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TRADE SHOWS

Scouting the Denim Market

By Alison A. Nieder | July 31, 2014

The July 30–31 run of boutique denim trade show Kingpins at the Cooper Design Space in Los Angeles drew designers and representatives of brands and retailers from Levi Strauss & Co., Nordstrom, Nasty Gal, Uniqlo, Lee, Lucky Brand, Volcom, Alexander Wang, Paige and Current/Elliot

 Lanston: Luxury Basics and LA-Made

Lanston: Luxury Basics and LA-Made

Lanston is a Los Angeles–based luxury basics collection made from ultra-soft fabrications.

White Crow: The Edgier Side of Boho

White Crow: The Edgier Side of Boho

White Crow, the contemporary collection by Irvine, Calif.–based Z Supply Inc., has always had a few graphic tees in the collection. But for Spring ’15 and beyond, the company is giving the category a featured spot in the line.

Poprageous: Leggings and Beyond

Poprageous: Leggings and Beyond

When Cher Park launched her Poprageous collection in 2013, she had to persuade Los Angeles factories to take her small orders. So Park purchased her own sublimation printer and press, which is housed in her new two-room studio in downtown Los Angeles.

LVR: For Yoga Lovers and Fashion Lovers Alike

LVR: For Yoga Lovers and Fashion Lovers Alike

Established in 2010 originally just as a line of basic T-shirts, LVR has organically gained a strong following of loyal customers who embrace healthy, active lifestyles. Today, the brand offers full seasonal collections of flattering and functional yoga pants, shorts, tops, maxi and mini dresses, hoodies, wraps, and scarves.

Kersh and Press: Graphics-Driven Since the Start

Kersh and Press: Graphics-Driven Since the Start

Kersh, launched in 2007, by Vancouver-based private-label maker International Fashions, is designed for eclectic and adventurous customers.

 Alstyle: Customization Program Lets Customers Build Their Brand

Alstyle: Customization Program Lets Customers Build Their Brand

Alstyle Apparel & Activewear, the Anaheim, Calif.–based blanks provider, is putting the focus on its custom apparel program with plans to launch a Web application to help Alstyle clientele customize their orders by fabrics, color and style.

Michael Stars Gets Into the Menswear Business

Michael Stars Gets Into the Menswear Business

Michael Stars is branching out into menswear by launching a limited 34-piece collection for Fall in September and then a more extensive collection for Spring 2015.

I Am Nameless: From LeBron to the Hustlers

I Am Nameless: From LeBron to the Hustlers

In a major case of beginner’s luck, basketball star LeBron James posted an Instagram picture of himself wearing a crew neck T-shirt by novice Los Angeles brand I Am Nameless in January.

Clashist: New Nostalgia

Clashist: New Nostalgia

A typical career trajectory in modern fashion starts with an entrepreneur introducing an apparel line and, a few years later, launching an e-commerce store. But that is not the case with Heather Lipner, founder and creative director of apparel line Clashist. She turned the typical trajectory upside down.

Opening at LA Market

Opening at LA Market

After testing the U.S. waters over the last year, French denim brand Skylton is putting down roots with the opening of a new showroom at the California Market Center.

Money Ruins Everything @ The Park Showroom

Money Ruins Everything @ The Park Showroom

In October, the menswear showroom opened contemporary boutique Seven Points on the ground floor of the Lady Liberty Building. Last month, it announced a merger with streetwear showroom Money Ruins Everything. T

 Zero Degrees Celsius

Zero Degrees Celsius

An abundance of light streams in through the south-facing windows of the new showroom for the Zero Degrees Celsius line.

 Agent Icon

Agent Icon

After many years on the 12th floor of The New Mart, the Agent Icon showroom moved in in June to a new space on the second floor of the Cooper Design Space, where light filters into the bright space through the trees lining Los Angeles Street.

Showroom Profile: Lynn Girard

Showroom Profile: Lynn Girard

After 36 years of running a showroom in the California Market Center, Lynn Girard thought it was time for a change.

American Apparel Names Four New Board Members

There are four new members to American Apparel’s board of directors following an agreement reached with New York–based hedge fund Standard General, which recently agreed to infuse American Apparel with $25 million to help pay off a $10 million loan that was being called in.

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