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Friday, April 27

Eleksen Opens Bay Area Office

United Kingdom–based Eleksen Group Plc., which markets “smart fabrics” that integrate iPods and other electronic devices into clothing, has opened new offices in San Fra...

Milo: Contemporary Classics

Los Angeles–based Milo handbags is making its debut with a collection of chic, functional styles. Business partners Sarah Tyerman and Lu Lopez hope their bags will be conside...

Tracy McWilliams: Express Yourself

Happy prints and playful colors are signatures of Tracy McWilliams’ self-named clothing line. McWilliams’ floodgate of pattern and hue makes up for the 12 years she spent wearing a uniform of black or g...

Blackhart Brotherhood: Core for Hire

With an in-your-face aesthetic and an outsider’s mentality, boutique design and marketing firm Blackhart Brotherhood is hellbent on staying core and bringing a sense of irreverence ba...

New CFO at Charlotte Russe

Charlotte Russe Holding Inc. announced on April 24 that Patti Johnson, the former chief financial officer of Gap division Old Navy, will join the San Diego–based Charlotte Ru...

Good Jeans

Los Angeles–based denim maker YMI International hosted a runway show on April 10 at trendy Hollywood club Boulevard 3 to showcase its Fall 2007 offerings. Rachel Smith, Mis...

Great China Wall Launches Bridge Line

Alfredo Settimio carries the highly focused air of a perfectionist craftsman. Every detail on his Great China Wall vintage-inspired fashion label, from Swarovski crystals to Chinese ...

Malawi Calling

The drum rhythms coming from the Max Azria store had their roots in West Africa, but the focus of an April 19 fundraiser at the Los Angeles Max Azria boutique was the nation of Malawi in sout...

Free-Trade Agreement Brings Hope to Central America

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala—Inside a cinderblock-walled factory filled with hundreds of sewing machines, nimble- fingered workers are putting the final touches on a batch of lingerie headed for Los Angel...

Back in the Gap

San Francisco–based retail giant Gap Inc. announced that Gary Muto, a 19-year veteran of the company, has been named president of Gap Adult and Gapbody. Previously, Muto headed up Gap’s Forth & Town...

Zara Goes to Hollywood. Will More Shoppers Follow?

Fast-fashion chains have helped change the face of retail for many U.S. companies. Now, fastfashion stalwarts Zara and H&M Hennes & Mauritz have set their sights on Hollywood...

Fashion Meets the Water

The Port of Los Angeles is 100 years old this year. And to celebrate the event, the port is partnering with the California Fashion Association to hold a fashion show and reception on July 12...

MJW Opens Sales for Fashion District Lofts

Santa Monica, Calif.–based MJW Investments has released the last phase of lofts at Santee Village, located in the Los Angeles Fashion District....

Jam Warehouse's Jack Malkin, 77

Finishing-company owner Jack Malkin died on April 22. He was 77 years old....

Tukatech Enters The Cool Zone at SPESA

Los Angeles–based technology developer Tukatech Inc. will conduct demonstrations of its 3-D visualization application e-fit simulator at a special section called The Cool Zo...

New to Ashworth Board

Carlsbad, Calif.–based golf lifestyle manufacturer Ashworth Inc. has named Eric S. Salus to its board of directors, bringing the total number of directors to nine. Ashworth recently adopted a resolution to increase the number of directors from eight to nine...

Filly Hosts Quail Trunk Show

It was an inadvertent woodland creature–themed party on April 19 at Filly on West Third Street in Los Angeles. The specialty boutique Filly hosted a trunk show for Long Beach, Calif...

Mitzi Gaynor Auctions Bob Mackie Costumes

A selection of Bob Mackie’s over-the-top costumes and sketches for the triple-threat singer, dancer and actress Mitzi Gaynor is being auctioned at Julien...

Vietnam Views

The United States Department of Commerce recently began to monitor goods imported to the U.S. from Vietnam to watch for anti-dumping activities, and two major trade associations are not happy about it...

Moving Day at Reef

After almost 10 years in San Diego, Reef, a division of the VF Corp., based in Greensboro, N.C., is moving to bigger digs in Carlsbad, Calif., next month....

May 1 Protest Planned for Downtown Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles and building owners and businesses in the Los Angeles Fashion District are preparing for large crowds of protesters to turn out for the “Boycott March,...

Everlast in China

New York–based athletic apparel and footwear maker and lifestyle company Everlast Worldwide Inc. signed a master license agreement with Hong Kong–based Brand Management Holdings PTY Ltd. to distribute Everlast goods in mainland China....

Alandale Rolls Out Knitting Technology

Troy, N.C.–based Alandale Knitting will introduce a new knitted fabrics range based on a new patented knitting technique....

Matrushka Moves to the Sunset Junction

Matrushka Construction has upgraded its digs from its previous location off the beaten path to the Sunset Junction shopping block in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles. This is the secon...

Jantex Launches Color Matching for Printers

Pico Rivera, Calif.–based Jantex Inks has launched a new water-based color-matching service for textile printers....

7thOnline Expands Sales Staff

New York–based 7thOnline, which supplies planning and optimization software to the apparel industry, has named three new sales executives to its national staff....

PacSun Gets Space-Age Sales Analyzer

Anaheim, Calif.–based retailer Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. continues to enhance its back-office technology initiatives. Its latest venture has the retailer using business-intel...

FTC Clears Avery, Paxar Merger

The Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice have cleared the path for Pasadena, Calif.–based tags and labels suppliers Avery Dennison Corp. and White Plains,...

Digital Textile Printing Continues Upswing

Digital technology is the fastest-growing method of printing textiles, according to a report from United Kingdom–based researcher Textile Outlook International....

Gerber Names PLM Manager

Technology veteran Richard Farb has been named strategic PLM/PDM account manager for Tolland, Conn.–based Gerber Technology....

CenterStone Signs Under Armour

Denver-based CenterStone Technologies Inc., which develops sales software for the apparel industry, has signed on two new users for iVendix, its order-management system....

Nano Horizons Rolls Out Anti-Odor Wool

State College, Penn.–based Nano Horizons Inc. and Philadelphia-based G.J. Littlewood and Son Inc. have rolled out a line of high-performance wool staple fiber enhanced with ...

Tarrant Breaks Off Deal With Canadian Retailer

The deal is off between Tarrant Apparel Group—the decades-old Los Angeles apparel company known for its private-label blue jeans and its American Rag label sold at Federated...

Talking PLM With NGC's Fred Isenberg

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) continues to be a hot topic among apparel-industry executives as they look for ways to cut costs and improve productivity. Using electronic task managers and extensi...

Corel in Joint Venture for Design Pack

The Ottawa, Canada–based Corel Corp. and CDESIGN have teamed for a new CAD product, which uses Corel’s popular CorelDRAW graphics engine and a database of about 18,000 existin...

Buyers Face New Challenges at Material World/SPESA Expo

The apparel industry is facing a new dynamic as buyers head to Miami Beach for the Material World, SPESA Expo & Technology Solutions May 8–10....

Assyst to Debut 3-D Product at SPESA

Morrisville, N.C.–based CAD specialist Assyst/Bullmer will unveil its 3-D modeling solution, Vidya, at the Material World, SPESA Expo & Technology Solutions May 8...

TradeCard: Putting an End to the Paper Trail

Technology companies have conquered just about every element of the supply chain with IT (information technology). One area that has been somewhat overlooked is the more intangible financial supply c...

Laquette: Charlotte Tarantola's New Luxury Tee Division

Novelty print knit cardigans, cute pointelle knit tops and faceted Swarovski crystal buttons are the cornerstone of Charlotte Tarantola’s definitively girly 10-year-old clothing line,...

BB Dakota: Brand-New Bag

Young contemporary brand BB Dakota has launched its first line of handbags for Fall 2007. Inspired by runway “It” bags, BB’s new bags in 14 styles “complement the line and can pu...

PAD System Acquired by Distributor

Montreal-based CAD/CAM company PAD System Technologies has been acquired by its main distributor in Asia for an undisclosed sum....

Quiksilver Lands New CFO, COO

Huntington Beach, Calif.–based surf giant Quiksilver has announced the appointment of Joe Scirocco as its new chief financial officer. Scirocco, who last served as the chief financial officer...

ABS Hires Executives

Los Angeles–based ABS by Allen Schwartz has hired Lillian Rodriguez as senior vice president of sales and Charles Pegram as vice president of international alliances. Rodriguez, formerly t...

Friday, April 20

Tiffany N.J.

New York–based luxury jewelry and gift retailer Tiffany & Co. has struck a lease with Old Bridge, N.J.–based R.J. Brunelli & Co. Inc. to open a 6,000-square-foot store in Red Bank, N.J., in November within a 7,500-square-foot ...

Economic Outlook Sees Tempered Growth

Note to retailers: Don’t pump up those inventories this year. And don’t get too wild in hiring new people....

St. John: Back in the Groove

After a year of executive flux and slipping sales, Irvine, Calif.–based St. John seems to be getting its groove back—or, at least, that is the opinion of the high-end brand’s loyal customers....

L.A. Contractor to Pay $110,000 in Back Pay

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has ordered a Los Angeles contractor to pay $110,000 in back wages to current and former workers as part of a resolution to labor-law vio...

Strong Buyer Turnout at L.A. Majors Market

Despite the balmy weather, department-store and specialty- chain buyers from all over the country converged on the California Market Center ready to buy cool-weather offerings durin...

Fields' Forecasts for Fall '07

Anorak jackets will be all the rage. Printed hoodies will be at the top of every teenager’s wish list. The 1980s and the 1960s will be the retro inspirations for Fall 2007 fashions....

Apparel Execs Open Up About PLM

Getting insight into Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) has been challenging for the crop of companies exploring the emerging technology, but that...

Fall 2007 Forecast From Doneger

Among the biggest trends for Fall ’07 are new shapes and new proportions. The new look includes full silhouettes worn over skinny bottoms, as well as kimono sleeves, high waistlines, and micromini dres...

Retailer Carves Own Space on La Brea

Retailers want their stores to be unique, but Lily Savitch thought that her boutique could forge an individual identity through numbers....

Calif. Employers Lose on Back-Pay Ruling

In a move that settles years of legal wrangling between employers and employees who were denied lunch breaks, the California Supreme Court handed down a ruling on April 16 siding with employees....

Victory and Another Delay for Caruso

The Arcadia City Council unanimously approved Caruso Affiliated’s long-delayed Shops at Santa Anita project on April 17, but Arcadia residents say a bruising fight might be brewing fo...

The Online Revolution Needs Old Business, Retailer Says

Everything old is new again....

There's Gold in Former Cow Town

Since 2001, Fred Levine has been prospecting Valencia, Calif., a city 34 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, as the next place for his luxury M. Fredric boutiques....

Electronics, Accessories and Swim

Electronics, fashion accessories, underwear and swimwear shared space at the recent China Sourcing Fair at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong, which drew 43,000 buyers, representing a 17 percent increase over last year’s show. Retai...

Pooltradeshow Goes Eco

The Pooltradeshow in Las Vegas has been a destination for home-grown and directional designers to showcase their wares for specialty boutique buyers since its launch six years ago. This Augus...

Directives West: Moderate Fashion Show, quot;L.A. Blueprintquot;

The varied looks of Fall ’07 showcased by Los Angeles–based retail consultant Directives West for the moderate market on April 10 at the California Market Center ranged from c...

Directives West: quot;L.A. Over Easy,quot; Juniors and Girls' Fall Fashion

Directives West brought a little of the fashion-week buzz to the Los Angeles Majors Market on April 10, when the Los Angeles–based retail consultancy hosted a runway show in a tent e...

Busy Days at L.A. Textile Show

Traffic started strong and continued on throughout the April 16–18 run of the Los Angeles International Textile Show at the California Market Center. ...

Princess Brides

The Disney Co. is partnering with Los Angeles–based bridal designer Kirstie Kelly for a line of Disney princess–themed wedding dresses under the label “Kirstie Kelly for Disney’s Fairy- Tale Weddi...

Anti-Dumping Duty

The U.S. Commerce Department placed an anti-dumping duty on polyester staple fiber imports from China after discovering two large Chinese suppliers—Ningbo Dafa Chemical Fibers Company and Far Eastern Industrie...

Friday, April 13

Academy of Art to Honor Posen, de la Falaise

Designers Loulou de la Falaise and Zac Posen will receive honorary doctorates of humane letters from the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University in San Francisco during a ceremony and ...

New Lines for Moda at CMC

The ModaStyle showroom has relocated to suite A311 of the California Market Center and has added several new resources....

Iconix Wins Case Against California Jeans Maker

After a long and drawn-out lawsuit that lasted nearly three years, Iconix Brand Group Inc. won a jury verdict in its case against Los Angeles denim king Hubert Guez....

Blue Cop in the Red

Cathay Bank seizes assets of Blue Cult’s manufacturing division ...

Uncertainty Swirls Around Free Trade in Textiles

Quota restrictions on Chinese-made apparel and textile imports don’t expire until the end of 2008, but already the winds of a trade war are gusting....

AIMS, Continental to Host Factoring Seminar

Los Angeles–based AIMS (Apparel Information Management Systems), which develops order-management software for the apparel industry, and Woodland Hills, Calif.–based f...

Lucy in Cali.

Portland, Ore.–based women’s activewear retailer Lucy opened new stores in California. The chain’s 20th retail store opened in the La Cumbre Plaza in Santa Barbara on April 13, and another store opened on Railro...

Apolis: Contemporary for a Cause

Raan Parton and his brothers, Shea and Stenn, have screen printed T-shirts plastered with street art–style drawings for friends since they were in high school in Santa Barbara, Calif. What motivated th...

Attorneys Join Sheppard Mullin Fashion Team

Attorneys Theodore C. Max and Charles A. LeGrand have joined Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP’s new fashion apparel division....

Crimes and Misdemeanors

NEW BEGINNING: Iris Friedman’s Los Angeles–based line, Crimes and Misdemeanors, made a splash in 2005 with sweatpants, hoodies and tees embellished with Swarovski-cr...

Port Container Traffic Up Over Last Year

During the first three months of this year, the number of cargo ships calling at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach dipped slightly compared to 2006....

Suh Tahn: Opposites Attract

For designers Shannon Nataf and Dimitri Tcharfas, Suh Tahn is an exercise in duality. Even the name, with roots in “light” and “dark,” straddles two worlds. Debuting for Fall 2007...

March '07 Sales Surge

Warm weather and the Easter holiday made retail sales skyrocket in March....

Lubow Joins Clear Thinking

Hillsborough, N.J.–based Clear Thinking Group LLC has named Nathan M. Lubow to its team of nationwide consultants. Lubow is a leading specialist in accounting for the retail, apparel manufactu...

New Face at Textile Association

The Textile Association of Los Angeles has hired Alla Kogan as the new office director....

Biza and Green Apple: Activewear Gets Eco-friendly

Cristofer Smith has been in the activewear apparel business for nearly 18 years and has worked with cotton and petroleum-based fabrications such as microfiber polyester, Meryl nylon and Lycra fabric...

Nightcap: The Look of Lounge

Los Angeles–based designer Carisa Brambles developed a reputation for her easy, breezy personal style as a sales rep for labels such as Tocca, Beth Bowley a...

New Web Resources for Sourcing, Fabrics

Apparel-industry executives continue to involve the Internet in the product-development process. Two new Web ventures— New York–based eSourceApparel...

Suite Spot

Exhibitors, attendees and guests toasted the conclusion of the Design Suites at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios with a March 22 party h...

PPR Plus Puma

Paris-based luxury goods and retail conglomerate PPR has struck a deal to acquire a stake in athletic footwear and apparel brand Puma. PPR’s Sapardis subsidiary struck the deal with Mayfair Beteiligungsfondsgesellschaft I mbH...

Capital Taps Sulpizio

The Los Angeles office of Capital Business Credit LLC has named Lou Sulpizio senior vice president and senior account executive. He will handle marketing and business development for Capital...

D&A Goes Green

Designers and Agents is partnering with Good magazine to launch a new Go Green initiative and Designers and Agents Goes Green, a new section of the bicoastal trade ...

TexItalia Bows Out of L.A.

TexItalia, the exhibition of Italian textile mills sponsored by the Italian Trade Commission, will not be exhibiting at the April 15–18 run of the Los Angeles Intern...

Fraudsters Deal Big Threat to Retailers

It’s a claim that no retailer wants to top....

Counterfeit Case

Four accused sellers of counterfeit luxury handbags were sentenced for money laundering and trafficking recently in Boston. The four Massachusetts residents were found guilty of selling more than $1 million i...

Mike & Chris Launch Knits

The husband-and-wife team of Mike Gonzalez and Christine Park-Gonzalez debuted a collection of high-end knits for their Mike & Chris line for Fall 2007. Knits aren’t an entirely new focus of the L...

Friday, April 6

Sebelia Unveils Latest From Cosa Nostra

Nearly 800 people were on hand to view the latest collection from Los Angeles designer and “Project Runway” winner Jeffrey Sebelia, who showed his...

AIMS Teams With Continental for Fast Factoring

Santa Ana, Calif.–based software developer AIMS (Apparel Information Management System) and Woodland Hills, Calif.–based factoring agency Continental Business Credit have join...

Collapsible Controversy

Canton, Mass.–based Reebok International Ltd. filed a lawsuit against Beaverton, Ore.–based Nike Inc., charging that Nike infringed on Reebok’s patent for its collapsible-shoe technology, which allows the shoes to be co...

Metropark Names New Chief Exec

Los Angeles–based retailer Metropark has named Robert Allison chief executive officer of the 39-store contemporary streetwear chain....

Anand Jon Faces Additional Felony Charges

Designer Anand Jon Alexander is facing 13 additional counts of sexual assault after the Los Angeles District Attorney on April 4 filed the new charges stemming from reports from five new female victim...

Ungaro Relaunches in California

It’s the first time in 10 years that Emanuel Ungaro has been available in California. An elegant cocktail party and fashion show kicked off the relaunch of the Parisian cou...

More Space for Formal

Tradition is not a dirty word at menswear store Scott & Co. The 6-year-old boutique, located in West Hollywood, Calif.’s exclusive Sunset Plaza retail area, specializes i...

PacSun: Figuring Out Where the Sun Shines

After a year of slumping sales, retail observers are wondering whether Pacific Sunwear of California’s newest formula for success will work for the purveyor of surf and skate–oriented apparel....

Made in Mauritius Is Denim Designer's New Tag Line

In Los Angeles’ manufacturing community, denim is king. But as price sensitivity for premium denim grows among consumers, some companies are looking for alternatives....

Stars in Waiting at 'Project Runway'

“Project Runway” producers are gearing up for the fourth season of the hit fashion reality show and kicked off their latest round of auditions recently in Los Angeles....

Hertz Sells L.A. Jewelry Center

The Moinian Group of New York has acquired the 400,000-square-foot International Jewelry Center in Downtown Los Angeles from former California Market Cente...

VF Takes North Face from China

The Greensboro, N.C.–based VF Corporation has taken back The North Face business in China from its licensee, the Korea-based Youngone Corp. VF’s general manager for The North Face Asia/Pacific, Frank Cancelloni...

Directives West Partners With Trends West

Los Angeles retail consultancy Directives West has formed a formal partnership with Los Angeles trend-forecasting agency Trends West....

Securing the Ports

Construction on the Port of Long Beach’s $20 million Command and Control Center broke ground on April 3. The new center, conceived as part of the port’s post–9/11 security efforts, will house communicati...

South Korea Is Newest Member of Free-Trade Club

After nearly a year of negotiations, the United States and South Korea hammered out a free-trade agreement on April 1 that could boost trade between the two countries by as much as $20 billion a year....

English Rose by English Laundry

The men’s line English Laundry by Christoper Wicks, known for its embroidered and embellished woven collared shirts, launched a sister line, English Rose by English ...

True Growth Track

Vernon, Calif.–based premium-denim lifestyle brand True Religion Apparel Inc. has signed two new leases for retail stores at The Americana at Brand in Glendale, Calif., and at the NorthPark Center in D...

Ujein: Back Again

After a twoseason hiatus, Los Angeles–based architect-turned-designer Eugene Ong is relaunching Ujein, his high-end knits line, for Fall 2007. Now, the entire collection is made from a special...

Chico's to Anchor New Irvine Center

Fort Myers, Fla.–based Chico’s FAS Inc. will open its first Irvine, Calif., store this summer at the new Orchard Hills Village Center, located off of Culver Drive....

Doneger Expands West Coast Office

The Doneger Group opened its West Coast office in 2005 and ever since has had growing pains....

Department Stores Are Back in Business

This could be the year of the department store....

Archbold Leaves Saks

New York– based retailer Saks Inc. announced that Michael G. Archbold, executive vice president/chief financial and administrative officer of the company’s Saks Fifth Avenue division, will leave his pos...

Labor Commissioners, GCA Highlight Key Issues for Contractors

Labor issues topped the agenda at a March 22 meeting hosted by the Garment Contractors Association of Southern California and the Economic & Employment...

Seeking Fashion Advisors to the Mayor

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa plans to set up a Fashion Advisory Council made up of a cross section of representatives from the Los Angeles fashion industry....