Sea n’ Soul is here to help Mother Earth. As an avid surfer and environmentalist, John Kozlowski spends most of his days at the beach and in the ocean. As a professional, Kozlowski has spent years as an executive in the retail, fashion and apparel industry with roles at Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren and GQ magazine.
With a record-setting number of exhibitors, the Dallas Apparel & Accessories Market was buzzing with buyer energy throughout 15 floors of curated lines, products and categories at the Dallas Market Center Aug. 24–27. Focused on contemporary men’s and women’s apparel and fashion accessories, the markets are home to up-and-coming and established brands.
Tumi, the leading international travel and lifestyle brand, has partnered with Italian luxury-fashion house Missoni for an exclusive collection of bags, hard cases and travel accessories.
& Other Stories, a one-stop styling destination creating modern and feminine wardrobe treasures designed in Paris, Stockholm and Los Angeles, is making a new home at Nordstrom.
Gap Inc., which includes a collection of purpose-led lifestyle brands, has acquired Drapr, the e-commerce startup and online application, which aids customers and retailers during the process of searching for clothes that fit.
Ocean Project, a company with a vision to make a difference in the ocean’s ecosystems, has debuted a back-to-school line for a cause.
Skechers has pledged $1 million to Haiti earthquake relief efforts via three charitable organizations in CORE, Hope for Haiti and World Central Kitchen.
CaaStle is giving customers access to Dress The Population’s formalwear collection by partnering with the e-commerce website and launching Borrow.
Los Angeles-based shoemaker Tieks is giving back to those who serve our nation's education system with a special offer.
Womenswear In Nevada made a triumphant return to Las Vegas at Caesars Palace Aug. 9–12. With eager exhibitors and excited buyers roaming the various rooms, the wholesale women’s apparel show floor was lined with both big-name brands and up-and-coming innovators featuring more than 1,500 lines from more than 300 exhibitors.
The Las Vegas Convention Center was the new site for Offprice, the leading business-to-business order-writing trade show that took place Aug. 7–10.
As streetwear continues to make its way into the mainstream of life, the Agenda fashion trade show placed the spotlight firmly and squarely on the brands that make the industry teem with vibrancy.
Held in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, Project ran Aug. 9–11 and showcased the new, now and next in men’s and women’s contemporary apparel, footwear and accessories.
Authentic Brands Group, a global brand owner, marketing and entertainment company, announced on Aug. 12 that it had entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Reebok from Adidas.
Inspired by real women of the real world, EasyStandard is a new women’s loungewear brand focused on marrying clothing and community.
American Express is having a “Let’s Go Shop Small” campaign—focused on driving support for small businesses—by partnering with mobile first video shopping platform NTWRK.
Poshmark, Inc. will soon be available to consumers in India as the leading social marketplace continues to expand throughout the world.
After a year of continued cargo growth, the Port of Oakland saw a dip in volume last month. But there’s a good chance the reduction won’t last as the port said it is expecting containerized cargo volume growth to resume as the peak shipping season arrives.
Indochino has released a case study showing that Klarna’s Pay in 4 option has been a success for the global leader in custom apparel.
Famous American rapper Soulja Boy brought swag and excitement to day one of the Agenda trade show in Las Vegas on August 11.
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Square, Inc., and Afterpay Limited recently announced that Square would acquire Afterpay through a scheme implementation deed.
Sprayground is having its biggest backpack launch in the brand's history with a 100-piece collection and partnership with iconic artist and musician Wyclef Jean and genre-defying artist Sandflower.
Fabletics is following the lead of other brands and getting into the resale space while becoming more environmentally conscious.
The Informa Markets Fashion for Change Incubator Program has selected its participants for the upcoming August edition of Project’s Las Vegasapparel-industry trade event.
Foot Locker, Inc., the New York–based specialty-athletic retailer, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Eurostar, Inc., or WSS, for $750 million. The transaction will be funded with Foot Locker’s available cash.
As the apparel industry continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and normalcy returns more each day, the back-to-school season is in full swing and even had a jumpstart this year with new trends, record spending, and a shift in buying power and consumer thinking.
Slipping into a pair of NYDJ denim from the brand’s Fall 2021 Foundations collection, the legendary Christie Brinkley joined daughters Alexa Ray Joel (left) and Sailor Brinkley-Cook (right) to celebrate the generational bonds between women.
Red Carpet Green Dress, a women-led global change-making organization, has launched the 2021 RCGD Global Design Contest in partnership with sustainable-fiber producer Tencel and 3D garment-design-software provider CLO.
INHERENT, an innovative digital menswear line, and the “King of Cool” Steve McQueen have partnered for a new capsule collection.
Express Community Commerce is a first-of-its-kind social commerce experience for fashion enthusiasts to style, inspire and earn commission.
Skechers has reached a new milestone in its philanthropic quest of giving, with more than $7 million raised for animals in need throughout the United States and Canada.
Halsey and her makeup company about-face beauty have partnered with Dickies, the world’s leading workwear brand, for an exclusive co-branded collaboration of two limited-edition unisex bags.
Global denim-lifestyle brand Mavi is continuing its commitment to sustainability and conservation efforts with the Indigo Turtles Project.
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The Port of Los Angeles saw another new record in the month of June with more than 875,000 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) processed. The TEUs represented the port’s busiest June ever and closed the fiscal year at 10,879,383 TEUs—a new record for any Western Hemisphere port. The June numbers were also a 27 percent increase over last year’s 8,560,882 TEUs.
Klarna, a leading global retail bank, payments and shopping service, has announced the acquisition of APPRL, a SaaS platform that allows content creators and retailers to work together frictionlessly to bring immersive and informative shoppable content to global consumers.
After searching for gym apparel that would satisfy the vibrant, fun and fit needs of Liz Holtz and Cinée Goudaillier, the pair’s frustration plateaued and they decided to create their own solution—LiCi Fit.
ThredUp Inc., one of the largest online resale platforms for women’s and kids’ apparel, shoes and accessories, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Remix Global AD.
The 35th anniversary of the Los Angeles-based women’s lifestyle brand Michael Stars is being celebrated with a new line of vintage T-shirts.
Simple yet elegant, versatile and comfortable as well as environmentally conscious—it’s what fashion brand MereU is bringing to its inaugural summer 2021 capsule.
Fashion Market Northern California, a marketplace for contemporary women’s apparel and accessories, was held June 27–29 at the Embassy Suites in South San Francisco. “It went very well,” said FMNC Executive Director Mary Taft. “Buyers who attended were there to buy so exhibitors were successful.”
PacSun and critically acclaimed performer and fashion icon A$AP Rocky recently came together to work on a fashion partnership.
The full-lifestyle fashion brand Rockstar Original has released its first original sneaker collection for men and plus-size clothing for women.
Resale-as-a-Service platform thredUP Inc. and LG Electronics USA have partnered to help give clothes a second chance and reduce consumers’ fashion footprint.
To celebrate the release of season two of "Making the Cut," the Amazon Original Series, Amazon Prime Video will be debuting the ultimate fashion-forward pop-up experience in Los Angeles.
IDEO has selected Detria Williamson, who joined the leadership team in spring 2021, as its chief marketing officer.
In honor of the Summer Olympics, GUESS has released the 2021 GUESS Original Summer Games collection.
The buy-now, pay-later platform Afterpay and Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, owner of Westfield shopping centers across the United States, have announced an integrated, multiyear partnership to support retailers and help consumers by offering the latter a more flexible way to pay for purchases as foot traffic begins to return to stores.
Fans of TOMBOGO can now personalize their favorite pieces at a customizable workshop called Assembly Required by TOMBOGO.
The Wonder Woman Initiative will curate its new production during Miami Swim Week at the Kimpton Angler’s hotel on July 10.
After a year of shuttering stores and a decline in retail numbers, Duer is betting on bricks-and-mortar as the way to go. The performance-apparel brand recently announced that it would open its newest location in early September.