Stories for June 2006

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Friday, June 30

Cotton Uptick

Demand for organically grown cotton is expected to propel global sales to $2.6 billion by the end of 2008, according to a new report released by Oakland, Calif.–based Organic Exchange. Global sales of organic ...

The Board Room

The Professional Club, formerly known as the Textile Professional Club, wrapped up its season with a dinner June 22 at the Bel-Air Bar & Grill, where...

Quiksilver to Russia, With Love

Quiksilver Inc. announced this week a new partnership with a Russian apparel maker to design, manufacture, market and distribute Quiksilver and Roxy branded products in Russia....

Rokara: High-Low Fashion for the Upper-Crust Rocker

After 20 years of making clothes for punks, Goths and misfits under the Lip Service, Black List and Kill City brands, Original Cult is launching a contemporary line...

Zumiez Acquisition

Everett, Wash.–based Zumiez Inc., an activewear retailer, has completed its acquisition of Fast Forward, an action-sports retail chain with 19 stores, mostly based in Texas, with one store in Californi...

Active Gambles With Santa Monica Flagship

Competition has never been much of a worry for the nearly 20 years that Active has been in the retail business. But the surf, skate and fashion purveyor may be in for a shock this August....

China Growth

China has taken control of half of the U.S. apparel market in areas where quotas have been removed, gaining much of it from other developing countries, except India and Vietnam, according to recent da...

'Project Runway' Returns for Third Season

California designers will play a major role in the third season of the reality TV show “Project Runway,” which returns to the Bravo TV network July 12....

St. John Appoints New Retail EVP

St. John Knits International Inc. has appointed Ralph Polese as its new executive vice president of retail. He joined the Irvine, Calif.–based luxury brand in March as the chief executive of i...

Port Security Measures Could Delay Cargo

Port workers may be hauling more than cargo this time next year....

Baby Boomers Pump New Life Into Desert Retail

The El Paseo Shopping District in Palm Desert was one of the first luxury retail strips in California’s high desert area. Although the 300-store strip now is the add...

Medieval Touches Put Menswear Line on Path to Modern Success

Kings of Glory might be a way to make a statement against modernism—and do it fashionably....

Alstyle, OP Moves

Todd Scarborough, president of Anaheim, Calif.–based Alstyle Apparel, has been named corporate vice president, apparel division, for parent company Ennis Inc. He retains his position as president of Alstyle. In other news, Ir...

MAGIC Moves Swim

Buyers in search of swimwear at the Aug. 28–31 MAGIC Marketplace in Las Vegas will find the category has a new home....

J. Crew IPO Stirs Interest in Apparel Stocks

J. Crew Group Inc.’s initial public offering has stirred up interest for investments in apparel stocks after posting the third-largest IPO opening ever for an apparel company....

Rampage Closes, Forever 21 Moves In

Charlotte Russe Holdings, Inc., is closing its Rampage stores, which it has owned for nearly 10 years....

Gottschalks Chairman Retires

Joseph Levy on June 28 announced his retirement from Gottschalks Inc.’s board of directors. Levy, a member of the department store’s founding family, served as chairman of the board since the Fresnobased company went public in 1986. A...

Barneys, H&M Announce New California Stores

San Francisco will be the address of a flagship department store for Barneys New York, according to a company statement released June 27. On the same day, ...

Jason's Wine Store Changes Hands

Jason’s Fine Wine & Spirits, located on the ground floor of the California Market Center in Los Angeles, has new owners....

Friday, June 23

C&C Co-Founder Exits Company

Cheyann Benedict, who co-founded the widely popular Los Angeles T-shirt company C&C California, has left the company a little more than one year after it was purchased by Liz Cla...

Mervyns' New Crew

Hayward, Calif.–based retailer Mervyns has restructured its executive staff, promoting seven vice presidents in the process. Among the promotions is David Kranz, the divisional merchandise manager for misses apparel, now vice president, merc...

Boutiques Tame Downtown L.A.'s Former Badlands

For one year, Bonnie Kim and Sally Daliege brainstormed on the services that downtown Los Angeles needed to make the area not merely inhabitable, but as livable as New York’s Greenwich Village....

Knocking Off the Little Guys

Big-name designers aren’t the only ones who see their work knocked off. Up-and-coming brands and young designers are learning the hard way that their work is just as susceptible to knockoffs—and more di...

Vintage Retailer Offers Own Line of Classics

Last June, Shareen Mitchell, owner of vintage treasure trove Shareen Downtown, decided to make a classic shirtdress to entice her loyal vintage shoppers....

New Fashion College Focuses on Couture

Apparel designer and manufacturer Sonia Ete is bringing the fine art of couture to Southern California via her Academy of Couture Art, which bowed recently at the Pacific De...

New Generation Updates RedHorse

New Generation Computing Inc. has been busy. The Miami Lakes, Fla., firm, which develops sourcing and supply chain management software, released an updated version of RedHorse, its e...

Design Starts Here

Fashion will be center stage for the Port of Los Angeles’ centennial celebration when a fashion show will be presented July 12, 2007, in Grand Hope Park next to the Fashion I...

Ogle Me This, Ogle Me That

Los Angeles–based designer Avril Ozen thinks women can never have too many T-shirts. After years of designing printed tees for her Language Los Angeles line, Ozen has launched Ogle, a line o...

Designer Sees a Shift in Shirts

Tanks, tees and beaters have been riding high with the denim wave, but designer Isabel Sokiryansky is putting her stock in blouses....

Blue Jeans Company Acquires Retail Chain

Blue Holdings Inc., the blue jeans maker in Commerce, Calif., is getting into the retail business in a big-time way....

Quick Turnaround on Innovo's Board

Faster than you can say “blue jeans,” a recently appointed board member has left Innovo Group Inc., the struggling apparel company in Commerce, Calif., that makes Joe...

L.A. by Design

Port of Los Angeles to celebrate centennial with help from L.A.’s fashion community...

Tukatech Names Divisional President

Tukatech Inc. has named Rajive Puri as president of its TukaForms dress forms division. Puri will be responsible for managing development, manufacturing and sales. Puri has more than 35 years...

Palm Springs Mall Set for Redevelopment

Orange County, Calif.–based Hopkins Real Estate Group, which closed escrow June 7 on the Palm Springs Mall, has big plans for the 315,000-square-foot center...

Forth & Towne in L.A

San Francisco–based retail giant Gap Inc. announced plans to open three Forth & Towne stores in the Los Angeles area by fall: at the Westfield Century City Shopping Center, the Oaks Shopping Center...

LACMA's New Exhibit Celebrates Paradigm Shifts in Fashion

An upcoming exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, “Breaking the Mode: Contemporary Fashion from the Permanent Collection,” recognizes designers who think—or thought...

Apparel Brands Find a One-Stop Shop for e-Commerce

Executives at Los Angeles–based OneStop Internet Inc. have found that their formula of providing third-party e-commerce and fulfillment services under one platform has been a good fit for the ...

Cal Poly Debuts Student Showroom

The hands-on approach to fashion education at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona took a new turn recently. The school’s Apparel Merchandising and Management Department o...

Plus-Size Gets Focused on Fashion

The plus-size market is getting a long overdue injection of fashion—thanks to emerging designers such as Santa Ana, Calif.–based Jessica Svoboda, who is among a handful of labels bringing the category a...

Tuff Gong Finds Denim Revelation

The message of the late reggae star Bob Marley will live on through music—and fashion....

European Consolidation

French luxury department store Printemps will soon have an Italian owner. The Paris-based corporation PPR, owner of luxury firm Gucci, announced it would sell its 17-store Printemps chain to the chair...

FIDM Students Get a Taste of Real-World Manufacturing

Preparing the next generation of apparel designers and merchandisers for the real world of the global apparel business has been a challenge for educators, but administrators at the F...

Fed Sells L&T

Cincinnati-based Federated Department Stores will sell the upscale Lord & Taylor department store chain to a property development firm for nearly $1.2 billion. NRDC Equity Partners LLC, based in Purchase,...

Barneys Co-op to Open at The Grove

Barneys Co-op will open at The Grove shopping center in mid-March 2007, said Todd Russell, senior vice president of retail leasing and marketing for Caruso Affiliated, owner of the Los Ange...

Friday, June 16

Retail on the Sunny Side of the Street

When Nina Messiah opened her self-named boutique in Beverly Hills in March, she knew she had staked a claim to one of the world’s blue-chip shopping towns. But Messiah also knew that some of the city’s ...

Mamont Joins 1928 Jewelry, Will Be Honored by AIU

Karen Mamont has joined the 1928 Jewelry Company as director of marketing....

Iconix Inks Licensing Deals

New York–based Iconix Brand Group Inc. has struck several licensing agreements for its Joe Boxer, Bongo and Rampage brands. The deals include a Joe Boxer home collection produced by Beco Industries and...

Apparel Importers Start Filing for Tariff Rebates

The check is in the mail....

Grassini Launches New Brand

Los Angeles–based designer Corinne Grassini has been busy of late. Earlier this year, she partnered with specialty retailer Naked to create 0-41, a...

Garment Contractor Ordered to Pay Overtime Wages

A Los Angeles garment contractor that specializes in silk-screening T-shirts has been cited for owing more than $56,000 in overtime pay to its workers....

Next Ecco

The Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation is looking for up-and-coming designers for its EDFF awards, now in their sixth season. The designers will compete for a $25,000 grant to help produce a runway show at New Yo...

D&A to Increase Menswear Presence in L.A.

The Designers & Agents Annex trade shows in Los Angeles have been the domain for women’s fashions for their 9-year history, but co-producers Ed Mandelbaum and Barbara Kramer announced June...

New CFO at Guess

Los Angeles–based contemporary brand Guess? Inc. announced the appointment of Dennis Secor as senior vice president and chief financial officer of the publicly traded company....

Boateng, Branding & Videotape

If the glare of the television camera is unnerving, British designer Ozwald Boateng hardly lets it faze him. “It is scary,” conceded the Givenchy menswear creative director. But he...

Tommy Lee Jeans

Los Angeles–based apparel maker People’s Liberation Inc., producers of the People’s Liberation and William Rast brands, have struck a deal with rock star Tommy Lee to create a limited-edition apparel line under the bran...

Trovata Now a Trio

Costa Mesa, Calif.–based contemporary brand Trovata announced that one of the designers is leaving the company....

Custom-Made Blue Jeans

A company based in Port Louis, Mauritius, is offering to reproduce a favorite pair of blue jeans or make a pair of custom-fit jeans created specifically to the customer’s measurements. Tailormade Jeans...

DMC Names New Executive

The Dallas Market Center has promoted Robbin Wells to executive vice president of leasing, a newly created position....

Quiksilver Gets Off the Board

Style-conscious surfers, beach-lifestyle lovers and snowboarders apparently have had trouble finding gym shorts or sweatpants that appeal to their particular aesthetic. For them, Huntington ...

Good Attendance, Girly Styles Mark Fall II/Holiday Market

Retailers are betting on feminine styles for the upcoming Fall II/Holiday season, snatching up all things girly at the Los Angeles Fashion Market, which ...

Ranahan Launches Men's

Ranahan, the year-old women’s premium denim line started by sisters Amy and Allison Gammon and based in Los Angeles, will be launching a men’s collection for Fall 2006.“...

Friday, June 9

Anvarian Cancels Fall Deliveries, Adopts New Direction

Designer Pegah Anvarian is in the middle of a major shake-up of her brand....

ASR Debuts Holiday Edition

While most large retailers have completed their Holiday season purchases, exhibitors at the inaugural Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo’s ASR Holiday show said there were eno...

Meister's New Exec

Kellwood Co. has named Gail Cook president of its David Meister division. Cook previously was a strategic consultant to the apparel industry and held executive positions at Liz Claiborne in that company’s Dana Buchman...

Trovata, Binns Win CFDA Award

West Coast golden boys Jeff Halmos, Josia Lamberto-Egan, Sam Shipley and John Whitledge of Trovata, and self-proclaimed outsider and jewelry designer Tom Binns have...

Inside Out: Lingerie Designers Branch Out Into Ready-to-Wear

A competitive lingerie market has prompted Los Angeles–based lingerie and loungewear designers to expand into the category of ready-to-wear to get a bigger slice of the retail pie....

Ben Sherman Celebrates Mod With L.A. Store

The rock bands of the British Invasion of the 1960s keep selling records, but will their mod look stay fashionable?...

Sweet May '06 Sales Could Bring Strong June

May was a good month for retail. And June is looking good, too....

Hot Kiss Licenses New Categories

Los Angeles–based junior lifestyle brand Hot Kiss has announced the signing of three new licensees that will add kids’ apparel, wallets, luggage and intimates to its offerings....

Retailing the Zara Way

Spanish retail giant Zara has become synonymous with fast fashion, but getting an understanding of how its fashion machine operates has been a futile task for outsiders....

Charlotte Tarantola

The New Mart 127 E. 9th St., suite 403(213) 488-0288

Rhodes, Mohlere In at Perry

Miami-based Perry Ellis International Inc. has named Gail Rhodes senior vice president of its women’s swim division, which includes the JAG, Jantzen, South Point, Zuma Beach, Original Penguin and Perry Ellis labels. Michelle Mohlere has been...

Caruso Breaks Ground in Glendale, Fights New Political Challenges

When Rick Caruso began his career developing lifestyle shopping centers such as The Grove in Los Angeles, he knew that the market could be rough. But he didn’t know that hardnosed politics was...

The Style Assembly

Cooper Design SpaceSuite 419(213) 622-0184 ...

California Consumers Losing Confidence in Economy

Higher gasoline prices, slowly rising inflation rates and a weak job market have made California consumers a tad less confident about the economy’s future....

Junk Yard Showroom

Gerry Building, Suite 903(213) 489-4686

Universal Blue Partners With Distributor

Universal Blue, owner of the Blue Cult, Blue Cult Elite, Sacred Blue and Blue 2 denim brands, announced June 6 that it has signed a partnership agreement ...

French Fashion-Basically

Retailer Thierry Gillier has a history of giving a French twist to jeans and T-shirts....

True Religion Hires Licensing Agent

Los Angeles–based premium denim maker, True Religion Apparel Inc., is well on its way to becoming a lifestyle brand....

Marc's New Man

Paris-based Mouml;et Hennessy Louis Vuitton has named LVMH exec Bertran Stalla-Bourdillon chairman and chief executive officer of its Marc Jacobs International unit. When Stalla-Bourdillon takes the reins at Marc Jacobs, he ...

Revelation Showroom

California Market CenterSuite B571(818) 536-1256 ...

New at True

Los Angeles–based premium-denim maker True Religion Apparel Inc. has named Daryl Rosenberg chief operating officer. He replaces Mark Saltzman, who will remain with the company until the end of September. Rosen...

More Castaldi for Yves

Los Angeles–based manufacturer Jeantex Group Inc. has agreed to reduce its ownership stake in Yves Castaldi Corp. from 51 percent to 20 percent. As a result, Yves Castaldi Corp. will surrender 6 millio...

FBI Brings Gerber Software to Tech Lab

Tolland, Conn.–based Gerber Technology has joined forces with trade organization Fashion Business Inc. to provide FBI’s Los Angeles–based tech center with product-development management...

Colorful, Intricate Bray Steve Alan Debuts in U.S.

Italian fashion label Bray Steve Alan made its American retail debut recently with its own store, Bray Suite Anthology, at the Sunset Plaza in Los Angeles....

California Lawmakers Pass Wage Bills

Two bills proposing a $1 increase in California’s minimum wage have been passed by the Senate and Assembly and are heading to Gov. Schwarzenegger’s desk....

The Intersection Party Set for October Fashion Week

Members of The Intersection are planning a major party for buyers attending the Spring 2007 Los Angeles Fashion Market, which will run Oct. 20–24, immediately follow...

Apparel Group Wants Extension of Burmese Ban

One of the largest apparel trade groups in the United States is asking Congress to renew import restrictions on goods coming from Burma, also known as Myanmar....

The World Wide Web, Take 2

Experts have begun to observe that the online shopping experience may be heading toward a new paradigm as e-tail giants eBay, Yahoo! and Amazon increasingly deliver more dynamic con...

Board Changes at The Wet Seal

Henry D. Winterstern, chairman of the board of directors of The Wet Seal, has announced plans to step down from his position with the teen retail chain to focus on his other business commitme...

Tuesday, June 6

Retro Looks for a New Line

Vintage-look handbags and shoes ...

Friday, June 2

Levi's Web Site Focuses on History

San Francisco–based denim giant Levi Strauss & Co. has retooled its corporate Web site,

Changes Afoot at SIMA

Now in its 17th year, the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association seems to be hitting its stride. Staffed by a full-time team, SIMA is growing its educational offerings and internati...

Class-Action Suit for Polo

Two San Francisco law firms have filed a class-action suit against the Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. on behalf of four former retail employees who say the company violated several California labor laws. The suit, f...

Sun Cap's Performance Fibers Continues Expansion

Sun Capital Partners’ Performance Fibers affiliate has inked a deal to acquire Invista’s German polyester yarn business for an undisclosed sum. ...

Credibility by Sheri Drobnick

For 15 years, Sheri Drobnick scouted the market as divisional merchandise manager of contemporary and better sportswear for Los Angeles buying office Directives West. When she left Directives...

Guatemala Entry to CAFTA Waiting for Approval

Guatemala is still waiting....

Whiteboy Goes Public

Los Angeles–based Sub-Urban Brands Inc., maker of 3-year-old streetwear brand Whiteboy, went public on May 16. Now trading on the Over the Counter Bulletin...

Joe Hearts Alexandra

Fledgling tops line Alexandra Lozov presented a

Vietnam Signs Trade Pact With U.S.

A trade pact signed between Vietnam and the United States paves the way for the Southeast Asian country to enter the World Trade Organization....

NGC Names West Coast Sales Exec

Miami Lakes, Fla.–based New Generation Computing Inc. has named Linda Chase to the new position of director of sales for the company’s western region....

S.F. Fashion Week to Showcase Spring '07

Select Bay Area designers will showcase their Spring 2007 designs Aug. 23–27 during San Francisco Fashion Week at the San Francisco Design Center....

West Coast Labels Nominated for Dallas Fashion Awards

West Coast fashion brands once again led the charge of nominees for the 31st annual Dallas Fashion Awards to be presented Oct. 28 at the Dallas Market Center....

Mintee

Mintee Kalra draws upon her varied education in bespoke tailoring and Indian cultural upbringing for her lifestyle line, Mintee....

A Kingdom for a Tattoo

For Christian Audigier, the tattoo is not merely a work of art. It’s a gateway to an empire....

MJW to Sell Boyle Heights Land

MJW Investments, a real estate developer active in the Los Angeles Fashion District, is selling a 23-acre parcel near the historic Sears Roebuck & Co. building in East Los Angele...

Consumer Meets Trade in New Retail Venture

Retailer Phillip Dane has an unusual concept for his new boutique, Ready To Wearhouse, which is scheduled to open in mid- July in Los Angeles....

Boutique Test Drives Brit Fashion

When Lilian Raven opened her fashion boutique G.L.A.D. on Los Angeles’ Melrose Avenue in 2004, the Liverpool native thought she was going to have to leave behind the fashion-forward looks of h...

Fabric Firm Finds Diversity In Real Estate

To many in the apparel industry, the Emrani family is best known as owner of Emday Fabrics, a 60-year-old textile firm....

Herald Tribune's Luxury Conference

The International Herald Tribune, the international edition of The New York Times, will host the sixth run of its annual fashion and luxury conference in Istanbul, Turkey. Suzy Menkes, fashion edit...

Newness on 5 at CMC

There are changes afoot on the California Market Center’s fifth floor, and buyers will get a firsthand glimpse of them during the June 9–13 run of the Los Angeles Fashion Mark...

New Boutiques Signal Fashion Future in Los Feliz

In the past, Los Feliz Village may have been best known for its famous nightclubs such as The Derby....

Coming to Deener

One year after leaving Yanuk, designer Ya-el Torbati has launched her own line of women’s premium denim for Fall 2006. Named after her hound, Deener includes classic five-pocket jeans...

Customs Investigating Apparel Smuggled Into United States

Customs officials are searching for the exporter of more than 200 containers of apparel that were classified as furniture parts and toys before being shipped to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach...

L.A. Fashion District Scrubs Out Crime With 'Clean and Safe' Team

Los Angeles’ Fashion District borders some of the city’s meanest streets. But when Los Angeles Police Department officer Randall McCain discusses the district’s safety record, he might as well be talking...

Trina Turk Inks Licensing Deal for Swim

Los Angeles–based designer Trina Turk has struck a licensing agreement for swimwear with Los Angeles–based BlueWaterDesignGroup, a division of Apparel Ventures Inc. ...

Kingsbury In at Kohl's

Kohl’s Department Stores has named Tom Kingsbury as senior executive vice president, a new position for the Menomonee Falls, Wis.–based retailer. Kingsbury is a 30-year veteran of May Department Stores Co., most recently servi...