Stories for July 2001

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Friday, July 27

EcSalesdata Teams With EC Outlook for Smoother EDI

Los Angeles-based ecSalesdata Solutions is continuing to make inroads on the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) front. The 18-month-old firm recently inked a deal w...

International: July 27, 2001

Maquiladora owners in Mexico are issuing special visas for short trips to the U.S. as a perk for longtime workers, according to a recent report in the Wall Street ...

New Sourcing Show Set for N.Y.

A new apparel and textile sourcing show, NAMSB WorldSource, will debut in New York this fall in a bid to provide a marketplace for buyers to meet international producers of apparel, textiles ...

Economy: July 27, 2001

In his semiannual monetary-policy report to Congress, Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan maintains that the U.S. economy can avoid a recession, noting that economic weakness, rather than inflation, is th...

Sears Develops Credit Analytics Software

Sears, Roebuck & Co. expects to deduce costs associated with credit risks and improve revenues by several million dollars annually with new credit-scoring software that the retailer belie...

California: July 27, 2001

Paul Frank Industries, maker of accessories and apparel with familiar illustrated characters, including Julius the monkey, will open its third retail store on Third Street in Los Angeles nex...

National: July 27, 2001

New York-based retailer J. Crew will launch a children’s and tween version of its catalog, called J. Crew Kids, this month, following ...

BC Ethic Founder Jeff Shafer Resigns

In a surprising move, Jeff Shafer, chief executive officer and president of Vernon, Calif.-based BC Ethic, recently announced he is leaving the men’s contemporary vintage sportswear company he...

Supply-Chain Managers Gear Up for New Growth

The shakeout in B2B software technology looks to be a blessing in disguise for an apparel industry looking for supply-chain management solutions....

Global Glamour

Designers found inspiration across the globe and throughout the 20th century and then offered up their own take on it at...

Suburban's John Bernard Strikes Again With New Labels, New Directions

Pick up the current issue of DJ culture magazine URB and you’ll find an ad for Exothermic, one of the latest in a long line of fi...

L.A. Lures Retail Buying Offices

In an effort to stay on their fashion toes, a number of department stores and retail chains are opening up their own buying offices in the fashion district of Los Angeles....

Local Group Calls for L.A. Fashion Week Proposals

Los Angeles has been hosting a small-scale, grass-roots version of fashion week for the past several seasons. Now a group of fashion-industry executives is looking to organize that effort into a forma...

Newman Sentenced to Probation, Halfway House

Maurice “Corky” Newman, former chief executive officer of Los Angeles-based swimwear manufacturer Sirena Apparel Group Inc., was sentenced by a federal court in Los Angeles on July 23 t...

Cyberspace: July 27, 2001

Bloomingdales.com, the online version of the bricks-and-mortar division of Federated Department Stores, will launch a holiday versio...

Friday, July 20

International: July 20, 2001

The 15-nation European Union and eight other countries have asked the World Trade Association to look into the Byrd amendment, a recently passed piece of U.S. legislation that would allow U.S...

Jeri-Jo Taps Andrew Cohen for Junior Fashions

Andrew Cohen has been named president of Jeri-Jo Knitwear Inc., a division of New York-based Jones Apparel Group’s subsidiary McNaughton Apparel Group, according to Cohen....

Ritual Presents Prototype

Ritual Expo, a West Coast music-meets-fashion event, is back for its latest production, called Prototype, to be held from 2 p.m. to midnight on July 28 at the El Rey Theater...

National: July 20, 2001

Designer Isaac Mizrahi has filed a suit against Chanel Inc., his former partner and financial backer of his apparel label that closed in 1998, and Chanel subsidiary American Fragra...

Limited Sells Lane Bryant

Specialty retailer the Limited Inc. recently saidthat it will sell its Lane Bryant chain of women’s apparel stores to Charming Shoppes Inc. for $335 million in cash and stock...

Exhibitors Look to 2005 During Hong Kong Fashion Week

HONG KONG—Mainland China apparel manufacturers attending the Spring/Summer 2002 run of Hong Kong Fashion Week said they were looking forward to their country’s entry into the World Tra...

Orange County's Malls Ramp Up

An economic cold front has put the freeze on retail sales. Still, some of Orange County’s most thriving malls are attempting to generate their own heat....

Retail Reports Mixed in June '01

June was a mixed bag for retailers as Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other discounters fared better than department stores and apparel chai...

L.A. Mart, Dallas Mart Look to Expand

A consortium of trade-show managers led by the operators of the Dallas apparel and menswear market is close to naming a downtown Los Angeles venue for a new gift and accessories market that would hous...

Cruise 2002 Makes Strong Splash in Miami

In spite of rough waters dogging the swimwear industry this past year, the Swimwear Association of Florida’s Cruise 2002—the first major preview of the season—staged its biggest show in...

California: July 20, 2001

Vernon-based One Clothing is opening a showroom in the California Mart, suite B821. The 1,333-square-foot space will house the company’s junior, tween and girls’ lines; at press time the company an...

Economy: July 20, 2001

Unemployment claims are expected to exceed initial expectations for July, according to the Department of Labor, which found that for the week ending June 30, continuing unemployment claims increased 3...

Friday, July 13

Wal-Mart Ousted From Social Investing Index; Sweatshop Conditions Cited

Boston-based KLD & Co. recently announced its decision to exclude Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, from the Domini 400 Social Index (DSI 400), citin...

Movers: July 13, 2001

Liz Claiborne Inc. announced on July 10 the appointment of Paula Schneider as president of contemporary women’s label Laundry by Shelli Segal; Schneider will be working out o...

Q Tips: Web Site Breaks New Ground in Customer Disservice. Stay Tuned…

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National: July 13, 2001

Carrollton, Texas-based Gadzooks is expecting to report a loss of six to 10 cents per share in the second quarter of ...

Wet Seal Hires New Finance Chief

Wet Seal Inc., a teen apparel retailer, announced last week the appointment of Walter Parks as its chief financial officer and executive vice president....

Erica Dee Starts Fashion Wave in Corona del Mar

Orange County may be a hotbed of retail shopping, but the beachside community of Corona del Mar is known more for Main Street charm than urban fashion....

Tech Industry Opens Its Doors to Education

Suddenly, Southern California’s apparel industry workers have a number of educational resources to glean from for the latest advancements in software technology.A number of free seminars and demonstrat...

From Rags to Dress-4-Success

Janet Lavender knows exactly what her clients are looking for in a professional business suit. That’s because the executive director and founder of Dress-4-Success, a Los Angeles-based nationa...

California: July 13, 2001

The Action Sports Retailer (ASR) BACK2SKOOL Trade Show is the latest event unveiled by ASR...

Vachon Enters Denim Market

For the past five years, Marc Vachon has been gaining steady momentum among Hollywood’s after-hours crowd with his unique line of faux-fur coats and Vegas-style loungewear. But the designer’s pursuit o...

Riviera Village: A Stealth Shopping Getaway

Nowhere near a freeway and replete with parking, Riviera Village in Redondo Beach flies below-the-shopping-radar in Southern California....

Hard Tail's All-American Tale

Hard Tail owner Dick Cantrell is from an era that valued honesty, integrity and the American dream—a time, perhaps not so long ago, when business was done on a handshake and clients became old...

Bisou Bisou Gives Denim a Couture Twist

In Bisou Bisou’s continuing effort to be cutting-edge, the company has launched a sleek, sophisticated denim line for women....

ABS by Allen Schwartz: Filling the Gap Between Basic and Luxury

Undeterred by the recent bankruptcy filing of his parent company Warnaco, ABS’s Allen Schwartz is introducing a high-end collection of contemporary denim called Allen B. by A...

Friday, July 6

International: July 6, 2001

Mexico is showing more signs of deepening recession as several maquiladoras along the U.S.-Mexico border recently began laying off workers, according to a recent report in the Los Angeles Tim...

Textiles: July 6, 2001

New York-based Celanese Acetate has opened the Celanese Acetate Global Fabric Studios in the company’s Los Angeles showroom in suite B720 in the California Mart; the library will have swatches of me...

Movers: July 6, 2001

City of Industry, Calif.-based youth-apparel and lifestyle retailer Hot Topic announced that Marc Bertone, vice president of real estate, has resigned to pursue personal goals...Denn...

National: July 6, 2001

Tommy Hilfiger Corp. announced it has struck an agreement with its European licensee T.H. International NV to acquire all outstanding shares of the company and its subsidiar...

Emma's Edge

It was standing room only for the trendy crowd that turned out for the

California: July 6, 2001

Enforcement of labor laws has dropped off dramatically in California since 1980, according to a recent study released by the California Works Foundation, which look...

Dyers, Textile Firms Frustrated Over Energy Pricing

Despite the recent plunge of natural gas prices, most of the apparel industry’s beleaguered textile and dye-house owners will still be paying exorbitant prices while much of the region will be enjoying...

Cal Mart Shifts Fall I Market Dates, New Mart Follows Suit

The California Mart recently announced the dates for 2002 market weeks, with one noteworthy change from previous years’ market calendars: The Fall I market will be held April 12–16. The market ...

Economy: July 6, 2001

Consumer spending rose 0.5 percent to $8.63 trillion in May, following an uptick in April, helping to keep analysts hopeful that the U.S. will avoid a recession in 2001; spending on big-ticket items s...