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Friday, April 25

Expectations High for L.A. Textile Show

There’s a certain optimistic feeling among several of the textile representatives preparing for the April 28–30 run of the Los Angeles International Textile Show at the Califo...

Apparel Firms See More Choices in PDM Market

After a period of skepticism and some bad experiences along the way, the apparel industry appears to be warming up to PDM (product data management) technology. PDM is the software that manages the specs, revisions an...

Contemporary Line Has Vintage Menswear Roots

Designer Nikki Chu is adding a little exclusivity to T-shirts and jeans....

SIMA Goes Green for Environmental Fund

The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association has chosen eight envi...

New at [TC]2

Textile/Clothing Technology Corporation—known as [TC]2—named several new members to its board. Peter N. Butenhoff, previously president and chief operating officer, has been named chairman and chief exe...

Orders Up

Analysts are optimistic about the increase in new orders for durable goods in March, as reported by the Department of Commerce. Orders for big-ticket items such as machinery increased 2.0 percent to $...

Ralphs Signs Lease for Store Near L.A. Fashion District

It’s official: Downtown Los Angeles will have its first major grocery store in recent years. Ralphs Grocer y Co. has signed a lease to occupy a 50,000-square-foot space at Ninth and F...

Ray's Apparel Expands at Irvine Spectrum

Ray’s Apparel Inc., the primary licensee for Ocean Pacific clothing, has purchased a 135,777-square-foot warehouse at the Irvine Spectrum for $8.7 million f...

Kronfli's Niche Business

Local mill weathers difficult market with specialty fabrics ...

LATT Students Place In Alpaca Design Contest

Two Los Angeles Trade-Technical College students recently received honors in the first student design competition hosted by the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association. Students Amelia Custod...

Ellis' Union Suit

The Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees has filed a lawsuit against Perry Ellis International charging that the apparel manufacturer is restricting its rights as a shareholder. UNITE owns a portio...

Guatemalan Show Draws Local Retailers, Manufacturers

For years, Los Angeles–based Forever 21 Inc. has manufactured most of its private labels in Southern California....

Kandy Kiss Moving to Sylmar, Calif.

Pacoima, Calif.–based Kandy Kiss of California Inc. is moving its headquarters to the Cascades Business Park in Sylmar, Calif. Ac...

Stepping Up at Lectra

Bordeaux, France–based Lectra has promoted Patrick Simon to director of marketing and Claudio Saita to director of Lectra- Japan, a position previously help by Simon. Saita was previously director of s...

Apparel Leaders Concerned About Labor, Insurance Issues

The California fashion industry is in dire need of higher- skilled labor and relief from the high cost of tax and insurance regulations, said apparel industry leaders who met with ed...

More Exhibitors to Choose From at San Francisco Market

Immediate orders and staple items for autumn were on buyers’ lists at the Fashion Market– Fall I edition of Golden Gate Apparel Association’s (GGAA) Fashion ...

Second Babystyle Location Opens

E Style Inc. is adding another brick to its clicks....

Indie Retailer Opens in Lakewood Mall

Peanut’s Revenge, an independent retailer offering “greaser/punk” fashions, opens April 26 at the Lakewood Center Mall in Lakewood, Calif....

Donahue Schriber Names New VP of Operations

Retail-property developer Donahue Schriber of Costa Mesa, Calif., has named Michele Babcock as executive vice president of operations for the privately held real-estate investment trust (REIT...

AAFA's Burma Ban

The American Apparel and Footwear Association has called for an immediate ban on U.S. textile, apparel and footwear imports from Burma due to the “ongoing cruel and oppressive nature of the ruling regime” in th...

Paul Frank to Open Store at South Coast Plaza

Designer Paul Frank is preparing to open a boutique at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., as early as summer 2003. This is Frank’s first foray into shopping malls....

Gap Goes High Tech for Pricing Controls

San Francisco retailer Gap Inc. continues to invest in technology to enhance its profit margins. The specialty chain, which has 1,300 stores, is investing in new profit-optimization...

Friday, April 18

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Shawn

Shawn designer Yohanna Logan should consider showing in a bigger venue next season. The fire marshal threatened to shut down her...

TALA Sets Playday Schedule

The Textile Association of Los Angeles (TALA) will host its annual Bob Berg Invitational TALA Summer Playday on May 9 at the Los Robles Country Club in Thousand Oak...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: David Park

Los Angeles–based designer David Park has found a way to capture timeless styles while adding a modern touch. Park presented his...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Sara Palacios

Cuban-born designer Sara Palacios was a painter for more than two decades before she transferred her work to fabric to create one-of-a-kind clothing designs....

Fewer Jobless, Fewer Jobs

California’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.6 percent in March from a revised 6.7 percent the month before, but employers shed 4,100 jobs during the same period, according to the Employment Development Department. Thi...

Futuristic Fashion Show Planned

The Institute for Accelerating Change will host a futuristic fashion show on May 17 in Culver City, Calif., as part of a forum that will address cryonics, molecular technology and other scien...

Fur Free Party

Do right. Be right. Eat right. And don’t wear fur. That was the overall gist of the Fur Free Party on April 2 at Smashbox Studios in Culver City. The party, sponsore...

Barneys Miami

Barneys New York is headed for Florida. The New York–based retailer will open a Barneys New York CO-OP location in the South Beach section of Miami this fall. The 9,000-squarefoot, two-story store will carry men...

Calter Named Fashion Innovator

Contemporary fashion designer Corey Lynn Calter has been selected as this year’s Moss Adams Fashion Innovator (MAFI)....

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Angelrox

Packed with plenty of “precirc;t-a-crochet” and featuring a dancer showing off a few grand jeteacute;s, Angelrox’s Fall 2003 runway show leaped into Lo...

U.S. Commerce Dept. Chooses L.A. Firm for Textile IDs

The United States Department of Commerce has selected the DNA textile-marker solution of Los Angeles–based Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. to aid customs officials in identifying the origins of im...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Pacific Coast Travelers

Pacific Coast Travelers took buyers on a tour of the ...

Pending Calif. Legislation

Insurance for all, but at a steep cost to small businesses ...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Brignoni

Whitey Flagg’s bull’s-eye painting in bright primary colors provided the backdrop for Michelle Brignoni’s...

Regaining Confidence

The Consumer Confidence Index appears to be rebounding this month—it has climbed from March’s 77.6 to reach 83.2, according to the University of Michigan’s preliminary April calculations. The university ...

Cerruti and Cardona

Italian label Cerruti has taped Los Angeles designer David Cardona to design the company’s Cerruti women’s label and the 1881 line. Cardona will continue to design his own David Cardona line and will sp...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: John Sakalis

John Sakalis held his first solo runway presentation for his Fall/Winter collec...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Gen Art

Gen Art and Acura hosted an evening of fashion, fun and free drinks on April 4 at the Shrine Expo Hall. The event, called “Los An...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Coalition of Los Angeles Designers

The Coalition of Los Angeles Designers (CLAD)

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Frederick's of Hollywood

Smashbox Studios in Culver City was transformed into a media mosh-pit as some of Tinseltown’s most-talked-about names arrived on the red carpet April 1 for Frederick’s of Hollywood...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Nataya

Deciding to depart from the Mercedes-Benz Shows L.A. marketing blitz but still stay under the same roof, Nataya designer Inga Nataya Bogomolny chose the Downtown Standard Hotel...

Fashion District BID Challenged by Santee Group

The future of how the Los Angeles Fashion District is managed is up in the air as a group of Santee Alley property owners has submitted a petition to the city to form a smaller Busi...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Catelle

Visitors to Adele Catelle’s

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Designers & Agents

Designers & Agents dubbed its

Million-Dollar Merchandising

Key trends and “million-dollar items” were on the bill at the Barbara Fields Buying Office Fall 2003 Back-to-School Million Dollar Item seminar, held on April ...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scott’s public-relations firm is doing a great job of turning up the hype full-throttle for the new–to–Los Angeles designer. Scott’s April 3 show at the Palace nightclub in Hollywood drew a massiv...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Corey Lynn Calter

It’s about time Corey Lynn Calter stepped into the spotlight and did a

Wilhelm Forms CBI Group

Walter Wilhelm Associates LLC, an apparel-industry consultancy firm, has formed a management team to help manufacturers in the Caribbean Basin Initiative territory transition to full-package ...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Kate O'Connor

Kate O’Connor, who put herself on the fashion map with a line of handcrafted signature ponchos last season, revealed clingy, sexy looks for her...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Susana Mercedes

Susana Mercedes dug deep into her Central American roots for her

Strong BTS Buying at L.A. Juniors Market

Novelty T-shirts, denim and sportswear in satin fabrications were some of the key items vendors showed during Junior & Contemporary Majors Market, held April 14–17 at the...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Deseo 23

Desso 23 presented a Fall/Winter 2003 fashion show on April 7 at a space located in Los Angeles’ Korea town. Womenswear designer Daniel Gonzalez and menswear designer Esperanza Ramirez showed a mixtu...

Bebe Names VP of Retail Ops

Bebe Stores Inc. has named Ferrell Ostrow vice president of store operations. Ostrow had been the company’s acting vice president of store operations since February and had served as vice pres...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: David Tupaz

Extravagant fabrics and rich embellishments were the basis for designer David Tupaz’s Fall 2003 collection...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Sterling Capricio

Two 12-feet-tall, stilted Gothic figures opened Los Angeles designer Sterling Capricio’s Got...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Anja Flint

The 1980s and the decade’s techno-disco beat inspired Anja Flint’s Fall lines, shown April 4 at Smashbox Studios in Culver City....

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: James

James’ Fall 2003 swimwear and ready-to-wear collection rocked to a definite Samba rhythm on April 4 at

Shopping for America

Teens boost sales despite wartime woes...

SARS Scare: Local Companies Putting Off Trips Overseas

John Inn, head of juniorswear company Bubblegum USA, is no stranger to Hong Kong....

Weather, War and a Delayed Holiday Deter Retail

Chilly weather, a late Easter and a desert war all put a damper on March retail sales for apparel-specialty, chain and department stores, according to company reports....

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Panacea

The wilderness setting inside Panacea’s spacious downtown studio loft seemed representative of how the Los Angeles–based clothing company takes aspiring design- school graduates and throws them into the wild business ...

Mushi Mushi Retailer Mills Bows Eclectic Jewelry Line

Retailer Moss Mills has launched a collection of castsilver and brass necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets....

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Holly Foss

Designer and Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising student Holly Foss presented her one-of-a-kind designs at Welcome to the Plastic Factory, a monthly art, music and fashio...

Kmart Reorganizing

Troy, Mich.–based Kmart filed a reorganization plan with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plan includes the results of a poll of the company’s creditors. Not all of the compa...

Friday, April 11

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Kablan

Bias-cut halter dresses and skirts made from men’s vintage- tie fabrics gave Kablan’s Fall 2003...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Cornell Collins

As an up-and-coming designer, Cornell Collins was determined to make his

Los Angeles Designers Online

Los Angeles fashion designers are savvy and visionary, and they proved it at the Los Angeles Fashion Week shows....

Less Global Growth

The World Bank has revised its projection for global growth to 2.3 percent for the first half of 2003. In December, the organization projected 2.5 percent growth, and in July, the organization project...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Nikolaki

Nick Verreos and David Paul showed a solid signature look for

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Sue Wong

Sue Wong is known for her exotic styling, and her

Fashion District Dallas to Launch New Trade Show

New apparel market Fashion District Dallas has announced it will debut womenswear trade show Encore! Encore! Oct. 23–27 during the Women’s & Children’s Ap...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Eduardo Lucero

Los Angeles designer Eduardo Lucero was in a 1950s mood when he created his

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Petro Zillia

The brightly dyed red hair that Nony Tochterman sports is one clue that nothing the Los Angeles designer does is understated....

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Frankie B.

Frankie B. designer Daniella Clark used influences from 1960s West Coast rock culture for her Fall 2...

Buyers Navigate Multiple Venues, Shows at L.A. Market

Buyers had a lot of ground to cover during the April 2–8 run of Los Angeles Market Week....

Skechers Suit

Skechers shareholders have filed seven class-action lawsuits against the Manhattan Beach, Calif.–based shoemaker, charging the company with making “false and misleading” statements about ...

Fashion District Bid Renewal Moves Forward

The Los Angeles Fashion District Business Improvement District (BID), which provides services for the Los Angeles Fashion District, passed the first step in renewing its contract for...

Taking Credit: Factoring in Financing

Poor consumer confidence and lackluster retail sales may have put a dent in business, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a world of opportunity out there for financial institutions catering to the Southe...

Sports Gear Drives Sales at Urban Suburban

Sportswear for both men and women moved briskly during the sixth installment of the Urban Suburban trade show, held April 2–4 at the California Market Center in Los Angeles....

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Ashley Paige

Ooh-la-la, Ashley. Swimwear designer Ashley Paige showed off her babe-alicious

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Lotta

Swedish-born Lotta Stensson lives in Los Angeles now, but the designer spent 12 years in the Big Apple before she made her way out West. Her April 2...

Brooks Brothers Gets Rodeo Drive Address

Menswear retailer Brooks Brothers has signed a long-term, $15 million lease to take over a prime Rodeo Drive address formerly occupied by Tommy Hilfiger, according to real-e...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Trina Turk

Trina Turk took her sweet time getting to the runway—but for those who saw her

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Tree

Tree is still in its infancy. But judging fromits

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: martinMartin

“Edwardian Punk ” was how martinMARTIN designers Eric Martin and Diane Moss-Martin described their...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Richard Tyler and Tyler

The drumbeat of war had a definite influence on Richard Tyler’s two collections, Richar...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Kevan Hall

Kevan Hall’s intention for his

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Rami Kashou

Rami Kashou opened his

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Chang Reyes

Los Angeles–based designers Steven Chang and Miguel Reyes showed some brightly charged fashion designs for their...

Promoting Pink During L.A. Fashion Week

Many Los Angeles Fashion Week attendees got a glimpse of pink when a parade of women in pink followed by a film crew turned up at the Downtown Sta...

Kellwood Lounge

St. Louis-based Kellwood Co. has struck a licensing deal with Cluett, Peabody & Co. for a line of men’s and boy’s sleepwear and loungewear under the Arrow brand name. Kellwood will handle design, so...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Heatherette

Heatherette designers Richie Rich and Traver Rains may be die-hard New Yorkers, but, while in town for Los Angeles Fashion Week, they put on a...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Michelle Mason

Local designer Michelle Mason gave her Mason collection its runway debut alon...

Moore at ATMI

The American Textile Manufacturers Institute has named Willis C. Moore chairman of the textile- industry organization. Moore is the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Unifi Inc. H...

Capitalizing on Close-Outs

A new biannual trade show and auction for the close-out industry is set to bow Aug. 24–27 at the Las Vegas Hilton. Close-Out Expo will include exhibitors selling first-run clearance items, budget goods...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Jenni Kayne

If you’re going to make an entrance, make it big. Twenty-year-old fashion newcomer Jenni Kayne did just that when she...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Grey Ant

Grant Krajecki knows how to entertain. The designer displayed his Grey Ant Fall 2003 collect...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Mon Petit Oiseau

Tracy Wilkinson, an English designer who now resides in Los Angeles, wove a touch of France through the...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Rebecca Rich

Los Angeles designer Rebecca Rich looked to the future for inspiration and came away with a Fall 2003 collection...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Rock & Republic

Rock & Republic lived up to its name by staging a high-energy, rock ’n’ roll show called “All Access Fall T...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Joey & T

Stylists-turned-designers Joey Tierney and Tanya Tamburin didn’t disappoint at their show on April 2 at the Downtown...

Friday, April 4

D&A Hosts First Fashion Show

New York-based contemporary trade show Designers & Agents will host its first fashion show at its opening-night party during Los Angeles Fashion Week....

St. John Previews Fall 2003

St. John’s recent fashion show seemed more like a fashion convention than a preview for the company’s

FIDM at Bloomies

The recent apparel-design graduates of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising are having a chance to showcase their designs for a consumer audience, thanks to Bloomingdale’s. The retailer ...

Owens and Otis Go Digital

Los Angeles-based designer Rick Owens is a man of his word. And he proved it recently when he kept his commitment as a design mentor to the 2003 senior class of Otis College of Art and Design...

Gottchalks Kids

Fresno-based department-store chain Gottchalks has launched a new private-label brand for children called GK. The line runs in newborn and toddler sizes through boys size 20 and girls size 16. The col...

Vix Settles Target Dispute

San Diego-based contemporary swimwear maker Vix Swimwear Inc. has reached a private settlement with Minneapolis-based Target Corp. regarding a trademark- and copyright-infringement dispute o...

Designing Futures

Diane Von Furstenberg has a lesson or two for young designers. The New Yorkbased designer visited Otis College of Art and Design in downtown Los Angeles on March 21 as par t of the school...

New at Bubblegum

Juniors denim maker Bubblebum USA has hired Jorge Villalpando as head designer. Villalpando was previously senior designer for Guess’ young-contemporary denim/wovens division. At Bubblegum, he will ove...

Attention Shanghai Shoppers

ShanghaiMart’s management team tackles marketing and re-merchandising ...

Natural Selection

Two years ago, Berkeley, Calif.- based jewelry aficionado Annie Decamp designed a line of refined metal accessories that mirror her reverence for nature and passion for fashion and beauty....

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Elisa Jimenez

The free spirit of the ocean was the mood that designer Elisa Jimenez tried to instill in her Fall 2003...

L.A. Gift Show: Strong Turnout, Cautious Buying

Everyone muttered the same mantra at the Los Angeles Gift & Home Accessories Market: conservative, conservative, conservative....

International Designers Compete for Coveted China Cup

SHANGHAI, China—Fashion judges jetted in from all over the world—from London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles— to determine whom the winners would be in the China Cup, an...

Skechers for Men

Manhattan Beachbased footwear company Skechers USA has signed a licensing deal with Garson International for a line of men’s outerwear bearing the Skechers brand. Garson International will design, distribute and market Skechers jackets and c...

Hollywood Moment

Film costume and fashion was the topic at “Hollywood & Fashion: Influences Past & Present,” a seminar hosted by the Fashion Group International and held March 31 on the campus of the Fa...

T-Shirt Company in Legal Skirmish With MasterCard

San Francisco-based streetwear manufacturer Dirtbag Clothing Inc. is in a legal battle with MasterCard International. The credit-card giant claims one of Dirtbag’s T-shirt designs inf...

New Software From Paragon

Westlake, Calif.-based Paragon Business Systems has released a new AS400-based version of G-Tex, its enterprise resource planning (ERP) software geared for the apparel and textile in...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: David Cardona

Los Angeles designer David Cardona chose corsets, silk straps, ribbons and pintucks as inspiration for his...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Magda Berliner

Designer Magda Berliner showed off her romantic side at her April 1

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Peter Cohen

It’s pretty likely that Peter Cohen has been relaxing and enjoying himself after his April 1 fashion show. The debut of the designer’s...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Cynthia Vincent

Mercedes-Benz Shows L.A. marked

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: San Paredes

Designer Paul Magalad kicked off Los Angeles Fashion Week with a

Tarrant Acquires Co-ownership of American Rag Apparel

Los Angeles-based Tarrant Apparel Group—a publicly held manufacturer of private-label woven and knit apparel for men, women and children—has acquired a licensing agreement with special...

Security and Technology Top Bill at AAFA Conference in Long Beach

Apparel and footwear manufacturers at the International Sourcing, Customs, Logistics Integration Conference—held March 27–28 in Long Beach, Calif.—were assured that if the coun...

L.A. Designer Lapson Honored at Miami Fashion Week

Los Angeles-based designer Charlie Lapson won a best-ofshow award for his designs during Fashion Week of the Americas (FWA), held March 19–22 in Miami Beach, Fla....

Swim Team

New York-based Nautica Apparel signed a multi-year licensing agreement with New York-based Warnaco Group for women’s and juniors swimwear. The agreements calls for Warnaco to manufacture, distribute and market Nautica...

Sears Credit for Sale

Sears Roebuck & Co. announced it is selling its credit-card division. The Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based department store will shed its $30 billion credit-card unit in order to focus on its core retail business. The...