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Friday, April 26

Short Recessions May be the Trend

according to Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, who told the Institute of International Finance that quick access to information and deregulation in financial markets will help keep U.S. economi...

Letters to the Editor

To the editor,...

Bobbin Postponed Until 2004

A rift between the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) trade group and the producer of the Bobbin technology trade shows has resulted in litigation as well as an appa...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '02: Private by Freddi Rojas

Private’s fashion show by Los Angeles designer Freddi Rojas on April 15 was an hour and a half late, but the 300...

CGS Acquires Leadtec Systems

New York-based software developer Computer Generated Solutions Inc. (CGS) has acquired Canoga Park, Calif.-based Leadtec Systems Inc., an apparel industry supplier of shop-floor and ...

Parallel on Rodeo Closes

Parallel, a division of Los Angeles-based BCBG Max Azria, recently closed its 1,200-square-foot store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Calif....

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '02: Get L.A.I.D.

Los Angeles Independent Designers: Get L.A.I.D.,” a

Tracey Ross HeadsUp Antiques Show

Retailer and Art Deco furniture collector Tracey Ross will serve as chair of the Young Collector’s Committee for the 7th Annual Los Angeles Antiques Show, to be held May 2–5 a...

Riordan Reader

Former Los Angeles mayor Richard Riordan announced plans to launch a local newspaper this summer. The paper will be modeled after the New York Observer, a weekly paper with a distinctive ins...

Promising Debut for Cal Mart's Fall Junior Market

The first California Mart Fall junior market, which completed its four-day run on April 18, turned in strong attendance and generated healthy business, according to center officials, who are ...

AB633 Regulations: Industry Reaction

An enacted piece of legislation aimed at extending compliance liability across the apparel industry has undergone yet another revision. The Labor Department’s Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement (DLSE)...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '02: Independent Designers at Star Shoes

Star Shoes’ Paul Devitt wanted to tap into Los Angeles’ fashion scene, so the entrepreneur decided to host...

New Warp Knits Created for Garment Dyeing

Italian textile firm Sitip Textiles has created a new type of warp knit designed for the garment dye market....

Flirty Pom-Pom Tops Ring Up Sales at Happy Six

Sophie Chea’s 2-month-old store in West Los Angeles, Happy Six, targets shoppers looking for youthful, feminine looks such as fruity-print dresses and screen-print T-shirts....

Macy's Eyes Orange Co.

Macy’s has set its sights on Orange County, Calif., with $100 million planned in upgrades to its area stores as well as retail expansion. ...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '02: Coalition of Los Angeles Designers

It was an evening of fashion, friends and fun on April 17 when the Coalition of Los Angeles Designers (CLAD) hosted a party to bid a final farewell to this season’s...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '02: Make Fashion Not War

It wasn’t a permanent cure for all of the world’s ills, but

L.A. Fashion Week Fall 2002: PCT

Pacific Coast Travelers (PCT) presented power showcasing at its best at its

Wheels at Wal-Mart

The Bentonville, Ark.-based retail giant announced plans to try out used car sales at five Wal-Mart stores in Texas, with a six-month trial period set to begin next month. The enterprise is modeled after elec...

South American Trade Push

The Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA), which would extend U.S. trade benefits to South American countries, received an endorsement from President Bush and Colombian president Andres Pastrana. The two...

XOXO Splits with Grupo Xtra, Rejoins Aris

Aris Industries has re-acquired full licensing rights for XOXO following the Los Angeles-based junior label’s split with Grupo Xtra, which manufactured the company’s clothing ...

Pola Associates Forms

Local textile executive Hank Pola has formed Pola Associates, a multi-line mill representation group currently carrying Symphony Textiles and G. Ferranti Textiles....

New Sourcing/Tech Show to Bow in New York

Source International, a new trade show covering global sourcing and supply-chain management, will launch in New York next January....

Santa Monica College Turns to High-Tech Training for Apparel Workers

Santa Monica College (SMC) is doing its part to bring Southern California apparel industry workers up to speed in the technology department. The college next week will launch an 18-month prog...

New Wins Suit for Labor Department

The state’s court-appointed trustee for the Wins of California case filed a complaint on April 2 against the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and is seeking full control over monies collected as...

A&F Pulls T-Shirt Line

The New Albany, Ohio-based teen retailer released a public apology after students at Stanford University protested a series of Abercrombie & Fitch T-shirts that they considered to be derogatory to...

More Guilford Facilities Shuttered

The Greensboro, N.C.-based textile mill announced plans to close two plants. The company, which is operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, will close facilities in Lumberton, N.C., and Altam...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall 2002: Lotta

Celebrities including Apollonia, Christina Aguilera and Brooke Shields were among the fashion fans and customers gathered at Moomba on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles on April 10 to catch a glimps...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '02: Comrades Unite

Fashion was served up by seven up-and-starving independent designers at a Communist kitsch–heavy fashion show...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall 2002: San Paredes

Australian fashion designer Paul Magalad made his U.S. debut on April 15 with his “urban-postmodern-inspired”...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall 2002: Frederick's of Hollywood

The stars were out to kick off fashion week at

L.A. Fashion Week Fall 2002: Ndoeuml;ma

A futuristic setting of neon lights in a stark and spacious (60,000 sq. ft., to be exact) concrete loft served as the backdrop for an avant-garde showing of newcomer designer/artist Ndoeuml;ma...

Shag: Tiki Painter Uses Clothing As Canvas

Los Angeles-based painter Shag has brought his tiki-filled imagery to apparel with a new label for Costa Mesa, Calif.-based surfwear manufacturer Toes On The Nose....

Tiffhonee: A Room of One's Own

Like most up-and-coming designers, Tiffanie Peters has a dream that one day all of the fashion world will know her name. But for now, the San Francisco-based designer is content with taking the necess...

Isaac Charles Menswear: Fusing Europe and America

The Isaac Charles collection of upscale urban menswear fuses a variety of styles into custom fabrics and “details found nowhere else in the fashion world,” according to Charles....

Friday, April 19

Fashion Consultants Scout L.A. Fashion Week

Fashion consultants Michael Rosen and Ken Rubenstein have announced that they are considering opening an office of their company UK2US in Los Angeles....

Woodbury to Honor Fonda, Ridge

Actress Bridget Fonda and costume designer John David Ridge will be honored by Woodbury University during its 38th annual fashion show, titled “Theatre de la Mode,” to ...

California Unemployment Rose

California unemployment rose to 6.4 percent in March from 6.2 percent in February—a sign that employers remain cautious when it comes to hiring new workers. March unemployment levels matched January fi...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall 2002: MartinMartin

Editors and stylists turned out for the first solo show from MartinMartin’s husband-and-wife design team, Eric and Diane Martin. Los Angeles retailer Aero and Co. sponsored t...

FCC, Jones Reach $300,000 Care-Labeling Settlement

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it has reached a $300,000 settlement with Jones Apparel Group Inc. following allegations that the New York apparel maker violated the FTC’s Ca...

CMC Adds New Urban Showrooms

The California Market Center has added a number of new permanent showrooms on its fourth floor, which was formerly reserved for menswear. The new urban showrooms include a number of junior lines that...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall 2002: Richard Tyler

Richard Tyler’s edgy, rock-n-chic looks used to maddeningly spurn the wallet of the typical shopper. No more. The Australia-born designer, who heeded the plebeian pleas for more affor...

March '02 Retail Sales Rebound

The Easter holiday gave retailers an expected lift in March as shoppers—inspired by an improving economy—sprung for spring fashions and returned to department stores and some specialt...

The Lubells are Independent Again

Hippie Jeans designers Jeff and Kym Lubell have split from Hippie parent company Azteca Production International. This marks the second split for the Lubells, who are still disputing ownership of Bell...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall 2002: Cornell Collins

Cornell Collins drew the inspiration for his

Karl Kani, the Pioneer

The Los Angeles-based designer will receive the Pioneer Award at the first annual Urban Fashion Awards Show in June in New York. The awards show, produced by New York publicity firm S & S Associat...

NRF Tackles Port Security

The National Retail Federation (NRF) is urging the president and members of Congress to proceed carefully in implementing port security measures. The Washington, D.C.-based organization implored lawma...

Several Trade Shows Keep Buying Brisk at L.A. Market

Many apparel representatives said the economy might be on the road to recovery in light of the heavy foot traffic reported at the California Market Center (CMC) during its Fall 2002 market, held Apri...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall 2002: Rami Kashou

This may only be Rami Kashou’s second season, but it certainly seems as though the designer is making some noise....

L.A. Fashion Week Fall 2002: Jared Gold

If Jared Gold’s clothing were a food, it would be rich and moist cupcakes with pink and turquoise icing and rainbow sprinkles with a dark red cherry on top. The cupcakes, however, would be ser...

Now You Can Wear Your Etnies in Etnies Park

The Orange County city of Lake Forest has given the shoe company permission to put its name and logo on local parkland in exchange for $100,000. The park is based adjacent to Etnies headquarters, and ...

New Web Site Seizes on Plus-Size Opportunity

For women, size does matter when it comes to clothing and looking good....

Labor Department Releases New AB633 Regulations

The Labor Department’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) has released newly revised Assembly Bill 633 regulations called “manufacturer- and contractor-friendly” by the govern...

Quiksilver in the Grove

The Huntington Beach-based surf giant has opened a Quiksilver Boardriders Club at Los Angeles’ newest shopping venue, the Grove. The 2,000-square-foot store will carry the Quiksilver men’s line and the ...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall 2002: Deseo 23

It takes chutzpah to stage a fashion show to coincide with the launch of a brand-new company, hold it during Los Angeles Fashion Week and invite the trade and the media. Fortunately for desi...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall 2002: California Mart

The provocative performances by a dancing troupe dressed in tattered white clothing and the gravity-defying moves by two beefcake contortionists didn’t distract the buyers attending the Los Angeles F...

Fabulous... Presents: Heatherette Goes to Hollywood

It truly was “an evening of cocktails, music, posing and divas” (just as the invitation stated) on April 11 when Heatherette designers Richie Rich and Traver Rains along with ...

Fashion With Compassion

More club scene than fashion show, Fashion With Compassion, an OC Weekly–sponsored fashion showheld April 11 benefiting Very Special Arts Orange C...

Friday, April 12

CLAD Refocuses Fashion Mission

The Coalition of Los Angeles Designers (CLAD) recently presented its new executive board members and announced that it is refocusing its position in Los Angeles’ fashion industry....

The CFDA Has Named Names

The New York-based Council of Fashion Designers of America has named the nominees for the group’s annual fashion awards. Los Angeles-based Rick Owens is up against New Yorkers Zac Posen, Behnaz Sarafpour and P...

French Labels Investigate Los Angeles Business

The Economic Department of the French Embassy in Los Angeles and the California Fashion Association will present a breakfast and roundtable at the California Mart on April 16 to discuss Sout...

H. Lorenzo Men's Opens

Los Angeles-based high-end European boutique H. Lorenzo recently opened men’s boutique H. Men in the space next to its original location on Sunset Plaza, an outdoor high-end casual li...

International Inspiration: T-bags

Shadi Askari and Su-Lyn Tay are practical designers who keep their passion for high fashion in check....

Freudenberg Picks Up Duro Interlinings

Freudenberg Nonwovens L.P. has reached an agreement with Duro Industries to pick up that company’s Handler-Interlinings division....

Ice Cream Maker Turns to Apparel With New L.A. Venture

City officials, garment workers and a few Ben & Jerry’s ice cream devotees recently turned out for the opening of Los Angeles’ newest garment manufacturer, SweatX....

Earl is Online

The Los Angeles-based jeans company has launched a consumer Web site,

Ramos, Claudill Christen New Store

Designer Estevan Ramos has made another fashion statement with the opening of his EastSide retail store....

International Inspiration: Jean Votre Nom

Jeans Votre Nom is for women who want to add a little bit of European influence to their wardrobes. ...

Levi Strauss Winding Down U.S. Operations

San Francisco-based denim giant Levi Strauss & Co. announced plans this week to close six U.S. manufacturing facilities and lay off approximately 3,300 workers by October....

Former Edge Exec Launches Distribution Company

Los Angeles-based Mark Encinias, former account executive for MAGIC International’s the edge and Outer Limits shows, has launched his own distribution company, Monta...

Fashion Museum on the Burner Again at City Hall

With a new administration in place at Los Angeles City Hall, local fashion icon Irene Kasmer hopes to finally bring to fruition her dream of getting a fashion museum built in Los Angeles. Where it wil...

New Group Forms for Young Finance Professionals

YPG is a spinoff of Risk Management Association ...

Valley Boutiques Selling City Styles

Now that the Southern California Valley Girl of 1980s lore has grown up, she has taken her latest shopping exploits east of Encino and onto a segment of Ventura Boulevard between Laurel Canyon Bouleva...

Small Gift Show Opens With Eye on Crossover Buyers

Local buyers made for solid business at the California Market Center (CMC) gift and home accessories show April 7–9, which also saw a sprinkling of boutique owners from Arizona, Nevada, New Me...

Forever 21 Has Dropped a Lawsuit

Forever 21 has dropped a lawsuit against 19 garment workers who participated in protests and demonstrations against the company, although the Los Angeles-based retailer has not dropped its defamation suit against three workers’ right...

Nationwide Employment Rose

Nationwide employment rose 58,000 in March, according to the Department of Labor, but new jobs remained few, a fact which caused unemployment to increase to 5.7 percent from 5.5 percent in February. M...

Ritual Plans RE:MIX Launch Party

Los Angeles-based marketing firm Ritual Events/AUTHNTIK will host a launch party on April 25 to announce plans for a new music and fashion lifestyle conference called the RE:MIX Expo...

Sage Group: Structuring Mid-Range Mergers and Acquisitions

Los Angeles-based Sage Group LLC is a 2-year-old merchant bank with a focus on mergers and acquisitions of mid-range companies valued between $50 million and $500 million su...

Ace Ross Opens Quick-Turn Production Facility

Ace Ross, owner of junior and tween label Ace Ross Studios, has opened a production facility for his American Clothing Enterprises in the heart of downtown Los Angeles to handle cutt...

Chica Has Partnered With Jem

Chica has partnered withJem to form Chica Inc. The deal calls for San Fernando-based Jem Sportswear to provide sales, production MIS, shipping and administrative support to the Los Angeles-based junio...

Supreme Court Ruling on Undocumented Workers Could Have Apparel Impact

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision concerning the rights of undocumented workers could have an impact on the local apparel industry, according to some sources....

Friday, April 5

Night and Day

Crisp suits in bold, primary colors shared the runway with sultry gowns in jewel-toned satin at a recent St. John...

Michelle Mason Adds New Collection

Los Angeles designer Michelle Mason has launched a new collection—called Mason—that translates some of the designer’s signature details into a contemporary line with lower price points....

NIKEgoddess Bows at the Grove

It was a sports fan feast at the March 15 opening of the newest NIKEgoddess store at Los Angeles’ newest shopping center, the Grove. There to please guests of the private party with a...

Modular Line Bows at Art Center

A new line of modular apparel will be on display April 6 at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. “Change Clothes: Fashion Personified” is a collaboration between...

Gifts Are Big Business for Apparel Boutiques

Some apparel specialty stores dabble in gifts—which have grown to represent an important component of their sales—but the Brown Eyed Girl boutique in San Francisco lets gifts take center stage....

Making Changes at a Lingerie Legend

At times, it’s hard to remember that 57-year-old Frederick’s of Hollywood is slogging through a bankruptcy. Known for its revealing lingerie, the Los Angeles-based manufacturer and retailer i...

Designers & Agents Take On Tokyo

Overcast skies and drizzling weather did not prevent Japanese buyers from attending Designers & Agents’ inaugural Tokyo trade show, held March 25–27 at the Modapolitica gallery in the Japa...

Getting Wired; Handy Hanes

There are but a few clothing manufacturers seriously exploring the convergence of fashion with modern communications technology. And most of the Web-enabled garments that do exist will have to undergo some changes...

New Officers, New Direction for CLAD

The Coalition of Los Angeles Designers (CLAD) will host a forum on April 8 to discuss the group’s future plans and to introduce its new director, Shana Rocheleau....

Domestic Manufacturing Rose

Domestic manufacturing rose in March to the highest level since February 2000, according to the Institute for Supply Management, which compiles the index. The organization found that the index rose to...

Retailer Billy Martin Has Opened a New Store

Retailer Billy Martin has opened a new store in Rancho Mirage at the newly opened retail development the River. This is the fourth store for the Western wear retailer, which also has stores in Hollywo...

Target, Kohl's to Join Upland Center

Target, Kohl’s Department Stores and Chick’s Sporting Goods have inked leases to open at the Colonies Crossroads, a $550 million retail/residential project in Upland,...

Frankie B. Swimwear Debut

Los Angeles-based Frankie B. has added sexy swimwear to its hard-rocking low-rise denim mix. ...

The Herald Examiner Building Will Become Creative Office Space

The Herald Examiner building will become creative office space thanks to a deal between the Hearst Corp.’s real estate division and Urban Partners LLC. The Spanish revival building in downtown...

Kyser Urges Investment in Tech, Local Fashion

California apparel makers need to invest more in technology and take advantage of the strong demand for West Coast fashion while the going is good, according to Jack Kyser, chief economist fo...

Crude Oil Prices Could Hold Back Recovery

Crude oil prices could hold back U.S. economic recovery, according to economists who point to rising oil prices, which could lead to higher gasoline and natural gas prices. The Israeli-Palestinian con...

Avenue Turnaround Slowly Shaping Up

More than three years ago, the new owners of the Shops at Palos Verdes in affluent Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., decided to peel the roof off the aging mall, put i...

Gap Techs Up Operations

The Gap will be relying more on technology to help keep its inventories in check as the 3,097-unit chain rolls out the initial phases of a big software investment it committed to las...

Elena LaBua

Elena LaBua’s telephone has been ringing off the hook, according to contemporary designers Janna Pelsinger and Christine Kohout....

Nearly Half the Tariffs Collected are Clothing, Shoes

Nearly half the tariffs collected on imports to the United States are on clothing and shoes, according to a recent study by the Progressive Policy Institute. Apparel and shoes account for only about 6...

DuPont Lycra Takes West East

New York buyers got a chance to see Los Angeles-based labels Hippie Jeans and AG Adriano Goldschmied during New York Fashion Week in February than...

Shippers to Pass Rail Charge to Customers

Shipping lines transporting imported containers out of Southern California by rail from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will soon begin passing to their customers charges associated w...