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Friday, September 29

Out With the Gothic, Says Brentwood Retailer

New times require a new look.Just ask Emma Murmuridis. When she opened her designer boutique Gaia in 2003 at the Brentwood Gardens shopping center in Los Angeles, the store ...

P. Ka Bu Postponed

Los Angeles independent runway event P. Ka Bu has been postponed until next season, according to show organizer Jose Angel....

Shapely Shadow Releases SizeUSA Forms

Shapely Shadow Inc. of Malibu, Calif., has debuted a new line of dress forms that incorporate 3-D sizing data from TC2’s national sizing survey. It will be sold under the Fit...

New York Fashion Week: Max Azria

Launched last season at New York Fashion Week, BCBG Max Azria’s designer line Max Azria showed its Spring ’07 collection Sept. 11 at Olympus Fashion Week. R...

Honeydew Intimates Does the Rumba for Breast Cancer Awareness

In commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Los Angeles–based Honeydew Intimates is launching a limited edition style of their signature...

Kellwood Co. Acquires Contemporary Brand Vince

Vince, the Los Angeles contemporary sportswear brand, has been bought by Kellwood Co., a $2 billion manufacturer of branded and private-label apparel based in Chesterfield, Mo....

Bebe Bows New Footwear Concept Store

For Bebe, the next chapter in its retail growth may be walking on shoes....

New Manager at Palm Springs Mall

Karen A. Wagner has been named manager of the Palm Springs Mall in Palm Springs, Calif. The mall was acquired in June by Irvine, Calif.–based Hopkins Real Estate Group, which is set t...

Etnies' Undies

SKATER GIRL: At skate brand Etnies, team riders come first. The Lake Forest, Calif.–based company launched a petite offering of girls’ underwear for Holiday 2005 and Spring 2006, including a bra and panty set inspir...

New York Fashion Week: BCBG Max Azria

Los Angeles–based BCBG Max Azria went with the flow at its Sept. 8 show during Olympus Fashion Week. The contemporary brand showed flowy frock after flowy frock in a variety ...

C&B Goes for Fashionable Golfers

Seattle-based upscale sportswear company Cutter & Buck has launched a contemporary menswear line under the CBUK label. The new line, pronounced “see buck,” is for men “who enjoy golf ...

Fashion Week Design Suites to Take a Break

After five seasons accompanying the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios, the Design Suites will be taking a break during the Spring 2007 shows set for Oct. 15–19....

Calif. Container-Fee Bill Vetoed

Apparel importers were relieved that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a containerfee bill that would have charged $60 for every 40-foot container going through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach...

California Designers to Reach Out to Teens

Some of the most recognizable names and brands in fashion will convene Oct. 27–29 in New York City for Teen Vogue Fashion U, a three-day seminar...

Coterie, D&A and The Train: New Shows, New Venues, New Fashion

New York was hopping as retailers, editors and manufacturers traversed the city for the latest Spring offerings at Fashion Coterie, Designers & Agents, The Trai...

New York Fashion Week: Michon Schur

Los Angeles–based young designer Stephanie Schur sent a bevy of party-perfect cocktail dresses down the runway at her Sept. 13 fashion show during Olympus Fashion Week in New York. H...

Lavande SWK

Stacey Walker King had been inside many a closet as a personal shopper for private clients such as high-net-worth executive women. But under her clients’ chic designer clothing exterior were less-than-...

World Denim Bar Set to Open in L.A.

For those who think the denim bubble has burst, think again. American Rag Compagnie’s founder and chief executive officer, Mark Werts, is planning to open a 5,500-square-foo...

Guess Who's Going to Mexico?

Los Angeles–based denim maker Guess? Inc. has struck a joint venture agreement with Mexican firm Grupo Axo. Guess will retain a majority share of the joint venture, which will produce and distribute Gu...

Retail Overdue: Westfield S.F. Centre Debuts

San Francisco is not a mall city, according to its residents and real estate executives. But California’s legendary European-style city may have to change its ways....

Filipino Imports Stopped at Port

Thousands of boxes of apparel and textiles imported from the Philippines are being detained at the airports and seaports around Southern California in a crackdown on transshipping goods from China....

2(x)ist Soy Collection

Benefits of soy can now be enjoyed inside and outside the body with the arrival of fabrics made from the soybean plant. For Fall 2006, the New York–based men’s underwear company 2(x)ist, a divi...

Vanessa Williams at Dallas Fashion Awards

Singer and actress Vanessa Williams will be among the celebrities paying tribute to designer Carmen Marc Valvo at the 31st annual Dallas Fashion Awards on Oct. 28 at the Dallas Marke...

CK in India

New York–based Calvin Klein Inc., a division of Phillips-Van Heusen Corp., has inked an exclusive distribution deal and retail store agreement for India with Murjani India Ltd., the 76-year-old company that launched Gloria Va...

Fashionable Fakes

Italian police seized more than 650,000 counterfeit handbags bearing the labels Gucci and Louis Vuitton in a raid on a Prato, Italy, factory allegedly owned by Chinese businessmen, according to a Reut...

Samantha Chang Finds Perfect Intimate Space With Boutique Lingerie Show

Samantha Chang started the Boutique Lingerie trade show for the same reason that many designers start their own clothing lines—to fill a personal need for something in the market. As a lingeri...

New York Fashion Week: Monique Lhuillier

Known for her beautiful gowns and pretty dresses, Los Angeles designer Monique Lhuillier did not disappoint with her Spring ’07 fashion show Sept. 12 at Olympus Fashion Week....

Friday, September 22

Who Will Be the 'Project Runway' Winner?

NEW YORK—“Project Runway,” the cable television show that has taken the fashion world by storm, hit the runway again for the filming of the Season 3 finale....

Business Groups Take Aim at Proposed Container Fee at L.A. Ports

If you want to see people get really angry, talk about charging a fee for anything they do....

Fred Segal to Host Cancer Research Fund-raiser

Fred Segal Fun Santa Monica and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are joining forces for Design A Cure, an Oct. 5 celebrity fund-raising event aimed at raising awareness for breas...

Petro Zillia Opens House on Retail Division

Whimsy and hard-nosed business are but two reasons designer Nony Tochterman opened her first House of Petro Zillia boutique in Los Angeles on Sept. 20....

L.A. Fashion Awards Closes N.Y. Fashion Week

NEW YORK—The L.A. Fashion Awards lit up Times Square during the Nasdaq stock market closing bell ceremony on the final day of New York Fashion Week....

New York Fashion Week: Rock & Republic

Rock & Republic took its tale of reinvention east to New York for Olympus Fashion Week. On Sept. 9, the Culver City, Calif.–based clothing label produced a 56-look show where it e...

New York Fashion Week: Jeremy Scott

Leave it to designer Jeremy Scott to find shock value in teddy bears. The Los Angeles–based designer showed his latest collection of men’s and women’s apparel on Sept. 15 at the Altman...

DMC Hires Contemporary Merchandising Executive

The Dallas Market Center is adding a streetwear section to its wholesale venue, and has hired an executive to manage its growing contemporary resources....

Bebe's COO

Bebe Stores Inc. has promoted CFO Walter Parks to chief operating officer. He will retain his financial duties and will be additionally responsible for investor relations, planning and allocations, di...

Dream Weavers

The world’s top fiber and fabric trade shows expand their offerings From seminars on color trends to the future of performance fabrics and “smart” clothing, the world’s top textile trade shows offer every...

Third Season of Milano Unica Brings European Crowd, Some U.S. Cos.

MILAN—The third season of Milano Unica, the large European textile trade show, drew a crowd of European attendees, as well as a smattering of American buyers....

Mauritius Trade Pact

The United States and Mauritius signed a trade agreement on Sept. 18 to expand business between the two countries. Mauritius, located in the Indian Ocean off Madagascar in Africa, exports textiles and...

New York Fashion Week: Chaiken

San Francisco designer Julie Chaiken hit the Olympus Fashion Week runway on Sept. 12 with her Spring 2007 collection, which incorporated her penchant for clean, sophisticated looks that are e...

Subdued Holidays

The National Retail Federation is predicting that retail sales during the holidays will increase only 5 percent over last year. Spending should total $457.4 billion this season. In 2005, Holiday spend...

New York Fashion Week: Grey Ant

Los Angeles designer Grant Krajecki brought his Grey Ant collection to the New York Fashion Week runways with a Sept. 14 show at the Altman Building as part of a weeklong e...

Juicy Asia

Los Angeles–based Juicy Couture, which is owned by Liz Claiborne Inc. in New York, is going to be distributed in China exclusively by the Lane Crawford Joyce Group, known for its upscale Lane Crawford ...

Levi's European Woes

Levi Strauss & Co. officials said they planned to stop selling Levi’s discount Signature clothing brand in Europe next year. Signature will continue to be sold in Asia and North America, where it was introduced in 2003 to...

L.A. Patternmakers Form Alliance

A Plus Patterns Inc. and MKP Development, two Los Angeles–based production companies that specialize in computerized pattern-making, sample-making and other pre-production services, h...

Haute on the Heels of H&M

Other cheap-chic stores scout U.S. as fast-fashion retailer bows in Pasadena ...

Surf Expo: Fashion Focused

ORLANDO, Fla.—Buyers attending Surf Expo homed in on a mix of fashion-forward styles to lure more style-conscious consumers into core shops....

High-tech and recycled fabrics are beginning to take fashion forward

High-tech and recycled fabrics are beginning to take fashion forward....

Friday, September 15

New at Liz

Michele Parsons is Liz Claiborne Inc.’s new president and chief merchandising officer for its apparel division. She will assume her post on Sept. 25. Parsons will oversee all design and merchandising a...

Sue Wong Plans to Hit 'Big Apple'

Los Angeles–based eveningwear designer Sue Wong has announced the opening of her first New York showroom and the addition of two new sales executives to her team....

Americana Stores

Los Angeles real estate developer Rick Caruso unveiled the first phase of stores for his Glendale shopping center, The Americana at Brand, a $320 million mixed-use project now under development. Stores will i...

H&M in the Mideast

The Swedish retailer H&M is quickly building up a presence in the Middle East. The fast-fashion chain opened two stores this week in malls in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The company is scheduled ...

Surfwear Turning Green

In 1996, Patagonia Inc. began using organic cotton to produce its entire sportswear line. At the time, the move seemed risky, but 10 years later, it is clear that the Ventura, Calif.–based com...

New York Fashion Week: Scanty

Mickey Sills’ star is rising. The founder of Los Angeles–based Scanty loungewear recently won the Elle magazine–sponsored Mercury Milan Style A...

New York Fashion Week: Jenni Kayne

Jenni Kayne’s Spring/Summer 2007 collection was meant to evoke summer, but it’s a summer look colored by the dream-like qualities of the Italian movies of the 1960s and ’70s, according to the 24-year-old Los Ang...

Minimum Wage

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sept. 12 signed into law legislation that eventually will raise the minimum wage from $6.75 to $8 an hour. More than 1.4 million workers will see a 75 cents an hour increase in J...

Reiss, True Religion to Put Down Stakes on Robertson

Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles will welcome another British designer....

New Trade Bill

Rep. Robin Hayes (R-N.C.) has introduced a bill that would restore ambassador rank to the U.S. Trade Representative’s special textile negotiator. Lobbying from the National Council of Textile Organizat...

New York Fashion Week: Daniel Franco

Designer Daniel Franco of Los Angeles was the first to get “auf’d” from Season 1 of “Project Runway,” but he was the only one to make a comeback on Season 2. And you can ...

Pluto Controversy Sparks Online T-Shirt Fad

Now that the prestigious academic International Astronomical Union has demoted poor little Pluto to less-than-planet status, you might find it interesting to know what that’s been doi...

Apparel and Textile Imports Grew Slightly in July

Apparel and textile imports grew by 4.8 percent in July—or by 207.5 million square meters equivalent (SME)—compared with July 2005, according to the Commerce Department’s Office of Textiles and Apparel....

Cruisin' for Couture: Los Angeles' Beverly Boulevard Is Taking On a Designer Look

Any move is tough. But when Diane Merrick moved her established fashion boutique to Beverly Boulevard in May, one of her concerns was whether a new location would be like starting a business from scra...

Life and Death Joins Blue Holdings

When Philippe Naouri and Alexandre Caugant, designers of Antik Denim (a division of Blue Holdings), launched a line of knits earlier this year, they said the venture would be complet...

Couture Designer to Debut L.A. Headquarters

In a sign that Los Angeles’ Beverly Boulevard should remain safe for couture, renowned French designer Lloyd Klein will be opening his headquarters in a few months on the venerable street....

'Big-Box' Bills Head to Governor

The California Legislature sent two bills concerning “big-box” retailers to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has until Sept. 30 to veto or sign the measures....

Crossover Brands Create Energy at ASR

SAN DIEGO—Exhibitors and retailers reported high energy and plenty of newness at the Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo held Sept. 8–10 at the San Diego Conve...

The Future in Denim Is Far From Blue

Cone Denim is the world’s largest denim producer, supplying scores of blue jeans manufacturers internationally, from Levi Strauss & Co. to Gap Inc. In recent years, the d...

Yunique Solutions Relocates Headquarters

New York–based software firm Yunique Solutions Inc. has relocated its headquarters to 552 Seventh Ave. in New York. The company had been operating at another New York address....

International Textile Merges With Auto Unit

Wilbur Ross’ textile empire continues to grow....

International Firms Flock to Show

Visitors to the second edition of Material World New York, which runs Sept. 26–28 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, will be greeted with a more diversified exhibition...

Perry Ellis Gets Nano-Tex

Fabric treatments continue to gain favor with menswear brands for their stain- and water-resistant qualities....

A New Solution for Local Manufacturing

Full-package production is a concept more prominent in Asia and Latin America, but a new company, La Fondamenta, is now offering it in downtown Los Angeles....

Unifi Debuts Eco-Friendly Yarns

Unifi Inc. of Greensboro, N.C., and Canadian mill Consoltex Inc. have teamed to launch a line of earth-friendly performance fabrics. Featuring four styles, the new line will be sold...

Personal Shopper Site MyShape.com to Debut

MyShape.com, a new shopping Web site aimed at helping women find proper-fitting garments, will debut Sept. 30 with its first stock of apparel, mainly from...

Friday, September 8

MAGIC Marketplace's 'Vision' for Spring 2007

The MAGIC Marketplace presented a glimpse of the newest trends in its runway show “Vision: Men’s and Women’s Contemporary Collections Spring 2007” during the Aug. 28...

Container Fees Suggested for Local Ports to Combat Pollution

A bill that would charge a $30 fee per 20- foot container entering the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is awaiting Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s signature....

FIG Dallas Names New Director

The Fashion Industry Gallery (FIG) showroom building in Dallas has named veteran Nordstrom executive Shelli Mers as its new director, replacing Gavin Smith, who was promoted to creat...

Leonard Leaving CITA

Jim Leonard, chairman of the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, an interagency group chaired by the U.S. Department of Commerce, is leaving the department. Leonard, who had been w...

Surfing a Crowded Paradise

The sandy shore around Hermosa Beach, Calif., should be something of a surfer’s paradise. It offers five miles of beach—more than enough room for everyone to catch a wave, according to Richard O...

Op to Launch New Direction for Juniors

In recent years, the focus of juniors lines in the action sports market has skewed increasingly toward fashion-forward styles. Surf and skate companies have trotted out tweed trousers, faux-fur jacket...

Fashion District Building Owners on Expansion Track

Two owners of major wholesale complexes in the Los Angeles Fashion District are expanding their real estate holdings elsewhere in the state....

Retail, Industrial Real Estate Buck Trends

Despite abnormally high fuel prices, a falling housing market and high levels of debt, commercial real estate held its own through the first half of the year. According to real estat...

S.F. Designers Struggle to Find Good Resources

SAN FRANCISCO—When it comes to discovering good patternmakers, sample makers and sewing contractors, up-and-coming fashion designers in San Francisco go to extreme measures to root them out....

Apparel Seized

U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized $14 million in textiles at the Savannah (Ga.) Port of Entry because the goods had false country-of-origin documentation. According to Customs, the seized goods—nearly ...

SuperTarget Comes to Calif.

Stoneridge Towne Centre in Moreno Valley, Calif.—a new “power center” under development in the Inland Empire—will be the home of California...

Retail Sales Dip in August '06, But Rebound on Horizon

Retail sales for chain stores slipped in August, according to the New York–based International Council of Shopping Centers, but the organization’s economic researchers argued that the ...

MAGIC Leads the Pack in Crowded Vegas Show Scene

LAS VEGAS—When the MAGIC Marketplace opens, the satellites feel it. That was the scenario once again in Las Vegas during the Aug. 28–31 run of MAGIC and the concurrent trade shows....

Levi's Open Call

San Francisco–based jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co. is on the hunt for college students to appear in an upcoming ad campaign. The “Levi’s Style Search” will kick off with a tour of several co...

VF Goes to India

Greensboro, N.C.–based manufacturing powerhouse VF Corp. is going to India. The company, which produces apparel under several labels including Lee and Wrangler, has struck a joint venture deal with Arv...

Fire Destroys Fashion District Stores

Two Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters are recovering from injuries sustained in a Sept. 1 fire that destroyed four wholesale/retail apparel stores in the Los Angeles Fashion D...

Stylefile: Falling Forward

With a scorching summer sun bearing down on Las Vegas, buyers gathered inside the Las Vegas Convention Center during the Aug. 28–31 run of the MAGIC Marketplace to view a sampling of exhibito...

Heat (Presented by WWDMAGIC and ISAM)

The latest looks to be shown off by the pool and on the beach were on the runway at “Heat (Pre...

Friday, September 1

Disappearing Ghost

The new owners of London-based Ghost, the contemporary label founded in 1984 by British designer Tanya Sarne, are planning to close its Los Angeles store on Robertson Boulevard, as well as its New York store,...

BCBG Maxes Out

Los Angeles apparel manufacturer BCBG Max Azria Group Inc., which owned 30 percent of New York–based retailer Max Rave LLC, has acquired the other 70 percent. Max Rave, which operates 488 stores under ...

True Designer

True Religion Apparel Inc. in Los Angeles continues its executive hiring spree. Its latest hire is Zihaad Wells, who has been named to the newly created position of design director. He reports directly to Jeff Lubell, the co...

Expansion at Doneger's L.A. Office

The Doneger Group, the New York–based retail buying office and trend forecasting service, has added two new market analysts to its West Coast office in Los Angeles, which opened last year....

Denim Lady

The Warnaco Group Inc., the New York–based company that makes sportswear, bras and swimsuits, has hired Patricia Royak as president of its Calvin Klein Jeans division. The veteran apparel executive will be ove...

Textile Copyright Case Has Document Problem

L.A. Printex Industries Inc., a fabric design house and printer that has filed at least 29 court cases in nearly three years accusing fabric printers, clothing manufacturers and retailers of ...

Brand Power

The Iconix Brand Group in New York has inked a deal to license lingerie under the Badgley Mischka label, which the company owns. The licensing deal was sealed with Ariela-Alpha International Inc. in N...

Hartmarx Buys Los Angeles Company

Hartmarx Corp., the Chicago firm known for its men’s suits and tailored clothing, has acquired Los Angeles–based

San Francisco Fashion Week '06: Donna Lou

Before creating her own line, designer Amanda Lefebre was designing clothes for the Los Angeles label Bat’s Daughter for a little more than two years. Living in Santa Cruz, C...

San Francisco Fashion Week 2006: Erin Mahoney

Silk was the fabric of choice for Erin Mahoney, showing her Holiday 2006 and Spring 2007 collections, which were reminiscent of a lavish costume party. Her designs centered on cocktail and garden dres...

San Francisco Fashion Week '06: Gypsy and Loc

Husband and wife team Gypsy Rader and Loiuml;c Massias started their career designing womenswear, but when they evolved into men’s casual wear, they knew they had a winner and dropped women’s fashions...

San Francisco Fashion Week '06: Besnik

Drama and skimpy looks are what Albania-born Besnik is all about. The 30-year-old designer, who has lived in this country for 19 years, formed metallic fabrics into baby-doll dresses tied up with a big bow, w...

San Francisco Fashion Week 2006: Cari Borja

Opulent is the only word to describe the fashion presented by Cari Borja in her 2007 collection, which had 44 looks. TheOakland, Calif., designer has a soft touch for anything with ruffles, as seen by her fan...

San Francisco Fashion Week 2006: Lily Samii

Designer Lily Samii’s background is in French dressmaking, but her skills were enhanced even more by apprenticing with fabled Hollywood designer Edith Head and noted couturier James Galanos. The result is a so...

San Francisco Fashion Week 2006: Colleen Quen

Elegance was in the air as veteran San Francisco designer Colleen Quen showed an array of evening gowns, evening suits and cocktail dresses that had Asian touches with bright-red silks and black moire...

San Francisco Fashion Week '06: Kelly B.

Designer Kelly Barry has hopped on the natural-fabric bandwagon to clothe the contemporary woman in soft bamboo and organic cotton jerseys shaped into dresses, hooded tunics and kimo...

San Francisco Fashion Week '06: Katherine Noyes

Old-fashioned glamour is one of the key themes to the line that designer Katherine Noyes launched last year. “I think of the starlets in Hollywood and what they are wearing and put new twists to it. I...

San Francisco Fashion Week Spotlights Couture Creations and New Designers

A new location marked the third season for San Francisco Fashion Week, organized to bring more awareness to Bay Area designers....

San Francisco Fashion Week 2006: Emerging Stars

Fifteen fashion students from The Art Institute of California–San Francisco, the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in San Francisco, ...

San Francisco Fashion Week 2006: Wee Scotty

Childrenswear designer Lynne Gallagher, who has a shop on San Francisco’s Union Street, went all out in her Spring 2007 collection, which embraced fashions from almost every era from the 1900s and into...

Brisk Business at MAGIC, Project and Satellites

Pool prepares to move to LVCC lot ...

San Francisco Fashion Week '06: Dichotomy

This was the debut collection of designer Teresa Romero, an Oakland resident who based her line on a contradiction of elements within a single piece. The line started out with a dark color palette of mostly b...

San Francisco Fashion Week '06: Tamiece

Sheena Borja and her sister Pam are young designers who started their line Tamiece last year to create clothing for what they feel is the forgotten woman, those under 5-foot-4....

San Francisco Fashion Week '06: Richard Hallmarq

It was three years ago that Sacramento-based designer Richard Hallmarq launched his first men’s and womenswear collection, which has become known for its cutting edge when it comes to style and fabric. In his Spring/...

San Francisco Fashion Week '06: HisByHer

Clean, simple lines with a 1930s flair was the idea behind the HisByHer’s Spring 2007 collection, which had unique accents to spice it up....

San Francisco Fashion Week '06: Pink Elf

Designer Kaushie Adiseshan had style and subtle elegance in mind when she developed her Spring 2007 collection, but she didn’t skimp on color and glamour. Adiseshan, whose roots are in Bombay, India, t...

San Francisco Fashion Week '06: Oda

Three Dartmouth alumnae—twin sisters Angie and Maggie Kim and long-time friend Mandalyn Begay—used their ethnic roots to create a line steeped in Korean and Native American details....

San Francisco Fashion Week '06: Genevieve Primavera

Fairies and couture were the inspiration for designer Mary- Elizabeth Primavera’s Spring 2007 creations, which had a certain pixie feel to them. For 10 years, Primavera worked as a graphic designer, but fashion was al...

San Francisco Fashion Week '06: Anazara

Croatia-born Ana Paunovic launched her swimwear line in her homeland in 2003 and has finally brought it to the United States. Her mostly two-piece creations, made out of Lycra and nylon, come in brigh...

Lanz Sleepwear Founder Dies at 90

Werner G. Scharff, one of the founders of Lanz, a women’s dress and sleepwear line, died Aug. 17 at his home in Santa Monica, Calif., after suffering from Parkinson’s disease. He was 90....

L.A. Designer Seeks Award Recognition

For designers, placing their fashions in front of the right audience can be crucial. It’s important enough that Mickey Sills, founder of Los Angeles–based sleepwear label Scanty, signed up to g...

P. Ka Bu Returns to the Runway

Independent runway show series P. Ka Bu will have a new Fashion District location for its next run at Los Angeles Fashion Week in October....