Stories for May 2002

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Friday, May 31

Low expectations

Americans’ economic expectations fell in May to 109.4 from 109.6 in April, according to the Conference Board, a New York-based research firm. But the organization found that the consumer confidence ind...

Designers & Agents Takes a Bite Out of the Big Apple

Designers & Agents is adding New York to its list of trade show sites....

Energy Investigation

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has widened its investigation of West Coast energy providers to include sellers of natural gas. Textile dyers and finishers struggled during California’s...

Fasturn Making Inroads in Apparel Market

Fasturn Inc. is on the move again. The developer of operations management software, which went through a restructuring last year, has moved its top brass from Los Angeles to Redwood ...

CDC Fashion Show to Salute Film Costumers

California Design College (CDC) will host its 11th Annual Graduation Fashion Show Gala, titled “Trendsetters in Film: A Tribute to Hollywood Icons of the Silver Screen,...

CMC Sets 2003 Dates, June Market Schedule

The California Market Center, formerly known as the California Mart, has set 2003 market dates. Summer ’03 market will be held Jan. 17–21; Fall 1 market will be held April 4–8; Fall 2/Holiday market will be he...

Bebe Faces Second Lawsuit, President Exits

Bebe Stores’ surprise announcement of the resignation of its president and chief operating officer, John Parros, may not be such a shocker after all....

Canadian Resources Mount U.S. Growth

There’s something about Canada, local retailers and reps are saying, and that something is missy apparel, which has become hard to find at the right quality and price point domestically. Thanks to the ...

DuPont to Close L.A. Office

DuPont will close its Los Angeles office in the California Market Center, the building housing the California Mart, on July 31, according to Karen Eways, design segment mana...

Fashion With Flavor

Fashion shows and flavored martinis—that was the formula for the Gen Art/Pucker Fashion Designer Tour 2002 that recently stopped in the Los Angeles area for...

Computer-Aided Design

Texas-based Dell Computers has launched a line of apparel and accessories featuring its advertising spokesman Steven, the character that tells people, “Dude, you’re getting a Dell.” The collection—...

A&F's Latest

Teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch sparked more controversy by selling a collection of thong underwear in their Abercrombie stores, a retail division targeting girls and boys ages 7 to 14. The American Family Asso...

Recruiters Find Opportunity in New Niche Markets

Though job growth in the local apparel market has been challenged as of late, the search for jobs has ironically become a growth industry in Southern California....

CBI Region Looks Ahead to 2005

The recent passage of the Caribbean Basin Trade and Partnership-Development Act (CBTPA) and implementation of the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) have spurred interest by U.S. companies in...

Tough Times at Vans Lead to Revamp

After enjoying a great ride for the past five years, Vans Inc. has hit the skids....

Kellwood Casual

St. Louis-based Kellwood Co. has signed a seven-year, $400 million deal with Designers Inc., the Needham, Mass.-based parent company of retailer Casual Male Corp. Under the agreement, Kellwood will produce me...

Friday, May 24

A. Testoni Gets Revamped

Italian leather goods maker A. Testoni celebrated the reopening of its newly renovated Beverly Hills, Calif., boutique with a party held May 14....

I.L.U. Launches Tops, Opens New N.Y. Showroom

Los Angeles-based junior pants manufacturer I.L.U. plans to launch a collection of blouses and tees for Fall 2002, according to the company....

Tukatech Updates Software, Cutters

Los Angeles-based Tukatech Inc. has rolled out its latest version of Tukastudio, the company’s textile and apparel design software. The new upgrade, version 3.50.08, offers improved f...

Revlon and Fred Segal Partner

Beauty products company Revlon has unveiled a line of T-shirts to be sold exclusively in the Los Angeles area at Fred Segal Santa Monica. Boutiques Fred Segal Fun and Sharon Segal a...

Tommy Bahama Names New Vice President

Tommy Bahama’s president and chief executive officer, Tony Margolis, recently announced the promotion of Stephanie McKinney from director of operations to vice president of wholesale operations, marki...

Aris Reopens Apparel Facility

Aris Industries president Arnold Simon has revived his former apparel manufacturing company Adamson Inc., which will operate as a separate entity from Aris, as well as license the company...

ICSC Outlook: Mall Growth to Continue Through Recovery

The consumer may be striking a conservative pose and development deals may be taking a little longer, but retailers and developers are still on the prowl for new opportunities, looking to ex...

Foot of the Mart Owner Peters Dies

California Market Center (formerly the California Mart) shoe retailer Bill Peters died on May 15 of a heart attack. He was 75....

Optimism Remains

Consumer confidence remained high in early May despite mixed economic signals, according to the University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment. The index increased to 96 in early May from 93 in l...

Kmart Woes

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating discount giant Kmart’s accounting practices, thanks to an anonymous tip sent to the retailer, which is c...

Antonio Lopez Illustrations on Auction Block

Fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez’s work will be on display and available for purchase at a June 29 auction at Santa Monica Auctions, located at the Bergamot Station Arts Center in Sa...

Femme's Anniversary Show Draws 9,000

More than 9,000 exhibitors turned out for the first-anniversary run of Femme, according to the organizers of the triannual New York trade show produced by MAGIC International....

Gap's Future Uncertain With Successor Search

Stock woes and mixed analyst reaction created a swirl of uncertainty in the days following the recent resignation of Gap’s chief executive officer after 19 years with the struggling apparel giant....

Surfers' Suit Stopped

A judge in Los Angeles declared a mistrial in the damage suit levied against Abercrombie & Fitch by seven professional surfers whose images were used in the retailer’s catalog. The judge found that...

Chanel Takes the Stage in Las Vegas

It was Paris again on May 19 at the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas with Chanel’s Fall ready-to-wear designs on the runway. Presented by the Rouse Co., the ...

DuPont's Evolutionary Studies

DuPont’s Rosann Forde, fashion director of DuPont textiles and interiors, presented her Spring/Summer 2003 trend workshop, titled “Evolution of Style,” recently...

Wal-Mart West

Arkansas retail giant Wal-Mart announced plans to open 40 supercenters in California in the next four to six years, although no locations were named. Wal-Mart supercenters carry both groceries and discount go...

FBI Plans Grand Opening Fashion Show, Fund-raiser

The Fashion Business Incubator (FBI), the Los Angeles nonprofit organization that assists startup and growing fashion companies, will host its annual fund-raiser on June 29 in its ne...

State Economy on Rebound

State budget, shipping concerns and wage debates could slow recovery...

County Opposes Stadium Project Near Fashion District

Plans to build a new football stadium on part of a 900-acre swath of land near the Los Angeles Fashion District are being challenged by the County of Los Angeles’ Board of Supervisors, who voted this w...

Tube Power at Aero & Co.

The 1980s are in full swing at the Aero & Co. boutique in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles, where Grey Antics tube dresses are leading fashion sales....

CBI Sourcing Show Draws Key Players in Global Sourcing

The 11th annual run of the CBI Apparel Sourcing Show in Guatemala City, held May 15–17, drew the show’s highest attendance ever, with a turnout of some 4,130 visitors, a 26 percent in...

American Apparel Taps Bailey for VP

Changes are afoot for Los Angeles-based T-shirt maker American Apparel, with the company recently hiring Martin Bailey as vice president of operations....

Added Compensation

A recent study found that the state saw a 13.9 percent rise in workers’ compensation benefits to $8.9 billion in 2000 to cover rising health care costs. The study, conducted by the National Academy of Social Insurance, examin...

Gerber Launches Online Auction Site

Gerber Technology has launched an online auction site for sales of its pre-owned and refurbished CAD/CAM product....

FIG Manufacturers Sale Raises $93,000

Approximately $93,000 was raised through the Eighth Annual Manufacturers Charity Sale presented by the Fashion Industries Guild on May 17 at the California Market C...

Narrowing the Gap

American exports grew—slightly—faster than imports in March, according to the Commerce Department, which tracks the trade gap. Exports accounted for $31.6 billion in March (mostly in the form of U.S.-ma...

Restraining Recovery

The leading economic indicators index fell in April, prompting speculation that economic recovery will proceed at a moderate pace, according to the Conference Board. The New York-based research group ...

Mr. Rags Stores Sold to Local Investment Group

An Irvine, Calif.-based private investment group has purchased Mr. Rags, a Long Beach, Calif.-based 154-store chain selling urban, surf, skate and street-styled apparel for young men and jun...

Friday, May 17

Open Early

The organizers of Material World Miami Beach will host a pre–opening day conference aimed at corporate decision makers concerned about the planned elimination of tariffs and quotas on goods imported fr...

Bay Area Market Adjusts to Life After Tech Boom

For the first time in years, there appear to be some real estate deals in the San Francisco Bay area market for apparel industry resources, but the question is, can anyone take advantage of them?...

Imported Denim: Access Basic Blue Jeans

Access Basic Blue Jeans Corp. is a new Hong Kong-based denim resource that recently opened a corporate showroom in the California Mart....

Former Workers File Suit Against Jeff Hamilton Industries

Los Angeles-based Bet Tzedek Legal Services has filed a complaint against Jeff Hamilton Industries in Los Angeles Superior Court, charging that the manufacturer of branded s...

Elvis Is Now With the Band

Los Angeles-based novelty T-shirt label With the Band recently announced that it has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Elvis Presley Enterprises to market the legendary performer...

New Upscale Urban Show to Bow in L.A.

In a move to merge music and fashion in a trade show, Urban Rocks Fashion will debut in Los Angeles Aug. 18–20 at the historic Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood....

Chairman Charron

Liz Claiborne chief executive and chairman Paul Charron was unanimously elected chairman of the American Apparel & Footwear Association. Charron succeeds Jack Ward, chair of Russell Corp....

Jewish Federation to Outfit At-Risk Kids for Camp Max Straus

The Jewish Federation will outfit 1,000 “at-risk” youth from Los Angeles’ inner city between the ages of 7 and 13 with camp clothing and supplies provided by sponsors, many of t...

April '02 Sales Have Silver Lining

It could have been better and it could have been worse. That’s the observation most analysts and observers are making regarding April retail sales, which were affected by unseasonably cool weather and ...

Ontario Mills Beefs Up Fashion Quotient

Ontario Mills, the 1.7-million-square-foot shopping center in Ontario, Calif., located about 40 miles east of Los Angeles, is raising its fashion bar with the addition of new clothing retaile...

Urban Upgrade

The Los Angeles city council voted in favor of a $2.4 billion plan to revitalize 879 acres of downtown Los Angeles encompassing several business improvement districts including the Fashion District. T...

Mossimo Goes to Canada

Mossimo Inc. struck a licensing deal with Canadian retailer Hudson’s Bay Co., which operates more than 500 stores. The agreement allows Hudson’s Bay to manufacture, market and distribute Mossimo-designed men’s, women’s, boys...

Mossimo Taps Roxy's Zwahlen for VP

Santa Monica, Calif.-based Mossimo Inc. recently announced the hiring of Lissa Zwahlen as vice president of product development. Her primary focus will be on the new relationship forged with...

Soon Hiring

U.S. firms expect to increase hiring in the third quarter of the year, according to a recent survey by Manpower Inc. The Wisconsin-based staffing company surveyed more than 15,000 companies representi...

Dance-Inspired Design: Jose Angel

Los Angeles-based designer Jose Angel comes from a family of designers and was practically reared on a sewing machine. When Angel was a baby, his mother would place his bassinet on the sewing...

Back in Catalogs

Sears, Roebuck & Co. announced plans to purchase the nation’s largest catalog and online retailer, Wisconsin-based Lands’ End Inc. The move reunites the Illinois-based retail giant with a catalog business f...

Friday, May 10

Avery Heads to Guatemala

The 2002 Apparel Sourcing Show in Guatemala is not just for manufacturers looking for production outlets—it’s also a technology showcase for Fortune 500 companies such as Avery Denniso...

San Bernardino Mall Takes Different Tack With New Tenant Mix

Nearly 30 years after it opened, Carousel Mall in San Bernardino, Calif., is trying to find itself....

Louis Vuitton Bows in Century City

Louis Vuitton is growing its presence in the Los Angeles market with this month’s opening of a 1,975-square-foot store in the Century City Shopping Center....

Mixed Signals

The U.S. labor market grew by more than half a million jobs to 142.6 million in April, according to the Department of Labor. But at the same time, unemployment claims rose to 6.0 percent from 5.7 perc...

Dyers Watching Enron Outcome

The apparel industry’s big energy users are hoping for some sort of relief to emerge from the latest chapter in the Enron Corp. saga after a recent federal investigation uncovered some of the first in...

Court Overturns Rulings on Nike, Lawsuit Proceeds

In a decision by the California Supreme Court, a lawsuit against Nike for false advertising will be allowed to move forward, reversing the decision made by two lower courts that statements ma...

Hype Lands a Retail Store in Santa Monica

Hype contemporary sportswear is growing its resume with the new title of retailer....

Tyte Relocates in N.Y.

Los Angeles-based junior and girls’ denim maker Tyte has relocated its New York showroom to a location that is twice the size of its former digs, according to a company spokeswoman....

Malibu Offers Easy Shopping Experience

Cloudless skies, balmy breezes, alfresco dining and free parking are the easy-living ingredients to Malibu’s recipe for shopping success in Southern California. At the Malibu Country Mart on a...

Latin Masters

Art is an integral part of the Latino community, but then again, so is fashion, according to Los Angeles-based designer David Cardona, who, along with fell...

Niche Notebook: Contemporary Label Riley Revels in Its Vintage Roots

Vintage wholesale giant Born Again Clothing Inc. has made the leap to wholesale manufacturing by turning its second-hand merchandise into a fashion-forward sportswear collection. ...

Dock Fight

West Coast dockworkers and shippers are expected to head to the negotiating table to hammer out a new contract by the end of June. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which represents the dockwor...

Truck Stop

A lawsuit aimed at barring Mexican trucks from U.S. highways was filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco by a group of labor, environmental and trucking organizations. The suit claims that older model d...

Digging for Data; Spin Doctor

One of the most impressive success stories when it comes to online apparel sales is J.Crew. The clothing giant, which operates 140 retail and factory-outlet stores and does substanti...

Growth Underground

Los Angeles’ underground economy—including under-the-table-pay unskilled jobs in apparel—is growing, according to the Economic Roundtable, a local research firm. The group compared employment data from state payroll fig...

Cal Mart's Moreno to Step Down

Trish Moreno, executive marketing director of the California Mart, is stepping down from her full-time duties to pursue creative consulting projects....

Friday, May 3

California Vintage

The mission: to rework vintage pieces culled from local Salvation Army boutiques into one-of-a-kind creations for the runway to help raise money for families in need. Eight Los Ange...

Nygard Expanding on West Coast

Nygard International, a Toronto-based women’s apparel manufacturer, is expanding in the United States with a new distribution center set to open this summer in the Los Angeles suburb of Garden...

Excel Bows on West Coast

Independent textile representative Robert Peck introduced Excel Fabrics Corp. to the West Coast during the April 29–May 1 run of the Los Angeles International Textile Show....

Strong Traffic Keeps Mood Upbeat at L.A. Textile Show

The lobby and food court were crowded. The elevators were slow and continuously packed. And parking was fiercely competitive. ...

Guess Hits 21- Year Milestone

The Marciano brothers, relieved that 2001 is over and their company GUESS? Inc. survived the often-insurmountable,look forward cautiously. But they also look forward with plenty of experience...

Macy's West CEO to Retire

Jeremiah J. Sullivan, chair and chief executive of Macy’s West Coast division, announced his retirement after two years with the retailer. Macy’s West president and chief operating officer Robert L. Mettler will succee...

Investronica to Open in L.A.

Investronica Systems, a computer-aided design software maker for the apparel industry, is opening a Los Angeles office in the California Market Center (formerly the Californ...

Quiksilver Heads North

The Huntington Beach-based surf manufacturer has just opened two concept shops in the Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton. Quiksilver Youth and the Quiksilver Boardriders Club opened at the end of April. This is the first ...

Economic Recovery?

The U.S. economy grew at 5.9 percent of the annual rate in the first quarter of the year—the sharpest increase in two years. However, the economic mood remains subdued because businesses have held back...

FIG Plans Charity Sale, Seeks Donations

The Fashion Industries Guild of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center will host its eighth annual Manufacturers Charity Sale May 17–18 at the California Market Center (the former Calif...

Cautious Confidence

The Consumer Confidence Index dipped slightly in April to 108.8 from last month’s buoyant 110.7, according to the Conference Board, a New York-based research firm. Analysts said consumers remain cautio...

American Activist

American Apparel owner Dov Charney was out in force with some of his workers at an immigrant rights rally hosted by the Multi-ethnic Immigrant Workers Organizing Network (MIWON) on M...

Pre-Party People

Ritual Events founders Patrick Couriellche and Jed Wexler were on hand as a packed house of fashionistas and party people mixed, mingled and danced to deejays Billy...

Saipan Settlement

Express Manufacturing, a Saipan garment factory, has agreed to pay $224,000 in back wages owed to 258 employees in settlement of a U.S. Labor Department charge that Express violated the Fair Labor Sta...

Op Lounge

Irvine-based beach giant Ocean Pacific Apparel Corp. has signed an agreement with Knothe Corp. for a line of Op clothing including loungewear, sleepwear and boxers for men, young men and boys. The agr...

Fashionable Affair

The movie: “Unfaithful” ...

Gerber Hit With Class-Action Suit

Tech company continues local and international efforts...

Tyco Nixes Split, Plans CIT Deal

Tyco International recently announced that it will no longer be pursuing its plan to break the company into several publicly traded entities, which it had announced this past January....

Retail Partners

Shop.org, the National Retail Federation’s online arm, and Forrester Research Inc. have formed a research partnership to bring Forrester’s retail research to...