Stories for October 2002

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Friday, October 25

Paragon Gets Asian Distribution

Westlake Village, Calif.-based software provider Paragon Business Systems has inked a deal with Japanese distributor Scrum Ltd. to sell and market Paragon’s apparel industry ...

Retailers to Share the Spotlight in New Style Channel Show

A new program is in the works at the Style channel that will spotlight fashion staples and how to incorporate them into one’s wardrobe....

Aussie Apparel to Acquire Federation Group Brands

Aussie Apparel Group, a subsidiary of Los Angelesbased Medex, announced its intent to acquire the global rights to sev...

Tracy Reese, Juicy Pump Sales at Elisa B.

Bipolar categories are the stuff of sales at Elisa B.’s contemporary 800-square-foot boutique in the historic Old Pasadena district of Southern California....

Hart Crafts Handbags for Macy's 100th

As part of its 100th birthday celebration, Macy’s Herald Square in New York is promoting merchandise honoring the centennial. Among the designers who’ve created special apparel, accessories, housewares...

New Upscale Urban Show Changes Name, Adds L.A. Installment

Threadshellip;That Rock the World, a new urban show merging music and fashion, has changed its name from Urban Rocks Fashion and will add a Los Angeles show in February of 2003, jus...

Barbara Fields Buying Office to Host KAMA Trend Seminar

Barbara Fields Buying Office and Cherish International will present a Spring/Summer ’03 trend forecast for members of the Korean American Manufacturers Asso...

Bringing Technology Into the Classroom

Teaching the next generation of designers and pattern makers the fashion business is not what it used to be, with new technologies evolving quicker than ever. But two influential t...

Fashion With a Southern Accent

The movie: “Sweet Home Alabama” ...

Port Debate Continues

The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents shippers in the current conflict at West Coast ports, is charging that port workers have been staging a work slowdown since the ports were reopened und...

Bebe Wins Ruling Against May

In a surprise decision, Bebe Stores Inc. on Oct. 21 won a preliminary injunction in a trademark infringement lawsuit it filed against May Department Stores Co. ...

Designers Step In for Cancer Benefit

Los Angeles designers Richard Tyler, Estevan Ramos, Michelle Mason, Corey Lynn Calter, Monah Li, Natalie Seaver and Trina Turk are among those d...

L.A. Textile Show: New Opportunities for Local Businesses

Strong traffic, an increased international presence and networking opportunities throughout the supply chain marked the Oct. 21–23 run of the Los Angeles International Textil...

Hathaway Moves Away

Men’s shirt maker C.F. Hathaway Co. made the final move to shift production overseas when it shuttered its factory and laid off 235 jobs in Waterville, Me. The nation’s oldest shirt manufacturer opened ...

Lower Confidence

The Consumer Confidence Index fell for the fourth month in a row in September to 93.3 from 94.5 the previous month, according to the Conference Board, the New York-based research firm that compiles th...

Friday, October 18

Femme Show Adds L.A. Pavilion

The New York-based Femme show, part of the MAGIC International trade show group, will add the L.A. Designers Pavilion at the next run of the show, set for Jan. 5–7, ...

FBI to Host Finance Seminar

Fashion Business Inc. (FBI) will present a conference discussing financial incentives for garment companies to stay and grow in Los Angeles on Nov. 12 in the New Mart’s Fashi...

Ports, Tech Crash Slow California Economy

The California economy, already sluggish before being dragged down even further by the recent West Coast port closures, lower-than-normal tourism and the crash of the tech sector, wi...

Women's Action Sports Trade Show Set to Debut

Following the path blazed by the Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo (ASR), Action Girl ’03, a new trade show dedicated to the female side of the action sports industry, is scheduled t...

Polo Suit May Have Ripple Effects

With a widespread impact on the retail industry a potential result, fashion giant Polo Ralph Lauren has been targeted in a recently filed lawsuit over its uniform policy....

September '02 Sales Still Sluggish

Despite easy comparison sales figures, the nation’s retailers couldn’t muster a strong September, blaming the faltering economy and warning that conditions may not improve....

Tukatech Expands Headquarters

CAD/CAM supplier Tukatech Inc. has completed an expansion of its corporate headquarters in Los Angeles, adding a 10,000-square-foot building that will house the company’s TukaWeb oper...

Latin-Owned Businesses, Execs Connect at LBA Expo

More than 420 exhibitors displayed their services and wares, ranging from merchandising equipment to factoring programs, at the Oct. 15–16 run of the Latin Business ...

State Employment Dips in September

California made a slight improvement in the unemployment rolls in September even as it shed thousands of jobs, according to the state Employment Development Department (EDD)....

Nike Appeal

Beaverton, Ore.-based footwear giant Nike has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a California Supreme Court ruling regarding the extent to which public corporate speech is protected under the First Amendment. The...

Kmart Goes Green

Troy, Mich.-based retail giant Kmart is overhauling its image beginning with its big red “K” logo. The company is replacing the logo with a new one in lime green and gray. In conjunction...

The Case for Purity; Street Scene: Tokyo

It’s become the widely accepted wisdom over the past two years that retailing online— if it is ever to be profitable—needs to be but one channel in a multi-channel mix of marketing media tethered to the ...

St. John's Next Generation

Irvinebased upscale manufacturer and retailer St. John Knits announced the retirement of its chief executive officer, chairman and co-founder Bob Gray and also announced his successors. Daughter Kelly Gray, currently...

Bisou Bisou Launches True Meaning

Los Angeles-based contemporary women’s sportswear maker Bisou Bisou is getting ready to launch a new young contemporary collection called True Meaning....

ISAM's Beach Bash

The exclusive Jonathan Club in Santa Monica, Calif., was the place to be on Oct. 9 when ISAM threw

Better Late Than Never for Arden B.'s Party

True to fashionably late form, Arden B. held a grand opening party on Sept. 10—two months after its arrival at the Grove shopping center in Los Angeles. Wit...

ISAM: Refining Collections in the Last Bid for Cruise

Swim makers honed their offerings and buyers arrived with a few key styles in mind at the Oct. 9–11 run of the International Swimwear and Activewear Market (ISAM), which drew more than 1,500 ...

Friday, October 11

Development and Shopping on Minds of Huntington Beach Retailers

“Surf City,” otherwise known as Huntington Beach, Calif., a town renowned for its eight miles of white sandy beaches, is in the midst of a development wave, and not everyone supports it....

Now Boston in Wisconsin

Birmingham, Ala.-based Saks Inc. announced name changes and consolidation of several of its Boston Stores and Younkers department stores in Wisconsin. Under the company's plans, the West Towne mall wi...

Material World: Strong Turnout Bodes Well for Spring '03 Show

MIAMI BEACH, FLA.—Material World Miami Beach got off to a strong start at its Oct. 6–8 run at the Miami Beach Convention Center with strong first-day attendance, an exhibitor ...

President Bush Steps In to Reopen Ports

Evoking the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, President George W. Bush secured a court order on Oct. 8 to force West Coast dockworkers back to work after 10 days of port closures. The court order will force t...

May and Federated Focus on New Retail Strategies

Amid laudatory speeches and confetti blasts, the ribbon was cut and around 11,000 customers streamed into the store throughout the charity preview day Oct. 3....

Fields Says Military Jackets, Cargo Pants Head Up Spring 2003 Looks

Marc Jacobs big-buttoned denim military jackets and Balenciaga’s cargo pants are the inspiration for Spring 2003, according to Barbara Fields, whose buyin...

State Settles With Wins Workers

About 240 former Wins of California garment workers in San Francisco will receive approximately $865,132 for more than three months' worth of back wages, according to the State Labor Commissi...

CLAD Names New President

The Coalition of Los Angeles Designers (CLAD) has named Darren Gold, co-designer of Mhope, as the organization’s new president....

City of Hope to Host 15th Annual Golf Fund-raiser

The Apparel Industries Group for the City of Hope will host the 15th Annual Norm Crosby Golf Tournament and Dinner on Oct. 28 at the North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Vil...

ISAM Debuts in Santa Monica

The International Swimwear and Activewear Market (ISAM) bowed Oct. 9 in its new location at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, Calif....

Spring Breaks at CMC's Junior & Contemporary Market

Junior resources were checking strongly during the California Market Center’s (CMC) Spring 2003 Junior & Contemporary Market Oct. 7–10, as anxious buyers and exhibitors tried to ho...

Hot Kiss on Sunset

Los Angeles-based juniors manufacturer Hot Kiss threw a wine-and-dine mixer on Oct. 8 during the Los Angeles Junior & Contemporary Market for retailers to mingle with Hot Kiss ex...

Directives West's 'How To Do L.A.'

How does one “do” Los Angeles? That was the question that Directives West, a Los Angeles-based retail consulting firm, declared the answer to on Oct. 7 with a Spring 2003 tren...

Smart Clothing

High-tech clothing was on the runway during the International Symposium on Wearable Computing, hosted by Infineon Technologies and held at the University of Washington earlier this month. Some of the ...

Gerber Names New L.A. Director

Gerber Technology has made a series of appointments to its software and management teams, including the promotion of Alan Seymour, who will head operations for Gerber’s Los Angeles office....

Chaus Secures Financing

New York-based misses clothing maker Bernard Chaus announced that is has secured a $40 million revolving line of credit and a $10.5 million term loan from the CIT Group/Commercial Services. The CIT de...

Lycra Targets Breast Cancer

Wilmington, Del.-based DuPont Lycra has signed on as the first international sponsor of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer (FTBC), an 8-year-old charitable organization licensed to the Council of Fashion Designers...

Friday, October 4

Freudenberg to Carry Fiber Dynamics' Interlinings

Freudenberg Nonwovens has agreed to purchase certain interlinings and embroider y backings business from Fiber Dynamics, effective Sept. 30....

Kerkes Joins Tommy Bahama

Resort apparel maker Tommy Bahama has announced the appointment of Don Kerkes as director of the company’s denim division Indigo Palms, a new post reporting to Tony Margolis,...

Material World Looks Ahead to 2004, 2005

Textile trade show Material World Miami Beach is set to bow with an eye to the future at its Oct. 7–9 run at the Miami Beach Convention Center...

There's More to Missy

Swim makers take a fresh look at the missy market ...

ISAM Set to Bow in Santa Monica

The International Swimwear/Activewear Market (ISAM) is adding the final touches to the upcoming edition of the show, which is expected to draw roughly 1,000 attendees to Santa Monica, Calif., for its...

State of Industry, Export Opportunities and Pitfalls Top the Agenda at Export Summit

More than 60 people turned out to find out more about export opportunities for apparel and textile manufacturers at a Sept. 26 summit sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of ...

L.A. Fashion Week Calendar Set

The Los Angeles Fashion Week Committee will post the calendar for Spring 2003 Fashion Week on the committee’s Web site,

Avery Acquires Packaging Firm

Tags and labels supplier Avery Dennison Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire RVL Packaging Inc., a global provider of brand identification products to...

Xlarge Poised for Growth

With a new line, new distribution focus and even new licensing deals, Los Angelesbased clothing design firm Xlarge is poised to grow even bigger. That’s the mission for the company, which curr...

CMC Sets Market Schedule

The California Market Center (CMC), home of the California Mart, has set its market week schedule for the Oct. 7–10 junior and contemporary market....

Sisters With Rock 'n' Roll Style

The Movie: “The Banger Sisters” ...

L.A. in N.Y.: BCBG Max Azria

Max Azria explored the age of innocence for

Hartenstine Named to AAFA Board

Apparel industry executive Warren Hartenstine has been named to the board of the American Apparel & Footwear Association’s (AAFA) Supplier and Resource Division (SRD), the technol...

L.A. in N.Y.: Lloyd Klein

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Malibu Gym Apparel

Malibu Gym Apparel (MGA) is relaunching as a fashion brand for men and women for the 15-year-old Malibu Gym fitness center in Malibu, Calif....

Babystyle to Open First Bricks-and-Mortar Store

Los Angeles-based babystyle, a maternity and baby lifestyle e-commerce site and catalog company, plans to open its first retail store, in Manhattan Beach, Calif., by late November....

Levi's Requests Brand Protection in Delhi

San Francisco-based Levi Strauss & Co. has filed a trademark infringement suit and is seeking brand protection from a Delhi, India, court after an Indian retailer was discovered selling ...

Billabong Plans New Flagships

Riding high on the success of its initial stores, Irvine, Calif.-based Billabong USA plans to add up to five more doors to its retail mix in the next 18 months, according to president Paul Na...

Jonny Rock

Jonathan Marks used to be a penniless, die-hard rock music fan from Delaware. That is, until he figured out how to make a profit from the music....

Cherokee Taps Wescoat

Cherokee Inc., a licensing and branded-apparel management company based in Van Nuys, Calif., has named Kyle Wescoat chief financial officer....

Nally & Millie

At a time when many apparel companies are branching into edgier styles for women’s separates, Nally & Millie, a missy contemporary line that focuses on the latest styles and fashion trends...

Gen Art Names 2002's Fresh Faces

Gen Art has named the designers to be featured in its Fresh Faces in Fashion show set for Nov. 3 at the Mayan Theater in downtown Los Angeles....

U.S. Clothing Retailers Settle Saipan Workers Suit

Six more American retailers have settled a wage violation claims class-action lawsuit filed by apparel workers in Saipan....

Focused Buyers, New Resources at CMC's Urban Suburban

Urban Suburban, a young men’s and juniors urban apparel and footwear show held at the California Market Center (CMC), opened to focused buyers and exhibitor growth for its Spring 2003...

Strong Turnout, Sales Mark Gift Markets at CMC, L.A. Mart

The retail cloud seemed to have lifted at the recent Los Angeles gift markets, which ran concurrently Sept. 29–Oct. 1....

Unemployment Drops

Claims for unemployment benefits fell by 24,000 to 406,000 for the week ending Sept. 21, marking the biggest decrease in two months, according to the Labor Department. Analysts said the news indicated...

Stalled Port Talks Lead to Lockouts

The stalled negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have blossomed into work...

Warnaco Files Plan

New York-based Warnaco Group filed a Plan of Reorganization with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York, with plans to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early 2003. The plan calls for the apparel...

Art Support

Actress Lisa Kudrow joined Inner-City Arts students and board members in breaking ground at an Oct. 1 event to kick off a $7.5 million expansion project, which will add 24,000 square feet of space inc...

Perc No More?

Dry cleaners in California may be prohibited from using perchloroethylene, commonly called perc, in their cleaning if the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) adopts a ban on the chemica...

LV and Wilson

Louis Vuitton has engaged avant-garde stage designer Robert Wilson to design the Holiday window displays for all the Louis Vuitton stores worldwide. Wilson’s displays will center around a newly redesig...