Stories for May 2006

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Friday, May 26

Agenda Heads to Melrose

After two years in the California Market Center, Aaron Levant has moved his Agenda showroom to 7449 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles. The showroom, which specializes in...

CDC Students in the Mix at Orpheum

California Design College students delivered a

Nike's Apple Deal

Beaverton, Ore.–based athletic apparel maker Nike Inc. has struck a deal with Cupertino, Calif.–based Apple to launch a line of products under the Nike+iPod brand. The first item under the partnership w...

House of Dereon Grows After Split

After parting ways with Los Angeles– based licensee Tarrant Apparel in March, entertainer Beyonce Knowles’ House of Dereon brand has a new licensing partner and a new junior c...

New at Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger Corp., which was recently purchased by Dutch firm Apax Partners, has announced plans to run the company as four independently managed business units in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Far East. Chief...

Linq

After years of selling missy merchandise to department stores, Leonard Rabinowitz and Carole Little have downsized their latest venture to a more personal level....

Gavin's Jackets

BOTTOM TO TOP: Gavin, a 2-year-old trouser line, has branched out with the launch of jackets and a coat for Fall 2006. Julia Chase, who owns the Studio 10 ...

Apparel Producers Hope CAFTA Brings New Business to Region

GUATEMALA CITY—The 15th annual Apparel Sourcing Show held here May 16–18 and attended by 4,725 people underscored the widely held belief that Central America is a region in transformat...

Perry Ellis Acquires Jag License

Miami-based manufacturer Perry Ellis International has acquired the license to manufacture and distribute Jag brand swimwear and cover-ups for men and women. The license, in partner...

FIG Dallas to Host Chan Luu

Los Angeles–based designer Chan Luu will be the guest of honor June 1 at the Dallas- based Fashion Industry Galler y’s market-week kick-off party from 5:30 to 7 p.m....

Mervyns Revamps

This year could be one of the hardest for Rick Leto....

Iconix's New Licensing Exec

New York–based Iconix Brand Group, owner of Candie’s, Bongo, Badgley Mischka, Joe Boxer, Rampage and Mudd brands, has named Gail Tentler managing director of international licensing. Previously, Tentler was dir...

N.Y. Gets New French Show

La Federation Francaise Du Pret a Porter Feminin, organizers of the Pret a Porter Paris biannual runway shows in Paris, have launched a new trade show in the United...

Ted Baker Hits the OC

Fashion boutiques with a Euro pedigree are taking a bow at South Coast Plaza....

Gap Takes Shoes Online

San Francisco–based Gap Inc. has announced plans to open a new online shoe store through its E-commerce division, Gap Inc. Direct. The store will launch for Holiday 2006 with a broad mix of designer an...

Designed Locally, Seen Globally

“American Idol” contestant Katharine McPhee may have lost out to crooner Taylor Hicks at the May 24 finale of the popular reality TV show, but she did it looking like a star....

Manatt's Levy to Chair Firm's Pro Bono Business

Los Angeles–based law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP has named attorney Stanley W. Levy as chair of Manatt’s pro bono practice....

Peak Shipping Season Set for Smooth Sailing

Peak shipping season, which runs from July to October, is shaping up to be a winner this summer....

Wet Seal Forecasts Growth, Challenges

Wet Seal Inc. has announced that it will open more stores next year and its same-store sales declined in May....

Merger Mania Could Benefit Apparel Business

The consolidating software market could be a good thing for the apparel industry....

Focus at Surf Summit on Authenticity, Environment

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico—Surfwear makers and industry leaders gathered south of the border for the ninth-annual Surf Summit to pow-wow about getting back to their core roots and preserve the ...

True Religion to Relocate, Expand

True Religion Apparel Inc. is relocating its corporate headquarters from Los Angeles to nearby Vernon, Calif., in August....

Friday, May 19

TALA Celebrates 62nd Year at Playday

After a round of golf and a day of camaraderie, members of the Textile Association of Los Angeles celebrated its 62nd anniversary of incorporation on May 12 with a dinner ov...

City of Hope Honoree Clareman Chats About Charity

On June 10, Richard Clareman, president of Los Angeles– based junior apparel manufacturer Self Esteem, will receive the Spirit of Life award from the Appare...

Outlet Mall Set for Orange County

Developer Craig Realty Group of Newport Beach, Calif., has closed escrow on a 51- acre swath of land in San Clemente, Calif., where the company has begun grading for a 650,000-square-foot out...

Hippie Ink Expands Sales With New Reps

Hippie Ink, a 2-year-old updated line of retro-inspired tops and accessories from Los Angeles designer Jennifer Ashley, is now being represented at the California M...

Tapping L.A. Talent

Helmut Lang has hired Los Angeles designers Michael and Nicole Colovos, founders of the Habitual label, to head up design for the New York–based company, which was recently purchased by Link Theory Hol...

Keeping True

Los Angeles–based denim label True Religion Apparel Inc. won a pair of court default judgments against several companies charged with counterfeiting the company’s premium-denim products. The combined ju...

making the scene

Every major apparel market center offers its share of surrounding boutiques and restaurants to entice exhibitors and buyers alike to wine and dine and shop ’til they drop....

The Bohemian Society

Designer Victor Wilde of The Bohemian Society, a Los Angeles–based brand, likes the authoritative nature of military-inspired clothes—and it shows. His Fall 2006 collections for men an...

Scout Opens Vintage Library

Scout’s new vintage library may be lacking in square footage, but it has a well-edited selection of designer-vintage gems....

BeBop, Cotton Among Webby Winners

Web sites for Cotton Inc. and BeBop Jeans are among the winners of the 10th annual Webby Awards, which will be presented June 12 at an event in New York....

Junior Drake Goes Casual With Canvas

Junior Drake, a 4-year-old handbag line named after founder Dennis Brown’s actress mother, launched a new line of canvas purses in May at the ENK Accessories Circuit show in New York....

Former CBS President Banking on Internet's Power

Add one more name to the growing list of former TV executives who are sold on the profitability of e-commerce....

Prairie Underground

Its designers may have drawn inspiration from old-fashioned housedresses, but contemporary clothing line Prairie Underground has a modern and progressive sense of style....

The Battalion

Linda Wong, co-founder of contemporary clothing line The Battalion, followed a simple line of logic to resolve her desire to design edgy, avant-garde clothing that also is customer friendly....

BNY's Independence Party

When Gregory Niebel opened boutique BNY more than 15 years ago, he wanted to make a statement with fashion—and earn a profit....

Trading Up

Trade shows add amenities, get more selective, to stay competitive....

Tarrant Secures $65 Million

Los Angeles–based Tarrant Apparel Group has received a commitment letter from Guggenheim Corporate Funding LLC for a $65 million credit facility, which is earmarked to pay “certain indebtedness ...

Warnaco Hires New Swimwear President

New York–based apparel giant Warnaco Group Inc. has hired Paula Schneider as president of its designe...

Finding a Place in Coolsville

Eagle Rock native Rainy Jacobs has witnessed the town’s transformation from a blue-collar enclave to an outpost of yuppie tastes....

Louboutin at Barneys

French shoe designer Christian Louboutin drew a crowd of longtime customers and young fans to Barneys New York in Beverly Hills on May 11, where Louboutin personalized and signed his famous r...

Juicy Couture Plans Major Retail Expansion

Los Angeles–based Juicy Couture, a division of Liz Claiborne Inc., is planning a major retail rollout in California....

Juicy's Baby Deal

Los Angeles–based Juicy Couture struck an agreement with Tawil Associates for a collection of Juicy Couture apparel for newborns, infants and layette sizes 0–24 months. The collection, which will launch in October, is expected...

Courting the Eco-Savvy Consumer

Environmental design has evolved from hippie to hip in the last two decades. And there may be no bigger advocate of the phenomenon than developer Shaheen Sadeghi, who gambled that environmentally frie...

Nike Goes Seamless in Israel

Beaverton, Ore.–based athletic apparel and footwear giant Nike has launched a joint Center of Excellence with Tefron Ltd., a Misgav, Israel–based seamless apparel maker. The center’s mission is to look f...

Innovo Sells Private-Label Division

Innovo Group Inc., a Commerce, Calif.–based apparel manufacturer, has sold its private-label division, which makes jeans for Target’s Mossimo line and American Eagle ...

Hale Bob Expanding Apparel Line, Adding Accessories

Contemporary brand Hale Bob is making strides toward the coveted lifestyle-brand distinction by expanding beyond its sexy tops and skirts. The rapidly growing Vernon, Calif.–based company is d...

Slow but Steady Growth in 2006

Rising real estate and gas prices may put a crimp in California’s economy ...

Accessory Makers Put the Fashion Twist on Gadgets

The popularity of such technological gadgets as iPods, Treos, SideKicks and Blackberries has helped to open a new avenue of opportunity for manufacturers looking to...

Retail Therapy

How to keep things checking at the register If you’re like most of the retailers Glenn Calabrese visits, your store is either underdesigned and cluttered, or overdesigned and inefficient. “Most independent retailers do not realize how much of an impact design has,” says the president of Storetech, a Delray Beach, Florida–based firm offering a range of products and services for retailers...

CAN's John Condon Retires

John Condon, a long-time account executive at California Apparel News, is retiring after 35 years with the publication...

Zumiez Buys Fast Forward

Everett, Wash.–based retailer Zumiez Inc. has inked a deal to acquire action sports retailer Fast Forward. Fort Worth, Texas-based Fast Forward operates 19 stores, including 16 in Texas, two in Oklahom...

Westfield Group Sells Mall in Eagle Rock

Los Angeles–based Westfield Group has sold eight shopping centers, including a mall in Eagle Rock, Calif., to two real estate entities for $550 million....

Cavalli Drinks Fashionably in L.A.

The names of legendary artists are increasingly appearing on new lines of liquor....

Naked Tries On New Clothes

Naked, the Los Angeles boutique owned by designer Steven Trussell, unveiled its new concept May 13, five months after shuttering its doors....

Outsourcing E-commerce Gaining in Popularity in Apparel Industry

As the e-commerce industry matures, more apparel companies are relying on hosted systems for their online sales....

Tiara Cafeacute; to Open May 22

Tiara Cafeacute; will open to the public May 22 in The New Mart building in the Fashion District of downtown Los Angeles....

Rock T-Shirt Goes Mainstream-and Gets Fashionable

When Dell Furano started in the concert merchandise business more than 30 years ago, some of the coolest musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area mocked the idea of selling T-shirts at their concerts....

Friday, May 12

Nautica Expands

A women’s sportswear collection will be launched this Fall by Nautica, a division of New York–based apparel giant VF Corp. The collection, set to hit stores in August, adds to Nautica’s current women’s offerings, which include s...

Ten Hot Neighborhoods

Celebrity purchasing power has helped cement the cacheacute; of many of Los Angeles’ best-known shopping districts. But in recent years, the city’s fashion neighborhoods have seen a growth spurt carryin...

Teen Retailers Enjoy a Rebound in April '06

Skyrocketing gasoline prices apparently have not had a negative impact on the retail trade. Moreover, a strong summer season is expected to follow a retail rebound in April, industry analysts said....

Full Steam Ahead at Local Ports

Cargo traffic is chugging along at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles as they regain their popularity as a shipping destination for Asian goods....

Rock & Republic Joins Indy 500

Feeling the need for speed, Los Angeles–based premium- denim maker Rock & Republic will sponsor the Vision Racing team of the Indy Racing League in May. As part of the deal, the blue jea...

More Mervyns

Hayward-based Mervyns has announced plans to open four new stores as part of the company’s new strategy to invest in its core markets in the West and Southwest. Two of the new stores will be located in...

Accessory to Lucero

Los Angeles designer returns to the wholesale business with a new line of accessories and shoes ...

New Ball Game for Speedo

Swimwear maker Speedo, a division of Warnaco Group’s Los Angeles–based Warnaco Swimwear Inc., has landed a threeyear licensing deal with AVP Pro Bea...

New Store, Surf Label for The Closet

New things are coming out of The Closet....

A Hipper Fashion Show Premieres at CSUN

Students Vanessa Garduntilde;o and Joanna Huezo were bold enough to buck their school’s fashion tradition....

Quota-Free Category Clarified

Last year, the ski pants industry had a problem....

ENK Gets Financial Backing, Prepares for New Show in L.A.

New York–based trade show producer ENK International is ready to move into fifth gear....

Saks to Stay in Mission Viejo

The 100,000-square-foot Saks Fifth Avenue store in The Shops at Mission Viejo will remain open, according to Birmingham, Ala.–based Saks Inc., the upscale retailer’s parent company. Saks announced plans in late...

Spanish Retailer to Host Seminar

Spanish clothing retailer Zara, known for its quick-turning supply chain, will provide insight into its success at a “fast fashion” seminar June 2 at the Fashi...

Textile Exec Duels With Actor

Textile executive Yahouda “Youdi” Emrani has done battle with Asian importers and other rival fabric companies, but he never thought he’d be having a row with bad-boy actor Johnny Depp....

Pony Adds Another Exec

Santa Barbara–based footwear and athletic apparel maker Pony International LLC has named an additional high-level executive to its roster. Rollen Jones, a former executive at Adidas, has been named chief finan...

Friday, May 5

2009 Might Not Be the End for Apparel Quotas

U.S. apparel manufacturers and importers have high expectations that 2009 will be the year of free trade with China....

It's Not Easy Being Small

For many in the local design community, small business means big opportunities, as well as big risks ...

Shaun Tomson's Son Dies

Mathew Tomson, the son of surf legend and Instinct shareholder Shaun Tomson, died unexpectedly on April 24 in Durban, South Africa. He was 15. ...

Liberating Canada

People’s Liberation, a Los Angeles–based denim maker of apparel under the People’s Liberation and William Rast labels, has signed a pair of distribution agreements with A&F Apparel Ltd. Under the agreements, A&F...

Retail Redevelopment

The Macerich Co., a Santa Monica–based owner of shopping malls, is buying 11 Federated stores at 10 of Macerich’s retail centers, six of which are in California. The acquired stores include malls carrying the M...

The Camp Turns Green With Humanitaire

The Camp and The Lab shopping centers in Costa Mesa, Calif., have always banked on providing consumers with the next wave in shopping trends....

Project Ethos Seeks Designers

The organizers of Project Ethos are accepting submissions for fashion and jewelry designers interested in participating in its fashion show and marketplace June 24 at Club Soho in Lo...

City of Hope Gala to Honor Clareman, Kim

The Apparel Industries Group for the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, Calif., on June 10 will present its Spirit of Life award to Richard Clareman, president...

Tool Time for Dickies

New York–based Dickies has struck a licensing deal to launch a new Dickies tool bag line using “RubberWorks” technology to create rubber-bottom tool bags for such tradesmen as carpenters, painter...

Iconix's New Mudd Tops

New York– based Iconix Brand Group has struck a licensing agreement with The Cayre Group for a line of junior tops under the Mudd label. The new line will launch for Spring 2007. Iconix purchased New York–based Mudd la...

Stroesser's a Shoe-In at Pony

Santa Barbara–based footwear and athletic apparel maker Pony International LLC has named footwear business veteran Jim Stroesser as chief executive officer. Stroesser previously was senior vice president and g...

Dos Lagos Attracting More Retail Chains

The Promenade Shops at Dos Lagos, a lifestyle shopping center under construction in the Inland Empire city of Corona, has signed six new tenants...

Adding On

The J. Crew Group is growing. A new chain of stores called Madewell will be launched this year by the New York–based clothing chain and will sell women’s apparel with price points lower than those found...

EFCI Designs

The elongated title, “Elastic Fantastic Chronosynclastic Infundibulum,” that designer Sumter Pendergrast gave for his contemporary men’s line, EFCI Designs, sounds cerebral. But ...

Replay Bows New Line

The Brandon Davis Jean By Replay made its debut April 24 in Italian denim brand Replay’s newest store in the Beverly Center in Los Angeles....

Patagonia Focuses on Surf, Environment

Patagonia Inc., a Ventura, Calif.–based outdoor apparel maker, will open its first surf-specific store in May and underwrite a magazine’s commitment to use recycled paper....

Survival of the Premium

The ambiance at West Hollywood, Calif.–based premium boutique L.A.S.C. seems like a mellow nightclub. But the friendly sales staff and the boutique’s party music mask a fierce competition on th...

Teaching Instinct a New Trick

Instinct, a South African surf brand launched by surfer Shaun Tomson in 1979, for years held its own against such core brands as Quiksilver and Gotcha before fizzling out in the ear...

Targeacute;t Couture Hops on Corporate-Chic Bandwagon

Consumers proved hungry for T-shirts bearing McDonald’s advertising icons this year, but will they beat a path to stores selling $300 cashmere sweaters with Target Corp.’s bull’s-eye lo...

CMC Starts Travel Service

The California Market Center in Los Angeles has begun offering market exhibitors and attendees special hotel rates and travel arrangements through its new in-house division, CMC Trav...

In the Path of Protest

Much of downtown Los Angeles was deserted during the May 1 immigration rights protest, which began in the Fashion District, when an estimated 250,000 people gathered in the morning and peacefully marc...

Thrive

Thrive is a new line that wants to put its own spin on L.A. culture. ...

Gerber Releases New CAD, Marker Software

Tolland, Conn.–based Gerber Technology has released an updated version of its computer- aided design software AccuMark and a new professional edition of its AccuNest markermaking software. Acc...

Project Angel Food to Hold Auction

The entertainment industry is lending a hand to Project Angel Food with a benefit auction, “Hollywood 100,” June 17 at Bonhams & Butterfields in Los Angeles....

Fashioning Coachella's Indie Spirit

Brands hope for street credibility—by association—at annual rock festival For more than 120,000 rock fans, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival held April 29–30 in Indio, Calif....

True Love & False Idols

Irreverent and subversive, True Love & False Idols seeks to capture the Los Angeles lifestyle with tongue-in-cheek artwork and an in-your-face attitude. ...

Sea Change at Fish Bowl

Fish Bowl, a division of Second Generation Inc., a Los Angeles–based manufacturer, is in the midst of a makeover....

Lectra Names U.S. President

Paris-based technology provider Lectra has named David Rode president of its U.S. division. Lectra markets CAD and product-development software and cutting-room equipment....

Consumer Group Attacks Levi's RFID Program

An advocacy group for consumer privacy has asked San Francisco–based Levi Strauss & Co. to put an end to its item-level RFID (radio frequency identification) pilot program, which has sever...

FIDM Student Receives Award

Christina Wong, a student at Los Angeles– based Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, won the Gerber WebPDM Achievement Award for computer skills she used in developing a d...