Stories for October 2004

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Friday, October 29

Tag-It's Talon Franchise

Los Angeles–based trim and label maker Tag-It Pacific Inc. has struck a franchise deal for its Talon division to distribute Talon Zippers in Central Asia. The $9.5 million minimum-purchase agreement wi...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Spring '05: 2 B Free

There is no sibling rivalry between the Benaroch brothers—Yves, 24, and Cedric, 23— who grew up in Los Angeles. The two work well together to create their line, 2 B Free, which is three parts s...

Guess? Eyes Growth With New E-Commerce Strategy

Los Angeles–based Guess? Inc. is strengthening its commitment to e-commerce. The company has recently expanded its online retail presence through a venture with Seattle-bas...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Spring '05: Saja

Saja designer Yoo Lee is best known for her ’20s- and ’30s-inspired pieces in light, airy chiffon with a smattering of beaded trim. For her first...

And All That Jazz

San Francisco designer Mary Green gives her elegant lingerie line a little jazz...

Aris Files Chapter 11

Los Angeles–based Aris Industries, which once counted Baby Phat and XOXO among its brands, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Last year, the company ended its licensing agreement with Baby Phat and so...

Work in Progress

Walking into Michael Cohen’s new showroom, Work in Progress, on the 12th floor of The New Mart in Los Angeles is like embarking on an urban retreat.

Health Insurance to Be Key Issue for Apparel Makers on Nov. 2

Among the flurry of state propositions on the Nov. 2 ballot, one will have a direct financial impact on California’s apparel and textile business: Proposition 72....

Azria Tours BCBG Renovation

Even though he has been busy opening three free-standing BCBGMaxAzria stores and producing the musical “The Ten Commandments,” Max Azria managed to carve out time on Oct. 21 to tour th...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Spring '05: Kevan Hall

An air of sophistication reminiscent of the 1930s and 1940s wafted through the air during Kevan Hall’s Spring 2...

Fashion, Philanthropy and Frederick's of Hollywood

Frederick’s of Hollywood tastefully exposed a sophisticated blend of sexy and demure lingerie during its second annual lingerie art auction and fashion show,...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Spring '05: Enyce and Lady Enyce

The Enyce Clothing Co. prepared for takeoff to all major resort destinations during its...

CMC Sale Progresses

Escrow on the sale of the California Market Center in Los Angeles is expected to close early next year, sources said....

Permanent Showrooms Open at S.F. Market

SAN FRANCISCO—A group of San Francisco–based reps opened permanent showrooms during the San Francisco Fashion Market at a space across from the Concourse Exhibition C...

Aire

Veteran sales representative Diana Buckroyd is back in business with a new showroom called Aire, located in the Cooper Design Space in Los Angeles.

Gap's New VP

San Francisco–based Gap Inc. hired Austyn Zung as senior vice president of design and product development for the company’s new retail concept targeting women over age 35. Zung was previously vice presi...

It Jeans

When Kimmy Song was hunting for new showroom space, she didn’t have to go far. She moved across the street.

Confidence Drops

The Consumer Confidence Index fell for the second month in a row to 92.8 in October from 96.7 in September, according to the Conference Board, the New York–based research firm that compiles the index. The Boar...

Turk to Speak at TALA Scholarship Lunch

Los Angeles designer Trina Turk will speak to design students and industry executives when the Textile Association of Los Angeles hosts its annual scholarship lunch...

Macerich's Luxe Division

Santa Monica–based real estate investment trust The Macerich Co. has created a new luxury property division called Lumenati, which will operate upscale shopping centers Broadway Plaza, Carmel Plaza, The Oaks, Santa Mo...

Agenda Showroom

The typically spotless white walls of the California Market Center in Los Angeles burst into vibrant, anarchic murals of purple flowers, vines and paint splatters at the Agenda Showroom. It’s the first clue that Aaron Levant

Los Angeles Fashion Week Spring '05: San Paredes

Paul Magalad picked an apropos location to show his

Los Angeles Fashion Week Spring '05: Linda Loudermilk

A meeting of ecology and elegance took place on Oct. 24 at the Hollywood home of couture desig...

Kellwood's Cash

Kellwood may be on the hunt for new lines. The St. Louis– based company recently announced the completion of a $400 million unsecured credit facility. Funds have been earmarked for working capital and ...

Bongo Expands

New York–based Candies Inc. is expanding its Bongo division with a pair of licensing deals for juniors handbags and leather goods and girls’ outerwear. Accessory Exchange will ship the first collection of Bongo...

Angels at Rodeo's Brooks Brothers

James W. Jahant kept the lights on late on Oct. 21 at the Brooks Brothers store on Rodeo Drive to celebrate some angels in the midst of the Beverly Hills retail location. Jahant, general m...

Tran Joins Editorial Staff of California Apparel News

Journalist Khanh T.L. Tran has joined the editorial staff of the California Apparel News as manufacturing editor, replacing Claudia Figueroa, who has left the publication....

California Wins Big in Dallas

It was a California moment at the 29th annual Dallas Fashion Awards, held on Oct. 23 in the Great Hall of the former International Apparel Mart. Several Southern C...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Spring '05: Arthur Mendonca

Arthur Mendonca delivered a strong opening for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City on Oct. 25 with a...

Friday, October 22

New Year Could Bring New Shipping Headaches for Apparel Importers

California apparel manufacturers who have shifted their production to China are worried that when quotas disappear on Jan. 1, it will be nearly impossible to obtain cargo space on vessels sailing from...

Mood Light Despite Gray Skies at L.A. Textile Show

Neither rain nor fast-approaching fashion and market weeks kept designers and piece-goods buyers from turning out at the Los Angeles International Textile Show, held Oct. 18–20 at the...

Fund-raising Gala Set for Fashion Museum

The Museum of Fashion Designers and Creators (MODAC) will host a fund-raising gala on Dec. 4 at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles....

Mr. Hadar's Movable Store

If there’s one thing that Lorenzo Hadar has learned from his 20 years of keeping shop at chi-chi Sunset Plaza in West Hollywood, Calif., it’s that anything is possible....

Fashion Rides Into Surf Stores

Surf shops are shrines to the surf industry, dependably stocked with the latest boardshorts and skate T-shirts. Yet a handful of surf stores experimenting with selling clothes from fashion lines have...

Dockers Stay Docked

Levi Strauss & Co., the San Francisco jeans maker that has been trying to turn its finances around, announced it will not sell its Dockers brand after all. The company was hoping to sell its Dockers unit for at least $80...

New Gift Sourcing Show Coming to L.A.

Sources L.A.—an annual trade show geared toward gift industry importers, distributors and volume buyers—will debut Jan. 21–24, 2006, at the Los Angeles Convention Center....

P. Ka Bu Adds Extra Night

Organizers of Los Angeles Fashion Week event P. Ka Bu have added a third night of runway shows and a sample sale following seating requests by the general public....

MAGIC Adds Hilton Space for February Show

Woodland Hills, Calif.–based MAGIC International has acquired space in the Las Vegas Hilton to use for the next MAGIC Marketplace trade show, set for Feb. 14–17, 2005...

Designers, Otis Students Compete in 'Draw Down'

Fashion design students from the Otis College of Art & Design and designers Eduardo Lucero, Ann Field, Susan Zarate and Gus de Guzman will be ...

Retailers Save Time, Money With EDI

The bars and lines of the Universal Product Code (UPC) and the e-mail-like network of electronic data interchange (EDI) are becoming the uniform language of retailing, but how does one learn this way ...

Alpha Opens in West Hollywood

The guy who was once called the “alpha man,” the “leader of the pack” or the “top dog” has changed, according to Darren Gold....

New Hires at Hurley

The juniors division of Hurley International, based in Costa Mesa, Calif., is experiencing a new wave....

Designers to Make Online Splash With eBay

Every creative business is a mix of art and commerce. But art and e-commerce will be married when eBay Inc., the Internet auction site, hosts a Los Angeles Fashion Week sto...

California Manufacturing Outpaces the Nation

California’s manufacturing companies reported that production, new orders and employment grew in the third quarter of this year over the previous quarter....

CMC Lifts Curtain on Second Floor

Los Angeles International Textile Show visitors along with prospective and existing California Market Center tenants glimpsed the building’s new updated/ contemporary apparel...

Safeguard Measures Filed

A group of U.S. apparel and textile companies has filed petitions with the U.S. government to limit imports of several Chinese apparel and textile items following the elimination of quotas on Jan. 1, ...

Joni Blair Founder Norman Blau Dies

Norman Blau, founder of Joni Blair of California Inc., passed away on Oct. 8 in Montecito, Calif., after a brief illness. He was 83....

CFA Panel Talks Hype

The California Fashion Association hosted its second annual “Getting Press hellip; What Is ’Hype’ Worth?” seminar on Oct. 21 at the Cooper Design Space in downtown Los Angeles. T...

Italian Line to Bow at L.A. Market

Hand-screened T-shirts emblazoned with heraldic symbols and crests are the focus of Italian designer Anna Domenici’s Spring collection, which will debut du...

Passco Buys Orange County Mall

Irvine, Calif.–based Passco Real Estate Enterprises Inc. has completed a $100 million acquisition of The Village at Orange, an 858,000-squ...

Americana Launches E-Commerce Web Site

The Americana Co., which distributes promotional sportswear, has launched

Reinis Joins Silver & Freedman

Veteran apparel industry attorney Mitchell Reinis has joined the Los Angeles law firm of Silver & Freedman as a partner and part of the apparel practices group....

New Corporate Tax Bill

Congress approved a $145 billion bill providing new corporate tax breaks as part of legislation that eliminates an export tax credit ruled illegal by the World Trade Organization. The bill benefits ma...

That's Entertainment

Apparel companies cross into entertainment—to varying degrees of success ...

Alternative Talent Agency Launches New Division

Dragon Talent & Models recently launched a new division. The alternative talent agency, which began almost 10 years ago representing drag queens and alternative models, has added...

S.F. International Fashion Week Postponed

Organizers of San Francisco International Fashion Week have postponed their debut event until next spring due to the ongoing hotel workers’ strike in the city....

Jobs Grow Soft

The latest California employment figures aren’t exactly rosy. There was only a net gain of 4,900 jobs in September, according to the state Employment Development Department. This follows a net gain of 4,300 jo...

Japanese Rebound Means Consumers Are Spending More

Japan, which has the second-largest economy in the world after the United States, is showing signs of life again....

Major Fashion District Buildings for Sale

Two buildings within the Los Angeles Fashion District—the California Market Center and the Gerry Building—could soon change hands....

New E-Tailer Focuses on L.A. Designers

Label Los Angeles, a new online shopping resource specializing in apparel from Los Angeles–based designers, has debuted at

West Hollywood's Undercover

Veteran retailer Adam Schaffer closed his 12-year-old boutique Undercover Fashions last month at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Calif., and consolidate...

Lindeberg's World Tour

Johan Lindeberg said fashion collections should be like albums from the best rock bands: The new CD shouldn’t sound anything like the last. That is why he strived to make the clothes ...

Bridal and Eveningwear in Montrose

Eveningwear and bridalwear store Cecile Rivoire’s opened in Montrose, Calif., in August....

Farewell, O Boutique

Oren Shepher closed his ornate women’s store, O Boutique in the Sunset Millennium shopping center of West Hollywood, Calif., on Oct. 15. Shepher would not comment on why he closed the...

New Boutique for Howe

The Howe Denim line will get its own home on Nov. 6, when the company celebrates the opening of its boutique, Howe Homme, in Santa Ana, Calif.’s thriving Artists Village. The 500-squ...

Friday, October 15

Spring Sales Buzz at L.A. Majors Market

The California Market Center was abuzz with buyers looking for Spring 2005 merchandise at the Los Angeles Majors Market, held Oct. 11–14....

Trina Turk, Nicole Miller at Dallas Markets

Designers Nicole Miller and Trina Turk will be among those making personal appearances Oct. 21–24 at two separate Dallas apparel markets....

IFFE Exhibitors Scout for New Customers as 2005 Quota Phase-Out Nears

The end of quotas for World Trade Organization members is two months ways, but the effects are already being felt in the textile sector, according to some exhibitors at the ...

Parras Throws Premium Party

Mexican denim maker Telas Parras introduced its new ring-spun collection, Premium by Parras, with a party at the company’s new showroom at the Orpheum Lofts in downtown Los A...

Tempted's Feminine Side

Last year, Los Angeles–based juniors line Tempted offered a clubwear-inspired collection. This year, teen-age girls are taking more control of their wardrobes, according to Tempted’s Janet Chun...

Cambodia Joins WTO

Cambodia is the latest country to join the World Trade Organization, which is erasing quotas among its member countries on Jan. 1, 2005....

Economic Forecast Holiday 2004: Gas Prices, Job Outlook Could Dampen Holiday Sales

Retailers were looking forward to some Holiday cheer this season, but a Grinch is about to steal Christmas. That Grinch is the price of gas....

Going Where No Fashion Brand Has Gone Before

When brands get hot, one of the first things their owners do is jump onto the licensing bandwagon. For apparel companies, that usually means expanding the brand’s name to watches, eyewear, jewelry and ...

New Denim Line Tacto Heads to West Coast

The owners of Tacto, a newly launched contemporary denim line, are looking to set up shop on the West Coast. The brand is based in Boston, but owners Christopher Loughlin and Juan Carlos Posa...

SFA Closures

The Saks Fifth Avenue store in the Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis will close in January, according to the upscale retailer’s parent company, Birmingham, Ala.–based Saks Inc. The shuttering follows several...

Innovo Raises Denim Prices in Search of Profits

Innovo Group Inc., the denim company that makes Joe’s Jeans, recently raised wholesale price points by 10 percent on the five-pocket version of that label to help the company secure a...

Luxury and Hurricanes Make for Mixed September '04

September retail sales and forecasts for October ranged from bullish to soft. The mixed message stemmed from an American economy that was both reeling from hurricane damage in Florida and enjoying a l...

Hot Party

Hot Kiss Inc. has a lot to celebrate. The Los Angeles juniors apparel company recently launched a denim division called 2Kiss, which has been receiving rave reviews from b...

Starpower Fuels Fields' Spring '05 Forecast

Model/actress/celebrity Anna Nicole Smith brought some star power to the “Spring 2005 Million-Dollar Item Seminar,” presented by the Barbara Fields Buying Office on Oct...

New Textile Education Program for Industry Workers

California State University, Los Angeles will launch an extended education program called “Textile: Production and Management” for apparel and textile workers. The new program i...

P. Ka Bu Sets Runway Lineup, Lands Scion

Independent fashion show producer and designer Jose Angel has landed Toyota’s Scion as a sponsor, secured a venue near downtown Los Angeles and set the lineup for th...

Destination L.A.

Retail consulting company Directives West opened the Los Angeles Majors Market on Oct. 11 with a Spring 2005 fashion show...

Johnson Joins PacSun

Former Abercrombie & Fitch executive Seth Johnson has been named chief operating officer of Pacific Sunwear of California Inc....

Fashion Comes to the Schindler House

The Schindler House, the West Hollywood, Calif., residence designed by renowned architect Rudolf Schindler, is being converted into an art and fashion haven to showcase the works of designers...

Sunset Plaza: Living La Dolce Vita

At Sunset Plaza, long considered a hangout for film industry execs, la dolce vita lingers from the chichi sidewalk cafes to the exclusive boutiques....

MBFW to Underwrite Kashou Show

Organizers of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios have selected designer Rami Kashou to receive an underwritten venue during the event, which will run Oct. 25–29....

Increasing the International in the L.A. Textile Show

Visitors to the Oct. 18–20 run of the Los Angeles International Textile Show at the California Market Center will get a greater sampling of international exhibitors than they...

Confidence Drops on Jobs

The Consumer Confidence Index fell to 96.8 in September from 98.7 in August, according to the Conference Board, which compiles the index. This marks the second month in a row the index has declined. The Conference Bo...

MADDbag

Santa Ana–based apparel and accessories company Harveys Industries Inc. has struck a deal with nonprofit organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving to launch a new version of the Harveys Original Seatb...

Friday, October 8

Spring Fever and Key Trends at Fashion Coterie and D&A

NEW YORK—“Spring” was the buzz word at the Designers & Agents and Fashion Coterie trade shows in New York. Aisles were crowded with buyers hungrily viewing ...

Port Congestion Leads to Overflow Docking in Orange County

For the first time in two years, container ships are being parked off the coast of Huntington Beach, Calif., in Orange County because of congestion at the Port of Long Beach and Port...

G-Star Opens Los Angeles Store

Another heavy-hitting denim company has joined Los Angeles’ crowded jeans market. Netherlands-based G-Star International opened a 2,350-square-foot boutique on Oct. 1 in the...

CFA Hosts P.R. Seminar

The California Fashion Association is organizing a panel to speak on Oct. 14 in Los Angeles about the ins and outs of getting publicity....

Esquire's Design Dream Team

Pity Keyshawn Johnson. When the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver opted out of moving into his $12 million Mediterranean-style house in Beverly Hills, Esquire magazine took up temporary r...

Finding the Sweet Spot

Bubblegum USA’s eight-year ride to success took the company’s owners from Glider to glitter to carefully gauging teen trends ...

EDI Seminar at L.A. Textile Show

A seminar addressing electronic data interchange (EDI) will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 20 in suite C686 of the California Market Center. The event is part of t...

Tommy's Shareholder Suit

New York–based Abbey Gardy LLP filed a class action lawsuit against New York’s Tommy Hilfiger Corp., charging the manufacturing giant with violating Securities Exchange rules related to the company’s fin...

Von Dutch Rebate

A Scottish hat retailer is offering customers a rebate on Von Dutch hats purchased at the company’s online store because a recent story in the OC Weekly charged the original company founder, ...

Confetti's Chuck Goldstein Dies at 63

Charles “Chuck” Goldstein, longtime sales executive and founder of the Confetti apparel line, passed away on Sept. 6 after suffering a heart attack. He was 63....

Jr. Street Scene

Juniors are spending moremoney than ever on clothing purchases. California Apparel News Contributing Writer Susan Hornik recently asked young women in the Westfield Shoppingtown Century Cit...

Fashion Event Gets Political

Fashion and music fans will be urged to register to vote at an Oct. 13 event at Club Avalon in Hollywood....

JNCO Jumps Back Into Juniors Jeans

After a four-year hiatus, JNCO, known for its line of young men’s and boys’ jeans, is getting back into the juniors jeans business with a high-end denim collection....

Anna Nicole Autographs at CMC

Anna Nicole Smith will be taking her show to the California Market Center....

Growth Expected for Knitted Fabrics and Apparel

The international market for knitted textiles and apparel is slated to grow by 25 percent during the next 10 years, according to Research and Markets, a Dublin, Ireland–based market research c...

Dillard's Reba

Little Rock, Ark.–based Dillard’s will introduce a new collection designed in partnership with singer and actress Reba McEntire. The Reba collection will roll out to 147 Dillard’s stores in Spring 2005. ...

Retailer Mixes Fashion and Surf at Three New Stores

Specialty store Active Ride Shop, which bridges the fashion and surf scenes by selling fashion brands such as Diesel and contemporary surf-friendly brands such as O...

WestPoint Stevens Shutters N.C. Factory

West Point, Ga.–based textile maker WestPoint Stevens Inc. will close its factory in Hickory, N.C., by the end of the year....

'Pure Players' Gain Bigger Bottom Lines

It has become increasingly clear that offering online shopping means gaining larger profit margins for most retailers. For one thing, gone are the days of pricey custom Web development programs and co...

Tiffany & Co. Turns 40

The Tiffany & Co. store in Beverly Hills celebrated its 40th anniversary with a cocktail party and fashion show featuring Tiffany jewels....

Westfield Debuts Major Renovation at Arcadia Mall

Southern California’s next retail hot spot may be Arcadia. The town, located 21 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles and best known for the Santa Anita Racetrack, is scheduled to become the...

Expensive Beer, Cheap Clothes

Apparel prices are falling at a time when the cost of beer is stable and the cost of appliances made with steel is rising, according to the recently released Ernst & Young Quarterly Market Basket ...

Ferragamo in O.C.

Massimo Ferragamo, chairman of Salvatore Ferragamo U.S.A. and son of the legendary shoe designer, was on hand at the opening of “A Love Affair With Shoes,” an ...

Veltex Takes on Distribution

Veltex Corp. has added a new division, Veltex Apparel, which will handle distribution for the City of Industry, Calif.–based company....

Benabou Joins Hot Kiss

Los Angeles–based juniors maker Hot Kiss has hired Donna Benabou as East Coast sales executive....

It Jeans Heads to Gerry

Los Angeles–based premium juniors denim maker It Jeans will open a showroom in suite 701 of the Gerry Building in downtown Los Angeles....

Isaac Goes Home

Designer–turned–talk show host Isaac Mizrahi is expanding his licensed offerings at hipster discounter Target to include home accessories products, such as lighting, furniture, bedding, stationery and p...

New Focus at Cotton Inc. L.A.

New York–based marketing and forecasting service Cotton Inc. has a new forecaster in its Los Angeles office at the California Market Center....

Friday, October 1

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Plans

New York–based 7th on Sixth, producer of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios, has revised the fashion show dates for the week and released a preliminary l...

Sew Down Issues Call for Designers

Sew Down, the fashion, music and art show and urban apparel marketplace organized by Los Angeles designer Atousa, is looking for designers and lines to participate in the upcoming runway show...

Fashion Meets Philanthropy at Catwalk for a Cure

Charter Communications and Lifetime Television will present the second annual Catwalk for a Cure Fashion Show and Tea on Oct. 9 in Long Beach, Calif....

International Visitors Up, U.S. Attendance Down at Lyon, Mode City

Overall attendance was down slightly at the recent Lyon, Mode City and Interfiliegrave;re shows in Lyon, France....

Lectra Orders Up at CISMA

Asian apparel manufacturers appear to be adopting technology at a rapid pace as they gear up for quota-free trading, which will begin next January. One of the main suppliers for the ...

Stacey Todd: A Classic Engagement

Announcing an engagement is big news, but when Mikela Walter, store manager of women’s clothier Stacey Todd, announced her engagement at the Studio City, Calif., boutique, the declaration didn’t seem o...

Surf's Up, Kitty

Hello Kitty is going to the beach. Japan-based Sanrio’s cherubic cat character will celebrate its 30th anniversary at the Hello Kitty Boardfest, set for Oct. 15–17 at the Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington Beach. The women’s p...

Technology Goes to School Thanks to Industry Partnerships

The co-mingling of private industry and education is helping the development of new technology and other solutions for the apparel and textile industries....

Isaak and Shandling to Headline Lucky Gala

Musician Chris Isaak and comedian Gary Shandling will perform at the eighth annual Black Tie & Blue Jeans Gala, hosted by Lucky Brand Foundation, the philanthropic arm ...

New Location for Intima

Intima America New York, Messe Frankfurt’s U.S. lingerie show, is moving from the Jacob Javits Convention Center to the newly built Confer...

Citizens of Humanity Partners Break Up

After starting two denim companies together, Michael Glasser and Jerome Dahan have ended their partnership at Citizens of Humanity, a high-end blue jeans line founded last year....

Geoffrey Beene, 77

Iconic fashion designer Geoffrey Beene died in New York on Sept. 28 from complications caused by pneumonia. Beene got his start in the display department of I. Magnin in Southern California before stu...

Ynop 3: For the Sake of a Horse

Anamyn Turowski’s manufacturing headquarters did little to break the low-key milieu of her Los Angeles neighborhood, near Universal Studios—until she announced her first retail store, ...

Surfwear Company Catches Another Wave

After a year slugging it out in the surf market, Monument Clothing Inc. is finally making a name for itself as a better boutique brand....

BCBG, Li & Fung Get Gerber WebPDM

Los Angeles–based BCBG Max Azria continues to streamline its product development model with investments in technology....

By the Light of the Tiki

A few well-placed tikis proved to be the perfect backdrop for the runway at the California Resortwear Show, put on by One Box Productions. This event’s fash...

L.A. Manufacturers Lobby Mexican Government on TPL3

MEXICO CITY—Three hefty vans fortified with armed guards weaved in and out of the heavy traffic that has become a daily occurrence in Mexico City, one of the world’s most populated cities....

Resortwear Show Producers Rethinking Next Event

Buyer traffic was lower than expected at the sophomore run of the California Resortwear Show, held Sept. 28–29 at the Newport Dunes Resort in Newport Beach, Calif., according...

Nano-Tex Names New Execs

Emeryville, Calif.–based Nano-Tex LLC, a supplier of fabric treatments based on nanotechnology, has named Kim Houchens as its new chief technology officer and Mark Brutten as senior vice presi...

Waldman Joins L.A. Intimates

Kellwood Co. Vice President of Operations Don Waldman has been promoted to president of the L.A. Intimates Group, one of the brands in the St. Louis–based company’s intimate apparel division....

Lucky Brand Dungarees and Title Jeans Wear

Ebay is coming to Los Angeles Fashion Week....

Loss of Confidence

The Consumer Confidence Index fell to 96.8 in September from a revised 98.7 in August, according to the Conference Board. The New York–based research company credited flagging employment figures for th...

Sleepwear to Eyewear

San Rafael–based sleepwear and loungewear designer Karen Neuburger has launched a line of reading glasses that coordinate back to her collection. The glasses are available in cobalt, dark periwinkle, s...

SDL Rolls Out Fiber I.D. System

Charlotte, N.C.–based SDL Atlas LLC has introduced a new fiber-analyzing system aimed at cutting down the time and cost of identifying blended fibers....

Gazing Into Fashion's Future: Searching for the Next Big Trend

Retailers once relied on buying offices to purchase the best new fashion labels, but since the 1980s, buying offices have earned much of their salaries by searching for the elusive holy grail of retai...

Reza Delves Into Urban Retail Properties

California retailing is taking on an urban flavor, with a number of mixed-use properties being developed in downtown areas from San Francisco to San Diego. That’s why Irvine, Calif...

Second S.F. Fashion Event Lines Up Posen, Burrows and Klein

The lights have barely cooled on the first “official” San Francisco Fashion Week, but the city is already gearing up for its first “official” San...

Fashionable Homes

Footwear designer and retailer Michelle K. will host a new Discovery Home Channel show called “Picture This.” The Los Angeles–based designer will assist homeowners with their interior design and entertai...

Gen Art Names 2004's Fresh Faces

Gen Art announced the 12 designers the organization will present in its Fresh Faces in Fashion show, to be held Oct. 27 at Hangar 8, near the Santa Monica ...

ENK Sets Sights on Las Vegas

ENK International is taking its Brighte Companies show to Las Vegas....

New Resources: Nuuda

First it was innerwear as outerwear. Now, a new lingerie company is hoping to kick off innerwear as overwear....

More Showrooms for San Pedro Wholesalers

The area known as The Intersection in Los Angeles— where the California Market Center, The New Mart, the Cooper Design Space and the Gerry Building meet—has...