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American Apparel Ex-CEO Dov Charney Defends Himself in Bankruptcy Court

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Wilmington, DE—Ousted American Apparel CEO/Founder Dov Charney made what could be his final attempt to wrestle back the bankrupt Made-in-the-USA apparel and accessories retailer. Speaking at bankruptcy court here, Charney, whose $300 million takeover bid with Hagan Capital Group and Silver Creek Capital Partners was rejected, In what press reports …

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Item of the Day: SOAK

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SOAK founders Michelle Vale and Elena Corsano combined their fashion backgrounds to come up with a comfortable yet chic, casual shoe, for the socially-conscious woman on-the-go. They heeded the dangers of the flip flop, which can be even worse for the feet than high heels. “We believe that the SOAK …

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Item of the Day: Bison Made

In Item of the Day, What's New by Jeff Prine

You have to be smart about your smart phones. Despite their advanced technology, they need protection. Bison Made, a made-in-the-USA leathergoods firm, has promoted its iPhone 6 and 6Plus cases that complement the iPhone’s simple yet powerful designs. Made from a “generous swath of premium leather tanned by the famous …

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As Expected, American Apparel Files Bankruptcy, Reorganization Plans

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Los Angeles—It appeared inevitable: after failing to make a profit or turnaround sales and operations since 2009, American Apparel Inc. filed today for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and revealed a reorganization plan that would keep its retail and made-in-USA manufacturing facilities open. Under the agreement reached with its most secured …

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Item of the Day: ectu

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It’s the type of structured top handle bag that you would have expected a Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn to carry. But it’s very 2015. Created by ectu, a LA-based line, this Mini Palermo style in soft lambskin, gold hardware and zip-around closure fulfills ectu’s style principle: “understated, tailored and …

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Item of the Day: L. Erickson

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When you’re ready for your close up—or any look for that matter—you might want to consider an updated, edgy approach to your classic headwear. Like this leather headwrap that you just know Norma Desmond would have worn. It’s from L. Erickson USA, a made-in-USA brand, that’s part of The Finest …

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Macys.com Launches Alliance to Provide Independent Designers an Outlet

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New York—Determined to attract yet another generation to its department store business, Macy’s today announced the launch of a collaboration with online fashion tech start-up company Nineteenth Amendment on macys.com. The exclusive partnership will expose Nineteenth Amendment’s stable of up-and-coming designers to Macy’s Millennial shoppers who will have the opportunity …

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Item of the Day: BeltEnvy

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Made in the USA used to be a cache that brands from automobiles to jewelry coveted. That imprimatur is being revived by many companies. Take BeltEnvy, for instance, a collection of oversized pewter pendants. Each features original artwork in a wide range of styles, from elegant to whimsical. Some are …

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Item of the Day: Filson Watches

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It seems particular fitting on this blizzard-y day that Filson, the U.S. outdoor retailer which started mostly to outfit prospectors of the Klondike Gold Rush, should debut its first-ever watch line. Harsh conditions were the daily drudgery of these Alaskan prospectors so Filson specialized in U.S. made clothing and accessories …

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AAFA Releases 2014 Apparel, Shoe Statistics

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Arlington, VA—The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) released last week its ApparelStats 2014 and ShoeStats 2014 reports, which provide a snapshot of the U.S. apparel and footwear industry market trends for 2013. ApparelStats and ShoeStats examine the yearly business and trade information related to U.S. consumption, production, employment, imports, and retail prices. “The industry …

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Item of the Day: Dian Malouf

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We’ve got a bone to pick over all the skulls…Not just because it’s Halloween but because one of the originators of the iconic looks just doesn’t get her just desserts. Way before Alexander McQueen, “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Hot Topic, or “battered Herman-Melville-meets-Edgar-Allan-Poe T-shirts made by Rogues Gallery, on costly …