Stories for September 2001

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Friday, September 28

Paseo Colorado Bows in Pasadena

With a faltering economy and a country stricken by grief, the retail stars may not be in alignment, but Toronto-based TrizecHahn Development Corp. is moving forward, expanding its sh...

California: Sept. 28, 2001

Los Angeles International Airport officials proposed revising a $12 billion expansion plan to accommodate new federal security regulations and boost security at the airport...

Forever 21 Investigating Labor Law Violations Charges

Teen retailer Forever 21 said it plans to respond to allegations of unfair labor practices filed in a lawsuit by a workers’ advocacy group when its investigation in the matter is complete....

BCBG Appoints Execs to Help Secure Finances

Vernon, Calif.-based contemporary manufacturer BCBG Max Azria announced the appointment of five new executives as part of the company’s effort to maintain its financial structure....

Bisou Bisou's quot;Stars & Stripesquot;

Los Angeles-based Bisou Bisou has designed a “Stars & Stripes” tank top to help raise funds for the New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund....

Gerber Sees Growth Source in Customer Service

At a time when some apparel technology companies are backing away from selling big-ticket items and expenses like service contracts, Gerber Technology, which counts cutting-room equipment and...

Economy: Sept. 28, 2001

Consumer confidence plummeted 14.4 percent to 97.6 in September from 114.0 in August, according to New York-based research firm the Conference Board; the new figure marks the lowest level in ...

Tree Takes Root in Hollywood

Some serious creative activity happens in a small office located in a building that overlooks the fabled Hollywood Walk of Fame, where, near the entrance, the emblazoned names of such past luminaries ...

Self Esteem's Relief Tee

Self Esteem, the Los Angeles-based junior sportswear manufacturer, has donated an estimated $25,000 in proceeds from the sale of T-shirts sold at JC Penney...

International: Sept. 28, 2001

Mexico’s economy remained sluggish in July, dropping 0.9 percent; this marks the third month in a row of decline for the country...Canada announced plans to purchase advanced security systems that will...

L.A. in N.Y.: BCBG Max Azria

Celebrities, editors and retailers gathered under the tent at Bryant Park to catch a glimpse of BCBG Max Azria’s latest sportswear and couture offerings for Spring...

Corporations Make Contributions to Relief Efforts in N.Y. and D.C.

In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., apparel companies of all sizes have joined in the relief efforts with unprecedented contributions to aid organizations....

Dyers, Finishers Seek Answers at Energy Summit

Southern California’s textile dyers and finishers, most of which are locked into long-term energy contracts at prices of at least five times the current rates, will be looking for solutions t...

Hudson Joins MJW

Former California Mart executive Larry Hudson has joined the Los Angeles-based real estate firm MJW Investments as its new director of leasing....

National: Sept. 28, 2001

Seattle-based retailer Nordstom announced plans to lay off workers and cut back employee hours, citing sluggish sales in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks...The Ameri...

TPC Raises Disaster Funds

At the opening meeting of its new calendar year, the Textile Professional Club (TPC), an association of financial and legal consultants and agencies, donated $1,000 to the rescue effort in New York. The chec...

L.A. in N.Y.: Cornell Collins

A select group of fashion followers turned out to

Hype Gets Hip With Youth-Oriented Line

For the past 15 years, Vernon, Calif.-based contemporary label Hype Clothing has turned out clothing incorporating the latest looks in fashion with its offerings, and formulated a few new no...

Friday, September 21

Sirena Sells Remaining Assets

Los Angeles-based Foothill Capital, owner of Sirena Apparel Group, has sold its remaining swimwear business—-including production facilities and 300 machines—to Gardena, Calif.-based ...

Disaster in N.Y., D.C. Scatters L.A. Execs

The terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.—and the subsequent grounding of the nation’s airlines—left many Los Angeles apparel industry executives stranded and far from home. As the tragic ev...

Industry Cautiously Returns to Business

The Los Angeles apparel industry returned to work sobered by the horrific events of Sept. 11 and looking for clues as to how to resume normal business life. California Apparel News spoke with several...

Lubells File Bella Dahl Countersuit

Jolna Design Group, the Sun Valley, Calif.-based maker of Bella Dahl and Jefri Jeans, is the defendant in a breach of contract cross-complaint filed on Sept. 17 in Los Angeles Super...

L.A. Industry Plans N.Y. Relief Efforts

The recent terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., have drawn compassion for the victims and the families affected, with a number of Los Angeles citizens seeking ways to provide assis...

International: Sept. 21, 2001

Trade officials approved the terms of China’s membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO), although the group left a dispute over China’s insurance industry unresolved; China’s me...

California: Sept. 21, 2001

Unemployment in the state rose to a two-year high of 5.2 percent in August, according to state figures; the state has shed 14,000 jobs since June...The state Senate adjourned without voting o...

National: Sept. 21, 2001

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) will accept non-U.S. companies as members, the Washington, D.C.-based ...

Cal Mart Keeps Buyer Incentive Program

As the nation continues the process of picking itself up and dusting itself off after the tragic events of Sept. 11, the impact from the day is still reverberating in several of the country’s industri...

Economy: Sept. 21, 2001

The consumer price index—a measure of inflation at the consumer level—-rose a slight 0.1 percent in August, according to the Department of Labor...The Federal Reserve cut shor...

Friday, September 14

'Putting Things in Perspective'

NEW YORK—New York’s fashion industry was left scrambling in the wake of one of the most devastating terrorist assaults in history, as organizers put a halt to the much-anticipated fashion week....

California: Sept. 14, 2001

Los Angeles residents were jolted by a 4.0-magnitude earthquake shortly before 5 p.m. o...

National: Sept. 14, 2001

The National Retail Federation (NRF) urged the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a trade agreement between the United States and Vietnam, ...

In the Wake of Disaster: Executives Stranded, Business Halted

The fashion community in California and beyond is still in shock over this week’s terrorist attacks in Washington, D.C., and New York, and though still focusing on the devastation left in the aftermath...

Consumers Leave Department Stores Out in the Cold

Counting on tax-rebate checks and back-to-school needs to spur spending, department stores and apparel chains continued to see emptier store aisles in August as most consumers pinched pennies at dis...

Economy: Sept. 14, 2001

U.S. jobs fell by 986,000 in August, according to the Department of Labor, marking a four-year-high rate of 4.9 percent; the news shook consumer confidence, according to surveys cond...

Tyte Turns to Tweens

4whatitsworth, maker ofjunior denim label Tyte and Etoile Blue, has jumped on the tweens bandwagon with a new division, Tyte Kids....

Textiles: Sept. 24, 2001

The National Retail Federation (NRF) has joined the final debate over the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI); the issue concerns whether goods can be dyed and finished in coun...

Material World's Promise Cut Short

MIAMI BEACH, Fla.—A favorable start for the second annual Material World textile trade show in Miami Beach was halted with the news of terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., on Se...

Charlotte Russe Appoints New VP

Charlotte Russe Holding Inc., the San Diego-based young women’s specialty retailer, announced the appointment of Mark A. Hoffman as senior executive vice president and chief operating officer....

Skate's Up, Snow's Down and Surf Maintains at ASR

Skate shoes and apparel, including streetwear, dominated over surf gear and the barely showing snow gear category at the Sept. 6–8 edition of Laguna Beach, Calif.-based VNU Expo...

Seven TJX Cos. Employees Included Among Fatalities

Passengers on American Airlines Flight 11, one of the two that struck New York’s World Trade Center on Sept. 11, killing all aboard,included seven employees of the ...

Beximco Heads to Texas

Bangladesh-based knit mill and denim producer Beximco Group announced the opening of its U.S. headquarters in Dallas. The company, which ...

One Eyewitness Account of a Day of Disaster

Sept. 11, 20019:15 a.m....

Friday, September 7

Material WorldOpens AmidGlobal Concerns

The second annual run of Material World, the Miami Beach, Fla.-based textile show set to take place Sept. 10–12 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, will be held against a backdrop o...

National: Sept. 7, 2001

Consumers trying to pay with their Visa debit cards at Wal-Mart after Oct. 13 may be out of luck thanks to the Bentonville, Ark.-based retail giant’s recent decision no...

AOC, Zegna to Honor Clinton Water Protection Efforts

In partnership with Italian designer Ermenegildo Zegna, the American Oceans Campaign (AOC) has selected former President Bill Clinton as this year’s recipient of the AOC Partners Award. Zeg...

Economy: Sept. 7, 2001

Fluctuations in housing prices and extreme shifts in the stock market are making it difficult for the Federal Reserve to influence the nation’s economy, according to Fed chairman Alan Greenspan, who spoke rece...

Levi's Dockers for Women on the Rise

For the past decade, Levi Strauss & Co., the San Francisco-based denim giant and maker of Dockers, has struggled to remain an essential part of American culture. But a tightening...

California: Sept. 7, 2001

The Textile Association of Los Angeles (TALA) will host a memorial for its former executive director and past president Robert Berg, who passed away on Au...

Wal-Mart, Sam's Club to Anchor Palm Desert Retail Center

Developers recently announced plans to build a 700,000-square-foot shopping center anchored by Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club in Southern California’s Coachella Valley....

Red Hot!

Fashion fans were treated to an evening of red-hot fashion courtesy of designer Alan Del Rosario, who unveiled his

Wet Seal LaunchesPopstars Teen Line

Capitalizing on the twin constants in a teen’s life—fashion and music—specialty retailer Wet Seal Inc. has partnered with the producer of the WB Network’s “Popstars” to bec...

Kosa Adds New Fibers

Charlotte, N.C.-based fiber producer Kosa has three new products in its catalog: an anti-microbial fiber, a stretch polyester fiber with a cotton-like hand and a polyester yarn that can be dy...

Smart Shopping

A bricks-and-mortar mall gets Web savvy; a B2B site offers cool online wholesale showrooms...

Sport Chalet Set to Open in South Coast Plaza

La Cantilde;ada-Flintridge, Calif.-based Sport Chalet Inc., a specialty sporting-goods retailer, has signed on to open a 41,000-square-foot store in South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif. T...

$1 Billion Downtown Development Approved

The Los Angeles City Council approved a $1 billion plan on Sept. 3 to build a downtown shopping, dining and entertainment district around the Staples Center....

DFS Beverly Hills Space Leased

The former space occupied by duty-free purveyor DFS North America in Beverly Hills, Calif., has been subleased to Woodland Hills, Calif.-based Paul Jardin of USA Inc., the o...

LAEDC Confident in Apparel Industry

Los Angeles County economists are convinced the manufacturing industry is still a powerful factor in the region’s economy, despite growing demands by retailers and the shuttering of mills as a result o...

Fashion Week Calendar Entries Sought

The Coalition of Los Angeles Designers (CLAD), a local designers’ organization, is seeking entries for the November 2001 Los Angeles Fashion Week calendar, which the group is creating...

Elastics Veteran Siedner Retires After 67 Years in the Apparel Industry

Frank Siedner, a major figure in the American elastics industry and former partner at HJ Nordseth Inc., a Los Angeles-based firm that served as a national selling agency for textile and elast...

Freeborders Acquires Karat Software

Freeborders, a San Francisco-based B2B firm that caters to apparel retailers, has been on the move with new funding and a new acquisition. The company, which provides supply-chain so...

Limited Too's Diva Search

Look out, Britney. Hold on to your pants, Christina. Diva competition is on the way with the help of tween specialty retailer Limited Too....

Karen Kane Links With Fasturn

Los Angeles-based Karen Kane Inc. has aligned with supply-chain specialist Fasturn and its new Operations Network (OPN) software program to help streamline its sourcing oper...