Stories for September 2005

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Friday, September 30

East Coast Knits

On Sept. 17, Los Angeles–based Suss Design opened a store in anhattan at 281 Lafayette St., said Suss Cousins, the Swedish-born owner-designer of the 10-year-old knitwear company. The 1,600-square-fo...

Cameo Takes a Bow at Lily Simone

Simone Porter hoped to be the first retailer in the Los Angeles’ neighborhood of Eagle Rock to sell Southern California fashion labels such as Grey Ant and Rachel Pally. She ...

RonHerman.com Is Tip of Expansion for Specialty Retailer

Ron Herman, a pioneer of the specialty-store sector in Los Angeles, has prided himself on following nobody’s lead during his 35 years in retailing. Yet when he was thinking of ways to expand h...

Von Furstenberg Lands on Melrose

Melrose Avenue remains a lure for designers with an international reputation and an interest in retail....

Lingerie Meets Lifestyle

Booty Parlor’s sexy lingerie is teaching naughty tricks to nice girls. In addition to lingerie, the lifestyle company Booty Parlor sells mischievous bedroom accessories and body treats such as...

Acrobat Bra Goes Wireless

Most women tolerate the discomfort of an underwire bra for the flattering look. But for women who have had breast augmentation, an underwire bra is not only uncomfortable but could be harmful, according to Li...

Spring Cleans Up at Coterie, D&A and The Train

NEW YORK—The Big Apple was bustling as buyers, manufacturers and sales reps convened for the trade shows that followed New York Fashion Week. There was excitement over the n...

Men's Jeans Labels Experiment With Color-Cautiously

Men have traditionally been conservative with their choice of color in denim, but the Spring 2006 season might bring something new besides the highly popular indigo-blue denims....

Branching Out

There’s a new factor in town. The Israel Discount Bank, or IDBBank, celebrated the opening of its new downtown Los Angeles branch with a huge party on Sept. 28. Hundreds of people gathered inside a b...

Importers in Holding Pattern as U.S., China Debate Safeguards

To import apparel from China these days, you need the combined skills of a mathematician, a lawyer and a psychic....

Workers' Study Says AB633 Has Long Way To Go

California’s Assembly Bill 633, a bill crafted to assist in the enforcement of labor laws, has yet to achieve its promised results, according to a study written by several garment workers’ advocate grou...

Researching RFID

Radio Frequency Identification technology is going to college. The University of Pittsburgh is creating a Radio Frequency Identification Center of Excellence at its Pittsburgh campus to expand its study of th...

Changes Afoot at Coco Kliks

Los Angeles–based contemporary label Coco Kliks Inc. announced a partnership with Los Angeles–based investment firm Quorom Funds....

Sears' 11

Hoffman Estates, Ill.–based retailer Sears Holding Corp. has named the 11th member of its board of directors: Richard C. Perry, co-founder of Perry Capital LLC, an investment management firm based in N...

Barneys, Texas and D.C.

New York–based specialty retailer Barneys New York announced plans to open two Barneys New York Co-op stores this spring, a 9,000-square-foot store at the Houston Galleria and a 10,500-square-foot freestanding...

CMC's Brazilian Import

A vibrant burst of color was added to the 10th floor of the California Market Center in August with the opening of the Beija Brazil lingerie showroom in suite B1079. The contemporary...

Katrina Sinks Confidence

The Consumer Confidence Index fell in September to its lowest point in two years, according to the Conference Board, which attributed the drop to Hurricane Katrina, rising gas prices and a “less optimistic job...

Unions Target Wal-Mart

Union leaders have set their sights on the world’s largest retailer. Representatives from the Change to Win Coalition, the group that split from the AFL-CIO earlier this year, promised to organize workers at B...

Hot Kiss Eyes

Los Angeles–based junior brand Hot Kiss has struck a licensing deal for eyewear with Plainview, N.Y.–based Eyeking LLC. The collection will launch for Spring 2006 and is targeted at department and speci...

Friday, September 23

Good Weather Makes for Good Numbers at Surf Expo

ORLANDO, Fla.—Exhibitors and attendees enjoyed clear skies and increased attendance at Surf Expo, held Sept. 16–18 at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center, a marked contrast from last year...

John Varvatos Debuts New Prototype Store

John Varvatos tried a new design direction when he opened a 4,219- square-foot store at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., on Sept. 12. Unlike the California bungalow–inspired ...

L.A. Fashion Will Be the Belle of New Show

“Belle Du Jour,” a 30-minute newsmagazine-style fashion show, will focus on Los Angeles labels and retailers, said senior producer Jamie Nelson. The show will debut Oct...

Tops With a Twist

With the success of shirt lines like Three Dots and C&C California, designer Farida Benderradji thinks the California woman can use another brand or two in her closet....

As California Fashions Rise, Buying Offices' Business Expands

When New York–based buying office The Doneger Group recently announced plans to open a Los Angeles office, many in the local fashion industry saw the move as an acknowledgement of California designers...

Fashion Industry Reaches Out for Hurricane Victims

The local fashion industry continues to mount a variety of relief efforts to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina....

Boutique to Introduce Brazilian Fashions

Flavia Mosci opened her first boutique, called Mosci, at 7813 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles, on Sept. 13. She’s gambling that California fashionistas will buy new Brazilian fashions....

New Sales Tools for the Road Rep

The aftermath of a trade show as big as the recent MAGIC Marketplace in Las Vegas usually involves a mass of paperwork for apparel manufacturers. But for sales executives at Steady Clothing...

Pumped-Up Fuel Prices Bump Up Shipping Costs

The price to ship apparel across the ocean from Asia has risen steadily in recent months due to mounting fuel prices, and it is about to go up again on Oct. 1....

A Talk With the Fashion Industries Guild's Man of the Year

On Oct. 8, the Fashion Industries Guild of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center will honor Moshe Tsabag, president and owner of Los Angeles–based junior-lifestyle brand Hot Kiss Inc. as its M...

PAD Debuts PDM Software

Montreal-based PAD System Technologies Inc. has debuted a new Web–based product–data management package called Manager 4.5....

Liz Taps Thomas-Graham

New York– based Liz Claiborne named Pamela Thomas-Graham group vice president overseeing the company’s Liz Claiborne, Sigrid Olsen, J.H. Collectibles, Emma James, Intuitions and Tapemeasure labels. Thom...

Federated Stores to Reorganize Into 7 Divisions

Federated Department Stores Inc. said it would operate through seven geographic divisions after Feb. 1, 2006, in the wake of its acquisition of May Department Stores Co. ...

Oakley's Jannard Steps Down

Jim Jannard, chief executive officer of Foothill Ranch, Calif.–based Oakley Inc. announced plans to step down from the company he founded in 1975. Scott Olivet has been named director and chief executive officer in Jannard...

Sample Sale to Increase Awareness of Deadly Disease

Long Beach, Calif.–based apparel manufacturer Bellablu is putting fashion to work in the hope of creating awareness of a rare but deadly disease, multiple myeloma....

Tukatech to Outfit Vocational Centers in India

Los Angeles–based CAD/CAM supplier Tukatech Inc. has won a contract with the Apparel Export Promotion Council of India and will install 168 TukaCAD design s...

Tweedy to Head House of Dereon

Los Angeles–based Tarrant Apparel Group named Jeffrey Tweedy president of Tarrant’s licensed apparel line, House of Dereon, founded by musician Beyonceacute; Knowles and her mother, Tina Knowles. Tweedy is a 25...

OptiTex Adds Cloth Simulator

New York–based OptiTex USA Inc. is adding a cloth-simulation tool to its Runway 3-D software that facilitates the importing of human body scans....

Rate Hike, Again

The Federal Reserve raised a key interest rate a quarter percentage point to 3.75, marking the 11th consecutive rate hike since June 2004 and boosting the short-term Federal Funds rate to its highest ...

Pickett In at Innovo

Los Angeles–based Innovo Group, maker of Joe’s Jeans and Indie denim labels, hired Elena Pickett as vice president of sales, a new position for the company. Pickett comes to the company from Liz Claiborne...

Mossimo Buy Back

Mossimo Giannulli, founder of Santa Monica–based Mossimo Inc., announced plans to purchase the remaining outstanding shares of his company for $5 per share in cash. Giannulli currently owns a 65 percen...

Price Gets Lucky

Or rather Lucky gets Price. Los Angeles–based manufacturer and retailer Lucky Brand Jeans has hired retail veteran Paul Price as executive vice president. According to a statement released by...

New York-based Iconix Brand Buys Rampage Label

Iconix Brand Group Inc., the New York–based owner of the Candie’s, Badgley Mischka, Joe Boxer and Bongo trademarks, purchased the Rampage brand for...

Wal-Mart Suit

A jury in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland, Calif., heard testimony that Wal-Mart workers were often denied meal breaks, according to the Los Angeles Times, which is covering the cas...

Friday, September 16

Dema Grim's One-Woman Show in S.F.'s Mission District

SAN FRANCISCO—In the mid-’90s, designer Dema Grim left the hustle and bustle of New York for the laid-back beauty of San Francisco. For five years, Grim had had a flourishing career in Manhattan’s compe...

Los Angeles T-Shirt Line Starts Season With Sin

New manufacturer Audrey Roberts got a crash course in the power of celebrity marketing last month....

Lofts Focus on Fashion in Downtown L.A.

When the Eastern Columbia Building in downtown Los Angeles is remodeled into loft-style condos next year, fashion will be all around the landmark structure....

Girls Get on the Board

As the number of girls skating, snowboarding and surfing increases, sportswear manufacturers are getting in touch with their feminine side. With functional suits, girly rash guards made for riding wav...

ASR Reports Most Successful Show in Years

Surf is riding high again; the proof is in the trade show....

E-Tailers Join Katrina Relief Effort

A number of apparel Web sites have rallied to offer support for the Hurricane Katrina rescue effort....

Herald Building Slated for Condos

The Hearst Corp. and Los Angeles real estate developer Urban Partners plan to convert a building formerly occupied by the Los Angeles Herald Examiner newspaper in downtown L...

Retailing for the Boomtown

Boutique owners are prospecting a new market in San Diego’s East Village. ...

Nordstrom to Expand in Bay Market

Nordstrom will build a new 149,000-square-foot store at the Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton, Calif., replacing an older, smaller store in the center....

L.A.'s French Affair

Retailer Galeries Lafayette to spotlight Los Angeles brands ...

Barneys Promotion

Barneys New York, the small chain of high-end stores recently acquired by Jones Apparel Group Inc., announced that Julie Gilhart has been promoted to senior vice president, fashion director/women’s. Previously Gilhart...

Jack's Reopens in Dana Point After 14-Year Absence

So maybe absence does make the heart grow fonder....

High Gas Prices Are Changing Consumers' Shopping Habits

An ACNielsen study shows that high gasoline prices are forcing consumers to alter their shopping ways....

Multiplying 7 Several Times for Profit

Southern California’s 7 for All Mankind is adding up to more choices....

Power To the People

A gaffe by an electrical worker left more than 2 million people in Los Angeles without power on Sept. 12. The midday power outage affected thousands of businesses, from the Fashion District to the San...

Hurricane Survey

The American Apparel & Footwear Association and the National Retail Federation are conducting a survey to find out what apparel, footwear and retail companies are doing in response to Hurricane Ka...

AAFA to Host Special Sizes Forum at Material World N.Y.

The American Apparel & Footwear Assn. (AAFA), in collaboration with the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Center for Professional Studies (FIT) and the National ...

Levi's Tour Sizes Up 3-D Fittings

Levi Strauss is resuming its national “Fit Experience” tour in which it places 3-D body scanners in selected company-owned stores to provide customers with the ultimate fitting ...

Mooring at the Show

First there were three piers at the biannual Fashion Coterie, held at the Piers on the Hudson. Now there are four. ENK International, which organizes the three-day trade show in New York taking place this sea...

Delta Apparel Inc. Acquires Junkfood Clothing

Los Angeles–based apparel manufacturer Liquid Blaino Designs, which does business as Junkfood Clothing, was acquired in August by Atlanta-based Delta Apparel Inc....

Dressing Up Dockers

Levi Strauss & Co. is launching a major marketing campaign for its Dockers division. The San Francisco company announced it will be conducting a full-blown advertising campaign starting this month...

Friday, September 9

San Francisco Fashion Week '05: Touch Vintage Couture Benefit Show

Fashion Week’s 2005 beneficiary, The Touch Foundation, presented a fashion retrospective featuring creations by notable designers, including Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Carolina Herrera and...

San Francisco Fashion Week '05: Erin Mahoney

A green-and-gold satin crepe gown, a Technicolor fuchsia silk skirt, a black charmeuse tango dress with a butterfly print and a pink plaid ball gown with a plaid “Poppy” top were a few ...

'Bra Wars' Provide Backdrop for Lyon, Mode City

LYON, France—European Union and Chinese officials reached terms of an agreement to end the so-called “bra wars” on the closing day of lingerie trade show Lyon, Mode City, held S...

San Francisco Fashion Week '05: Shivani K.

The Shivani K. collection, by designer Shivani K., was chock-full of flashy eveningwear made with chiffon, silk brocade and satin. On the runway, the designer showed a candy...

San Francisco Fashion Week '05: Teshub

Teshub designer Samuel Taylor mixed preppy and street in T-shirts, polos, blazers and dress shirts with graphics. T-shirt slogans such as “Nuclear Bomb” and “Mohawk” were rebellious and fun. Taylor applie...

Vision for Spring 2006

Fashion shows were a daily occurrence at the MAGIC Marketplace, held Aug. 29–Sept. 1 at the Las Vegas Convention Center....

MAGIC Breaks the 100,000 Mark

LAS VEGAS—Consumers are playing dress up....

San Francisco Fashion Week '05: Valentine Gallery

All-natural fabrics made up the Valentine Gallery collection. Identical twins Jan and Jill Dudensing looked to their family’s history in the art world for inspiration in their clothing designs...

Swimwear Shines in Las Vegas

The desert was the perfect spot for Heat, a new fashion show organized by WWDMAGIC and the International Swimwear/Activewear Market (ISAM)....

San Francisco Fashion Week '05: Richard Hallmarq

Contemporary fashion designer Richard Hallmarq got much of his inspiration from traditional Central American dressings and modified them for contemporary fashion lovers. The Panamanian-born designer p...

San Francisco Fashion Week '05: Mel Rose

The Mel Rose collection, by San Francisco native Melissa Rose, was inspired by mod fashions from the 1960s. A skimpy black-and-red striped two-piece hooded tank suit, a yellow floral...

San Francisco Fashion Week '05: Lily Samii

Fashion veteran Lily Samii specializes in eveningwear, which sells at her Union Square atelier as well as at Saks Fifth Avenue’s San Francisco store. The designer’s collection featured special-...

San Francisco Fashion Week '05: Saffron Rare Threads

Java, eggplant and olive were the primary colors in Saffron Rare Threads’ Fall 2005 collection. Designers Priya Saraswati and Yugala Priti took their cues from femme fatales such as Lauren Bacall and Ava Gard...

S.F. Fashion Week Offers a Sampling of Burgeoning Designers

San Francisco’s design community pulled together to celebrate the city’s second annual fashion week Aug. 24–28 at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre....

San Francisco Fashion Week '05: Wee Scotty

Children’s clothing designer Lynne Gallagher reinterprets contemporary styles for girls and sells her line at the Wee Scotty Children’s Boutique and Fashion School on Union Street. On ...

Midwestern Off-Price Company Takes Swing at Surf Market

Is the surf-and-skate industry a “localsonly” zone?...

San Francisco Fashion Week '05: Oda

Oda’s Bay Area design trio—Angie Kim, Mandalyn Begay and Maggie Kim—make wearable art with all-natural fabrics for men, women and children. Called “Bedouin Princesses,” Oda’s Spring 2006 co...

San Francisco Fashion Week '05: quot;Emerging Starsquot;

Students presented the designs at “Emerging Stars,” a roundup of fresh faces on the San Francisco fashion scene. Most students hailed from The Art Institute of California’s fashion...

San Francisco Fashion Week '05: Levi Strauss & Co.

Women’s and men’s customized apparel took center stage during Levi’s runway show. 1970s-style deconstructed denim pants and skirts with appliqueacute;s and embroidered embellishments, as well as cropped...

San Francisco Fashion Week '05: His by Her

Design team Briana Swords, Laura Sato and Kimberlyn Underwood set out to create a collection of menswear for women. The designers used fine Italian silk and wool for the line, which mostly consisted o...

August '05 Sales Survive Despite Soaring Fuel Prices

Retailers reported solid sales during August, but skyrocketing fuel prices slowed down the brisk pace of shopping for much of this year, according to the International Council of Shopping Cen...

San Francisco Fashion Week '05: Colleen Quen Couture

San Francisco designer Colleen Quen named her eveningwear and bridal collection “Empresses New Clothes” for its majestic colors and fine fabrics. Quen chose a variety of silk, lace and ribbon details fo...

San Francisco Fashion Week '05: Ana Mulford

Ana Mulford sought refuge in romance and geography by creating bright, tropical-inspired womenswear. The Venezuela native chose the tropical rain forest as inspiration for her collection, which featur...

San Francisco Fashion Week '05: The Sweatfree Campaign

Global Exchange, a human rights organization that promotes the sale of sweatshopfree apparel nationwide, enlisted the help of several Bay Area designers and labels ...

Local Clothing Businesses Stung by Katrina

Hurricane Katrina, which displaced thousands along the Gulf Coast, left a path of destruction that trickled into California....

Mervyn's Hire

Gary Schettino, a former senior vice president at Guess? Inc. and Macy’s West, is the new divisional merchandise manager for menswear at San Lorenzo, Calif.–based Mervyn’s. He will report to Michael Wallen, general merchandise manager ...

Green Day's Armstrong to Launch New Line

Santa Ana, Calif.–based Steady Clothing and Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong are collaborating on a new line of punk-inspired clothing called Adeline, named after Armstron...

Counterfeits to the Gulf Coast

Victims of Hurricane Katrina are receiving 100,000 pieces of clothing from the U.S. government— the spoils of counterfeit busts and over-quota seizures. The offices of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ...

Seeking Apparel for Hurricane Relief

Several industry organizations are mounting campaigns to help victims of Hurricane Katrina....

Dominican Republic Approves CAFTA

Legislators in the Dominican Republic approved the Central American Free Trade Agreement, joining El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and the United States in ratifying the pact. The action was applauded...

FBI, CDC Launch Apparel Hotline

Fashion Business Inc. and the California Design College are setting up a job hotline for the apparel industry....

Hot Kiss to Japan

Los Angeles brands Hot Kiss and First Kiss will be sold in Japan. Brand manager Cherokee Inc. has signed a license agreement with Sumikin Bussan Corp. to distribute the brand in that country. The multiyear deal includes juniors...

Workers' Concerns Trigger Secondary Sweeps

Nearly one month after their initial sweeps of garment manufacturers throughout California, state labor officials revisited 34 companies in downtown Los Angeles....

Friday, September 2

Antik Denim Claims Knockoffs Being Sold at MAGIC

When Paul Guez heard the news, he could not believe it....

Long Beach's Garden of Contemporary

When Alan Hall asked Delilah Camacho to help him remodel his Long Beach, Calif., boutique in 2004, she advised him to try a retail mix that was feminine but with an edge....

Survey Finds Second Day at MAGIC Most Productive

The sheer sprawl of the MAGIC Marketplace, with its nearly 1 million square feet of show space and its more than 100,000 attendees, makes it seemingly hard to quantify....

Troubled Hollywood & Highland Shopping Center to Get Makeover

Ever since it opened nearly four years ago, the Hollywood & Highland Center has been likened to the two large white elephants that hover over its inner courtyard....

Satellite Shows Taken Out of Orbit

LAS VEGAS—Just when you thought MAGIC Marketplace could not get any larger, it has....

Swimwear and Resort Lines Make a Splash

About 450 people appeared poolside Aug. 15 at the Viceroy hotel in Santa Monica, Calif., to view five swimwear and Resort collections as part of a fund-raiser for the charity Stop th...

New Owner Has Plans for Gerry Building

The Gerry Building in the Los Angeles Fashion District is ready for another makeover....

Spinning the Classic Accessory Into the Must-Have Handbag

A crop of new handbag designers has put a different spin on the classic accessory, the leather handbag. Styles vary from classic and sophisticated shapes to rock ’n’ roll–inspired designs laced with frin...

New O.C. Shopping Center Sold

Bella Terra, the open-air shopping center under development on the site of the former Huntington Center mall in Huntington Beach, Calif., was sold for $228 million...

New Port Watcher

Kevin Weeks was appointed director of field operations for the Los Angeles region of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Weeks is overseeing all port operations and is directing a workforce of more th...

Lulu to Forplay

Designer Lulu Ganzer, who helped put Trashy Lingerie on the retail map on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles, has joined competitor Forplay’s growing design team. Ganzer brings 20 years of experience ...

Guess Watches

Los Angeles–based Guess? Inc. and timepiece marketer Fossil Inc. are working on a deal to market Guess watches beginning in January 2007. Fossil plans to form a separate company for the Guess business and util...

Haggar Buy

A group of investors led by buyout specialist Infinity Associates LLC has agreed to purchase Dallas- based clothier Haggar Corp. for $212 million. Perseus LLC, a bank and private equity-fund manager in Washin...

Apparel Industry Contributes to Katrina Aid Efforts

As the damage estimates from hurricane Katrina creep past $25 billion, the apparel industry is wasting no time getting involved in the relief effort....

Store Sales Zoom

Most leading national retailers posted upbeat sales for August. Bebe Stores Inc., The Wet Seal Inc., Abercrombie & Fitch Co.and American Eagle Outfitters all posted double-digit increases in sames...