Stories for November 2002

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Friday, November 29

Holiday Shopping Destinations

Department stores are the first choice for holiday shopping and Target Stores are the second. That’s the news according to Desi...

Standing Room Only

Guests were packed into the new 1,200-square-foot Volcom store on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles at the Nov. 23 opening party. The creative energy spilled over into the party that took over part o...

Fashion District Expanding Eastward

The Los Angeles Fashion District is expanding....

CMC Extends Fall Market Dates

The California Market Center (CMC), which houses the California Mart and the Gift & Home Accessories Market, announced extended dates for the Fall 2003...

DKNY's Anti-Drug Message

New York–based DKNY Jeans is joining the White House’s anti-drug efforts with the release of a calendar that asks celebrities what their anti-drug is. Fourteen celebrities, including m...

L.A. Reps Take Caravan Concept On the Road

Tough economic times call for aggressive and divergent action, a fact of business that prompted Sue Gershon of Lifestyle Clothiers in the California Market Center (CMC) to round up ...

Third Street Promenade Continues to Draw Retailers

Leasing activity has heated up at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Calif. Like other local shopping destinations, the three-block thoroughfare has seen its share of retail closures...

Ashworth's D.C. Plans

Carlsbad-based golf apparel manufacturer Ashworth Inc. announced plans to build a $15 million U.S. distribution center on a 15.5-acre side in the Ocean Ranch Corporate Center in Oceanside. The new D.C., which...

Showroom Owner Opens French Quarter Boutique

The owner of the Los Angeles–based June Moda showroom in the California Market Center has opened her first retail store....

Hutton, Bening Honorees at Divine Design

Lauren Hutton and Annette Bening will take the top honors at the Divine Design 2002 opening night ceremony Dec. 5, which kicks off the four-day fashion and retail fu...

Sorrento Workers Resume Lawsuit Against UNITE

The former employees of Sorrento Coats Inc., a now-shuttered outerwear manufacturer in San Bernardino, are continuing their civil action against Union of Needletrades, Industrial an...

New Label Gives Contemporary Lingerie a Novelty Twist

Micky Sills is on a roll. The Los Angeles–based designer and retailer is constantly on the lookout for new niche markets....

Veltex Expands Tuck Fleet

Diamond Bar–based Veltex Corp. announced plans to expand its fleet of trucks by 20 by the end of November and by another 40 by the end of the year. The trucking company will have a total of 106 trucks by the e...

Holiday Mixer Focuses on Labor Law

Members of the garment industry are invited to a Holiday Mixer and a labor law presentation, with special guest Miles Locker, an attorney for the Departmen...

Port Negotiations Near Closure

Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) reached a tentative agreement in a late-night session on Nov. 23, which include...

Friday, November 22

Tyler's Fashion Week Mixer

“Better late than never” is how Los Angeles designer Richard Tyler described L.A.’s growing street cred with the announcement that Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is coming to his home turf ...

David Tupaz's Old Hollywood

It may be clicheacute;d—but “elegance and glamour is what this town should be about,” says David Tupaz. And, on Nov. 9, the Los Angeles–based designer applied that theory when he...

Everyone Into the POOL Party

More than 100 POOL trade show exhibitors, buyers and guests, lounged on the Downtown Standard Hotel’s rooftop waterbeds and club chairs or just stood around to reflect on two days of hect...

Madison Bids Adieu to Emma Gold

The Los Angeles-based retail store formerly known as Emma Gold on Melrose Avenue celebrated its new moniker, Madison, on Nov. 7. Owner Mark Goldstein said it was time for ...

Golf Tournament Benefits City of Hope

On Oct. 28, Apparel Industries Group, a 69-year-old fund-raising organization for the City of Hope, hosted the 15th Annual Norm Crosby Golf Tournament at the North ...

Esquivel Shoes Bow at Fred Segal Feet

You’d think Jimmy Choos were half off considering the number of people attending the debut party of Esquivel shoes at Fred Segal Feet on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. The Nov. 7 ...

Nzania Concept Studio

Nzania Concept Studio (NCS) is an Irvine, Calif.–based company launched in 2001 as the licensing division of 10-year-old Nzania Manufacturing. The first licensed app...

FBI Hosts Financial Incentives Conference

Fashion Business, Inc. (FBI) presented “Financial Incentives for Garment Companies to Grow in Los Angeles” on Nov. 12 in the fashion theater of the New Mart to a crowd ...

Rockabilly Looks Checking at Santa Monica's Brat Store

A location across the street from a cemetery, as well as pink walls and a velvet Elvis painting, sets the mood at the Brat store on 14th Street in Santa Monica, Calif., where rockab...

Positivity Design & Marketing

As the mother of two, Lori Brookes desired something that could counteract the overwhelming negativity she saw bombarding her kids. Taking matters into her own hands, she c...

Lacey J

Gina Hall and Kelly Kaneda’s entrance into the fashion industry was similar to how an artist with fabulous works tucked away in the closet is suddenly discovered. They had designs that were too extraor...

The Howe Collection

Noticing a void in men’s highend denim, Jade Howe launched the Howe Collection in the Fall of 2001, describing the line as “Cowboy punk meets English country gentleman rock star.”...

Splinter Trade Show to Debut During January '03 ASR

Agenda, a Los Angeles–based organization dedicated to art, music and fashion, recently announced plans to launch a trade show for smaller streetwear lines to run concurrently with the...

Quiksilver Expands Global Control

In a deal worth $93 million, Huntington Beach, Calif.-based Quiksilver, Inc. recently announced plans to buy out its Australian and Japanese licensees to expand global control over its brand. The buyout of the licensees—Austr...

Port Normal

The long lines are gone at the West Coast ports and turn times have returned to normal, according to port officials. There had been a backlog of merchandise waiting to be received following a nearly two-week shutdown...

Jewelry Designer Petesch Dies

Angela Petesch, Los Angeles jewelry designer and member of the Fashion Group International of Los Angeles, passed away on Oct. 18 at the age of 95....

Real Gap Customers

The Gap is looking to get real. The San Francisco-based retailer is hosting a nationwide casting call for men, women and children to audition for a chance to appear in a Gap print ad in 2003. Applicants can submit an...

Infini

Infini is a new bottoms-driven, young contemporary, denimbased Los Angeles line that, though only six months old, already has a cross-continental design team and overseas manufacturing....

Billabong Taps Peterson

Kim Peterson has been named group communications director of Australia-based surfwear company Billabong and will join the marketing team at Billabong USA headquarters in Irvine, Cali...

Modern Amusement Steps Up Growth

With the opening of its sixth store, at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, Calif., Modern Amusement plans to ramp up its expansion over the next five years....

Discounters Boosting California Stores

With the direction of the economy a crapshoot for most industry observers, saving money has never been a better idea. And, discount retailers, who often weather the fiscal storm better than their high...

Workers' Comp Hikes Planned for New Year

California apparel business owners can expect to see workers’ compensation rate increases over the next three years, with some observers saying increases may be as high as 50 percent over the next two ...

Friday, November 15

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: Goretti

There’s always a song behind a Goretti collection, the sleek 2-year-old line designed by Los Angeles’ Desiree Kohan and Monica Behan. What kind of song depends on how Behan is feeling at the mo...

Tarrant Gets Waiver

Los Angeles–based private label denim producer Tarrant Apparel, which technically defaulted on certain covenants with lenders following its third-quarter results released this week, has received a waiv...

Strong Report Card for Kohl's

The Menomonee Falls, Wisc., retailer, which this week announced plans for 28 stores in Southern California next spring, scored an A with consumer research group J.D. Powers & Associates. Consumers rated Kohl...

Bebe Sport

Rain put a slight kink in the Nov. 7 party celebrating the

Suss Launches Knitting Primer

Hand-knit cellphone cases, neck warmers and bridal evening bags are among the 30 design projects highlighted in Suss Cousins’ new book, “Hollywood Knits.” Publi...

Venus Style

Tennis pro Venus Williams announced the launch of V Starr Interior, a full-service interior design and decorating company based in Palm Beach, Fla., where Williams lives with sister Serena. Williams, ...

Coogi Rights Sold

A joint venture between two as-yet-unnamed U.S.-based clothing companies has bought the worldwide intellectual property rights and trademarks of troubled fashion group Coogi of Australia. Administrato...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: Ya-Ya

About 200 fashion editors and fans of fashion gathered on the second floor of the Cooper Building on Nov. 4 to check out the...

Owens and Lamy Spotlighted in Home Design Book

Influential Los Angeles duo, restaurateur Michele Lamy and designer Rick Owens, who are among the 15 couples profiled in a new how-to book on home design, hosted a book signing at Lamy’s trend...

Frederick's of Hollywood

President Linda LoRe called it a coming- out party of sorts for Frederick’s of Hollywood. Indeed, more than 300 celebs—David Spade, Tara Reid, ’N Sync’s Joey Fatone and J.C. Chasez,...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: martinMARTIN

The husband and wife design team of Eric and Diane Moss Martin offered buyers and the fashion press a view into the yin and yang of their...

DuPont Unveils New Polymer

Wilmington, Del.–- based fiber and chemical company DuPont has a new polymer that can be made into a fiber with the attributes of a synthetic and the hand of a natural fiber. And the company h...

Holiday Sales Forecast Not So Gloomy

The economic grinch may not steal retailers’ Christmas cheer just yet....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: Jared Gold

It was a perfectly delightful evening of magic tricks, musical performances and cake at Jared Gold’s carnival cabaret showing of the designer’s Black Chandelier and Jared Gold Couture ...

Job Growth Struggles

Sixty percent of 150 chief executives surveyed by the Business Roundtable, an association of corporate leaders, said their company’s workforce would probably shrink next year, while only 11 percent exp...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: San Paredes and Andraegonzalo

Forget It, Jake, a former supply store turned hip boutique near the heart of Chinatown, was the setting for a...

Painterly Fashions Distinguish 'Frida'

The movie: “Frida”...

Judy's Founder Pens Memoir, Encouraging Others to Follow Their Passion

For legions of fashion-conscious women over the past half-century, the Judy’s store was a key venue for building their wardrobes. Founder and designer Marcia Israel-Curley, now in her 70s, has...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: Petro Zillia

Against the concrete starkness of the Valuta Building in downtown Los Angeles on Nov. 3, the Petro Zillia collection was a contrast of colors, shapes and textures for Spring...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: L.A. Independent Designers

Los Angeles Independent Designers (LAID) presented its fashion exhibition Nov. 3 at the Inshallah Gallery on Main Street in downtown Los Angeles. The...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: Susana Mercedes

Susana Mercedes, designer and president of the company that bears her name, debuted her Spring 2003 colle...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: Starchild

Crowd support was strong for the debut of Starchild, a

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: Alicia Lawhon

Alicia Lawhon went back to school for her

New Book Chronicles California Fashion History

Fashion veterans Marian Hall, Marjorie Carne and Sylvia Sheppard, like many in the industry, have long been disappointed in the lack of recognition that California’s apparel designe...

Cherokee, Mossimo Dispute Settled

Cherokee Inc. was issued an interim award on Nov. 11 following arbitration to settle a dispute between the Van Nuys, Calif.-based apparel manufacturer and Santa Monica, Calif.-based ...

AB633 Sends Many Scurrying to Comply

On Oct. 9, the newly revised Assembly Bill 633 (AB633), which places tighter controls on the state’s apparel industry, became effective throughout California. Not much more than a month later, many Sou...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: David Cardona

Designer David Cardona was surprisingly calm as he mingled with guests prior to the start of his...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: Anja Flint

Designer Anja Flint showed highlights from her Spring 2003 collection at the fifth installment of Gen Art and Chrysler’s “PT Studio...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: Jennifer Nicholson

Father Jack was absent, rehearsing for a play, but the Los Angeles debut of Jennifer Nicholson’s “Love L...

Gen Art's Fabulous Four

They weren’t on the runway, but they were definitely there. “They” are Gen Art’s Fresh Faces in Fashion 2002 picks in the accessories category....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: Eduardo Lucero

Two words could sum up designer Eduardo Lucero’s collection: All woman. The designer showed his Spring 200...

Retailers Benefit from Sweeter October '02 Sales

Economic uncertainty wasn’t enough to spook shoppers, who contributed to better October retail sales, even at beleaguered Gap, which snapped a two-year streak of sales declines....

Great Escape Hires Executive Staff

Los Angeles-based childrenswear manufacturer Great Escape announced it has hired George Morris as Bottoms Merchandiser and Andrew Stein as Director of Imports for both Great...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: Elena La Bua and Shawn

The fashion shows started late, but no one seemed to mind as they indulged i...

Friday, November 8

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: CLAD

The Coalition of Los Angeles Designers (CLAD) switched gears

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: Jessica Moss

The mood was downright euphoric inside a large downtown loft converted into an art space called Welcome to the Plastic Factory, where vintage revivalist Jessica Moss presented...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: Pacific Coast Travelers

About 300 guests viewed missy, contemporary, moderate ...

Aria Expands Deal With Juliana

Aria Systems, which markets enterprise resourcing planning (ERP) software, has expanded its relationship with apparel line Juliana Collezione, which will use Aria...

Guess? Inc. Cuts Back, Closes Stores

Los Angeles-based Guess? Inc. announced plans to make job cutbacks and close some stores as the result of a weak retail environment....

Webby Awards Honor Fashion; New Horizons for Amazon

Entering its seventh year, the Webby Awards [

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: Atoosa

Techno was the vibe at the

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: California Market Center

California’s past, present and future were on display during the California Market Center...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: Jeremy Scott

“Everyone is someone in L.A.” That was the song playing during

Lucky Launches New Ad Campaign

Los Angeles-based denim maker and retailer Lucky Brand Dungarees is going full force with its marketing plans for the holiday season....

Novelty and Brands Drive Sales at the Grove

Shiny newness is keeping the Grove shopping center in Los Angeles—home to Nordstrom, Gap, Banana Republic and a 14-screen cineplex—bustling with shoppers. The $160 mi...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: Private by Freddi Rojas

Los Angeles-based sportswear company Private, which recently shortened its name from Private Circle, presented its...

S.F. Academy of Art Taps Maze

Former Harper’s Bazaar fashion editor Gwen Mazer has joined the fashion department faculty of San Francisco’s Academy of Art College as lifestyle coordinator/advocate for the ...

Labeling Lawsuit

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that Harveacute; Benard suits carried by Saks Fifth Avenue were falsely advertised as “fine cashmere” when they were made from recycled woo...

Levi's En Masse

San Franciscobased denim giant Levi Strauss & Co. has launched a line for the mass market retail channel. The new line, called Signature, will be sold at Bentonville, Ark.-based retail giant Wal-Mart starting July 2003. The company is t...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: Nikolaki

Nick Verreos and David Paul know how to make a woman look sexy. And for

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: Tree Studio

The earth’s glories, whether they be liquid sunsets or brilliant cloud breaks, were the impetus for Beverly Klein and Theresa McAllen’s...

Jewelry Designers Give Vintage Pieces a New Twist

Costume jewelry and accessories are on the rise again, with up-and-coming designers paving the way with new looks and turning one-of-a-kind vintage pieces into high-end fashion ornaments. Here’s a look at two ...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: FBI

Fashion Business inc. (FBI) presented its

7th on Sixth Announces Plans for L.A. Event

Organizers of New York’s Mercedes- Benz Fashion Week on Nov. 1 announced at a rooftop press conference at the Downtown Standard Hotel in Los Angeles their plans to s...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: Marithe+Francois Girbaud

After stepping out of the spotlight for nearly two decades, Marithe+Francois Girbaud is quietly reentering the fashion forum with a new collection of denim and contemporary sportswear for women. The compa...

Two Beiges May Be Too Much

To paraphrase The Bard, would Beige by any other name alter fashion sales?...

The Other Side of the Tracks

The former downtown headquarters of Los Angeles’ trolley line is slated to become an upscale apartment building if a $20 million renovation project is approved. ICO Investment Group has proposed turnin...

Long Beach Retail Grows With DDR

Downtown Long Beach’s renaissance continues to unfold these days with two ventures by Developers Diversified Realty (DDR): the Nov. 8 grand opening of CityPlace, and the futu...

Factory Orders Down

In another indication of a stalled economy, factory orders fell 2.3 percent to $318.1 billion in September, following a scant 0.4 percent decrease in August, according to the Department of Commerce. O...

Port Talks Pause Following Compromise

Negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) will break for a one-week recess, following an agreement on on...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '03: Gen Art

It was a packed house Nov. 3 when Gen Art presented its annual

Volcom on La Brea

Costa Mesa-based apparel maker Volcom will open a 1,200-square-foot store on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles later this month. This will be the first U.S. store for Volcom, which operates stores in Euro...

Multiple Venues Draw Buyers to L.A. Spring '03 Market

Buyers had a lot of ground to cover during Los Angeles Fashion Week, Nov. 1–5, with exhibitors at the California Market Center (CMC), New Mart, G...

Friday, November 1

Fashion Museum Eyes Temporary Home

Plans for a new fashion industry museum in downtown Los Angeles appear to be advancing as Museum of Fashion Designers and Creators (MODAC) founder Irene Kasmer said she has reached an agreeme...

Mission Street Gears Up

While some shopping districts are trying to deal with the strains of their success, others are just getting off the ground. One area in Southern California that is sprucing up in ant...

Panacea

Panacea is a young contemporary designer collection made byhellip;well, young designers....

ACA Joe Back at Retail

Los Angeles-based young men’s sportswear line ACA Joe has opened a retail store at the Beverly Center shopping mall. This marks the first new U.S. store since the closure of nearly 100 ACA Joe stores i...

H&M Founder Dies

Erling Persson, founder of Swedish retailer H&M died on Oct. 28 following a brief illness. He was 85. Persson founded the Hennes store in Sweden in 1947; in 1968 he acquired the Mauritz Widforss h...

Urban Apparel Association

California Market Center Suite C-433 (213) 688-1182 ...

Lix Jeans

As a family-owned business—Sue Yang-Eaves serves as the company’s chief executive officer and designer; husband Patrick M. Eaves is in charge of the daily operations; and Yang-Eaves’ sister, Jennifer Yang, hand...

Leakwear

California Market Center Suite A-421 (213) 244-1458 ...

Tarrant Expands Joint Venture With Azteca

The Guez family, which owns two of Southern California’s largest private label denim manufacturing companies, is consolidating a portion of their operations....

Fashion Interest From Russian Delegation

The California Market Center (CMC), California Fashion Association (CFA) and California Apparel News joined forces to promote the Los Angeles apparel indus...

Mike and Millie Showroom

California Market Center Suite A-525 (213) 228-0435 ...

Circle 5 Showroom

California Market CenterSuite B-536 (213) 622-6922 ...

Material World Numbers

Textile and sourcing trade show Material World Miami Beach drew more than 3,200 attendees during an Oct. 7–9 run at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Atlanta-based Urban Expositions, organizers of Material Wo...

The Next Americans

Los Angeles-based T-shirt maker American Apparel is expanding its infants’ and kids’ line in response to increased demand for children’s imprintable T-shirts. The expanded Classic Baby collection will bow during...

Carl Copeland

California Market CenterSuite C-446 (213) 623-3215 ...

S.A.M. Showroom

New Mart Suite 407 (213) 489-5265 ...

BCN-Barcelona Showroom

Gerry Building Suite 405 (213) 622-2787 ...

Africa at ASAP

Pasadena-based Cyber Merchants Exchange, organizers of the ASAP Global Sourcing Show, have struck a partnership with the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), which will bring a trade group of exhibitors...

Ahneva Ahneva-QAA Collections

Queen Ahneva Ahneva has been creating cultural couture in the Leimert Park area of Los Angeles for more than 10 years. After traveling around the globe, gathering inspiration from a ...

American Eagle Signs on Intentia

American Eagle Outfitters (AE) has contracted Intentia Americas and its Movex Fashion collaboration software to help streamline sourcing, production, finance and distributio...

Local Lines Take Dallas

Eletra Casadei and Nally & Millie were among several local designers to pick up an award at the 27th annual Dallas Fashion Awards held Oct. 26 at the D...

Keeping Independents Alive

Popular shopping thoroughfares such as Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade and Colorado Boulevard in Old Pasadena hope to come full circle....

Lack of Confidence

The Consumer Confidence Index dropped sharply in October to 79.4 from 93.7 in September, according to the Conference Board, a New York-based research firm. This marks the fifth drop in the Index and t...

PNB Nation

California Market Center Suite C-448 (213) 489-0508 ...

Mocha Lounge Showroom

Gerry Building Suite 403 (213) 239-8833 ...

Mr. Blackwell, R.L. Spencer Honored

Designer Norman Blackwell (aka Mr. Blackwell), creator of Hollywood’s annual tongue-and-cheek “Worst Dressed List,” and his partner, R.L. Spencer, were honored by St. Mary Medical Center (SMMC) in Long Beach, C...

Kreisler Sees Changes in Apparel Exec Searches

Finding good talent is getting tricky during a time when job integrity is becoming an issue in board rooms across America following the debacles involving Enron Corp. and Wo...

Local Recognition

Los Angeles designer Kevan Hall recently received top honors at the 47th Annual Gold Coast Fashion Award Show at the Chicago Hilton and Towers International Ballroom. Hall was up against designers Michael Akers, Yigal Azrouel, Julie Chaiken...

Fashion District Heads Into a New Design Age

Los Angeles is hosting one of its largest fashion weeks ever, and the landscape of the city’s fashion core is taking a similarly promising turn....

Tech Conference Coming to Orange County

Intentia America will host two technology conferences for apparel companies on Dec. 4 and 10, in New York and Costa Mesa, Calif., respectively....