Stories for May 2001

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Friday, May 25

Personal Branding

Can Skim.com turn fashion of the future into the future of fashion?...

California Job Growth Slowing, but Momentum Good in First Quarter

Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) reports that while the growth of the California job market is slowing down, the economy is still...

Hertz Group Closes on Union Bank Plaza

The Hertz Investment Group, owners of the California Mart and other holdings in downtown Los Angeles, has added the 640,000-square-foot Union Bank Plaza to its portfolio, br...

Cal Mart Sets Fall II/Holiday Market Schedule

The Fall II/Holiday market running June 1–5 at the California Mart will feature a new focus on lifestyle collections, the return of the Pacific Coast Travelers (PCT) fashion show and ...

Apparel Retailers Turn to Tech to Battle Shrinkage

Advancements in software and telecommunications technology is helping retailers and manufacturers like DKNY, Gadzooks, Ann Taylor and others to combat the age-old problem of...

CBI Sourcing Show Draws Top Crowds, West Coast Firms

GUATEMALA CITY—The 10th annual run of the CBI Apparel Sourcing Show in Guatemala City drew its highest attendance ever with more than 3,000 visitors stopping by during the May 16–18 run of the ...

Cyberspace: May 25, 2001

Alloy.com and Elle Girl, the soon-to-launch teen version of Elle magazine, have teamed up to create...

FIG Sale Nets $86,000 for Cedars-Sinai

The Fashion Industries Guild of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center raised $86,000 at its seventh annual Manufacturers’ Charity Sale on May 18 and 19 at the California Mart, according to Hal ...

Economy: May 25, 2001

The median net worth of retirees increased 36 percent between 1983 and 1998, according to the American Association of Retired People (AARP), which found that the net worth of people aged 50 and older increas...

International: May 25, 2001

British designer Katherine Hamnett has struck a licensing deal with Italian firm Gibo Co. SpA, a subsidiary of Japanese firm Onward Kashiyama, for a line of women’s and men’s...

TALA Relaunches Expanded Web Site

The Textile Association of Los Angeles (TALA) has relaunched its Web site [

BCBG Halts Men's Line

Max Azria, founder, designer and president of the BCBG Max Azria label, announced last week he will shutter his menswear division before the Fall 2001 shipment. The Vernon, Calif.-based compa...

National: May 25, 2001

Greensboro, N.C.-based C...

California: May 25, 2001

El Segundo, Calif.-based Mattel Inc. will release a limited edition Burberry Barbie wearing the British firm’s familiar black, tan and ...

Friday, May 18

Pacific Sunwear Renews Deal with Hurley in Wake of Decline

Pacific Sunwear of California Inc., a specialty retailer of casual apparel, accessories and footwear for teens and young adults, announced this week that it was going to renew its re...

GMAC Levies $40 Million Suit Against Chorus Line, Levine Leichtman

GMAC Commercial Credit, LLC, filed suit last month against Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (LLCP), claiming that the private equity partnership defrauded GMAC on a $40 mil...

Fossil and Paul Frank Sign License Agreement for Paul Frank Watches

Richardson, Texas-based Fossil Inc. and Paul Frank Industries announced they have signed a worldwide license agreement granting Fossil the exclusive rights to manufacture, market and...

Q & A with St. John CEO H.W. Mullins

What interested you in joining St. John?...

National: May 18, 2001

The American Apparel Producers’ Network (AAPNetwork) announced its endorsement of Material World Miami Beach, the recently formed textile trade show set for its sec...

California: May 18, 2001

California unemployment rose for the second month in a row, increasing to 4.8 percent in April, following March’s rise to 4.7 percent; unemployment in Los Angeles County rose to 5.1 percent in...

Diesel Finds New L.A. Home

Diesel U.S.A., the ultra-hip denim retailer headquartered in Italy, has moved its sales office from New Mart showroom #901 to 662 Robertson Blvd. in West Hollywood....

Femme Final Attendance, Exhibitor Figures Released

Femme, the MAGIC International womenswear and accessories show that premiered May 6–8 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, drew approximately 15,000 attendee...

Movers: May 18, 2001

Dane O’Neal was named vice president of retail and marketing for Los Angeles-based knitwear manufacturer...

Economy: May 18, 2001

In an effort to bolster the struggling economy, the Federal Reserve cut a key interest rate by a half point, the fifth reduction of the year. A decline in business investment in new equipment...

Kellwood Menswear Names Jeffrey Stein VP

New York’s Kellwood Menswear, a division of the St. Louis, Mo.-based Kellwood Company, recently named Jeffrey Stein vice president of sales and merchandising, according to Bob Skinner...

Energy Crisis Claims Anaheim Mills Corp.

The energy crisis continues to take its toll on the apparel industry as Orange County textile dyer Anaheim Mills Corp. this week joined a growing list of dye houses that have been forced to s...

St. John Looks to the Future

Irvine, Calif.-based St. John Knits International is looking ahead these days. The now privately owned company has hired Neiman Marcus veteran H.W. Mullins as chief executive officer, suc...

SunTrust: Focus of West Coast Office Outlined

Chris Rogers, group vice president of SunTrust Bank Receivables Capital Management, formerly known as SunTrust Bank Factoring, recently outlined the primary focus of the company’s new...

Hot Kiss' Tsabags Honored by So Cal Counseling Center

Hot Kiss owner and president Moshe Tsabag and his wife, Gabrielle, were honored by the Southern California Counseling Center (SCCC) with the Wallis Annenberg Founders Award at the center...

Trend Trackers

The future of fashion was glimpsed from three angles recently with a trio of trend presentations hosted by color forecaster Color By Design Options, Barbara Fields Buying Of...

Mervyn's Unveils 'Simple Style'

Kate Rice, style spokesperson for Mervyn’s, has launched an in-store series of fashion solutions for the San Francisco-based department store chain. Called “Simple Style,” the sh...

DuPont Renames Non-Woven Division

The Wilmington, Del., fiber and chemical manufacturer has renamed its recently launched apparel non-woven division Neotis Studio. The company found that the previous name, Inova, was...

Friday, May 11

International: May 11, 2001

German designer Wolfgang Joop is selling its 5 percent stake in Joop GmbH to Hamburg-based Wuuml;nsche, which holds a 95 percent stake in the company...Paris desig...

Moorpark/Tujunga Village

Just over the Hollywood Hills on the southern edge of the San Fernando Valley is the Moorpark/Tujunga Village section of Studio City. This quaint and cozy street, tucked away in an upscale residential...

Azteca Taps Lubells for New Denim Line Hippie Jeans

Designers Kim and Jeffrey Lubell are getting ready to launch a new contemporary designerwear collection, Hippie Jeans, in a partnership deal with private label manufacturer Azteca Pr...

Real Estate Deals a Tough Find for Apparel Companies

Apparel sources say they are hearing about a slowing economy but they aren’t seeing it reflected in real estate prices....

F.I.G. to Hold Apparel Sale

The Fashion Industries Guild of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is hoping to reach a sales goal of $100,000 at its seventh annual Manufacturers’ Charity Sale May 18–19....

DuPont Launches Low Heatset Lycra, Non-Woven Division

Wilmington, Del.-based fiber and chemical company DuPont has launched a new version of Lycra with a lower heatset temperature for use in blends with fibers such as cotton, wool, Tenc...

Cal Mart Names New Marketing Exec

The California Mart has hired Trish Moreno as executive marketing director. Moreno is an industry veteran who served as a consultant for Los Angeles-based contempor...

California: May 11, 2001

California energy consumers—customers of Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric and Pacific Gas & Electric, plus municipal customers in Ver...

Bendel Returns to Scout for L.A. Designers

New York-based Henri Bendel will hold its second “open see” event in which the upscale women’s apparel retailer scouts for West Coast design talent. The “open see...

Femme Scores Points for Ambience and Attendance with West Coast Labels

NEW YORK—Femme, the MAGIC International womenswear show held May 6–8 at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, drew high marks for both presentation and the caliber of r...

National: May 11, 2001

San Francisco-based Gap Inc. announced plans to move part of it corporate headquarters to Albuquerque, N.M. this summer; the co...

Economy: May 11, 2001

Manufacturing productivity fell to a 0.3 percent annual rate in the first quarter of 2001 from a revised gain of 5.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2000, according to the U.S. Labor Department; this marks ...

Tukacenter Debuts in Fashion District

Tukatech Inc. opened the doors to its first U.S.-based Tukacenter in downtown Los Angeles last week. Company executives are hoping other doors will open for Los Angeles’ apparel indus...

John Paul Richard Inc. and Indigenous Group Merge

After three months of negotiations, Calabasas, Calif.-based John Paul Richard Inc. has merged with Indigenous Group, maker of the Josephine Loka, ...

Friday, May 4

National: May 4, 2001

Little Rock, Ark.-based Dillard’s Inc. announced it has acquired eight of the recently shuttered Mo...

Torrid: Hot Topic's Alternative Retail for Plus-Size Juniors

Hot Topic has tapped into a growing segment of the junior market with the recent opening of one of six mall-based specialty stores dedicated to plus-size juniors....

Cyberspace: May 4, 2001

More than half of the top 100 online advertisers are traditional bricks-and-mortar companies, according to Nielsen/NetRatings, which also found that traditional advertisers spent $123.3 milli...

Economy: May 4, 2001

The gross domestic product grew by 2.0 percent in the first quarter of 2001, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce; the increase is twice as fast as analysts had forecast; meanwhile consumer spending ...

California: May 4, 2001

Los Angeles-based Indigenous Corp., makers of contemporary and men’s labels Fever Jeans, Josephin...

Former Renee Strauss Employee Demands Overtime Pay

Ana Celia Romauldo, a former employee of Renee Strauss for the Bride in Beverly Hills, Calif., held a press conference May 2 to call public attention to the celebrity bridal shop’s refusal to ...

International: May 4, 2001

Solstiss USA, the U.S. subsidiary of French lace manufacturer Solstiss S.A., has formed a joint venture with Bucol S.A., a silk textiles division of Hermes...Warrendale, Pe...

YMLA Cancels Merger with Pacific Coast

Los Angeles-based young men’s apparel company YMLA has cancelled its plans to merge with San Francisco-based Pacific Coast Apparel Company as of May 2, 2001....

Alloy Strikes Gold

The trials and tribulations of building a successful fashion-focused multichannel teen portal—a project that began for CEO Matt Diamond back in Harvard Business School some years ago—h...

Tweens Take Off

The youth market is getting younger—and more demanding than ever, so say trend watchers and industry experts who note that tweens are one of the fastest-growing demographics and are also the new fashio...

TALA Play Day Moves East

The Textile Association of Los Angeles (TALA) will host its annual Bob Berg Invitational Play Day on May 11 at the Industry Hills Golf Club in City of Industry, Calif. This year’s eve...

Fashion Industry Joins Forces for Community Job Fair

Los Angeles’ downtown apparel businesses and community associations are joining forces this month to plan a job fair at the California Mart. The group is called the Los Angeles Connec...

Tracey Ross to Chair Benefit for Women's Guild of Cedars-Sinai

Los Angeles retailer Tracey Ross has signed on to chair the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Young Collectors Committee for the sixth annual Los Angeles Antiques Show at the Santa Monica A...