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Friday, March 26

Proposed Fashion Museum Gains Support of L.A. Cultural Affairs Dept.

The Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, which last week narrowly escaped the city’s budget axe, has pledged support for a longplanned fashion industry museum in downtown Los Angeles....

Joanne Fiske Showroom

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L.A. Fashion Week Showrooms

In addition to the Los Angeles Fashion Week runway lineup, there are several showrooms previewing up-and-coming and young designers....

CMC's Street Couture

The California Market Center in Los Angeles kicked off its new street couture concept on the 11th floor with a party and art exhibition on March 20. The art show was held in the space that will house...

B.U.M. Equipment Shoes

B.U.M. Equipment has signed a licensing deal with the Brown Shoe Co. for a line of Bum Equipment men’s, women’s and children’s shoes. The B.U.M. brand, founded in Seattle and later based in Los Angeles, is now o...

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 ...

Ron Herman to Speak at FBI

Veteran upscale retailer Ron Herman will speak in April at the Fashion Business Incorporated’s speakers series. FBI is a nonprofit organization that helps young designers and others in the fas...

Studio West

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New Web Service Caters to Closeouts

A new outlet for distressed merchandise has hit the Internet....

AFL's Take on China

The AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest trade union, in partnership with the Industrial Union Coalition, a group of 14 industrial unions, has filed a petition with the U.S. Trade Representative asking the Bush admin...

Technology Making the Grade at Fashion Schools

The next generation of apparel designers and merchandisers emerging from California’s fashion colleges and trade schools should be more technically skilled than ever if recent investments in new techno...

Afterburn Sales

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Tukatech to Launch New CAD Product

Los Angeles–based CAD/CAM provider Tukatech Inc. has reached an agreement to acquire an Indian software company that will produce Tukatech’s next generation of CAD software, T...

SIMA Taps Slater, Quiksilver Picks Up DC Shoes

SIMA to Honor Slater...

McCracken's New Gig

Steve McCracken, who served as president of Invista before the DuPont textiles and interiors division was sold to Koch Industries, has been named president and chief executive officer of Owens-Illinois. The T...

Ten Shops to Watch

Los Angeles is a great boutique town—there are iconic specialty stores spread across the city and throughout the Southern California region....

Fashion's Future Leaders

About 800 fashion design and merchandise students from Southern California community colleges turned out for the California Community College Fashion Symposium on M...

PAD Jumps the Learning Curve

CAD/CAM provider PAD System Technologies Inc. is learning that education can lead to a profitable path for technology companies and their customers....

Fashion Week Preview

Los Angeles Fashion Week arrived a bit early and on the Eastside when local designer Andrae Gonzalo introduced his latest Andraegonzalo collection on March 20 at his Chinatown store, Forget It Jake...

A.V.I.D. Opens L.A. Facility

Sublimation printer A.V.I.D. Inc. opened a Los Angeles office and printing facility in mid-February as a satellite to the company’s headquarters in Corona, Calif....

Ellusions

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Ares Buys Maidenform

Ares Corporate Opportunities Fund LP, the private equity division of Los Angeles–based Ares Management LLC, announced plans to purchase Maidenform Inc., subject to closing conditions. The lingerie gian...

Teen Value

Teen shoppers are on the hunt for bargains at discount retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target. So says Port Washington, N.Y.–based research firm The NPD Group, which found that three out of four teens s...

Chicago's Pulse

The Merchandise Mart in Chicago is launching a new urban, streetwear and contemporary show concept called Pulse at the June 23–25 run of its Holiday market week. Confirmed exhibitors include Rocawear, ...

Friday, March 19

Apparel Registration Declines as Contractors Face Rocky Road Ahead

California’s apparel manufacturing base has dropped dramatically in recent years, and the tough economic times are forcing the state’s contractors to wage a game of tug of war with local apparel makers ...

Chip & Pepper at Bloomingdale's

Actor Jason London was rumored to be at the Beverly Center’s Bloomingdale’s, but it was Chip and Pepper Foster, founders of the Chip & Pepper denim line and owne...

Tadashi Set for South Coast Plaza

Designing elegant eveningwear for the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants took a backseat for Tadashi Shoji early this week. Instead, the designer concentrated on dressing windows fo...

Mossimo Dispute Ends

The dispute between Santa Monica-based Mossimo and Van Nuys-based Cherokee is over. The California Supreme Court rejected Mossimo’s petition to appeal a lower-court ruling in Cherokee’s favor regarding a finder’s fees a...

Imported Sweaters Tangled in Customs

First it was socks. Now it’s knit sweaters....

Richard Tyler to Relaunch Eve in Dallas

Los Angeles designer Richard Tyler will relaunch Richard Tyler Eve, his bridge-priced eveningwear label, March 25–29 at the grand opening of Dallas’ new apparel wholesale mart...

Otis to Honor Swim's Key Players, Buchalter

The Otis College of Art and Design will honor two key members of the Southland’s swimwear industry—Susan Crank, president and chief executive offi...

Many Styles, One Retail Hot Spot

“Los Angeles is a big place, but there are a handful of streets where you’d want to have a store,” said Chuck Dembo, a partner with the retail real estate firm Dembo & Associ...

CMC Plans Heaven Showroom, Lingerie Pavilion

The California Market Center is rolling out several new categories and showroom concepts for the April 1–6 run of Los Angeles Fashion Week....

Liz at Home

New York–based apparel giant Liz Claiborne Inc. is putting its well-known brand on a furniture collection that will bow this fall. The company signed a licensing deal with furniture maker Lexington Hom...

Juicy Dives In

Los Angeles–based Juicy Couture, one of New York–based Liz Claiborne Inc.’s contemporary labels, will launch a swim collection at the Miami Swim Show in July. Juicy struck a partnership deal with Swimwea...

Peggy Moffitt-Still Inspiring Fashion

Peggy Moffitt will be both the subject and the guest when the Otis College of Art and Design presents the second seminar in its “Inside the Designer’s Studio” series on ...

Another Day in Court for Forever 21

There will be another round in the Castro v. Forever 21 case....

Golden Needle Awards Issues Call for Designers

Organizers of the Golden Needle Awards are looking for emerging designers and established companies to participate in the first ...

Verdad, Mercedes and Cantu & Castillo on Bill for Museum Show

“Latin Elegance,” a fashion show and fund-raiser highlighting the works of Latino designers, will return on April 3 to the Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) in downt...

True Religion Heads North

El Segundo–based denim line True Religion Apparel Inc. struck a deal with Canadian-based A.N.V. Clothing, which will act as the exclusive distributor and provide warehousing for the True Religion Brand Jeans p...

Tarrant Plans American Rag Retail Rollout

American Rag CIE, which has a flagship store on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, is going national....

Blue Cult to Open at CMC

Contemporary denim apparel maker Blue Cult will open its first West Coast showroom during Los Angeles Market W...

Quiksilver's Big Screens

“Any way you slice and dice it, they’re expensive,” said Steve Jones, vice president of visuals for Huntington Beach, Calif.–based surfwear manufacturer and retailer Quik...

Burlington + Cone

North Carolina– based textile giants Burlington Industries and Cone Mills are merging to create the International Textile Group, which will have an estimated combined revenue of $900 million. The two companies will me...

Friday, March 12

Lectra Signs On Item-Eyes

Atlanta-based technology provider Lectra has teamed up with New York–based sportswear company Item-Eyes to provide design and production software for the company’s showroom and offices...

Survey Shows Plus Sizes on the Upswing

Cary, N.C.–based research company TC2 has completed SizeUSA, a national sizing survey. The results confirm what a lot of apparel outfitters already know: The American populat...

Tukatech Launches Internet-based Sample Making

Los Angeles–based Tukatech Inc. has launched a sample-making service through its TukaWeb Internet division....

Tech Conference Moves to L.A.

The third annual Apparel Tech Conference will move to the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles on Nov. 11. The event was previously held in North C...

RFID Store Helps Retailers and Manufacturers See Technology in Action

Point-of-sale systems provider Wincor Nixdorf Inc. has opened an RFID (radio frequency identification) future store and lab at its Austin, Texas–based headquarters to showcase how the...

Stephen Sprouse, 50

New York designer Stephen Sprouse died on March 4 of heart failure at the age of 50. Sprouse rose to fame in the early 1980s by blending high-end fashion with punk and pop culture into a style describ...

Richard Tyler Hosts Moving Sale

It’s a time-honored tradition: If you’re moving, you must have a moving sale....

Nano-Tex in Deal With Avondale Mills

Emeryville, Calif.–based Nano-Tex LLC has licensed its nanotechnology stain repellant treatments to ...

Study Finds California Consumers Optimistic

California consumers haven’t been this upbeat in almost two years....

Fifi Collection Plans Retail Chain

Fifi Collection will open its first retail store on March 13 at the Glendale Galleria in Glendale, Calif....

Art Shoes

Los Angeles–based accessories label White Trash Charms has teamed with artist and graphic designer Scott Herskovitz to create a line of limited-edition shoes. The shoes will be created in partnership with Santa Fe Spr...

Buyers Dive Into Back-to-School Trends at ASR Trade Show

Several hundred retail buyers turned out for the Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo’s Fall/Back-to-School edition, which took place March 9–10 at the Hyatt Regency Res...

New York Lingerie Shows Draw New Lines, Familiar Names

NEW YORK—Betsey Johnson made an appearance, but Jennifer Lopez and Anna Sui just sent their lingerie. It was all part of the scene at the Feb. 29–March 2 run...

Asian Apparel Mart Planned for Las Vegas

Want to find a Chinese apparel manufacturer without hopping on a jet for a body-numbing journey to Hong Kong or Shanghai?

BCBG Bags

Vernon-based BCBGMaxAzria has launched a signature handbag collection for Spring/Summer 2004. The signature handbag is available in three sizes: large tote, medium tote and clutch. The leather bags co...

Gaining Easier Access to Technology at FBI

Technology can sometimes be an intangible resource for small and start-up apparel companies, given its cost and often high learning curve. Los Angeles–based apparel industry association Fashio...

BCBG Opens on Melrose

BCBGMaxAzria has come to Melrose Heights. The Vernon, Calif.–based contemporary manufacturer opened a new store on March 6 at the corner of Melrose Avenue and Laurel Street in Los Angeles....

COO with Sole

Lake Forest–based footwear maker Sole Technology has hired Paul Migaki as its new chief operating officer after a two-year search. Migaki spent more than 10 years with Beaverton, Ore.–based footwear giant Nike, serving...

Fornarina, Las Vegas

Fornarina, the Italian shoe and apparel company with U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles, opened a new store in Las Vegas at Mandalay Place. This is one of several store openings planned by the company t...

New at YKK

Zippers and sewn products fastener company YKK Corp. has named E. Alex Gregory group officer of the global company, based in Tokyo. Gregory is currently the president and chief executive officer of th...

Consumer Confidence Made Lovely Valentine's Day

February’s job growth was anemic—only 21,000 positions were created across the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. However, cash registers rang in the most impressive February ret...

Courting the Teen E-Shopper

Capturing the teen market for online buying has always been a problem. While many teens have cash, most have to rely on borrowing mom’s or dad’s credit card to make online purchases, which often involve...

Friday, March 5

Cloudy Skies, Sunny Outlook at MAGIC and Satellite Shows

LAS VEGAS—Halfway through the Feb. 23–26 run of MAGIC International and the concurrent satellite shows, the gray skies lifted and the sun came out....

Indies Will Have Their Own Catwalk

A handful of independent fashion designers will be featured in a series of runway shows called “The Champagne Catwalk.” The fashion shows and afternoon brunches will take place ...

What's Old Is What's New

After 16 years of running a boutique dedicated to new designers, Wendy Freedman, owner of Polka Dots & Moonbeams Modern at 8381 W. Third St. in Los Angeles, has realized that the...

Fashion-Focused Buying at Coterie

NEW YORK—A preview of spring weather and clear-cut Fall trends kept business brisk at the recent Fashion Coterie, held Feb. 29–March 2 at the Show Piers in New York....

AAFA Fights European Tariff on U.S. Goods

The American Apparel & Footwear Association asked Congress for help this week after the European Union placed punitive tariffs on U.S. products to retaliate against the United States...

Fashionable Election

American Apparel and designers Richard Tyler, Isaac Mizrahi and Todd Oldham are participating in Declare Yourself, a nationwide initiative aimed at getting out the young vote. American Apparel is donating T-shirts to the des...

Wet Seal Throws Wet Blanket Over Former Exec

Foothill Ranch, Calif.–based specialty retail chain The Wet Seal Inc. won round one of its legal battle with Gregory Scott, the former president of the company’s Arden B. division....

PacSun to Open 110 Stores in 2004

Anaheim, Calif.–based retailer Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. is the newest member of the Billion Dollar Club. The seller of surf - and urbanwear posted $1.04 billion in sales for its fisc...

Light Looks, Crowded Aisles at D&A

NEW YORK—Designers & Agents saw a 20 percent year-to-year increase in attendance at its March 1–3 run, held at the bright, lofty Starett-Lehigh Center in New York’s trendy West Chel...

Independent Style Fuels Glitz Customer

Glitz, the contemporary line from Kik Wear Industries approaching its one-year anniversary, has gotten off to a promising start....

UNITE, HERE Join Forces

The Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union (HERE) and UNITE, the clothing, textile and laundry union, have unanimously agreed to merge the two unions. The new union will represen...

Fashion Legend Passes

Amy M. Spindler, a longtime fashion journalist for The New York Times and its Sunday magazine, died Feb. 27 at the age of 40 after a long battle with cancer. Spindler was recognized as a tena...

Target Sets RFID Mandate

As expected, the country’s fourthlargest retailer, Target Corp., has joined Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in adopting a plan to use radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to track it...

Gap to Settle Dress Code Case

Gap Inc. has agreed to settle a classaction lawsuit filed by employees of 500 of the company’s California stores. The workers claim Gap violated labor laws when it required employees to buy co...

Crispy Debuts With quot;El Layquot; Irony

The Pool show in Las Vegas featured plenty of new lines, including Beverly Hills–based T-shirt line Crispy....

Changing Demographics and Tastes Will Affect Retailers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—The world of retailing is changing so fast that if companies are not familiar with the latest trends and customers’ rapidly evolving tastes, they may as well close their doors immediat...

Dukes Axes Lands' End

Duke University has suspended its licensing contract with apparel group Lands’ End Inc., citing complaints about labor practices at the company’s contracted El Salvador factory. The university alleges t...

Sportswear Co. Snags the Catch of the Day

The San Francisco–based Blue Marlin Corp. hired Ian Eburah, the senior designer for Levi Strauss & Co., last week. The hiring was part of an effort to take Blue Marlin fr...

Dragonfly Stakes Out Melrose Avenue

Dragonfly Clothing, a Fullerton, Calif.–based maker of rock ’n’ roll apparel, is branching out by opening an 1,800- square-foot flagship store on Feb. 9 at 7506 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles....

Cherokee, Target Deal

Van Nuys–based Cherokee Inc. has extended its licensing agreement with the Target Corp. through January 2006. The Cherokee brand will continue to be featured in the Minneapolis retailer’s stores nationw...

Dollar Down, Trade Up

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said the dollar’s falling value should eventually help curb huge U.S. trade deficits without leading to a major disruption in the economy. Greenspan, speaking on...