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Ilse Metchek

President, California Fashion Association

THE LATEST: Metchek guides the nonprofit California Fashion Association at a time when Los Angeles’ fashion industry is shifting to take advantage of online sales and adapting brick-and-mortar formats for new consumer habits. A CFA and CIT Group Inc. report last year detailed the loss of 6,500 apparel manufacturing jobs that were offset by a 6,000-job increase in apparel wholesaling.

BACKGROUND: Metchek created the nonprofit CFA in 1994 with members of the major apparel manufacturers in the region as well as with representatives of the finance sector and other allied industries. She previously served as executive director of the California Market Center, a 1.8-million-square-foot complex in the Fashion District that includes showrooms and creative offices. Metchek also worked as president of clothing brand White Stag Inc. while it was a division of garment manufacturer Warnaco Group Inc. She’s a board member of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. and the Fashion Industries Guild of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

WORTH NOTING: In 2016 Metchek was awarded the Stanley Olafson Award for her contribution to World Trade by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

YEARS ON THE LA500: 4

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