Stories for December 2000

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Friday, December 29

Wilson Joins One Clothing

Los Angeles-based One Clothing has appointed Laura Wilson to national sales manager of the juniors label. ...

HK Fashion Week Sets Schedule

Fall/Winter 2001 Hong Kong Fashion Week will run Jan. 16–19 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, where approximately 800 companies will exhibit in tw...

California: Dec. 29, 2000

San Francisco-based Levi Strauss & Co. has obtained $1.5 bil...

2000 Retrospective

Y2K began with an economic boom that looked like it would go on forever and it ended with high-profile dot-com failures and an economy trending down. In between were comings and goings, legislation an...

Feizollah Neman Dies at 80

Feizollah Neman, chairman and consultant of Los Angeles-based textile trading company Neman Brothers and Associates, passed away on Dec. 26 due to complications from a stroke he suffered two ...

Fritzi Debuts with Jolt

Los Angeles-based children’s apparel manufacturer Fritzi California will debut Jolt, its new bottoms-driven denim division for girls at January market in New York....

National: Dec. 29, 2000

The Children’s Place, a Secaucus, N.J.-based retail children’s clothing chain that operates approximately 365 stores in 40 states, has reached a settlement in a discrimination lawsuit that the Massachusetts At...

Holiday Retail Sales Wintry

Bad weather in much of the nation put the brakes on the holiday’s final-weekend shopping surge, leaving retailers’ remaining hopes for best sales pinned to their post-Christmas week sales, which customa...

Ross to Launch Junior, Tween Line

Former One Clothing president Ace Ross will present his Ace Ross Studios juniors and tween line at New York’s Fashion Boutique Show in January and MAGIC Internationa...

Cyberspace: Dec. 29, 2000

Seven of the top 10 e-tailers for the week ending Dec. 17—when holiday Y2K was already all but over for retailers on the Web—were those that have a...

Friday, December 22

Online on Target, Retail Gets E-Savvy

It’s been a fulfilling holiday for online retailers, according to Andersen Consulting’s second annual e-fulfillment study, which found the online shopping experience dramatically improved over last yea...

Active Opportunities

Q & A with Jack Kyser...

Sourcing Euphoria

A dynamic new Web site holds breathtaking implications for the apparel industry. The suburban town of Chatsworth—tucked away in the northwest corner of Los Angeles County—seems an unlikely pla...

Y2K's Euphoric Start Levels Off to Sober State

The year 2000 started off with a bang, following strong holiday sales and an overall positive feeling within the apparel industry, mirroring the optimism of society at large before gradually winding down to current ...

Owner of XOXO Contractor in Dispute

George Arrington, one of the defendants named in the case brought by garment contractor workers against Los Angeles-based manufacturer XOXO last month, claims he has been erroneously...

Movers: Dec. 22, 2000

Diane Nance has been promoted to vice president of sourcing at Pacific Sunwear and will be responsible for sourcing and procuring all of the company’s priva...

L.A. Industry: Giving Back with Style

The Los Angeles apparel industry has a long history of supporting charities within its own community and the community at large. But too often the industry gets mired in its own publicity—both good an...

Year in Review: Apparel Employment

Apparel industry employment declined overall in California over the past year, despite a three-month rally that saw an employment high of 146,600 in March 2000 before dropping back down to 142,100 in the st...

National: Dec. 22, 2000

Canton, Mass.-based Reebok International Ltd. will become the exclusive apparel licensee of the Nat...

Year in Review: Textile and Apparel Imports and Exports

Mexico held its place as the largest U.S. trading partner, accounting for $8.6 billion in imports for 2000 (through October, the most recent data available) and taking in $5.2 billion in U.S...

International: Dec. 22, 2000

LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton has put a $195 million offer on the table for Donna Karan International Inc. (DKI), the publicly trade...

Year in Review: Consumer Confidence Index

As holiday 2000 opened, the Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) fell to its lowest level in more than a year. The CCI, which is a snapshot of present-day consumer feelings, stood at 133.5 in Nove...

California: Dec. 22, 2000

Jean Louis, the costume designer who created Rita Hayworth’s strapless evening gown in “Gilda” and the sequined dress Marilyn Monroe wore when she sang “Happy Bi...

Traffic Down for Holiday Y2K

Traffic during the second full week (Dec.10–16) of the all-important holiday shopping season was down 9.6 percent in malls and 14.4 percent in department stores from the same period last year,...

Year in Review

Denny Rabineau, CEO, Mica, Inc., Los Angeles ...

E-Commerce: The View from the Techno Execs

Holiday Y2K is the make-or-break season for retail on the Web—and particularly for the “pure play” e-tailers that exist only in cyberspace. This year’s online holiday shopping spree comes...

CL Fashion Converts to Chapter 11

Vernon, Calif.-based CL Fashion, the company formed by the merger of Carole Little and Chorus Line Corp., has filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles to convert the Chapter 7 ...

Friday, December 15

What Do Teens Really Want (for the Holidays)?

What do your teenagers want for the holidays?Well, duh! Diesel clothes, Nike Air Shox and Gravis shoes. Also, you can’t go wrong with anything leather, anything wit...

Contractor's Workers Reach Settlement with XOXO, APALC

Garment workers who filed suit against XOXO Clothing Company Inc. last month announced a settlement has been reached with the Vernon, Calif.-based contemporary juniors manufacturer t...

ENC's David Meister Launches Day Dresses

Eveningwear designer David Meister has just announced plans to launch a better day dress collection for Spring 2001. The David Meister label currently sells in Bloomingdale’s...

Economy: Dec. 15, 2000

Retail-customer traffic figures for the first 16 days of the holiday season (through Dec. 9) show mall traffic down by 0.5 percent and department-store traffic down by 3.8 percent, c...

Kik Wear Gets Wired

Kik Wear Industries, a Los Angeles-based streetwear apparel manufacturer, debuted its B2B Web site [

California: Dec. 15, 2000

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has levied more than $270,000 in penalties against 17 Los Angeles garment contractors, charging them with repeated violations of the Fair Labor Standards Ac...

Movers: Dec. 15, 2000

Larry Martin will retire as president of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, effectiv...

National: Dec. 15, 2000

Among the companies that made Working Woman magazine’s annual ranking of the top 25 companies for executive...

Nevada Nixes Gaming Licenses for Hertz

The Nevada Gaming Control Board voted to “deny with prejudice” gaming licenses for Judah Hertz, principal in Hertz Investment Corp. and owner of the C...

Solstiss/Perrin&Fils Opens L.A. Showroom

French fabric firm Solstiss/Perrin&Fils will open its first West Coast office at the California Mart. John Marshall has been hired a...

International: Dec. 15, 2000

If there’s one thing as certain as Santa Claus, it’s that the annual Hennes & Mauritz lingerie advertising campaign will create media-worthy controversy, and this season’s Claudia Schiffer campaign...

Cyberspace: Dec. 15, 2000

The business model that online retailers use strongly influences the level of their investment, according to a study undertaken...

The Influential 20

An inventory of people and companies that were leaders in California’s Apparel & Textile Industries in 2000....

CL Fashion Considers Chapter 11 Conversion

CL Fashion Inc., the manufacturer that abruptly closed its doors last month in the wake of a Chapter 7 involuntary bankruptcy petition filed against it by three unsecured creditors, was poise...

Toes On The Nose Unveils Tech Tags

Surf apparel manufacturer Toes On The Nose is set on becoming the first company in its market to tag its entire line with CD-Rom hangtags in a bid to illustrate the “surfing life...