Stories for July 2002

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Friday, July 26

Juicy Cashmere a Hit at Pickett Fences

Shoppers can’t seem to wait for the Fall season as they scoop up Juicy cashmere warm-up suits at Pickett Fences on Larchmont Boulevard in Los Angeles, a street filled with cafes and independent retailers. The suits...

Planet LuLu Goes Online

Los Angeles-based Planet LuLu, known for its underground sample sales that now include $100–$300 Monique Lhuillier wedding gowns, has expanded its universe to include the Web....

Roxy Hits the Web

Huntington Beach, Calif.-based Quiksilver Inc. recently launched a stand-alone Web site for its Roxy girls division following its purchase of the...

Dollar Discount

The U.S. dollar has fallen 11.5 percent against the euro and 11.7 percent against the yen since the beginning of the year....

American (Apparel) Family

Blank-T-shirt maker American Apparel was featured on a PBS documentary, “Realidades,” which profiles Latino community and culture in Los Angeles. The documentary aired on July 24 as a co...

Vietnam Vote

The National Retail Federation is urging the U.S. House of Representatives to approve a measure that would extend Normal Trade Relation status to Vietnam, saying that since the reduction of duties on ...

California Economy Recovering at Midyear

California’s economy is in the midst of a fragile recovery at midyear—recovering thanks to narrowing job losses and fragile thanks to a volatile stock market, according to Jac...

California Apparel Employment Creeps Up in June, Domestic Apparel Prices Fall

California’s unemployment rate held steady from May to June at 6.4 percent, reflecting positive signs of economic recovery, according to a report released by the Employment Development Department (EDD)...

Flagship Skechers

Manhattan Beach-based footwear company Skechers USA has opened a 3,700-square-foot flagship store in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. The store will carry shoes for men, women and children under the ...

Port Talks Suspended; Battle Lines Drawn

Negotiations between International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) leaders and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have been suspended, an...

ASAP to Hold Matchmaking Sessions During MAGIC

ASAP, the apparel industry sourcing show that will be staged Aug. 25–28 at the Las Vegas Hilton, coinciding with the MAGIC International trade show, will be hosting one-on-one networ...

Bella Boutique

Sun Valley, Calif.-based Bella Dahl hosted a soiree—dubbed the “Prime Time Boutique”— for costume designers and stylists on July 18 at the chic Le Dome restaurant on Sunset Plaza...

Gullish Named New Tukatech V.P.

Former Gerber Technology executive Malcolm Gullish has joined Los Angeles-based CAD/CAM supplier Tukatech Inc.as vice president. Gullish will be serving the company in sales, educati...

More Malls

Arlington, Va.-based retail real estate developer the Mills Corp. announced plans to purchase the Forest Fair Mall in Cincinnati. The new mall includes about 1.5 million square feet of leasable space and is currently...

AAFA to Launch Tech Show in 2004

The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), which is involved in litigation with Bobbin technology show producer VNU Exposition...

Hot Kiss Names New Merchandiser

Hot Kiss is growing. In its latest move, the Los Angeles- based junior label has named Todd Cardenas as its sportswear merchandiser....

Attendance and Mood Up at Miami Swim Show

MIAMI, Fla.—Sunny weather and innovative swim collections lured many of the country’s leading apparel players to the Swimwear Association of Florida’s Cruise 2003 Swimwear Sho...

Menswear Designer Williams to Stage First L.A. Show

Los Angeles-based menswear designer Wendell Wade Williams is making the leap from custom apparel to wholesale and will host his first solo fashion show on Aug. 15 at the Ral...

DuPont Shifts

DuPont Textiles & Interiors is shifting its executive staff in an effort to boost product development. Juan Aguiriano has been promoted to global innovation vice president from his position as glo...

Bobbin World Sets New Date

VNU Expositions, operator of the Bobbin technology expos, has announced that it will hold its Bobbin World Expo at the Miami Beach Convention Center in th...

Gift Shows Spark Signs of Optimism

The crashing stock market may not offer much hope of a healthy economic future for apparel industry resources, but the recent gift and home industry markets in Los Angeles—which are markets the apparel industr...

MCMC Adds ShanghaiMart to Roster

Dallas-based Market Center Management Co. (MCMC), which operates the California Market Center (CMC) and the Dallas Market Center, recently announced a 10-...

New Looks and New Deals at Miami Swim Show

Despite the humid climate outside, newness was in the air inside the Miami International Merchandise Mart during the July 20–24 run of the Swimwear Association of Florida...

Friday, July 5

Tyco's CIT IPO Falls Short of Plan

CIT Group net $4.6 billion in its initial public offering (IPO) on July 1, although that figure was half of what troubled parent company Tyco International paid when it purchased the...

Buyback Plan

TJX Cos., owner of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods and A.J. Wright stores, announced its second $1 billion stock buyback. The last buyback program, announced in early 2000, resulted in the repurchase of 75.2 ...

Soccer Sellout

Los Angeles fans of the South Korean national soccer team who wanted replicas of the team’s Nike-designed jersey were out of luck. The Wall Street Journal reported that shipments of the red je...

ISAM on the Move

ISAM (the International Swimwear/Activewear Market) has a new address: 4001 W. Alameda Ave., Suite 109, Burbank, CA 91505. The phone number, (818) 566-4044, remains the same....

Manufacturing Defense

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has announced its support of the Berry Amendment, a piece of legislation that would require the U.S. military to buy American-made apparel create...

Apparel Industry Mulls Hollywood/ Valley Secession

The issue of whether or not to break apart the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood from Los Angeles has yet to fully engulf the attention of the apparel industry, but the political tug-of-war to come ma...

Judge Sides With Bucklesource in Trade Dress Infringement Suit

Two Southern California fashion accessory companies won a court victory over City of Industry, Calif.-based Leegin Creative Leather Products Inc. when a Los Angeles Federal Court judge ruled ...

Fashion District BID Tries On a New Look

The Los Angeles Fashion District Business Improvement District (BID) has unveiled new uniforms for its Clean & Safe Team and a new logo for the district....

Pacheco Steps Up to Bat for Modac

Los Angeles Councilman Nick Pacheco, who represents part of the Fashion District in his 14th District, is appealing to the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) for partial funding of th...

Trina Turk Launches Menswear

Los Angeles designer Trina Turk recently expanded her apparel offerings to include menswear, with a launch of a new line exclusive to her Palm Springs, Calif., boutique. According to Turk, th...

Intermoda Prepares for Fall/Winter Show

The Intermoda Fall/Winter 2003 trade show is set to bow July 16–19 at the Expo Guadalajara center in Guadalajara, Mexico....

Talks Continue to Avert Port Strike

Negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) are in a holding pattern, with dialogue continuing and no dockworkers...

Job Drain

Los Angeles is the largest manufacturing center in the country but that position is slipping as the region continues to lose jobs. That’s the latest news from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.,...

Beverly Center Scouts for Filming Gigs

The Beverly Center mall in Los Angles, home to Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Traffic and Hugo Hugo Boss, has recently partnered with the Reel to Reel Loca...

Aero & Co. Makes a Move

Less than three years after opening their landmark boutique in the anti-establishment Los Feliz section of Los Angeles, Aero & Co. owners Cynthia Vincent and Alisa Loftin plan to relocate...