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Friday, April 29

Denim Boom Brings Bounty for L.A. Wash Houses

Premium denim is hot, and one of the key reasons for its success can be found in the community of wash and finishing houses in the Los Angeles area....

New Looks With a Vintage Twist

SuperLuckyCat Inc. never underestimates the value of sorting....

New Shirt Line Is a Chip Off the Old Block

Ezra Homann, son of Sue Wong, is following his mother’s path in the fashion industry, but he has taken a slight diversion from her elaborate evening gowns and dresses....

New Hillary Rush Boutique to Provide Fashion Alternative

When looking for a niche in the crowded world of Los Angeles boutiques, Hillary Rush knew what the boutique bearing her name would not emphasize: jeans andT-shirts....

Luxe Looks Celebrating the Earth

Linda Loudermilk interpreted oceanic oddities seen through an eco-friendly eye in the Fall 2005 fashion show for her Luxury Eco by Linda Loudermilk label at her Los Angeles home’s garden. Hel...

J Brand Aims for Jeans With Minimal Detail, Maximum Fit

The philosophy of “less is more” aptly applies to denim label J Brand. The line, started by denim veteran Jeff Rudes and stylist Susie Crippen, focuses on dark-wash slim-fitting...

Guez Brothers' Companies Get Creative to Go Public

Los Angeles’ Guez Brothers are letting the public in on their act....

Goldschmied Launches GoldSign

Adriano Goldschmied is getting ready for his golden years. At an age when many people are preparing to retire, the 61-year-old Goldschmied is about to ship high-end denim, sateen trousers, cr...

Military Vintage Never Fades Away at Lisa Angel

Studio City boutique owner Lisa Angel had a hunch that classic army fatigues could sell in vintage-crazy Los Angeles. When friends told her of the up-and-coming Tokyo fashion trend of wearing vintage...

Peace & Love Jewelry by Nancy Davis

Nancy Davis created her Peace & Love Jewelry as a thank-you gift to friends and sponsors of her “Peace & Love”–themed Race to Erase MS event in 2002. The origina...

Gen Art Sets Plans for S.F., N.Y. Shows

Elena Manferdini, Allison Nelson, Samuel Taylor, Lesley Tenaka and Thu Vu will be the featured designers at Gen Art San Francisco’s “Inspiration” fashion show, to be held April 2...

Jamison Announces CMC Changes

At press time, Los Angeles–based Jamison Properties was expected to close escrow April 28 on its purchase of the California Market Center for a reported $135 million...

Changes at Remy

Remy Leather, a 34-year-old Los Angeles–based U.S. manufacturer of fine men’s and women’s leather garments, announced today that Justin Remeny was promoted to chief operating officer. Previously, Remeny ...

Charlotte Russe to Open 50 Stores After Rocky Second Quarter

Charlotte Russe Holding Inc. will open 50 stores in 2005, according to Mark A. Hoffman, president and chief executive officer of the San Diego–based company. Hoffman, who made the announcement April 2...

Bribery Plea

Former Vans Inc. Vice President Scott Andrew Brabson pleaded guilty to charges that he solicited $4.7 million in bribes and kickbacks from Chinese producers of Van’s apparel and shoes, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office f...

Ocean Freight Rates to Rise Soon

Steamship lines are planning to raise shipping rates by at least 10 percent to 20 percent on May 1....

SF Style Before Fashion Week

The organizers of the soon-to-launch San Francisco International Fashion Week will host the annual International Style Festival on May 7 at San Francisco’s Union Square, according to International Fash...

Loudermilk to Open Eco-Friendly Store

Mariana Danilovic, business partner of designer Linda Loudermilk, said the designer will open a “green” store on Melrose Place in Los Angeles by summer 2005. The building will feature su...

Revatex Bows Juniors Line J Signature

Complementing its street-influenced JNCO Jeans for boys and young men and boutique-focused J&Company label for women, Revatex Inc. is adding a new line of jeans...

Johnson Offers Bite-SizeBottoms for a Celebrity Crowd

It’s the lucky designer who can count teen queen Hilary Duff as her first customer and the cover of Blender magazine as her first press hit. Kristen Johnson accomplished both of these feats in...

Paxar Names New CEO

Robert van der Merwe has been hired as president and chief executive officer of White Plains, N.Y.–based labels supplier Paxar Corp....

Low Confidence

Consumer confidence in the United States hit a five-month low, as escalating gas prices detracted from a sense of economic recovery, according to the New York–based Conference Board, which tracks consumer sent...

Changes at Cotton

Mike Tyndall was named senior director, Latin America and Europe, and Mark Kametches was named associate director, North American marketing, at Cotton Inc. The changes are part of the restructuring the New York...

Chinatown Designers Co-Op Store to Open Summer 2005

Joyce Tsang helps design one-of-a-kind dresses for the San Paredes label, but her Sittin’ Pretty boutique should be a store for all seasons....

A One-Stop Shop for E-Commerce

Most bricks-and-mortar retailers are evaluating their clicks-and-mortar strategies in light of the booming online shopping trend. The reality, however, is that going online is not always easy or cost-...

CFDA Plans West Coast Focus

The Council of Fashion Designers of America is hosting an invitation-only meet-and-greet with Los Angeles designers at the Beverly Hills home of designer Diane von Furstenberg on May 5. The event will be the...

Friday, April 22

Gap Shuffle

San Francisco–based retail giant Gap Inc. promoted Cynthia Harriss, current president of the company’s outlet divisions, to president of Gap brand, filling a position left vacant in September, when former Gap President...

Blonde Ambition

Most of Yana Khromova’s friends went to college after graduating from Peninsula High School, near Southern California’s Palos Verdes Estates, in 2001. But reading Plato and sweating through ch...

C & C California Adds New Executive

Now that Liz Claiborne Inc. has acquired the hot T-shirt brand C & C California Inc., the small up-and-coming Los Angeles label is on track for expansion....

Feminine, Fun and Fuss-Free

Vintage-inspired contemporary clothing line Midi combines a feminine look with youthful humor through cute ruffles and raw-edged tweed details....

Arden B. Trades Up in Beverly Center

Contemporary women’s fashion boutique Arden B. raised its profile in Los Angeles’ Beverly Center recently. It relocated to a larger, 3,000-square-foot space on the north end of the c...

Fast-Track Program for Ports Is Delayed

For the fourth time since it was proposed, a program to open terminal gates during nighttime and weekend hours at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is being delayed. The new launch date...

Lectra Releases New Pattern Design System

French technology company Lectra has released a new version of its Modaris pattern design and grading software....

SourceGo and Verio Team Up for Online Procurement

SourceGo, a new online procurement service for apparel retailers and manufacturers, has chosen the security verification services of Englewood, Colo.–based Verio Inc....

Party for the Arty

For the past two years, Melrose boutique Frecuencia Modulada has sold one-of-kind clothes produced by Los Angeles and Mexican designers. Owners Chachin Rosas and Wendy Romer...

eWarna Develops Color Indexing Tool

Malaysian color systems specialist eWarna Ltd. has released a new Web-based color indexing system aimed at providing large-scale, automated color cross-referencing services....

Graff, Guez Sell Labels in Separate Deals

Graff CaliforniaWear, a 76-year-old privately held sportswear manufacturer based in downtown Los Angeles, is wrapping up the final terms of a licensing deal that will deliver its stable of l...

California Cos. Look to Europe to Boost Sales

Daniella Clarke has expansion on her mind when it comes to beefing up sales of her fashion-forward collection, sold under the Frankie B. label. And the designer knows how she will do it: She’s...

Nike Taps Microsoft Exec

Beaverton, Ore.–based footwear giant Nike Inc. named former Microsoft Corp. executive John G. Connors to its board of directors. Connors was previously senior vice president of finance and administration and chief fin...

NGC, Foxfire Roll Out Logistics Solution

Miami-based New Generation Computing Inc. (NGC) and Marietta, Ga.–based Foxfire Technologies Corp. have introduced a warehouse management software system aimed at improving efficiencies in ap...

Earthy Blends, Sleek Style

Except for one cotton tank top, all pieces in new women’s contemporary clothing line Cellardoor are made in a silk-and-hemp–blend fabric that mirrors the label’s earthy, sleek style....

Offshore Production Issues on Slate at CFA Meeting

The end of quotas and the ensuing sourcing challenges, including the threat of dumping, will be on the agenda at the California Fashion Association...

Ferragamo's Fall Preview

The Salvatore Ferragamo boutique in Beverly Hills kicked off Fall ’05 with its “Celebrity Handbag Event and Fall Preview” on April 12....

Hot Topic and Serious Clothing Hope for Gold With Glitterboy Line

Rock ’n’ roll rules some parts of the radio dial, but Magnus Walker thought the music had not yet staked a claim in the world of fashion....

San Francisco Market Brings Clear Skies and Retail Orders

Warm spring weather did not distract retail buyers from the April 16–19 run of the Fashion Market of San Francisco, which ran concurrently with events organized by the Los An...

Irvine Spectrum Builds Fashion Savvy With Nordstrom, Specialty Stores

The Irvine Spectrum Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and the entertainment-focused shopping center in Irvine, Calif., will blaze a new path for its birthday: fashion....

Shirley Goes to London

Shirley of Hollywood has been manufacturing lingerie in Southern California since 1948. But on April 21, the company will open its first store—in London. Subsidiary Shirley of Hollywood UK, ...

NewTech Visual Display 'Superstore' Opens in L.A.

Los Angeles–based Technovix Inc. has brought the big-box concept of retailing to the visual display arena with NewTech Display, a 60,000-square-foot showroom and warehouse in downtown...

Surf Cos. Look to the Slopes for New Business

Snowboarding is surfing on snow, and boardsports companies that have dominated the waves are paying more attention to the slopes....

From MGM to Guess?

Former Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. exec Alex Yemenidjian has been nominated to join the board of directors of Los Angeles–based Guess? Inc. Yemenidjian, the former chairman and chief executive officer of ...

Sunset Millennium Back on Track

The Sunset Millennium—a retail, hotel and residential project planned at the corner of Sunset and La Cienega boulevards in West Hollywood, Calif.—appears to be heading toward construction after...

Heatherette Comes to L.A. Fashion District

Heatherette, the New York–based funky contemporary women’s line designed by Richie Rich and Traver Rains, has finally arrived on the West Coast. The collection has taken up re...

Classic Leather With California Country Detail

A former documentary filmmaker and owner of a vineyard in Cuyama, Calif., Anouk Krueger designs a line of leather-based separates that reflects a classic style with rustic roots. Kr...

Sears and Latina's Line

Hoffman Estates, Ill.–based retailer Sears, Roebuck & Co. has partnered with New York–based Latina magazine to launch Latina Life, a collection of apparel, footwear and accessories targeting the La...

Classic Surf Style Lives Again in Santa Monica

The Hawaiian prints and summer colors of Original Jams surfwear were fashion icons of the 1960s. The brand’s classic surf look rode a wave to Santa Monica, Calif., on April 8....

Rules Relaxed for U.S. Pavilion Exhibitors

For years, the U.S. Department of Commerce has helped U.S. manufacturers take part in foreign trade shows by offsetting costs for the booths, translators and business services that were in a U.S. Pavi...

What's Next for Ku

The sign is still up, but Ku USA Inc. closed its flagship store on Melrose and Curson avenues in January to concentrate on developing its wholesale business. But Los Angeles may not have seen...

Friday, April 15

Nova Protest

More than 100 garment workers protested in San Francisco on April 12 after more than 80 workers were unexpectedly laid off from Nova Knits Inc., according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The ...

IMG Heads to Miami

IMG’s 7th on Sixth said Los Angeles labels BCBG Max Azria Group and Juicy Couture will be among about a dozen companies that are expected to showcase 2006 s...

Moss' Buyback

Mossimo Giannulli, founder and controlling stockholder of Mossimo Inc., announced plans to acquire the outstanding publicly held shares of Mossimo stock for $4 per share, which at the time of the offe...

Ford's New Deal

Tom Ford has inked a multi-part, multi-year deal with New York–based beauty giant Esteacute;e Lauder to launch a beauty line. The new line will be called Tom Ford for Esteacute;e Lauder and will be sol...

Paxar/EMCO Deal Done

White Plains, N.Y.–based Paxar Corp.—maker of a variety of tags, labels and labeling systems—completed its purchase of EMCO Labels in a cash transaction for an undisclosed sum. EMCO, which produces handh...

Veltex Heads North

City of Industry–based Veltex Corp., an importer and a vertical maker of textiles and apparel, has opened a Canadian office in London, Ontario, in an effort to increase market share north of the border...

CMC Sale Near

The long-delayed sale of the California Market Center is expected to end soon, and new owner Jamison Properties is set to take over day-to-day operations of the wholesale showroom giant from current o...

CMC, New Mart and Santee Court to Receive Building Awards

The California Market Center, MJW Investments and The New Mart, all based in Los Angeles, will receive awards for their real estate projects during the April 21 ann...

Tempted Relocates, CEO Schoenholz Honored

Tempted Apparel Corp. said it nearly doubled the size of its corporate headquarters by moving to a new building in Bell, Calif., and that its founder and chief executive will be hono...

Dates, Details Set for SFIFW

San Francisco International Fashion Week (SFIFW) organizers have set the dates of Oct. 20–23 for its premier event, scheduled to take place on the waterfront at Fort Mason....

Reality to Runway

Hollywood loves comebacks and sequels, and Daniel Franco has had both. The Los Angeles designer was off to a good start in 1999, when his first collection landed in the windows of Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverl...

Kmart Gets Site Smart

Kmart’s recently redesigned Web site,

A Reversible Twist to Feminine, Funky Style

House of Moyeacute; designer Marguerite Moyeacute; is a firecracker of energy with a contemporary line that is as versatile as her personal style. While presenting her debut Spring 2005 collection of bright, pretty ...

Central America Strives to Compete With China

Central American apparel factories are moving at top speed to come up with ways to compete with China, now that the manufacturing giant and other Asian nations are cutting away at their share of the U...

[TC]2 Names New Board of Directors

Cary, N.C.–based technology resource [TC]2 has named a slate of prominent industry officials to its board of directors and executive committee....

Fashion and Survival; Five Retailers Talk

Retail success often means hitting the right trends before they peak and avoiding a minefield of fashion mistakes that can sink even experienced boutique owners....

High Turnout at L.A. Majors Market Helps Regain Fall Business

The introduction of the Los Angeles Majors Market at the California Market Center helped salvage the Fall season for many sales representatives who had to navigate a fractured schedu...

Back-to-School Basics

Apples and pencils decorated the floral arrangements at Barbara Fields Buying Office’s “Back-to-School Fall ’05 Million Dollar Seminar,” where Barbara Fields covered more...

OptiTex Aligns With Zweave

New York–based companies OptiTex USA Inc. and Zweave Inc. have formed a partnership. The companies will pool each other’s technologies to help apparel designers collaborate on fit and ...

California's Manufacturing Growth Slows in 1st Q

A recent survey shows that California manufacturers continued to grow this year but not as briskly as they did last year....

Marketing Co. Throws Parties for Teen Research

For companies that are vying to increase their sales and stake in the $75 billion market for girls and young women, Girls Intelligence Agency LLC (GIA) is offering a marketing tool t...

Gerber Names New Software Director

Tolland, Conn.–based Gerber Technology Inc. has named Holly Beum as director of software product management. Beum will oversee development and management of the company’s software app...

March '05 Gains Shaky, April '05 Sales Forecast Good

March sales bloomed because of an early Easter. Retail sales increased 4.1 percent over those of the previous year, according to the index maintained by the New York–based International Council of Sho...

Caruso Names New Leasing Exec

Todd M. Russell, a former leasing executive for the South Coast Plaza shopping center in Costa Mesa, Calif., has been named senior vice president of leasing for Los Angeles–based Caru...

Manhattan Beach Retail Keeps It Beachy, Cool

New 20,000-square-foot retail development in the works. ...

Growing Companies Seek Out EDI, Software

Despite emerging radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, electronic data interchange (EDI) is still the only way to conduct electronic order processing between apparel com...

Bright New World

Clothing designers are known to find their inspiration in curious places, and Alana May is no exception....

Friday, April 8

IFFE Prepares for New York Shows

The buzz in the aisles of the April 4–6 run of the Los Angeles International Textile Show was the fate of the International Fashion Fabric Exhibition (IFFE), which has not yet announc...

'Project Runway' Poised for a Second Lap

“Project Runway 2” is coming to town, and the show is on the hunt (again) for the next big thing in fashion, thanks to the success of last season’s debut....

Mixed Results at L.A. Textile Show

Traffic reports were mixed at the Los Angeles International Textile Show, which was held between the split Fall ’05 markets at the California Market Center....

Woodbury honors Galanos

Legendary designer James Galanos and City of Vernon Mayor Leonis C. Malburg will be honored at Woodbury University’s 41st annual fashion gala, to be held April 30 at The Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beve...

Warnaco's New Sourcing Exec

New York–based Warnaco Group named longtime apparel executive Dwight Meyer president of global sourcing. Meyer has more than 25 years of experience in the apparel business, most recently as executive v...

State Labor Commissioner to Fine-Tune AB633

The new California Labor Commissioner, Donna Dell, plans to crack down on “underground economy” violators as well as help legitimate apparel contractors trying to work by the rules....

Uncertainty in the Air About CAFTA

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

Factoring in the Post-2005 World

Following the Jan. 1 expiration of World Trade Organization quotas on textiles and apparel, numerous companies are eager to take advantage of quota-free sourcing, particularly in China. But t...

Perse and Peoples

Los Angeles designers James Perse and Larry Leight, co-founder of Oliver Peoples eyewear, have joined forces to create a T-shirt to promote Oliver Peoples’ new Mosley Tribes sunwear brand. The limited-...

Quiksilver's Aussie Buy

Huntington Beach–based Quiksilver has purchased Surfection, a 20-year-old surf-shop chain based in Australia. Surfection currently operates seven Surfection shops and five Quiksilver/Roxy concept store...

Capital Factors Gets Acquired Again

Perry Capital LLC agreed to acquire Capital Factors Inc., the factoring business and its assets, from Regions Financial Corp. in a deal that continued the consolidation in t...

Tobe's New Deal

New York–based trend consultancy Tobe, publisher of “The Tobe Report,” has launched a new manufacturing consulting division called Tobe Insights. The division will give strategic planning...

Seeking Dockers President

San Francisco–based Levi Strauss & Co. is seeking a new president for its U.S. Dockers brand. Current President Bobbi Silten announced plans to take a six-month sabbatical from the company, citing ...

Ten Shops to Watch

Star power jolted Los Angeles’ retail scene this past year when two major designers, Marc Jacobs and Miuccia Prada, opened flagship stores on Melrose Place and Rodeo Drive, respectively....

Apparel Quotas Could Return by Mid-Year

California manufacturers were not terribly surprised that the Bush administration announced it might restrict imports of three types of apparel coming from China or that industry groups filed an addit...

New Technology Offerings Make Sourcing Easier

Internet technology has addressed just about every facet of the apparel business. But only recently has it delved into the world of global sourcing. With the downsizing of domestic production over the...

Mesner Picks Up Macpherson

Lingerie sales representative Kris Mesner has added Elle Macpherson Intimates to her showroom on the 10th floor of the California Market Center....

CAFTA Top Priority at Apparel Sourcing Show

The 14th annual Apparel Sourcing Show (APSS), scheduled for May 3–5 in Guatemala City, Guatemala, carries “The Americas’ Speed-to-Market Solution” tag. The sole international appa...

Stussy Inc. Sues Over Logo and Trademark Infringement

Stussy Inc., which doesn’t think imitation is the greatest form of flattery, is suing a Los Angeles company for playing with the Stussy logo....

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VF Gets RFID Ready With Paxar

White Plains, N.Y.–based Paxar Corp. has sewn up a deal with apparel giant VF Corp., which will use Paxar’s Monarch series of radio frequency identification (RFID) printer/enc...

Friday, April 1

Premium Prices Continue to Rise

In the jeans business, one used to ask, “How low can hip-huggers go?” Nowadays, the question on people’s lips is: “How high can prices climb?”...

CFDA Nominees

Diane von Furstenberg will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The New York–based organization will hold its annual awards ceremony June 6 at the New York Pu...

YMI on the Move With New Web Venture, HQ

Los Angeles–based juniors line YMI Jeanswear is putting the final touches on its new- and-improved Web site,

New FAB Festival Highlights Indie Design

Artists and art lovers alike will have a new shopping destination for one-of-a-kind treasures with the launch of the Food Art Business (FAB) street festival April 16 in downtown Los Angeles’ Artist Dis...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '05: Sew Down

Sew Down is part fashion show, part marketplace—as well as party central. The event took place inside the cavernous space that hosts the biweekly

Sunset Inc. 'Diva-cizes'

For the past 20 years, Torrance, Calif.–based Sunset Inc. has been mostly satisfied with wholesaling swim brands such as Lucy Love to retailers including Nordstrom a...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '05: Rose Schott

Designer Cynthia A. Freund conceived the fictitious Rose Schott character when creating her new contemporary denim line, which is based on an Americana theme with a Wild West edge....

Good in the Hood

Neighborhoodies the company that specializes in putting the names of New York City neighborhoods on sweat shirts, opens a store April 1 at the Hollywood & Highland shopping cente...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '05: Karanina

Using a base of culturally inspired prints, Karanina designers Kara Smith and Nina Firestone breathed new life into the...

L.A. Urban Fashion Week Events Set

Los Angeles Urban Fashion Week will showcase about 20 apparel designers April 8–10 at various venues throughout the city....

Swiss Textile Exhibit Coming to FIDM

“Textile St. Gallen,” a showcase of textiles from the Swiss canton of St. Gallen, will be part of an exhibit displaying May 26–July 1 at the Fashion Institute of Design & Mer...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '05: Sheri Bodell

Rock ’n’ roll was on Sheri Bodell’s mind when she debuted

BCBG Inks Parallel Deal With Sears

The BCBG Max Azria Group agreed to stock its Parallel contemporary line exclusively in Sears stores nationwide. BCBG, which acquired Parallel nearly a decade ago, is making ...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '05: Samora

Los Angeles designer Samora designed her Fall ’05 collection with the Hollywood starlet in mind. The collection debuted on the...

Talulah G's Rags-to-Riches Tale

The Talulah G boutique chain marked the grand opening of its store in Fashion Island, in Newport Beach, Calif., on March 31 with a trunk show featuring appearances by top Lo...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '05: Juuml;nker Designs

Halfway across town and miles away ideologically from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios, designers Tod Waters and Giuliana Mayo showcased their...

Companies Collaborate to Go Green

In the textile and apparel industry, companies often stay mum about their development plans and zealously protect their suppliers’ names. But an expanding circle o...

This Side of Paradise

Pity Mary Austgen and Jakub Maslowiec. They have to punch their time cards daily at a boutique overlooking a few square miles of what might be a recruiting poster for the California ...

O'Neill's Gibson Adds Lost to Duties

O’Neill Clothing said its president assumed the additional title of president of Dysfunctional Clothing Co., the American licensee of Lost Clothing USA. O’Neill has been making manage...

Turkish Denim Mill Sets Sights on Premium Market

As designers crowd the flourishing premium denim market in California, textile suppliers are chasing them. One of the companies vying for a bigger chunk of business is Turkey’s Isko Textiles I...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '05: Bon & Ging

Film noir set a standard for the shadow play of dark and mysterious moods. Los Angeles–based Bon & Ging embraced the genre’s tough chicks at its...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '05: Moda Made in Italy

Italian designers Sonia Speciale and Ines Valentinitsch made their U.S. debutMarch 19 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City. The Camera Nazionale ...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '05: Louis Verdad

Designer Louis Verdad continued to inject the new into the old in his

San Francisco's Academy of Art University Spotlights Program, Alumni

In the midst of Los Angeles Fashion Week, the Academy of Art University in San Francisco hosted its annual reception and fashion show on March 17 at Sony Pictures Studios in...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '05: Grey Ant

Blending hip-hop and Southern culture may seem like an oddball formula for

Tsabag Honored by FIG

Moshe Tsabag, founder and president of Los Angeles–based young contemporary collection Hot Kiss, will be named Man of the Year by the Fashion Industries Guild of Cedars-Sinai at the ...

Lavit Raises Funds for Breast Cancer

Los Angeles–based Lavit Lingerie will introduce the Hope Collection to benefit breast cancer research and awareness....

Changing of the Guard at the CMC

Jamison Property inc. officials hope to make a smooth and quiet transition to becoming the new owners of the California Market Center when escrow closes in one to two weeks....

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '05: Naqada

Octavio Carlin took a sideways approach to his

Ferre Flies KA

Korean Airlines unveiled its new uniforms, designed by Italian designer Gianfranco Ferre. The uniforms—worn by flight attendants, front-line staff, pilots and mechanics—are part of the airline’s “...

Barneys MD

Barneys New York will open an 11,400-square-foot Barneys Co-Op store at The Collection at Chevy Chase Center in Chevy Chase, Md., in Fall 2005. The store will be the fourth Barneys Co-Op to open this ...

Vintage Denim for the Modern Market

Aiming to secure a toehold in the ferociously competitive market for premium denim, Michael Paradise and Michael Cassel are resurrecting a 110-year-old label and using exclusively selvage denim in a n...

Beverly Center's Marketing Campaign Goes Guerrilla

Los Angeles’ hipsters may soon find themselves having to ’fess up to whether they’re cool or not....

CISMA Trade Show Moves to Two-Year Rotation

The China International Sewing Machinery & Accessories Show (CISMA), which takes place in Shanghai every year, will shift to a two-year rotation beginning in 2007 to rel...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '05: Harveys

Husband-and-wife team Dana and Melanie Harvey made their mark on the fashion world by creating the Seatbeltbag, that popular, colorful purse made out of woven nylon seatbelts. The Harveys sti...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '05: Rock & Republic

Los Angeles–based Rock & Republic made punk a luxury fashion statement at its

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '05: Iron

Designers often come from artistic backgrounds. Such was the path that led Leejay Mintz to launch his relatively young label, Iron....

Tarina on Melrose

Los Angeles–based jewelry designer Tarina Tarantino will open her first Los Angeles store on Melrose Avenue. The store, on the street’s trendy west end, will feature Tarantino’s Swarovski crystal accesso...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '05: Cesar de la Parra

Drama was in the air when Los Angeles designer Cesar de la Parra unveiled his

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '05: Hurley International

Hurley International aimed for a tailored style at its

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '05: Fornarina/Robert Graham

Ford Models teamed up with General Motors to host “The Many Faces of L.A...

24Seven Launches New Online Resource

Bicoastal recruiting agency 24Seven has launched a new online resource called 24SevenTalent to offer career development resources to national and international job seekers within the...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '05: FIDM

The alumni association of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising presented the “Emerging Artists U...

Diane von Furstenberg Announces L.A. Store

The west end of Melrose Avenue is already well on its way to becoming a haven for top designer names, and now Diane is moving in....

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '05: Carlos Rosario

Carlos Rosario was a much-anticipated

Jenny Jen: California Casual With a French Flair

A casual line with a vintage look. While the concept has been a familiar one in recent seasons, French expatriate Jenny Jarmoune has put a European spin on the popular trend....