Stories for September 2004

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Friday, September 24

Surf Group Gets New Executive Director

The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association, the trade association in San Clemente, Calif., that represents more than 700 surf industry suppliers, has named Sean Smith executive director, rep...

Counterfeit Seizure

Nearly $1 million in counterfeit apparel was seized in a raid of a North Carolina trading company, according to Atlanta-based Oxford Industries Inc., owner of Tommy Bahama apparel and other brands. ...

Ferragamo Hosts Custom- Shoe Event

It looks like a measuring device used at any shoe store, but Salvatore Ferragamo’s shoemakers would like you to know that this device makes footwear of exquisite beauty....

Avery Acquires Label Maker

Pasadenabased Avery Denison Corp. has completed its acquisition of German woven label maker Rinke Etiketten for undisclosed terms. Rinke’s 200 employees will continue to work in the company’s facility n...

K2 Relocates HQ

Carlsbad, Calif.–based K2 Inc.—which markets equipment and apparel for snowboarding, skiing and other action sports—is moving its international headquarters to the Carlsbad Corporate Ce...

Ralph Heads to O.C.

Ralph Lauren opened a 5,700-square-foot store on Sept. 22 in Costa Mesa’s South Coast Plaza. The store—decked out with antique fixtures, a limestone fireplace and a crystal chandelier—will carry the Ralp...

True Religion Denim Settles With Contractor

True religion Apparel Inc., a Los Angeles company that makes True Religion Brand Jeans, announced on Sept. 21 that it settled a lawsuit with its contractor, The Indigo Group USA Inc. True R...

Founder of Hot Topic Launches Concept Store

Orv Madden gambled that urban, punk fashions would captivate suburban mall rats when he opened Hot Topic Inc. 15 years ago. Now he is betting consumers will embrace another downtown ...

Gerber's New Motto: In China We Trust

Tolland, Conn.–based Gerber Technology Inc. is putting its future in China. The maker of cutting-room equipment, CAD/CAM software and product development applications acknowledged Ch...

Local Manufacturers to Urge Extension of TPL

A group of U.S. manufacturers are planning to meet on Sept. 29 in Mexico City in an attempt to reinstate a tariff preference program under the North American Free Trade Agreement....

Southern California Ports Struggle With Boost in Wal-Mart Freight

The Holiday shipping season is turning into a lesson in patience....

Gap's New Concept

San Francisco– based retail giant Gap Inc. will test a new store concept aimed at women over age 35. The company will open 10 stores in two different U.S. regions beginning in the second half of 2005, ...

Laundry's Bridesmaids

Vernonbased Laundry by Shelli Segal is getting into the bridal business with a new collection of bridesmaids dresses. ...

CFA Seminar Covers 'Tariff Engineering'

Apparel quotas may be going away in 2005, but tariffs and duties will still be around....

L.A. in N.Y.

West Coast labels

The Show Goes On at Surf Expo

ORLANDO, FLA.—Hurricane Ivan tried but could not crash the party at Surf Expo, held Sept. 17–19 at the Orange County Convention Center. The storm, the third of four that batte...

Cherokee Renews Mervyn's Deal

Van Nuys–based Cherokee Inc. announced Mervyn’s has extended its licensing deal for Cherokee’s Sideout brand for another three years through January 2008. Sales of Sideout merchandise at Mervyn’s have rea...

Rate Hike

The Federal Reserve raised the federal funds rate a quarter percentage point to 1.75 to keep the economy on an even keel but indicated that the economy was healthy and the threat of inflation was abat...

Friday, September 17

Credible Contemporary

Fashion industry veteran Sheri Drobnick unveiled her new women’s contemporary line, Credibility by Sheri Drobnick, on Sept. 8 at the Los Angeles Apparel Mart in d...

Dirtbag Clothing Aims at Music Industry

San Rafael, Calif.–based Dirtbag Clothing Inc. has launched an apparel line called Dimebag Hardware with former Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abb...

Mall Rats

Shopping center developer Rick Caruso, who developed The Grove in Los Angeles, won voters’ approval to build a $264 million mall on city-owned land in Glendale, Calif. The open-air center will be adjac...

NuBra Maker Sues N.Y. Innerwear Co.

Intimate apparel maker Bragel International Inc., based in Pomona, Calif., has filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against Staten Island, N.Y.–based NY In...

Holiday Cheer

Things are looking pretty bright for holiday retail sales. Ernst & Young is predicting that holiday sales for November and December will be up 6 percent to 7 percent, compared with a 5.7 percent i...

Tag It

Avery Dennison Corp. is revving up its identification business. The company, based in Pasadena, Calif., said it is forming a new unit to manufacture and market low-cost radio frequency identification ...

Prospecting on Ventura Boulevard

Gary Friedman felt like a pioneer in 1991 when he opened fashion boutique Dungaree on a stretch of Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, Calif., that was lined with banks, not retailers....

World of Fashion Design Has New Challenges

Los Angeles fashion school graduates are facing a new set of challenges thanks to growing global competition and the bright spotlight currently on the city’s fashion scene....

Industry 212 Postponed Indefinitely

Organizers of the Industry 212 trade show, originally scheduled for Nov. 1–3 in New York, said the event has been postponed indefinitely so that producers can “reshape” the show,...

Court Rules That Seven for All Mankind Owes Former Partners More Than $55 Million

Los Angeles manufacturer Peter Koral, maker of the high-end blue jeans label Seven for All Mankind, is weighing his options after a court ruled he must pay his former partners $55.5 ...

Action-Sports Retailers Find Confidence Is Up

SAN DIEGO—When Volcom employees dressed as clowns started juggling balls, riding around on unicycles and tossing stickers from their company’s booth, the tone of the Action Sports Reta...

Tukatech Forms Software Alliance

Los Angeles–based CAD/CAM provider Tukatech Inc. has formed a partnership with Baltimore-based Polygon Software to market Polygon’s business management software applications under the ...

Alternative to Fashion Week in the Works

The ranks of independent Los Angeles Fashion Week shows will expand even more when Avant Garde Fashions enters the fray....

Safeguard Measure

The American Apparel & Footwear Association of Washington, D.C., joined by three other trade groups, has written the U.S. Department of Commerce to object to any considerations being made regardin...

Goldschmied Remains in L.A., Plans to Launch Sportswear, Denim Line

Italian denim designer Adriano Goldschmied, who recently left denim maker Koos Manufacturing Inc. in Los Angeles, plans to launch his own line of sportswear and denim for the Fall 2005 season...

Los Angeles Becoming a Mecca for Premium Denim Makers

When Chris Gilbert was casting about for top-notch sewing facilities to shape his high-end blue jeans, the president of Paper Denim & Cloth in New York decided the East Coast would not be...

Name Game

Federated Department Stores Inc. is planning to change the name of all 184 regional department stores in its five-chain group to the Macy’s nameplate early next year. Federated is the parent company of 239 Macy’s stores, as well as Burdines- Macy’s in Florida...

Indra to Help Redsand With Order Processing

Lifestyle brand Redsand has automated its order-processing operations with San Diego–based Indra Technology Inc.’s Escape software system....

Target Launches Web Site for Custom Orders

Target Corp. is getting a piece of the made-to-measure business. The retailer has launched Target to a T, a Web venture that allows visitors to order custom-fit clothing....

Friday, September 10

CMC Gets Market Editor

Donna Maria Duarte has been named market editor for the California Market Center in Los Angeles. In this newly created position, Duarte will identify outstanding fashion, gift and home products from the cent...

Krafka Exits Red Tiger Trading Co.

Fast-growing Red Tiger Trading Co. Ltd. has named Maurice “Corky” Newman as president, replacing Joe Krafka, who has left the company to pursue other opportunities....

Hot Trends Sizzle in the Hot Desert

LAS VEGAS—If you had to take away just one trend from the recent apparel shows here, it would be this: blazers....

The Retail Revolution

As arguably the most profound information- technology advancement of the past decade, the World Wide Web continues to affect the future of retailing in new ways....

Ailing Innovo Group Names New President

Innovo Group Inc., which produces Joe’s Jeans, has promoted Chief Financial Officer Marc B. Crossman to president, replacing founder Pat Anderson, who recently resigned....

Charlotte Russe Stocks Slide After Revised Forecast

Stocks tumbled more than 20 percent on Sept. 9 for San Diego–based young women’s clothier Charlotte Russe Holdings, Inc. after Chief Executive Mark Hoffman reported revised guidance for the company...

Lyon, Mode City: Providing an International Connection for Lingerie and Swim

LYON, FRANCE—When Southern California lingerie designer Diane Samandi went to France 12 years ago to attend Lyon, Mode City, she was a rare species: an American with a booth at the lingerie an...

XOXO Founder Jumps Back Into Juniors

Some people only get one shot at success— but not Gregg Fiene, who has a track record of capitalizing on and producing juniors fashion trends for the mass market....

Verdi to E!

Tastemaker and style authority Robert Verdi has been named the official fashion and style expert for Los Angeles–based E! Networks. Verdi’s first order of business will be to host E! Entertainment Television...

Wholesale Venture Brings Clothing to Tall Women

Simpatico LLC has opened up its tall women’s clothing business to wholesalers....

Pulse: Trends for Spring 2005

With the move of WWDMAGIC to the Las Vegas Convention Center, this year’s contemporary fashion show combined the sass of womenswear with the pizzazz of menswear....

Gap Law

This year, San Francisco–based Gap Inc. canceled contracts with 42 of its clothing manufacturers in China, stating that the companies breached the retailer’s labor standards. Gap recently announced the changes ...

Soaring Deficits

The U.S. budget deficit will hit $2.3 trillion over the next decade and may reach nearly double that amount if tax cuts are renewed as President Bush has requested, said a report issued by the nonpartisan Con...

Port Congestion Only Gets Worse

A lingering labor shortage, increased shipping traffic and the Labor Day holiday have all contributed to a major traffic jam at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif....

Goldschmied Exits Koos, Heads Back to Italy

Italian designer and denim maverick Adriano Goldschmied is leaving his namesake company AG by Adriano Goldschmied, launched three years ago by parent company Koos Manufacturing Inc...

Frances' Wake

Hurricane Frances has taken its toll on the lives of Florida’s residents as well as the state’s retailers. Cincinnati-based Federated Department Stores Inc. is among those affected. The operator of Burdines, Bloomingda...

Saltzman to Guru

Mark S. Saltzman, former chief operating officer of Joie Jeans, is now the chief operating officer of Guru Denim Inc., a subsidiary of Los Angeles–based True Religion Apparel Inc., which distributes True Relig...

King of Kitsch

With a hot dog–shaped Oscar Mayer Wienermobile parked out front, the Paul Frank Store opened at Las Vegas’ Fashion Show Mall on Aug. 31 with an event that rolled out the red c...

Ross Launches Lifestyle

Los Angeles retailer Tracey Ross has entered a licensing partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to produce a high-end line of T-shirts featuring Looney Tun...

August '04 Brings the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

August was downright breezy for some specialty stores and department stores that deal in luxury and fashion. The Neiman Marcus Group Inc. of Dallas posted a strong same-stor...

OptiTex Names New Vice Pres.

Natan Mossak has joined CAD/CAM company OptiTex Ltd. as vice president of sales and marketing....

Third Street Yankees Come to Town

What does a New England girl like Danielle Kays do after she moves to Los Angeles? She opens a boutique that reminds her of her wild college days....

Roka Signs Software Deal

Jacksonville, Fla.–based innerwear maker Roka Apparel Products LLC has signed on to use New Generation Computing Inc.’s RedHorse enterprise resource...

The Young Contemporary Lines

Vernon, Calif.–based BCBG Max Azria Group—maker of women’s ready-to-wear, evening and bridesmaid dresses, denim, eyewear, swimwear, footwear, accessories and fragrances—announce...

QRS Ends Merger Deal

Talk about getting cold feet at the altar....

Friday, September 3

ASR: Thinking Locally, Acting Globally

The Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo in recent years has expanded its juniors offerings, launched a Back-to-School show and taken its action-sports concept overseas....

Back in Stores

Consumer spending bounced back in July after a drop-off in June, according to the U.S. Commerce Department, which reported an 0.8 percent rise in personal spending among consumers in July, after an an...

Fashion Police

The editors of Vice magazine appointed themselves fashion police more than 10 years ago, when they started publishing their frequently hilarious, always sarcastic “Dos and Don’ts...

San Francisco Fashion Week '04: Rock & Republic

Rock & Republic’s bad girls finally got some guys of their own. The Los Angeles–based denim label unveiled its men’s line at the show with a “Fight Club...

Bebe Sport Changes

There are changes afoot at Brisbane-based retail boutique chain Bebe Stores Inc. Barbara Wambach, president and chief operating officer for Bebe Sport, is now chief administrative officer of Bebe Stor...

WTO Levies Tariffs

The United States may have to pay an estimated $150 million per year in punitive tariffs because it neglected to eliminate a corporate subsidy on U.S. goods after the World Trade Association ruled the...

True Religion HQ Relocates

True Religion Apparel Inc. has relocated its headquarters to a new facility just east of the Los Angeles Fashion District....

San Francisco Fashion Week '04: Christina Hurvis Couture

Bridal and eveningwear designer

San Francisco Fashion Week '04: Collen Quen Couture

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising graduate Colleen Quen opened the week with her

San Francisco Fashion Week '04: Liz Bang Swimwear

Metallic fabrics, layered looks and intricate lacing made up the looks in the

San Francisco Fashion Week '04: Lily Samii

It was all sparkle and glamour at

San Francisco Fashion Week '04: Besnik

There was a rock ’n’ roll edge to the

Wet Seal Defendant in Shareholder Lawsuit

A class-action lawsuit filed Aug. 26 charged The Wet Seal Inc.’s executives with misleading shareholders regarding the company’s prospects in order to inflate stock prices....

San Francisco Fashion Week '04: Saffron Rare Threads

Suits and other tailored looks dominated the

Tukatech Goes 3-D With New Sim Tools

Los Angeles–based CAD/CAM company Tukatech Inc. has rolled out a new series of 3-D tools aimed at speeding up apparel product development. The E-Fit Simulator and the 3D Moti...

San Francisco Fashion Week '04: FIDM Alumni Show

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising hosted an

Handcuffs Sues Nike

New York–based Marshall Gobuty International USA Inc., which founded and produces Handcuffs Sweatshirts, has filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Beaverton, Ore.–based Nike Inc. charging that the footwear giant ...

Oscar on Madison

Oscar de la Renta is heading to New York’s tony Madison Avenue, where the company will open a 3,000-square-foot boutique. The shop will be the company’s first free-standing U.S. store....

San Francisco Fashion Week '04: Art Institute of San Francisco

Student looks were on the runway at the Art Institute of San Francisco show. Monica Navarro showed lace and satin evening looks, including a sleek off-the-shoulder lace top over a brocade skirt. Chia-Yin Wu’s black d...

Check Your Head

Art-driven T-shirts captured the imagination of fashionistas during the past couple of seasons, but is the world ready for the art-driven hat?...

New Humidity- Control System for Textile Cos.

Thousand Palms, Calif.–based MicroCool Inc. has developed a high-pressure humidification system for the textile industry....

San Francisco Fashion Week '04: Hieros

Hieros menswear designer Roger Alan sent about 25 models down the

Hiltons at Retail

Just as sister Nicky Hilton introduced her new apparel line, Chick, at MAGIC International in Las Vegas, Paris Hilton is launching her own jewelry line on Amazon.com. The Paris Hilton Collection will ...

San Francisco Fashion Week '04: Evarize

Evarize designer Erica Varize seemed to be channeling that era of ’70s style during which designers were channeling the ’30s. Liquid jersey pants and cowl-neck tops were accessorized with gold...

Mossimo Seeks CFO

Santa Monica–based Mossimo Inc. announced that Mali Shrinivas has resigned as chief financial officer to pursue other interests. The company is currently searching for a replacement....

San Francisco Fashion Week '04: Fornarina

It was all ’80s-inspired fun at the

San Francisco Fashion Week '04: Zilda by Flavia

The look at the Zilda by Flavia show recalled the 2002 Maggie Gyllenhaal film “Secretary” with ladylike puffed-sleeve blouses and curve-hugging pencil skirts. Brazilian-born Sa...

Italian Connection

Well-dressed Italians and Italophiles turned out to hear Italian-born designer Elisabetta Rogiani show a few of her Spring ’05 fashions and talk about her recent work on A...

New Venues Help Boost Business at Las Vegas Shows

LAS VEGAS—The decision by MAGIC International to consolidate its shows under one roof paid off at the Aug. 30–Sept. 2 run of the semiannual apparel trade show in Las Vegas....

S.F. Fashion Week Debuts With a Spotlight on New Names

SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco hosted its first fashion week organized in one central location at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre Aug. 26–29....