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Friday, March 28

No Confidence

The Consumer Confidence index fell to 62.5 in March from 64.8 in February, according to the Conference Board. Lynn Franco, director of the New York-based research firm’s Consumer Research Center, relea...

Pam Roberts Joins Fashion District Dallas

The developers of the proposed apparel-showroom project Fashion District Dallas (FDD) have hired veteran fashion-industry executive Pam Roberts as West Coast director....

Stanley Hirsh Remembered

Real estate owner, apparel industry executive and philanthropist Stanley Hirsh died March 22 following a long struggle with cancer. He was 76....

Lara Noel Hill Launches Secondary Line

Los Angeles-based custom-jewelry designer Lara Noel Hill will launch a secondary, mass-produced jewelry line during Los Angeles Market Week. ...

Drying Up

Dry-cleaning solvents could be headed for the hazardousmaterials list if a piece of legislation passes. The bill, proposed by West Hollywood assemblyman Paul Koretz, would reclassify perchloroethylene—known as perc...

Cal Poly to Host Apparel Fund-raiser

Cal Poly Pomona's Apparel Merchandising and Management program (AMM) will host its annual wine and dessert fundraiser, Apparel Escapes, at 6 p.m. on April 3 at the college...

Past Perfect: Retro Designers See Business Boom

After several years of bare midriffs, a handful of Southern California labels are finding increasing demand for retro designs that are anything but provocative...

Swimsuit Competition

Four swimwear designers will compete to win the Sunglass Hut Swimwear Design Award during a runway show hosted by sunglass retailer Sunglass Hut and Gen Art. Swimwear from Susan Elizabeth, Lisa Le Tar...

Fashion District Sponsors Shuttle Service for April 4 Event

The Fashion District Business Improvement District has teamed with the Department of Water and Power and the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office to provide free shutt...

New Showrooms for Market

New York-based contemporary womenswear line Rebecca Taylor has opened a showroom in Suite 811 at the New Mart in downtown Los Angeles....

Apparel Firms Use Oscar-Winning Technology in Design, Merchandising

With a bit of Hollywood magic and the latest advances in 3D graphics technology, apparel companies are ready to take garment design and visual merchandising to the next level....

R-M's Ideology

Robinsons-May will bow Ideology, its new youth-oriented and value-priced sportswear line, during a series of runway shows in Southern California. The shows will run from April 5–27 at Robinsons-May sto...

Closing Room

Charlotte Russe announced plans to shutter its Charlotte’s Room unit. The San Diego-based retailer plans to close 10 stores, including four in California, “as soon as possible.” The company...

Kustom-Designed Exclusivity

Retro design doesn’t just manifest in A-line dresses. Jenny Parker, founder and designer of Trophy Queen, makes a range of handbags and tote bags that combine vintage bowling-bag shapes with a...

A/R Management Aligns With Polaris

La Verne, Calif.-based accounts-receivables specialist A/R Management Services (ARMS) and Claremont, Calif.-based EDI/ASN firm Polaris Imports Consulting Group have aligned ...

Northern California's New Faces

Cutting-edge leather and customized accessories...

Coming out of the Fog

S.F. apparel manufacturers hope to recast area as a northern design center...

Gap Bounces Back

Gap—which operates Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic stores—is one Bay Area retailer that prospered during the dot-com phenomenon with its “casualization of the American closet...

L.A. Urban Fashion Week

Immediate goods and Fall fashions will make up the primary offerings at L.A. Urban Fashion Week, set for April 6 at The Loft in Los Angeles....

Real-Estate Deals Abound in Bay Market

Looking for some San Francisco Bayfront real estate? Prices in San Francisco are at their lowest levels in 10 years, but your chances of getting a Bay Area address on the cheap won’t last much longer, ...

AAFA Sets Apparel Seminars

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) will host two seminars on global manufacturing and marketing. The seminars will take place on May 30 in San Diego and June 12–14 in San F...

Mall of Orange Set for Expansion

The Mall of Orange—one of the first shopping centers in Orange County, Calif.—is ready to undergo a $57 million renovation that will bring in new shops and restaurants when the project is compl...

Friday, March 21

Red-Carpet Review

It was all glamorous gowns and dazzling diamonds on the

Accessorizing Peace

At this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, many stars will be committing a fashion faux pas—they will be wearing the same accessory....

Tech, Sourcing the Main Focus at New March Material World

MIAMI BEACH—The evolving global marketplace was well-reflected during Material World Technology Solutions, held March 17–19 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Mi...

Rates Stay the Same

The Federal Reserve voted to keep interest rates at 1.25 percent—a four-decade low—but left open the option to raise rates in the future. The possibility of a U.S.-led war with Iraq left Fed policymaker...

Technology Helps Companies React to Industry Trends

Apparel companies should employ technology-based business models called “adaptive supply networks” (ASNs) to compete in a global marketplace, accordi...

FBI's Synergy

Fashion Business Inc. will host the Synergy showroom at the New Mart’s suite 212 during Los Angeles Market Week. The companies to be represented include Belek, [Un]designed, Barbara B., Suzi Click, Mag...

Agents of Change

In the weeks leading up to the Academy Awards presentation, the Celestine Agency in Santa Monica, Calif., was abuzz with busy people getting ready for the event. With a stable of hairstylist...

Liz Claiborne Adds Some Juice to Portfolio

New York-based women’s apparel maker Liz Claiborne announced this week that it has agreed to acquire 100 percent of the stock from Travis Jeans Inc., which currently holds al...

New to CLAD

The Coalition of Los Angeles Designers added several new members to its lineup. Ooloon, Blue Millinery, Pagliei Collection jewelry, Samora, Star Child, Power by Grave Wexler loungewear, Andrea Gonzalo...

Manufacturing Slips

Domestic manufacturing dropped in February after a strong January start, according to the Institute for Supply Management. The organization found that its business index fell from 53.9 in January to 5...

Apparel Industry Speculates About War's Repercussions

At least now we know. That was the sentiment expressed by California apparel- and textile-industry watchers after Iraqi president Saddam Hussein rejected President George W. Bush’s ultimatum to either ...

Cotton Inc. Bets on Muted Colors for Spring

Cotton Inc. said antiqued, washed and diffused colors will be the key palettes for Spring and Summer in 2004 and 2005. The company issued the forecast during a presentation at the Material W...

Design Biennial Planned in Pasadena

The Pasadena Museum of California Art is seeking designs by local apparel makers for its upcoming California Design Biennial....

Carroll & Co. Founder Dies

Richard Carroll, founder of Beverly Hills menswear store Carroll & Co., died March 15 at the age of 80....

Creating an Oscar-Worthy Look

Academy Award-nominated costume designers discuss the work that garnered an Oscar nod ...

New Show to Feature Fashion, Art and Music

Los Angeles designer Atousa and youth-culture marketing company Green Galactic are hosting an event that promises to fuse fashion, art, music and technology....

Spiegel Files

Downers Grove, Ill.-based catalog retailer Spiegel Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on March 17 in New York. The company announced it had secured $400 million in debtor-in-possession f...

OP and the Other Half

Ocean Pacific juniors apparel will be featured in an upcoming segment of “The Other Half,” a new daytime talk show on NBC....

CIT Opens in Shanghai

SHANGHAI, China—Her computers had not yet arrived, and things were still lingering in a semi-chaotic state. But on March 17, Vivian Lee, Asian business director for Los Angeles-based CIT Commercial Se...

Friday, March 14

Eastern Blizzard Snows In February Sales

An uncertain economy and an East Coast blizzard that shut down stores during the critical Presidents’ Day sales weekend stalled retail sales in February....

MAGIC Advance

Woodland Hillsbased trade-show producer MAGIC International has promoted Laura Mc- Connell from vice president of marketing and retail development to vice president and general manager. McConnell has ...

Security Textile to Sponsor CLAD Show

Los Angeles-based interlining and textile firm Security Textile Corp. has signed on as a sponsor of the Coalition of Los Angeles Designers (CLAD) ...

Lisa Kline Launches Men's Line

Los Angeles-based specialty retailer Lisa Kline is going back to her design roots with a new men’s sportswear collection, Lisa Kline Exclusive Private Label....

Walk of Style Ceremony Postponed

One of the first local casualties of the pending U.S. war with Iraq is the Walk of Style award ceremony, originally scheduled for March 19 on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Calif....

Hana Financial Names New President, CEO

Hana Financial Inc. has named Sunnie S. Kim as its new president and chief executive officer....

New V.P. at Bebe

Brisbane, Australia-based retailer Bebe announced the promotion of Paul Mashouf to vice president of sourcing. Mashouf has served as director of IS & T for production, production manager and store...

Slow Start for Second Run of ASR Fall

Buyer and exhibitor attendance increased at Action Sports Retailer Fall, held March 11–12 at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa in Huntington Beach, Calif., despite ...

Burlington Seeks Bids

Greensboro, N.C.-based Burlington Industries announced it is soliciting proposals to sell the company, which has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection since November 2001. The textile company has o...

Saks Joins Burma Boycott

Saks Inc., which owns Saks Fifth Avenue and nine other major retail chains, announced it will not be selling products made in Burma, the Southeast Asian country that is now called My...

DNA Technology Could Fight Counterfeit Textiles

Los Angeles-based Applied DNA Sciences Inc. is developing an application of its patented embedded-DNA authentication technology that could relieve apparel and textile companies of counterfeit...

Timi & Leslie Strike 'Angel' Deal

Timi Prulhiere and Leslie Newton of Los Angeles-based Timi & Leslie Inc. have signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Sony Pictures Consumer Products to create a line of up...

Tracking the Asian-American Consumer

While the U.S. apparel industry has been seeing a lot of its business migrate to Asian countries over the years, many American apparel companies have great opportunities to sell to Asian cons...

Manhattan Village Gets a Beach-Themed Makeover

Overstuffed rattan chairs and couches fill the corridors. Light streams in through an overhead skylight in the central court. The interior colors are light and bright....

Studio Italia to Debut Jeans Couture

San Diego-based swimwear maker Studio Italia is diving into ready-to-wear with a new collection, Studio Italia Ready-To-Wear/Fall 2003....

So Low Hires Chambers as President

Los Angeles-based contemporary sportswear company So Low announced that Laura Chambers will immediately assume the position of president and report to owner Sarah Siegel Magness....

Andean Trade Featured at Material World

The Andean Community, a group of Andean countries touting the region’s duty-free trade status to the United States, will host an international pavilion March 17–19 at the Material Worl...

Workshop NY Bows in New Venue

Workshop NY kicked off its Fall/Winter 2003 show Feb. 22 at a new West Village location. Buyers from Fred Seg...

More Jobs, Actually

The Employment Development Department of California announced the state added 28,500 new nonfarm jobs in January. The department had originally reported that the state had shed 10,500 nonfarm jobs las...

Cherokee Strikes Sideout Deal With Marshall Field's

Van Nuys, Calif.-based Cherokee Inc. has entered a retail direct-licensing agreement with Marshall Field’s Department Stores to source, produce and sell its Sideout ...

Material World Takes Global, Tech Focus

Noted trends analyst Navi Radjou of Forrester Research Inc. will be one of the speakers hosting seminars at the Material World Technology Solutions expo March 17–19 in Miami ...

LAShowroom Site Breaks the Mold; Paul Fredrick Gets a Face-lift

In the early, explosive days of the Internet, it seemed that the new medium was poised to implode traditional bricks-and-mortar stores, showrooms and trade shows, which would give way to “virtu...

Quiksilver in China

Huntington Beach, Calif.-based Quiksilver announced it has struck a joint-venture deal with Glorious Sun Enterprises to open retail stores and wholesale distribution of Quiksilver merchandise in China. The surf manuf...

Seven for All Mankind Plans Expansion

Los Angeles-based Seven for All Mankind has hired Stefano Aldighieri and Tim Kaeding to spearhead the company’s design efforts. Chairman and chief executive officer Peter Koral said the compan...

A New Crossroads in the Fashion District

The operators of the Los Angeles Fashion District’s major apparel-showroom buildings are launching a marketing vehicle to take full advantage of the Los Angeles Fashion Week spotlight...

Friday, March 7

CMC's B-271 Geared to L.A. Fashion Week Designers

The California Market Center will host a networking space called “The Writing Room” during the April 4–7 run of Los Angeles Fashion Week. Suite B-271 of the CMC...

Smithsonian to Feature L.A. Manufacturer

The local garment industry is going to Washington, D.C....

Garment Makers Adopt Tagless Technology

The days of the T-shirt tag could be numbered. Tshirt, innerwear and sportswear makers are gradually adopting new technology that applies tagless labels using a heat-transfer process. Companies say th...

Moss Adams, CMC to Host Designer Awards

Los Angeles-based accounting firm Moss Adams announced plans to partner with the California Market Center to present the Moss Adams Fashion Innovator Awa...

New 24-Hour Rule Delays Shipments Into California

Customs broker Lorie Adams has become almost deaf in one ear from fielding calls from irate customers who are not receiving their imported goods on time....

High Leases on Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade Open

Retail leases on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Calif., are hitting an all-time high as big-name chain stores compete for space on the three-block-long pedestrian mall....

Falling Confidence

The Consumer Confidence Index fell to 64.0 from 78.8 in February, according to New York-based research firm The Conference Board. The drop was the largest monthly drop since September 2001 and returned the in...

LAEDC Report: Recovery Delayed

The U.S. economic recovery will slow during the first part of 2003 but will accelerate later in the year and throughout 2004, according to an updated forecast released by the Los Ang...

Energy Woes

Texas-based El Paso Corp., parent company of El Paso Natural Gas, lost its bid to dismiss antitrust suits filed in California. The suits state that the energy supplier fixed the price of natural gas i...

Kmart Indictments

Two former executives of Troy, Mich.-based Kmart Corp. were indicted on Feb. 26 and charged with a $42.3 million securities fraud stemming from executives’ attempts to meet financial targets. Enio Mont...

Cotton's Board

New York-based Cotton Inc. added 13 new members to its board of directors: Coley L. Bailey Jr., Tom Isom, J. Lee Cromley, John King, BB Griffin, F.H. Lyons Jr., Brad Heffington, Travis Mires, Craig Heinrich, Herrick ...

More Pac Sun

Anaheim, Calif.-based Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. announced plans to open 87 new stores and close 12 outlets in 2003. The openings will include at least 10 new d.e.m.o. stores, the company’s urb...

Tukatech and Justwin Ink Distribution Partnership

New York-based software firm Justwin Technologies Inc. is aligning with Los Angeles- based Tukatech Inc. in a deal that will add Justwin’s Collaborative Product Com...

Paul Frank Joins Bloomie's for Surfrider Benefit

Designer Paul Frank will kick off a promotion benefiting the Surfrider Foundation March 15 at the Bloomingdale’s men’s store in the Beverly Center in Los Angeles. The retaile...

Apparel Exec Mannie Fineman Dies

California apparel executive Emmanuel H. “Mannie” Fineman died Feb. 24 of cancer. He was 90 years old....

Sue Wong Discovers Zen in Special-occasion Line

Sue Wong is a philosophical designer....

FIDM Student Wins $5,000 Prize for Monkey Suit

DreamWorks Pictures hosted an unusual fashion show, “The Tuxedo: Monkey Suit Fashion Competition,” Feb. 25 at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Lipsmacking, banana-lov...