Stories for August 2001

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Friday, August 31

Las Vegas Draws Cautious Retailers Looking for Hits

Apparel manufacturers and buyers, bruised from the economic blows hitting the industry, entered the retail ring again at this year’s Spring 2002 MAGIC International trade show in Las Vegas with temper...

I.L.U. Introduces New Missy Collection

In an effort to build a missy category, Los Angeles-based junior sportswear manufacturer I.L.U. has launched a new division called Infusion by I.L.U....

ASR Exhibitors Expand Show Beyond Walls

The Spring/Summer edition of the Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo (ASR), to be held Sep. 6–8 in San Diego, has grown beyond the old walls of the San Diego Convention Center, which ha...

Kani Launches LIFE

City of Industry, Calif.-based manufacturer Karl Kani launched a new line of denim-driven clothing for men and women under the label LIFE during the Aug. 27–30 run of MAGIC I...

eStyle Appoints New CEO, Launches Maternity Line

eStyle Inc. has announced the appointment of Thomas F. Park III as president and chief operating officer of the Los Angeles-based online baby and maternity retailer. In the new position, Park...

Textiles: Aug. 31, 2001

Wilmington, Del.-based fiber manufacturer DuPont has partnered with automaker Jeep to produce a line of men’s denim apparel made from fabric treated with DuPont’s HT...

National: Aug. 31, 2001

Real estate developer Steve Wynn has submitted plans to convert Las Vegas’ historic Desert Inn into an ups...

International: Aug. 31, 2001

Japan reported record unemployment of 5 percent in July—the highest figure recorded since the government began tracking unemployment in the mid-1950s....

MAGIC Unveils Online Showrooms

MAGIC International is going high-tech....

Economy: Aug. 31, 2001

The U.S. economy expanded slightly in the second quarter of 2001 at a rate that exceeded economists’ expectation but fell short of the Department of Commerce’s original conservative estimate; t...

California: Aug. 31, 2001

Los Angeles-based junior and tween manufacturer Ace Ross recently led a seminar for budding apparel entrepreneurs as part of the Lear...

Friday, August 24

One on One With Jan Perry and Ilse Metchek

Los Angeles’ fashion district has a new city-council member. Jan Perry now represents the 9th district, taking over for Rita Walters....

Paul Frank Launches Swim

Newport Beach, Calif.-based junior and accessories label Paul Frank Industries will launch a swimwear line for Spring 2002 at MAGIC. ...

Bobbin Expo Reflects Global Trends

The present state of the domestic apparel industry and the trend toward globalization was reflected in the attendance figures for the Aug. 15–17 run of the Bobbin World Expo in Orlando, Fla., ...

Promostyl: Myths Meet Anarchy for Fall/Winter 2002/2003

Elegant, classical shapes will evolve into more modern shapes and the aggressively sexy ’80s look will become more chic, according to Darra Baker, West Coast and Hawaii director of New York-b...

My Tee

My Tee designer Chrissy Azzaro earlier this year launched a line of reversible handbags and totes made from vintage fabrics. Now she has set her sights on T-shirts, with a whimsical line of c...

Cal Mart Revamps Look, Adds Contemporary

The California Mart announced plans to merge the Look Show and the Contemporary Design Collection show into a dual show called Fashion Fusion to be held during the ...

Textiles: Aug. 24, 2001

Material World, the one-year-old textile trade show set for Sep. 10–12 in Miami Beach, Fla., announced that Tencel has signed on as a show sponsor; the fiber manufacturer, ma...

TALA's Bob Berg Dies at 86

Longtime Los Angeles textile executive Robert E. Berg passed away on Aug. 17 in Petersborough, N.H. He was 86....

Bardot Launches Couture at quot;Kabarettquot;

Los Angeles-based fashion designer Renee Bardot will take a break from her bustling boutique on La Brea Avenue and use her celebrity connections to unveil her lates...

Young Contemporary Energy Fuels MAGIC

The youth are running the show at MAGIC International....

Staking a Fashionable Place in Los Angeles

Kit Marchel is the executive vice president of marketing, business development, for the California Mart, a position she took on when her longtime employer Hertz Investment Group purchased the building last ...

Astronaut: Clothing as Free as Space

Designers Gavin Taylor and Christian Wicks said they chose to name their new streetwear line Astronaut People Wear because of the idea of freedom that the name implies. The Los Angeles-based young me...

National: Aug. 24, 2001

Apparel and textile imports dropped 5.0 percent in June, marking the steepest decline since 1995, according to the Commerce Department...Some retailers are...

Economy: Aug. 24, 2001

The Federal Reserve cut the federal funds rate—-the rate charged by banks for overnight loans—by a quarter point to 3.5 percent, marking the rate’s lowest level since 1994; the rate cut was the seventh t...

Chica's Cultural Ties

Two years ago, husband-and-wife design team Helen Martinez and Christopher Griffin set out to create a hip line of T-shirts that would appeal to young Latinas who were looking for modern styles with a...

Gift Show Group Signs First Tenant at Cal Mart

The gift-industry group that recently announced a deal to lease up to one million square feet at the California Mart and market the new gift complex as the California Market Center (...

CLAD's Fashion Sampler Platter

The Coalition of Los Angeles Designers (CLAD) will host a sample sale and fundraiser featuring designs from local conte...

BC Ethic's Shafer Joins Solitude

Carpinteria, Calif.-based Solitude, the sportswear line founded by Shaun Tomson, world surfing champion, and his wife, Carla, recently severed all ties with Chula Vista, Calif.-base...

Outlaw Launches Junior Denim Line

Many fashion labels go out of their way to establish a relationship with a rock star and/or a beautiful actress to promote their brand. Outlaw USA, a contemporary surf-oriented apparel company, didn...

California: Aug. 24, 2001

The Los Angeles fashion district received a $1.2 million grant from the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to upgrade sidewalks, access ramps and lighting; the grant is part of the MTA’s T...

International: Aug. 24, 2001

Japan’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased 0.5 percent for the first quarter of 2001, setting aside fears of recession, which is defined as two consecutive quarters of GDP contraction....

Friday, August 17

Fashion District Settles Homeless Lawsuit

As a result of an out-of-court settlement reached with several homeless plaintiffs who claimed they were harassed and had their civil rights abused, the Fashion District Business Improvement District...

Lycra's California Summer Countdown

This summer, Wilmington, Del.-based DuPont Lycra is sponsoring the “California Summer Countdown,” a weekly one-hour TV show on Fox Family Channel featuring music, movies, fashi...

Toku: Bringing Goodness to Contemporary Menswea

Beatrix Tafoya entered the Los Angeles contemporary menswear industry with the idea of making men’s garments with great styling—but without the designer prices. The result is Toku, which launch...

Camp Beverly Hills to Relaunch at MAGIC

Franshaw Inc., the New York-based product development company that purchased Camp Beverly Hills almost three years ago, announced its plan to relaunch the teen line during the Aug. ...

4WhatItsWorth Launches Contemporary Missy Denim

In an effort to expand on its current lineup of basic and contemporary denim, 4WhatItsWorth, the Commerce, Calif.-based parent company to sportswear and junior line...

Textiles: Aug. 17, 2001

Greensboro, N.C.-based Cone Mills has sold its converting business, New York-based John Wolf, to New York-based Richloom Fabrics Group....

Live Mechanics: Reproducing Life Through Clothing

Live Mechanics is a new Los Angeles menswear line that focuses on the lifestyle of today’s young man, bringing recreational activities to life....

International: Aug. 17, 2001

Nearly 100 people were injured and 23 people killed in a textile factory in Bangladesh when a short circuit tripped off a fire alarm, sending workers fleeing for the exit gates, which were locked....

California: Aug. 17, 2001

Costa Mesa-based Paul Frank Industries will produce a limited-edition series of accessories titled “Paul Frank’s Hello Kitty Collection” for Japa...

Discounters Post Strong July '01 Sales

Amid a weakening economy and mounting layoffs, U.S. consumers again found shopping refuge at discounters in July as they sought bargains on apparel, electronics and back-to-school...

Key Items Drive Business Despite Slow Traffic at Market

Retailer traffic was down during the Aug. 10–14 Holiday/Resort 2001/2002 market week in Los Angeles, but buyers who did keep appointments or dropped by showrooms were placing orders,...

Economy: Aug. 17, 2001

Producer prices dropped 0.9 percent in July, following a 0.4 percent decrease in June, according to the Labor Department, which credited falling energy prices for the decline...The Federal Reserve remained glum about...

National: Aug. 17, 2001

J.C. Penney is under fire after the Plano, Texas-based retailer released a television commercial promoting its low-rise jeans for b...

Sirena Apparel Group Begins Sale of Labels

Vernon, Calif.-based swim label Sirena Apparel Group is beginning the breakup of its brands....

Lucky Brand on the Move

Vernon, Calif.-based denim and sportswear manufacturer and retailer Lucky Brand Dungarees is moving its corporate headquarters to a larger facility in order to expedite its expansion plans....

Friday, August 10

Op Taps Avdiu for Juniors, Girls Relaunch

In an effort to reach wider action-sports audiences with its youthful brand of surfwear, Irvine, Calif.-based junior label Op has named Opala Avdiu vice president of sales for the company’s relaunched juniors’...

Grey Ant Designer Launches New Line

Los Angeles-based designer Grant Krajecki, creator of the Grey Ant label, will launch a new contemporary collection for Spring 2002 during Los Angeles market week in November....

California: Aug. 10, 2001

El Segundo-based Mattel Inc. will add luggage to the Barbie doll’s vast collection of clothing and lifestyle pieces this October as part of a recently struck partnership deal...

Economy: Aug. 10, 2001

U.S. productivity rose as job losses increased in the second quarter of 2001, according to the Department of Labor, which found that productivity posted a 2.5 percent annual pace in the second quarter as compared with 0.1 percent in...

Back to School

Promotions kick-start back-to-school sales; denim and punk-inspired fashions reign as top sellers ...

The Evolution of Missy

The missy market is poised to tap into one of the largest growing demographics as baby-boomer women continue to move into the missy category....

National: Aug. 10, 2001

Patricia Fields, costume designer for HBO’s “Sex and the City,” is planning her own line of women’s apparel, accessories and cosmetics; Fields has signed a worldwide li...

Textiles: Aug. 10, 2001

The U.S. Senate is delaying implementation of the final set of regulations for the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI); the regulations concern whether goods can be dyed or finished in the CBI r...

Boutiques Ride on Coattails of the Grove

Cranes and scaffolding dominate the scene around the intersection of Third Street and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles, the site of the Grove at Farmers Market, a $100 million retail co...

West Coast Collective Adds Show

After a successful four year run in Los Angeles at the W Hotel, the West Coast Collective, a boutique show of upscale menswear, plans to expand its show, taking it ...

Men of Daytime Television Model for West Coast Collective

The upscale menswear trade show West Coast Collective took its evening entertainment to a new level this year with the addition of a...

Vice Debuts Store in Los Angeles

Counterculture zine Vice, which began opening clubwear clothing stores three years ago, will introduce its first West Coast location in Los Angeles on Aug...

Tech Expo Lures Crowds to Cal Mart

The Southern California apparel community got a good look at the latest advancements in software technology during the inaugural Fashion Technology By Design expo on Aug. 1 at the Ca...

Cal Mart's New Deal Could Prove to Be Gift to the Industry

Complex to Be Renamed California Market Center ...

Friday, August 3

California: Aug. 3, 2001

Garment worker Apolinar Aguilar was shot and killed on Aug. 26 in Los Angeles in front of K & C Apparel, an eveningwear manufacturer where he was employed for 10 years; police held employees inside of th...

California Designers Nominated for Dallas Fashion Awards

The International Apparel Mart in Dallas recently announced 42 finalists for the 2001 Dallas Fashion Awards, which will be held Oct. 27 at the Dallas Mart....

International: Aug. 3, 2001

Mexico has reduced the number of entry points that trucks carrying textile and apparel imports can use to enter the U.S. from several hundred to five as part of a new border policy instituted in an ef...

National: Aug. 3, 2001

Cincinnati-based retailer Federated Department Stores announced that July same-store sales were likely to fall below projections for the company’s stores that had been open more than ...

Cal Mart Brings Muralist Man One to Market

Buyers, tenants and visitors to the California Mart on the opening day of Holiday/Resort market week will have a chance to catch Los Angeles-based graffiti artist Man One in action creating large-sca...

Economy: Aug. 3, 2001

Shrinking consumer confidence and fears of a pending downturn in the economy did not put a damper on sales in June; consumer spending rose 0.4 percent as consumers spent $25.7 billion more than they had in ...

San Francisco's Noe Valley

It’s easy to see why Noe Valley is one of San Francisco’s most coveted neighborhoods, what with its stunning Victorian houses, quiet streets and more sun than fog. Locals see the area as a kind of suburban oasi...

Organization Honors Apparel Industry Humanitarians

More than 300 members of the apparel industry gathered June 30 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. to pay tribute to Rob Greenspan of Moss Adams LLP and Jacque H...

Hertz to Bring Gift Vendors to Cal Mart

The California Mart, long a power base for the apparel industry, is now poised to become a merchandise powerhouse for the gift industry also, as building owner Hertz Investm...

Lab Founder Signs Billabong, Adventure 16 to New Venture

Southern California activewear industry giants Irvine-based Billabong, San Diego-based Adventure 16 and Santa Ana-based Cycle Werks have inked leases to op...

Labor Law Debate Continues Before State Assembly Committees

As part of a continuing debate, garment workers and contractors/manufacturers presented their respective cases at a recent joint meeting of the Labor Committee and the Budget Subcommittee of the Calif...

L.A. Designers Group Heads to New York

A contingent of Los Angeles designers will head to New York for the 7th on Sixth fashion shows as part of Design Collections of Los Angeles, which is sponsored by a...

Textiles: Aug. 3, 2001

DuPont, Burlington, Cone Mills Corp. and Unifi Inc. all reported lackluster results for the second quarter of 2001...Charlotte, N.C.-based knit mi...

Industry Joins Forces For Job Fair Marked for Success

Los Angeles County employers and social service agencies joined forces last week for LA Connection: People Helping People, a job fair sponsored by the California M...