Stories for June 2004

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Friday, June 25

Poolside Kors

Michael Kors and The Warnaco Group Inc. have inked a deal to produce a collection of Michael Kors swimwear, coverups and accessories. The collection will debut for Cruise 2006....

FIDM Eyes Student Housing Project

Students at the Los Angeles–based Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) may soon have their first-ever student-housing complex....

NRF Opens RFID Resource Center

The National Retail Federation (NRF) has opened a Web-based radio frequency identification resource center, at

Charney Prepares for FIG Event in October

American Apparel Senior Partner Dov Charney toured the pediatrics wing of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on June 22 as part of his preparations for the Fashion Industries Guild...

Rich Town, Selective Boutiques

Brentwood is a luxury retailer’s dream. The median price for a home in the Los Angeles Westside neighborhood is $1.1 million, and area’s well-known residents include Cindy Crawford and former Los Angele...

Gerber Names Marketing Director for Asia

Tolland, Conn.–based Gerber Technology Inc. has named Rachel Ho as its marketing director for Asia. Ho will be responsible for directing marketing activities and strategies for the region fro...

Karl at H&M

First Mossimo at Target, now Karl at H&M. Designer Karl Lagerfeld and Swedish discount retailer H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB announced plans for a 30-piece collection called Karl Lagerfeld for ...

New Designers Learn Art of Public Relations

Many people believe good public relations for up-and-coming fashion designers entails nothing more than getting the right celebrities to wear designers’ clothes. However, veteran fashion publ...

Wal-Mart Discrimination Suit

A group of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. employees have filed a class-action lawsuit against the company, charging the Bentonville, Ark.–based retail giant used discriminatory practices in paying and promoting ...

Preparing for 2005: Apparel Makers Face Changes as U.S. Quotas Disappear

The world order of apparel and textile manufacturing will shift drastically on Jan. 1, 2005, when quotas on these goods are eliminated for World Trade Organization members....

FIDM's Textile Designs on Display

Future textile and graphic designers from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising exhibited their work on June 8 at the school’s Museum & Galleries in downtown Los Ang...

Bridalwear Manufacturer Moves West

Rani Totman’s phones were jammed with calls from reporters after her lilac-colored wedding dress was featured on the 2004 finale of hit television sitcom “Friends.”...

Gerber Open House Set for June 30

Gerber Technology Inc. will conduct an open house at its new Western regional facility in Cerritos, Calif., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 30....

New Players Dive Into the Action-Sports Market

When visiting a foreign country, it is often customary for travelers to partake in the culture and rituals of the region. The same could be said for those new to the action-sports industry, where credibility ...

TALA Celebrates 60th

The Textile Association of Los Angeles is turning 60, and to celebrate, the industry organization is hosting a dinner dance on July 22 at the California Market Center’s fashion theate...

Neuburger Goes to Asia

Sleepwear and loungewear designer Karen Neuburger has struck a deal with Japanese retailer Isetan for distribution in the company’s Singapore-based department stores, Isetan Parkway and Isetan Scotts. This is the San Rafael...

Reza Joins Milberg Factors

New York–based Milberg Factors Inc. has hired David M. Reza to be senior vice president of the Western region. Reza will be based in the privately held company’s office in Glendale, Calif....

Dyers, Finishers Explore Ozone Technology

Commerce, Calif.–based Jantex Inks & Beyond Inc. has brought ozone finishing to the West Coast market....

Marciano Brothers Selling Shares in Guess

Paul and Maurice Marciano, majority shareholders of their family-founded apparel and retail company Guess? Inc., announced on June 21 they would each sell up to 1 million shares of company st...

New at Hot Topic

Kathleen Mason has joined the board of directors for City of Industry retailer Hot Topic. Mason is president, chief executive officer and director of discount home accessories and gift retailer Tuesday Morning Corp. Her care...

Patternmakers, Merchandisers Look to the Future of 3-D

Three-dimensional technology for the apparel industry is getting a push from the entertainment industry....

FGI Panel Looks at L.A.'s Fashion Future

Is Los Angeles on the global fashion map? That was the question posed to Los Angeles designers David Cardona, Louis Verdad and Nony Tochterman of Petro Zillia at a June 14 p...

CDG's Historic Archive

The Costume Designers Guild has donated its collection of historic costume sketches to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library. The CDG has been compiling the collection of more than 600 sketches since the organization’s beginnings ...

Friday, June 18

Hot Topic Gets New Warehouse

City of Industry, Calif.–based specialty retailer Hot Topic Inc. chose a site near Nashville, Tenn., for its national distribution center, which will be completed in about a year. The...

Optimism High at Fall II/Holiday Market in L.A.

Buyers were upbeat and ready to open their wallets for trendy items for Holiday at the Fall II/Holiday 2004 Los Angeles Market Week, which ran Ju...

Political Style

Retailer and “Sex and the City” designer Patricia Field is working with Phat Farm creator Russell Simmons to launch a campaign encouraging voter participation with a line of T-shirts featuring ...

Ben in the U.S.

British label Ben Sherman named Maria Cella Kosky vice president of sales for the company’s North American women’s division. Cella Kosky is a longtime industry executive whose reacute;sumeacute; include...

Ron's Fine Furs

R&B singer Ronald Isley, of Isley Brothers fame, is launching a line of men’s furs called Mr. Biggs Fur Collection, due to launch for Fall 2004. The line of sable, chinchilla, minx, fox and rex rabbit furs will be...

Mervyn's Hopes for K.O. With Oscar De La Hoya Collection

Although Mervyn’s has been put up for sale by its parent company, the Minneapolisbased Target Corp., the Hayward, Calif.–based emporium is not ready to be knocked out of the retail scene. Merv...

Taking Interest

The Federal Reserve announced plans to stave off inflation by raising interest rates in the coming year. Analysts anticipate the Fed will institute a rate hike at the next policy meeting, which will t...

CMC Celebrates Sue Wong

Los Angeles designer Sue Wong and her designs were center stage at a party for select buyers hosted by the California Market Center. The event took place June 11 in the CMC Buyers’ Cl...

California Labels Up for Dallas Fashion Awards

A number of West Coast brands are among 45 companies named as finalists for the 29th annual Dallas Fashion Awards....

Tukatech Enters Dress Form Market

Los Angeles–based Tukatech Inc. is entering the dress form business. The company has rolled out a new line of 3-D dress forms called TukaForms....

Putting Fashion Back on the Bay Area Map

San Francisco is hoping to jumpstart its apparel industry by staging its first-ever fashion week in August at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre....

WCE Expands at Mandalay

The Westcoast Exclusive has sold out its original space at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Convention Center and will increase the number of booths at the Aug. 29–31 show in Las Vegas, according to organizers of...

Innovo Launching New Denim Line

Just weeks after losing hip-hop star Eve and her urban line, Fetish by Eve, Innovo Group Inc. is launching a mid-tier womenswear denim line called Indie....

Police Drama Briefly Upstages Market

A touch of drama right out of a Keystone Kops caper punctuated Los Angeles Market Week when calls about a possible bank robbery in progress sent a passel of police officers to the Fa...

California to Add Jobs

California is expected to add 172,000 jobs this year, a 1.2 percent increase over last year. The news prompted Chapman University’s economic research wing to announce the state is “turning the c...

Eastern Exposure

The turquoise art deco landmark Eastern Columbia Building, located at Ninth Street and Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, is slated for a condo conversion. The Kor Group, the potential new owner of the...

Friday, June 11

Ex-Gerber Exec Moves to OptiTex

Veteran technology executive Steve Fineman has joined New York–based CAD/CAM firm OptiTex USA, Inc. as its new senior account executive....

The Company Z

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CFDA Fetes Latest Honorees

Carolina Herrera was named womenswear designer of the year and Sean Combs’ Sean Jean label landed the menswear award at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion ...

Lingerie Makers Forego Wires, Straps and Traditional Silhouettes

Strapless, backless, seamless and wireless, NuBrais a patented self-adhesive silicone bra launched two years ago and is carried in boutiques such as Fred Segal Santa Monica, as well ...

The Bank

The Bank135 E. 9th St....

Extra Credit: Boutiques Begin Issuing Store Credit Cards

Consumers pack their wallets with credit cards offered by major department stores and national chain retailers, but a handful of boutique owners bet shoppers will make extra space for cards for high-e...

Target Buys Into Markdown Optimizer

Target Corp. is jumping into the merchandise optimization arena. The nation’s second largest general merchandise retailer is implementing artificial intelligence software that helps it with it...

Sabrina Showroom

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Rising Sum: Anime-Inspired Graphics Fuel Specialty Lines

“Character driven” is a term usually bandied about in Hollywood, but at Cosmic Debris it also describes a growing apparel line. Emily the S...

Dior's New Look

The inspiration for Christian Dior’s new line, D’Trick, is glamorous actress Marlene Dietrich. With Dietrich and Dior in mind, scores of celebrities and fashionistas turned out to celeb...

Sheri Bodell President Leejay Launches Iron Collection

Wearit, which means “we are art” or “we wear art,” is the design philosophy of Leejay, the single-named designer and creator of new contemporary women’s line Iron....

Tarrant Snaps Up Another Brand

Tarrant Apparel Group, which has recently been on a buying spree, has bought up another brand to break into the world of urban streetwear....

Marshall Fields Sale

Minneapolis-based discounter Target announced plans to sell department store Marshall Fields and nine Midwestern Mervyn’s stores to St. Louis–based May Company for $3.24 billion in cash. The sale adds 62 Marsha...

ENK-LV

ENK-LV. New York–based trade show producer ENK will join the crowded lineup of trade shows in Las Vegas in August when it launches an upscale men’s and women’s booth show, called Brighte Las Vegas, at the Veneti...

Textile Converter Declares Bankruptcy

H. Greenblatt & Co., a textile converter that was once listed by “Entrepreneur” magazine as one of the country’s hottest small businesses, declared bankrupt...

DigiFab Breaks Out New Heat Press

Los Angeles–based printing systems provider DigiFab Systems has rolled out a new line of heat presses for transferring sublimation prints to polyester and poly-blend fabrics. Called D...

Wet Seal Goes Paperless

Foothill Ranch, Calif.–based specialty retailer The Wet Seal, Inc. is investing in new software technology, which will outsource all of its internal and external transactions....

Lectra to Acquire Lacent Technologies

Paris-based technology supplier Lectra has reached an agreement to acquire Canadian cutting equipment manufacturer Lacent Technologies for an undisclosed sum....

Levi's Closures

San Francisco–based Levi Strauss & Co. announced plans to close two sewing factories in Spain as part of the company’s efforts to save money by shifting from companyowned production facilities to outside co...

Better Jobs Market Boosts May '04 Sales

Economists worried rising gas prices would take a large bite out of retail sales in May. While gas prices show no sign of coming down—for the week ending May 31 they averaged $2.05 per gallon...

Hot Kiss Coats

Juniors apparel maker Hot Kiss is expanding its licensing with the launch of a line of outerwear for Holiday 2004, set to bow at the August edition of MAGIC International in Las Vega...

Apparel Firms Look Far and Beyond for New Talent

Finding the right people to run apparel companies in the new economy has forced the apparel industry to adopt a new paradigm....

The Wrap on Industry (212)

NEW YORK—Fashion trade show Industry (212) decided to go solo for its latest run, moving the dates to be the only fashion trade show in town....

Retail Grant

The U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao and the National Retail Federation have partnered to implement a $2.25 million grant to train nearly 44,000 retail workers in anticipation of the retail industry...

Beware Spyware

If you’ve ever happened upon a Web site where you’ve downloaded a free game, type font, screensaver or other type of cyber-goody—even taken a survey—chances are your computer now has a nasty little softwa...

Fashion Focus Slated for Hollywood & Highland's Renewal

The new owners of the beleaguered Hollywood & Highland shopping center are planning more punch to their retail mix this fall by adding some trendy stores to draw local shoppers....

Quota Fight

Four textile trade organizations have joined forces with politicians to urge the White House to convene an emergency World Trade Organization meeting to discuss the expiration of textile and apparel q...

Friday, June 4

Textile Mill Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Kronfli Spundale Mills Inc., a 27-year-old knitting mill, announced it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles....

Shopping Center Owners Think Hot Topic Is Hot

An International Council of Shopping Centers survey shows that most shopping mall owners would be thrilled to sign leases with...

So Fresh, So Minimal

The aesthetic of Douglas Fir is decidedly Spartan. No art, posters or ads adorn the off-white walls of the 900-square-foot shop. Naturally, the best-selling clothes at this men’s boutique on Los Angeles...

New Boutique Aims to Outfit the L.A. Man's Lifestyle

This fall, Los Angeles will have a new men’s lifestyle boutique offering a mix of apparel, accessories, personal electronics, grooming products, baby items, books and gifts, as well as wardrobe consult...

Tianello Moves Into New HQ

Los Angeles–based manufacturer Tianello has moved into a new headquarters and manufacturing facility near the Los Angeles Fashion District....

Apparel Veteran Passes Away

Marc Wizman, partner and vice president at Los Angeles contemporary apparel company Love Amour, passed away on May 21 at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after struggling wit...

Pioneer Designer Incorporated High Fashion and Practical Prices

Veteran fashion designer Sandra Chrysler, who started Sandy Chrysler Collections in the late 1990s, passed away on May 29 after a long battle with cancer. She was 69....

Blue Tattoo to Bow Men's Line

Blue Tatoo is entering the menswear market with a line of tattoo-inspired sportswear and denim that will debut for Holiday 2004....

Tyte to Unveil Tops

Southern California–based juniors denim manufacturer Tyte has partnered with the New York–based A and J Apparel Group to produce a line of knit tops and bottoms. The company will launc...

Op Sponsors Emerging Musicians

The Ocean Pacific Apparel Corp. and Fender Records are giving Disneyland’s Grad Nite entertainment an edge....

Conference Tries to Make New Technology Work for Retailers

As Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and the Target Corp. prepare to implement radio frequency identification technology (RFID) into their back-office operations, the governing bodies se...

Innovo to Regroup After Losing Fetish Brand

The recent loss of the Fetish by Eve label may help more than hurt the Los Angeles– based Innovo Group Inc., which acquired the label last year....

Charron Brings West Coast Lifestyle to Claiborne

Paul Charron is on a winning streak, and West Coast apparel brands are driving his success....

Tukatech Names New Product Development Chief

Yvonne Franko has been named director of product development for Tukatech Inc.’s TukaWeb division. Franco will be in charge of product development and sample-making facilities for Commerce, C...

Irvine Co. Takes Retail Business In-House

The Irvine Co.-which owns Fashion Island and the Irvine Spectrum Center, among other key Orange County retail properties— will assume management of all its retail re...

Carbon Denim to Introduce Juniors Sportswear

Jeans manufacturer 88 International is aiming to build its branded-apparel business with a better juniors apparel line called Carbon Denim, which is set to bow for Back-to-S...

Barbie Pairing Up With Paul Frank

Barbie has a new man in her life. Since splitting from Ken earlier this year, Barbie has hooked up with designer Paul Frank of Paul Frank Industries Inc. (PFI), which, throu...

California Companies Go Organic in Chicago

Los Angeles–based T-shirt maker American Apparel was among a group of California manufacturers participating in the second annual...

Anne Cole's Summer Tour

Anne Cole hit the road this spring. The petite swimwear designer with a big personality recently returned from a public appearance tour to promote her Spring and Summer 2004 swimwear line....

Off-Price Buying Was His Specialty

Barry Fogel, a longtime industry veteran and the owner of a Los Angeles–based off-price buying company, died on May 15. He was 70....

Green Party: Golf Gets Fashionable

Johan Lindeberg is a revolutionary, but his grass-roots campaign is more about verdant fairways than underground hideouts....

CFA to Host Seminar on Labor Law

The California Fashion Association, a nonprofit organization that provides business opportunities to Southern California’s apparel and textile manufacturers, is hosting “Business- to-Bu...

More Shoppers Head for the Web

Move over music. Clothes are emerging as one of the hottest markets on the Internet....

Laundry Footwear

Laundry by Shelli Segal is adding shoes to its collection. The Los Angeles company, which operates under the Liz Claiborne umbrella, has licensed Titan Industries Ltd. of Huntington Beach, Calif., to design, ...

Free Training Turned Into Sales Career

Stephen McClelland, a staple in the clothing manufacturing industry, died on June 1 after an eight-month fight with esophageal cancer. He was 59....

Low Scores for Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. got an “F” on its report card from consumer watchdog group Co-op America, which scored eight major retailers on sweatshop practices. Wal-Mart’s low mark was attributed to its documented business transactions with s...

Textile Pirates

Executives and trade groups within the textile industry are lobbying Washington lawmakers to get tougher on copyright infringement. Ripoffs of U.S.-based textile designs cost the industry more than $100 milli...

Aaron's Raw Steel Fixtures

Call the star performer of Acme Display Fixture & Packaging by the name of “Aaron.”...

Golden Needle Awards to Honor L.A. Designers

The Golden NeedleAwards will host a luncheon and runway show for Los Angeles’ burgeoning design scene on June 5 at The Regent Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills....

Manufacturing Up

While the apparel industry continued to struggle with domestic manufacturing, other industries experienced a surge in local production as U.S. factories cranked up output in May, supporting reports th...

FCC to Celebrate San Diego Fashion at Charity Benefit

Wishes will come true at the 18th annual Golden Hanger Fashion Awards Gala to benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation. On July 30, the Fashion Careers ...