Technology

Technology

Epson is holding its fourth annual “Epson Digital Couture Project” on Feb. 6 in New York leading up to New York Fashion Week, which begins Feb. 8.

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Twin Designers From Mexico Highlight Indigenous Fabrics in Their Collection

Indigenous Influence

Twin sisters Paulina and Malinali Fosado grew up in Mexico with an anthropologist father who collected popular art and passed on his love of Mexican culture and art.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Be a Done Deal by March

Import/Export

The new and improved Trans-Pacific Partnership is going forward without the United States as the other original members of the accord hashed out their differences in January, with a new free-trade pact expected to be signed as early as March.

Search Called Off for Boardriders CEO Missing at Sea

Swim/Surf

Rescue operations in the south of France were called off in the search for Pierre Agnes, the 54-year-old chief executive of Boardriders Inc., the parent company of Quiksilver, Roxy and DC Shoes in Huntington Beach, Calif.

NAFTA Local Experts Debate the Pros and Cons of the Free-Trade Agreement

Import/Export

Free trade between the United States, Mexico and Canada has become a hot topic lately as negotiations to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement have been going on since last year.

Fashion Market Northern California Sees Upbeat Retailers

Trade Shows

Warmer weather and a better economy were two bright spots at the Fashion Market Northern California show, where buyers found an easy-to-navigate exhibition space at the San Mateo County Event Center.

Pierre Agnes, CEO of Boardriders, Missing at Sea

Authorities send search helicopters and boats to find missing CEO off the coast of France.

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Big Lineup of Asian Fashion Designers at Hong Kong Fashion Week

Feminine Elegance

Hong Kong label Gregorius Vici, with feminine creations, was one of the first on the runway during Hong Kong Fashion Week.

Band of Hong Kong Designers Heading to New York Fashion Week

Fashion

Designer Harrison Wong is in love with black. He has been wearing the same color for the past 20 years, and it is the go-to color in his men’s and women’s collection, which is always on the forward edge of fashion.

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Hong Kong Fashion Week Downsizes to One Hall This Year

Trade Shows

Amidst the endless rows of lacy evening gowns, printed dresses, puffy jackets, ripped blue jeans and fur coats lined up inside the Hong Kong Convention Centre, exhibitors were seeing a shift in buyers.

Customs Confiscates Thousands in Fake Nike Air Jordans

Import/Export

U.S. Customs and Border Protection suspected that the Nike Air Jordans inside seven parcels that landed as air cargo near Dulles International Airport outside of Washington, D.C., weren’t the real thing.

Booming Economy in 2018 Means Smart Retailers Will Profit

Retail

With tax cuts in place and unemployment at a record low, 2018 is shaping up to be a banner year for the economy.

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Hong Kong Fashion Week Kicks Off for Fall/Winter

Fashion

Hong Kong Fashion Week introduces a more compact version of its show that highlights Fall/Winter 2018.