Dov Charney’s Los Angeles Apparel basics brand has struck an exclusive agreement with TSC Apparel in what will be the company’s first major distribution deal.“They have six locations [distribution centers] within the United States and they’ve been extremely supportive of my career," Charney said. "I’ve been doing business with them since 2002. We were able to build a massive business; we plan to collaborate on something even larger now. I’m a more seasoned manufacturer. My workers have more experience. My team has more experience now. We understand what the market needs. We understand the market dynamics like we never understood before. The imprintable market is shifting dramatically and we intend to be the premiere rapid reaction urban manufacturing operation in the world.”TSC, which has corporate headquarters in Cincinnati, distributes T-shirts, activewear, fleece, outerwear and bags among other categories from brands such as American Apparel, Bella + Canvas, Bayside, Flexfit, New Balance and Gildan (which bought American Apparel at auction out of its second bankruptcy in a deal that closed earlier this year).TSC currently carries T-shirts, hoodies and tanks from Los Angeles Apparel.The distribution deal could shift the tides for Charney's start-up, which currently counts about a dozen customers.Charney has been attempting to rebuild a new basics business for over a year now after multiple failed attempts to buy back American Apparel following his ouster in 2014. The company said the firing was for cause, although Charney has vigorously fought his ouster in and of court arguing it was part of a coup to sell the company by its former cfo.Los Angeles Apparel in the fall had about 40 workers in temporary South Central factory space. That number’s since ballooned to several hundred in expanded space still in South Central. Charney estimates the hiring of 300 to 500 more workers by the end of the year no doubt capitalizing on the mass layoffs earlier this year at American Apparel.We’ve hired almost exclusively former [American Apparel] workers,” he said. “The average worker has worked with me for 12 years [and] some since ’97.”Charney told WWD late last year the longer-term projection for the business, which was so far financed at the time with a $10 million asset-backed loan, is to get to $600 million in sales in 10 years with a market capitalization of more than $1 billion. He on Thursday declined to say where the company will end up in sales this year other than to say “we’re already clearing some healthy numbers” and “I intend to exceed the sales of the previous company [American Apparel].”The company also has plans to eventually expand into swim, sportswear, headwear and bags in addition to developing a consumer-based business much like American Apparel.“We’re working on it,” he said. We can only do one thing at a time but this is our first major distribution deal.”For More on Dov Charney in WWD:L.A. Court Nixes Dov Charney’s $30M Suit Against Standard GeneralDov Charney Fights on With L.A. Start-upAmerican Apparel Layoffs Total 2,400
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)
@denimdaysfestival, which initially launched in Amsterdam in 2014 and has since expanded to New York, is heading to Nashville for the very first time. The two-day festival, which will take place in November, will feature brand activations, hands-on workshops by artisans and denim mills, a vintage market, live entertainment, and local food and drinks. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Later this month, the popular “Diana: Her Fashion Story” exhibit will be reopening. @historicroyalpalaces, the charity that manages @kensingtonroyal, has been working towards adding new, never-before-seen garments to the exhibit, including this dress created by Gianni Versace for a fund-raising dinner at the Museum of Natural History in Chicago. The exhibit will reopen on April 26 at Kensington Palace @wwdfashion
“Our family has always been engaged and interested in the world around us. [My brothers and I] were always encouraged to have our own opinion at a young age, which is not always something a child is asked — especially to have an opinion with reasoning behind it,” said @yarashahidi on becoming an activist. We caught up with the 18 year old last week, where she talked about her road to acting, how “Black-ish” led her to start conversations about identity and more. Head to WWD.com to read what she had to say #wwdeye (📷: @chelsealaurenla)