Stories for November 2005

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Friday, November 25

S.F. Apparel Protest

A group of unemployed apparel workers gathered at San Francisco City Hall on Nov. 21 to ask city leaders for help in securing jobs for former garment-industry employees. Organizer the Chinese Progressive Netw...

Caruso Unveils Marina Renovation

Los Angeles real estate developer Caruso Affiliated last weekend unveiled its $11-million renovation of the Marine Waterside shopping center, now known as ...

L.A. Retailer American Rag Heads South

Los Angeles veteran retailer American Rag Cie is setting up shop in California’s Orange County, joining a growing cadre of international luxury retailers and contemporary boutiques in the regi...

Customs Steps Up Inspection of Imported Pants From China

Call it the pants fiasco....

Chelsea Returns

Designer Chelsea Burggren has returned to Irvine, Calif.–based Ezekiel as head apparel designer. Burggren worked for the skate lifestyle brand last year but left to work for Hurley International. In her new po...

AG in NYC

Los Angeles–based Koos Manufacturing opened its first AG Adriano Goldschmied store in New York’s SoHo neighborhood Nov. 23. The nearly 3,000-square-foot space on Greene Street carries the AG Adriano Gol...

Jamison Lands Valley Office Properties

California Market Center owner Jamison Properties has acquired two San Fernando Valley office buildings for $31 million from Westoaks Associates LP, according to Los Angele...

Black Monday to Usher In the Holiday E-Commerce Season

On Nov. 28, office workers will return from the long Thanksgiving weekend and start surfing the Internet to buy gifts for the Christmas holiday, according to a survey releas...

LeSportsac Sold

Brand Science Inc., the New York–based affiliate of accessories manufacturer Accessory Network Group, has purchased LeSportsac Inc. in partnership with Osaka, Japan–based textile, machinery and chemical...

Topshop Salutes Smack

Beginning this month, the Los Angeles–based lingerie line Smack will be prominently featured in a 16 1/2-by-8-foot wall space in the Oxford Circus location of U.K. teen retailer Topsh...

Paper Does L.A.

New York–based Paper magazine is taking its show on the road....

Gerber and Lectra Jump on the PLM Bandwagon

Technology leaders Gerber Technology and Lectra are taking a bigger stake in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software....

H&M California Debut

“We’re often asked, ’When is H&M coming to California?” said Sanna Lindberg, the U.S. manager for the retailer with the full name of Hennes & Mauritz “We’re...

MODAC Event Postponed

The Museum of Fashion Designers and Creators (MODAC) has postponed its Nov. 29 fundraising reception at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. The event, where architectural photograph...

The Tiffany Network

Tiffany & Co. opened its new Pasadena, Calif., store on Colorado Boulevard on Nov. 17 with a party that was as stately as the 138-year-old company’s crystal. A string quartet from the Pasadena Sy...

Holiday Yarn

Los Angeles–based knitwear designer and knitting guru Suss Cousins (pictured) hosted a “Pre-Christmas Special Girl Event” at her Beverly Boulevard Suss Designs boutique on Nov. 1...

Chelsea Rebelle to Reopen Following Fire

Sarah Brannon opened her Los Angeles store and clothing line Chelsea Rebelle in mid-2005 only to have the boutique and most of her inventory destroyed in a May 28 fire. The New Zealand native...

Sanuk Dives Into Apparel With Novel Distribution Concept

Disenchanted with the retail world and mass-produced merchandise, executives at Sanuk, a quirky sandal maker that caters to surfers and beach bums, are gearing up to launch a new company that...

East Meets West

Empire State, a New York–based T-shirt line, celebrated its Spring 2006 collection with a bash at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. Designer Michael Sherman (right) with old friend actor J...

Polo's Global Execs

New York–based Polo Ralph Lauren has promoted Howard Smith to divisional senior vice president of supply chain operations and Robbin Mitchell to divisional senior vice president of business process int...

Yahoo Names Retail Exec

Sunnyvale, Calif.–based Yahoo! Inc. has named Jayne Spiegelman as its new retail development officer....

Not Yet Liz

The board of directors for Quincy, Mass.–based retailer J. Jill Group is discussing a recent acquisition offer from New York–based manufacturing giant Liz Claiborne. Liz’s offer was for $18 per share of J. Jill ...

Ladies' Luxirie

Music and dance ruled the night at Luxirie’s “Ladies Night” party at the Montmartre Lounge in Hollywood. Luxirie, the new women’s division of ...

TALA Gives Back to Fashion Students and Neighborhood Kids

The Textile Association of Los Angeles hosted its 49th annual scholarship luncheon on Nov. 16 in the Fashion Theater of the California Market Center....

Nora Minas: Beginning With Jackets

After 15 years of working behind the scenes in the apparel industry as a private-label designer and designing for companies such as Johnny Was and Cynthia Max, Nora...

Blue Carpet Cache

Paige Premium Denim is an example of a company moving briskly. Paige Adams-Geller started the premium-denim company with her husband, Michael Geller (both pictured), earlier this year, and on...

Lovely Sophisticate

The new line Miss Davenporte, from Los Angeles stylists-turned-designers Christina Ehrlich (left) and Estee Stanley (right), was feted Nov. 17 by Lucky magazine at the Ron Herman boutique on Melros...

Benefit Party

Escada previewed its 2006 Spring/Summer collection with a party benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The cocktail soiree was held at Meson G on Nov. 17 with a star-stud...

L.A. Urban Fashion Week Hits Melrose

The fifth edition of Los Angeles Urban Fashion Week shifts to Melrose Avenue Nov. 25–27, when a number of fashion shows and parties are planned at several venues, all showcasing streetwear....

Michael Stars Opens Two Retail Stores

Business for the Michael Stars brand of women’s T-shirts is on the upswing. Sales revenue grew 30 percent from 2004 to 2005, according to Michael Cohen, founder and partner of the Manhattan Beach, Cal...

Perry Ellis Poised to Acquire Gotcha

Miami-based apparel designer Perry Ellis International took one step further into the surf apparel realm this week when it announced plans to acquire Newport Beach, Calif.–...

Fremont: Retro Casual

The retro chic look of Fremont has a fresh take on casual. The new contemporary line recaptures the lifestyle resort look of Palm Springs in the late 1960s and early 1970s and adds a kitschy Las Vegas edge. Los Ange...

Danny Guez's People's Liberation Goes Public

Danny Guez, son of veteran denim maker Paul Guez, is following in his father’s footsteps and taking his company public through a reverse merger. According to the younger Guez, People’s...

Friday, November 18

Volcom Announces Secondary Offering

Volcom executives are finally reaping the benefits of years of hard work....

The Seminar Circuit

The Doneger Group has been around so long—just about 60 years—you figure there isn’t a lot the company hasn’t seen. Once a buying office, The Doneger Group has morphed way beyond its origins to become one of the premier fashion forecasting...

Trovata Takes Top Honors

The boys of Costa Mesa, Calif.–based Trovata, a men’s and women’s contemporary line, took the real O.C. to New York and brought home a big win last week....

Remodel Underway on CMC's 13th-Floor Penthouse

The California Market Center has begun a major remodel of the building’s 13th floor that will result in 75,000 square feet of open exhibition space, 35,000 square feet of hard-wall showroom sp...

Valentino in O.C.

There may be no better place to witness the high competition for the luxury dollar than the South Coast Plaza shopping center in Costa Mesa, Calif. Ic...

ASR Announces Holiday Show

Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo plans to put a surf-and-skate twist on the Holiday season....

Agenda Moves

Agenda announced that its Jan 20–21, 2006 show will be produced at the San Diego Community Concourse convention facility, located at 202 C St. in San Diego, Calif. Agenda was formerly held in a parking...

Celebrity, Good Fit Drive Jean Line

Sometimes Kitson owner Fraser Ross doesn’t feel like a retailer, he feels like a celebrity wrangler. He said that he’s lately been turning down pitches to carry celebrity-designed fas...

After the Backlash: Von Dutch Devises Comeback

Tonny Sorensen is planning a comeback....

7 for All Mankind Moving Showroom

A move to the Cooper Design Space is adding up to more showroom space for 7 for All Mankind....

California Retail Chain Acquired by S.F. Firm

Draper’s & Damon’s Inc., a retail chain geared to the 50-plus woman, has been acquired by Golden Gate Capital, a San Francisco private equity investment firm. ...

Venice Designer Juggles Art and Commerce With Freeform Designs

Giorgio Borruso could be the closest thing retail architects have to a rock star. This year, the Venice, Calif.–based architect has taken almost all of the top honors for store design....

S.F. Knitwear Designer in N.Y.

Margaret O’Leary tested boundaries in knitwear and found success. Last month, the San Francisco– based designer took on Manhattan....

No Moss

Mossimo Giannulli, founder of Santa Monica–based Mossimo Inc., has dropped his bid to take his company private after failing to garner the support of the company’s board of directors. Giannulli has been...

Charitable and Wearable

While looking for a way to promote her label’s new e-tail site, Petro Zillia designer Nony Tochterman found a way to help others in need. “I wanted to let people know we’ve gone live, bu...

CFA Hosts Charge-back Workshop

Charge-backs—and how to avoid them or reduce them—will be the focus of the California Fashion Association membership meeting Dec. 1 at the California Market Center....

Twin Springs' Design Space Open to the Trade

Los Angeles’ Twin Springs Building, at 433 S. Spring St., has opened its doors to design-industry professionals and companies for leasing opportunities....

Hartmarx Goes Blue

Chicago-based Hartmarx Corp. purchased Seattlebased companies Simply Blue and Seymour Blue, makers of women’s denim bottoms and related apparel, for $21 million. The companies, which manufacture the Christophe...

Nordstrom's the Tops

There’s still a market for old-fashioned customer service. A recent survey by the NRF Foundation, a division of the National Retail Federation, recognized Seattle-based specialty retailer Nordstrom as best retailer fo...

Show and Tell

From the smallest first-time exhibitor in a 10-by-5-foot space to the organizer of a mega-show, trade show exhibitors and those who put on the shows share one goal: strong sales....

Talking Trends

Fashion Group International held its semiannual runway trend report for Spring 2006 and a panel discussion on how the media impact fashion brands and reta...

Doneger Group's Trend-spotting 2007

David Wolfe: “The most exciting and challenging movement is from maximalism to minimalism. Simpler silhouettes; bigger, more interesting shapes tailored to make them interesting; less embellishment. We...

MODAC to Honor Photographer at Gala

The Museum of Fashion Designers and Creators (MODAC) will honor famed architectural photographer Julius Shulman at a fundraising reception Nov. 29 at the Orpheum Th...

It's a Riot

New York–based lifestyle company Riot Media Inc. has launched a new magazine and Web site aimed at the tween-aged boy. The magazine includes entertainment reviews, suggested practical jokes and humor. ...

AAFA's Brand Aid

The American Apparel & Footwear Association has formed the Brand Protection Council to help companies protect their designs from knockoffs. The council will include legal, brand-enforcement and ma...

Getting in Ship-Shape

For heavy apparel industry machinery, no domestic apparel trade show can top SPESA Expo. Held in Miami every three years (in rotation with Germany’s IMB and Japan’s JIAN), SPESA Expo b...

Hotter Than Haute

Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, and, of course, Las Vegas—from sea to shining sea, the major market centers offer buyers great restaurants to talk shop, and inspi...

Friday, November 11

Denim Maker Sees Indigo Blue Skies

Paul Guez is looking to build a premium-denim empire....

China Agrees to Limit Textile Exports Through 2008

After more than three months of intense trade talks, China has agreed to limit its textile exports to the United States until the end of 2008....

Intellect and Fashion Mix at Milk

Instead of wallpaper or modern paintings, a passage from the 1945 Somerset Maugham novel “The Razor’s Edge” is painted on the east wall of Milk. It’s the newest boutique on West Third Street, one...

Stony, BCBG, True Religion Reap Awards

It’s awards season and a number of California-based resources came away with accolades at two national events....

The Maitlands: Easy Pieces, Thoughtful Details

Sam Lauachus, the owner of the boutique A. Mason in Venice, Calif., knows the selling power of easy pieces. Lauachus, along with Sandy Fleming, a former patternmake...

October '05: Economy Strong Despite Devastation From Hurricanes

The United States reeled from the fury of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma during the months of September and October. Still, October’s retail sales grew 4.4 percent over the same period last year....

Bebe Accessorizes

Brisbane, Calif.–based Bebe Stores Inc., purveyor of sexy clothes for 20-somethings, announced a new store concept that would bring the brand’s sensibility to accessories, handbags and...

Veteran Pasadena Retailer Reopens

Old Town Pasadena has seen an influx recently of luxury retailers, such as New York–based Tiffany & Co. and Kenneth Cole. But on Nov. 16, local retailer Flutter ...

Gap Philanthropy

San Francisco–based Gap Inc. has named Bobbi Silten chief foundation officer for Gap Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm. Silten, who was previously president of Levi Strauss & Co’s Dockers a...

Retail Shift

Apparel makers retool business in wake of Federated/May Co. merger. ...

DMC Considers Weekday Markets

The Dallas Market Center is considering shifting future market schedules away from the current weekend format to a weekday schedule, DMC officials said....

Andrew Christian Moves to NoHo

Menswear specialist Andrew Christian has relocated its headquarters from Hollywood to 759 Tujunga Ave., in the heart of the NoHo Arts District in North Hollywood, Calif....

Howe's Victorian Executive

In the last year, designer Jade Howe pioneered the “Indie Executive” look for his Howe menswear collection, but on Nov. 5, the Santa Ana, Calif.–based designer gave a preview of ...

Pony Goes to Harlem

Santa Barbara–based athletic brand Pony International LLC has partnered with the Harlem Globetrotters and will create a performance and lifestyle collection with the legendary basketball team that will...

No Sale for Mossimo

Santa Monica–based Mossimo Inc. founder Mossimo Giannulli has resumed efforts to purchase the remaining 35 percent of outstanding shares of his company, which has a licensing agreement with Target Corp...

Glimcher Buys Puente Hills Mall for $170 Million

The Puente Hills Mall in the City of Industry, Calif., has been sold to Columbus, Ohio–based Glimcher Realty Trust for $170 million....

Denim: It All Comes Out in the Wash

Shinzo Suzuki’s lithe physique, rolled-up jeans, and sprightly step make you almost think the quiet executive has discovered the fountain of youth. In fact, he’s discovered the cauldron of accelerated aging: In...

Frankie B. Launches B. United

The woman who introduced the ultra-low-rise jean is taking a higher stance....

Paul Frank Industries Loses Paul Frank

Paul Frank Sunich, co-founder and co-chief executive of Costa Mesa, Calif.–based Paul Frank Industries, announced this week that he has left the company to pursue other, unnamed, interests. Company ex...

Simpson Not Charming

Bensalem, Pa.–based retail chain Charming Shoppes has dropped the JS by Jessica Simpson line, produced by Los Angeles–based Tarrant Apparel Group, according to Tarrant’s recent earnings report. The denim...

Love Benefit

Designer Jacquelyne Love and her husband, the Beach Boys’ Mike Love, raised more than $200,000 for the Red Cross at their Oct. 10 Fashion for Passion show and concert and the online charity auction tha...

Friday, November 4

Rate Raised

The Federal Reserve raised the federal funds rate a quarter point to 4 percent, marking the 12th consecutive raise in the key short-term interest rate. The Fed indicated that additional “measur...

Job Growth

Greater Los Angeles added more than 60,000 non-farm jobs this year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment in the region including Los Angeles, Long Beach and Santa Ana was up by...

Blue's New Holding

Commercebased Blue Holdings Inc. has struck an agreement with Taverniti So Jeans LLC to acquire the assets and liabilities of Taverniti So Jeans. As a result, the company created Taverniti Holdings LL...

Tarrant Slashes Fiscal Outlook, Stock Drops

Citing a variety of reasons, including a soft denim market, lost distribution channels and unexpected shipping costs, Los Angeles– based private-label manufacturer Tarrant Apparel Group droppe...

Fashion as Art

The Cal State Fullerton Grand Central Art Center is hosting “Fashion Front,” a two-part multimedia exhibition and fashion show. The events f...

Liz Buys Prana

Liz Claiborne Inc. is acquiring Skylark Sport Marketing Corp., a Vista, Calif., firm that makes yoga wear and outdoor clothing under the Prana label, for an initial payment of $34.4 million...

Cook Joins Hot Topic As President

City of Industry, Calif.–based retailer Hot Topic hired Jerry Cook as president, a new position for the company. He will report to Chief Executive Officer Betsy McLaughlin....

New at Ashworth

Carlsbad-based golf-apparel maker Ashworth Inc. named John W. Richardson director of the company’s board beginning Dec. 12. Richardson is senior vice president, controller and chief accounting officer of Qwest...

Timberland, Transparently

Stratham, N.H.–based outdoor apparel company The Timberland Co. is going for more transparency. In the company’s recently released corporate social responsibility report (its third), it lists the names ...

Californian Brings Premium Fashions to Hawaii

Contemporary streetwear will head to the land of Aloha shirts when Los Angeles–based showroom owner Jason Bates produces the Coconuts & Bananas trade show for premium denim and streetwear....

Marianne in Montebello

Secaucus, N.J.–based retail chain Urban Brands Inc. will enter the California market on Nov. 5 when it opens its first Marianne and Marianne Plus store in Montebello. Marianne and Marianne Plus cater t...

Gap Bows New Store Format in San Diego

Gap Inc. unveiled its new store look, with larger fitting rooms and a jeans bar, this October in San Diego, the second-largest city in California....

L.A. Designers Head to China With Governor

A touch of California fashion is accompanying Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on his weeklong trade mission to China later this month....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '06: St. John

The most anticipated show of the week delivered plenty of good fashion but not the expected celebrities....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '06: Sheri Bodell

Los Angeles designer Sheri Bodell took a trip back to the 1960s for her

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '06: Oligo Tissew

Oligo Tissew designer Kristopher Enuke went for the dramatic at his

Jainesse: Taking Denim to New Heights

For Jaycia Gayle, designing her premium denim line, Jainesse, is a dream come true. The former retail sales associate for Ron Herman and Nordstrom created her line of high-waisted j...

Levi's Celebrates History at L.A. Fashion Week

There will always be a new denim flavor of the month, but Levi Strauss & Co. has a leg up on what none of the new kids on the block has—a history. Levi’s celebrated its 15...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '06: HelenO

Designer Helen Olds played with contrasts for her

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '06: Spy Zone Exchange

Los Angeles–based Jacky Elkaim launched Spy Zone Exchange four years ago as a T-shirt line. He has expanded into a full collection now, and the line is making inroads on the L.A. fas...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '06: Desanka

Desanka Fasiska took her audience on an African safari for her

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '06: Petro Zillia

It’s no secret that designer Nony Tochterman knows how to put on a good show, but on Oct. 20, she proved she also knows how to throw a good party. Over 800 people attended her...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '06: Carlos Rosario

Los Angeles designer Carlos Rosario had a high-profile debut last season when Vogue editrix Anna Wintour sat in on his show at Smashbox Studios. This season, Rosario took a ...

Socks Under Quota, Ski Pants Free

You may have to start taking out a scorecard to keep track of what imported apparel items are under quota....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '06: Daenamon

Orange County–based designer Chad Johannessen put a graphic spin on punk style with his

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '06: Candice Held

In Candice Held’s hands, a scarf is no mere accessory—it’s the entire ensemble. The designer presented her Cand...

Frederick's Turns Up the Brights

Frilly and feminine are two perennial trends for lingerie. But Los Angeles–based Frederick’s of Hollywood also included striking colors in its Spring 2006 collection of soft and romant...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '06: Buffalo David Bitton and David Bitton

It’s a Canadian-based label, but Buffalo David Bitton captured the mood of the American West like a native...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '06: Maggie Barry

Maggie Barry paid homage to Sergio Leone and the spaghetti Western with a collection of modern sexy Western silhouett...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '06: Morphine Generation

With guitars and a drum set providing a backdrop, it was no surprise that the

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '06: Eye on Izze

Colorado-based soft-drink producer Izze was the inspiration behind designs at the Oct. 21...

Theodore Opening a Pair of New Boutiques

Beverly Hills’ iconic Rodeo Drive is dominated by flagship stores for high-profile brands from Europe such as Hermegrave;s, Prada and Valentino, but a store born on this stre...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '06: Szulika

Monica Nahum of Los Angeles–based

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '06: Harajuku Lovers

The Hollywood Museum in the Max Factor Building was the scene of the season’s most hush-hush party held during Los Angeles Fashion Week. Thrown in honor of Harajuku...

Western Denim

Western was only the beginning for artist Benjamin Sanchez, designer of the

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '06: Sewdown

The 10 independent clothing designers who showed at the

Paige Debuts Men's Denim, Opens L.A. Store

Paige Premium Denim debuted earlier this year, and for its second act, the label will both debut PPD, a line of premium denim for men, and open a new store, called Paige, at...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '06: Directives West

Simply put, denim, feminine and ethnic looks will be among the most important

Lycra Brand Unveils New Stretch Denim Technology

Invista Inc., the apparel and home-textiles division of Wichita, Kan.–based Koch Industries, unveiled its new four-way stretch denim, XFit Lycra, during Los...

Josh Podoll: Art-Driven Tees Lead to Full Sportswear Collection

San Francisco–based abstract painter Josh Podoll made his art functional with the launch of his self-named T-shirt line in 2004. The embroidered and hand-screen-painted T-shirts in organic c...

Mike & Chris: Taking Hoodies Upscale

A simple concept has turned into a huge success for husband-and-wife design duo Mike Gonzalez and Christine Park-Gonzalez. The couple launched their collection of innovative hoodies last Spring for F...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '06: Sharagano

This season, Sharagano offered plenty of suggestions for what to wear with sexy, low-rise denim. The result was on the runway Oct. 22 at the P.KaBu runway series....

New Balance Store Opens in Torrance, More Planned

Paul Tordella has been outfitting marathoners and joggers with sneakers and high-performance clothes at his FrontRunners store in Los Angeles’ Brentwood neighborhood since 1977. He op...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '06: A Friend of Mine

This season, Torrance, Calif.–based designer Kelly Marshall experimented with blouson shapes for her A Fr...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '06: Jared Gold

By the time designer Jared Gold moved his company from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City in 2003, he had already built a devoted following for his theatrical, conceptual designs. This season, he returned ...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '06: Saja

Although Saja’s Yoo Lee regressed to childhood to find inspiration for her

Betsey Johnson Does L.A.

Betsey Johnson made no formal appearance at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Sudios, but Betsey-mania came to town on Oct. 22....