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March 21, 2010 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
In a new twist on sustainable fashion, designers aren't just embracing new fabrics made from organic cotton, hemp or bamboo, they're pawing through piles of clothing waste, crafting high-fashion, hand-made items from old cashmere sweaters, T- shirts and other castoffs. In the U.S., there's a lot to choose from. Almost 9 million tons of clothes and shoes end up in the municipal waste stream each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. "Most sustainable fashion is focused on substituting materials, whether it's going from conventional cotton to organic, or from [synthetic]
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February 14, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
NEW YORK - When the U.S. Olympic Team's opening ceremony sweaters were unveiled last month, the social media reaction to the star-spangled red, white and blue patchwork knit cardigans was overwhelmingly negative. It seemed as if every armchair fashion critic with an Internet connection had his or her long knives out. Online responses ranged from one-word critiques ("obnoxious," "horrible") to comparisons to ugly Christmas sweaters. One commenter mused: "Is there a law that says every U.S. Olympics team has to wear an uglier outfit than the previous Olympics team?"
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October 4, 2013 | By Melissa Kaplan
There aren't many instrumental surf punk bands working the professional music circuit these days, and that's just one of the things that sets the Reigning Monarchs apart. The North Hollywood band has been playing in punk and comedy enclaves for the last five years and have been amassing a loyal following by keeping a very Southern California genre alive. The other distinction that makes the group stand out? Its frontman, Greg Behrendt, is better known for co-authoring the bestselling "He's Just Not That Into You" than his guitar chops.
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February 8, 2014 | Shan Li
When the U.S. Olympic team paraded at the opening ceremony of the Sochi Games, a husband-and-wife duo from Southern California kept a close eye on the sweaters. The controversial cardigans worn by Team USA -- lauded by some as homespun Americana and derided by others as rejects from Grandpa's closet -- were produced in the City of Commerce factory owned by Elizabeth and Eddy Park. The couple, who own the Ball of Cotton knitwear company, have been hard at work since retailer Ralph Lauren tapped them in 2012 to sew part of the U.S. Olympic uniform in Sochi.
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January 23, 2011 | By Steffie Nelson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
So far this year, much of the nation has been hunkered down dealing with ice, snow, sleet, closed airports and all the other facets of a particularly cold winter. And despite our local heat wave this last week, forget what envious people elsewhere may believe about Southern California being the land of "endless summer. " Angelenos know that it's always best to heed Grandma's advice and bring a sweater ? especially given the record lows we too experienced in early January. For cozy and fashionable alternatives, meet three local knitwear designers who have ditched the twin sets in favor of styles that are uniquely chic.
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February 14, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
NEW YORK - When the U.S. Olympic Team's opening ceremony sweaters were unveiled last month, the social media reaction to the star-spangled red, white and blue patchwork knit cardigans was overwhelmingly negative. It seemed as if every armchair fashion critic with an Internet connection had his or her long knives out. Online responses ranged from one-word critiques ("obnoxious," "horrible") to comparisons to ugly Christmas sweaters. One commenter mused: "Is there a law that says every U.S. Olympics team has to wear an uglier outfit than the previous Olympics team?"
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February 7, 2014 | By Shan Li
At the opening ceremony for the Sochi Olympics, U.S. athletes will walk out in bold patchwork sweaters that were knit, sewn and embroidered right here in Southern California. Ball of Cotton, based in the City of Commerce, has been busy at work since retailer Ralph Lauren asked them to produce both the opening and closing ceremony sweaters for the American team, said Elizabeth Park, co-owner of the knitwear company with husband Eddy. “One sweater takes more than 12 hours,” said Park, 56. “Lots of hand whip-stitching, and it goes through many hands.” The husband-and-wife duo said they were first approached by Ralph Lauren in 2012.
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August 28, 2011 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Much of what's out there for fall looks like it could have been ripped from the pages of Cowboys and Indians magazine: arrow print maxi-skirts, blanket-stripe ponchos, suede jackets with swinging fringe, cowboy booties and T-shirts with more Navajo patterns than Ralph Lauren's RRL ranch. Shopbop.com calls the trend "neo-native," Les Nouvelles refers to it as "nouveau Navajo," and at H&M it's "bohemian style. " It brings me back to the 1990s and my first apartment in West Hollywood, with its Kokopelli lamp and IKEA Ektorp sofa in Santa Fe stripe.
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July 18, 1986 | PADDY CALISTRO
Designer Maureen Cullinane admits that her capricious sweater-and-skirt ensembles are a definite no-no for women climbing the executive ladder. "These clothes aren't listed in the dress-for-success manuals--and they're definitely not recommended for the junior stockbroker," asserts the New York-based knitwear specialist, who says her conversation-piece clothes won't lead to promotions in a Brooks Brothers world. "But once the woman chairs the board, my designs are perfectly OK for her."
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September 19, 1993
Knits with guts. Comfortable but not cuddly. This season's sweaters wear well both at home and on the road. Available with ladders of little stitches or cables you could climb like rope, they're stretched and patched, with exposed seams and long-on-purpose cuffs. And they're sexy, too--deep necklines and side slits are ideal over bare skin. Wear these sweaters with loose jeans or rugged cords, union suits or overalls, boots or sandals, whatever your choice.
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February 8, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Buffalo checks, Cowichan sweaters and personalized embroidered bowling shirts ... you might call it blue-collar chic. There was a familiar, American ruggedness to the fall 2014 Rag and Bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville showed Friday night at New York Fashion Week. And what coziness, from the shearling-lined mules to the sweaters made in collaboration Coogi, the colorful Australian knitwear manufacturer made famous by America's '80s-era First Dad Bill Cosby. The look: Working class heroes.
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February 7, 2014 | By Shan Li
At the opening ceremony for the Sochi Olympics, U.S. athletes will walk out in bold patchwork sweaters that were knit, sewn and embroidered right here in Southern California. Ball of Cotton, based in the City of Commerce, has been busy at work since retailer Ralph Lauren asked them to produce both the opening and closing ceremony sweaters for the American team, said Elizabeth Park, co-owner of the knitwear company with husband Eddy. “One sweater takes more than 12 hours,” said Park, 56. “Lots of hand whip-stitching, and it goes through many hands.” The husband-and-wife duo said they were first approached by Ralph Lauren in 2012.
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November 22, 2013 | By Susan Denley
When Sasha Obama wore an Asos sweater emblazoned with a unicorn to a basketball game last weekend, the garment promptly sold out. But supply seems to follow demand: Asos announced on its blog that the sweater will be back in stock Dec. 2. [Racked] Fashion maven Sarah Jessica Parker has joined Instagram. [People] One surprising factlet about President John F. Kennedy: He knew a designer dress when he saw one. That's according to a taped interview Princess Grace of Monaco gave  in 1965, recounting her surprise when the president correctly identified the outfit she was wearing as a Givenchy.
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October 31, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard, This post has been updated as indicated below.
A Hallmark ornament that reads "Don we now our FUN apparel!" has some people fuming. By substituting the Christmas carol lyric from "gay apparel" to "fun apparel" on the sweater-shaped ornament, the greeting card company stirred up a holiday storm. "Pathetic" and "Shame on you" were among the negative responses on the company Facebook page.  In defending itself, Hallmark pointed out that the lyrics for "Deck the Halls" were translated from the Gaelic way back when.  So the "gay" of the 1800s isn't the "gay" of 2013.  Such "multiple meanings," the company said in a statement, "could leave our intent open to misinterpretation.
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October 4, 2013 | By Melissa Kaplan
There aren't many instrumental surf punk bands working the professional music circuit these days, and that's just one of the things that sets the Reigning Monarchs apart. The North Hollywood band has been playing in punk and comedy enclaves for the last five years and have been amassing a loyal following by keeping a very Southern California genre alive. The other distinction that makes the group stand out? Its frontman, Greg Behrendt, is better known for co-authoring the bestselling "He's Just Not That Into You" than his guitar chops.
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July 24, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Earlier this month we told you about the poll underway at Bill Cosby's website that asked the public to pick its favroite sweater from the comedian's vast archive of eye-catching knitwear. Now that the voting has ended, we can report that the sweater pictured above was adjudged the favorite. According to the poll results , the sweater listed under "The Argyles" grouping (though to us it doesn't appear to be an Argyle pattern at all) garnered 63% of the final tally as of the end of the contest July 15. Below is a YouTube video of Bill Cosby announcing the winner of the "World's Favorite Cosby Sweater.
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June 27, 1986 | ROSE-MARIE TURK
It was a grand opening notable for its show-business flair and its unexpected business projections. As a rainbow of balloons bobbed in the air-conditioned breeze and an Australian-bush band played ditties like "Waltzing Matilda," singer Olivia Newton-John, a native of Australia, and business partner Pat Farrar recently opened in the Westside Pavilion their second Koala Blue boutique. The original shop opened on Melrose Avenue two years ago.
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November 13, 1987 | DIANE REISCHEL, Times Staff Writer
Had Laura Schlessinger felt a passion for knitting 20 years ago, it surely would have remained one of her darker secrets. "I grew up through the '60s. To do things like sewing, knitting and kids was considered kind of a cop-out," says Schlessinger, a petite, animated Woodland Hills psychologist. "There was always a part of me that felt guilty and nervous about doing these crafty kinds of things."
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July 8, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Comedian Bill Cosby, whose penchant for boldly patterned sweaters during "The Cosby Show" years is the stuff of legend, wants the public to choose its favorite piece of eye-catching knitwear. The "Cosby Sweater Tournament," now underway at the comedian's website, is arranged like a sports playoff bracket, with the field currently winnowed to two choices each in four categories: "the argyles," "the cardigans," "the cashmeres" and "the pullovers. " (Called "the Fleecy Eight," they were culled from, wait for it, the "Sweat Sixteen.
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February 11, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
NEW YORK -- For the first time, Raif Adelberg presented his cashmere-heavy Raif fall-winter 2013 menswear runway collection during New York Fashion Week, staging a runway show Saturday in the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center as part of Details magazine's effort to establish a viable menswear hub at the twice-yearly slate of shows. Although his name might not be instantly ring a bell, Adelberg, based out of British Columbia's Bowen Island, has a nearly quarter-century of experience paddling in the luxury-label pool, first as a retailer and later a designer.
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