Stories for June 2007

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Friday, June 29

Retail Pricing Decision

The U.S.Supreme Court decided in favor of Commerce-based accessories maker Leegin Creative Leather Products, makers of Brighton Accessories, in its lawsuit against Texas retailer PSKS Inc. The case hinged on whether Leegin could req...

New Licensees for Sanrio

Sanrio named Jennifer Campbell its new vice president of licensing and struck two new licensing agreements for its Hello Kitty brand....

True Religion, Jessica Simpson Dive into Swim

InGear Swim, a New York–based swimwear manufacturer, has landed licenses for True Religion and Jessica Simpson swimwear....

Quiksilver's New Mission

Is surfwear strictly the domain of teen-agers? Not according to Quiksilver. The venerable surf giant’s Quiksilver Edition Santa Monica is designed for fashionable men aged ...

Counterfeit Ring Nabbed in New York

After more than a year of investigations, federal authorities in New York charged 29 people with trying to smuggle in more than 950 shipments of fake purses, shoes, watches and apparel through various...

Ports Extend Deadline on Clean Trucks Program

After a barrage of comments, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have delayed by 60 days their vote on the Clean Air Action Plan, which was unveiled earlier this year....

Baltazar Joins Komarov, Martinoff at Kisca

Komarov, the Los Angeles–based contemporary line known for its trademark pleated fabrication, and Kisca, its more street-savvy sister line, both have new designers at the helm....

Globe Sells World Industries

Boardsport brand Globe International announced the sale of skate brand World Industries to Newport Beach, Calif.–based I.E. Distribution....

Hanesbrands Reorganizes Factories

Nearly a year after being spun-off from Sara Lee Branded Apparel, Hanesbrands Inc. announced it will close its factories in four countries and lay off 5,300 workers....

U.K. Store to Open 50 U.S. Stores

London-based retailer Reiss hopes to start another British invasion with its recently opened boutique on Los Angeles’ Robertson Boulevard....

Palm Springs Landmark Set for Renovation

The former Desert Fashion Plaza, once home to stores such as I. Magnin and Saks Fifth Avenue, looks like it will finally be renovated, much to the delight of reside...

Legal Aid Formed for Prop. 65 Concerns

California apparel manufacturers and retailers are increasingly becoming concerned about complying with a 21-year-old statute that has since snowballed into a complex set of restrictions that could ca...

Retailing for Nonprofit

Meredith Garrett was nervous about pitching Kitson. She not only was going to ask the pioneering Los Angeles boutique to debut her collection, OmniPeace by Signorelli, she w...

House Extends Andean Trade Preferences

It was a down-to-the-wire decision. But the U.S. House of Representatives voted to give a short-term extension to a trade agreement that affects four Andean countries....

Blue Holdings Makes Nice With NASDAQ

Blue Holdings, the publicly traded maker of Antik, Taverniti So and Yanuk premium denim, got into hot water with NASDAQ in June in connection with an agree...

The Pros

The Professional Club, formerly known as the Textile Professional Club, held an end-of-the-season dinner June 21 at the Bel-Air Bar & Grill in West Los Angeles,...

Sports to Sportswear

American consumers bought $43.7 billion in sports apparel last year, according to a new report released by investment banking company The Mercanti Group. Sports apparel sales represented nearly 23 p...

Barney's Dubai

Istithmar, a private-equity and alternative-investment house based in Dubai, purchased Barneys New York Inc. from Jones Apparel Group for $825 million in cash. The deal allows Jones to consider other ...

Spy Games: New Tag Technologies Help Fight Theft, Counterfeits

Customs officials recently seized more than $230 million in counterfeit merchandise bearing the names of Chanel, Prada, Nike, True Religion, Coach...

Pop Life

More than 300 people packed Los Angeles–based Xin on June 22 when the boutique hosted a gallery show for the artist Chase. The 29-year-old single-named artist has painted pop art–inspired murals in Tokyo, Berlin and Los Angeles’...

L.A., S.F. Retail Rents Near the Top

California’s showcase shopping areas showed strong rent growth over the past year, trailing only New York for the title of having the country’s priciest real estate....

Liz Claiborne, 78

Designer Liz Claiborne died in New York on June 26 after a protracted battle with cancer. She was 78. With her husband, Art Ortenberg, and business partner Leonard Boxer, Claiborne founded her eponymo...

Rock & Republic Suits Filed

Two former business associates of denim maven Michael Ball have filed lawsuits against the founder of Rock & Republic, the Culver City, Calif.–based premium-denim maker, accusing Ball of e...

Innovo Tweaks Merger Agreement

Innovo Group Inc., the maker of Joe’s Jeans, is modifying its merger agreement with Joe Dahan, the designer of Joe’s Jeans....

Puente Hills Retail Center Sold

The Plaza at Puente Hills, a 14-acre shopping center adjacent to the Puente Hills Mall in the City of Industry, Calif., has been sold for $44 million, reported Irvine, Calif...

Friday, June 22

Suitmaker Hartmarx Looks to Two California Companies for Growth

Inside a red brick building in Santa Monica, Calif.’s high-tech corridor, two small apparel companies have shifted into high gear to create new lines for their new owner, Hartmarx Corp. ...

Porridge Clothing Gets New Showroom, HQ

Porridge Clothing is on the expansion track. The 3-year-old contemporary brand will open a new showroom and headquarters in the Los Angeles Fashion District on July 1....

Lucky Takes Denim on the Road

This summer, Lucky Brand Jeans will kick off the “Denim Highway Tour,” a “Summer of Love”–meets–the MTV generation extravaganza. A 1949 Flxible bus—complete with a psychede...

Caruso Lands Another Barneys Co-Op

The Barneys Co-op store at The Grove has been such a big success for the Los Angeles shopping center, according to Grove owners Caruso Affiliated, and the ...

Cherokee's Global Growth

Van Nuys–based licensor and brand management company Cherokee Inc. is planning to expand its global reach over the next year to Saudi Arabia, Chile and Peru through partnerships with Fawaz Al Hokair/Geant in Saudi Arabia and S.A.C.I. Falabel...

Doneger West Expands

The Doneger Group, the New York–based buying office and global-trend forecaster, is expanding its West Coast office, located in the California Market Center....

Green Theme Catches on With Technology Vendors

The green movement is on the upswing, and technology vendors are even getting in on it by employing green themes through e-commerce and other applications. Among them are new ventures from San Fran...

MySpace Testing Fashion News Blog

MySpace has launched a fashion news blog at

Kellwood to Close Chico Warehouse Amid Protests

St. Louis-based Kellwood Co. will shutter its Chico, Calif., distribution center, effective Aug. 31, resulting in the layoff of about 160 workers....

NPD: Dress Sales Surge

Dress sales are strong in all market channels, according to the latest findings by Port Washington, N.Y.–based research firm The NPD Group....

L.A. Fashion Event Turning Green

Green has become so trendy that even fashion shows are embracing the eco-friendly cause....

Liz Divides Its House in Two

Liz Claiborne Inc.’s new chief executive is shaking things up at the New York–based apparel and accessories giant....

NGC Names PLM Manager

In a bid to strengthen its PLM (product lifecycle management) initiative, Miami Lakes, Fla.–based New Generation Computing has promoted Mark Burstein to vice president of PLM solutions....

American Apparel Realigns IT

Los Angeles–based American Apparel has overhauled its information-technology platform with new enterprise software from the Microsoft Corp. The company has an 800,000-square-foot manu...

Parasuco Takes Bow on Robertson

Canadian jeans manufacturer Parasuco is on the move. On June 14, it celebrated the opening of a 2,800-square-foot store on Los Angeles’ Robertson Boulevard, a required shopping spot for any pr...

Feraud Debuts

The streets of Beverly Hills are lined with the flagships of iconic designers, but the newest arrival has its own angle. The 57-year-old French-based Feraud label held a grand debut for its 1,300- square-foot boutique...

Miss Me Launches New Labels

Taking a cue from Los Angeles’ fashion chameleons, Miss Me, a division of Sweet People Apparel, is reworking its offerings and launching new lines....

Gianfranco Ferre, 62

Italian fashion designer Gianfranco Ferre died on June 17 in a hospital in Milan after suffering a brain hemorrhage two days before. He was 62 years old. Ferre studied architecture in his native Italy but upon gradua...

Designers Take First Steps at Publik Park

Publik Park might sound like a place for games, but owner Tom Heckman said his boutique will be a place where new designers can take their first steps toward being noticed....

Promotion at Jones

Joseph Donnalley, senior vice president of corporate taxation and risk management for the Jones Apparel Group, has added treasurer to his duties for the company. Donnalley is a 12-year veteran of the New York...

Tulle: New Direction, New Look

For Los Angeles–based fashion line Tulle, changing direction means growing up....

Avery, VF at Supply Chain Summit

Pasadena, Calif.–based Avery Dennison will join a host of companies making presentations at the Supply Chain Summit to be held June 25–27 at the Claremont Resort in Berkeley, ...

Elmer Ave.: A New Production With a Custom Edge

Elmer Ave. is taking its custom aesthetic and bringing it to a wider market. ...

Ella Moss: Black Label

Designer Pam Protzel’s Ella Moss brand has become synonymous with luxe and comfy go-to T-shirts, dresses and tanks. “It’s the kind of stuff you can just toss on and look great and feel good [in],...

WFX Launches On-Demand PDM, PLM

Miami-based WFX has launched on-demand versions of its Web PDM (product data management) and Web PLM (product lifecycle management) applications....

Friday, June 15

Anand Jon Pleads Not Guilty to New Counts

Designer Anand Jon pleaded not guilty to 13 new charges of sexual assault on June 12 in Los Angeles Superior Court....

Forever 21 Goes Upscale With Twelve by Twelve

Forever 21 unveiled its new concept, Twelve by Twelve, with a cocktail party at hip downtown loft space The Marvimon House....

Sullen Goes for the Girls

Sullen, a line of tattoo- and action sports–inspired men’s apparel, has always thrown girls a bone. A T-shirt here and a hoodie there kept female fans of the Irvine, Calif.–based brand going....

McCluskey's in the Swim

Helen McCluskey, group president intimate apparel of New York–based Warnaco Group, has added global management of Warnaco’s swimwear brands to her responsibilities. McCluskey has been with the company since 2004. Warnaco’s lingerie lab...

Fashion Makes Big Change on Abbot Kinney

When Carrie Hauman walked her dog, Zoe, around Abbot Kinney Boulevard a few years ago, the former interior decorator wondered how the handful of fashion boutiques on the street survived....

International Gap

San Francisco–based retailer Gap Inc. struck a pair of franchise agreements that will bring Gap and Banana Republic stores to Saudi Arabia and Turkey over the next five years. The retail giant teamed with Fawa...

Jordache, Frankie B. Settle Dittos License Dispute

After getting off to a rocky start, Jordache Enterprises and Frankie B. owner Daniella Clark have worked out a settlement for the Dittos denim brand....

Thieves Take $41.6 Billion Graft and Construction From America's Retailers

America’s retail industry lost $41.6 billion to fraud and theft in 2006, according to the “National Retail Security Survey,” which was released at the recent National Retail Fed...

Port Traffic Way Up

The average number of ships docked at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach during the first days of June was up 40 percent over last year, repeating an overall trend of large increases in vessel tr...

Bollenbach in at Macy's

Cincinnati-based Macy’s Inc. named Stephen F. Bollenbach, co-chairman and chief executive officer of Hilton Hotels Corp., to its board of directors. The Southern California native was named co-chairman of Hilton in 2004 and has served as chief execu...

Trends Help Draw an International Crowd at L.A. Fashion Market

Business was surprisingly good at the June 8–12 run of the Los Angeles Fashion Market at the California Market Center, The New Ma...

Hippie Ink Shirts to Aid Angelina Jolie's Charity

Los Angeles–based Hippie Ink will donate a portion of proceeds from sales of its “Love” series T-shirts and tops to Millennium Promise, a charity supported by actress An...

Style Trend Forecaster WGSN Looks to 2009

While some apparel companies are focused on forecasting the trends six months out, the Worth Global Style Network (

Alternative Tees Star in Kids' Benefit

T-shirt maker Alternative joined the festivities at the 2007 “A Time for Heroes” family carnival to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation on J...

MKP Development Expands Production, Sample Making

Los Angeles–based MKP Development LLC, which provides production and sample-making services to the apparel industry, has relocated and expanded its operations....

Retail Is the Rising Star in the Inland Empire

California’s Inland Empire has long been known as the warehouse empire of the West, but for the first time in years, retail real estate investment is outpacing industrial sales, indicating that retaile...

Made in California, Part II: A Special Report

The second in a continuing series of apparel and accessory brands that are “making it” in California ...

Friday, June 8

Beija Brazil's New Life in Vida by Juliana Paes

Beija Brazil lingerie found a new life in loungewear. The lingerie line, which launched in 2003, enjoyed such high success with its lyocell loungewear division that designer Guy Blew...

Clarity Group

Gerry Building Suite 708 (213) 623-9693...

Bedhead Pajamas Expands Retail Boutique

Renee Claire’s Bedhead pajama store at 3305 Motor Ave. in Los Angeles started out as an “afterthought.” Claire describes with a laugh that the 200-square-foot space allotted in front of ...

Trerotola In at Invista

Wichita, Kan.–based Koch Industries promoted Dave Trerotola to president of Koch’s Invista Apparel division, producer and marketer of several branded fibers, fabrics and finishes. Previously, Trerotola was global president of Invista...

Streets Ahead Billboard Banned

Los Angeles–based accessories manufacturer Streets Ahead found itself embroiled in a decency debate when the company launched its latest billboard campaign....

Virtually H&M

Swedish fast-fashion retailer H&M is going virtual, thanks to a partnership with Redwood City, Calif.–based video-game maker Electronic Arts Inc., owners of the longstanding virtual-reality game The Sims. The Sims...

Paige, Gonzalez and Nieder Honored by AIU

The American Intercontinental University will present its 2007 portfolio graduation fashion show on June 21 at the Avalon club in Hollywo...

Sales Surge, Server Crash Courtesy of Oprah

A mention on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” can make sales of almost anything skyrocket, yet ShopLAStyle President Cynthia Rojas found that a good word from talk-show diva Oprah Winfr...

Retailers Bounce Back in May '07

Consumers regained their appetite for spending in May after a downturn in April. The recovery ended talk of a market slowdown, said Michael Niemira, chief economist of the New York–ba...

CMC Inks Deal for Jewelry Expo

The California Market Center has struck a deal with trade-show producer Golden Triangle Shows to bring a new biannual jewelry show to Los Angeles....

Packing Cargo Into the Ports

Retail container traffic is expected to reach new highs this summer throughout the country’s major ports, according to a recent report by the National Retail Federation and economic-f...

Saturn's Fashionable Comeback

General Motors’ Saturn brand has signed on again to sponsor the L.A. Fashion Awards, which will host its third annual event Oct. 26 at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. The award nominees an...

United Trade Show Opens Retail, Heads East

A mere five months after Ryan Walker made a splash by debuting United Trade Show in Las Vegas, the 26-year-old entrepreneur took a small step into retail. On June 4, he opened a 350-square-foot shop...

Most Ethical

Ventura-based outdoor-apparel manufacturer Patagonia; Beaverton, Ore.–based footwear and activewear giant Nike; and Spartanburg, S.C.–based textile mill Milliken & Co. were among the companies named as the...

CMC and 1060 Sherman to Open Market

The June 8–12 run of the Los Angeles Fashion Market kicks off with a grand-opening-night mixer co-hosted by the California Market Center and contemporary la...

S.A.M.

The New MartSuite 407(213) 489-5265...

Demand for Warehouse, Retail Space Continues to Be Strong

The search for quality distribution and warehouse space continued to be difficult during the first quarter of 2007 in Los Angeles County, where vacancies remained at the sub 2 percent level, ...

Microsoft, AIMS Bring a Truckload of Technology to Fashion District

Microsoft Corp. literally rolled into the Los Angeles Fashion District on June 1 with one of its 42-foot mobile showrooms, hoping to educate the apparel industry about the latest sof...

New Parking in L.A. Fashion District

The first parking garage in 20 years officially opened May 29 in the Los Angeles Fashion District....

Opposition to Port Clean-Air Plan Goes Into Higher Gear

Trucking companies are starting to take off their mitts to challenge the local ports’ clean-air plan, which would virtually eliminate all independent drivers picking up and delivering to the docks in t...

Karen Luu: From Pillows to Sleepwear

Karen Luu’s company, Karen Luu Exclusive Fashion Services, helped local clothing designers in San Francisco for over 15 years with full-package design, pattern-making, sample-making and produ...

The Namasteacute; Greenhouse

Cooper Design Space Suite 328 (213) 624-1150

FGILA Plants Seeds of Change

Going green—it’s a hot topic as of late. In an attempt to answer the inevitable “How to” que...

A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz

California Market Center Suite A555 (213) 489-1049 ...

FIG Dallas Names New Retail Manager

Ashley Gage has been named retail-development manager for the Fashion Industry Gallery (FIG) wholesale center in Dallas....

Going to School on Fast-Fashion Retailers

Fast-fashion retailing has become so dynamic that it’s now being taught in schools—at least to students at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona....

Private Investors File Suit Against J Brand

J Brand Inc., a chic line of blue jeans that pioneered the skinny-leg concept, is embroiled in a legal squabble that could place 40 percent of the Los Angeles–based company in the hands of its...

Friday, June 1

NPD Accessorizes

Market-research firm NPD Group is launching a new Accessories Market Tracking Service to track changes in the market for manufacturers, retailers and financial analysts....

MAGIC Names Group-Sales Director

Woodland Hills, Calif.–based MAGIC International, producer of the MAGIC Marketplace trade show in Las Vegas, named Karalynne Sprouse group-sales director for the trade show....

Men's Boutique

Tiffany & Co. announced plans to open a new men’s store on the ground floor of the Isetan department store this September in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district. The boutique is Tiffany’s first endeavor to focus exclusively o...

Off to Japan

The Innovo Group, the maker of Joe’s Jeans, has entered into a three-year deal with a Japanese company to distribute and license Joe’s and Joe’s Jeans in Japan. In the exclusive distribution deal and non-exclusive license agreement, Itochu Cor...

Ahern in at U.S. Customs

Jayson P. Ahern has been named deputy commissioner of the United States Customs and Border Protection, effective in August, when the current deputy commissioner, Deborah Spero, retires....

Gerber Expands in Vietnam

Tolland, Conn.–based Gerber Technology has bought out Schmidt Vietnam Co. Ltd., its agent and distributor in Hanoi, Vietnam. Going forward, Gerber will operate the unit as a company-owned enterprise....

Hurley Hosts Design Competition

Hurley is once again hosting its “Walk the Walk” design competition in which Orange County, Calif., high-school students are given the chance to produce their own fashion shows ...

Head Hunting

Michael Vollbracht, the lead designer and creative director at Bill Blass, has resigned from the New York–based company after four years with the label. Vollbracht arrived at Bill Blass in March 2003 right aft...

T-Shirt Makers Sound Off With New Concepts

Challenged by a spike in competition, T-shirt designers are putting their creativity to work and are coming up with some new and old concepts to stir up sales and the political pot....

FIDM to Reprise Emmy Costume Exhibition

The Museum & Galleries at the Fashion Institute of Designer & Merchandising will host its second annual “The Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design” exhibition featuring ...

Getting Intimate

Kohl’s is getting into the intimate-apparel business. The department-store chain based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., is launching its first private label, called Moments. It also has two other exclusive in...

Former Trovata Principals Launch New Label

Jeff Halmos and Sam Shipley, half of the original dream team that turned the contemporary brand Trovata into a fashion darling, are set to debut Shipley & Halmos, their new men’s and wome...

Retailers Make Big Gains in E-Commerce Sales

Move over, Microsoft. For the very first time, online apparel sales outpaced computer-product sales in 2006. Apparel is No. 1 for all non-travel-related e-commerce sales, according to a rece...

ASR Holiday Gives It a Second Try

A typical Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo it was not. But ASR Holiday’s two-day second edition May 23–24 in Costa Mesa, Calif., seemed to be a step up from its debut show last year....

Container Bill Heads to Senate Floor

A controversial state bill to charge a $30 fee for every 20-foot container coming through three of California’s biggest ports could be headed for a vote on the state Senate floor the week of June 4....

Gerber on President Bush's 'E' List

Tolland, Conn.–based technology supplier Gerber Technology and 10 other companies were recognized by President Bush and the U.S. secretary of commerce for being among the nation’s most outstand...

Get Out Your Toilet Paper

For the third year in a row, Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com will host its “Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest.”...

LENY Trade Show to Bow in New York

Londonedge NY is set to bow at Pier 92 in New York in July with a roster that will include punk- and rock ’n’ roll–inspired clothing, accessories, footwear and gifts....

European Retail Sales Drop Sharply in May

European retail sales experienced their steepest decline in recent memory, falling more than six points on the Bloomberg Eurozone Retail Purchasing Managers’ Index in May....

Fashion District Thrives as Economic Engine

The Los Angeles Fashion District is celebrating its slightly more than 10- year anniversary with plans to expand its boundaries to the east and build on its claim as the hub of Southern California’s fa...

Next-Generation Textiles

Studio Bert Forma carries on the tradition of seeking new lines and new business ...

New Banker

Former U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick was nominated by President Bush to take over as president of the World Bank. Zoellick would replace Paul Wolfowitz, who steps down at the end of June. Wolfowit...

L.A. Designer Checks In With Hotel Uniforms

Maybe you’ve seen designer Tadashi Shoji’s creations on the runway of the Miss Universe contest....

Will M-Commerce Embrace Apparel?

Once upon a time, Web pundits said nobody would buy clothes on the Internet. The arguments against e-tailing apparel ran the gamut from “You can’t feel or adequately see the merchandise” ...

Students Mount Campaign For Sweatshop-Free Apparel

In a flashback to the sweatshop protests of the 1980s and 1990s, students once again are hoisting picket signs and staging campus sit-ins to demand administrators get tough with stringent anti-sweatsh...

New Zip Systems More Durable

Atlanta-based trimmings supplier YKK USA Inc. introduced two new zip products at the recent Material World show in Miami....

State Sweep Closes 30 Garment Factories

In one of the largest garment-factory sweeps in the last two years, labor inspectors visited 37 garment factories across Southern California and closed 30 of them for wage and labor violations....