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July 2, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Consumers often turn to the Internet to research a product before buying. Fake reviews are always a concern, and the problem may be bigger than previously thought. There have long been reports and rumors of businesses posting negative reviews of their competitors' products or companies that pay or reward users to write glowing reviews (known as cyber-shilling). But new research shows that loyal customers are writing extremely negative reviews about products they never purchased.
June 23, 2013 | By Nora Zelevansky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Michael Stars, a nostalgia brand after more than 25 years, is branching out. When it first hit its stride in the early 1990s, the label's bright-colored, clingy T-shirts in signature stretchy Shine fabric wholly embodied the moment. The style, as seen on the original "Beverly Hills, 90210" in the early '90s and "Gilmore Girls" a decade later, is casual but girlie, just slightly, almost accidentally, risqué in its tight silhouettes and shimmer. Since its official launch in 1986, Michael Stars has maintained a loyal fan base - including celebrities such as Katie Holmes and Natalie Portman - that has translated into a presence in more than 900 specialty stores and nine flagships.
June 17, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Surf apparel company Quiksilver Inc. hasn't given investors much to be stoked about in recent years. The Huntington Beach company owns some of the biggest brands in action sports: Quiksilver, Roxy, DC and others. Yet it has lost money each of the last six years and is expected to post a loss this year too. So, what's the deal? Analysts note a slowdown in the action sports industry, increased global competition and, perhaps, a loss of focus. And the company's less successful brands hurt its performance.
June 13, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Punky apparel chain Hot Topic Inc. is getting raked over the coals by rock 'n' roll queen bee Joan Jett, whose Blackheart Records Group Inc. is accusing the clothier of ripping off the Blackheart name for a new lingerie line. Blackheart sued Hot Topic in Manhattan federal court this week, taking issue with the skull-and-crossbones-emblazoned panties and snake-print push-up bras the mall staple recently began selling under its own Blackheart label. Marketing efforts from the City of Industry-based fashion brand “were geared towards trading off the substantial goodwill associated” with Jett's New York record label, according to the suit.
May 28, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt
Curve boutiques , which cater to the tony crowds of Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Miami and Sag Harbor, are offering a new branded apparel collection. Boutique owner Nevena Borissova had discontinued a previous apparel line five years ago, but this season marks the soft launch of A.O.T.C. (“ahead of the curve”), sold exclusively at Curve boutiques. Working with an Italian mill, Borissova developed an abstract floral photo print on silk and created a few pieces, including a blouse and trousers, that recently hit stores.
May 24, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Kevin Durant donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to go toward Oklahoma tornado relief, then went to Moore on Wednesday to meet with the people who were affected by the devastation, shake their hands, pose for photos and sign autographs. A day later, Durant went even further. On Thursday, he contacted Nike and asked the shoe giant to lend a helping hand.   Reached out to my @ nike fam to see if they could help Oklahoma.They're in. - Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5)
May 17, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Another tragedy at a Bangladesh clothing factory, another announcement by Wal-Mart about additional steps it will take to beef up worker safety, this time by inspecting all of its suppliers' facilities itself. Not that the retailing giant hasn't made real efforts already to improve employee safety in notoriously bad factories overseas, but the deaths of more than 1,100 people at the Rana Plaza factory last month should signal that a piecemeal, go-it-alone approach is insufficient, even for the biggest retailer in the world.
May 14, 2013 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
NEW DELHI - Thousands gathered Tuesday in the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza garment factory complex in Bangladesh to pray for the 1,127 people who died in the world's worst apparel industry disaster. Pictures taken at the Islamic prayer ceremony on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital, showed a rescue worker in yellow headgear affixing a red flag in the ruins. Army personnel, who have been working around the clock for almost three weeks, ended their cleanup and recovery operation early Tuesday, handing responsibility to civil authorities.
May 9, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI -- As Bangladesh struggles to improve its dismal industrial safety record after a massive building collapse last month, another garment industry disaster has raised new cries for reform. Shortly before midnight Wednesday, a fire swept through a garment factory in the capital Dhaka, killing eight people including its managing director and a top police official. Initial reports suggested that the fire in the 11-story building was caused by a short circuit on the second floor that spread to the third and fourth floors, where the factory was located.
May 6, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Say there's a concert scheduled at a major Los Angeles venue, but that managers smell gas in the air before the show goes on. Chances are that they will cancel the event and take a loss out of an abundance of caution, said Dov Charney, chief executive of local clothing company American Apparel. But the same steps weren't taken last month, when a garment factory in Bangladesh crumpled soon after workers complained of cracks appearing in the walls, Charney said. More than 600 people died in the collapse, according to several reports.
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