Stories for February 2007

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Friday, February 23

Swimwear Designer Launches Eco-Friendly Line

Los Angeles–based swimwear and sportswear designer Jacquelyne Love will debut a new, eco-friendly collection for Fall 2007....

Fashions That Make Waves at the Malibu Country Mart

Once an isolated but idyllic ocean-front shopping center, the Malibu Country Mart has become one of the most coveted slices of retail real estate in Los Angeles County....

Shades of Greige: A Staple Less Ordinary

Los Angeles–based designer Micah Cohen is hoping the third time’s the charm. Cohen—who graduated from Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif., in 2002 with a degree in film and later atten...

Local Economic Forecast Sees Apparel Jobs Shrinking

In the latest economic forecast by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., the apparel and textile industries in Los Angeles and Orange County will shed a few hun...

TukaTech Launches Consulting Service

Los Angeles–based TukaTech has launched an e-consulting and help section on its Web site....

PAD System Relocates

Montreal-based CAD provider PAD System Technologies has relocated its U.S. headquarters to suite A718 of the California Market Center in Los Angeles. The company was previou...

Lectra Unveils a Host of New and Updated Products

BORDEAUX, France—Sixty layers of thick, dark-blue denim were spread out across a brand-new automated cutting machine, bright lights blazing down....

Swimwear Co-Founder Dies

Nina Kessler, co-founder of the iconic swimwear brand Rose Marie Reid, died Feb. 10 in Westlake Village, Calif. She was 94....

Attendance Up at Milano Unica

Italian trade show Milano Unica saw a 7 percent increase in attendance over last year at its Feb. 13–16 run at Fieromilanocity in Milan....

Designing for a Cause and a Challenge

When pattern designer Marie Krizova was approached by the Western Shoe Association, based in Encino, Calif., to develop “glass” slippers to present at the organization’s first charity au...

New Boss at Anchor Blue Revamps

Tom Sands has been president and chief executive of Anchor Blue Retail Group Inc. for about two weeks, but already he has plans to redesign many of the chain’s stores....

Taking Fashion to the Silver Screen

Audrey Hepburn once said: “If clothes make a man, then costumes make an actor.”...

Snow Trends

Warmer winter weather dampened sales of ski and snow equipment, pulling it down 3 percent to $1.46 billion for the August-through-December period of 2006 compared with the $1.5 billion reported last y...

Tag-It Acquisition

Woodland Hills, Calif.–based trimmings supplier Tag-It Pacific Inc. has acquired NextTrim, a forecasting agency and Web site (

Wal-Mart Labor

Bentonville, Ark.–based Wal-Mart Stores has been charged with labor abuses by the Washington, D.C., watchdog agency Worker Rights Consortium. The group charged one of the retailer’s suppliers in the Phi...

MAGIC Has Lots of Competition in Las Vegas

Exhibitors reported a busy first day at the MAGIC Marketplace, which ran Feb. 13–16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Las Vegas Hilton. From the de...

ID Theft

TJX Cos. Inc., which operates off-price chains TJ Maxx and Ross Dress for Less, reported that a hacker had gained access to the company’s system and stole account information from its customers for more than a...

Zovo: Inside the Comfort Zone

In the age of technologically advanced nylon, Modal, viscose and rayon stretch fabrics, some customers want plain 100 percent cotton....

Iconix Buys Another Brand

Iconix Brand Group Inc., the New York company that has been gobbling up brand names across the country, agreed to purchase the Danskin name for $70 million....

IMG Buys Art

New York–based management agency IMG has acquired Art + Commerce, a rival agency composed of photographers, stylists, creative directors, and hair and makeup artists. Under the deal, Art + Commerce wil...

Friday, February 16

New York Fashion Week: Grey Ant

Never one to follow a trend, designer Grant Krajecki makes his own fashion statements. This season, he merged the style of the Kelly Bundy character from the television series “Married With Chi...

New York Fashion Week: Morphine Generation

Erik Hart is never at a loss for inspiration, and his

New York Fashion Week: Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent

Cynthia Vincent showed her

Denim Line Aims to Stamp Out Hunger in Africa

The people at Los Angeles–based IT Jeans have been pretty busy lately....

L.A. Garment Contractor Ordered to Pay Back Wages

After an extensive federal investigation, Reuben’s Garment Cutting and Marking paid 57 employees some $66,000 in back wages for overtime work that was not justly compensated....

To Russia With Love

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, is thinking of expanding its retail operations to Russia as consumers there bump up their spending. Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Ark., has been mo...

Finance Guy Goes

Charles Kleman—Chico’s executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer—said he plans to leave the retail company as soon as a new CFO is found. Kleman has been employed by the company since 1988....

A Change in Market Week Adds to Lingerie Americas' Success

NEW YORK—The air gets just a bit sexier when the largest lingerie trade show in North America, Lingerie Americas, rolls into town with the latest trends in fine, intimate apparel....

Iconix Licensing

Iconix Brand Group Inc., the New York company that owns several brand names, announced it has new licensing agreements for its Badgley Mischka, London Fog and Joe Boxer brands. Licensees for Badgley Mischka will be p...

Guess Developing New Retail Store Concept

Coming off record profits and revenues for 2006, Guess? Inc. is planning to launch a chain of stores called G by Guess that will be stocked with affordable clothing geared to a young...

Latest Trade Numbers Show China Wins Again

Apparel and textile imports to the United States inched up slightly more than 4 percent in 2006, with imports of Chinese-made goods gaining considerable ground again, according to the U.S. Department ...

Copious Collaborations at Etnies

Etnies, the skate-inspired company in Lake Forest, Calif., that makes shoes and apparel, will add five new art-inspired collaborations to its Fall 2007 lineup....

Hollywood Spotlight

Lingerie designer Bianca E. Cabada put the spotlight on new design talent when her company hosted “The Doorway Into Fashion” on Jan. 28 at the Music Box theater in Hollywood....

Li & Fung Gets Tommy

Supply-chain managers Li & Fung Ltd., based in Hong Kong, announced the company plans to buy the global sourcing operations of designer Tommy Hilfiger for $247.8 million. The purchase will be financed by Li & Fung...

CEO Exits

One day after shareholders rejected a proposed sale to two private equity firms, Fabian Mansson, president and chief executive of Eddie Bauer Holdings Inc., resigned. Board member Howard Gross will be the interim chi...

San Francisco Boom Means Retail Opportunities

San Francisco’s retail trade has had its share of hits in the past. But the market is rebounding, thanks to a new wave of growth in the technology sector as well as an influx of new retail concepts lur...

Friday, February 9

Girls Gone Wild Debuts Apparel Homage to quot;Spring Break Culturequot;

Joe Francis, the founder of the Girls Gone Wild racy video collection (which entices young women to flash some skin in exchange for a branded T-shirt) will delve further into appa...

Cold and Gift Cards Spark January '07 Surprise

Traditionally, January is a sleepy month when retailers concentrate on cleaning out inventory for the crucial Spring season. However, January, 2007 broke the rules....

Talking Textiles and Trade With CITA's New Head

In late December, Matt Priest was appointed to a U.S. Department of Commerce job that makes him one of the government’s point men on textiles and apparel. In his new job as deputy assistant secretary f...

FBI to Receive Training Grant

Los Angeles–based Fashion Business Inc. was awarded a $198,000 grant to be used for the education and training of industry and non-industry workers in various aspects of apparel manufacturing ...

Cupron Joins the Army

Greensboro, N.C.–based textile maker Cupron Inc. struck a deal with the United States Army and Air Force Exchange Service stores for its patented copper-impregnated anti-bacterial socks....

Mexican Apparel Plants Are Diversifying for Self-Preservation

TIJUANA, Mexico—In an industrial park tucked away to the south of this border town, Prolink International Inc. has been making fleece jackets and T-shirts for years for such ...

Donatella Takes Plaque, Debuts New Rodeo Look

Can a plaque embedded in cement cause a sense of occasion? The Rodeo Drive Committee hopes so. The organization of Rodeo boutique owners and managers, invested with the task of creating even more e...

JCPenney Expands in Inland Empire

JCPenney has signed a lease to occupy a 104,000-square-foot store at Rancho del Chino, a $90 million shopping center under development in Chino, Calif....

New L.A. Showrooms at Dallas FIG

Los Angeles–based showrooms L’Atelier, Joanne Fiske Showroom and Jennifer Lazarus Sales have signed leases for permanent space at the Fashion Indust...

TrendMill Is a Good Workout

Handily designed, with a youthful, multitasking audience in mind, TrendMill is a site with striking gray-and-orange navigation, clean graphics and images, and wild fashion content....

Copy: Atypical Streetwear

Designer Murphy Martines quietly obsessed over the concept of a line of sophisticated streetwear for years while he worked designing surf-inspired duds for a Southern California apparel giant...

Milliken's Latest Targets Hunters

Spartanburg, S.C.–based textile mill Milliken launched a new smart-fabric technology designed for hunting apparel and big-game hunters....

IRS Deals a Blow to Product-Placement Industry

The days of the celebrity gift bag may be numbered....

Neuville Out, Wyatt in at Gap

Gap Inc. announced that Charlotte Neuville, head designer for the brand, is leaving the San Francisco–based retail giant. A search is on for her replacement....

Designer Sells Joe's Jeans

For several years now, Innovo Group Inc. has been making Joe’s Jeans, its top denim label, under a licensing agreement....

The Butta Collection: From Africa to L.A.

As a medical doctor, Bill Releford was concerned when years ago he saw television images of starving children in Africa, but after several trips to the continent, he decided the best way to help was not to ca...

Rail Projects Aim to Speed Up Supply Chain

The escalating port traffic in Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., has created a domino effect on ground transportation in and out of the region, putting the pressure on not only importers and distrib...

Seaweed Forms the Basis for New Italian Activewear Line

Italian lingerie and daywear label Adea has launched a new collection made with a seaweed-based fiber that Adea says helps the wearer “regenerate the skin.”...

Single Launches Single Girls at MAGIC

Little girls who dress up in their mother’s pearls and high heels can now complete the outfit with a dress by Single Girls when women’s contemporary line Single launches its n...

Vessel: Luxury Knitwear With a Vintage Touch

Ty Bowers made his mark on the apparel industry at companies known for vintage styling and nostalgic graphics. Bowers worked at BC Ethic in the early ’90s, which was known for its ’50...

Unifi's Launches Recycled Performance Fibers

The latest offering from Unifi Inc. is both eco-friendly and performance-minded....

Busy Schedule, Crowded City in Las Vegas

As the fashion industry prepares for a week of schmoozing, shopping and trend spotting at the Feb. 13–16 run of the MAGIC Marketplace, many retailers and market watchers will be looking for the single...

Coggin Retires From Saks

James A. Coggin, president and chief administrative officer of Saks Inc., will retire in May, according to the company. Coggin has held many executive positions with the New York–based retailer. He got his start in 19...

Sole Tech Names New Eco Chief

Roian Atwood, a key executive who previously was in charge of American Apparel’s environmental initiatives, has left the company and accepted a similar position with Lake Fo...

The Power of Brand, the Glory of Hype

Up-and-coming streetwear brand The Hundreds opened a boutique in Los Angeles’ Fairfax District on Feb. 1, and this store might turn the 400 north block of this thoroughfare into a Rodeo Drive ...

Kate Daniels Calls All Men

Is there gold in owning menswear boutiques? Eva Cox is going to find out. On Feb. 14, the owner of the Kate Daniels women’s boutique in Seal Beach, Calif., will open her first men’s boutique on Long Be...

Service Adjustment: Lip Service Shifts Gears

Type in the words “Lip Service clothing” into the search engine Google and you get 15,500 results. There are currently 686 classic Lip Service items for sale on eBay. And on the popular onli...

Patagonia Expands Recycled-Fabric Program

Ventura, Calif.–based outdoor-apparel maker Patagonia Inc. has expanded its Common Threads Recycling Program to include Polartec products and cotton T-shirts....

Fashion Execs in the Spotlight on Reality TV

Reality-television producers scouting for new stars are increasingly coming up with fashion executives....

Iconix Lays Off Op Staff, Closes Irvine Office

The empty Ocean Pacific booth at the Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo in San Diego last month proved to be an indication of things to come for the iconic surf...

Frankie B. Names New Head of Marketing

Eric Zucker, formerly of Beyond Blue, the international distributor of brands such as Joe’s Jeans, Mossimo and Smashbox Cosmetics, has joined premi...

Boxing Legends Fashion Show at The Exclusive

Boxing greats Joe Frazier, Tommy Hearns, Ray Mancini, Ken Norton and others will exchange their boxing trunks for tailored shirts and ties at “Fashion Knock- Outs,” a b...

Aristocracy: Luxurious Edginess

Luxury and edginess don’t necessarily fall in the same category, but Aristocracy might have achieved the balance. The Los Angeles–based line was relaunched this Spring by partners ...

'Green' Is Focus of Global Eco

The debut Global ECO show, featuring sustainable fabrics and apparel in addition to other green products, will take place Feb. 12–15 in the Grand Ballroom at The Venetian hotel in Las...

Indigenous Introduces Natural Performance Collection

Santa Rosa, Calif.–based activewear maker Indigenous introduced a new line of performance mid-layer apparel made from a blend of natural fibers....

Golf and Urban Fashion in Las Vegas

The first NBA All-Star golf tournament and fashion show will take place Feb. 16 at the Revere at Anthem golf club in Henderson, Nev., in conjunction with Las Vegas ...

Jamison Buys Pair of LAX-Area Buildings

California Market Center owner Jamison Properties of Los Angeles has added another acquisition to its portfolio with the purchase of the Grand Avenue Plaza, an 82,0...

New York Fashion Week: Chaiken

San Francisco–based designer Julie Chaiken and her partner, Jeff Mahshie, showed their Fall 2007 collection of Chaiken Feb. 6 at The Salon in Bryant Park during Merc...

New York Fashion Week: Linda Loudermilk

Los Angeles–based designer Linda Loudermilk showed her Fall 2007 collection Feb. 1 at the Altman Building in New York. Her show, which was sponsored by automaker Lexus, focused on eco-fr...

New York Fashion Week: BCBG Max Azria

Los Angeles–based contemporary brand BCBG Max Azria helped kick off during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York on Feb. 2 with a show in Bryant Park. Hemlines bounced from short in babydoll a...

And All That Jazz

Los Angeles–based licensor and brand-management company Cherokee Inc. inked a licensing agreement with MJ Fashions LLC for women’s specialty-size and misses dresses under the All That Jazz brand. Cherok...

Scent of Ed Hardy

Los Angeles–based streetwear label Ed Hardy will introduce a fragrance line under the Ed Hardy name by the end of 2007, thanks to a recent licensing deal between Ed Hardy licensee Nervous Tattoo Inc. and Fort ...

PacSun to Close 74 demos

Pacific Sunwear announced on Feb. 6 that it will close 74 of its 225 urban-themed demo stores. Sally Frame Kasaks, the teen retailer’s interim chief executive, also noted plans to debut a new...

Friday, February 2

Shirley of Hollywood CFO Jon Schlobohm Retires

After over 46 years working at National Corset, Chief Financial Officer Jon Schlobohm has passed the torch on to the third generation of Schlobohms, with the announcement of his reti...

Fortune Denim: Asian Fusion, California Style

After a soft Spring 2007 launch, designer Karen Noseff is pulling out the stops for her Fall 2007 collection of Fortune Denim. “I feel like this is my true launch. It’s a full ...

Hanky Panky Adds Bras

Hanky Panky is synonymous with its signature stretch-lace thong, designed with equal parts playful attitude, sexiness and comfort. After 30 years in the intimate-apparel business, the company...

CFF Poker Tournament Raises $82K; Stop Staring! Designer Wins Top Prize

The California Fashion Foundation raised $82,000 for scholarship programs and charitable organizations at its second annual “Hold Em” Poker Tournament....

Frank Dandy Superwear Flies Into the U.S.

Brian Johnson hopes to introduce funky Swedish style into the United States as the distributor for the Swedish brand Frank Dandy....

Michael Stars Launches Dresses

T-shirt maker Michael Stars has offered T-shirt–style dresses for seasons, but the Spring/Summer 2007 season marks the first time the brand approached the category with a full collection. Feat...

New Apparel for the iPod

Long Beach, Calif.–based Malachi and Company Inc. has released the second generation of its SyncWear MP3-compatible fitness shirts for men and women....

Textile Company Sues Forever 21 Over Pattern Design

A Los Angeles textile company has sued fast-fashion retailer Forever 21 Inc. for allegedly copying a fabric design....

Visual Marketing Hits the Small Time

The big visual LCD displays usually found at sporting events and in front of large shopping centers are starting to crop up in downsized mode at smaller retail venues....

VF, Eagle Creek Deal Done

Greensboro, N.C.–based VF Outdoor Inc., a subsidiary of VF Corp., completed its acquisition of Eagle Creek Inc., maker of travel gear, including accessories, luggage, daypacks and other products. Terms...

New CEO for TJX

Framingham, Mass.–based TJX Companies, operators of 826 T.J. Maxx and 751 Marshalls stores, named long-standing company board member Carol Meyrowitz chief executive officer. Meyrowitz will continue to serve as president of TJ...

Gucci Building in Beverly Hills Sold for $40m

Gucci has a new landlord on Rodeo Drive. The 13,500-square-foot building the Italian fashion house occupies at 347 N. Rodeo Dr. in Beverly Hills has been s...

Premium-Denim Show Blue Turns 1

NEW YORK—Premium-denim trade show Blue celebrated its first anniversary Jan. 21–23 with a new location and an exhibitor lineup that included returning denim ...

Despite Competition, Project N.Y. Still Going Strong.

NEW YORK—The Jan. 22–24 run of contemporary menswear show Project Global Trade Show in New York bowed with a new location, a new winter-themed look and inten...

Mellow Market for ASR and Agenda

SAN DIEGO—Buyers were roaming the aisles, but many exhibitors at the Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo and Agenda trade show, held concurrently Jan. 25–27 in San Diego, repor...

Fashion District Revamps

Visitors to the Los Angeles Fashion District may soon notice additional construction in the 90-block area in downtown, when workers begin upgrading sidewalks and other common areas t...

New Show: Fo Sho Fo Show

Add another trade show to the Las Vegas lineup....

L.A. New U.S. Home for German Outerwear Line

Los Angeles is physically and ideologically thousands of miles away from the Wellensteyn core customer—and yet, as the 60-yearold German company prepares to introduce its line of cold-weather ...

Liz's Hired Gunn

New York–based manufacturing giant Liz Claiborne Inc. hired “Project Runway” star and Parsons School of Design’s Tim Gunn as chief creative officer, a new position for the company. He will report to Liz Claiborne...

Fabrics Score Over Denim at West Coast Exclusive

Menswear companies unveiled their Fall lines at the West Coast Exclusive show Jan. 28–29 in Los Angeles, and there were few surprises as denim appeared to be taking on a smaller role. Vendors ...

Barneys, Kors Promise to Blossom at The Grove

The Grove developer Rick Caruso has branched out to the hospitality and the housing business, but in the next few months, he will get back to basics....

Kellwood Names e-Commerce Chief

St. Louis–based Kellwood Co. has named Tom Pastorello as director of e-commerce. Pastorello will manage e-commerce activities for all of Kellwood...

Real Food for Virtual Shoppers

Orlando, Fla.–based Internet shopping portal CheapBuy Shopping Channels opened a new food court, where online shoppers at one of CheapBuy’s 1,000 stores can order food online for delivery at home. The site, which launched in January, ...

Undrest

BRAZILIAN BOOTIES: After Maria Paz Navales went to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, her outlook on the bum was forever changed. Navales modeled her intimate-apparel line, Undrest, after the...

Condessa: Lingerie for Fashionable New Moms

According to Condessa Inc. lingerie founder and President Cynthia Cuprill, new mothers breast-feed for an average of three to six months. That was too long for Cuprill to trade in her pretty ...

Barbara Shifts to a U.S.-Based Subsidiary

The French lingerie company Barbara is ready to make a major presence in the U.S. market. In order to build a closer face-to-face relationship with its American customers, Barbara recently sh...

Cyber Skivvies

Lingerie retailers head to the Web...

Consumers Step Up Spending, Says Commerce Department

If retailers noticed an increase in consumer spending in December, the notion was confirmed on Feb. 1 by the U.S. Commerce Department....

Planet Funk: One Step Ahead With Premium Fashion

Planet Funk is on the move. The Los Angeles–based premium contemporary boutique chain is tentatively scheduled to open its 19th store at the exclusive Westfield San Francisco Centre o...