Stories for December 2001

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Friday, December 28

Vodka Latka

On Dec. 13 at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theater, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles held its third annual Vodka Latka party, a Hanukkah celebration fea...

2001 Appraisal: Retail Sales Department Stores and Discounters

Retail sales began a southward march in the beginning of the year and never looked back. The events of Sept. 11 only compounded the sales slump, but a few retailers—mostly No. 1 chain Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and...

Freudenberg, QST Create Partnership

Signaling a look of things to come in the post-Sept. 11 economy, garment components suppliers QST Industries Inc. and Freudenberg West have formed a partnership that will allow each to utili...

Video Inspiration at Trade-Tech

Student designers fused music with fashion at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College’s “Fashion Center Video Awards”–themed...

Lisa Kline Fifth Annual Fashion Show

Who wasn’t there at retailer

2001 Appraisal: Apparel Employment

California’s apparel industry made some significant gains in employment. However, it reported an overall decrease by year’s end, which contributed to the loss of 75,000 jobs in U.S. manufacturing report...

FBI Goes Chinatown

Those jaded by the routine of couture fashion shows found a change of pace at FBI Goes Chinatown, an event laced with liberal amounts of stomping tigers, sword-brandishing and tap dancing held Dec. 8...

New Boutiques Spring Up in L.A. Despite Downturn

The Los Angeles area already offers a retail bonanza, but that doesn’t stop hungry entrepreneurs with keen fashion eyes from proffering their wares. Even in this troubled economic milieu, a number of p...

2001 Appraisal: From Caution to Concern

The year began with caution as hints of recession crept into day-to-day business and consumer spending began to curtail. And the year ended in concern as those in the apparel industry looked for ways ...

TAL Signs On With Intentia

Showing that the B2B market still has some legs, Intentia International has inked a deal with mega-sized clothing maker TAL Apparel Limited of Hong Kong, which will use Intentia...

2001 Appraisal: Textile and Apparel Imports and Exports

Mexico, China and the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) remained the United States’ leading trading partners, exchanging more than $22 billion in apparel/textile imports through the first three quarters of 200...

FIDM's Murray Dies

Margaret “Maggie” Pexton Murray, former retail executive, curator and fashion historian at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), died of heart failure Dec....

2001 Appraisal: Retail Sales Specialty Stores

Onetime stock darling San Francisco-based Gap Inc. led the freefall for a number of apparel chains this past year, announcing 1,040 layoffs in August and the closure of two distribution facilities. E...

2001 Appraisal: Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles is the busiest port in the nation, with 7,500 acres in its harbor, according to port officials....

2001 in Review

The year 2001 has already been tagged as infamous after the tragic events of Sept. 11. The terrorist attacks and the subsequent military action in Afghanistan were about as far removed from the busine...

Friday, December 21

MAGICMoves the edge, Outer Limits to LVCC

Woodland Hills, Calif.-based MAGIC International will be moving two of its categories, the Outer Limits and the edge, from the Sands Expo & Convention Center t...

Saks Lands Laura Ashley

The department store group has struck an exclusive licensing deal with Laura Ashley to manufacture and sell Laura Ashley missy, petite and large-size apparel and accessories. Saks will begin rolling o...

Hong Kong Prepares for Winter Wonderland

The usually temperate clime of Hong Kong will be transformed into a winter wonderland in January as organizers of Hong Kong Fall/Winter Fashion Week prepare for the opening night Fashion Extr...

Book Highlights Apparel Adventures

Former apparel manufacturer Sue Pekarsky Gary is getting ready to release her second self-published book, “Cover Yourself: Adventures in the Rag Trade from Start-Ups to Stars” (Garmento...

Audi Signs On for Future Fashion Week Events

Audi Presents Designer Collections of Los Angeles Fashion Week will continue to spotlight local designers during Los Angeles market week, according to a recent release by Los Angeles...

Poleci Bows L.A. Retail Store on Robertson

The body-conscious clothes of Poleci have found an additional home—the company’s eponymous boutique on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles....

Cherokee Group Strikes Deal with DIC Entertainment

The Cherokee Group struck a deal with DIC Entertainment to help forge licensing agreements with retailers for DIC’s Liberty’s Kids property. “Liberty’s Kids” is a new animated TV program ai...

Leading Index for Mexico Fell in October

The leading index for Mexico fell in October, making it the fourth consecutive month of decline, according to New York-based research firm the Conference Board, which compiles the index. The leading i...

Burlington Industries Lands $190m

Burlington Industries landed $190 million in debtor-in-possession financing from J.P. Morgan Chase Bank. The Greensboro, N.C.-based textile mill filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November....

Majority Says Recession

It’s not a recession until a majority says it’s a recession. According to a recent poll by the Field Institute, 1 percent of Californians think the state’s economy is suffering. In contrast, 21 percent s...

Bebe Expands L.A. Studio, Monah Li Exits

Company also faces workers’ rights lawsuit ...

Rem Koolhaas-Designed Prada Store Opens

The Rem Koolhaas-designed Prada store opened in New York. The state-of-the-art Soho store features—among other things—state-of-the-art dressing rooms. The dressing room doors feature LCD screens that sh...

A. Mason Opens Second Store

More than 200 fashionistas feted the Dec. 13 opening of the second A. Mason store on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles—a 1,200-square-foot showcase of hard-to-find, one-of-a-kind looks scoute...

Ocean's Eleven: Casino Couture

The movie: “Ocean’s Eleven” ...

Friday, December 14

A/R Management Expands Services, Sales Force

San Dimas, Calif.-based A/R Management Services (ARMS), a credit and collection outsourcing company, recently began offering full outsourcing to its clients. ARMS previously handled outsourcing as a cooperat...

Discounters on Hot Streak in November

The beating continued for retail sales in November, as discounters continued to steal market share from department stores and specialty retailers....

Hugh Hefner Toasts Playboy Men's Underwear at Bloomingdale's

Ditching the smoking jacket for a black suit and red shirt, Hugh Hefner made a rare public appearance Dec. 6 at Bloomingdale’s in Los Angeles’ Century City Shopping Center to promote the laun...

New York More Like Los Angeles

New York may soon look more like Los Angeleshellip;at least during Fashion Week. Buyers and fashion followers may soon be scrambling across town to catch the next fashion show. 7th on Sixth organizers...

Triple Five Soul Opens First West Coast Showroom

New York-based urban, street and skatewear company Triple Five Soul recently opened a showroom in the California Mart. The 11-year-old label had previously done business on the West ...

Influential Twenty

Several industry leaders and organizations made their mark on the California fashion community in the year 2001. Some made an impact through mergers, acquisitions and bold business gestures. Others took legal measure...

Magda Berliner and Christy Lucken Featured in NYT Magazine

Magda Berliner and Christy Lucken were both featured in a brief essay on customized vintage clothing—or “Kustom”—in the New York Times Magazine. The essay, which features a photo of a wom...

Unemployment Rate Climbs

The unemployment rate climbed 5.7 percent in November to its highest point since 1995, according to the Department of Labor. A reported 331,000 people were laid off during the month, and the governmen...

Fed Lowers Interest Rate Again

The Federal Reserve lowered interest rates again, reducing the federal funds rate, which banks charge each other for overnight loans, a quarter point, to 1.75 percent. This marks the 11th time the Fed...

New Sourcing Show to Debut…Again

A new sourcing show is set for its debuthellip;again. The debut of the NAMSB World Source show, originally slated to bow October 2001, was postponed in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The show has been re...

Tweens for J.Lo

Tweens will soon be able to wear J.Lo. New York-based Sweetface Fashions, maker of the J.Lo line, has struck a licensing deal with New York-based Parigi Group Ltd. to manufacture a line of apparel for...

New Sourcing Show to Bow During MAGIC

Looking to facilitate access to global sourcing opportunities, a Pasadena, Calif.-based B2B firm is launching ASAP, a new sourcing trade show to be held concurrently with MAGIC International...

Kohl's First to Build on Norton Air Force Base

Kohl’s will be the first to build on the former Norton Air Force Base site in San Bernardino. The Menomonee Falls, Wisc.-based discount retailer plans to build a 651,880-square-foot warehouse on the pr...

Friday, December 7

Dim Holiday Forecast Has Many Retailers Eyeing Spring

Retail isn’t sitting pretty....

Federated Pulling Back on E-Commerce

Federated is pulling back on its e-commerce efforts. The retail giant will shutter its

Enron Files for Chapter 11

Energy giant Enron filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection following the collapse of a planned merger with smaller energy firm Dynegy Inc. Enron has filed a $10 billion lawsuit against Dynegy for b...

Risky Business

Financial resources, strategies top bill at Apparel Summit ...

Textile Dyers Seek Relief From Enron

Textile dyers, printers and finishers, who have been battered by exorbitant energy prices, are hoping that the current debacle involving energy giant Enron Corp. will bring some much-needed r...

Harriet Berger Passes Away

Retired textile converter Harriet Berger passed away Nov. 17 from brain cancer. She was 73....

New York Fashion Week May Get Smaller

New York Fashion Week may get smaller if IMG, owner of the 7th on Sixth shows, decides to reduce the number of venues from four tents to two. Also under consideration: limiting the designers showing t...

Cal Mart Hosts Toy Drive, Plans Holiday Party

The California Mart is collecting toys to benefit the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center for the children of the Salvation Army Red Shield Youth & Community Center. ...

L.A. Accessories Company Owner Guilty of Tax Evasion

Shu Mei Chen, also known as Angela Chen, former owner of downtown Los Angeles accessories company Carnation Creations, pled guilty to a federal criminal tax charge of falsifying a corporate i...

Bisou Bisou Taps New York Transit

Bisou Bisou, the Los Angeles-based contemporary clothing manufacturer, has signed a $20 million licensing agreement with San Francisco-based shoe manufacturer New York Transit Inc....

Traveling Showroom Takes Concept on the Road

Thrift-store art, a pea green leather antique chair, a white shag rug and a 1950s television set are just a few of the unusual furnishings you notice when you step into SoWear’s showroom on the fourth...

CMI Files for Chapter 11

Elastic manufacturer CMI has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection following two attempts by creditors to force the company into involuntary bankruptcy. The company has secured $10 million in deb...

Modern Prom

At a time when many retailers are struggling to put the “ho” in the holidays, the mood was decidedly upbeat at the...

Help-Wanted Index Falls

The help-wanted index has fallen to its lowest point since 1982, according to New York-based research firm the Conference Board. As of October, the index was at 46, down from 52 in September and 78 in...

A Sense of Loss: Technology Takes On Retail Theft

Retailers know that the biggest threat of theft this holiday season doesn’t come from the shifty customer who darts off with that unpaid, brand-name sweater—it’s usually the associate behind the register who...

Roger Williams Returns to Authentic Fitness

Roger Williams has returned to Authentic Fitness as chief operating officer. Williams had been executive vice president of operations and chief financial officer for the swim label before leaving in t...

Obituary: Costume Designer Danilo Donati

Oscar-winning costume designer Danilo Donati died in Italy of undisclosed causes. He was 75. The designer won Academy Awards for his costumes in Franco Zeffirelli’s “Romeo and Juliet” in 1968 and...

Main Street's Easy Fashions

Years ago, it would have been difficult to imagine Main Street in Huntington Beach, Calif., teeming with locals and tourists. Back in the 1970s and early ’80s, the street’s infestation of drug trafficki...

Rochester Big & Tall Signs John Madden As Spokesperson

San Francisco-based Rochester Big & Tall Clothing has entered into a two-year agreement with Emmy award-winning TV sports commentator John Madden to have him serve as the spokesperson for the large-sized...

Malden Mills Secures $20M

Malden Mills secured $20 million in financing to forestall layoffs in the wake of the textile firm’s recent filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This is the second time the company has stood by...