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Friday, February 28

Style and Sales Drive Business at Coterie

Fashion was good and business was even better at Fashion Coterie, held Feb. 23–25 at the Show Piers in New York. Buyers from all over the globe turned out for the show despite reports...

Rodeo Drive Revamp Includes quot;Walk of Stylequot;

Even Rodeo Drive, the ritziest shopping street in Beverly Hills, Calif., needs a cosmetic make-over from time to time. And the high-fashion thoroughfare is about to get one....

Votre Nom Boosts Sales Team, Opens L.A. Corporate Showroom

New York-based eveningwear and sportswear manufacturer Votre Nom is taking a bigger stake in the Los Angeles market by hiring more sales executives and opening a corporate showroom i...

Traffic Up at Miami Swim Show

Attendance and moods were up at the Swim Association of Florida’s Summer 2003 Swimwear Show, held Feb. 25–26 at the Miami International Merchandise Mart in Miami....

Will Sales Tax Hurt Online Sales?

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TC2 Sets Seminar in N.C.

Cary, N.C.-based technology firm TC2 is hosting a forum on supply-chain management in the apparel industry April 2 at its headquarters. The seminar, “Delivering the Goods—Break...

Roxy Reader

Junior surf brand Roxy, a division of Huntington Beach, Calif.-based surfwear giant Quiksilver, has teamed with MTV and publisher HarperCollins to create a new reality show and a book series about the...

Hip-Hop Brand Pugilist Debuts

Pugilist Gear will roll out a line of T-shirts, caps, denim and womenswear in August at MAGIC International in Las Vegas....

Gen Art Issues Call for Styles Entries

New York-based nonprofit organization Gen Art has issued an international call for entries for its fifth annual Gen Art Styles 2003 competition, set to take place April 22 at New York...

Isaac at Target

Isaac Mizrahi is back—and this time he’s at Target. The New York-based fashion designer-turned-talk show host will unveil a collection of women’s sportswear and accessories at the Minneapolis-based discount reta...

Freeborders Releases New PDM Package

San Francisco-based software company Freeborders, Inc. has added a new version of its product data management solution to its arsenal. FB iPDM 2.6 is designed to help retailers and b...

AAFA/OSHA Signs Ergonomics Agreement

Arlington, V.A.-based Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) signed an agreement that will align its members with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to better pr...

Premiegrave;re Vision Report: New Developments in Fiber, Finish and Print

Premiegrave;re Vision concluded its Feb. 11–15 run at Parc d’Expositions in Paris with encouraging results as 31,397 visitors attended the fair....

Prices Up

The Consumer Price Index, a measure used to gauge inflation, rose 0.3 percent in January, according to the U.S. Labor Department, which said the increase—the largest since last April—was primarily caused by rising ener...

New Pres at Donahue Schriber

Patrick S. Donahue has been named president and chief operating officer of Costa Mesa, Calif.-based retail-development company Donahue Schriber. Donahue succeeds his brother and company found...

SOLD: Ace Ross Studios

Los Angeles-based Ace Ross Studios has been purchased by apparel-industry newcomer Brandon Beak, according to the company’s former owner, Ace Ross....

Pitching Technology to L.A.'s Melting Pot

Bringing technology to the melting pot that makes up the Southern California garment industry can be a cumbersome task, but design-software firm PAD System Technologies said it has a secret w...

Fashion District Management Contract Up for Renewal

The Los Angeles Fashion District Business Improvement District (FDBID) contract is up for renewal, and area property owners will soon decide whether to approve the district for another five y...

Zinc Taps Youth Market

Los Angeles-based juniors contemporary sportswear manufacturer Zinc is preparing to launch its first branding campaign....

L*Space Launches Denim Line

Santa Ana, Calif.-based swimwear manufacturer L*Space launched a denim sportswear collection featuring jeans, skirts and T-shirts at last month’s Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo in ...

Cynthia Hart Launches E-commerce Site

Los Angeles-based handbag designer Cynthia Hart has re-launched her Web site as an e-commerce site....

Tilly's Moving to Irvine Spectrum

Growing teen apparel retailer Tilly’s will move its corporate offices and distribution facilities to the Irvine Spectrum in Irvine, Calif., this summer....

Lucky Lingerie

Lucky Brand Dungarees, the Vernon, Calif.-based subsidiary of New York’s Liz Claiborne Inc., has struck a deal with Charles Komar & Sons for loungewear, sleepwear and underwear. The deal calls for a new co...

GMAC's L.A. Office Cuts Payroll, Moves Downtown

GMAC Commercial Finance, one of the country’s largest specialized lenders to the apparel industry, laid off 21 of its Los Angeles-based employees and moved remaining employees to a new downtow...

Fashion Week Plans Begin:Collins, Berliner, Krajecki to Show

A preliminary Los Angeles Fashion Week schedule has been posted at

Friday, February 21

William B. Contractors Seek Payment in Excess of $50,000

Several local apparel contractors are seeking more than $50,000 in payment from Royal Apparel Group for sewing work completed for the manufacturer’s William B. contemporary women’s lab...

Rival Dallas Group Hires Former CalMart Exec

Dallas-based developers looking to challenge the Dallas Market Center (DMC) for a piece of the local wholesale market have taken some aggressive steps with...

Eve's Fetish

Los Angeles-based Innovo Azteca Apparel has struck a deal with hip-hop artist and actress Eve to create a line of apparel and accessories under the Fetish label. The junior and contemporary label will...

Ergonomic Alliance

The American Apparel & Footwear Association and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have signed an alliance to disseminate information about ergonomics in the workplace. The two grou...

OP in Action

Laguna Beach-based Ocean Pacific has signed on as a title sponsor of Girls Learn to Ride, a series of action-sports clinics open to women only. The clinics, which will be held February and March acros...

MAGIC, Satellite Shows Weather East Coast Delays, Cautious Buying

Las Vegas was busy as buyers traveled between seven apparel trade shows held in five venues during the recent run of MAGIC International and concurrent satellite shows....

Electricity Alert

Electricity prices in California could increase this summer thanks to Pacific Northwest drought conditions that are cutting into that region’s hydroelectric power generation. Officials are anticipating...

Polo Promotion

Boca Raton, Fla.- based public-relations firm TransMedia Group has signed on to promote the U.S. Polo Association sportswear brand for the next year. TransMedia, which last year publicized the Polo Associatio...

eBay Expands MAGIC Presence

Online auctioneer eBay Inc. is using technology to grab a bigger piece of the apparel market. The San Jose, Calif.-based company has been integrating its site with a number of tech partners t...

Snow Sales

The blizzard that dumped 2 feet of snow on several East Coast states also contributed to a drop in retail sales on Presidents Day, according to the National Retail Federation. The organization said re...

Deborah Belgum Joins California Apparel News Staff

Veteran journalist Deborah Belgum has joined the editorial staff of California Apparel News as senior editor. Belgum was most recently with the Lo...

CLAD to Host New Member Meeting

The Coalition of Los Angeles Designers (CLAD) will host a new member meeting and informational session on Feb. 27 in the California Market Center fashion theater. ...

MAGIC's Fall Fusion

There was a Tyrolean theme on the

Friday, February 14

Rapper Ice-T to Debut Men's Line at MAGIC

Rapper and actor Ice-T will join the growing list of hip-hop artists with apparel lines as he debuts his menswear collection, IceWear, during MAGIC International....

Cherish Sets Up Trim, Knitting Shop

Los Angeles-based manufacturing consultant Victor Kim and his company, Cherish International, has acquired TNS Mills in the Los Angeles garment district and has set up shop ...

Two Lines From Master P

Hip-hop mogul Master P thinks he knows what teens want in their fashion....

Van Halen Bassist Debuts T-shirt Line

Anaheim, Calif.-based Bonspeed is a T-shirt collection for men and women who like fast cars and rock ’n’ roll. Owners Brad Fanshaw of Hot Rods by Boyd and Michael Ant...

What's in a Name?

L.A. apparel makers rely on specialists to boost image...

Macy's in Hawaii

Federated Department Stores has acquired two former J.C. Penney stores on the islands of Maui and Hawaii and plans to convert them to Macy’s stores by fall 2003. Federated already has stores in both locations. The existing st...

Textile Innovations Abound at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market

The energy was high among exhibitors and attendees at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market trade show held Jan. 31–Feb. 3 in Salt Lake City....

Noland's Action Chic at MAGIC

Designer Meghan Noland describes her contemporary collection as “sort of a James Bond–meets–The Crocodile Hunter look.”...

Steve Madden Overseas

Long Island City, N.Y.-based shoe maker Steve Madden Ltd. has signed an exclusive distribution deal with F.E.E.T. to sell Steve Madden shoes in all European countries except the United Kingdom....

MAGIC Enters the Sourcing Zone

MAGIC International is ready to explore the brave new world of global sourcing as it prepares to launch an international manufacturer pavilion at next week’s Magic Marketplace in Las ...

Mixed Retail Results in January '03

Retail sales were sluggish in January— although among the specialty stores there were some stunning gains and spectacular losses....

Drawing on Personal Experience

In an economic climate that has made it increasingly difficult for small and midsized labels to stake a claim on retail floor space—particularly when competing with major brands—B.i.y.a.y.c.d.a...

Bloomie's Is a Go in San Francisco

The much-anticipated, but much-stalled Bloomingdale’s retail project in downtown San Francisco appears to be progressing. Chief developer Cleveland, Ohiobased Forest...

Less Productive

Worker productivity slacked off in the last quarter of 2002—although not enough to erase the gains in productivity made all year, according to the Labor Department. Productivity reached a 50-year high ...

Talking Licensing at MAGIC

The Licensing International and Licensing Industry Merchandiser Association will host a networking luncheon at MAGIC International between noon and 2 p.m...

Israeli Childrenswear Line Bows at MAGIC

Shilav Apparel, an infants’ and childrenswear manufacturer in Tel Aviv, Israel, is preparing to launch a contemporary children’s apparel line that features clean, bright looks created by a Euro...

New Line for Emme

Plus-size fashion model and former “E! Fashion Emergency” host Emme has teamed again with St. Louis-based Kellwood Company to launch a new apparel line for J.C. Penney stores. The collection, ca...

Rhodes' Fashion Museum Set to Open in London

The British-born designer raised funds and awareness from her San Diego studio ...

Bebe Change

Brisbane-based retailer Bebe announced the resignation of its vice president of stores, Patrick McGahan. The company has not announced his replacement....

Self Esteem Taps Dynasty Footwear

Los Angeles-based juniors manufacturer Self Esteem has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Dynasty Footwear Ltd. to produce hip, trendy footwear for juniors and girls....

Unemployment Drop

The national unemployment rate decreased 5.7 percent in January, according to the Labor Department, which found that payroll employment increased by 143,000 in January following nationwide losses of 1...

A New Approach to Identifying Textiles

Learning about fabric isn’t always about Xs and Os. That’s why Los Angeles-based designers James Darren Clay and Victoria Woodford developed the Fabric Swatch Kit, a learning tool for design st...

GGAA Appoints Hinds

Craig Hinds has been named president of San Francisco- based Golden Gate Apparel Association (GGAA), a 140-member organization that holds apparel and accessories trade shows in the B...

Retail Group Forming Tech Committee

The International Mass Retail Association (IMRA), based in Arlington, Va., is forming a new committee that will explore the technology needs of retailers through meetings with retail executiv...

Friday, February 7

CMC Bows Market Tuesday Event

The California Market Center debuted its Market Tuesday concept with a book signing by Judy’s stores founder Marcia Israel-Curley....

Seventeen Mag May Be Put on Block

New York-based Primedia Inc., publishers of teen lifestyle magazine Seventeen, said it is considering selling the publication and other assets, including Teen magazine, to f...

Government Officials to Speak on Sourcing at ASAP

Representatives from the governments of Bangladesh, Bolivia, China and the Philippines will present a seminar titled “Global Sourcing Made Easy” from 1–5 p.m. ...

Tukatech Opens Tukacenter in China

Los Angeles-based CAD/CAM provider Tukatech Inc. has opened a new Tukacenter CAD/CAM rental and training store in China....

Idol Fashion

Malibu-based Jakks Pacific Inc. has struck a deal with the producers of reality show “American Idol” to produce a line of fashion and beauty accessories for the tween market. The licensi...

Getting Down on Streetwear With Crazy Legs and Easy Roc of Rock Steady Crew

This week, California Apparel News’ fashion pages feature a trio of dancers—Rock Steady Crew’s Crazy Legs and Easy Roc and Lindsey Blaufarb of Beat Freaks—showing their...

Mr. Rags Files

Long Beach-based retail chain Mr. Rags has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Ana. The company, which was purchased last year from teen accessories chain Claire...

Gerber Expands Operations South of the Border

Tolland, Conn.-based Gerber Technology has appointed Tecnologiacute;a de la Informacioacute;n en Sistemas Administrativos (TISA) as its newest sales and service agent in Mexico. The...

PAD Sets NY CAD/CAM Seminar

The Los Angeles offices of PAD System Technologies will host an apparel patternmaking and design seminar Feb. 19–20 at Quebec’s government delegation offices in New York....

Apparel Firms Cope With EDI at FBI Seminar

Preparation and taking advantage of new technologies are the keys to helping young, growing apparel companies cope with the sometimes confusing world of electronic data inte...

Kohl's Gives $2.5M to Children's Hospitals

Kohl's isn’t wasting any time in tossing its goodwill to Southern California. The Wisconsin-based retailer, which is building close to 30 department stores in the region, has pledged $2.5 mi...

Solitude Unveils Eco-Friendly Boardshorts

Solitude is taking the water out of boardshorts—or, at least, the surf- and beachinspired company is taking the water out of the printing process used to make them....

FBI to Host EDI Seminar at MAGIC

Los Angeles-based trade group Fashion Business Inc. (FBI) will present an electronic data interchange seminar at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Sands Expo Convention Cent...

Wet Seal Chief Bronstein Gone

Kathy Bronstein, longtime chief executive officer of the Orange County, Calif.-based retail chain Wet Seal, Inc. has been “relieved of her duties,” the company said. She will be...

Mass Market

The number of Americans over the age of 55 is expected to grow by 60 percent in the next 20 years, eventually reaching 30 percent of the U.S. population by 2022, according to a recent report titled “The U.S. M...

Kagan Welcomes Padilla Back

Janet Padilla has been hired as Kagan Trim Center’s national sales manager, a post reporting to Jed Kagan, president....

Close Shows Diminish Traffic at L.A.WCE

Fewer exhibitors attended the Feb. 2–4 run of the Westcoast Exclusive (WCE) in Los Angeles compared with previous WCE shows. The diminished attendance was caused by a tight trade-show calendar that placed co...

CLAD Joins CFA

The Coalition of Los Angeles Designers (CLAD) has joined the California Fashion Association (CFA). CLAD plans to kick off the partnership with a series of business-to-business semin...

Style Network Looks at 'Style Essentials'

E! Network’s Style Network is preparing to debut a new series called “Style Essentials,” which will air Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. PST....

U.S., California in 'Nontraditional Recession'

The economic outlook should improve in the second half of 2003—provided the conflict in Iraq is resolved quickly....

JM Associates Buys Clothestime

Clothestime is getting another chance at big-time retail. The Anaheim, Calif.-based retailer has been acquired by JM Associates, a multinational juniors manufacturer that plans to restructur...

DrunknMunky Purchase

One of the founders of New York-based Fubu has purchased a controlling interest in Los Angeles-based streetwear brand DrunknMunky. Fubu chief executive officer Daymond John and other investors formed ...

Cherokee Renews Target Deal

Van Nuys, Calif.-based Cherokee Inc. announced that Target Corporation plans to continue its licensing agreement to carry the company’s branded apparel for men, women, childr...

Label Penalty

Michigan-based Pelle Pelle has agreed to pay $40,000 to settle a Federal Trade Commission charge that the streetwear manufacturer put the wrong care labels on several of the company’s men’s pants and ja...