Stories for February 2006

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Friday, February 24

Falling Prices

Gasoline prices continued to decrease in the state. The average cost of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline dropped 4.9 cents during the week of Feb. 13 to $2.473 a gallon. Nationwide, the average...

Memorial for CMC Exec

A memorial service for Sidney Morse, a longtime managing general partner of the CaliforniaMart, now called the California Market Center, will be held March 1....

Hail to the Fashion Chief

The Fashion Industries Guild of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center will bestow the “Man of the Year” award later this year on Kenneth Weinbaum, FIG’s president for the past 15 ...

The View From Vegas

Las Vegas apparel shows provide an indication of things to come ...

Pumpled-Up Port

Container traffic is up at the Port of Long Beach. The port saw an 18 percent increase in cargo traffic in January compared with the same period last year....

Under the Spotlight

Nominees put their costumes in a starring role for Oscar night ...

U.S. Apparel Sales Increase With Men Leading the Way

U.S. consumers were busy shopping last year....

Fashion District Gets Beautification Grant

The Los Angeles Fashion District’s Business Improvement District received a $10,000 grant from the city of Los Angeles to make improvements for a small median at Eighth and San Pedro ...

Plus-Size Brides

Lane Bryant, a retailer for plus-size women, is offering a new bridal collection for women sizes 14-28, which is available at the company’s Web site. The retailer offers three gown silhouettes that ret...

Eagle Exit

American Eagle Outfitters Inc., based in Warrendale, Penn., announced that Michael Leedy, the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer, has resigned to pursue new opportunities. L...

New Generation Signs on Blair

Warren, Pa.–based catalog house Blair is the latest company that has enlisted Miami Lakes, Fla.–based New Generation Computing’s e-SPS sourcing management system....

White Was the Prevailing Color at N.Y. Apparel Shows

NEW YORK—Undaunted by the curveball thrown by Mother Nature, buyers turned out for Fashion Coterie, Designers & Agents and The Train despite a blizzard that dumped 2 feet of snow ...

Milano Unica Combines the Force of Five Shows

Fifth Italian Textile Show Joins Lineup in Milan ...

Brand Building

Federated Department Stores Inc., which last year acquired all the department stores operated by The May Department Stores Inc., has named Anne MacDonald chief marketing officer and president of the Macy’s corporate marketing...

SIMA Adopts Liquid Nation Ball

The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association’s new Humanitarian Fund now has a party to call its very own....

Denim Technology Gets the Spotlight at MAGIC

LAS VEGAS—Automated denim finishing, Web-based product development and 3-D design led a new wave of technology offerings at the MAGIC Marketplace show, which was held Feb. 21-24 at the Las Veg...

State Mealtime Rules Continue to Stir Controversy

The controversy surrounding California’s meal and break periods has gotten more heated with recent conflicting court rulings. An inconsistency between the state’s labor code and wage order are at the cr...

Formalwear Retailer Takes Pacoima Space

Officials at Norcross, Ga.–based After Hours Formalwear, the nation’s largest chain of company-owned tuxedo and men’s formalwear stores, have signed a 10-year lease to occupy a 70,000-square-foo...

Lizalde

Before Ricky Lizalde designed lingerie, his artistic outlet was as a dancer performing with modern dance companies such as Complexions in New York and the Los Angeles Chamber Ballet....

Detox Design

SEXY SKIVVIES: During the day, Ginger McCabe works as a free-lance wardrobe stylist for commercials. In her spare time, McCabe burns the midnight oil designing and sewing one-of-a kind camisoles and...

MAGIC Marketplace Vision for Fall '06

The MAGIC Marketplace presented its Fall ’06 looks on the runway during the Feb. 21-24 run of the trade show at the Las Vegas Convention Center....

Modern Goddess

When it comes to retail therapy and delicious indulgences, Malinda Williams, the founder of Modern Goddess lingerie, has a sweet spot for pretty lingerie....

New Sales Manager for Mac & Jac

Liz Claiborne Inc. has made some quick changes for its latest acquisition and has named former Sigrid Olsen executive Michelle Sachs sales manager for Mac & Jac....

Friday, February 17

Footwear On Fire

National footwear sales climbed 9 percent to $42 billion in 2005, according to an NPD Group report. That equates to more than 1.4 billion pairs of shoes sold, with women’s footwear leading the way with...

Project Juggles Growth While Keeping Unique Culture

Fresh from being purchased by a giant New York firm, the Project Global Trade Show is enjoying some of the greatest successes in its three-year history. But now that it is under a co...

Counterfeiters Go for the Blue

The runaway success of the premium-denim category has reaped great financial rewards for many blue-jean labels....

From Reality Show to the Real Runway

NEW YORK—“Project Runway,” the fashion industry’s answer to TV’s “American Idol,” hit the real-life runway on Feb. 10 in Bryant Park during Olympus Fashion Week....

China Exports

Exports from China outpaced economists’ estimates last month by as much as $3 billion. January’s surplus of $9.5 billion trumped estimates of $6.3 billion. January exports rose 28 percent from a year ea...

Apparel Companies Fishing for Financing Get Few Nibbles

Gaining access to capital has been a perpetual challenge for start-ups and young apparel companies, but some investors are beginning to warm up to the industry as the West Coast fashion scene remains ...

LAPD Recovers Stolen Blue Jeans

The Los Angeles Police Department arrested two suspects involved in a dramatic denim burglary in which thieves drove a van through a storefront in the Los Angeles Fashion District and made off with ab...

Perry Ellis Acquires Gotcha

Miami-based Perry Ellis International, Inc. has completed its acquisition of Irvine, Calif.–based swim and surfwear label Gotcha Internat...

California Designers Show at New York Fashion Week

Select local designers and their lines, including Monique Lhuillier, Max Azria Collection, Trovata, Jenni Kayne, Jasmin Shokrian...

H&M to Hollywood

The next step for Swedish-based retailer Hennes & Mauritz will be building a 10,000-square-foot store at 6914 Hollywood Blvd., across the street from the Hollywood & Highland shopping center. ...

Poketo Has Art, Will Travel

Los Angeles–based company Poketo (pronounced POH-ket-oh) started mixing the artsy with the functional in 2003 when founders Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung offered wallets adorned with graphics de...

Innovo Sells HQ

Innovo Group Inc., based in Commerce, said it is wrapping up the sale of its former headquarters in Springfield, Tenn. The company has sold off the last of three properties for its discontinued operations in ...

BCBG Buys Bankrupt New York Retailer

BCBG Max Azria Group, Inc. and Guggenheim Corporate Funding LLC bought bankrupt G+G Retail Inc. for $35 million....

Lily McNeal: Luxe Summer Knits

Launched in 2002 by Anna Barthelme and Stephen Elkind, Los Angeles–based Lily McNeal is known for luxurious knits exuding style with a casual chic quality....

Sweatshop Watch

Duke University’s Executive Vice President Tallman Trask III said the school is trimming the number of factories it uses to produce its licensed apparel to keep a closer eye on working conditions. About 25 percent of ...

Nilit and Invista Strike Deal for European Nylon Business

Israel-based Nilit, maker of Sensil-branded polyamide fibers, has struck an agreement with fiber maker Invista to acquire Invista’s nylon apparel plant in Oestringen, Germany...

Concept III Launches Fabric Library Online

Red Bank, N.J.- based textile resource and garment production service Concept III Textiles has opened an online fabric library on its Web site....

New Balance Goes Nano

New Balance Performance Outerwear, a new licensee of New Balance Athletic Shoe Co., is using nanotechnology in its Circa V outerwear line....

Hemptown Names Barker to Board

Vancouver, Canada–based apparel maker Hemptown Clothing Inc., an eco-friendly company, named Kenneth Barker to its board of directors....

Fabric Mills Important to Sourcing Decisions

The next three years for U.S. clothing manufacturers will be a challenge as they try to balance the pros and cons of producing in various countries around the world....

Carpet Maker's Recycling Program Turns 10

Commercial carpet and modular tile maker C&A Floorcoverings announced it hit the 100 million mark—100 million pounds, that is....

Optimer Expands Spinning Resources

Optimer Performance Fibers, maker of branded Dri-release with FreshGuard fibers, has licensed three new spinning facilities in Europe and Asia....

Quiksilver Gets New Marketing VP

Natas Kaupas, a former pro skater and artist, has been named the new vice president of marketing of the Quiksilver division of Quiksilver Inc. Kaupas joined the Huntington Beach, Calif.–based ...

True Religion Tries New Fabrics on Classic Looks

Fleece might be a fabric for every season. It’s been used for hoodies favored by gym rats and for tops worn by the fashion forward. ...

OptiTex Names European Rep

CAD firm OptiTex Ltd. has appointed Kuris Spezialmaschinen GmbH of Germany to represent OptiTex in Germany, Austria and Switzerland....

Top Retailers to Discuss e-Commerce Trends

Leading retail executives from Guess, Liz Claiborne, The Wet Seal, Patagonia, Bloomingdale’s and Victoria’s Secret Direct will dis...

Warner Bros. Adds to Its Apparel Line

Burbank, Calif.–based Warner Bros. Consumer Products has partnered with New York–based manufacturer Priorities to create a line of heavily distressed and embellished T-shirts,...

Actress Shows New Spring Line

Mandy Moore debuted the new Spring 2006 collection of her label Mblem at the Sue Goodman Showroom in The New Mart on Feb. 7. The line was launched in 2004 and is designed and manuf...

New York Fashion Week Fall #039;06: Chaiken

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New York Fashion Week Fall #039;06: Trovata

The Orange County, Calif.–based wonder boys of

Boutique Takes Designer Back to School

Carlo Gholami has spent years as a designer of contemporary young menswear, but in his new life as a retailer he has undertaken a unique way of understanding his customer....

More Hotel Space for ASR Visitors

Organizers of the Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo are looking forward to having more lodging space for the approximately 20,000 visitors it receives twice a year....

Veteran Retailer of Short Men's Suits Moves to Beverly Hills

Jimmy Au’s for Men 5'8quot; and Under is going upscale....

RFID Moves Closer to Retail Sales Floors

Radio frequency identification (RFID) may be coming to the selling floor sooner than expected....

Burlington Expands Tech Fabric Line

Burlington WorldWide Apparel will offer a new line of activewear fabrics designed to dry quickly, resist odor and protect the body from ultraviolet rays....

New York Fashion Week Fall '06: Max Azria Collection

Previously known as BCBG Max Azria Collection, the newly renamed

New York Fashion Week Fall ’06: Chaiken

San Francisco–based

New York Fashion Week Fall ’06: Trovata

The Orange County, Calif.–based wonder boys of

Friday, February 10

LAEDC Predicts Dip in Apparel Employment This Year

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. has been reading the tea leaves in 2006 for Southern California in its latest forecast....

Nia

Los Angeles–based T-shirt lines are manifold, but designer Nia Nguyen trusts that the fabric quality of her line, Nia’s cotton tees with seam finishing details, will keep the customers coming b...

Satellite Radio Available for Retailers

Gardena, Calif.–based Antex Electronics has introduced what it calls the first satellite radio receiver for the commercial music market....

Bebe Taps Cardona, Phillips for High-Fashion Line

Bebe Stores Inc. is best known for earning double-digit same-store sales from its 228 mall-based stores, but the Brisbane, Calif.–based retailer also aspires to high fashion....

Blue Marlin Corp. Trademark Infringement Case Settled

Blue Marlin Corp. announced the settlement of its trademark infringement case against Donna Karan International on Jan. 30. The case was filed in Federal District Court of San Francisco in June 2005. Severa...

American Apparel, Patagonia Go Solar

Environmentally conscious apparel companies Patagonia, based in Ventura, Calif., and American Apparel, based in Los Angeles, have recently installed solar-energy systems within their...

Halsea: Style on the Go

TRAVEL: Many women travel for work more than for play, but designer Sally Bartz said she hopes that her festively printed luggage will “make you feel like you’re going on vacation...

Apparel and Textile Imports Top Priority for Customs Officials

Quotas on apparel and textiles will probably disappear at the end of 2008, but importers should be prepared for Congress to impose anti-dumping duties in 2009 if low-priced, Chinese-made clothing star...

From Cutter & Buck to Gap

San Francisco–based Gap Inc. hired John T. (Tom) Wyatt as president of its GapBody division. Wyatt was previously president and CEO of Cutter & Buck Inc. Before joining the Seattle-based upscale ap...

Sun Buys DBA

Boca Raton, Fla.–based Sun European Partners LLP has acquired the European intimates business of Sara Lee Corp. The intimate apparel division will be now known as Dim Branded Apparel and will be based in Paris. Among ...

Liz Goes (Middle) East

New York–based manufacturing giant Liz Claiborne Inc. struck an exclusive distribution agreement with MAF Fashion LLC, which will distribute some of the Liz Claiborne brands in the Middle East region, certain ...

California's Job Growth to Weaken in First Quarter

It might take job seekers a little longer to find that perfect job in the upcoming months....

Lagerfeld Techs Up N.Y. Fashion Week

Karl Lagerfeld is employing the latest cutting-edge audio-visual technology to spice up his Feb. 10 runway show during New York Fashion Week....

Strong Start for 2006

But economists say January’s skyrocketing sales may not impact rest of 2006 ...

Pool Trade Show Grows Up

Since it launched in 2001, Pool Trade Show has gained a reputation as the business venue where the counter-culture designer could have it all—a place to discover new art as well as a platform to do se...

Lectra Updates Cutters, Printers

Paris-based Lectra has upgraded products within its cutting and printing systems lines aimed at apparel manufacturers....

You Wear What You Ate

Food-related apparel licenses keep the retro trend alive...

Talbots Buys J. Jill

Hingman, Mass.–based retailer Talbots Inc. will acquire the outstanding shares of Quincy, Mass.–based retailer J. Jill Group Inc. for $24.05 per share, for total equity consideration of approximately $517 million. Talb...

CaliforniaMart Exec Sidney Morse, 71

Sidney L. Morse, a longtime apparel industry executive and philanthropist, died Feb. 1 after battling leukemia. He was 71....

Apparel Makers Size Up 3-D Dress Forms

Making the perfect dress form is coming down to an exact science. Manufacturers and retailers are doing away with traditional forms and opting for ones that are based on data captured by 3-D scanners ...

EBay Being Sued by Tiffany

EBay Inc. might have to change its way of doing business if it loses a precedent-setting lawsuit by Tiffany & Co., which charges that the online marketplace is not taking adequat...

Knitted Sweaters Unraveling in Red Tape

The headaches have already begun when it comes to importing apparel from China....

Manufacturer Earns Accolades

Kayo of California, a Los Angeles–based manufacturer of casual women’s apparel, was named one of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s Suppliers of the Year on Feb. 2. The ...

Citizens of Humanity Partners With Buyout Firm

Huntington Park, Calif.–based Citizens of Humanity announced Feb. 2 a partnership with Boston-based buyout firm Berkshire Partners. The deal, which gives Berkshire 62.5 percent owners...

Executive Turmoil at Innovo

Innovo Group Inc., the maker of Joe’s Jeans and Indie apparel, may be delisted from the NASDAQ if it doesn’t get its board of directors in order....

Outdoor Retail Centers Take a Cue from Bigger Brothers

The symbol of urban sprawl—the strip mall—is getting a makeover....

G+G Retail Inc. Sale May Be Completed on Feb. 14

A Manhattan bankruptcy court may rule on the sale of New York–based juniors chain G+G Retail Inc. as soon as Feb. 14, according sources from the bidding companies....

Gerber, Lectra to Bow at MAGIC

The MAGIC Marketplace in Las Vegas has not traditionally been a strong trade show venue for technology vendors, but that’s starting to change....

Lemon Twist Pleads San Francisco's Fashion Case

Danette Scheib is out to disprove the notion that San Francisco is not a fashion hub and she hopes her boutique, Lemon Twist, which opened in November, can help state the case for Bay Area fa...

MAGIC Gets MySpace

Tukatech Adds Hindi-Language Training Materials

Los Angeles–based CAD (computer-aided design) marketer Tukatech Inc. has released CAD video and training materials produced in the Hindi language for its customers in India and South Asia as w...

Colorful Boutique Ynop 3 to Close

Claudette Inc. co-owner Anamyn Turowski announced her Los Angeles–based label would move operations to a bigger warehouse in Burbank, Calif., by the end of the month, but the label’s c...

Friday, February 3

Alan's Last Rate Hike

The Federal Reserve raised a key interest rate to its highest level in five years at the final meeting chaired by Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. The bank raised the federal funds rate a quarter poin...

Columbia Buys Montrail

Portland, Ore.–based Columbia Sportswear Company purchased Seattlebased outdoor footwear label Montrail Inc. for $15 million in cash, plus the assumption of certain liabilities. Columbia’s vice presiden...

Joe Bush Finds the Latest Wrinkle in Old Jeans

In his colorful career, Joe Bush has worked as everything from a rodeo rider in Montana to a stockbroker in Colorado. For his latest act, the 64-year-old cowboy has become a denim mogul....

Sharagano Bows Fall With Monah Li

For Fall 2006, Sharagano is all Monah Li. ...

Colombia Relying on Free Trade Agreement for Competitive Edge in Textiles

MEDELLIacute;N, Colombia—Inside a brick and corrugated-tinroof building near the center of this textile capital, 900 workers are shaping blue jeans destined to be sold under the Naut...

Importer of Counterfeit Designer Handbags Faces Two Years in Prison

A man under investigation for nearly four years pleaded guilty in Los Angeles Superior Court to selling thousands of counterfeit designer bags in the Fashion District of downtown Los Angeles....

Cartwright Joins Lucas

Los Angeles–based jewelry maker Lucas Design International, which holds licenses for Rocawear, Playboy and Disney Couture jewelry, hired Paul Cartwright as director of marketing. Cartwright’s career inc...

Wal-Mart, Santa Clarita

Arkansas-based mega-retailer Wal-Mart opened a 216,168-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter in Santa Clarita. The 24-hour store features 36 departments, including apparel and accessories, jewelry, lawn and garden...

Material World to Emphasize Logistics and Sourcing

The upcoming Material World trade show, to be held April 4–6 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Fla., will kick off the three-day event with a panel discussing appar...

Buy Now: Men's Resources Build Inventory for Immediate Delivery

Despite nearly two decades experience selling high-end women’s fashion, retailer Fred Levine waited until the last minute to begin placing orders for his new contemporary menswear store....

More Than Marco Marco in Store

Designing custom clothes gained Marco Morante critical notice and a steady stream of clients to his Hollywood-based boutique Marco Marco. But it didn’t leave him time for much else....

Taiwan Looks to Central America for Business Opportunities

The Central American Free Trade Agreement hasn’t been implemented yet, but Taiwan already has its sights on the region....

Queen of the Meadow Claims S.F.'s Indie Style

If tourists visiting San Francisco want to track down remnants of the Summer of Love era, they visit the city’s Haight-Ashbury district. The epicenter of this influential 1960s scene was located in th...

Lawsuit Filed Against Hale Bob

Stylist Angelika Bolliger has filed a lawsuit against apparel manufacturer Hale Bob, as well as Elle magazine, Marie Claire magazine and photographer TC Reiner, alleging that Vernon, Calif....

Tech Execs Court West Coast Apparel Companies

At the millennium, corporate America was scampering to get its computer systems in shape for fear of the notorious Y2K bug....

More Lofts for Downtown L.A. Urbanites

The loft craze in downtown Los Angeles continues to lure young urban professionals from the fashion industry and beyond. The latest development comes from apparel industry business owners involved in ...

Two Longtime Fashion District Retailers Shutter

Two retail landmarks have bid farewell to shoppers in the Los Angeles Fashion District....

Buyers Get a Jump on Fall Lines at Westcoast Exclusive

Regional menswear buyers got a jump on Fall at the Jan. 29–30 run of the Westcoast Exclusive menswear show, held just weeks before the MAGIC Marketplace in Las Vegas later this month....

New Board, New Goals for FGI

Jen Uner, co-creator of the L.A. Fashion Awards, and Margaret Schell, co-owner of fashion public relations firm SPR, were named regional director and regional director elect of the F...

Windsor Plans More Stores

Prom season starts in a few months, but high school girls are already shopping for sophisticated dresses at Windsor Fashions Inc., said Ike Zekaria, vice president and co-owner of the Vernon, Calif...

Tyte Hires l.e.i. Exec

Los Angeles–based manufacturer 4 Whatitsworth Inc., manufacturer of Tyte Jeans, Duplex, Beau Dawson and World Academy, has hired Peter Caminiti as president...

L.A. Factory Opens

Los Angeles–based manufacturer Sugar Moods Ltd. has opened up about 14,000 square feet of incubator space to start-up and small apparel companies at rates as low as $1.50 per square foot....

Online Retailers Face Their Toughest Competition: Their Own Vendors

When Don Daszkowski scouted the Internet for potential competition to his fashion e-commerce Web site,

Denim Makers Expand Offerings

Despite rumblings of a denim bubble, two local denim makers are poised to launch new brands for Fall 2006. From jeans for women who buy men’s jeans, to denim for vintage purists and rock stars, to a brand for ...

Michel Berandi: Luxury With a Conceptual Edge

Couture with an edge—that’s the look of Michel Berandi....