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Friday, January 27

Levi, Koyono Jump on the Techwear Bandwagon

The iPod craze has forced a flurry of new apparel products designed to accommodate the device....

Tukatech Helps Upgrade Workforce in India

Los Angeles–based Tukatech Inc. has found a second home in India, which is fast becoming one of the top choices for production after China....

PLM a Hot Topic at Material World/Tech Solutions

Managing product development with the help of cutting-edge technology will be the hot topic during a series of seminars and workshops at the Material World/Technology Solut...

Malden Lands $15m Military Bid

Textile mill Malden Mills Industries Inc. landed a $15 million bid from the U.S....

Gap Aligns With IBM

San Francisco–based Gap Inc. has struck a 10-year, $1.1 billion contract with IBM to provide it with its IT infrastructure, consisting of mainframe computers, servers and network syst...

Paxar Releases New Dye-Resistant Labels

White Plains, N.Y.–based Paxar Corp. has released three new labeling tapes designed for the over-dye, industrial-laundering and lingerie markets....

Oracle Snaps Up Another Company

Redwood City, Calif.–based software giant Oracle Corp. confirmed that it has purchased Austin, Tex.–based 360Commerce Inc., which develops retail management software....

NRF Studies Retail Technology, Consumer Loyalty

Building loyalty between retailers and consumers was one of the main issues discussed at the recent National Retail Federation (NRF) Conference and Expo, held Jan. 15- 18 at the Jac...

ApparelMagic Adds Client Participation

Murphy & Associates, Inc., developer of ApparelMagic, a business management software system, has launched a client participation program aimed at improving ApparelMagic for all o...

Seamless Technology Catches Fire in Innerwear Market

Seamless apparel construction, which has become popular in the athletics market, is making further inroads into intimate apparel....

Preacute;lude Returns to CMC

Fledgling trade show focuses on print development, trend forecasting....

ENK's Blue Bows in NY

NEW YORK—New baby boy Blue made its very hip debut during a busy men’s fashion week in New York....

TC2 to Discuss 3D, Customer Service at MAGIC

Cary, N.C.–based TC2, which researches fit for the apparel industry, will present two seminars focusing on 3D measurement technologies and customer service Feb. 21...

Crossover Buying Thrives at Glow

A crossover market between the fashion and giftware industries is growing, according to management at the California Market Center. They hope the trade show Glow captures the potenti...

Italian Denim Label Hopes New U.S. Campaign Is a Charm

In 1984, Replay positioned itself to be one of the first Italian denim labels to make a splash in the American jeans market. But the company stopped short of its initial efforts to launch its...

Looking for the Action

T-shirt makers choose between concurrent ISS and ASR shows....

Rock 'n' Roll Tees Head to L.A. Mart

The California Market Center is not alone in its efforts to drive retail traffic with fashion and gifts. The L.A. Mart hopes one of its newest showrooms will draw apparel retailers t...

Labuda to Address CFA

U.S. Customs’ Janet Labuda will be the guest speaker at the California Fashion Association’s membership meeting, set for Feb. 8 at The California Club in downtown Los Angeles....

New Show to Bring American Brands to China

Last summer, Frank Yuan, organizer of the ASAP Global Sourcing Show, held twice a year concurrently with the MAGIC Marketplace in Las Vegas, took 87 apparel buyers ...

ASR Turns 25

Surfers, skaters and other members of the action sports industry took over the new House of Blues in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter when the Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo ho...

Velvet Leaf

The two sisters who design Velvet Leaf skipped their formal college education for an experience-based education—to start a clothing line. Nineteen-year-old Laura Car...

Liz, Mac & Jac

New York–based manufacturer Liz Claiborne Inc. purchased Westcoast Contempo Fashions Limited and Mac and Jac Holdings Limited for approximately $23.6 million. The Vancouver- based company was founded in 1985 and produces the Mac & Jac, Kenzie an...

Whitman Leaves Gap

San Francisco–based retailer Gap Inc. announced that Meg Whitman, president and chief executive officer of eBay Inc., will not return to Gap’s board of directors when her term ends in May. Whitman has b...

Bebe's Quarterly Earnings Up

Bebe Stores Inc. reported a 10 percent increase for its second quarter earnings during a recent conference call with retail analysts. Net sales for Bebe’s second quarter of fiscal 2006, which ...

Jones Sells Polo

New York–based manufacturing giant Jones Apparel Group Inc. reached a stock purchase agreement to sell its Polo Jeans business to New York–based Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation. Jones will receive $355 million in...

Hot Topic CEO to Direct Torrid, Too

The top executive post at Torrid, Hot Topic Inc.’s division offering fashionable clothes for plus-size women ages 15 to 29, will remain empty for the near future....

On the Runway in Hong Kong

HONG KONG—There was no dearth of fashion shows at the recent

H&M Announces Pasadena, L.A. Stores

Swedish retailer Hennes & Mauritz, LP will open more than four stores in Los Angeles and Orange counties by the end of 2006, according to a company representative. One store wil...

ASR and Agenda Mark Milestones

Surf continues to maintain the momentum it showed in September with the Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo, held Jan. 20–22 at the San Diego Convention Center, and Agenda, wh...

AIMS to Host EDI Workshop in L.A.

Noted Electronic Data Interchange expert Adam Rodriguez of eCsss will present an EDI Integration Workshop from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the Fashion Business Inc. Resource Ce...

Hurley Shuffles Execs

Costa Mesa, Calif.–based surf brand Hurley International named Paul Gomez senior vice president of marketing and global branding, a position that includes overseeing the company’s international division. Gomez has been with the compan...

World Market

A contingent of California companies are among the many exhibitors testing the expanded Hong Kong Fashion Week....

Nike's Not-So-New Man

Beaverton, Ore.–based athletic apparel giant Nike Inc. named longtime Co-president Mark Parker its news chief executive, replacing William D. Perez, who left the position after one year on the job. Per...

Friday, January 20

Op Hires New President

Irvine, Calif.–based Ocean Pacific Apparel Corp., a subsidiary of The Warnaco Group Inc., announced this week the appointment of Gary Hunt as president of Op Apparel USA. The positi...

S.F. Garment Workers to Collect Severance Pay

San Francisco–based manufacturer Nova Knits Inc. agreed last week to pay $500,000 in severance compensation to more than 100 garment workers who were laid off from the company with an hour’s no...

MAGIC Puts Feminine Looks on Pedestal

Pedestal, a new showcase for women’s contemporary lines, will launch Feb. 21–24 at WWDMagic in Las Vegas. The showcase, which will act as the center of the show’s contemporary ...

Finding Solitude at JCPenney

Santa Barbara, Calif.–based Solitude has been striving for years to gain national exposure. Now, after eight years in the industry, the company is going to get its wish in a big way....

Hot Topic Taps IHOP for New VP

Hot Topic Inc. announced Jan. 9 that it had hired a veteran human resources executive, Robin Elledge, to be senior vice president of the City of Industry, Calif.–based retailer’s human resource...

Barneys Dallas

New York–based specialty retailer Barneys New York, a division of Jones Apparel Group Inc., will open a Barneys New York flagship store in NorthPark Center in Dallas, Texas, this fall. At about 88,000 square feet, thi...

Valley Wal-Mart

Retail giant Wal-Mart scrapped plans to open a 150,000-square-foot store in the San Fernando Valley city of Northridge after determining that the necessary environmental impact report would take too long to complete. The Ben...

Retail Shift

Many retail workers are planning to job hunt this year, according to a recent survey by

Blum Leaves Cole

Paul Blum resigned his position as president of Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. to pursue other opportunities after 15 years with the New York–based company. Chairman and Chief Executive Kenneth Cole will tempor...

G Line: Gear for Girls

Sarah Schilke, global category manager for G Line, a line of motorcycle gear made for women, said that in the more than 10 years she has worked in the motorcycle industry, the No. 1 complaint...

Gerry Reaches 90 Percent Occupancy

Showroom building juggles challenge of drawing...

Snow Settles at Surf Expo as Fall Makes Early Debut

ORLANDO, Fla.—The skies were clear in Orlando, Fla., during the Jan. 13–15 run of Surf Expo at the Orange County Convention Center, but inside the convention hall, snow was definitely in the fo...

Birdie: Fashion Meets Function on the Golf Course

Kate Sutton’s San Francisco–based preppy golf line, Birdie, infuses bubbly energy into basic polo shirts and khaki bottoms that function as comfortable sport clothing. And Sutton has high hope...

Hard Rock Hotel Offers New Party Venues for ASR

A Nobu restaurant and Rande Gerber–designed bar and lounge will be among the amenities at the new Hard Rock Hotel under development in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, said a rep...

BDS to Acquire Channel Partners

Irvine, Calif.–based retail consultant BDS Marketing Inc. has reached an agreement to acquire rival Channel Partners, based in Gilbert, Ariz., for an undisclosed sum....

True Blue

New York’s denim trade show focuses on the cream of the crop ...

Three Dots Spotlights New Direction With Store

Garden Grove, Calif.–based contemporary tees label Three Dots will formally announce its plans to build the label into a lifestyle brand when the company opens a store on Los Angeles’ Melrose Avenue in...

January Sizzles at L.A. Fashion Market

Buyers stock up on Immediate-delivery merchandise, as well as goods for later deliveries...

Planet Brings Luxury Downtown

Los Angeles’ Fashion District is the place where many of California’s boutique owners buy goods for their luxury stores, but Jacques Artine Kevorkian thought the place was missing its own luxury boutique. Make ...

Domestic Mills Court Premium-Denim Manufacturers

Brad Day wanted the fabric to be as all-American as the rest of his company. As the co-founder of Decent, he envisioned an ultra-premium denim brand that would sell for $240–$280. Armed with ideas and ...

New Year's T-Shirt Resolutions

Carla O’Brien (at left) and Megan MacEachern started Fortune Tee three years ago as a children’s line with a penchant for cheeky novelty. The Hollywood-based label’s shirts bore slogans with clever fortune cookie–like...

Quiksilver Moves Footwear Facility Inland

Huntington Beach, Calif.–based Quiksilver Inc. will be moving some of its warehouse facilities inland later this year to a spacious new state-of-the-art facility that has the added bonus of ch...

Reebok's Innovations

Reebok, maker of athletic footwear and apparel, opened its new 350,000-square-foot headquarters and “Innovation Center” in Montreal. The facility will house Reebok Canada, a subsidiary of Reebok...

Friday, January 13

Apparel Logs In at the Top Spot in Online Holiday Sales

For the first time in e-commerce history, apparel made it to the No. 1 spot online this Holiday season. Most experts were surprised at the rate of growth, which put apparel ahead of former leaders con...

Metropark, Windsor Upgrade Technologies

Los Angeles–area retail chains Windsor Fashions and Metropark are overhauling their computerized retail systems with a new product from NSB Group geared toward small and mids...

Streamlining Saks

Birmingham, Ala.–based retailer Saks Inc. named several new executives to help streamline the company. Stephen I. Sadove, current vice chairman and chief operating officer, has been named chief executive offic...

Retailers Gamble With Fashion in Chinatown

George Yu thought that hosting a fashion show on the streets of Los Angeles’ Chinatown could be a stroke of marketing genius. He also knew it was a gamble....

Fire Hire

Los Angeles–based juniors manufacturer Fire hired Lowell Tillmanto as East Coast sales manager and to run the company’s newly opened New York showroom. Tillmanto was previously with LA Movers, where he ...

Sixty USA

Sixty USA Suite 904 Gerry Building (213) 236-0578 ...

Everlast and Underwear

New York–based active apparel brand Everlast Worldwide Inc. signed a licensing agreement with H Best Ltd., makers of 2(x)ist underwear, to launch a line of Everlast men’sand boys’ underwear and men’s loun...

Fashion by Smashbox

After two years in development, Smashbox clothing has finally arrived....

Freshjive Girls: Anything but Frilly

After several years, Los Angeles–based streetwear company Freshjive is reintroducing Freshjive Girls for Fall 2006. Keeping the core streetwear look of its men’s line, the girls’ collection is consistent with the company...

Park

WALK IN THE PARK: David Park took his nearly 10 years of design expertise and focused on creating a modern bottoms line named Park. The designer debuted the Spring 2006 line Jan. 8–1...

People's Ticker

The owners of Los Angeles–based People’s Liberation Inc., makers of the contemporary People’s Liberation and William Rast labels, have officially changed the company’s name from Century Pacific Financial Corp. to People’s...

Gift Shift to L.A. Mart

Several gift-industry showrooms are relocating in Los Angeles from the California Market Center to the L.A. Mart....

Billabong Expands Accessories Offerings, Acquires Nixon Inc.

With 60 percent of its revenue being generated overseas, Australian surf giant Billabong continues to expand its global presence. Billabong International Ltd., parent company of Ir...

Peru Next in Line for Free-Trade Agreement

If all goes according to plan, Peru could be part of the free trade–agreement club by this summer....

Sports to Sportswear

The next big thing in fashion could be performance fabrics...

This Charming Man

Charming Shoppes Inc. promoted James G. Bloise to executive vice president, overseeing supply chain management, information technology and shared business services for the Bensalem, Pa.–based retail ch...

EM Productions

Cooper Design Space, Suite 216 (213) 614-9292

AAFA, Avery to Offer RFID Discounts

The American Apparel & Footwear Association has joined forces with Pasadena, Calif.–based Avery Dennison’s Retail Information Services unit to provide discounted rates for RFID (ra...

Ports Preparing for Cargo Push as China Exports Grow

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., used to be known as the places you didn’t want to send your cargo if you needed it in a hurry. All that changed in 2005 when the ports extended their ho...

Ferragamo Hits the Walk of Fame

Upscale footwear, accessories and apparel maker Salvatore Ferragamo will be this year’s honoree at the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Awards, hosted by the city of Beverly Hills a...

Indra Snapped Up by Competitor

San Diego–based Indra Technology Inc., which markets Escape sales-order management software for apparel manufacturers, has been purchased by rival firm CenterStone Technologies Inc. o...

Michael V Accessories

The New Mart Suite 506 (213) 623-2932 ...

Antique Showroom

California Market CenterSuite A1026 (866) 381-5960 ...

Friday, January 6

Nordstrom's Art Exhibition

Seattle-based specialty store Nordstrom will feature a photography exhibition by Kamoinge, a group of African American photographers, in celebration of Black History Month. The photos focus on “life an...

Apparel Companies Waiting as CAFTA Countries Update Laws

The Central American Free Trade Agreement was supposed to spell s-u-c-c-e-s-s for the region’s apparel industry. Instead, it is translating into frustration....

Tianello's Holiday Spirit

On Dec. 22, Tianello Inc., a Los Angeles–based women’s apparel manufacturer, and its 200 employees donated 200 gift bags to homeless women at the New Image Emergency Center on Broadway in Los ...

K-Swiss Communiqueacute;

Kids in Europe are communicating through the stripes on their K-Swiss shoes, according to the European distributor for Westlake Village, Calif.–based K-Swiss Inc. The company’s Stripe Shifter shoe style has five stripes on the...

Fire Gets New Showrooms and Corporate Office

Fire, a Los Angeles–based juniors denim, dress and sportswear manufacturer, is in the middle of a bicoastal growth spurt. The brand, which sells in Nordstrom, Char...

Baby Boom at the CMC

Contemporary childrenswear helps fill California Market Center’s 6th floor ...

Ed Hardy Debuts Christian Audigier

The tattoos on Ed Hardy T-shirts may be vintage, but the Los Angeles–based brand is developing retail businesses that are new. On Dec. 14, the company opened a debut boutique for its new line, Christian Audigier, named af...

Holiday Sales Came Late for Retailers

Retail sales for the 2005 Holiday season proved to be solid, but the good news did not arrive until after a few weeks of nail biting for shop owners....

For Lingerie Retailer, 13 Is His Lucky Number

Lingerie retailers developed a higher profile in the past 20 years by opening boutiques in shopping centers across the United States. But Jaivin Karnani believed the market lost some of its s...

Shoe In

Skechers USA Inc. promoted David Weinberg from chief financial officer to chief operating officer of the Manhattan Beach, Calif.–based footwear and apparel maker. Weinberg has been with the company for more th...

Paris Blues Names New President

For more than 20 years, Jose Quant, who founded denim manufacturer Paris Blues Inc., has been the company’s president....

PacSun Exec Moves to Haggar

Joseph Harris, who was vice president of sourcing and product development at Pacific Sunwear of California in Anaheim, Calif., for nearly two years, has left to take a similar positi...

Sato Acquires Bar Codes From Check Point

Sato International Pte. Ltd. said it has reached an agreement to acquire the bar code–systems business of Redwood City, Calif.–based Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. for about $4...

FIDM Gets the Emmys

First it went to the movies, then it went to the stars, now the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is preparing to enter the world of television....

Affliction: Graphics With a Vintage Edge

The graphics of Santa Ana, Calif.–based Affliction are hip and edgy—but they take their cues from vintage illustration styles, including hand-drawn etchings and engravings....

Haute Handbags From the Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco is home to a wealth of independent handbag designers, ranging from well-versed industry veterans to enthusiastic newcomers....

Raison D'ecirc;tre: California's Take on Linen

Raison D’ecirc;tre interprets California’s favorite casual styles with a new fabric—linen....

Pasadena Sisters Win Honors

The California-based designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy are among a handful of creators to win an Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award for emerging designers....

Lectra to Outfit Mango With PLM

Spanish apparel manufacturer and retailer Mango will be among the first companies to use Lectra’s new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software system after signing on to install th...

A&F Sues Wet Seal Over Moose and Fish

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. filed a trademark-infringement lawsuit against California teen retailer The Wet Seal Inc. for using moose and fish designs on some of its clothing....

New Look Planned for Sourcing at MAGIC

Woodland Hills, Calif.–based trade show producer MAGIC International is revamping the Sourcing at MAGIC section in time for the Feb. 21–24 run of the MAGIC Marketplace in Las ...

December '05 Sales Solid, January '06 Sales Could Be Hot

Retailers turned in solid sales reports for the Holiday season, but indications point to a ripple effect in January, when consumers return to shop with gift cards in hand....

Nu on 5 to Celebrate Opening

California Market Center will kick off the Jan. 13–17 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market with an invitation-only, grand-opening party for the Nu on 5 showroom in CMC suite A53...

Jeantex Nixes Merger with Sanatex

Huntington Beach, Calif.–based denim manufacturer Jeantex Group announced the termination of its letter of intent to purchase Carson, Calif.–based low-cost private-label manufacturer S...

Gerber to Offer Sourcing Services

Tolland, Conn.–based Gerber Technology has teamed with Iselin, N.J.–based ecVision to provide global sourcing and collaboration applications for the apparel and textile industries....

Stonefield Josephson Gets Century City Address

Accounting firm Stonefield Josephson Inc. will relocate its headquarters to the landmark Century Plaza Towers in the Century City area of Los Angeles later this month....

Jeffrey Schwager Comes to CMC

New York showroom owner Jeffrey Schwager opened a Los Angeles branch of his eponymous showroom in the California Market Center in time for the Jan. 13–17 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market....

Feng Shui Tee

DAILY DOSE: The Feng Shui Tee brings the Chinese practice of living in harmony with the elements to the everyday wardrobe. Paschal Jarmoune, who developed the T-shirt concept, worked...

MJW Eyes Prominent Retailers in East L.A.

Santa Monica, Calif.–based real estate developer MJW Investments has set its sights high in its effort to draw quality national retailers to a new mixed-use development it’s planning in the Boy...

OptiTex Finds Growth in China

While Asian manufacturers continue to gain the lion’s share of production, non-Asian companies are supplying most of the technology being used....

L.A. Fashion Week Gearing Up for March

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios organizers have set March 19–23 as the dates for the Fall 2006 run of catwalk shows at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, Calif....

Robin's Jean

ROCKER DENIM: French-born Robin Chretien, former designer at Blue Cult and co-founder and former partner at Hudson Jeans, launched his own line, Robin’s Jean, for Spring 2006. Although some in the ...