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Friday, March 30

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Joey Tierney

Joey Tierney returned to the

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Private School Assault Wear

On March 18, at downtown Los Angeles specialty boutique Push Emporium, Private School Assault W...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Charlotte Solnicki

A sophisticated palette of black and ivory started off the

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Meghan

This season, Los Angeles designer Meghan Fabulous opted to do an informal modeling presentation to showcase her Fall collecti...

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

Fall and Winter are traditionally somber seasons, according to

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: As Is by Alvin Valley

New York–based Alvin Valley’s hobby of taking flying lessons in a little plane led him to the inspiration for his...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Grail

Dark themes were prevalent on the runways during Los Angeles Fashion Week, and

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Ed Hardy

Christian Audigier clearly likes to make big gestures, and for the March 19

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Christian Audigier

Christian Audigier debuted his namesake collection with a

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Anthony Franco

Anthony Franco was this season’s sponsored designer at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios, and the Los Angeles native didn’t disappoint at his March 21 show....

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Directives West

Los Angeles–based retail consultancy Directives West summed up the trends for Fall ’07 at its March 23 runway...

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

Last season, designer Yana Khromova showed her

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Thrive

Thrive’s philosophy to fashion is to take a non-traditional approach to style and let new ideas flourish....

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Rock Show

The look on the runway was rock ’n’ roll decadence at the March 18 “Rock Show” at Hollywood’s Burgundy Room. Organized by Cuffz designer Linz Shelton, the show...

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

Designer Kevan Hall took fashionistas on a European journey as they crammed into seats to see his

Swimsuit Heirs Acquire Control of Raj Manufacturing

Alex Bhathal and sister Lisa Bhathal Vogel have partnered with San Francisco–based investor Swander Pace Capital to take over control of Tustin, Calif.–based Raj Ma...

SIMA Announces Waterman's Honorees, Image Award Nominees

The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association is gearing up for a busy summer....

New Neighborhood, New Store for Lisa Kline

The quest for new retail neighborhoods never ends. But Lisa Kline believes that she found one neighborhood that is ready to blossom. It’s South Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, and the veteran retailer signaled her con...

O'Meara Joins VF

Greensboro, N.C.–based VF Corp. named Aidan O’Meara president of VF Asia Pacific, a new position for the company. He starts on May 1. In his new job, O’Meara will oversee the continued growth of VF’s brands across Asia and the P...

No Wal-Mart in NYC

Bentonville, Ark.–based retail giant Wal-Mart has scrapped its plans to open a Wal-Mart store in New York City in the face of growing opposition, according to a report in The New York Times. There are nearly 4...

Van Ness Joins SEA

Canadian swimwear manufacturer Swim Experts Alliance has hired Warnaco Swim alum Kathy Van Ness as its executive vice president and chief marketing officer...

REI's New Board Members

Seattle-based outdoor retail chain REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.) re-elected Anne Farrell and Tom Harville to the board and named new members John Hamlin and Edward M. Schmults.Hamlin is currently ...

Bravo New York: Uncomplicated Cashmere

After over 15 years of transforming other designers’ sketches into garments at his production company in Arcadia, Calif., Steven Bian is sketching his own designs to weave into sweaters for hi...

Big Crowds Turn Out in L.A. for Fall Market

There was a lot going on at the March 23–27 run of the Fall ’07 market in Los Angeles, with plenty of exhibitors, crossmerchandising opportunities, satellite trade shows and parties to entice buyers to ...

Advanstar to Be Sold

New York–based Advanstar Communications, parent company of MAGIC International, is being sold to an investor group under the direction of private equity company Veronis Suhle...

Knitter Opens Shop With an Eye on L.A.'s Designer Market

Behind an unassuming door in an unassuming building in Los Angeles’ fashion district lies the holy grail of domestic knitters—a knitter specializing in high...

Port Problems Won't Flare Up Until 2008

Even though retail imports will jump about 10 percent this year, congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach should not be an issue....

Blue Holdings Hires Sales Chief

The Los Angeles–based and publicly traded Blue Holdings has hired Scott J. Drake as its new president of sales and chief operating officer, effecti...

Tag-It Opens in Bangalore

Woodland Hills, Calif.–based Tag-It Pacific Inc., owner of Talon-brand zippers, opened a Talon office in Bangalore, India.This is the third international office opening in six months for the company, w...

True and Short

Los Angeles–based premium-denim lifestyle label True Religion Apparel Inc. opened a new store in The Mall at Short Hills in Short Hills, N.J. The boutique carries the full True Religion line, including men’s, women...

Avery Dennison Acquires Paxar for $1.3b

Pasadena, Calif.–based tags and labels maker Avery Dennison Corp. has announced an agreement to acquire rival Paxar Corp. of White Plains, N.Y., for $1.3 billion, or $30.50 per share....

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Oligo Tissew

Designer Christopher Enuke, known for his well-constructed denim pants and lushly knit sweaters, incorporated those trademark styles into his...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Imitation of Christ

Never one to shy away from theatrics, Imitation of Christ designer Tara Subkoff sprinkled the runway with human bones and sent her models down the runway in a Gothic trance ...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: DeHoghton

The concert at The Roxy in West Hollywood on March 22 marked the first time that the crew of friends making up the band Michael H and the Bashers had played together in public. ...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Parasuco Jeans

NORTHERN LIGHTS: Hailing from our neighbor to the north, Canadian denim maker Parasuco Jeans took advantage of Los Angeles Fashion Week to spotlight its ...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: T-Bags

T-Bags’ vibrantly printed dresses and jumpsuits added eye-catching fireworks of color at the 944 Lounge in West Hollywood on March 22. 944 magazine hosted nearly a week of events during Lo...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Literature Noir

Torn yellow-book pages and blood-red rose petals on the runway set a melancholy mood for Elliot Hans and Kaya B.’s...

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

This season, Los Angeles–based designers Tod Waters and Giuliana Mayo staged a

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: 2(X)ist

There was much to see, despite the brevity of the garments at the

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Carilyn Vaile

After her Fall/Holiday 2007 fashion show at the California Market Center on March 25, a hot pink–dressed Carilyn Vaile took a bow with one daughter resting on her hip and another daughter hold...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Up Next Emerging L.A. Designers

Models wore Russian-style fur hats during the Up Next: Emerging L.A. Designers fashion show...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Rami Kashou

Rami Kashou returned to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios on March 21 to present a couture evening collecti...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Samora

Samora Olayan once again journeyed back into time to gather inspiration for her

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Crispin & Basilio

Donny Barrios, the designer for

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Maggie Barry

Maggie Barry debuted her

Friday, March 23

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

This is the third season that designer David Cardona is injecting Collection Bebe with a mega dose of sophisticated yet sexy styles....

Do Jeans Go With That Shake?

Do food and fashion really go together? Michelle Macis thinks so. She hopes to pioneer retail in her suburban neighborhood of Anaheim Hills, Calif., with the Java Jean Bar, a fashion...

Wulff and Pony Show

Pony International LLC named Kevin Wulff chief executive officer of the San Diego–based athletic-lifestyle brand. Wulff is a veteran of the athletic-footwear business who was previously president and chief executive officer o...

CC Sales L.A.

California Market CenterSuite B565(213) 624-2252

Sideffects Returns to CMC

Los Angeles–based Sideffects, a 30-year-old manufacturer known for its extensive line of misses knitwear, has returned to the California Market Center after a five-year absen...

Guess, Gap, Others to Discuss PLM at La Costa

West Coast retailers and manufacturers will have a rare opportunity to learn about emerging PLM technology from leading executives during a daylong conference set for April 17 at the La Costa...

Enyce Accessorizes

New York–based streetwear brand Enyce has struck two new licensing agreements for footwear and accessories. New York–based Gina Group LLC will produce a line of juniors and girls’ footwear and hosiery under the Enyce br...

Guatemalan Denim Maker Sets Sights on the Premium Market

Setting Up Business for Premium Denim in Central America...

Chip & Pepper Launching Diffusion Line With JCPenney

Chip & Pepper premium-denim designers Chip and Pepper Foster have designed a new denim and sportswear line for the juniors and young men’s departments of JCPenne...

Douglas Fir Debuts Shoe Shop as Men's Shoe Sales Hit Stride

High-profile menswear boutique Douglas Fir will start focusing on what the welldressed man puts on his feet....

Blue Cult Realigns Brands, Distribution Strategy

After several months of speculation in the industry, Blue Cult executives said that, contrary to whispered reports, they are not closing shop....

Trade Only at CMC's Markets

The California Market Center announced plans to limit access to the building to only trade and tenants during market weeks....

Ginny Wong

The New MartSuite 1108(213) 622-9884...

Mimo and Garon: Sister Styles

It’s not uncommon for designers to have multiple lines, but usually they are under the umbrella of one label and have a similar vibe and aesthetic with vastly different pric...

'Project Runway' Auditions

Producers of the Bravo TV fashion reality series “Project Runway” have announced open-call dates and locations for the hit show’s upcoming fourth season....

Nordstrom in the Summerlin

Seattle-based specialty retailer Nordstrom will open a two-level, 149,000-square-foot store in the Summerlin Centre in Las Vegas in late 2009, according to General Growth Properties, owners of the Summerlin C...

Quiksilver Slips on Slopes

Known for its surf and skate brands Quiksilver, Roxy and DC Shoes, Quiksilver Inc. slipped up during the first quarter of 2007. The Huntington Beach, Calif...

Loft Developers Expand in Fashion District

A new wave of loft construction is underway in and around the Los Angeles Fashion District, but developers fearing rising interest rates appear to be moving back to building rentals ...

Local Celebrity Goes Green for a Cause

Local Celebrity is using its brand of humor to drive a message home. “Respect Your Mother” is the company’s newest T-shirt saying designed to benefit Mother Nature. The witty phr...

Kitson's Next Retail Frontier: Footwear, Accessories

How far can Kitson go?...

Quail: Hatching New Jersey Knit Classics

Michelle Nguyen first got addicted to the jersey fabric drug while working as an intern at The Closet’s corporate offices in Costa Mesa, Calif., where she saw how jersey tops and dresses flew ...

Kristi Harris Sales

Cooper Design SpaceSuite 640(213) 683-8086

Benetton Building in S.F. Sells for $14m

San Francisco real estate continues to rebound, as evidenced by the recent sale of the Benetton building in Union Square for $14 million....

Bespoke, American Style

Roll over, Beau Brummell. Abercrombie & Fitch is opening its first European store on London’s famous Savile Row. The New Albany, Ohio–based retail chain opened the flagship store on March 22 in a re...

Larry Hansel Clothing

Gerry BuildingSuite 201(213) 228-8400...

Rhys Dwfen: Knit Wit

Los Angeles–based designer Julie Kwon knows a thing or two about sweaters. Since her days as a student at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, knits have been her thing. “I...

Will Chanel Boutique Change Robertson?

The big buzz on Robertson Boulevard is not about the latest premium denim or celebrity sightings. It’s about iconic design brand Chanel opening a boutique on the high-profile Los Angeles retai...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Voom by Joy Han

Designer Joy Han could have been channeling Mary Quant, the English high priestess of ’60s fashion, when she created her...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Lorun

Lauren Wallack debuted her 9-month-old

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Octavio Carlin

Octavio Carlin made a splash when he designed red-carpet gowns for his debut collection in March 2006. But he switched gears for his...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Pudel

Lina Ouml;sterman hopes to join the emerging pool of Swedish-born designers such as J. Lindeberg, Nygauml;rds Anna and Anna Holtblad, who have made inroads on the international fash...

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

Sue Wong knows how to set the mood, and at her March 18 runway show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios, the Los Angeles dress designer introduced her...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: KRELwear

Specializing in tubular knits, Karelle Levy considers herself a textile designer first. “I hate construction. I hate patterns. I’m a textile designer that loves fashion,” said Levy....

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Suh-Tahn

Los Angeles—based designers Shannon Nataf and Dimitri Tcharfas debuted their fledgling men’s and women’s contemporary brand,...

JCPenney to Open NorCal Logistics Center

To help ease the effects of busy port traffic in Southern California and elsewhere, Dallas-based JCPenney this summer will open a 436,000-square-foot distribution center in Northern ...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Copenhagen Kasbah

“Classic details of the menswear world” inspired Copenhagen Kasbah’s creative director, Tim Meicker, for his...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Jared Gold

Salt Lake City–based designer Jared Gold returned to Los Angeles to show his latest Jared Gold Collectio...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Eduardo Lucero

“I’m tired of waiting for the future. The future is today,” Los Angeles–based designer Eduardo Lucero said of his muse for his...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Tatyana Yekymova

Ukrainian designer

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Mike Vensel

Publisher/photographer/fashion show producer

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

War and peace. The subject has been on the agenda of several designers during Los Angeles Fashion Week, and Kerry Cushman was among them. The Los Angeles–based swimwear designer ...

L.A Fashion Week Fall '07: Juan Carlos Obando

This season Juan Carlos Obando was inspired by the word “sincerity” when he began to design his Fall ’07 collection...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: Ziji

After making its runway debut last season as part of Gen Art’s Fresh Faces in Fashion showcase, Los Angeles–based...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: The Battalion

The Battalion Sisters Linda and Chrys Wong collaborate to design

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '07: BOXeight

The baroque opulence of the historic Los Angeles Theater provided the backdrop for new alternate fashion week BOXe...

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

Smart girls ruled at

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

Make no mistake about it, German-born designer Dina Bar-El was bent on making her Fall 2007 collection as vampish as possible....

Friday, March 16

The Fashionable Mix of Art and Commerce

If retailing is an art, it can translate into inspired art collecting. Just think of Stanley Marcus, who curated a formidable art collection, which graced his legendary Neiman Marcus stores. ...

Made in America Does Have Its Advantages

SANTA MONICA, Calif.—Apparel manufacturers that still make clothing in the Western Hemisphere have one thing in common....

Elysian Park Handbags

Designer Raven Daye is following in her father’s footsteps. Her father, Cory, made handcrafted leather bags for Mick Jagger, Joan Baez and Grace Slick. He also taught Raven that “the bag one car...

Mayor to Turn Out for Intersection Party

The Intersection is throwing a party—and the mayor will be among the guests of honor....

Dorothy Lee: Comfortably Contemporary

Luxurious fabrications, sophisticated silhouettes and a bit of slouchy refinement—that’s the look of the Dorothy Lee collection....

True North

Los Angeles–based premium-denim lifestyle brand True Religion Apparel Inc. signed a lease on a 1,932-square-foot store in the Valley Fair shopping center in San Jose, Calif. The new store is expected to open this fall and will carry ...

The Cool Kids Are at Kingpins

New York–based garment and fabric agent Olah Inc. helps link denim brands with sources all over the world. “Essentially, we’re the middleman,” said Andrew Olah, the company’s co-founder. But, with services that range fro...

Fashion or Faux: Copyright Law Heads Back to Congress

The American fashion industry is gearing up for a fight as lawmakers in Washington, D.C., prepare to reintroduce a piece of legislation that seeks to extend copyright protection to fashion design....

Endymion Leather

Los Angeles–based business partners Arianne Tunney and Kerry Johnston launched the Endymion Leather line in late 2006, and the label is picking up speed with modern classics that blend luxury ...

YMI Proceeds With Miss USA Sponsorship

Executives at Los Angeles–based YMI Jeans Inc. are not afraid of a little negative publicity. In fact, they sometimes welcome it as they did following the fiasco involving company end...

Insurance Against Copyright Claims-and Copied Designs

Imagine the following scenario: You have established a newly capitalized apparel design and distribution company with a “unique,” cutting-edge product that has generated retail interest ...

Sideout and International

Van Nuys, Calif.–based Cherokee Inc. inked an exclusive international license agreement for its Sideout Brand in Latin American with P&L Global Network. The deal covers Sideout and Sideout Sport brand men’s, women’s...

Cerre

Former models Flavie and Clayton Webster are the husband-and-wife team behind the indie handbag line Cerre. The luxe collection of bags debuted in 2006 at Scout in Los Angeles and has become a cult f...

Gerry Building Gains Commercial Condominium Status

The Gerry Building is going condo. Hermosa Beach, Calif.–based LaeRoc Partners, owner of the nine-story wholesale structure in the Los Angeles Fashion District, has gained en...

Costa Goes Inside the Designer's Studio

On March 12, the Otis College of Art + Design welcomed Francisco Costa, the New York–based creative director of Calvin Klein, to the Pacific Design Center for a conversation with Otis’ f...

Del Rosario Shifts Focus, Regroups

The lace, silk and chiffon evening gowns designer Alan Del Rosario is known for are nowhere to be found in his Los Angeles studio. Instead, trapeze jackets, polka- dot tops, silk blouses and jumper dresses ha...

Local Brand Helping Fight World Poverty

Meredith Garrett, designer of the year-old Los Angeles–based contemporary brand Signorelli, has signed on with OmniPeace and Millennium Promise to help end extreme p...

The Houses That MAGIC Built

The MAGIC Marketplace’s February opening-night party–cum–fund-raiser reached its projected fund-raising goal and then some, show producer MAGIC International announced. The Mardi Gra...

Sandy Potter Joins Jerry Leigh

Sandy Potter, the former co-owner of Los Angeles–based buying office Directives West, has joined Jerry Leigh as brand manger of the company’s Tokidoki and Harajuku Lo...

Kymberly Lubell Leaves True Religion

Los Angeles–based denim giant True Religion Apparel Inc., which trades on the Nasdaq stock exchange, announced that Kymberly Gold Lubell, wife of founder Jeff Lubell and the company...

Developer Looking for Gold in Brownfields

The shortage of land in prime real estate markets has retail developers turning to “brownfields” for expansion, which is exactly the case for Calabasas Hills, Calif.–based Westr...

Media Technologies Boost the E-Commerce Experience

Buying clothing over the Internet is becoming more of a fulfilling experience and less of a pain for consumers, thanks to emerging rich-media technology available to e-commerce providers. That’s helpin...

Creating Online Showrooms for Start-Ups

Bringing the wholesale marketplace to the Web has been a daunting task for Internet solution providers, but New York–based PinkGray (

Rodarte Receives Second CFDA Nomination

The Council of Fashion Designers of America announced its 2007 Fashion Award nominees in New York on March 12....

Designer Anand Jon Arrested

Beverly Hills–based designer Anand Jon, whose legal name is Anand Jon Alexander, has been dropped out of the lineup at Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Culve...

Halston Sold

Hilco Consumer Capital LLC and The Weinstein Co. announced plans to team up to buy the Halston brand from Neema Clothing Ltd., with plans to revitalize the iconic fashion label under the direction of Tamara Mellon, f...

Will Shipping Rates Float Importers' Boats?

LONG BEACH, Calif.—Negotiations begin soon on new shipping-rate contracts that start on May 1. But at this point, it is anybody’s guess where rates will go....

Black Label San Francisco

When Rita DiLorenzo first started constructing clothes, she literally pieced together the idea of mixing dressy and casual by sewing the fabric from a frilly vintage silk blouse together with a thrift...

Marlova: Modern Twist on Classic Knits

It’s all in the details for knitwear newcomer Marlova. Beautiful buttons and hardware mesh with interesting cuts and lines to yield innovative designs. Partners Nadia Bozzetti, Costantino de A...

Podoll: Beyond the Tee

From T-shirt line to collection. It’s becoming a familiar pattern as designers who find success in the T-shirt biz are expan...

Bishop

Self-taught designer Anna Barthelme is the creative force behind the new Los Angeles–based luxury knitwear brand Bishop. The line, which debuted for Fall 2007 at the Designers and Agents show...

Retailers Find Hazards and Profits in Wholesale

After more than 20 years of owning Los Angeles–based boutique chain The Wasteland, Cheryl Cohen and Joe Swinney started their own line of high-end men’s T-shirts, Quintessence of Dust,...

Strong Demand for Warehouse and Retail Space

Wholesale ...

Friday, March 9

Rachel Pally at FIG Dallas

Los Angeles designer Rachel Pally on March 17 will be the guest designer for an event kicking off Fall Market Week at the Fashion Industry Gallery center in downtown Dallas....

LaPorte in at Saks

New York–based Saks Inc. named Ernest LaPorte senior vice president and controller of Saks Fifth Avenue. He will also assume the position of senior vice president and controller of Saks Incorporated by...

Iconix Buys Rocawear

New York–based urban brand Rocawear will join the 63 lineup of labels at Iconix Brand Group Inc., whi...

Nordstrom to True Religion

Former Nordstrom executive Peter Collins is joining Los Angeles premium-denim and apparel maker True Religion as chief financial officer. He succeeds Charles Lesser. Collins was previously divisional ...

CMC Brings Back Runway Shows

Runway shows will return to the California Market Center, although this time around, the wholesale apparel building will serve as venue, rather than as show producer....

AAFA Annual Conference Is Built for Speed

DANA POINT, Calif.—Fast fashion has been the latest buzz word in the world of apparel and footwear manufacturing....

Old Bldg. Debuts New Showroom Space in Downtown L.A.

Showroom space is increasingly considered a rare commodity in downtown Los Angeles....

Looking for Fashion Retail in an Art Town

Culver City, Calif., is emerging as a destination for art galleries and fine restaurants, but will fashion retail be part of this vibrant place, located more than nine miles west of downtown Los Angel...

Brazilian Brand Opens, U.S. Headquarters

Twenty years after debuting in Brazil, contemporary apparel and footwear brand Colcci is entering the American market. American buyers got their first glimpse of the line at...

Hollywood Project Breaks Ground

The Dallas-based Gatehouse Capital Corp. launched its project to build the W Hollywood Hotel and Residences, which will bring a 305-room hotel, 143 condominiums and...

BOXeight Stages Fashion Week Shows

Peter Eaton Gurnz, founder of the BOXeight arts community, announced the lineup for his debut series of fashion shows, set for March 16–17 at the historic Los Angeles Theatre in downt...

Project Runway Returning

“Project Runway,” the runaway-hit fashion reality show on the Bravo TV network, is looking for designers to compete in its fourth season. Los Angeles–based designers will have th...

Butier in at Avery Dennison

Label, tag and office-products maker Avery Dennison Corp. named Mitchell R. Butier vice president, controller and chief accounting officer for the Pasadena, Calif.–based company. Butier has been with A...

Nike's New Tennessee Digs

Beaverton, Ore.–based Nike Inc. is acquiring a 125-acre parcel of land in Memphis, Tenn., known locally as Northridge, where the athletic shoe and apparel giant will build a 1-million-square-foot footwear distribution center....

Libertine, Jovovich- Hawk Go Fast Fashion

Having made their mark in high-end fashion, two Los Angeles–based brands are collaborating with retailers to bring their looks to the masses....

Sobel Joins Sanrio

Former Guess executive Andrea Sobel has joined the Los Angeles office of Sanrio Inc., owner of the Hello Kitty brand, as vice president of marketing. In her new position, Sobel will oversee the brand’s marketing strat...

February '07's Cold Snap Might Lead to Good March Sales

Cold winter weather across much of the United States put a chill on America’s retailers during February, according to the New York–based International Council of Shopping Centers....

Next Wave: New Design on West Third Street

Since the beginning of the 2006 Christmas season, many retailers have been searching for a direction in the fashion market, yet inspiration might be waiting at Los Angeles’ West Third Street....

Shippers Push for Early ILWU Contract Negotiations

LONG BEACH, Calif.—Shipping line operators would like to avoid a repeat of the disastrous 2002 lockout, when all West Coast ports, including Long Beach and Los Angeles, were paralyzed for 11 days over ...

Nature Calls

Wake up and smell the hemp: The eco-fiber trend is here, along with other ways apparel companies are working to save the planet....

Eco-Centric

Patagonia leads the way in promoting recycled fabrics...

West Coast Execs Named to AAFA Board

Two West Coast executives were named to key posts for the Arlington, Va.–based American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)....

Bay Area Menswear Companies Agree to Merge

San Francisco–based Revel Industries has acquired rising menswear company Gytha Mander for an undisclosed sum....

Friday, March 2

Moda Manhattan Joins Vegas Lineup

Add another trade show to the lineup in Las Vegas next August....

Getting Hyper

As if Wal-Mart Stores Inc. isn’t big enough, the world’s largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., is buying 35 percent of the company that operates a chain of hypermarkets in China. Wal-Mart announced an a...

Fire on Fire With Knits

Los Angeles–based juniors denim and sportswear maker Fire saw its business nearly double from $15 million in 2005 to $25 million in 2006, said the company’s president, Andrew Strasmore....

Gap Shutters Forth & Towne

Gap Inc. hoped to give baby-boom women extra fashion choices with its retail division Forth & Towne. But after a mere 18 months of business, the San Francisco–based specialty store giant p...

William Rast, People's Liberation Expand Offerings

Danny Guez, the man behind the denim-based People’s Liberation contemporary brand and a partner in singer Justin Timberlake’s William Rast brand, is in a make-over mood....

Cheap Goods

Seeing its trade deficit with China ramp up rapidly, Mexico has filed a trade grievance with the World Trade Organization over the Asian country’s alleged subsidization of its manufacturing industry. T...

Name Game

Now that Federated Department Stores Inc. is one big, happy family after acquiring the May Co. in 2005, its board of directors wants to change the corporate name to Macy’s Group Inc. Shareholders will be asked to approve the new name at an annual sh...

Premire Vision Draws a Crowd Despite Overlap With N.Y. Shows

PARIS—There was plenty to see at the Feb. 20–23 run of Premiegrave;re Vision Pluriel, the umbrella name for the five fabric and fiber exhibitions held at Parc d’Expositions in Paris Nor...

Rising Rents Threaten Robertson's Identity

Robertson Boulevard, a fashionable Los Angeles shopping destination known for its independent streak of boutiques that attract a celebrity crowd, is taking on a corporate air that could threaten its u...

New Set of Laws Affects Employers

Most employers know that a new state minimum wage went into effect at the beginning of the year. But many are unaware of a host of other new but more obscure regulations that are now on the books....

Catwalk Bling

For the fifth year in a row, Swarovski, the Austrian purveyor of cut crystals, has brought couture jewelry, drama, celebrities and a catwalk show together for its Runway Rocks event....

Trance Debuts in Manhattan Beach

David Oliver and partner Susan Lee, formerly of the Ames Ladies Wear chain of boutiques, debuted their newest retail concept since selling the Ames stores to Da-Rue of California in ...

Western Hemisphere Manufacturers to Meet in California

The American Apparel Producers’ Network, an Atlanta-based nonprofit group of manufacturers that make clothing in the Western Hemisphere, is holding one of its geographic summits on the West Co...

Fashion Week Debuts

Mike Vensel, publisher of Los Angeles–based Kitten magazine, is organizing Kitten Fashion Week March 15–17 at The Standard Downtown LA...

No Brands Here

The magic of a brand name often drives people to boutique cash registers. But others are interested more in style and less in names, according to Margaret Dietl, co-owner of the popular outlet boutiq...

Dow Introduces Stretch Fiber for Denim

PARIS—Dow Fiber Solutions, a division of Midland, Mich.–based Dow Chemical Co., introduced a new denim-specific stretch fiber during the recent Expofil trade show, he...

P.G.D. Style

Melissa Biggs started her Los Angeles–based company, P.G.D. Style, to satisfy her obsessive desire for the perfect T-shirt....

New York Shows Give Buyers the Scoop on Trends

NEW YORK—Quality matters. That was the general theme for buyers who converged on the Big Apple for the women’s contemporary and designer trade shows held Feb. 18–22....

Creativity Pays Off

Creative industries that churn out fashion, art and movies are major economic powerhouses in Los Angeles....

New Retail Chain

High-end denim company 7 For All Mankind is getting ready to expand into the retail world with its own chain of stores. To do this, the company recently hired Aaron Battista as its vice president of retail, e...