Stories for April 2006

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Friday, April 28

Nominations Open for Best Fashion Web Sites

Boston-based Web Marketing Association is accepting entries until May 31 for its 10th annual WebAwards, which recognize the best Web sites in 96 categories, including retailing and f...

Swimwear Retailer Sold

Orlando, Fla.–based Everything But Water, a 34- unit swimwear retailer with nine stores in California, has been acquired by investment group Bear Growth Capital Partners, a private equity division of B...

L.A. Textile Show Sees Growth and Changes

The April 24–26 edition of the Los Angeles International Textile Show at the California Market Center added international pavilions and garnered mixed reviews....

Port Security

The Bush Administration said federal authorities plan to conduct background checks on an estimated 400,000 port workers, matching them against government terrorist watch-lists and immigration database...

Dior Homme Opens in Beverly Hills

Hedi Slimane’s fashionably skinny suits have a new home in Beverly Hills. A 1,300-square-foot Dior Homme boutique opened April 21 at 315 N. Rodeo Dr....

No Day at the Beach

Swimwear maker Beach Patrol put into receivership ...

Mossimo Latest

After making a lastminute bid to buy Mossimo Inc., Van Nuys–based Cherokee Inc. withdrew its $8.50 per share offer after reaching an agreement with Mossimo’s original suitor, Iconix Brand Group Inc., to accept a $33 million buyout offer. The ...

Manufacturers Prepare for Worker Walkout

The organizers of the “Day Without Immigrants” demonstration scheduled for May 1 have promised to offer legal advice to workers who may lose jobs for participating in the protest....

Watch Your Back

Litigation surrounds denim back-pocket designs...

Sealed Deal

Orange County, Calif.–based retailer The Wet Seal Inc. named Dyan Jozwick as chief merchandise officer. Jozwick previously was senior vice president and general merchandise manager at Robinsons-May, which was ...

Sourcing in Central America Has Many Advantages

David Gren used to travel all over the world to buy fabrics and find factories that could convert them into stylish clothing for teenagers and younger children....

Jamison Buys Mid-Wilshire Building

California Market Center owner Jamison Properties of Los Angeles paid $14.7 million for an office and retail building at 3020 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles, said CB Richard ...

Gap Rocks

San Francisco–based Gap Inc. next month is rolling out its “Summer of Love” tour commemorating the summer of 1969, the year the company was founded. Gap will hit the road next month with ...

Blue Runway

At the last Los Angeles Fashion Week, an entire evening was devoted to denim collections. Skeptics must surely have looked down the ends of their noses and said, “Does denim really bel...

Lectra Consolidates Operations in China

Technology provider Lectra has consolidated its operations in Shanghai by moving its Asia-Pacific headquarters, regional training center and call center into one location....

New Solutions for HR, Payroll Management

Apparel companies are finding more options when it comes to managing their payroll and human resources departments....

Trend Forecasters Scout for New Fashion Destinations

Trend forecaster Barbara Fields said she is looking for new fashion cities after 25 years of reporting juniorwear trends to America’s top retailers such as The Wet S...

Designer Davies Is the Latest Development

Designer Erica Davies has joined Los Angeles contemporary label Development as creative director. ...

Friday, April 21

Art Institute of San Diego Adds Fashion Program

The Art Institute of San Diego this summer will introduce two fashion programs offering bachelor’s degrees in fashion design and fashion marketing....

Gerber Helps Students at Shanghai University

Gerber Technology has donated its Accumark CAD (computer-aided design) software to the Shanghai University of Engineering Science (SUES)....

Linea Pelle Handbags

Linea Pelle Inc., the 20-year-old Los Angeles–based company known for its denim-friendly, low-slung leather belts, launched a new line of handbags for Fall 2006....

Three Girls Running by Rebecca Danenberg

Veteran contemporary designer Rebecca Danenberg applied her collection-based design experience to create sophisticated tailored denim pieces for her new line, Three Girls Running....

Fashion's Rebel Spirit Thrives in Echo Park

When a Starbucks moved into Echo Park in 2002, denizens of one of Los Angeles’ oldest immigrant and bohemian neighborhoods fretted that the place was on an inevitable track toward gentrificati...

ICE Names New Fashion Commissioner

The Italian Trade Commission, which produces the TexItalia textile show, has a new director of its fashion division in New York....

Other Side of Grass May Be Greener

Grass, a contemporary denim label launched in 2003, has been sold to Larry Hansel, the man who started Rampage Clothing Co. many years ago in Los Angeles....

Punk Rock Still Growing in Grn Apple Tree

Punk rock was such a constructive force in the life of Luis Pulido Jr. that he recently threw a party at punk nightclub Mr. T’s Bowl in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles....

Designers Use Diffusion Lines to Widen Their Appeal

Diffusion lines, a popular method for designers to pave avenues to new customers and retailers’ doors, have become so common that some brands are taking on a life of their own....

Chrome Clothing

CYCLING IN STYLE: San Francisco–based manufacturer Chrome, known for its functional bicycle messenger bags with a hip urban attitude, introduced the first item of its new clothing lin...

Multinational Apparel Conference Slated for Nicaragua

The first Apparel Conference of the Americas addressing issues concerning the Central American Free Trade Agreement and the apparel industry will be held June 5–7 at the Crow...

Paul Frank Executives Respond

After weeks of keeping relatively mum, executives at the embattled Paul Frank Industries (PFI) have broken their silence to tell their side of the story....

CAFTA Advantage

Financier Wilbur Ross, whose International Textile Group owns Cone Denim and Burlington Industries, plans to open a $100 million denim mill in Nicaragua that should be operating by late 2007. Ross, a principa...

ASR Hires New Show Director

Action Sports Retailer, the San Juan Capistrano, Calif.–based company that organizes trade shows for the surf- and skate- clothing crowd, has hired Andy Tompkins as group show director to repl...

L.A. Int'l. Textile Show's International Expansion

The Los Angeles International Textile Show is preparing for its April 24–26 run at the California Market Center with an expanded roster of textile and trim suppliers, includi...

New Digs for Denim Label

A premium-blue-jeans maker has changed addresses in Vernon, Calif....

[TC]2 Names New Board of Directors

Cary, N.C.–based [TC]2, an industry educational and research organization, has elected new members to its executive committee and board of directors....

Testing the Waters

Gap Inc. is planning to expand to the Middle East, signing a franchise agreement with Al Tayer Group to open 25 Gap and 10 Banana Republic stores there by 2010. Al Tayer Group will hold the exclusive rights t...

Virgin Bets on Fashion as Music Sales Hit Sour Note

If fashion can be sold by once non-traditional venues such as TV shows and the Internet, then why not at music stores, too?...

Emerging Designer Breaks Into Designer Row

While the storefronts of Los Angeles’ exclusive Melrose Place have quickly filled up with high-profile fashion names in the past two years, Katharine Story proved there is st...

Fornarina Showroom Moves to Gerry

After years of staking out a spot in the back of the Fornarina store on Melrose Boulevard in Los Angeles, the Fornarina showroom has a new home to call its very own in the Gerry Buil...

Celerant Opens West Coast Office

Celerant Technology Corp., which provides retail management systems to the apparel industry, has opened a West Coast office in San Diego....

Wal-Mart Names New Tech Exec

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has promoted Rollin Ford to chief information officer and executive vice president....

Being First

Saks Fifth Avenue has plans to be the first department store in the United States to open in Shanghai, China. Saks Inc., the Birmingham, Ala.–based parent corporation of Saks Fifth Avenue, announced it...

M.Fredric Gives New Brand the Royal Treatment

Monarchy, a new Los Angeles–based menswear line that also makes tees for women, held a launch party April 18 at the M.Fredric store in Studio City, Calif. The drinks flowed freely and the store...

IDBBank Heads to Cyberspace

New York–based IDBBank (Israel Discount Bank of New York) has redesigned and relaunched its Web site with an eye toward clearly communicating the bank’s corporate identity and services....

Kline to Open New Store

Lisa Kline helped pioneer retail on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles and now she’s heading west....

Companies Fighting Over Mossimo

A bidding war has erupted between two companies vying to buy Mossimo Inc., a brand of clothing sold at Target Corp. stores throughout the country....

Moving Over

Rob Portman, who has been U.S. trade representative for a little more than a year, has been nominated by President Bush to be the new director of the Office of Management and Budget. Bush nominated deputy trade repre...

Frederick's Signs Licensing Deal With Celebrity Stylists

It’s a first for Frederick’s of Hollywood....

Russell Acquired

It looks like Warren Buffett will be getting comfortable. The investor holds a 40 percent stake in Omaha, Neb.–based Berkshire Hathaway, which announced plans to acquire Russell Corp., an Atlanta-based athletic apparel and eq...

OptiTex Expands to Caribbean Basin

OptiTex USA Inc. executives have reached an agreement with Palm Beach, Fla.–based Apparel PreProduction Inc. and its Dominican affiliate Grupo Banyan S.A. to distribute OptiT...

Friday, April 14

Wet Seal's New COO

Retail chain The Wet Seal Inc. has promoted Executive Vice President Gary White to chief operating officer. White has been with the Foothill Ranch–based retailer for two years, starting as senior vice president of sales and o...

Westfield to Add Condos in Century City

Los Angeles–based shopping center developer Westfield USA is jumping on the latest trend in real estate by building 260 condominiums at its Westfield Century City shopping ce...

LF Fashion Show Rings In the '80s

The future could be bright, well accessorized and very 1980s, according to the fashion forecast at the LF boutique on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles....

Ziji Designs

Three is not a crowd for the designers at Ziji....

Buckley Joins True Religion

True Religion is on a roll....

Peru Gets Green Light on Trade Pact

Peru and the United States signed a freetrade agreement April 12 in Washington, D.C., which will allow Peru’s goods into the United States without being subject to duties or quotas....

Avant Garde but Affordable

A year ago, Lara Dean-Fernandez and Eduardo Fernandez opened their first boutique, The Assembly, as a vendor of avant-garde fashion in downtown San Diego. But the owners soon found that their boutique...

Tukatech Launches Online Upgrades

Los Angeles–based Tukatech is now offering online upgrades for its CAD software....

YMI Sets the Mood

YMI Jeanswear International, a Los Angeles–based junior denim brand, staged a fashion show April 4 for its Fall looks to take advantage of visiting buyers and retailers in to...

Updated Penguin Looks West

Original Penguin, the 1950s golfwear brand revived by Perry Ellis International Inc. in 2003, is swinging into California this year to open boutiques....

AIMS to Host Online Seminar

Santa Ana, Calif.–based AIMS (Apparel Information Management System) and affiliate Focal Technology will present a free seminar on selling apparel over the Internet ...

Easter Might Cure March '06 Blues

While families across the world celebrate Easter April 16, retailers hope the holiday will spur spending that will make up for the modest performances experienced throughout the market in March....

Tarrant Apparel Sues Celebrity Licensor

Tarrant Apparel Group has filed a $100 million breach of contract lawsuit against Jessica Simpson, just two weeks after saying it hoped to resolve its business differences with the entertaine...

NBA Puts On Its Adidas

The National Basketball Association has struck an 11-year merchandising deal with Adidas, making the German apparel and footwear maker the official uniform and apparel provider for the NBA, the NBA Development League and the Women’s ...

Jamison Buys Long Beach Office Buildings

California Market Center owner Jamison Properties of Los Angeles has closed escrow on two Long Beach, Calif.–area office properties....

People Like Frank: Emil Rutenberg's New Contemporary Collection

Emil Rutenberg, founder of his eponymous women’s line, has given his company a facelift. The 23-year-old Los Angeles–based label known for well-constructed bridge-market jackets in novelty fabr...

Changing With the Global Economy

The apparel industry is a fluid business where nothing ever remains the same. The factoring business is in step with those adjustments, whether it is giving advice on how to finance imported goods or meeting ...

G-Star Ups Denim Ante in California

Amsterdam-based G-Star Raw eventually plans to sell its premium denim in about 50 American stores bearing its name, and company representative Stuart Millar said California is proving to be a...

FGI Announces Winners, Adds L.A. to Trend Report

Fashion Group International announced the winners of the 2006 FGI-LA Foundation Scholarship April 10 at its Fall 2006/07 Runway Report and Trend panel at The New Mart in downtown Los...

Material World Holds Steady at Miami Show

MIAMI BEACH, Fla.—Miami has always been one of the principal stepping stones to doing business with Latin America, a fact not lost on the organizers of Material World, the textile, technology ...

Gerry Building to Get New Leasing Director

Larry Hudson, general manager for the Gerry Building on Los Angeles Street in downtown Los Angeles, was scheduled to leave his post April 20 to pursue other interests....

Paul, Again

Paul Frank Sunich can still use his name after a judge in the U.S. District Court in Orange County declined to issue a restraining order filed by Sunich’s former employer, Paul Frank Industries. The Costa Mesa...

Orthodox Clothing

Menswear line Orthodox Clothing takes the tension between classic and new looks and wrangles a style that mixes new and old....

Friday, April 7

Fall Majors Market Gains Momentum

The reviews of the April 3–5 run of the Los Angeles Majors Market at the California Market Center were mixed, but many exhibitors said the relatively new Fall market could gr...

PE Lands Dockers Outerwear

Miami-based Perry Ellis International Inc. has struck a deal with San Francisco–based Levi Strauss & Co. to manufacture and distribute Levi’s Dockers brand men’s cloth outerwear in the United States ...

Playboy Parties at 50

Playboy Enterprises Inc. threw a Sunset Beach–themed party for retailers and California Market Center executives April 4 at the $50 million Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles....

Fields Enlists Hilton for Million-Dollar Buzz

The Barbara Fields Buying Office’s “Million-Dollar Item Retailer’s Seminar” is a perennial feature of the Los Angeles Majors Market. This season, the April 3 event drew r...

Cohen Out at St. John

Richard Cohen, chief executive officer of St. John Knits, has resigned from his position at the Irvine-based company after 18 months. Philip B. Miller, a St. John board member and former Saks Fifth Avenue executive, ...

GMAC Sold

Detroit-based General Motors Corp. has sold a majority stake in its General Motors Acceptance Corp. division, which operates several financial subsidiaries, including GMAC Commercial Finance, through ...

Mossimo, Mudd to Join Iconix

New York–based Iconix Brand Group, owner of Candie’s, Bongo, Joe Boxer, Rampage and Badgley Mischka brands, announced plans to se...

Pay by Phone Preferred

Consumers would find it easy and “cool” to pay for their purchases with their cell phone, according to a recent study conducted by Royal Philips Electronics and Visa International. The s...

All In the Jeans

Consumers in the United States purchase an estimated 450 million pairs of jeans every year, according to a recent report by Dublin, Ireland–based Research and Markets. The report, which calls jeans...

CMC Security Stops Showroom Burglary

An attempted burglary at about 9 a.m. on April 5 was foiled at the L’Atelier showroom on the fifth floor of the California Market Center, according to a CMC representative....

Directives West's Nod to Moderate

The looks on the runway echoed the Fall 2006 key trends—but were reinterpreted for the moderate market—at the Direct...

Dirtbag Clothing in Deal With Gift Chain

San Quentin, Calif.–based Dirtbag Clothing Inc., maker of rock Tshirts and clothing, has reached an agreement with Spencer Gifts LLC, an Egg Harbor Township, N.J.–based gift s...

Looks Like Paris

Parlux Fragrances Inc., the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.–based maker of fragrances under brands such as Perry Ellis, Guess?, XOXO, Ocean Pacific, Fred Hayman Beverly Hills and Paris Hilton, has struck an exclusive wor...

MJW Takes On Investor for Santee Court

Santa Monica, Calif.–based MJW Investments has taken on an equity partner to help it build the second phase of its Santee Court residential/commercial project, which will eve...

DC Shoes Opens N.Y. Flagship

The DC Shoes brand earned 10 percent of revenue for parent company Quiksilver Inc. last year, according to the Huntington Beach, Calif.–based activewear giant’s recently released 2005 ...

Blue Holdings Launches European Venture

Blue Holdings Inc., the publicly-traded denim manufacturer that produces the Antik, Taverniti So Jeans and Yanuk brands, recently announced a joint venture that wil...

Kitson Enters the Men's Biz

For Fraser Ross, retail is becoming a family affair....