Stories for February 2001

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Friday, February 23

Barish Nicholson Trunk Show Set for Saks

Aficionados of Los Angeles apparel style might want to take a look at the Barish Nicholson Spring 2001 Trunk Show, to be held March 1 and 2 at Saks Fifth Avenue Beverly Hill...

National: Feb. 23, 2001

Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. is planning to open a 30,000-square-foot off-price Nordstrom Rack store ...

Sophisticated Swimwear from Brigitte Couture

Brigitte Couture is the sort of swimwear one might imagine some elegant, worldly jet-set type wearing to some luxe watering hole on Capri or poolside at Monte Carlo’s Hotel ...

Click & Dress Online

Online shoppers earning their beenz and collecting their smart hangtags will want to look into Click & Dress as well. A software product from Portland, Ore.-based Imaginarix, Cli...

Economy: Feb. 23, 2001

A key barometer of consumer confidence was in free fall in February, dropping to its lowest level in more than seven years, and intensifying expectations that the Federal R...

Apparel Store of the Future?

Retailers get a glimpse of shopping without sales associates at GlobalShop ...

IMRA Study Finds a Wired Retail Industry

The retail industry in general has become wired, with Webs of business-to-business(B2B) and business-to-consumer(B2C) software and sites linking vendors and retailers, and retailers and their custome...

From Retail to E-Tail and Back

The tumultuous process of sorting out online retailing continues, yet we find brick and mortar openings, too....

USA Networks and SportsLine.com Enter Multi-year E-Commerce Partnership

New York-based entertainment conglomerate USA Networks Inc. and Ft. Lauderdale-based SportsLine.com Inc., the Internet sports media company that has rel...

Azria Does It His Way at BCBG's Fall 2001 Show

NEW YORK—Things started out fairly mellow, with Frank Sinatra’s voice wafting over the crowd waiting in Bryant Park for BCBG/Max Azria’s Fall 2...

Lycra and Tactel Trends

Elegance and self-expression are key for 2002 The elegance of the 1920s combined with the 1960s-inspired celebration of self-expression will co-exist in summer 2002—at least in the r...

California: Feb. 23, 2001

Tampa, Fla.-based Tropical Sportswear International Corporation, which markets and manufactures branded and private brand men’s and women’s casu...

Have You Earned Your Beenz Today?

New York-based Beenz.com has launched RewardzCodes, a marketing ploy that allows companies in the apparel industry to reward consumers via codes on their packaging that consumers the...

Tags Go High-Tech

In the era of futuristic stores stocked with computer-friendly clothes, wired with everything from temperature controls to MP3 players, even the apparel hangtags are getting...

Changes to L.A. Business Tax Proposed

Representatives from several businesses in downtown Los Angeles had the opportunity to voice their concerns about the current business tax system to city officials at a meeting hosted by the...

Sutter's Jeans Maker Moves to Sausalito, Opens D.C. in Laredo

South San Francisco-based denim manufacturer San Francisco Jean Company, which produces the Sutter’s and Laura C. denim labels, recently announced plans to move the company’s ...

StyleStandard Internet Technology for Apparel Apps

Beaverton, Ore.-based Oswego.group has begun offering the StyleStandard suite of software products for apparel and footwear supply-chain communications....

Tech Movers

Ken F. Wilson has been named president and chief executive officer of Toronto-based InQuent Technologies Inc., an Internet platform service provider hellip; Randy Kluck has ...

Proposed Retail Development Calls for Closure of Brentwood Street

A valuable 210-foot-long pie slice of land near a major intersection in the tony Brentwood section of West Los Angeles could be converted to a $27-million mini-mall and upscale retail center under a h...

International: Feb. 23, 2001

Skechers USA Inc., the lifestyle footwear company based in Manhattan Beach, Calif., has announced plans to open stores in London, Dusseldorf and Paris; the London flagship store, loc...

L.A. Dye & Print: Closure Could Be First of Several

News that one of Southern California’s largest dye houses, Pico Rivera, Calif.-based L.A. Dye & Print Works, will be closing its doors in the face of escalating natural gas prices has some...

James Joins Staff at California Apparel News

California Apparel News has added veteran journalist Darryl James to its staff of writers covering apparel manufacturing, textiles and retail on the West Coast....

Movers: Feb. 23, 2001

Scott Bowman has been named chief executive officer of Marc Jacobs Intern...

San Diego FGI Announces Style Awards

The Fashion Group International of San Diego held its fifth annual Style Awards and gala on Feb. 10. Award winners included Terry Keefer, owner of My Magnin (the S...

QuickDog Sniffs Out Lands' End Sales

San Francisco-based QuickDog Inc., a consumer preference personalization software firm, has added an average of 10 percent to the order value of customers who used its Personal Shopper service on th...

Apparel Info on the Web

The Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group Inc., a marketing information group, has launched NPDFashionworld, a for-subscription Web site designed to provide secure access to timely market da...

Friday, February 16

Desert Passage on the Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas fashion isn’t all it’s been “tacked out” to be in the past, according to retailers at the new Desert Passage shops in the Aladdin Resort and Casino, located jus...

January Retail Sales Up, Inventories Down

The 2001 retail space odyssey got underway in earnest in January, with retailers in almost all categories posting strong sales numbers despite a holiday season so bad that it led to store closings a...

National: Feb. 16, 2001

The America Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has formed the AAFA Social Responsibility Committee, a new committee to review production and manufacturing concerns such as factory ...

California: Feb. 16, 2001

A U.S. District Court judge in Los Angeles denied a request by Southern California Edison (SCE) to order the California Public Utilities Commission to raise electricity rates for ...

Downtown L.A. to Draw More Residents, Major Grocery Store

Residential units available in the heart of downtown Los Angeles (which covers roughly 65 blocks) are expected to rise by 55 percent, increasing to almost 18,400 units by the year 2004, according to...

Business Tax Reform Meeting Planned for Downtown L.A.

The Business Tax Advisory Committee (BTAC) will host a tax reform meeting for downtown businesses at noon on Feb. 22 at the Los Angeles Public Library’s central branch on 630 W. Fifth...

West Coast Collective: Looking for a Few Good Menswear Retailers

The three-year-old menswear show West Coast Collective has been on a mission to create an exclusive, upscale menswear show on the West Coast that provides a smaller, more personal al...

Economy: Feb. 16, 2001

Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan said the economy has stabilized after a rough start at the beginning of the year, but warned there are continued risks looming over the econom...

Charlie Rocket Revamps Girls Line

Los Angeles-based children’s manufacturer Charlie Rocket will re-launch its girls’ clothing line for Fall 2001 at the New York’s ENK show in March. The collection continues its classic childre...

XLarge Promotes Menares

Los Angeles-based streetwear manufacturer XLarge has announced the promotion of Maurice Menares to director of retail operations, public relations and advertising. Menares is the former store manage...

International: Feb. 16, 2001

Milan-based jeweler Bulgari has formed a joint venture with hotelier Marriott International, with plans to open seven Bulgari Hotels over...

MAGIC: Taking Care of Business

MAGIC International, the apparel industry’s semi-annual pilgrimage to the desert, got off to its traditional quiet start for its Feb. 13–16 run in Las Vegas, but exhibitors and buyers said they were anticipati...

Hot Topic Tests Plus-Size Junior Stores

City of Industry, Calif.-based Hot Topic Inc., the mall-based specialty retailer of music-licensed and music-influenced apparel and acce...

Movers: Feb. 16, 2001

San Francisco-based Levi Strauss & Co. announced that James Lewis, president of Levi Strauss, the Americas, is leaving the company to pursue other interests in New Yor...

Report Highlights Small Business Misconceptions about Health Insurance

More than half of California’s small businesses are not offering health insurance to their employees, according to a recent report published jointly by the University of California at...

Bernard's Forecast: Tapped Out Americans, Hard Pressed Retailer

The first new year’s forecast from retail analyst Kurt Barnard, president of Montclair, N.J.-based Bernard’s Retail Trend Report, finds little to cheer about in the near-term future. “Americans are tap...

MAGIC: Fall Forward

Fur, fur and more fur—that was the biggest news for

Friday, February 9

California: Feb. 9, 2001

Governor Gray Davis has signed an executive order calling on retailers to cut outdoor lighting at night by as much as 50 percent or face fines of $1,000 a day ... The California Energy Commission has appr...

Economy: Feb. 9, 2001

The manufacturing sector, which accounts for 20 percent of the entire U.S. economy, is now officially in a recession, according to data from the National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM) t...

Costume Designers Guild Names Awards Nominees

The Costume Designers Guild (CDG) has announced this year’s nominees for excellence in costume design for both films and television. Awards will be given at a March 17 gala, to be hel...

Fabric Marketing Research Names New West Coast Rep

Fabric Marketing Research, a New York-based research firm that produces databases for the textile and apparel industry, has named Joel Kaye its new West Coast representative. Kaye, ...

National: Feb. 9, 2001

New York-based 7th on Sixth Inc., the arm of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) that puts on the New Y...

Saks to Host Valentine's Day Chanel Show

Saks Fifth Avenue and The Colleages will preview the Spring/Summer 2001 collection by Chanel at their annual Valentine’s Day charity luncheon at the Regent Beverly W...

AAFA Assisting in El Salvador Earthquake Relief

The American Apparel & Footwear Association is assisting organizations collecting clothes, blankets, footwear and other items to the victims of the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that devasta...

Hot Kiss Takes an L.A. Stand with Larger, Fully Staffed Showroom

Los Angeles-based junior manufacturer Hot Kiss has moved to a larger West Coast showroom, which the company plans to keep open five days a week in a bid to entice retailers to begin thinking of the s...

Dungarees L.A.: Retail Reinvention

The retail strategy seemed sound when Howard Markman and a partner opened the Dungarees L.A. boutique in Santa Monica, Calif.: Provide a wide selection of designer denim to customers in the affluent section of the city near borderi...

Kellwood's Ivy Jumps to ENC

St. Louis-based Kellwood Company has moved its Ivy brand of moderate sportswear and dress line to its ENC division, citing a better fit with ENC’s moderate and bridge mark...

Fall Preview and Cautious Shopping at Long Beach ASR

Fears of hard economic times to come, perceived less traffic and the reality of MAGIC International’s larger show next week all contributed to the unique varied mood at the Feb. 3...

International: Feb. 9, 2001

Robert B. Zoellick’s appointment as the George W. Bush administration’s new trade representative has received unanimous confirmation from the U.S. Senate; Zoellick was a senior economic advise...

Body Glove Footwear Taps Rockey for Board

Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based Body Glove Footwear has named industry veteran Helen M. Rockey to its board of directors. Rockey was most ...

Ben Sherman Eyes West Coast Retail, Launches Women's

LONDON—Ben Sherman, one of the United Kingdom’s top performing menswear brands, is targeting the U.S. market with an aggressive expansion strategy this year that includes a new flagship store i...

Celebrity Auctions at Sothebys.com

Rare apparel and accessories, shoes and handbags from the LaRose Exquisite Footwear Collection are being offered at an online auction this month at the Sotheby’s Web site...

Taps for Bugle Boy Industries

Perry Ellis makes offer for trade name, licensing ...

Movers: Feb. 9, 2001

Amy Schoening has been named to the newly created position of chief marketing officer for San Francisco-based Gap...

MAGIC Shows Bright Prospects

Big return for WWIN...

Friday, February 2

Boutique Show, Style Industrie Combine as Femme

Femme, MAGIC International’s new women’s apparel and accessory marketplace in New York City, will launch May 6–8, 2001. Femme, which replaces the International Fashio...

Big Deal Sale for Excess Inventory

Several Southern Californ...

Sirena Lands Pikul

Vernon, Calif.-based Sirena Apparel Group has hired swim veteran Lisa Pikul for the company’s licensed Liz Claiborne and Elizabeth by Liz Claiborne Swimwear collecti...

San Gabriel Businesses Hold Energy Conference

Several businesses based in the San Gabriel Valley met with legislators and energy company executives on Jan. 26 to discuss the rising rates for electric and gas power....

On the Road with Ritual Events

Ritual Events & Marketing took its twice-yearly local apparel and music expo nationwide this past fall. The Ritual Expo made stops in five cities—New York, Boston, Chica...

Movers: Feb. 2, 2001

George L. Jones has been named chief executive officer of Saks Inc.’s department store group; he moves to the Birmingham, Ala.-based retail chain from Burbank, Calif.-based Warner...

Kik Wear's New Shoes

Los Angeles-based manufacturer Kik Wear Industries has announced the launch of its first shoe line, Kik Wear Footwear, a line of lifestyle men’s shoes that will be designed in conj...

Dressing to Be Me

Designer Maggie Bermuda insists that the name of her new clothing line was not intended to be cute or clever. Pairing the first two letters of her married name with the first two letters of her maide...

Hong Kong Fashion Goes to Extremes

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Reid Joins Point Conception

Swimwear designer Lisa Reid has joined the design team at Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.-based swimwear company Point Conception, makers of Point Conceptio...

State Assembly Passes Electrical Reform Bill

The California State Assembly passed a measure that would authorize the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to sell electrical power to retail, end-use customers and, in limited cases, to local publicly owned electri...

Fed Cuts Interest Rates Again

The Federal Reserve Bank has cut the interest banks charge each other on overnight loans—a key interest rate—by another half percentage point, to 5.5 percent, as the central bank’s campaign against a pos...

National: Feb. 2, 2001

Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. (PRL) has ended its licensing agreement with Sara Lee Corp. for the manufacture and distribution of its women’s intimate apparel, while extending Sara Lee’s license to c...

International: Feb. 2, 2001

New York City-based Tiffany & Co. has announced plans to open a 4,600-square-foot store in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in May 2001; the new store will be operated by Tiffany-Bras...

National Cotton Council CEO Tapped for The Seam

Phillip C. Burnett, currently chief executive officer of the National Cotton Council, has been named president and CEO of The Seam www.theseam.com...

Skate, Shoes and Junior Growth at Long Beach ASR

Attendees of the Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo can expect to see larger skate and junior sections at the Feb. 3–5 run of the show at the Long Beach Convention Center, according to the sho...

NRF Names quot;Retail Championsquot;

The Washington, D.C.-based National Retail Federation (NRF) has released its annual list of retail industry-friendly legislators, dubbed “Retail Champions,” who supported indust...

Consumers Spent $6.1 Billion Online in December

Nearly 20 million households shopped online in December, spending an average of $308 per person, for a total online outlay of $6.1 billion. Approximately $502 million of tha...

Cal Mart Postpones Designer of the Year

ULCA Heart Disease Benefit Still Set for April ...

Hong Kong Remains Confident Despite Flagging Economy

HONG KONG—The mood was generally positive among buyers and exhibitors at the Jan. 16–19 run of Hong Kong Fashion Week held at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, despite signs of...

Cyberspace: Feb. 2, 2001

Barbara Wambach has been named chief executive officer of eLuxury [

California: Feb. 2, 2001

Sharon D. Garrett has been named to the board of directors of Newark, Calif.-based Ross Stores Inc.; she is a former senior vice president and the chief information officer of the Walt ...