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Friday, May 27

Panel Fields Queries From Oz

A group of Los Angeles apparel industry exporters fielded questions from Australian manufacturers during a recent video conference organized by the California Fashion Association (CF...

Agenda Launches Stitch

Agenda LLC said it will widen its scope of alternative clothing trade shows by sponsoring a new industry event called Stitch in New York in July....

Carson Votes for Mall

The National Football League’s loss could be retail’s gain....

WTO to Discuss Iran

The World Trade Organization announced plans to begin accession negotiations to admit Iran into the organization. The group previously held off discussing Iran’s WTO entry in light of U.S. objections over Iran’...

CMC Looks to Revive Gift and Home Business

Officials at Jamison Properties, the new owner of the Los Angeles–based California Market Center mart, said they intend to continue developing the gift and home accessory sec...

Hottest Retailers

Chico FAS’ White House/Black Market, luxury accessories retailer Coach and college sportswear chain Steve & Barry’s University Sportswear were among the top five hottest retailers this year, accordi...

Cherokee's Shabby Chic Deal

Van Nuys–based Cherokee Inc. has struck an exclusive licensing deal with Hudson Bay Companies to bring the Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic brand to Canada. The multi-year deal includes home textiles, furni...

Hot Topic's Temporary Rock

Hot Topic Rock is the section within the 610 Hot Topic stores that stocks rock T-shirts and accessories. For a short time, Hot Topic Rock has also become its own store....

Calvin Klein Swim Faster

New York–based Warnaco Group Inc. has struck a deal with New York–based Calvin Klein and Swimwear Anywear Inc., the former swim licensee of Calvin Klein, to bring the new Calvin Klein swimwear collection to mar...

Nordstom's Retirees

Seattle-based specialty retailer Nordstrom announced that two longtime board members, D. Wayne Gittinger and William D. Ruckelshaus, are retiring. Both have reached the company’s mandatory retirement age of 72...

FIDM Grabs a Bigger Stake of Downtown Real Estate

The campus of Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is a mere island in the middle of the big sea of buildings in downtown Los Angeles, but that island is about to grow larger. Camp...

High Tide At Jack's; Iconic Surf Shop Opens New Store

For more than 25 years Jack’s Surfboards in Huntington Beach, Calif., has built a reputation as an icon of surf retailing. It was the place to go for surf fans to find the newest surf and ska...

Monah Li Joins the Downtown Renaissance

While many apparel industry workers are finding urban living to be a new experience, designer Monah Li has been there before. A native of Vienna, Austria, Li has lived in lofts in the middle of that m...

Retail Figures Into $1.8 Billion Downtown Plan

The $1.8 billion real estate development, known as Grand Avenue, promises to give Los Angeles a vibrant, urban downtown similar to some of New York City’s best-known public spaces....

Urban Chic

A growing number of fashion industry insiders are making their home downtown ...

Tory's New Career

More than 18 months ago, Tory Burch was a former fashion publicist turned stay-at-home mom wondering whether she should start a new career....

Maersk Buys P&O Nedlloyd

Denmark-based shipping company AP Moller-Maersk A/S announced plans to acquire Netherlands-based shipping firm Royal P&O Nedlloyd for approximately $3 billion. The deal merges th...

Hellmann Goes Domestic

After taking on the world, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics has set its sites on the United States....

Fila's Innovative Use of Stores

Eric Dorfman has no retail experience, but on June 2 he’ll find himself in the middle of one of Los Angeles’ most competitive streets for retail....

Estmark Finds a Solution for Quick Fabric Costing

Costing fabric can be a tricky game for apparel and textile producers. Since much of the business has shifted overseas, the bidding process is left up to contractors and bidding too high or low can co...

ASAP's China Tour Kicks Off as Safeguard Measures Kick In

HANGZHOU, China—The 87 apparel importers who set out on a two-week trip to China on May 20 arrived just as the United States government installed temporary quotas on several categories of apparel impor...

Surf's Boom Leads to Rising Tide of Retail

The culture of surf and skate traditionally thrives on easygoing times, yet retailing this iconic West Coast look got tougher this month....

Cherner to Honor CDC Students

Henry Cherner, principal of Santa Ana, Calif.-based AIMS software, will deliver the keynote address to graduating students of California Design College on June 10 at the Wil...

Friday, May 20

Prelude Show to Bow at CMC

The California Market Center will add a new textile design show called Prelude to its calendar. The new show will be held Aug. 8–9....

OC Fashion Week Planned

Orange County has sun, surf, skateboarders and national attention from “The O.C.” television show and the movie “Orange County.” Now Dewan and Dharmesh Pa...

ISAM Joins the MAGIC Lineup in Las Vegas

The California-based International Swimwear/Activewear Market (ISAM) trade show will join the Aug. 29–Sept. 1 run of the MAGIC Marketplace in Las Vegas....

Pakistan Fashion Week

IMG—the producer of Olympus Fashion Week in New York and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, Calif., among other national and international fashion weeks—is looking at Pakistan, according to...

California Cos. Take Charge-Back Issue to Court

Two bankrupt Los Angeles apparel manufacturers are suing Federated Department Stores Inc. for what they claim are illegal charge-backs....

Sean John Techs Up Ops for Retail Push

Glendale, Calif.–based software distributor One Step Data Inc. has snagged New York–based menswear resource Sean John as its newest client. Sean John will use One Step’s Retail...

Fashion District Gets High Grades

Economic activity is up and crime is down in the Los Angeles Fashion District, according to the Los Angeles Fashion District Business Improvement District’s (BID) recently released annual repo...

New at Saks

Birmingham, Ala.–based retailer Saks Inc. promoted Kevin Wills to executive vice president of finance and chief accounting officer. He will report to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer R. Brad Martin...

Von Dutch's 'Cinderella Man'

Los Angeles–based Von Dutch Originals will launch a new line inspired by Universal Pictures’ upcoming film “Cinderella Man.” The denim-based brand struck a deal with Universal Studios’ consumer products group to launch a high-end...

Wins Ruling

A San Francisco Superior Court judge issued a tentative decision in which Wins of California, Win Industries of America and Win Fashions would have to pay $956,112 in back wages and $284,900 in waiting-time penalties stemmin...

New CSULA Course Takes On Textiles and the Law

Legal concerns, including copyright protection and human resource issues facing the textile and apparel industry, will be discussed in “Textile Production Meets the Law,” a new course a...

Maker of Joe's Jeans Sheds Crafts Division

Innovo Group Inc., the Los Angeles company that has morphed from a manufacturer of tote bags and denim aprons for hobbyists to a maker of designer jeans, sold its crafts and accessories divis...

PacSun Passes 1,000 Store Mark, Explains Flat Quarter

Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. grew to 1,013 stores across the United States and reported a comparative-store sales increase of 3 percent during the first quarter, but Wall Street analyst...

Surfwear Makers Want Acceptance-But Not Too Much

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico—For many in the booming surf industry, bigger is not always better. While many apparel brands search for ways to grow their businesses, some surfwear makers look for means to ...

The End of Quotas Isn't Really the End

Nothing is ever easy in the apparel business, particularly when it comes to importing from overseas....

Monah Li Joins Spy Zone Exchange Team

Designer Monah Li has joined Twin Concepts LLC as a contributing designer for the Los Angeles company’s Spy Zone Exchange line....

D'Merlincastell Attempts Womenswear Wizardry

In the beginning stages of his career, designer Merlin Castell constructed a last-minute party ensemble out of 75 cent pocket-liner fabric and then made a hefty profit when several partygoers offered ...

Tyler Downsizes Company, Sells Excess Stock and Archives

Richard Tyler had planned to retire—but then he changed his mind. Instead, he opted to downsize his company and close his Los Angeles boutique to focus on his custom clientele and bridal business....

Apparel Cos. Look to Nanotechnology for Sales

Apparel companies are investing in nanotechnology to market a new generation of functional clothing....

The Circle Finds Gold in Overstock

Brian Watson had limited his fashion retailing to weekend sales of overstock and samples from indie labels such as Monah Li and Grey Ant. But on May 10, the public relations executiv...

Tinc Presents Playful, Practical Fashions

Tinc’s logo, a screen-printed silhouette of a figure climbing a telephone pole, encapsulates the design philosophy of the San Francisco–based label. Designer Jessie Skips takes a playfully misc...

Star Wars Costumes Come to FIDM

The costumes from a galaxy far, far away will be heading to the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s Museum & Galleries in downtown Los Angeles....

New Visual Communications Co. Opens in Los Angeles

Global Apparel Network (GAN), a provider of visual collaboration solutions for the fashion industry, has opened a Los Angeles office in addition to offices in Charlotte, N.C.; Grand Rapids, M...

Kenzie Moves to Santa Monica

The Kenzie label, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, will stake its claim on the Pacific Rim this summer....

Moving On Up: Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard Tries On Luxury Retailing

A demolition crew in Pasadena, Calif., took apart the Goldstein Bakery building brick by brick in the early morning hours of May 16. As soon as they carted away the last stone, a constructio...

Trunk Hires COO/CFO, Moves to Culver City

Growing T-shirt company Trunk Ltd. recently hired former BCBG Max Azria executive Cyndi Hench as chief operations officer and chief financial officer....

California Cruises Ahead

A new L.A. mayor and plenty of tourist attractions bode well for Southern California’s economy. ...

Friday, May 13

Cherokee Inc. Is Up for Sale

A British retailer is considering whether to buy Cherokee Inc., the Southern California company that has been successful in licensing brand names to Target Corp. and other mass merch...

MAGIC Teams With JCK for Accessories Show at Hilton

Woodland Hill, Calif.–based trade show giant MAGIC International will host a new accessories show at the Las Vegas Hilton during the Aug. 29–Sept. 1 run of MAGIC’s Las Vegas sh...

FBI Adds S.F., S.D. Chapters, Offers Certificate Training Program

Fashion Business Inc. is bringing its apparel-focused business training programs to start-up and growing apparel manufacturers in San Diego and San Francisco.The Los Angeles–based nonprofit ha...

Quiksilver's Kohl's Deal

Huntington Beach–based surfwear manufacturer Quiksilver Inc. struck an exclusive licensing deal with Menomonee Falls, Wis.–based retailer Kohl’s Corp. for Quiksilver’s Tony Hawk clothing brand. Under the deal, Kohl’s will be the ...

Little Black Dress Returns to L.A.

The fourth annual Little Black Dress charity event will return to Los Angeles at the W Hotel on June 7....

Execs Discuss Downtown Los Angeles Retail

While the revival of downtown Los Angeles has been built on residential and corporate real estate, retail could play an increasingly important role, according to Tom Gilmore...

Avery Unveils 'Error-Free' RFID Printer

Pasadena, Calif.–based Avery Dennison Corp. has released a radio frequency identification (RFID) labeling system aimed at reducing misreads and mis-shipments caused by faulty labels....

Op Hires

Ocean Pacific Apparel Corp., the Irvine-based division of New York– based Warnaco Group, named Eric Crane vice president/creative director of marketing and advertising. A graphic designer, Crane has been producing Op’s...

Good Times to Roll Again for Skate Boutique

First-time retailer Brad Block hopes to make some surf shop history in one of the cradles of the surf industry. In 2004, he took over 17-year-old Good Times Surf and Sport, located a few miles away ...

Expanded E-Tail Conference Firms Up Plans

The agenda of eTail 2005 (

Saks Investigation

Birmingham, Ala.–based Saks Inc. terminated several executives after an internal investigation found that the company hadimproperly collected approximately $20 million in markdown allowance money during the 19...

New at Liz

New York–based manufacturing giant Liz Claiborne Inc. named Bob Zane senior vice president. The move was part of an executive-level shuffle that also included the promotion of Michael Scarpa to senior vice president of financ...

Gap, Other Stores Prospect Market for Female Baby Boomers

Gap Inc. earns millions of dollars manufacturing and retailing clothing for young adults with its Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy chains. But the San Francisco–based compan...

Fashionable Homecoming: Domestic Companies Return to L.A. After Sourcing Elsewhere

For Reo Starr LLC, Thailand was not paradise.Launched in 2002, the Los Angeles–based denim company had jean samples made in Thailand and decided to do production there, as well. The first run ...

California Employment Outlook Slips

Even though California’s job growth rate is expected to cool during the second quarter of the year, the overall employment outlook should be better than last year’s....

Marshall Gordon Leaves SAP for TradeCard

High-ranking technology executive Marshall Gordon has joined New York–based supply-chain specialist TradeCard Inc. as its new senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing....

Central American Factories Stalled While Waiting for Free-Trade Agreement

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala—Inside one of Guatemala’s largest apparel factories, hundreds of nimble workers stitch colorful knit shirts to the rhythm of Latin music interspersed with rock ’n’ roll tunes....

Kitson Finds Gold in Cartoon Characters, Announces New Kids Store

Kitson built its reputation as one of the boutiques favored by celebrities on Los Angeles’ Robertson Boulevard. But in the past year, owner Fraser Ross has found success in cartoon characters....

Beauty and Breeding

It took a disaster for designer Tigerlily Hill to get the Crown Atelier line off the ground, but, as a result, she found a renewed sense of purpose....

Dressed With Distress

From the look of Grail’s paint-splattered T-shirts and roughed-up sweaters, it appears the guys who applied the distress were having a grand time. Each treatment is intended to recall a story ...

New Date for Quiksilver Concept Store

Those anticipating the fashion alchemy coming from Quiksilver’s experiments with men’s clothes will have to wait longer. The Huntington Beach, Calif.–based surfwear company has postponed the op...

April '05 Retail Sales a Mixed Bag

April beat the estimates, and economists such as Michael Niemira admitted surprise when retail sales grew 2.2 percent compared with April 2004. These gains were measured by an index of the co...

Friday, May 6

Executive Changes at Apparel Ventures

Apparel Ventures Inc., the swimwear company that holds licenses for established brands such as Ralph Lauren and generates $100 million in annual wholesale volume, made changes to its...

Avery Relocates Inland Empire Plant

Pasadena, Calif.–based tags and labels manufacturer Avery Dennison Corp. has sold its Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., production facility and is moving into a new leased facility n...

Tukatech Aligns With Snapfashun, Design Options

Los Angeles–based technology provider Tukatech Inc. has formed marketing alliances with Los Angeles trend companies Snapfashun and Design Options to bring the latest silhouettes and...

Rate Hike Again

The Federal Reserve raised the federal fund rate one-quarter of a percentage point to 3 percent, citing a need to provide “ongoing support to economic activity” after spending slowed sli...

TALA Sets Schedule for 61st Annual Playday

The Textile Association of Los Angeles is planning its 61st annual summer “playday,” set for May 20 at the Los Robles Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif....

CFA Meeting Venue Change

The California Fashion Association membership meeting on May 17 has been moved to suite C686 in the California Market Center....

American Apparel Techs Up Retail Stores

Los Angeles–based American Apparel is expanding its point-of-sale technology with new software from Irvine, Calif.–based Retail Pro. Company executives have signed licenses to use the ...

Change Is The Lab's Subject

Costa Mesa, Calif.–based specialty shopping center The Lab opened for business in 1993 to bring Orange County shoppers designer fashions that they might not find at upscale neighbor S...

FBI Receives L.A. City Grant

Fashion Business Inc., a nonprofit organization founded to help up-and-coming designers and manufacturers, has landed a grant from the City of Los Angeles to help local apparel manufacturers ...

Lee Cooper Sold

London-based denim brand Lee Cooper has been sold to an investment group that includes the owners of the Anchor Blue, Most and Designs retail chains. Boca Raton, Fla.–based investment group Sun Capital, along ...

Niemans Sold

Dallas-based luxury retailer Neiman Marcus Group Inc. has been purchased by an investment group consisting of the Texas Pacific Group and Warburg Pincus LLC in a deal valued at approximately $5.1 bill...

The Devil You Know

Actress Meryl Streep has been tapped to play the part of autocratic magazine editor Miranda Priestly in the film version of Lauren Weisberger’s novel “The Devil Wears Prada,” ac...

Cone Plan in Effect

The second amended Chapter 11 plan of liquidation for the Cone Mills Corp. went into effect on May 3, according to Michael R. D’Appolonia, chief restructuring officer for the Greensboro, N.C.–based denim giant....

Jelessy Announces New Retail Division

More Los Angeles–based denim brands are following the path from manufacturing to retail blazed by Lucky Brand Jeans. In April, True Religion announced it was going to build a...

CSULA Sets Spring Textile Production Schedule

California State University, Los Angeles’ new Textile Production and Management certificate program announced its Spring ’05 course lineup. Beginning May 25, the university’s division of extende...

Swiss Textiles

Haute couture textiles from Switzerland’s St. Gallen region will be on display at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum & Galleries in downtown Los Angeles beginning...

Shopping Takes a Holiday

Jessika Pavlic and Rebekah Rafalski opened the Holiday boutique in September 2002 at Beacon Hill, a bustling pedestrian neighborhood in their hometown of Boston. The area is one of the city’s ...

Speedo Returns to Activewear With Axcelerate

When Speedo closed the last of its retail stores in 2004, it also stopped selling the activewear line it was carrying in its shops. But consumers continued to ask for the workout clo...

Petro Premieres Moderate-Priced Denim Line

A new player is entering the premium-at-a-price denim market....

Levi's Technology Test Draws Crowds

San Francisco–based Levi Strauss & Co. is hoping some new technology can help boost sales and improve customer service....

NY Textile Exhibit Goes to Extremes

Technical textiles are on display through the end of October at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York....

Finding Distinction in Basics and Back Pockets

Blue Cult’s streamlining efforts lead to 200 different looks ...

Three More Fashion Stores Move to Robertson

Construction workers on Los Angeles’ Robertson Boulevard are now almost as common a sight as paparazzi hunting for celebrity shoppers. The workers are busy building three new fashion ...

Volcom Files IPO

As Volcom Inc. shifts its focus from thrashers to investors in preparation for its forthcoming initial public stock offering, the company will have to grapple with one detail other t...

Built by Wendy Comes to California

The elements of the Built by Wendy label seem to describe the quintessential California designer. The cut of the clothes is casual, the colors are light and cheery, and many of the design inspirations stem from 1970...

Cotton's Compassion Tees

New York–based Cotton Inc. has teamed with Quincy, Mass.–based retailer J. Jill to launch the Compassion’s In Fashion campaign, aimed at raising funds and awareness for poor and homeles...

Peru Picks Up Pace to Stay Vital in Apparel World

LIMA, Peru—As a slew of struggling Latin American countries wage a heated battle to save their apparel and textile industries in a quota-free world, Peru is counting on Pima....

New Product Gives Denim Distressed Look

Paramus, N.J.–based Polysoft Products, a maker of industrial scouring materials, has launched two new products aimed at the do-it-yourself consumer denim market.Polysoft’s Den...