Stories for April 2001

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Friday, April 27

Earl Jean Joins Nautica Enterprises

Nautica Enterprises Inc. announced this week that an agreement has been met to acquire Los Angeles-based Earl Jean Inc., a privately held, rapidly growing designer, manufacturer, wholesaler ...

Focused Buyers Lead Waves of Traffic at L.A. Textile Show

Designers and piece-goods buyers arrived in concentrated waves at the April 23–25 run of the Los Angeles International Textile Show at the California Mart, according to textile repres...

California: April 27, 2001

Nearly 25 percent of Orange County business leaders said they planned to relocate part or all of their operations within the next five years in the face of rising energy, la...

Economy: April 27, 2001

The Consumer Confidence Index fell to 109.2 from 116.9 in April, according to the Conference Board, the New York-based organization that measures the index, which is based on a monthly hou...

SPELA Resources See Softer Side of L.A.

Apparel technology resources returned to Los Angeles for the bi-annual Sewn Products Expo (SPELA) last week to find that the local garment industry is eyeing new technologies at a cautious pa...

Ex-Sirena CFO Pleads Guilty to Fraud

Richard A. Gerhart, the former chief financial officer for swimwear manufacturer Sirena Apparel Group Inc., has been given a sentencing date of Aug. 13 in Los Angeles federal court after pleading gui...

California Couture: Randolph Duke

I don’t know which was more breathtaking,

Movers: April 27, 2001

Randall L. Herrel Sr. was named chairman of the board of Carlsbad, Calif.-based Ashworth Inc.; Herrel has served as director, president and CEO ...

National: April 27, 2001

North, South and Central American leaders signed an agreement to open up trade among the three regions by 2005—part of the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA)—at th...

International: April 27, 2001

Dolce & Gabbana have launched a line of children’s apparel under the label D&G Junior; the collection which is wholesale priced between $16 and $800, will include mini-versions of favorite items from...

Developer has Big Plans for Fashion District

Developer Mark Weinstein is inching closer to his dream of turning the downtown Los Angeles fashion district into a true urban neighborhood akin to those found in cities like Dallas and Chica...

California Couture: Richard Tyler

Celebrities and Los Angeles notables were on hand to preview the

Friday, April 20

Eisbar: Updating Men's Basics; Creating Modern Classics

Beverly Hills-based menswear line Eisbar is looking to carve a niche for itself by diverging from the run-of-the-mill menswear lines of today. Part of the company’s strategy includes branching...

Textile Execs Upbeat Despite Gloomy Forecast

There will be 350 exhibitors at the April 23–25 run of the Los Angeles International Textile Show at the California Mart—on par with the April 2000 show—and organizers expect strong att...

Gerhart May Face Trial In Sirena Case

Sirena Apparel Group’s former chief financial officer Richard Gerhart, who was set this week to enter guilty pleas for his involvement in a Sirena-related securities fraud case, may have to go to tria...

African Contractors to Show at Cal Mart

The Sub-Saharan Africa Apparel Exhibition, SAATEX 2001, will host its first global sourcing show on May 31–June 2 at the California Mart before heading on to New York for a s...

No Spring in Dampened March '01 Retail Sales

Dismal March retail sales failed to put a spring back into a retail arena with an already chilling economy. With colder than expected weather in March, seasonal apparel and lawn-and-garden merchandis...

Economy: April 20, 2001

Retail sales continued their downward trend in April, dropping to the lowest levels for the year; even retailers such as Talbots and Kohl’s, who have both run counter to the national ...

Organic Fiber Workshop Planned

The Organic Trade Association will present a workshop on working with organic fibers at the May 17–19 run of the “All Things Organic” Conference and Trade Show ...

CFA Sets Energy Conservation Guidelines

The California Fashion Association (CFA) has established a set of energy conservation guidelines aimed at reducing the risk of power outages and helping ease the bu...

Hayman to be Honored at CDC Fashion Show

Los Angeles-based design school California Design College (CDC) will honor former retailer and fragrance entrepreneur Fred Hayman at the school’s 10th annual fashion show gala on May ...

Miken Acquires Hana

Los Angeles-based Miken Clothing has purchased Hana in a move that will diversify the surf-inspired manufacturer’s distribution....

Key Leaders Join Effort to Return Tate to L.A.T.T.

Support is mounting for deposed Los Angeles Trade-Tech dean Sharon Tate as a number of placard-waving fashion students and key industry leaders on April 18 urged trustees of...

Save A Life Plans Free Mammograms

The Los Angeles-based philanthropy Save A Life will once again offer mammograms to women in the apparel industry May 8–10 at the California Mart. The organization i...

Woodbury Fashion Show Celebrates 1940s Pin-up Girls

Burbank, Calif.-based Woodbury University will host its fashion show on May 4 at the Los Angeles Entertainment Center. Christina Kim of Los Angeles label Dosa will ...

Anne Cole to Be Honored by Otis

Los Angeles-based Otis College of Art and Design will honor swimwear designer Anne Cole, sculptor Robert Graham and actor-director-artist Dennis Hopper at the design school’s 2001 Critics...

Greenspan, Hall Named Humanitarians of the Year

The National Jewish Medical and Research Center (NJMRC) will name Rob Greenspan, managing partner of Moss Adams, and Jacque Hall, senior vice president and general merchand...

Kosa Realigns Fibers Business

Charlotte, N.C.-based fiber manufacturer Kosa announced it has restructured its textile fibers business to a global structure under the direction of Eduardo Rocha, Kosa vice president of textile fib...

Unifi Inc. Customers Can Track Orders Online

Greensboro, N.C.-based textile manufacturer Unifi Inc. has launched a customized Web site designed to help manufacturers monitor, adjust and follow orders placed with the company....

Central City Honors Fred Segal

The Central City Association will honor retailer Fred Segal at its seventh annual Treasures of Los Angeles awards luncheon at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los An...

Cyberspace: April 20, 2001

Paris Blues launched a new e-commerce Web site at [

National: April 20, 2001

New York-based Jones New York has agreed to purchase McNaughton Apparel Group Inc. for $274 milli...

Surf Expo Adds West Coast Show

Atlanta-based surf and swim trade show Surf Expo has added a back-to-school show on the West Coast for its 2002 show schedule. The March 11–12, 2002 show at the Anaheim Convention Ce...

Hot Kiss Denim Adds Novelty Corduroy

Hot Kiss, a junior and contemporary manufacturer based in Los Angeles, announced plans to introduce six groups of novelty fashion corduroy into its denim division for the Fall 2001 back-to-sc...

International: April 20, 2001

Japanese necktie manufacturers are lobbying their government to enact tight import controls on neckwear to limit the import of inexpensive Chinese-made tie...

LL International to Create Athletic Brand Shoe for Rapper Snoop Dogg

Los Angeles-based LL International Shoe Company, dba Dada Footwear, will design two versions of an athletic shoe for million-selling rapper Snoop Dogg, bringing to the 2002 back-to-school ma...

Movers: April 20, 2001

Andrew J. Greenebaum has joined Santa Fe Springs, Calif.-based Vans Inc. as senior vice president finance and chief financial officer...Peter D. Whitfor...

Licensing 2001 Show Set for June

Licensing 2001 International, the New York trade show for all segments of the licensing business, will present Licensing University 2001 during the June 12–14 run of the trad...

Maxim Mag Launches Fashion Publication

Dennis Publishing, publishers of Maxim, the lifestyle magazine that entered the market decades after GQ and Details, with a publication that mixes modern lifestyle...

California: April 20, 2001

Guess Inc.’s recently appointed president and COO, Carlos Alberini, announced the company plans to scale back costs and curtail its retail expansion plans; the Los Angel...

Friday, April 13

Moss Adams Consolidates, Names New Director of Apparel

Moss Adams LLP, an accounting firm serving the garment industry, is consolidating all three of its offices in Beverly Hills, downtown Los Angeles and West Los Angeles into one large office on...

National: April 13, 2001

The New York fashion industry is debating whether to continue to hold its fashion week prior to European fashion week; the Spring 2002 7th on Sixth Mercedes Benz Fashion Wee...

Figueroa Promoted at California Apparel News

California Apparel News has promoted Claudia Figueroa to manufacturing editor from her position as managing editor, which she has held for the past eight months. Her new position will include...

Newman Changes Plea to Guilty

Maurice “Corky” Newman, former chief executive officer of Sirena Apparel Group Inc. and the California Mart among other firms, pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of consp...

Kbond: Defining Men's Style and Adding Women's to the Mix

Kbond’s storefront mantra—“translating store activities into a visual language”—coolly conveys exactly what this menswear and lifestyle store is all about....

Economy: April 13, 2001

Southern California may weather a nationwide recession and will likely fare better than tech-reliant Northern California, according to a recent study by UCLA Anderson Business Forecast, which...

SunTrust Bank Establishes Los Angeles Office for Factoring

SunTrust Bank Receivables Capital Management, formerly known as SunTrust Bank Factoring, has established a factoring office in Los Angeles with the hiring of two factoring profession...

California: April 13, 2001

Los Angeles-based private label manufacturer Tarrant Apparel Group has been named vendor of the year in the denim category by Cincinnati, Ohio-based s...

Loft Developer Buys Victor Clothing Building

The historic Victor Clothing Co. building in downtown Los Angeles, once a bustling destination store for celebrities and Los Angeles’ upper crust, has been sold to a private firm that plans to...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall 2001: Eduardo Lucero

Fashion followers can always count on a polished collection filled with plenty of sex appeal and glamour from Los Angeles-based Eduardo Lucero. The designer’s...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall 2001: Alicia Lawhorn

Alicia Lawhon wins the award for best dance routine in a

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall 2001: Fashion Business Incubator

The Fashion Business Incubator (FBI) presented the first installment of what the non-profit orga...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall 2001: The Wasteland

Glittering gowns from the Roaring ’20s and the more contemporary chain-heavy glam “gangsta”-rap look graced the runway of “Timeless,” a...

International: April 13, 2001

Gucci Group has tapped Chloe designer Stella McCartney to launch her own fashion house in a joint venture with the Italian manufacturer; McCartne...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall 2001: Jared Gold

Every day is Halloween for designer Jared Gold, who, on April Fool’s Day, presented his

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall 2001: Magda Berliner

“It’s not a political statement, it’s just fun,” said Magda Berliner, referring to the mustache she wore to the debut of her Fall 2001 collection on April 3. “I did a lot of male/fe...

Friday, April 6

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall 2001: Michelle Mason

Michelle Mason maintains a humble attitude even though she’s earned herself an enormous amount of respect within the Los Angeles fashion community. It’s no surprise that the designer continues to gain recognition for h...

Tate Transfer Reverberates Beyond L.A. Trade-Tech

Fashion program students at Los Angeles Trade-Tech and key members of the industry are attempting to overturn a recent decision by college officials that resulted in the departure of veteran ...

Designers & Agents Kicks Off Fall I Market with Fashion Forum

Designers & Agents (D&A), the biannual contemporary show held in the New Mart, opened its Fall 2001 show with a roundtable of industry executives, show organizers and retailers, who ...

Great Escape Lands Tolcher as COO

Los Angeles-based manufacturer Great Escape has hired Bill Tolcher as chief operating officer, filling a position that has been vacant si...

Kevan Hall Stakes L.A. Claim

Fashion designer Kevan Hall will open a design studio this month in Los Angeles to launch a collection that will represent the designer’s take on all-American glamour....

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall 2001: New Arrivals at the Lab

The hipsters were seated four rows deep, while many more found places to stand against stark walls—much of which contributed to the casual yet hip mix of fashiongoers at the...

Slow Fall I Market Draws Focused Buyers to L.A.

Quality and quantity were key words during the March 30–April 5 run of the Los Angeles Fall I apparel market at the California Mart and New Mart. Many sales reps said that although tr...

JNCO Relaunches Young Contemporary Line, Renamed C.85

Los Angeles-based Revah Industries, makers of JNCO young men’s and junior apparel, has relaunched its young contemporary line under the C.85 label. Charlie ...

McAllister Joins Staff at California Apparel News

Robert McAllister has joined the California Apparel News staff as Technology Editor, covering fashion-related technology as well as Fashion District real estate. H...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall 2001: Rojas

Who else but Freddie Rojas could make a T-shirt with the words “I’m The Biggest Piece Of Trailer Park Trash!” written on it appear chic?...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall 2001: Loy & Ford

It was obvious at the

Tarrant Purchases Mexico Sewing Plant

Los Angeles-based manufacturer Tarrant Apparel Group has entered into an agreement to purchase a 100,000-square-foot sewing facility in Ajalpan, Mexico for approximately $11 million in cash, ...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall 2001: Cornell Collins

Cornell Collins’ latest collection is inspired by the individual, according to the designer, who held his...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall 2001: Collective Fashion Show

The mood was mod at the California Mart’s Collective Fashion Show...

Alliance Eyes Fall Fashion Week

A Los Angeles public relations firm and two longtime fashion-show organizers have formed an alliance with plans to produce a Los Angeles fashion week this ...

California: April 6, 2001

California controller Kathleen Connell warned that the recently passed $5 billion-per-year electricity rate hike will not offset losses in the state and cautioned that the state ma...

International: April 6, 2001

LVMH Moeuml;t Hennessey Louis Vuitton completed its purchase of Donna Karan International for a reported $640 million...London-based Marks & Spencer PLC annou...

Movers: April 6, 2001

Los Angeles-based CAD/CAM company Tukatech has promoted Rupi Arora to chief operating officer...The Gap Inc. has promoted Gary Muto to president of the company’s Ban...

National: April 6, 2001

Kinston, N.C.-based Hampton Industries Inc. and New York-based Nautica Enterprises Inc. announced the termination of Hampton’s license to market Nautica children’s apparel;...