With the continuing rise of thrifting and secondhand clothing, the apparel-rental market has seen growth as more consumers look for innovative ways to shop sustainable and reduce the amount of clothing produced.
Los Angeles–based Homme + Femme’s recent collection in collaboration with Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby celebrates the rich legacy of Black jockeys, recognizing that 15 of the first 28 winning Kentucky Derby jockeys were Black.
Denim brand Lee has partnered with streetwear brand The Hundreds on a new capsule collection that paves the way for future trends and offers fresh takes on classic silhouettes that combine the heritage of Lee with streetwear aesthetics and bold colors.
Made in Los Angeles
Drawing from his previous experiences in the entertainment space, Henry Viens created THE ERA to provide a sustainable and luxurious collection of pieces for the music-festivals crowd.
Wolf & Badger
U.K. fashion retailer Wolf & Badger has continued its expansion by opening a store in West Hollywood on June 3.
In an effort to tackle returns, the Toronto-based supply-chain OS company Calico aims to provide a smart solution that helps retailers streamline their supply chains, allowing them to solve the problem earlier rather than post-sale.
The innovative emerging platform for fashion, art and beauty online and experiential bricks-and-mortar retail doors. has brought its New York–based pop-up, “Metaverse, Schmetaverse,” to West Hollywood.
Gucci and Adidas have opened their first pop-up store on Melrose Avenue dedicated to showcasing the kaleidoscopic aesthetics of the adidas x Gucci collaboration.
To celebrate the return of in-person events, Otis College of Art and Design held O-Launch ’22 May 13–15 to showcase the future of art and design and highlight the work of the college’s graduating students.
After a two-year hiatus, the Marcum LLP Consumer Products & Retail Symposium returned to an in-person session on May 19 at the E-Central Downtown Los Angeles Hotel.
The co-located Texprocess Americas and Techtextil North America shows took place May 17–19 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, returning for the first time since 2018.
GUESS x J Balvin
GUESS Originals has partnered with musician J Balvin for another collaborative collection. The GUESS Originals x J Balvin Amor Collection advocates for positive mental health while promoting messages of “amor y paz.”
The debut MAGIC Nashville show took place May 16–17 at Music City Hall in Nashville, Tenn., exhibiting over 300 local and national brands, with 21 percent of them women-owned and 24 percent self-reporting as sustainable.
Milan-based Thermore has announced the launch of EVOdown Recycled, a new material made of 100 percent recycled fibers from PET bottles.
Hyosung will present its Ocean Protection Initiative at the summer edition of the Outdoor Retailer trade show in DenverJune 9–11.
In an effort to “retell how we retail” Sita 1910 provides a unique shopping experience that harkens back to a time that catered to the client and presents clothes as works of art.
Gaming technology company Razer has announced the launch of its own in-house apparel with two new collections, Genesis and Unleashed. The two collections build upon previous limited-edition collaborations with brands such as BAPE and Fossil to give more access to the brand’s apparel products.
In celebration of Levi’s 501 Day on May 20, Levi’s partnered with five visionaries whose stories embody the spirit of the 501 jeans, as well as released a limited-edition pair of 501 Shorts, an exclusive collaboration with Emma Chamberlain.
Epson America, Inc., has announced the launch of its first direct-to-fabric printer available in North America, the Monna Lisa 8000. It combines engineering with advanced design to deliver the capabilities to print on a wide range of fabrics and is the result of over 20 years of research, development and customer feedback.
Levi’s Vintage Clothing, a collection that revisits pieces from the Levi’s Archives, has released a limited-edition “Inside Out” pair of the classic 501 jeans.
Miami Fashion Week is returning to Miami, Fla. after a two-year hiatus. The 22nd edition of Miami Fashion Week will feature a roster of acclaimed designers, including special guest, Italian luxury lifestyle brand Missoni.
San Diego-based Driftline have created an innovative way to feel stylish and comfortable while out surfing, paddleboarding, wake boarding or participating in any other watersport by creating wetsuit-lined boardshorts.
Los Angeles Apparel’s performance collection is the latest activewear release from the L.A. based-basics apparel manufacturer.
Midnight Studios has announced its first foray into sustainably made denim, Midnight Studios Jeans, a new collection featuring a matching jean and denim jacket revealed at its runway show’s Spring/Summer ’22 collection, Welcome to the Machine.
As the fashion industry trends toward a sustainable future, many consumers are still grappling with finding truly sustainable apparel products. A lack of transparency and the effects of greenwashing by some in the industry have consumers calling for more standards to help define what is truly sustainable.
In an effort to push the denim industry forward and further into sustainability, 30 design students have created a new denim collection that offers a glimpse into the future of the denim industry through the eyes of Gen Z.
Taking inspiration from her travels, her surroundings, and islands in Europe and the Mediterranean, Catherine Gee’s Spring/Summer ’22 collection’s vibrant colors and prints bring to mind a vacation to Greece
Trina Turk’s latest collection embraces her signature colors and prints, “shining bright on all things summer—sandy beaches, cool ice pops on the boardwalk, fruity cocktails in a cabana, dancing in the warm summer night.”
After hosting virtual events for two years, the American Apparel & Footwear Association hosted the 45th AAFA American Image Awards at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
Otis College of Art and Design in collaboration with economic-research and planning firm CVL Economics has released the “2022 Otis College Report on the Creative Economy,” which shows jobs in California’s creative industries have bounced back in a big way after initial numbers during the pandemic showed creative industries being hit among the hardest.
B2B wholesale marketplace FashionGo debuted FashionGo Week Palm Springs at the Palm Springs Convention Center May 3–5, the first in-person trade event for the company.
VNTANA has announced a partnership with ByondXR to help brands and retailers take a step further into the metaverse by creating 3D digital showrooms.
Quiksilver has announced a new collection in collaboration with Netflix for the upcoming fourth season of “Stranger Things” to bring fans of both brands together as well as introduce the brands to new audiences.
Leap has announced the expansion of its store network into five additional domestic markets, allowing the brand to deploy omni-channel retail stores using its platform in Boston; Columbus, Ohio; Greenwich, Conn., Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C.
Victoria’s Secret PINK has announced Darren Barnet as the brand’s first male celebrity brand ambassador as part of the brand’s focus on inclusivity. The “Never Have I Ever” star will work with the brand to promote its Gender Free collection throughout the year.
G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. has agreed to acquire the remaining 81 percent stake in Karl Lagerfeld for $210 million in cash, making G-III the sole owner of the company.
RSVLTS, creators of pop culture and lifestyle apparel, has announced a new partnership with bubblegum brand Big League Chew to bring a new collaborative apparel collection that will debut eight new original character to some original packaging designs.
Trend-forecasting company WGSN has announced the launch of TrendCurve+, a fashion-planning tool that combines data sources across social, search, shelf, shows and sentiment with advanced machine learning to tell customers which trends to invest in, how much and when.
The spring edition of Functional Fabric Fair Portland—powered by Performance Days took place April 4–5 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore.
Song, sun and streetwear filled the Revolve Festival, held April 16–17 at the Merv Griffin Estate in La Quinta, Calif., and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, held April 15–17 and 22–24 at the Indio California Empire Polo Club. Fashion trends included a return to the ’70s, shades of neon, bucket hats and lots of crochet.
Following the Kingpins trade show’s return to physical events in Amsterdam April 20–21, Amsterdam Denim Days returned April 22–23 at De Hallen and Denim City.
Denim trade show Kingpins returned to Amsterdam April 20–21 for its first in-person show in over two years at SugarCity, a former sugar factory located on the outskirts of Amsterdam.
Los Angeles Swim Week
Art Hearts Fashion has announced it is set to host Los Angeles Swim Week June 11–14.
With thrifting increasingly becoming the favored way to shop and the resale market booming as sustainability becomes a focal point of modern shoppers, vintage and upcycled clothing have been thriving as the pandemic sparked a rise in consumers shopping with their consciences as well as their wallets.
On the Sunset Strip and part of the shopping, dining and work experience The Sunset, John Varvatos opened his first West Coast store on April 28 for his latest endeavor, OTD—On This Day.
Global fashion retailer SHEIN has announced the brand will be the exclusive fashion sponsor for the 2022 Stagecoach Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.
Champs Sports, part of Foot Locker, Inc., has unveiled the brand’s new retail concept, Champs Sports Homefield in Pembroke Pines, Fla., with the grand opening taking place April 22-24.
The co-located Texworld New York City, Apparel Sourcing New York City and Home Textiles Sourcing shows are returning to the Javits Center July 19–21. The largest sourcing event on the East Coast returns after a rising number of COVID cases during the winter caused show organizer Messe Frankfurt to cancel the in-person segment of the shows and shift to virtual shows.
Luxury handbag and accessories reseller Rebag has partnered with fashion curation platform Moda Operandi to launch a digital trunk show that will give Moda Operandi customers access to over 115 of Rebag’s hottest items.
Fashion retailer Express, Inc. has announced an expansion of the brand’s styling community by announcing Ohio State University football players CJ Stroud and Jaxon Smith-Njigba as the brand’s first collegiate athlete style ambassadors.