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Friday, June 28

Frederick's Plus Bows Online

Lingerie maverick Frederick’s of Hollywood has begun selling its plus-size wares on the Web site

Skate Scoop

Australian shoemaker Globe International picked up El Segundo-based skateboard company Kubic Marketing, owner of World Industries, in a $46 million deal. Once the acquisition is finalized, Globe is expected t...

Greenblatt Buys Guilford Plant

New York-based converter H. Greenblatt & Co. has purchased a print plant from Greensboro, N.C.-based Guilford Mills for an undisclosed sum....

California's Next Generation: Brooks College

Designer Cornell Collins, an alumnus of Brooks College in Long Beach, Calif., was a special guest at the school’s March 30...

California's Next Generation: Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) presented its...

Tracking Trade

The trade gap got a little wider in May, according to the Commerce Department, which found a $35.9 billion gap between imports and exports of goods and services. The trade gap was $32.5 million in Apr...

Slow and Steady

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, are predicting a slow recovery for the U.S. economy but see no signs of a sudden drop-off, according to the quarterly UCLA Anderson F...

Slow Opening for Extreme Action Sports Show in Long Beach

The Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif., was host to the newest show for action sports, the Extreme Action Sports Show (EAS), June 21–24. In a presentation div...

California's Next Generation: Otis College of Art and Design

Designer legends and budding designers came together for Otis College of Art and Design’s...

Unifi, BASF and Ge-Ray Team for Liquidity

Textile fiber producers Unifi and BASF and converter Ge-Ray have joined forces to launch a new collection of circular knits called Liquidity....

Wet Seal TV

Juniors and young men’s retailer Wet Seal has inked a deal with Warner Brothers Records to feature the label’s recording artists the Goo Goo Dolls on Seal TV, the in-store network the retailer launched ...

Tommy Bahama Opens at the Grove

Tommy Bahama opened its fifth Southern California location at the Grove near Farmers Market in Los Angeles on June 24. The 4,400-square-foot unit carries the retailer’s entire collection of ...

Lack of Confidence

The Consumer Confidence Index fell in June to 106.4 from 110.3, according to the Conference Board, a New York-based research firm that monitors consumer confidence and other economic indicators. The f...

Edgy BoutiquesTest New Territory: Local Malls

Retailer Ron Herman, who knows a thing or two about selling hip clothing as the owner of Ron Herman/Fred Segal on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, plans to open a 4,000-square-foot eponymous boutique featurin...

Indicators Up

In another sign of recovery, the Conference Board released favorable leading economic indicators—a measure of the economy over the next three to six months—for May. The Indicators index rose 0.4 percent...

California StudentsMake First Cut ofDuPont Competition

Students from California Design College, the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) and Los Angeles Trade-Technical College were among the finalists...

ASAP Shifts to Las Vegas Hilton

ASAP, the apparel industry sourcing show that debuted last February in Las Vegas during MAGIC International, is moving its exhibition from the Mirage Hotel & Casino to ...

California's Next Generation: Los Angeles Trade-Technical College

The Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (LATT)

Hartenstine Leaves Gerber for Consulting Venture

Gerber Technology executive Warren Hartenstine has left the company to join the consulting firm of Walter Wilhelm Associates LLC....

Angel of Fashion Descends Upon Cooper Building

Los Angeles’ popular “Community of Angels” public art exhibit has finally reached the Fashion District, as the Cooper Building at Ninth and Los Angeles streets has agreed to spon...

California's Next Generation: Academy of Art College

About 2,000 fashion industry people gathered in San Francisco for the Academy of Art College Fashion 2002...

Africa Trade Mission Comes To L.A.

The California Fashion Association (CFA) and the Department of Commerce recently hosted a group of African manufacturers at a breakfast meeting to discuss opportunities in the California mark...

Labor Commissioner Turns Out for CFA Summit

Labor law enforcement and pressing issues regarding labor in California were some of the topics of the recently held “Apparel Summit,” organized by the Califor...

Low Riders

Low-cut socks for men—so low they barely peak over the tops of shoes—are the new growth area for such sock makers such Chicago-based Sara Lee Corp., according to a recent report in the Wall Str...

O.C. Musician Debuts New Line

When Save Ferris frontwoman Monique Powell isn’t belting it out on stage with her bandmates, the Orange County, Calif., native is designing for her new couture label called M Squared....

California's Next Generation: Woodbury University

Woodbury University of Burbank, Calif., harked back to the couturiers of post–World War II Paris to mark the theme for its...

Lectra Hits the Virtual Classroom

The recently held Lectra Technology Week, which was a series of production-oriented seminars, meetings and conferences, raked in one of the biggest and broadest audiences for the Atlanta-based techno...

California's Next Generation: Long Beach City College

The students of Long Beach City College played up the glamour and glitz for the school’s 26th annual fash...

Quiksilver Launches Entertainment Division

Surf giant Quiksilver has started a new entertainment division, Quiksilver Entertainment, with plans to cash in on the Huntington Beach, Calif.-based company’s expertise in action spo...

California's Next Generation: American InterContinental University

American InterContinental University (AIU) dubbed this year’s

California's Next Generation: California Design College

California Design College’s (CDC)

Friday, June 21

Tukatech Gets Chico's Patterns

Fort Myers, Fla.-based retailer Chico’s FAS Inc. is hooking up with Los Angeles-based CAD/CAM specialist Tukatech Inc. and its TukaCAD pattern making system to help the retai...

No-Name Denim: Anoname Jeans

Anoname Jeans is a new Los Angles-based men’s and women’s denim line that doesn’t try to overwhelm the consumer with the designer’s name.

Bebe Rolls Out Casual Concept

Bebe Stores is letting its hair down with the launch of its casual wear concept store, Bebe Sport. The Brisbane, Calif.-based contemporary retailer will roll-out 8 to 10 Bebe Sport l...

Industry VolunteersClothe At-Risk Youth

Volunteers from a variety of Los Angeles-based fashion companies were on hand to help feed and hand out clothing to more than 1,000 children and their relatives at the sixth annual C...

Burgess to Leave Cal Mart

Longtime California Mart executive Mary Burgess has resigned from her position as director of sales and special events after 14 years with the center....

L.A. Elegance

There are worse ways to spend a late, sunny morning in Los Angeles than at a designer atelier viewing elegant gowns, dresses and evening ensembles while sipping orange juice and snac...

P.J. Salvage Founder Opens Venice Store

P.J. Salvage founder Mickey Sills has returned to the intimate apparel biz with his month-old Venice, Calif., store, Scanty....

Spending Stalled

Consumer spending fell 0.9 percent in May, according to the Commerce Department, which credited sales of cars and car-related services with leading the decrease. The department found a drop-off in auto sales and sale...

Emma Gold Rings Up Sales With L.A. Designers

Angeleno looks are selling strong at the Emma Gold boutique in Los Angeles, according to owner Mark Goldstein, who notes the success of two local designers....

Wins Trustees Lose Fight for Lock Box

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court has ruled in favor of the Department of Labor (DOL) having control over a “lock box” that was set up to reimburse 240 former Wins of California employees who w...

Hertz Sells Banco Building

Hertz Investment Group, owner of the California Market Center, which houses the California Mart, has sold one its landmark holdings in downtown Los Angeles to rival...

Hot Topic Relaunch

Juniors and young men’s retailer Hot Topic has relaunched its Web sites [

Foot Fight

A bid to capture California market share has landed shoe retailer the Athlete’s Foot in a bitter court battle with former employee Blair Taylor, hired in the mid-’90s to recruit minority franchisees in Californ...

DOL ComplianceInitiative TargetsSmall Businesses

The Department of Labor (DOL) is proposing a new initiative that encourages small-business owners to have a more proactive role in the workplace while protecting workers under federal labor laws and r...

Hot Kiss to Launch Kids

Los Angeles-based juniors manufacturer Hot Kiss has added a kids’ collection to its growing list of licensed lines. Los Angeles-based private-label manufacturer L and L Manufacturing ...

Quiksilver Makes Roxy Donation to City of Hope

Huntington Beach, Calif.-based surfwear giant Quiksilver has donated 1,000 of its Roxy brand scarves to the City of Hope’s Positive Image Center. The scarves were given to m...

Industry Watchers Brace for PotentialDisruption at Ports

Threats of disruption in import/export activity, port security and the local and national economy are becoming more and more ominous as a potential port strike resulting from the longshoremen’s contrac...

Gift Action

Phoenix, Ariz.-based action sports licensing company Action Performance Cos. announced plans to purchase Canada-based licensed gift manufacturer Trevco Trading Corp. for $5 million in cash plus an earn-out ba...

AEG Backs Away From Stadium Plan, San Pedro Street Slated for CRA Zone

Plans to build a stadium to host National Football League games just west of the Los Angeles Fashion District were recently tabled once again after the principal financing group, Ans...

Cosmo en la Televisioacute;n

Cosmopolitan magazine, a division of the Hearst Corp., has launched a TV venture with PRAMER SCA, a subsidiary of Libert Media International. Cosmopolitan Television Latinoameacute;rica will ...

CMC Adds New Gift/Home Tenant

The California Market Center (CMC), home to the California Mart and the newly formed gift and home accessories marketplace, has added Anne McGilvray and Co. to the tenant li...

Fasturn Names New Vice President

Redwood City, Calif.-based Fasturn Inc., which markets networking software to the apparel industry, has named Lisa Kennedy Crooke vice president and chief financial officer. In her new positi...

Rock-Influenced Design: Mia Gyzander

Mia Gyzander has been involved in the fashion industry in one way or another for more than 20 years in her native Sweden as well as her new home, Los Angeles. After planning for three years, ...

Friday, June 14

NRF Seeks Presidential Halt to L.A. Port Strike

The National Retail Federation (NRF) has asked President George W. Bush to intervene in order to prevent a potential longshoremen’s strike, asserting that the strike could disrupt commerce nat...

Unemployment Overpayment

Fraudulent or overpaid unemployment claims represented 8 percent—or about $2.5 billion—of the total $30 billion in unemployment benefits paid last year, according to the Labor Department....

Retailers Shudder From Cold May '02 Sales

Retailers were singing the blues in May over inclement weather, which stunted U.S. retail sales, especially of Summer apparel, and the shaky economy may prove more troublesome for retailers in the months ahea...

Being Fabulous

It’s always about being fabulous for Eva Di Shanni and Tracie May, the two gals behind the California Market Center’s Fabulous showroom. And on June...

No June Gloom for Fall II/ Holiday Market

Los Angeles Fashion Week in June is typically small compared to the markets during the rest of the year, but exhibitors in the California Market Center (CMC) and the New Mart were r...

The Lab: a Work in Progress

Just because it’s the anti-mall doesn’t mean it’s promoting an anti-shopping experience. Open since 1993, the Lab in Costa Mesa, Calif., simply marches to the beat of a different drumme...

Southland Wal-Mart

Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer Wal-Mart announced plans to open a 150,000-square-foot store in the Harbor Gateway area of Los Angeles. The deal, which has yet to be finalized, is part of the discounter’s expansion p...

State Works to Arrest Escalating Workers' Comp

After a rough-and-tumble year, California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) has been ordered by state insurance commissioner Harry Low to improve its financial reserves, according to apparel i...

Rag Couture Launches

Los Angeles-based Tag Rag is no more. The junior collection has been shuttered and replaced with a more contemporary collection called Rag Couture, according to Orly Dahan, co-owner ...

CFA to Host Apparel Summit Luncheon

The future of the Los Angeles apparel industry will be the topic of an upcoming forum hosted by the California Fashion Association (CFA)....

Lectra to Conduct Online Tech Seminars

Lectra Systems will host its annual apparel industry conference over the Internet this year, as it will webcast a series of technology seminars June 17–21 dealing with issues including new tra...

New District Maps Won't Affect Fashion District

The Los Angeles Fashion District’s political boundaries will remain intact as the city recently approved a redistricting plan that won’t affect the jurisdiction maps of representing council members Nick...

Mass Merchant

Santa Monica-based mall owner Macerich Co. has acquired Phoenix, Ariz.-based Westcor Realty for about $662 million and announced plans to purchase the Oaks shopping center in Thousand Oaks. Once both ...

More Bon Marche

Cincinnati-based Federated Department Stores has picked up two Gottschalks locations, with plans to convert the stores to Bon Marche by the end of the year. The new stores in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Kennewic...

AAFA Teams With Material World

Textile and sourcing show Material World has landed the support of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), which announced the two entities have formed an alliance....

Tredwin Joins Tukatech Web Venture

Peter Tredwin has been named chief operating officer of TukaWeb Inc., the Web-based spinoff of Los Angeles-based CAD/CAM producer Tukatech Inc....

Buyer Vernita Bewley Dies

Vernita Bewley, a dress buyer for Los Angeles buying offices in the heyday of department store fashion, died May 21....

Message to Sears: Don't Repeat Federated/FingerHut Flop

Sears’ acquisition of catalog and online apparel retailer Lands’ End is expected to close by end of month for a reported $1.98 billion. This represents an abrupt about-face for Sears, ...

Duke Becker, Co-founder of California Mart, Dies

Sydney “Duke” Becker died on June 7 from complications related to diabetes. He was 88 years old....

Still e-Tailing

Most online retailers lost money last year but catalog companies with online e-commerce sites continued to post profits, helping to boost online sales 21 percent to $51.3 billion, according to the State of Re...

Designer Bill Blass Died

Designer Bill Blass died at his Connecticut home on June 12. He was 79. The cause of death was cancer. Blass got his start in the fashion business in 1939, rising to international fame with his eponymous cout...

Local Hotel Owners Look to AttractFashionable Traffic

Los Angeles-area hotel owners have found a friend in the fashion industry....

Friday, June 7

Hanae on Hold

Tokyo designer Hanae Mori has filed for Civil Reorganization—the Japanese version of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection...

Hot Kiss Signs Canadian Licensing Agreement

Los Angeles-based Hot Kiss announced that it has signed a licensing agreement with Montreal-based Fame Jeans to produce and distribute the junior sportswear label in Canada....

Pacific Connections Acquires Red Light

Red Light Inc., a Los Angeles-based contemporary women’s sportswear, missy, junior and petites manufacturer, has been acquired by Ontario, Calif.-based leather goods manufacturer Paci...

Relic

Alan Del Rosario is about to reinvent himself. The Los Angeles-based designer is getting ready to launch a new contemporary line of novelty denim and knits called Relic....

Western Moves

Buxbaum Group, the turnaround firm that is currently one of the companies handling the Kmart closures, is moving from its Encino headquarters to a new location in Calabasas. The new headquarters, loca...

Skate TV

Ocean Pacific is one of the sponsors of Op King of Skate, a 90-minute pay-per-view event premiering June 28 on iN DEMAND, DirecTV and TVN. The event is a first for action sports and will feature pro s...

Clothestime Steps Out With Marketing Drive

Anaheim, Calif.-based junior retailer Clothestime has launched an $8 million marketing campaign to hype its offerings for the Summer and Back-to-School seasons....

Susana Mercedes

Susana Mercedes draws her inspiration from all things fashion. When she’s not sketching new designs for her company, she attends fashion shows by local designers.Richard Tyle...

Fashion Week Gears Up in Hong Kong

A host of fashion shows and trend seminars will be part of the lineup at the Spring/Summer 2003 Hong Kong Fashion Week scheduled for July 8–11 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibiti...

Signs of Growth

The manufacturing index for May rose to 55.7 from 53.9 in April, according to the Institute for Supply Management, which compiles the index. This is the fourth consecutive month of growth and the high...

CMC Names VP Marketing, General Manager

The California Market Center, which houses the California Mart, has named a new vice president of marketing and a general manager for the center, which includes the Cal Mart’s apparel...

POOL Sets Details for Second Showing

POOL will return. The trade show alternative to MAGIC International has released the final details regarding its second event, which takes place August 26–28 in Las Vegas at ...

Rock 'n' Roll Wear Goes Upscale atLip Service, Serious

Los Angeles-based alternative clothing makers Serious Clothing and Lip Service aren’t toning down their alternative looks, they’re just tuning into a more contemporary customer....

Orders Up

Factory orders increased 1.2 percent to $323.9 billion in April, marking the highest increase in six months, according to the Commerce Department. Orders were up for machinery, electrical equipment an...

Hot Topic Named in T-shirt Lawsuit

Does Hot Topic Inc. have to face the music? That’s the question confronting the City of Industry, Calif.-based chain of stores selling music-related merchandise, which is now a defendant in an...

Trucking Tribulations

Trucking companies are struggling with a 5 percent cut in transportation rates passed along by shippers who are grappling with their own profits, according to a recent story in the Los Angeles Busine...

Fashion Finance: Good Customer, Pays Late

Editor’s note: Fashion Finance is a monthly column for California Apparel News in which common—and not-so-common—financial problems are discussed with industry experts. We welcome quest...

Blue Cult

After 30 years in the denim business, David Mechaly can attest to the staying power of designer jeans. ...

LAEDC 2002 Economic Forecast: Mostly Bright

The outlook for the remainder of 2002 is growing brighter, according to a report on international trade trends recently released by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. [LAEDC]....

Tyco Chairman Steps Down

Tyco International’s embattled chairman and chief executive officer, Dennis Kozlowski, recently resigned his position, according to a company statement, which did not disclose any other explan...

H. Starlette

For the past year, Los Angeles-based sportswear and swimwear line H. Starlette has incorporated feminine and sexy looksinto its contemporary line of sweats, bikinis and accessories....

Owens Recognized by CFDA

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) presented Los Angeles-based designer Rick Owens with the Perry Ellis Award for Emerging Talent during the organization’s 50...

Baker Named SIMA President

Ocean Pacific chief executive officer Dick Baker will resume his role as president of the San Clemente, Calif.-based Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) for 2002-03....

Fashion Benefit to Spotlight Tyler, Guess

Fashion Visual Collections will present an evening of fashion and music called “Light As a Feather” on June 21 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. ...

A/R Management Services Updates Web Site

San Dimas, Calif.-based A/R Management Services, a credit and collection outsourcing company, recently redeveloped the company’s Web site [