Stories for November 2003

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Friday, November 28

New Dallas Center Gathers Momentum, West Coast Interest

Things are going swell for the Fashion Industry Guild, Dallas’ new showcase of contemporary apparel showrooms. Landlord Brook Partners Inc. has signed a number of key leases and has nearly so...

U.S. Export Opportunities

The U.S. government will be showcasing American apparel in Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories early next year....

Nasty Habit

It’s a quiet morning on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Shopkeepers are hosing off their sidewalks as if washing away the sins of the city, as Cosmo Lombino stands in his store, Cosmo’s on Melro...

List Makers

Five companies with ties to the apparel industry were among “L.A.’s Fastest Growing Private Companies,” according to the Los Angeles Business Journal. On the list: Ameri...

Fed Crackdown on Smuggling Top Priority in L.A.

Inside a cavernous warehouse the size of five football fields, federal customs inspectors dressed in dark-blue uniforms comb through several mountains of cardboard boxes every year to determine whethe...

CMC Gift Drive

The California Market Center is collecting toys to be donated to the Salvation Army this holiday season. CMC executives are requesting donations of new unwrapped gifts or games for infants, toddlers, ...

Paris for Feet

Los Angeles–based young contemporary company Paris Blues has struck a deal with Los Angeles–based East Lion Corp. for a new line of footwear under the Paris Blues brand. The collection will bow for Back...

Tech Companies Find the Way to Quick Color Management

Getting the right color on a garment has long been a time-consuming and painstaking step in apparel manufacturing, but that is changing. A number of technology companies are trying to speed up the col...

Invista's Board

Invista Inc., the textile and fiber division recently sold by DuPont to Koch Industries Inc., has named its new board. Invista’s current president, Steve McCracken, will continue as president as well as serve ...

Fan Club

Mutual admiration brought together Los Angeles jewelry designer Tarina Tarantino and fashion and gift icon Hello Kitty—so goes the concept behind Tarantino’s new Pink Head li...

B.I.Y.A.Y.C.D.A.'s Mahouwald Dies at 44

Jeff Mahouwald, vice president of Los Angeles–based misses apparel maker B.I.Y.A.Y.C.D.A. (which stands for Believe In Yourself And You Can Do Anything), died on Nov. 13 from a massive heart a...

Rodeo Drive Is Ready for Its Close-Up

In recent weeks, Rodeo Drive has been looking rather down and out in Beverly Hills....

Loris Azzaro, 70

Fashion designer and perfume creator Loris Azzaro died of cancer on Nov. 20 in Paris. The designer’s Azzaro collection was a favorite of celebrities including Raquel Welch, Sophia Loren, Isabelle Adjani and Ti...

Brazilian-Themed Boutique Avalon B. Opens

Natalie Bovis, who designs bikinis under the label Iemanja, will open a showroom/boutique called Avalon B. in the Merchant’s Mart at 2411 Main St. in Santa Monica, Calif....

P.R. Company's New Pitch to Designers

A new public-relations company has launched with its eye on young designers and start-up companies in California....

Friday, November 21

New Stores at South Coast Plaza

Five new retailers are set to open in Costa Mesa, Calif.’s South Coast Plaza between Winter 2003 and Spring 2004....

Tukatech Adds to New Wares at FBI Center

Los Angeles–based CAD/CAM company Tukatech Inc. has installed a CAD (computer-aided design) station at the Fashion Business Inc. center in downtown Los Angeles. The nonprofit organiza...

Workers' Comp Reform?

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger kicked off his term with a proposal to cut $11 billion from the $29 billion workers’ compensation system. The governor’s proposal follows the legislature’s proposed cuts, which are exp...

Prices Up

Wholesale prices rose 0.8 percent in October, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, which compiles the Producer Price Index to track wholesale prices for finished goods, intermediate goods and ra...

Syrup Clothing Co. Closes Its Doors

Los Angeles–based contemporary sportswear maker Syrup Clothing Co. closed its doors on Oct. 29 after filing for Chapter 7 at the Los Angeles branch of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central...

Showroom Space Options Abound in Downtown L.A.

At the intersection of Ninth and Los Angeles streets in downtown Los Angeles, competition among showroom buildings is fierce—but friendly....

Da-Rue Wins All-Star Award

Los Angeles–based sportswear manufacturer Da-Rue of California Inc. was among the winners at the 2003 All-Star Awards ceremony, held on Nov. 14 at the Apparel Tech C...

Urban Sears

Hoffman Estates, Ill.–based retailer Sears, Roebuck and Co. will roll out urban apparel shops in 50 of its stores. The prototype in-store shops will feature 15 to 20 racks of men’s clothing, including l...

Quotas Reinstated

The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements ruled that quotas will continue on knit fabrics, bras and dressing gowns imported to the United States from China after the 2005 deadline for...

More Fashion

The Art Institute of California–San Francisco has added two new degree programs to its fashion department. Beginning this fall, the college will offer associate of science degrees in fashion marketing ...

DuPont Sells Invista Group

Invista Inc., DuPont’s recently renamed textiles and interiors division, has a new home....

Out at Wet Seal

Wet Seal Chief Financial Officer William Langsdorf resigned after less than a year with the retailer, citing personal reasons. The announcement comes amid more bad news about the beleaguered company. The Foot...

Swim. Shoes

Manhattan Beach–based shoemaker Skechers U.S.A. Inc. has signed a deal with Christina America for a collection of swimwear under the Skechers name. The junior and women’s line is set to bow for Cruise a...

Friday, November 14

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: MartinMartin

Fashion evolution—that is the best way to describe MartinMartin’s “Poetry of Anti-Fashion” Sprin...

Changing of the Guard at Lectra Week In Review

Technology provider Lectra has replaced David Siegelman, longtime president of its North American operation, with Daniel Moreau, executive vice president of the Lectra Group. Moreau will be...

Ace Ventura: Savvy Shoppers Sleuth Out Ventura Blvd.

Ventura Boulevard has been a haven for small shops since 1928, when Studio City, Calif., got its name. Fueled by an increase in fashion-driven boutiques, the street is not only the Valley’s prime shopping dest...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Susanelizabeth

Swimwear designer Susan Hubbard worked as the head designer at Jill Stuart before entering the swimwear business and launching her own swimsuit collection, Susanelizabeth. This is t...

Apt. 3

Underground fashion was alive and well during Los Angeles Fashion Week at the King King, a loft-like nightclub in the heart of Hollywood where Apt. 3, a relatively new retai...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Ashley Paige

New meaning was given to the phrase “itsy bitsy bikini” during Ashley Paige’s

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Pegah Anvarian

Newcomer Pegah Anvarian has a gift for taking cashmere and silk knits and draping them into glamorous styles that recall Halston in his heyday. The designer, who launched her line last year, ...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Sue Wong

Dramatic costuming and timeless style were combined in day and eveningwear collections at Sue Wong’s runway show...

Compassion in Fashion/Wear Aware

It was a day for the animals. The Humane Society of the United States’ Hollywood office and Animal Avengers celebrated with a...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Imitation of Christ

If it was possible to create a moment of peace in an otherwise hectic fashion week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, Tara Subkoff achieved it. The designer showed her...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Monah Li

Monah Li returned to Los Angeles Fashion Week on Oct. 31 at Mercedes-Benz Shows L.A. with a

Shipping Costs Could Heat Up Again Next Spring

Just as the economic picture is beginning to look rosier for the apparel industry, a dark cloud is gathering on the horizon....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Tyler and Richard Tyler Couture

There are a few things you can expect at a

FBI to HK

Fashion Business Inc. is going to Hong Kong. The Los Angeles– based nonprofit organization that supports upand- coming apparel companies will bring a sampling of its members’ lines to Hong Kong Fashion ...

Liz n' Enyce

New York–based Liz Claiborne Inc. announced plans to purchase Enyce and Lady Enyce from Sport Brands International (SBI) for about $114 million. The deal brings a $95 million urban brand under the ever-expandi...

Apparel Industry Weighs New Laws

Gov.-elect could name new labor chief...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Lure

David Bowie–meets–Gidget was the theme behind Lure’s

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Eduardo Lucero

Eduardo Lucero has built a following among Hollywood starlets—and women who just want to dress up in sexy and ultra-feminine fashions....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Gen Art

The sixth installment of

Price Increase

New York–based Jones Apparel Group Inc. agreed to pay more for suit brand Kaspar A.S.L. in order to speed up its acquisition of the company. Jones will pay Kaspar’s creditors approximately $232.5 millio...

More Jobs, Not Apparel

Retail added 30,000 more jobs in October—the biggest gain since early 2001. Nationwide, nonfarm employment grew by 126,000 in October, following a gain of 125,000 the month before, according to the U.S. Depart...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Twelfth Streetby Cynthia Vincent

Cynthia Vincent returned to Mercedes-Benz Shows L.A. this season with her...

Warnaco Sells A.B.S.

Allen B. Schwartz is his own boss again. After four years under The Warnaco Group Inc. umbrella, the New York–based manufacturing giant has announced plans to sell ...

Gene's Back

New York designer Gene Meyer will design a line of men’s and women’s apparel exclusively for Marshall Field’s stores. Meyer, who owned his own menswear label and designed womenswear for Anne Klein and Ge...

Local Study Points to Bright Economic Future for California

Could an economic boomlet be in the cards for California? Perhaps....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Tree

Tree showed its

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Rojas

Freddie Rojas showed his Spring 2004 “Patent” collection for his Rojas line in an informal installati...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Naissance on Melrose

Jennifer Noonan is constantly pushing the envelope for maternity style, and this season, she put it on the runway. Noonan staged her first...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Susan Holmes

One of the perks of being married to a rock ’n’ roll musician is getting full access to the band—another is getting your husband and some of his famous friends to play at your fashion show. That was the case for model...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Magda Berliner

As unconventional as her designs, Magda Berliner’s showing of her

October '03's Heat and Fires Slow Retail Sales

Retail sales continued on the path to recovery in October but at a slower pace than during the three previous months. Still, signs pointed to a season of healthy holiday shopping....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: H. Starlet

H. Starlet is the type of sexy sweats line that goes best with heels and hairspray. But the 2-year-old brand is equally at home on the beach—and that’s exactly what H. Starlet designer Heidi Co...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Alicia Lawhon

Alicia Lawhon reverted to simple styles for her “Soft Hits” fashion present...

Burnrate

Designer Jessica Jones combined her design and artistic talents to launch her new women’s contemporary collection, Silva Martin, in a film she wrote and co-directed....

Tech Company ICICI Takes QC Online

Edison, N.J.–based ICICI Infotech Inc. has launched a new online quality-control service that aims to streamline the data management process for apparel manufacturers, distributors and vendors...

More E-Spending

Jupiter Research projects online spending this holiday will increase 21 percent, reaching $16.8 billion. But the online research c...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: California Market Center

Retro, feminine and punk themes were just a few of the looks highlighted at the California Market Center’s “Directions”...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Susana Mercedes

Guatemalan-born Los Angeles designer Susana Mercedes traded in the imported ethnic textiles she used last season for the silks, satin organza, charmeuse and chiffons of her...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Maria Bianca Nero

Deliberately setting her course straight for the Isle of Classic Femininity, Maria Bianca Nero revealed a signature style while navigating familiar waters. A wide range of wearable, timeless ...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Millergirl

Shipwrecked. That was the look of Millergirl, Nicole Miller’s

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Samora

Ethnic prints and elegant dressings characterized the

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Delphine

Women’s dress designer Delphine drew inspiration from her childhood memories of Paris to create a collection of tops, cocktail dresses, skirts and pants that transcended several eras. With actress Ga...

Friday, November 7

Judith Ripka

Jewelry designer Judith Ripka kicked off Smashbox Fashion Week with an openingnight party on Oct. 26 at her Rodeo Drive boutique in Beverly Hills....

Hang Time

Socialite Suzanne Saperstein outfitted her 3,000-square-foot walk-in closet with $30,000 in custom clothes hangers from 74-year-old Henry Hanger Company of America in Los Angeles. Sh...

Narayan Joins Blue Cult

Blue Cult has hired Tara Narayan to be its marketing director, a new position with the Los Angeles–based denim manufacturer. Narayan will report to Blue Cult Chief Executive Officer David Mechaly and ...

Gap Taps Rolfe

San Francisco–based retailer Gap Inc. has named Andrew Rolfe president of the company’s international division. Rolfe was previously chairman and chief executive officer of British sandwich chain Pret A...

L.A. Companies Look to Nicaragua

For more than 20 years, Song Ho Kim has managed to survive the ups and downs of the tough textile industry in Southern California....

The Butterfly Effect

Fashion for a higher cause is the design philosophy of the three Los Angeles–based artists who came together six weeks ago to form The Butterfly Effect. Their collaborative u...

ApparelLink Connects Manufacturers, Retailers With E-Showrooms

Selling apparel over the Internet has been an effective vehicle for manufacturers, albeit an expensive one. One Southern California company is trying to help smaller start-up companies take a bite out...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: As Four

There was a mad crush to get into the

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Rebecca Rich

Imagine a wealthy Sicilian widow on the lam in the Mexican Riviera. Forget all about her personal problems. What would she wear? Rebecca Rich had an idea, and it inspired her to create her ...

More Manufacturing

The purchasing managers’ index grew in October to 57 from 53.7 the month before, according to the Institute for Supply Management, which compiles the index. Analysts were encouraged by the increase, wh...

Bronstein to Speak at TALA Scholarship Lunch

Kathy Bronstein, former vice chairman and chief executive officer at Foothill Ranch, Calif.–based retailer The Wet Seal Inc., will be the guest speaker at the Textile Associa...

Koret Taps Brooks and Burak

Harold S. Brooks has been named president and chief executive officer of Oakland, Calif.–based Koret, according to Hal J. Upbin, president and chief executive officer of St. Louis–base...

Michelle K in L.A.

Michelle K, the contemporary shoe division of Skechers USA Inc., has opened its first store on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles. The 1,400-square-foot store will feature Michelle K shoes, as well as a new a...

Display's the Thing

When Erica Berge opened her first store, Erica Dee in Corona del Mar, Calif., two and a half years ago, she spent $100,000 on visual displays. The amount included the flat fee of $7,...

Eyeshadow Launches Lingerie Line

Los Angeles–based juniors manufacturer Eyeshadow has signed a licensing agreement with Burlen Corp. to produce a line of lingerie for young women....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: W.I.E.

“Runway” took on a new meaning at Smashbox Studios in Culver City on Oct. 28, as Ghia Fam showcased mini-dresses that recalled the uniforms flight attendants wore back ...

Floosie Lingerie

The Roxy nightclub in West Hollywood, Calif., has launched many musical careers. On Halloween, it may have launched a fashion career....

Indi Opens on Melrose

A new womenswear boutique offering Italian fashions has opened on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, Calif....

Ford No More

Designer Tom Ford and executive Domenico De Sole both announced plans to leave LVMH Moeuml;t Hennessy–Louis Vuitton next April after the two could not come to a resolution over their contracts. Creativ...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Sheri Bodell

Sheri Bodell’s

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Petro Zillia

There is no Lulu Bratzzo, but in the world of Petro Zillia, the fictitious fashionista was single-handedly responsible for every stylish moment in the past 50 years, advising Norma Jean Baker...

A West Coast Connection for Urban Apparel

It all started with a super-sized headband and soon mushroomed into a line of apparel....

Zimpfer Joins Gabriel Brothers

Octavia Zimpfer has become the West Coast buyer for menswear for off-price retailer Gabriel Brothers Inc. The company, based in Morgantown, W.Va., operates 32 stores in nine states u...

Erica Davies

Erica Davies celebrated the launch of her solo collection, Davies, with a video installation and cocktail party on Oct. 29 at MOCA at the Geffen Contemporary, the contemporary art ...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Jennifer Nicholson

The star-studded crowd at Jennifer Nicholson’s

Tyte Hires Lennox

Los Angeles–based juniors denim manufacturer Tyte has hired Donna Lennox as vice president of sales....

Frederick's of Hollywood

Los Angeles–based lingerie maker Frederick’s of Hollywood showed it can make livable lingerie aimed at a mainstream shopper at its Spring 2004 runway show on Oct. 29....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: San Paredes

Paul Magalad’s

Cautious Buying at Crowded L.A. Market Week

There was little consensus at the recent Los Angeles Market Week, except for one thing: There was a lot going on....

More Apparel Shops for El Paseo in Palm Desert

Ritzy El Paseo Drive in Palm Desert, Calif., is set to unveil its latest shopping venue, El Paseo Square, which will open next month with several apparel shops....

New Line Is Fun, Flirty and Feminine

Feminine styling and comfort are the two key ingredients of (EM)....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Mason and Michelle Mason

Michelle Mason returned to Mercedes-Benz Shows L.A. this season with a

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Mon Petit Oiseau

A memory-laden world of summer vacations in the south of England inspired British designer Tracy Wilkinson’s...

Tussah Acquired

New York–based converter Wimpfheimer Inc. has taken a 50 percent ownership stake in New York–based converter Tussah Co. Inc., which produces prepared-for-dye fabrics for garment dyeing. Tussah will relocate to ...

ISAM Confirms New Location

The International Swimwear/Activewear Market (ISAM) has confirmed show dates at its new location at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The show will be held Aug. 30–Sept. 2, 2004....

Wet Seal Trial on Hold

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge postponed a trial concerning whether Wet Seal Inc. is liable for back wages owed to workers who produced Wet Seal clothing for one of the Foothill Ranch retailers’ co...

New Parking for L.A. Fashion District

The Los Angeles Fashion District will soon get some relief from its ongoing parking problems. A public-private partnership between developer Mark Weinstein, the Metropolitan Transpor...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Esteban Cortazar

Esteban Cortazar, a 19-year-old designer who resides in Miami, opened Mercedes-Benz Shows L.A. on Oct. 28 to a receptive Los Angeles audience....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '04: Sterling Capricio

Los Angeles–based urban-couture designer Sterling Capricio launched his Spring 2004 “Hollywood Rocks” collection in a...

Tukatech Terminates Deal With Justwin Software

Los Angeles–based CAD company Tukatech Inc. has suspended its previously announced deal to distribute business management software by New York–based Justwin Technologies Inc. ...

Hard Tail Among Winners in Dallas

Santa Monica, Calif.–based resource Hard Tail was among the list of winners announced at the 28th annual Dallas Fashion Awards on Oct. 25 at the Internation...