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Friday, April 30

Big-Box Retailers Prepare for Fight

Big-box retailers are feeling fenced in....

Apparel, Textile Properties Sell Near L.A. Fashion District

The Broadway corridor just south of the Los Angeles Fashion District continues to buzz with activity. Three apparel and textile companies recently closed property deals valued at $3.6 million, accord...

Women, Not Goddess

Beaverton, Ore.–based footwear and athletic apparel giant Nike Inc. is dropping the goddess in favor of women. The company, which launched its Nikegoddess concept and store in late 2002, announced plans to open a 6,00...

Tech Vendors Look Out for the Little Guy at L.A. Textile Show

Technology vendors turned their focus toward the smaller companies that make up California’s apparel and textile industries during the Los Angeles International Textile Show, held Ap...

Ron Herman Talks Shop

Running a store isn’t just a business dominated by spreadsheets— it’s a fine art, retail pioneer Ron Herman said on April 26 during an informal question-and-answer session at The New M...

Kmart, Martha Continued

Troy, Mich.–based retailer Kmart announced plans to continue its partnership with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. for home deacute;cor products under the Martha Stewart brand despite Stewart’s felo...

Modern's New Exec

Santa Monica–based manufacturer Mossimo Inc. has hired a former Abercrombie & Fitch executive to oversee Mossimo’s newly acquired Modern Amusement division. John Moore, former senior director of the New Albany, Ohio, retai...

WTO Rules Against U.S. Cotton Subsidies

The idea of discontinuing cotton subsidies does not sit well with California growers....

Smashbox Exec Named to Innovo Board

Dean Factor of Smashbox Enterprises was recently named to the board of the Innovo Group Inc., a Los Angeles apparel maker whose labels include Joe’s Jeans a...

Harris at PacSun

Anaheim-based Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. has hired C. Joseph Harris as vice president of sourcing and production for private-label merchandise at the company’s PacSun and d.e.m.o. stores. Harris...

Gap's Ferlisi Promoted

Gap Inc. has promoted Pina Ferlisi to executive vice president of Gap brand design. Ferlisi joined the San Francisco–based retail giant last year as the senior vice president of Gap’s adult product desi...

VF Corp. Buys Vans

Vans inc., a Southern California maker of skateboard footwear and casual apparel for young men and women, has been acquired by the VF Corp., a North Carolina–based mega-apparel compan...

Rodeo Drive Retail Space Goes for $20m

Two New York–based real estate companies have purchased a key Rodeo Drive property for $20 million, according to real estate executives....

Finding Inspiration at L.A. Textile Show

Designers and piece-goods buyers faced high temperatures and high prices on European goods at the April 26–28 run of the Los Angeles International Textile Show. But with the show date...

Summer Surprise

“It’s always the same,” Tadashi Shoji said, playfully observing his

Report Says RFID Technology Will Not Affect Real Estate Demand

A recent report by the San Francisco–based AMB Property Corp. said emerging radio frequency identification technology (RFID) should not have the dramatic impact on real estate that so...

Friday, April 23

Election, War Delaying CAFTA

First there was NAFTA. Will there be CAFTA?...

The Rules of Opposites Attracting

The old clicheacute; “opposites attract” typically refers to relationships. The Los Angeles design duo behind the label We Are Lucid Dreaming bets that rule also applies to fash...

Foot Action

New York–based shoe retailer Foot Locker Inc. will pick up 350 Footaction stores from one-time competitor West Nyack, N.Y.–based Foot Star Inc., which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early...

The Lab Anti-Mall Shifts Course

More than 10 years ago, Shaheen Sadeghi opened Costa Mesa, Calif.–based The Lab as the Generation X antidote to the traditional mall. With Generation X approaching middle age, the 49-year-old ...

Gap UNITEs in El Salvador

Gap inc. is getting behind the union label in El Salvador....

Gucci Names CEO

Milan-based Gucci Group has named former Unilever executive Robert Polet president and chief executive officer of the luxury brand, succeeding Domenico De Sole, who will leave his post at the end of the month...

Female Surf Pioneer Dies at 91

Mary Kerwin Riehl, the pioneer of women’s surfing who won the women’s division of the 1939 Pacific Coast Surfing Championship, died on March 16 in Santa Maria, Calif., after suffering ...

Sean Jean and Zac

New York–based Sean Jean Clothing Inc. and designer Zac Posen announced plans to form a joint venture. The unexpected partnership pairs brand powerhouse Sean Jean, which hip-hop mogul Sean “P. Diddy” Com...

Survey Finds California Outpacing Nation in Orders

California manufacturers are on a roll....

Immediates Drive Traffic at S.F. Market

SAN FRANCISCO—A preview of warm spring weather helped to spur immediate orders for late Spring/Summer deliveries at the Golden Gate Apparel Association’s (GGAA) Fashion Market of San Francisc...

New CFO at Wet Seal

Foothill Ranch–based specialty retailer The Wet Seal Inc. has hired Douglas Felderman as senior vice president and chief financial officer. Felderman has held similar positions with Factory 2-U Stores ...

California Assembly Approves Workers' Comp Bill

California’s Assembly overwhelmingly passed a landmark bill on April 16 to reform the state’s costly workers’ compensation system. In the wee hours of the morning, the Assembly passed the Senate Bill 899 reform measure, authore...

Agenda Enters Men's Trade Show Run

Menswear buyers coming to the Project Global Trade Show and the Westcoast Exclusive trade show in Los Angeles will have one more stop to make: Agenda, which will ...

Redsand's New Lineup

Irvine, Calif.–based young men’s activewear apparel maker Redsand Inc., a division of New York–based Perry Ellis International Inc., is positioning itself for big-time...

Union Bay Goes Global

Seattlebased Union Bay is heading to Canada, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei thanks to a pair of international licensing agreements. The company signed an exclusive apparel licensing deal with Jaytex of Canada...

American Expansion

Los Angeles–based T-shirt maker American Apparel announced plans to hire 200 additional sewers. The news comes on the heels of the company’s announcement that it will add 14 new retail stores in the Uni...

Activewear Maker McCray Adds Tees, New Sizes

Los Angeles designer Sandra McCray has a one-track mind....

La Blanca's Beattie Gets Personal With Saks Customers

La Blanca designer Rod Beattie just finished a two-city personal-appearance tour for Saks Fifth Avenue as part of the retailer’s annual swim week celebration. “It’s the ’Fun in the Sun...

Catalog Clothier Tries Bricks-and-Mortar Retail

Santa Barbara, Calif.–based catalog company The Territory Ahead has begun testing its skills in bricks-and-mortar retail, beginning with a 3,000-square-foot store that opened...

Trend Watching a Busy Business in L.A.

The industry’s color and trend forecasters are starting to see the California market in a whole new light....

Stussy Adds to Sales and Design Team

The Irvine, Calif.–based streetwear apparel maker Stussy announced that it has added a national sales representative and eyewear brand manager to its team....

Friday, April 16

Azria to Launch Entertainment Group Week In Review

BCBGMaxAzria Chief Executive Officer and Designer Max Azria is entering the world of theater with a new entertainment division called BCBGMaxAzria Entertainment....

D.P. Textile Relocates to Union Bank Building

D.P. Textile and Apparel Inc. has relocated to a larger facility in the Los Angeles Fashion District. The company has moved from the California Market Center to the Union Ba...

Del Amo Center to Receive $200 Million Makeover

A fallen retail giant may be on the road to regaining its former prominence....

New Retail Mart Under Development in Fashion District

A new shopping center for apparel and accessories will add to the retail mix in the Los Angeles Fashion District. Construction will begin next month on the project, to be called 1000 Maple Ce...

CDC Founder Named to Weingart Center Board

The Weingart Center Association (WCA) recently appointed Sabrina Kay, founder of California Design College in Los Angeles, to its board....

Hot Hire

City of Industry-based retailer Hot Topic has hired Christopher Kearns as senior vice president, general counsel reporting to Hot Topic Chief Executive Officer Betsy McLaughlin. Kearns was previously ...

PJs Day and Lilly Week

April 16 is National “Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day,” according to Shelburne, Vt.–based sleepwear maker and retailer PajamaGram Co., which created the PJ day to encourage people to lounge a bit a...

Cooper Design Space to Host Project Show

The Project Global Trade Show is coming to Los Angeles....

Workers' Comp Vote

There could be hope on the horizon for California employers who have been struggling with runaway workers’ compensation insurance costs. A bill created to overhaul workers’ comp was passed out by legislative committee on April...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Latin Factory 3

Up-and-coming and established Latin designers were on the runway at Latin Factory 3, a

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Hurley International

Judging by the high-pitched whooping and howling, Costa Mesa, Calif.–based Hurley International made a strong impression on the fashion fans and loyal customers who attended the line’s April 1...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Shay Todd

Glamour was paramount in the Shay Todd swimwear collection, shown on the runway on April 1 at Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek at Smashbox Studios in Culver City....

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

Los Angeles designer Susana Mercedes turned to refined and tailored silhouettes for her

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Tyler

There is a reason that Richard Tyler is sometimes called the godfather of Los Angeles fashion designers. Not only has he mentored several designers—including Erica Davies and Michelle Mason—who have str...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Corey Lynn Calter

Corey Lynn Calter cranked open her fabric closet and came up with some stunning prints that became the foundation of her...

Lectra Releases New Apparel Design Software

Paris-based Lectrahas released a new software package aimed at simplifying the design process for apparel manufacturers....

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Oligo Tissew

Designer Christopher Enuke used a bevy of dyed yarns and a range of novelty denim fabrications in his Fall 2004 Oligo...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Latin Elegance

Los Angeles–based designers Susana Mercedes, Cantu & Castillo and Louis Verdad were featured on the runway on April 3 during “Latin Elegance,” an evening of art and ...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Rock & Republic

Perpetual bad-boy musician Tommy Lee hosted the

MAGIC to Hold Shows Under One Roof at LVCC

MAGIC International will hold all its shows under one roof in August. The Woodland Hills, Calif.–based trade show producer recently announced that it will move its women’s sh...

Proposed Development to Displace FMSF

The design and gift trade show operator that owns the San Francisco Design Center and the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco is planning a multimillion-dollar dev...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Show Pony and Madley

El Cid Restaurant was the perfect place to showcase the Eastside looks of Show Pony and Madley. The show, held on April 3 on the patio of the historic restaurant i...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Sew Down

Los Angeles designer and impresario Atousa Ghanizadeh and more than 15 other designers showed off the city’s independent spirit at the wild, elegant and playfully avant-garde...

Dean Opens at Sunset Junction

Accessories maker Dean has a new location in the rapidly gentrifying Sunset Junction, located in the Silverlake district of Los Angeles. The move from a smaller space in the nearby Echo Park district...

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

Designer Eduardo Lucero gave Los Angeles style a French accent with his

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Louis Verdad

Louis Verdad’s

Microsoft Forms RFID Panel

Redmond, Wash.–based Microsoft Corp. has formed an advisory council of technology experts who will examine how radio frequency identification (RFID) can benefit retailers and manufacturers wit...

Paul Frank Unveils Global Expansion

Paul Frank Industries is going global....

The Shopkeepers' Artistic Statement in Laguna Beach

The postcard-perfect scene of tourists parading under a giant dolphin mural, the largest landmark in Laguna Beach, Calif., paints one of the clearest pictures of what drives this gorgeous Orange Count...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Joe's Jeans

Joe's Jeans a line started by Joe Dahan three years ago, is more than just jeans. This was seen in the Fall 2004...

Mr. International

As two very different collections debut, where in the world is Michael Herrera?...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Sanctuary Clothing

Debra Polanco went from denim to diamonds in a matter of minutes for Sanctuary Clothing’s Fall 2...

WCE Prepares for Las Vegas Move; Chicago Show May Enter the Scene

Los Angeles–based upscale menswear show Westcoast Exclusive will hold its August event, opening one day before Las Vegas trade show giant MAGIC International, at a new location in Las...

La Dolce Avita

Los Angeles–based Avita is a sophisticated, yet sporty and fun line of contemporary cashmere sweaters, capes and accessories....

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: P. Ka Bu

P. Ka Bu presented a plethora of

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

Los Angeles designer Sterling Capricio capped off Los Angeles Fashion Week with an April 4 runway show...

American Apparel Unveils Aggressive Retail Plans

Los Angeles–based T-shirt manufacturer American Apparel is making a wider commitment to retail by opening 14 new stores by the end of 2004, said Dov Charney, the company’s senior partner....

Mercedes/Smashbox Fashion Week to Work Out Glitches

Consider the new and improved Los Angeles Fashion Week a work in progress....

RFID, Sourcing Issues Highlights of Technology Conference

Paula Rosenblum, research director for Boston-based AMR Research, will headline a slate of conferences during the second annual Technology Solutions Education Conf...

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

Urbanwear and retro looks with a dollop of Hollywood glamour were the highlights of the California Market Center’s...

Her House by Paul Frank

Paul Frank Industries, a maker of young men’s and young women’s apparel and accessories in Costa Mesa, Calif., is producing Her House by Paul Frank, a line of hip young contem...

Mr. Armani Goes to China

Giorgio Armani boutiques have been in China since 1998, but this month, the country will host Armani himself. The tour kicks off in Beijing, where the designer will visit his Armani boutique at the Palace Hot...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Prospect 44

Prospect 44 debuted a colorful and inventive

Peak Sales in March '04

Retail sales continued to be robust in March with apparel stores seeing an 8.8 percent growth in sales. Their success was part of the most solid increase in the retail sector since April 200...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Lady Enyce and Enyce

The Enyce Clothing Co. showed its Lady Enyce “Ladies Rock” Fall/Winter...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Heatherette

“Dazzling” and “Fellini-esque” describe the

Friday, April 9

Innovo Takes the Fast Track With New Denim Brands

One of the fastest-growing apparel companies in Los Angeles is a relative newcomer to Southern California and the clothing industry. The Innovo Group Inc....

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

Monah Li is a pioneer of Los Angeles style who helped to define the city’s bohemian look of the 1990s through her one-of-a-kind dresses....

Shauna Stein Unveils On Sunset Festivities

Retailer Shauna Stein will kick off her new store, On Sunset, April 15 with a celebrity-studded party at film industry watering hole Le Dome. Live models will demonstrate new clothes...

Frankie B.'s Clarke Receives MAFI Award

Designer Daniella Clarke, sporting her famous extra-lowrise jeans and a glittery, skimpy top, accepted the second annual Moss Adams Fashion Innovator Award on April 2 in Los Angeles....

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Single

Galina Sobolev drew inspiration for the

Federal Realty Buys San Jose Mall

Rockville, Md.–based Federal Realty Investment Trust has purchased the Westgate Mall in San Jose, Calif., from San Francisco– based M&H Realty Partners f...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Da-Nang

If G.I. Jane were designing clothes, she might be on the same fashion page as

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

Sheri Bodell showed her

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Davies

Los Angeles designer Erica Davies decided to stick with tradition and show a short film of her Davies collection rather than stage a runway show on March 31 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion ...

Facts and Go Figure

Never before has there been a medium that is so measured and so readily measurable as the Web. Web site visits and purchases are automatically compiled, and e-commerce sites know right away what works...

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

Sue Wong found inspiration from flamenco dancers, flappers and Saharan queens for her

Wal-Mart's Inglewood Proposal Defeated

Voters in Inglewood, Calif., on April 6 overwhelmingly voted to reject a proposal by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to build a Supercenter in the Southern California community....

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

Former stylist Pegah Anvarian, known for her sexy, yet elegant draped cashmere jersey tops and dresses, said her inspiration for her F...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Naqada

Naqada designer Octavio Carlin made his first splash into the world of fashion with evening gowns. His 2004 collection, displayed in his March 31...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Frankie B.

Los Angeles designer Daniella Clarke designed her

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

Gen Art showcased a trio of emerging Los Angeles designers at the organization’s

Surf Kitty

Hello Kitty is going surfing. The popular character has signed on to its first action-sports campaign for the “Hello Kitty Boardfest featuring Holly Beck.” The event will be held this summer and...

Spring Splurge

Spring shopping is approaching winter spending levels, according to a new survey titled “Shopping in America Spring 2004.” The survey, commissioned by the Macerich Company, found that nearly 60 ...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Heike Jarick

New York–based

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Mason

Designer Michelle Mason created modern styles with colorful, contrasting fabrics for the Fall/Winter 2004 collection...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Rami Kashou

Rami Kashou ventured in new directions for the showing of his

Claiborne, VF Execs to Speak at Material World

Representatives from Liz Claiborne Inc., the VF Corp., Cotton Inc., the Jones Apparel Group Inc. and several South American trade organi...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: J. Maskrey

British designer J. Maskrey got her start as a makeup artist. She then switched to skin jewelry before making the transition to apparel. “It’s important for people to understand how it evolved,...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Karanina

Karanina Santa Barbara, Calif.–based designers Kara Smith and Nina Firestone presented their Karanina collection...

Intersection's Offerings Drive Traffic at L.A. Market

Plenty of buyers turned out to browse and shop during the April 1–6 run of Los Angeles Market Week, held at the four buildings anchoring t...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: MartinMartin

Eric Martin and Diane Moss-Martin further explored the yin and yang of fashion and its clash with the cultures of the current world for the...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Samora

Los Angeles designer Samora Olayan based her

Moffitt and Sassoon Talk Fashion

More than 400 students, editors and nostalgic fashion fans turned out for the Otis College of Art and Design’s “Inside the Designer’s Studio: Back to the Future With Pe...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Trina Turk

Think prim and proper mixed with a mischievous blast of color and design. That may best describe the

Eddie Bauer for Sale

Downers Grove, Ill.–based catalog retailer Spiegel Group is looking for buyers for its Eddie Bauer retail division. The company has also struck a deal with Pangea Holdings Ltd., which will acquire Spiegel...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Tomer

Texas native Tomer Gender used functionality, fit and style as the foundation of his menswear line, Tomer, which debuted on March 30 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Custo Barcelona

Custo Barcelona, designed by brothers Custodio (“Custo”) and David Dalmau—best known for their colorful and inventive prints, graphics and mixed-pattern T-shirts—debuted ...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: John Sakalis

John Sakalis took a trip on the Orient Express for his

Suss Launches Knit Kits

Los Angeles designer Suss Cousins, owner of the Suss collection and the Suss boutique on Beverly Boulevard, has launched Suss Knit Kits, take-home versions of her instore kn...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Jenni Kayne

A star-studded audience assembled for the showing of

Bubblegum's New Line Has High-End Appeal

The creative duo behind the Bubblegum juniors denim line, a staple at moderate-priced department stores, has launched Tylerskye by Villand, a contemporary denim collection f...

Etnies' Mission

Lake Forest–based shoemaker Etnies will donate more than 2,000 pairs of new shoes to the Los Angeles Mission. The shoes will be given to adults and children on April 9 as part of the Mission’s Good Friday progr...

PV Shanghai

The first run of Premiegrave;re Vision International Shanghai, held at the Shanghai Exhibition Center, concluded on March 11. The twoday show featured about 100 European fabric suppliers and drew Chin...

Sunday, April 4

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall I 2003: Paul Hardy

Canadian designer Paul Hardy made his U.S. debut April 2 at the Downtown Standard Hotel with a show he characterized as “earthy and primitive.”...

Friday, April 2

Tyler's Eve in Dallas

DALLAS—Richard Tyler debuted his

Hilfiger Closes All Los Angeles Stores

Tommy Hilfiger closed the last of his three retail stores in the Los Angeles area on March 31, leaving the New York–based sportswear designer without a signature retail presence in Southern Ca...

St. John Aims for Luxury Lifestyle

Taking its cue from luxury lifestyle competitors such as Escada, Chanel and Armani, St. John Knits International Inc. is updating its portfolio with high-e...

CCA Honors Industry Leaders

The Central City Association will honor apparel industry executives Stanley Hirsh and Jack Needleman posthumously for their efforts on behalf of downtown Los Angeles at the 10th annu...

Mica's Contemporary Vision

After sales at Mica slumped more than 20 percent in five years, Denny Rabineau decided to take action....

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Rachel Pally

Draped, ruched, pleated and layered. Los Angeles designer Rachel Pally showed that jersey doesn’t just mean T-shirts in her March 29...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Coco Kliks

Coco Kliks debuted her

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Wooden Mustache

Chuck Stolarek has only been out of the Rhode Island School of Design for two years, but already he could be considered a Renaissance man....

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: 2 B Free

2B Free designers Yves and Cedric Benaroch make luxury sportswear with a few extras—extra embellishments, extra-sexy cuts and extra attitude. The brothers’ March 29...

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

The Maria Bianca Nero collection took its

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Michelle Mason

Los Angeles designer Michelle Mason literally stopped traffic for the showing of her Fall/Winter 20...

MAGIC Moves

Woodland Hills–based MAGIC International will house all of its categories under one roof at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Beginning in August, MAGIC will move its WWDMAGIC women’s and juniors section from the Sands Expo & Conve...

Mothers Shop

Philadelphia-based Mothers Work Inc.—which operates maternity retail chains A Pea in the Pod, Mimi Maternity and Maternitym...

Home Items Buoy Spring Gift Market at CMC

Like the spring weather, the outlook for business is getting a little heated, said retailers and exhibitors attending the Los Angeles Gift and Home Market March 27–29 at the...

Cal State L.A. Adds Textile Program

A new university program specializing in textile design and manufacturing will get underway as early as next fall at California State University’s Los Angeles campus....

Retailer Rounds Up Used Clothing in So. Cal.

Buffalo Exchange, one of America’s biggest used-clothing chains, opened a new store on March 20 at The Lab, the youthoriented shopping mall in Costa Mesa, Calif....

Strong Turnout for GlobalShop in its New Vegas Venue

LAS VEGAS—Signs of economic recovery, strengthening retail sales and a move to Las Vegas helped to drive record attendance at the March 22–24 run of GlobalShop, according to organizers and atte...

Sears Brings Big-Box Concept to So. Cal. Week In Review

Sears, Roebuck and Co. is joining the retail renaissance in Southern California’s Inland Empire....

CFDA Award Nominees

Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Ralph Rucci for Chado Ralph Rucci have been nominated for Womenswear Designer of the Year by the New York–based Council of Fashion Desi...

Dan River Chapter 11

Danville, Va.–based textile mill Dan River Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing an over-leveraged balance sheet and a need to restructure the company. The company has received a comm...

An Ever-Evolving Retail Shop

Once the address for a furniture store and a beauty salon, an 85-year-old California bungalow in Long Beach, Calif., now houses Keiro Koga’s multiple projects, all of them called Krow....

Security Textile Revamps Look, Launches Sourcing Business

Los Angeles–based interlining company Security Textile Corp. has revamped its look with a new logo, a new Web site and a new design for its delivery trucks....

Blue Tattoo Pushes the Envelope on Denim

Denim just got warmer at Los Angeles women’s contemporary sportswear and denim apparel maker Blue Tattoo Jeans Inc., which is launching a denim collection made with wool fabr...

Pool Pairs Kennington's Walters With Martin and Martin

Edgy, yet sophisticated, Los Angeles–based Pool is a new understated contemporary line for the mature woman who is looking for fashion....

Tarrant Shifts Focus From Mexico to In-House Brands

The Tarrant Apparel Group, one of the largest denim companies in Los Angeles, has lost more than $100 million in five years by producing clothes in Mexico....

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '04: Lloyd Klein

Lloyd Klein returned to the runway after surviving a collision with a drunk driver in Paris shortly before he was scheduled to show his collection at New York Fashi...

New Lines From Dina Bar-el

Designer Dina Bar-el is introducing two new lines for Fall 2004: Dina Bar-el Couture and Bridal and Dina B., a young contemporary special-occasion line....

Psst, It's Confidential

Hip-hop producer Damon Elliott said Confidential Clothing, his new line of casual women’s clothing, will make a different kind of splash than the hip-hop–focused clothing empires created by oth...

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

Think Duke Ellington with an explosion of color. That may best describe the Fall 2004 collection of P...