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Friday, October 27

LA Fashion Week Spring '07: Italian Trade Commission

Italy’s deep design resources were well represented during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, Calif., on Oct. 17, when the Italian Trade Commission bowed t...

Harkham Launches Junior Dress Line, Relocates Headquarters

Harkham Industries, the Los Angeles–based manufacturer and retailer of the Jonathan Martin, Harkham and Hype apparel lines, has launched Johnny M., a new line of jun...

FBI, PAD Get Pattern Makers on the Path to Automation

Computer-aided design (CAD) has become a lifesaver for apparel pattern makers, especially since the emphasis on speed-tomarket has become almost a mandate in the global marketplace. Not every...

Union Hires Kristopher Enuke

Kristopher Enuke is taking his denim expertise to Seattle-based Union. The premium-denim line, which launched over a year ago, recently announced that Enuk...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Ashley Paige

Swimwear designer

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Erica Davies

Erica Davies previewed her

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Life & Death

Known for creating splashy runway shows with their Antik Denim line, French designers Philippe Naouri and Alexandre Caugant followed up this season with the...

Paper Returns to L.A., Searches for Fashion Talent

When New York–based Paper magazine returns to Los Angeles for the week of Nov. 7–12, Editor and Publisher Kim Hastreiter wants to see what local creative types have to offer...

Key Buyers Turn Out for Spring '07 Market

Reports were mixed at the Oct. 20–24 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market, with some calling it a record-breaking turnout and others saying business was flat. Across the board, however, showroom ...

Lingerie Americas to Launch New Show in Las Vegas

The booming Las Vegas trade show scene just got bigger. Lingerie Americas announc...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Alan Del Rosario

Alan Del Rosario was inspired by “good girls and the bad boys that they fall for” for his Spring 20...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Eveline Morel

“A Walk In The Park” was the working name of the first fashion show for the Los Angeles–based Eveline Morel lin...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Jaime Pressly

Actress Jaime Pressly showed her

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Joseph Domingo

Spring and summer should be about good times, according to San Francisco–based designer Joseph Domingo. But that’s no reason to give up sophistication. The designer said there is no reason to suffer for...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Metro7

Wal-Mart got into the game of cheap-chic style with its

Los Angeles Fashion Awards Returns

The Los Angeles Fashion Awards returned for its sophomore run at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on Oct. 20 at the close of Los Angele...

Duarte Defaults in Kramer Lawsuit

Los Angeles designer Henry Duarte and his Duarte Productions Inc. face damages of more than $1 million after defaulting in a lawsuit filed against Duarte by Designers & ...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Elsie Katz Couture

Ruffles, lace and a coquettish charm characterized the

Holiday Blahs?

Holiday sales won’t do much to lift retailers’ spirits, according to retail forecaster Stevan Buxbaum, executive vice president of Calabasas-based consultancy Buxbaum Group. Buxbaum said holiday retail sales ar...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Jennifer Nicholson

Punk-rock princesses and mod ingeacute;nues took to the catwalk at designer

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Uriel Saenz

Uriel Saenz’s “Blossom” show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, Calif., on Oct. 19 unveiled a...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Dina Bar-El

Dina Bar-El is traditionally an eveningwear designer, but on Oct. 17 for her

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Yana K.

Like a storybook come to life, designer Yana Khromova filled her catwalk with little-rich-girl petticoat frocks reminiscent of a Shirley Temple extravaganza. The Oct. 19...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Single

Spring 2007 should be the season where Los Angeles–based Single let loose. Single was initially known for its fitted styles when it launched in 1997. But when the label produced a 56-...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Kevan Hall

Known for his stellar evening gowns, Kevan Hall didn’t disappoint at his Oct. 19

Greg Norman Sold

Herzogenaurach, Germany–based Adidas AG is selling its Greg Norman Collection apparel business to Albany, Ga.–based MacGregor Golf Company for an undisclosed amount. The deal, expected to be completed by the en...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Chan Luu

Los Angeles designer Chan Luu is probably best known for her jewelry collection, but in 2004 she branched out into the realm of apparel. While her creations are always graceful and classy, this season...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Collection Bebe

The follow-up to

Saks Execs Step Down

Birmingham, Ala.–based department store chain Saks Inc. announced that Douglas E. Coltharp, executive vice president and chief financial officer; Kevin G. Wills, executive vice president of finance and...

Iconix Goes Retail Direct

New York– based Iconix Brand Group Inc. struck an exclusive, retail-direct licensing agreement with Canadian retailer Hudson Bay Company for its London Fog brand. The multi-year agreement grants HBC the right to manuf...

B&B Exits Berlin

Berlin-based Bread & Butter GmbH announced Oct. 24 that it would cancel its upcoming Berlin trade show, scheduled for Jan. 26–28, in order to focus its energies on its Barcelona trade show, schedu...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Juuml;nker

Los Angeles label Juuml;nker Designs set a new standard for spooky theater with its Oct. 19

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Kelly Nishimoto

Designer Kelly Nishimoto showed a

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Corey Lynn Calter

Designer Corey Lynn Calter found inspiration for the

New Retail Space for L.A. Fashion District

The Los Angeles Fashion District is adding another retail venue to its growing portfolio as one of the district’s major landholders, the KI Group, puts the finishing touches ...

Souped-Up Security at the Port Could Delay Apparel Imports

A shake-up of top customs officials in Los Angeles has import specialists worried that the government’s beefed-up security plans to defend the country’s borders may lead to delays in apparel imports at ...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Tart

Tart made its

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Candice Held

Candice Held has come a long way since she designed dresses from dish towel fabric. While the dish-towel–fabric dresses started the Seattle native’s design career in 2003, her fabric of choice for...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Samora

Feminine frills and romantic fancy ruled the runway at

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: William Rast

The details can make a pair of denim. In the case of Los Angeles–based line William Rast, its pleated back pocket topped off by a big rectangular flap has been the selling point for the label—n...

Rodeo Drive's Svend Ingerslev, 68

Svend Ingerslev, a member of the Board of Directors of the Rodeo Drive Committee and the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, emphasized bringing a human touch to the stylish fashion...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Sheri Bodell

Los Angeles designer Sheri Bodell has always had a decidedly edgy feel to her creations. This season was no different at her...

Exporting Italian Style

California is a small but intriguing market for many of Italy’s textile makers....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Fashion Business Inc.

Fashion Business Inc. hosted a Spring 2007 preview at the

Friday, October 20

Showroom 903

The New MartSuite 903(213) 489-5998

L.A.'s Next Fashion Street: Fairfax?

The character of Los Angeles’ Fairfax Avenue is up for grabs, according to the businesspeople on this street, which neighbors high-profile fashion boulevards Melrose Avenue and West Third Street. Howev...

Cone Sponsors Fashion/Art Exhibition

Cone Denim has teamed with New York designer and artist Susan Cianciolo to present “The Women of the Crowd” exhibition, which hosts an opening-night party and ...

Gsus Sindustrie

Gerry BuildingSuite 202(213) 622-4060

Brand Equity

Cooper Design SpaceSuite 513(213) 438-0626...

Contemporary, Designer Lines Find a Niche on CMC's 3rd Floor

Buyers looking for contemporary lines at the California Market Center in Los Angeles usually shop on the center’s fifth floor, but lately they’ve been adding a special trip to the thir...

Cooper Design Space Launches Fifth-Floor Showrooms

Shifting its focus from design studios to showrooms, the Cooper Design Space welcomes the Los Angeles Fashion Market on Oct. 20 with a renovated fifth floor. The fifth floor, newly f...

Mothballing the Mills

Delta Woodside Industries Inc., which operates Delta Mills and Delta Mills Marketing, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection under the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Code on Oct. 13. The company, based in Fountain...

Mike & Millie Split

After a five-year partnership, Mike Davie and Millie Troll of Mike & Millie in the California Market Center have split to start separate showrooms....

TALA's Rosa Gurerro, 42

Rosa Gurerro, administrative assistant and office manager for the Textile Association of Los Angeles, died on Oct. 12 after a severe asthma attack....

Retailer Opens Boutique of Unexpected

Los Angeles’ West Third Street is fast becoming one of the city’s top retail streets for fashion with an avant-garde edge. The neighborhood’s newest boutique, All Purpose, opened on Oct. 16 on t...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Shay Todd

Shay Todd saw a spike in sales after celebrities Eva Longoria and Paris Hilton wore the designer’s swimsuits at an aw...

Saints+Sirens Showroom

California Market Center, Suite C573(213) 489-8111

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Louis Verdad

Louis Verdad journeyed through the 1980s, channeling the look of Natalie Portman in the 2004 film “Closer” for his...

Coco Kliks to Design Jak & Rae

Los Angeles–based designer Coco Kliks has signed on as design director of Jak & Rae, the contemporary sportswear brand owned by Hot Kiss. Kliks...

Kingpins' First L.A. Foray a Success

The Kingpins’ first show in Los Angeles was deemed a success as 15 denim suppliers, laundries and trim companies proved to be a draw to many of the city’s best-known premium-denim brands....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Meghan Fabulous

Designer Meghan Fabulous’ recent whirlwind travel schedule inspired her

RFID Adoption Moves Ahead of Schedule

Emerging RFID (radio frequency identification) technology is progressing above expectations, but industry- wide adoption is expected to be a lengthy and arduous process, said manufacturing a...

Evokal: Home-Grown Streetwear

Hailing from South Africa, freelance designer Brett Walker is consumed with helping local artists use apparel as a platform for creating exposure and revenue. From graffiti artists to painters to mus...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Kushcush by Kerry Cushman

Los Angeles–based swimwear designer Kerry Cushman mixed things up a bit for her Spring/Summer 2007 collec...

L'Ecole Des Femmes: Playing Dress Up

Laura Sfez considers herself more of a storyteller than a clothing designer. She just finished writing and illustrating a children’s novel, which she describes as whimsical, environmental and in the vein of au...

Retailer Chargebacks: Is There a Cease-Fire on the Horizon?

The Hatfields and the McCoys. The Montagues and the Capulets. The Skywalkers. To this list of famed familial feuds we add perhaps the most rancorous of them all: retailers and suppliers (also referred...

Liz's New Man

After a nine-month search, New York–based manufacturing giant Liz Claiborne has named a new chief executive to replace Paul Charron, who is retiring. William L. McComb, company group chairman at Johnso...

Real Estate Veterans Launch Retail Venture

Real estate executive Robert A. Manarino has formed Irvine, Calif.–based Manarino Realty, a new company that will develop and renovate retail centers on the West Coast....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Sue Wong

Los Angeles designer Sue Wong took everyone on an around-the-world trip with her dresses. The looks spanned the globe, going from the fiery fashions of Latin America to the sultry silhouettes of Holly...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Balans

Femininity was the guiding light for novice designer Alison Zimmerman’s line,

Roxy, Roxywear Squabble Heads Back to Court

Call it the case that would never die....

Peligrosa: A Sweet Sweater Company

Despite a name that means “dangerous” in Spanish, Los Angeles–based Peligrosa is as nice a company as one can find. Nico Morrison, the chief executive and creative director of th...

Katy Rodriguez: Resurrecting Classic Style

You might recognize the name Katy Rodriguez. After all, she is a founding partner in the cult-favorite shopping haunt Resurrection Vintage (the New York shop opened in 1996, the Los Angeles l...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Frankie B.

Daniella Clarke’s sexy lowest-of-the-low-cut jeans made her line, Frankie B., famous. But for her Oct. 16 fashio...

Blue Holdings Bows Second Store

Blue Holdings Inc., the publicly traded maker of the Antik Denim, Yanuk and Taverniti So Jeans brands, opened Blu, a new store concept at the freshly expan...

Mills Completes Del Amo Expansion

Chevy Chase, Md.–based Mills Corp. has completed an expansion of its Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, Calif., adding a two-story outdoor promenade, which features about 35 new stor...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Thrive

Soft meets hard. Survival overcomes envy. Edgy fabrics intertwine with muted colors....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Evisu

Evisu proved it is more than a denim brand during its Oct. 15 showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, Calif. According to Managing Director Peter Ca...

Brother of Pool Founder Plans Show

The world of trade shows always seems to be growing. Ryan Walker, the 25-year-old brother of Pool Trade Show founder Ronda Walker, said that he plans to debut a trade show. His proje...

Plus-size and Premium

If most premium denim is designed for skinny minnies roughly the shape of a carrot, new denim brands Rozzie Rae and C.enne.V (pronounced “sea-envy”) are making denim fo...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Morphine Generation

To get to Spring 2007, Eric Hart got lost in a park in London. The Los Angeles–based designer never learned the name of the park, but the visit inspired his latest Morphine Generation collection for me...

L.A. Designer Wins 'Project Runway'

And the winner ishellip;Jeffrey Sebelia....

Tukatech Adds to N.Y. Staff

Los Angeles technology provider Tukatech Inc. has named Vladimir Mednik as its new East Coast sales executive. He will join the company’s staff in New York....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '07: Gen Art

Gen Art introduced 12 young designers to Los Angeles’ fashion movers and shakers with its ninth-...

Navy Woman

Gap Inc. has a new president of its Old Navy division. Dawn Robertson has been appointed to oversee all of Old Navy’s operations, working out of the company’s San Francisco headquarters. Robertson, who ...

Sweet As Wine, Complex As Denim

Premium denim is like a fine wine or a microbrew beer, according to the advocates of the luxury jeans. Each premium denim has its own point of view and nuance, but how does one explain that to consume...

Dream Society: Everyday Chic

Los Angeles designer Joe Dahan, the Joe of Joe’s Jeans, has found his better half, both personally and for his jeans. Dream Society was born from a collaboration between Joe Dahan and his wif...

YMI Bows Royalty

YMI International heralded the debut of its newest denim collection, YMI Royalty, with a fashion show and party at Social in Hollywood on Oct. 10. Royalty, the junior denim brand...

Seizing Shoes

Columbia Sportswear Company, the Portland, Ore., company that has been on a major campaign to crack down on counterfeit goods, announced that customs officials in Greece stopped a container filled wit...

Friday, October 13

Wal-Mart Officials Talk RFID at L.A. Conference

Rollin L. Ford, executive vice president and chief information officer for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and David E. Kepler, chief information officer for The Dow Chemical...

Surviving and Thriving the Lean Years in Long Beach's East Village Arts District

When Mike De La Vega opened his boutique The Academy in the East Village Arts district of Long Beach, Calif., he confessed to having more than the typical debut jitters....

J. Crew Heads to Carmel

New York– based retailer J.Crew opened its “J.Crew-by-the-sea” concept store in Carmel Plaza in Carmel. The store features the company’s men’s and women’s collections, as well as its Italian cashmer...

J. Jill at Dos Lagos

Massachusetts-based specialty retail chain J. Jill opened a new 2,830-square-foot store in the Dos Lagos lifestyle center in Corona on Oct. 6. The store—the 210th in the chain and the 34th in California, carri...

Mossimo in South America

Los Angeles–based Mossimo Inc. signed a deal with upscale South American department store chain Falabella, which will become the exclusive outlet for Mossimo in Chile, Argentina and Peru and soon in Co...

Kellwood Expands with Calvin

St. Louis–based Kellwood Co. has extended its licensing agreement with Phillips–Van Heusen for Calvin Klein women’s better sportswear for North America until 2012 and landed the license for Ck Calvin Klein women’s bridge...

Olsen Twins Align With E-Fashion for Web Sales

E-commerce provider eFashion Solutions of Secaucus, N.J., has launched

CMC to Host Lounge Co-Op for Emerging Brands

The California Market Center will debut the Lounge Co-Op for up-and-coming lines during the Oct. 20–24 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market....

Blue Holdings Terminates Up Against the Wall Acquisition and Licensing Deals

Vernon, Calif.–based premium-denim maker Blue Holdings abandoned its bid to purchase Long Rap Inc., owner of the Up Against the Wall streetwear chain. A press release from t...

Lucy's in Colorado

Portland, Ore.–based retailer Lucy’s opened a new flagship store at the Twenty Ninth Street lifestyle center in Boulder, Colo. Lucy’s already operates a store in the Cherry Creek mall in nearby Denver. Twenty Ni...

Weber Joins LVMH, DKI

Mark Weber has been named chief executive officer of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton and chairman and CEO of Donna Karan International. In addition, he will oversee the international operations of Th...

California Necktie Company Sold

Phillips–Van Heusen Corp. is getting into the necktie business....

Union Bay Parent Co. Buys Howe, Hause of Howe Eyes Global Expansion With Seattle Pacific Sale

Seattle Pacific Industries, Inc., makers of the Union Bay label, purchased contemporary menswear label Hause of Howe for an undisclosed sum in a deal announced Oct. 9. Now, the Hunt...

Ross to Acquire 46 Albertson Sites

Pleasanton, Calif.–based off-price retailer Ross Stores, Inc. has reached an agreement with grocery chain Albertsons LLC to acquire 46 store sites in California, Florida, Texas, Arizo...

Deal Makers for the Apparel Industry on a Roll

Five years ago, an up-and-coming boutique investment banking firm in Los Angeles took a small-but-hot blue-jeans company called Earl Jean Inc. and sold it to Nautica Enterprises Inc....

L.A. Majors Market: Cautiously Optimistic

Retail consolidation was on everyone’s minds, but manufacturer representatives reported busy showrooms and plenty of appointments during the Oct. 9–11 run of the Spring 2007 L...

American Rag Cie Heads to the O.C.

Newport Beach, Calif., one of the flash points for Orange County’s burgeoning style, has made room for the flea-market chic of American Rag Cie LLC....

Cotton Inc. Sponsors FIDM's Chairing Styles

New York–based cotton industry group Cotton Inc. has signed on as a sponsor of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s seventh-annual Chairing ...

New MOCA Exhibit to Focus on Fashion and Architecture

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles’ newest exhibit, “Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture,” explores how the two disciplines of fashion and arc...

Former President, COO Returns to St. John

Bruce Fetter, who joined luxury knits maker St. John in 1997 and resigned from his posts of president and chief operating officer in March 2005 is back....

Steve Madden Launches Dresses

Long Island City, N.Y.–based Steven Madden Ltd. has struck a deal with Jump Apparel Group for a line of dresses under the Steve Madden and Steven by Steve Madden labels for Spring 2007. Distribution for the ne...

Kidrobot Bows Boutique and Craze

There’s been Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Paul Frank’s Julius, now toy company Kidrobot plans to build an empire of design inspired by its cartoon characters. However, Paul Budnitz, the ...

Blue Horizon

Denim brands roll out non-indigo alternatives ...

Olympus Fashion Week on the Move

After 13 years at New York’s Bryant Park, IMG’s Olympus Fashion Week will be moving to a new home....

Lucky Brand Sues Target

Vernon, Calif.–based Lucky Brand Dungarees filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Target Corporation and Maximum Exposure Inc. on Oct. 4 in New York’s feder...

Deere Colhoun Handbags

Lindsey Colhoun, former partner and designer of Goldenbleu handbags, recently launched Deere Colhoun, a new collection of luxe handbags. Colhoun left San Francisco this past...

Kiwali Rolls Out T-shirt Line

Kiwali LLC of Emeryville, Calif., has added designer T-shirts to its line, which until now had been focused on accessories for the Apple iPod....

Apparel OpportunitiesAbound in the Middle East

In many Middle Eastern countries, such as Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, there is a shop ’til you drop mentality that provides an ocean of opportunity for U.S. apparel makers....

Music to Their Ears

Lyric Culture hopes to make cash registers ring with the launch of its ultra-premium-jeans collection ...

Jaime Pressly at Dallas FIG

Los Angeles–based actress and designer Jaime Pressly will make a personal appearance Oct. 26 at the Fashion Industry Gallery in Dallas....

Fields Forecasts White Colors and Dresses for Juniors Trends

White will be the new black. Anchor graphics will replace the ubiquitous skull. Ties might be required accessories for juniors. The dress will be everywhere. These juniors-style pronouncement...

Bryna Nicole Handbags

San Francisco designer Bryna Nicole is a newcomer to the handbag world, but her designs are creating a buzz on both coasts. Perhaps that’s because of the bicoastal influence in her designs. “I d...

Getting the Jump on Tech With FBI, AIMS

A second group of students received certification in AIMS’ software programs from the Fashion Business Inc. as part of a free training program for apparel industry workers....

Peace of Us: It's All in the Details

To the founders of Peace of Us, Arie Soloman and Tanya Ghantous, a well-crafted design is only as good as its production quality. On the inside and out of Peace of Us’ garments are ha...

California Brands Look for a Route to China

Victor Cortese has never exported his clothing line overseas, but he is taking a good hard look at the wide-open consumer frontier offered by China....

B.Son: Rebecca Beeson Dresses the Fellas

San Francisco womenswear designer Rebecca Beeson is taking her casual-chic aesthetic to the menswear market with a new collection called B.Son....

Ferragamo Hits the Walk of Style

Salvatore Ferragamo was honored with a plaque on Rodeo Drive’s Walk of Style on Oct. 8. Celebrities and Ferragamo family members were among the guests the gala celebration in Beverly Hills. ...

Ashley Paige and Coco Kliks Team Up for New Dress Line

A week before Los Angeles Fashion Week, bikini designer Ashley Paige is busy readying her Spring 2007 offerings for the runway, and her Hollywood-based studio/retail boutique is buzzing with activity. Skimpy...

Lectra to Boost Staff

Lectra is hiring. After a period of downsizing, the French technology company said it plans to hire about 100 workers worldwide in various aspects of business to support the developm...

Idylle: Like Funny, Like Artsy

The world of T-shirt graphics might be divided into several camps. One is cheeky humor, which inspired hundreds of T-shirt designers from Paul Frank to Tokidoki. Then there’s...

Trina Turk Leads All-Star Award Winners

Los Angeles designer Trina Turk will be among 10 winners receiving an All-Star Award during Apparel Magazine’s Tech Conference, set for Nov. 8–9 at the Fashion Institute of Te...

Casual Male Wins Tech Award

The Canton, Mass.–based Casual Male Retail Group received the 2006 Fusion Award from RIS News, which recognized the retailer for its lean supply-chain management....

Centric Releases Tech Packs

San Jose, Calif.–based Centric Software Inc. has rolled out Tech Packs, a new PDM (product data management) product for the apparel industry....

Hurley Debuts New Performance Fabric

Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Hurley International called in the big guns when developing Phantom, its new high-performance boardshort fabric. The lightweight, super durable, quick-drying fabric ...

Technology U: More Companies Are Employing Users Groups to Help Their Clients

About 125 customers of Computer Generated Solution’s Blue Cherry software are heading to Las Vegas later this month to meet with company executives to give them a piece of their minds. Of course, tha...

EDI Part of Seminar Topics at L.A. Textile Show

Electronic data interchange (EDI), style catalogs and order-entry systems will be among the topics of discussion at a seminar series hosted by Fashion Business Inc. during the Los A...

SPESA Returns to Miami With a New Look

The SPESA Expo—the United State’s largest trade show featuring equipment, fabrics and technology under one roof—will return for its sophomore run May 8–10 at the Miami Beach Convention C...

Hong Joins 7thOnline

Dr. Saman Hong has been named vice president of analytics and optimization solutions for 7thOnline, a New York–based provider of analytics software for the retail industry....

Directives Covers the Market

Los Angeles-based buying office and retail consultancy Directives West hosted five trend presentations on the opening day of the Los Angeles Major’s Market at the California Market Center. T...

Friday, October 6

Windsor and Project Runway's Verreos Head to the Prom

Los Angeles–based young contemporary retailer Windsor will unveil a collection of dresses in January under the Nick Verreos for Windsor label....

Celebs On Board

Los Angeles–based Sub-Urban Brands Inc., makers of the White Boy, Mash Culture Lab, Black Jesus and PYT brands, is forming a celebrity advisory board of musicians, artists and other pop culture figures...

PacSun Chief Resigns, Stock Jumps

On Sept. 29, Pacific Sunwear of California chief Seth Johnson resigned from his posts as chief executive and director of the company. Johnson, who joined the mall-based specialty surf retailer in 200...

Rethinking Von Dutch's Brand Image

Since its trademark trucker hat sparked a fashion firestorm a few years ago, Los Angeles–based apparel maker Von Dutch has lost some of its hipster clout. Now, the brand is looking to...

Turk+Taylor: T-Shirt Color Chameleons Dip Into Sportswear

The founders of Turk+Taylor, Mark Lee Morris and Andrew Soernsen, perfected their clothing line’s punchy color palette the old-fashioned way. The two brewed and hand-dyed each piece in Soernsen...

Inviting Competition

The struggle is worth it on hot retail streets, L.A. boutique owners say ...

Importers Worried about Vietnam Trade Bill

A group of heavy hitters in the retail and apparel industry is mounting a major campaign to protest antidumping measures, which are part of a bill to grant Vietnam permanent normal trade relations, a ...

Swimwear Company Settles Legal Battle

After two years of legal tussling and five volumes of court documents, Maxine Swim Group Inc., now operating as Manhattan Beachwear, has settled its case against pr...

Juniors Denim Labels Scout the Next Frontier: $100 Denim

After a couple of years of playing “how high can we go?” with premium-denim prices, denim makers are turning their attention to a new niche: girls who love the premium look but lack premium cash. Sudden...

Washington Joins Delia's

New York–based e-tail and bricks-and-mortar retailer Delia’s Inc. has named former sportscaster Gene Washington to its board of directors. Washington is the director of football operations for the National Foot...

LV Museum Planned

French luxury goods maker Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton is planning to open a 100 million euro Louis Vuitton museum in Paris to showcase the work of its designers, including Christian Dior and Marc Jaco...

Chip & Pepper Apparel Revamps, Refreshes and Expands

Chip and Pepper Foster describe their Chip & Pepper line as “California fresh.” But after more than three years in the upper echelon of premium denim, how do they retain tha...

ProportionofBlu: Focus on Fit

The designers behind the new premium-denim brand ProportionofBlu aren’t employing the Golden Rule in their designs, but they are applying something known as the Golden Ratio....

Promoting Business in the Middle East

A group of U.S. ambassadors and commercial attacheacute;s assigned to the Middle East will be in downtown Los Angeles on Oct. 10 to discuss business opportunities in that region....

The Kingpins Denim Show Comes to L.A.

Specialty denim trade show The Kingpins holds its first Los Angeles edition Oct. 11–12 in downtown Los Angeles....

Speed-to-Market the Theme at Material World N.Y.

NEW YORK—As fast-fashion retailers such as H&M, Mango and Zara hit U.S. shores, the speed-to-market maxim is taking on new meaning, encouraging manufacturers, r...

Gap Abroad

San Francisco–based retail giant Gap Inc. has expanded an existing distribution agreement for Gap and Banana Republic clothing and accessories in Southeast Asia. The deal is with Indonesian company FJ ...

Gen Art's Newest Fresh Faces

Gen Art, the fashion, art and music nonprofit, has named its latest Fresh Faces in Fashion, who will be featured in a runway event and party on Oct. 13 at Barker Hangar in S...

Ourtranslation: Jewelry With a Sense of History

Designers Annie Goodwin and Heather Allman are putting history into their line of reconstructed vintage jewelry, Ourtranslation, based in Manhattan Beach, Calif....

September '06 Switch: Temperatures Down, Sales Up

Cold weather and steady growth made for a surprising September....

AK Taps Toledo

New York–based Anne Klein, the division of Jones Apparel Group, has named designer Isabel Toledo as its creative director. The first collection under her guidance will bow for Fall 2007. Barneys New York, also...

Fashion, Designers Take Lead at Nordstrom's 'Best' Store

The Nordstrom store that debuted on Oct. 6 at Westfield Topanga shopping center in Canoga Park, Calif., will offer the most designer fashions of all the Seattle-based department store...

Eva Franco: Elegant Alternative on Top

Eva Franco once listed daredevil activities such as skydiving and bungee jumping as her favorite hobbies. The Los Angeles–based dressmaker’s latest risk is more entrepreneurial....