Stories for February 2002

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Friday, February 22

Southern and Northern California Switch Places

Southern and Northern California have switched places—at least economically. Southern California’s manufacturing, trade and services industries are insulating it from the current recession better than the tech industry...

Los Angeles Will Host GQ Nightclub

Los Angeles will host GQ—the nightclub—in a partnership between the New York-based men’s magazine and the Sunset Room in Hollywood. The GQ Lounge will present fashion, technology and entertainment installations through ...

VESTEX to Open U.S. Office

Guatemalan apparel trade organization VESTEX will open a U.S. office in New York in order to more aggressively promote apparel production in Guatemala. The Central American country boasts 227 apparel factorie...

Tommy Bahama Taps Williams

New York- and Seattle-based Tommy Bahama recently appointed Clark Williams as director of design for denim in the company’s Seattle office. This comes after the company added new product categories and expanded its m...

Bulchalter Nemer Fields & Younger Re-Tapped Pamela Kohlman Webster

Buchalter Nemer Fields & Younger has re-tapped Pamela Kohlman Webster as president and chief executive of the Los Angeles law firm. This marks Webster’s fifth term as president and CEO. She will al...

Strong Startfor MAGIC,Satellite Shows

Business got off to a brisk start, according to exhibitors at the Feb. 19–22 run of MAGIC International and several concurrent satellite shows in Las Vegas. ...

Guatemala Sourcing Show Set for May

The 11th annual Apparel Sourcing Show in Guatemala is set to open May 15 at the Grand Tikal Futura Hotel & Convention Center in Guatemala City....

Credit Issues Draw Interest at FBI Seminar

As the apparel industry remains challenged by the current economic climate, many startups and younger apparel companies are losing dollars by failing to maximize their management of credit, c...

Peasant Blouses on a Tear at Sara

The comfort and ease of peasant blouses are catching the eye of shoppers at the Sara boutique on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, Calif. ...

Macy's West to Debut Oakley Concept Shops

Macy’s West has entered into a partnership with Oakley Inc. to create in-store shops highlighting the sunglasses manufacturer’s extensive line of products....

Costumer Helen Rose Inducted Into CDG Hall of Fame

Costumer Helen Rose will be inducted into the Costume Designers Guild’s (CDG) Hall of Fame at the fourth annual Costume Designers Guild Awards on March 16 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills. Rose won Academy Awards f...

MAGIC's Mix

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LACMA Hosts Geisha Seminar

Author Liza Darby will discuss the art of geisha etiquette as well as the lifestyles of these traditional Japanese entertainers at a membership drive for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art ...

Bridal Remains Big Business for Both High-End and Budget

Here comes the bride looking beautiful for less....

Frederick's of Hollywood: Unveiled

Temptation and hope filled the night air Feb. 15 as Frederick’s of Hollywood showed off its racy Spring looks in front of some 350 presumably unattached men and women looking for ro...

Consumer Satisfaction Grew in 2001

Consumer satisfaction grew in 2001 despite the economic downturn and an erosion of consumer confidence, according to the American Consumer Satisfaction Index, compiled by the National Quality Research Center ...

Technology Issues Thwart Small Retailers

From high costs to a rapidly changing environment, small retailers have a host of technology challenges ahead, said a business owner speaking before a House committee on behalf of the Nationa...

ESC Sets Up Shop in Orange County

Exact Software Company (ESC), based in Chadds Ford, Penn., has opened a West Coast sales and support office in Orange County, Calif., to market its ApparelWorks software suite, which...

Gouge Garners Global Distribution

San Clemente, Calif.-based Gouge Clothing, a surf, skate and snowboarding manufacturer, recently expanded its distribution to Japan and Australia through licensing agreements created...

Friday, February 8

Los Angeles Fashion District Offering Free Tours

The Los Angeles fashion district is offering free tours. The Downtown Property Owners Association is offering free trolley tours of downtown Los Angeles’ fashion district on the last Saturday of each month. Th...

New Management, New Name for Cal Mart

Just six months after signing a lease representing 1 million square feet of gift showroom space in the California Mart, a Dallas-based group has now broadened its influence with an agreement ...

Dickies Girl on the Web

Apparel Limited, the Los Angeles-based licensee of the junior label, has launched a consumer Web site,

Economic Gloom Eases at West Coast Collective in L.A.

The Feb. 3–5 run of West Coast Collective at the W Hotel in Los Angeles opened on a relatively bright note despite the gloom that has hung over the menswear industry in recent months, as approximatel...

Kasper Filed for Chapter 11

Kasper filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a bid to reorganize the company, which had incurred a $110 million debt in the years since acquiring the Anne Klein label in 1999. The New York-bas...

MAGIC International to Host Pierre Cardin

MAGIC International will host a Pierre Cardin retrospective fashion show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino during the trade show’s run in Las Vegas. The Feb. 20 event will feature some of the designer’s...

Ordering Brisk at ASR As Buyers Seek to Fill Stores

At the Fall installment of the Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo (ASR), held Feb. 2–4 at the Long Beach [Calif.] Convention Center, buyers were on the hunt for new resources ...

Garment Workers Center Celebrated One-Year Anniversary

The Garment Workers Center celebrated its one-year anniversary on Feb. 2 with an event at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in the Wilshire Center section of Los Angeles. The event featured a video of ...

AAFA Will Honor U.S. Retailing Community

The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) will honor the U.S. retailing community for its contributions to relief efforts following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The National Retail Federation wi...

Attendance, Enterprising Spirit Up at Hong Kong Fashion Week

HONG KONG—An inclement economic climate, a changed world following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, and China’s accession to the World Trade Organization were the heady issues setting the st...

Eclectic Offerings in Silver Lake

No two shops are alike on Rowena Avenue in quirky Silver Lake, a section of Los Angeles located 10 minutes from downtown where everyone retails to the beat of his/her own drummer....

Piccone Set to Launch E-Commerce Site

Los Angeles-based Piccone Apparel Corp., marketer of Robin Piccone swimwear, among other lines, is gearing up to launch its first e-commerce Web site this month....

GCA Tackles AB633

The future of Los Angeles’ apparel industry under the proposed regulations for Assembly Bill 633 was the topic of discussion at the Garment Contractors Association (GCA) general meeti...

Structured Novelty Key at Hong Kong Fashion Week

There was an element of untraditional, casual fun at the five group fashion shows spotlighting local and regional designers held during...

Marchel to Chair Downtown BID Committee, Honored by CCA

Hertz Investment Corp. president Kit Marchel has added another chairmanship to her downtown Los Angeles duties as the new chair of the marketing committee for the Downtown Center Bus...

Stephen Sprouse Targeting Mass Market

The New York-based designer will design a patriotic-themed line of apparel, accessories and home products for Target for Summer 2002....

Friday, February 1

Edward An Brings Back the Art of Coats

Los Angeles-based designers Lori Batt and Carrie Kneitel know all about a hard sell. For the past year they have marketed their line of vintage-inspired “party” coats called Edw...

'Shop LA County' Stores Eager for Second Run

The receipts are still being tallied, but the city of Los Angeles’ first “Shop LA County” campaign has most malls eager for the next event....

Industry Opposes Latest Workers' Comp Legislation

California lawmakers are considering new legislation that will reform workers’ compensation benefits and costs but are facing opposition from state manufacturing and retailing organizations that argue ...

Hollywood & Highland Devalued

Hollywood & Highland has been devalued by the newly opened shopping center’s developer, TrizecHahn Corp. The Canadian developer reduced the value of the Hollywood center by $217 million—a 40 percent reducti...

The Bella Dahl Fight Continues

Jeff-rey and Kymberly Lubell, creators of the contemporary denim label, filed a countersuit against Kerry and Steve Jolna, current owners of the label, and CIT Commercial Services, charging conspiracy and fraud. This...

West Coast Collective Plans Vegas Debut

Los Angeles-based West Coast Collective, an upscale menswear show, is preparing for its first exhibition in Las Vegas, which will be held Feb. 18–20 at the Palm Resort, runni...

Hot Child Enters Retail

Hot Child president Lloyd Parks Jr. says he knows everything there needs to be known about junior fashion—but then again, Parks has been in the business long enough to know....

Space Cowgirls Gets Hitched

Los Angeles-based Space Cowgirls is officially back in the saddle after a six-month hiatus on the market followed by a new licensing deal with intimate-apparel maker Shirley of Holly...

Shipping Continues at Kmart

The giant discounter, which declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month, announced that many of its vendors had resumed shipping on normal payment terms. The retailer has already received cou...

L.A. Planning Broadway Entertainment District

If the city of Los Angeles has its way, downtown’s Broadway Avenue will soon become a jumping nightspot full of clubs, restaurants and shops, similar to San Diego’s Gaslamp district and Pine Avenue in n...

Consumer Confidence Continues to Climb

Consumer confidence continued to climb for the second month in a row, according to the Conference Board. The New York-based research firm found that consumer confidence rose nearly three points to 97....

ASR Set to Kick Off in Long Beach

The annual Fall edition of the Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo (ASR) will run Feb. 2–4 at the Long Beach [Calif.] Convention Center with expectations to meet or exceed attendance n...

Warnaco Group Names John Kourakos President

Warnaco Group named John Kourakos president of the company’s sportswear division, which includes Calvin Klein Jeans, Calvin Klein Underwear and Chaps by Ralph Lauren. Kourakos’ resume includes several years at ...

Liz Claiborne Plans to Eliminate Jobs

Liz Claiborne plans to eliminate several hundred jobs. The New York-based manufacturer, which employs more than 7,000 people worldwide, said the job cuts would be across its business....

Fashion District Target of Redistricting Struggle

There’s a potentially big political scramble brewing in Los Angeles City Hall over the future of Los Angeles’ fashion district as the city embarks on a redistricting plan that could affect the area’s sph...

Charming Shoppes Eliminate 207 Jobs

Charming Shoppes eliminated 207 jobs as part of its restructuring strategy. The Bensalem, Penn.-based retailer also said it would convert 44 Fashion Bug stores to Lane Bryant stores. Charming Shoppes ...

BBMax Taps Knight

Former B. Clothing vice president/merchandiser Sean Knight has entered into an agreement with Montreal-based private-label junior manufacturer BBMax to produce a European-inspired ju...

Expansion Planned by Citadel's Prospective Owner

The fading Citadel Factory Stores in Southern California has gotten a shot of new life with the center’s estimated $50 million sale to a developer who plans to nearly triple its size....

Extra Fine Sugar Launches at ASR

Sugar is growing up—and it’s becoming extra fine....