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Friday, May 25

David Loren Expands Private-Label Business

Former Max Studio and BCBG executive David Loren has launched a private-label business to augment his branded business sold through the Beverly Hills–based David Loren Collec...

Catch a Rising Star

Designs by Otis College of Art and Design students will be on exhibit and for sale May 24 to June 10 at Lisa M. Berman’s Sculpture to Wear gallery in Santa Monica, Calif....

Federated Names Key Divisional Presidents

Cincinnati-based Federated Department Stores Inc. promoted two executives to key posts within its Macy’s East and Macy’s Florida divisions....

Chip & Pepper Open Calif. Store

Premium-denim specialists Chip & Pepper opened its first West Coast store on May 17 at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, Calif....

California Labels Up for Dallas Fashion Awards

West Coast brands came away with the lion’s share of nominations for the 32nd Annual Dallas Fashion Awards, set for Oct. 7 at the Dallas Market Center....

Mandy Moore to Appear at FIG Dallas Market

Mandy Moore is very busy these days, but she does have enough time to visit the Dallas-based Fashion Industry Gallery Fall/Winter market June 2 to promote her Los Angeles–based line, ...

Patagonia T-Shirts Raise $99,000 for Oceana

Ventura, Calif.–based outerwear maker Patagonia has given a $99,000 grant to the global conservation group Oceana, which has headquarters in Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; and Anchora...

Apartment 3 Goes Downtown

Kristin Knauff’s destination shop for independent designers, Apartment 3, is on the move....

Bag it, Please

Blue-jeans maker True Religion Apparel Inc. is branching out into the handbag business. The Los Angeles–based company has signed a licensing agreement with Jacobs & Leslie Hsu Designs, a designer a...

How to Reduce the Cost of Shipping Insurance

With fuel costs and shipping rates on the rise, apparel manufacturers are taking a look at various methods to bolster their profits....

Technology Demands Grow South of the Border

Central America is an important manufacturing resource for U.S. apparel brands and importers, but the region has been an underdog compared to Asian sources....

Hong Kong Looking for Emerging Designers

Organizers of Hong Kong Fashion Week are searching for new fashion designers to participate in the International Designers Runway Show to be held during the Spring/Summer 2008 trade...

Too Thin to Win

The models on the runway at London Fashion Week will be looking a lot less thin this September. The independent Model Health Inquiry, made up of model managers, designers and supermodels, will be making recom...

Denim Sales Starting to Look Blue

The run on blue jeans isn’t over yet. But it is definitely slowing down....

Oakley Adds Distribution Space in Inland Empire

Apparel and eyewear brand Oakley Inc. is expanding its warehouse space in the Inland Empire, having signed a lease for close to 300,000 square feet in the Crossroads Business Park in...

Rusty Licensee Wins Restraining Order

C&C Companies, the Irvine, Calif.–based company that has the license to make Rusty apparel in the United States, has been tussling with the San Diego surf brand since last Decembe...

PacSun Gets Full-Time CEO

Pacific Sunwear of California Inc., the surf and skate retail chain that has been having a hard time appealing to its young customer base, has decided to give its interim chief executive a fu...

More Than Surfing Is What's Up at Surf Summit

From the stacks of surfboards in the lobby and the waiters handing out cold beer during check-in to the tequila shots downed by winners and presenters during the Image Awards, everything about the S...

Labor Talks to Get Underway Early

In an attempt to ensure smooth sailing at West Coast ports, the shipping lines and the dockworkers’ union have agreed to sit down in early 2008 to start negotiating a new contract before the old one ex...

New Guy at Gap

Trying to turn around lackluster sales at its Gap stores, Gap Inc. in San Francisco has snagged a former Paco Rabanne designer as the new executive vice pr...

Name Game

Shareholders at the annual Federated Department Stores Inc. meeting in Cincinnati voted to change the corporate name to Macy’s Inc., effective June 1. The $27 billion company acquired the May Department Stores Co. in 2005, changing t...

Stepping Down

Joel Waller, the president and chief executive of The Wet Seal Inc., will not renew his contract when it expires Feb. 1, 2008. The retail chain in Foothill Ranch, Calif., has hired an executive-recruiting firm to fin...

Hip City to Meet Hip Brand Store

As they say in real estate, “Location, location, location.”...

Breaking Up

Shelli Segal, the woman behind the label Laundry by Shelli Segal, is parting ways with Liz Claiborne Inc., which bought her company in 1999. Segal has been replaced by Trish Westcoat Pound, creative director ...

Retail Exec Luis Padilla Named ENK President

Veteran retailer Luis Padilla has been named president of New York–based trade-show producer ENK International....

French Lessons

Solstiss/Bucol brings a little French savoir-faire to Los Angeles ...

Friday, May 18

Limited Brand Sells Express Stores

With lingerie and beauty products making up 70 percent of its revenues, Limited Brands Inc. has decided to shed its clothing stores to improve its profits....

Four More Free-Trade Agreements on the Horizon

Free-trade agreements with Panama, Peru, Colombia and South Korea are getting closer to reality after Congress worked out a bipartisan trade policy between Democrats and Republicans....

LVCC Officials Approve Expansion

Las Vegas Convention Center officials on May 8 approved a plan to invest $890 million to renovate and expand the 48-yearold, 3.2 million-square-foot center, home to the MAGIC Marketp...

Microsoft Tech Truck Rolls Into Fashion District

Microsoft Corp., in conjunction with Santa Monica, Calif.–based software suppliers AIMS and Focal Technology Solutions Inc., will host a technology showcase from 11 ...

The Man Behind the MAGIC

Joe Loggia has been a police officer and is a certified public accountant. He has no doubt had to draw on both experiences during his nearly 15-year tenure with trade-show giant MAGIC Interna...

Technology Grabs Spotlight at SPESA/Material World

Technology—with bells and whistles at full tilt—moved to the front of the stage at the tri-annual SPESA Expo, held May 8–10 in conjunction with the annual Material Wor...

High Design With a Heart

Evans Group combines high-end contracting with heartfelt philanthropy ...

Blue's i.am Antik Deal

Commerce-based Blue Holdings Inc. has struck a deal with will.i.am––the musician, producer and member of the Grammy Award–winning group the Black Eyed Peas––for a premium-denim line that will complement Blue Holdi...

Gentry in at Invista

Invista, the fiber and polymer division of Wichita, Kan.–based Koch Industries, named Jeff Gentry chief executive officer for Invista, replacing Jeff Walker, who recently resigned. Gentry is a current ...

WGSN Expands West Coast Offices

Worth Global Style Network, the United Kingdom–based trend-forecasting service, has promoted Sally Lohan, senior editor for WGSN, to content director for the company’s West Coast operations....

Green Speak With FGI-LA

Fashion Group International of Los Angeles is partnering with Elle magazine and custom-furniture retailer Cisco Home to present “S...

West Coast Port Congestion Could Become a Trade Barrier

Manufacturing goods in China may be cheap,but it could lead to problems down the road....

Pony Goes Ultrasuede

San Diego–based footwear and athletic apparel maker Pony International LLC is bowing two new shoe styles featuring Ultrasuede, according to Ultrasuede maker Toray Ultrasuede (America) Inc. According to the company, th...

O'Neill Sells Trademarks to Dutch Company

It all started more than 50 years ago when a chilly surfer looking for a bit of warmth in Northern California’s waters discovered a magic fabric called neoprene....

Ed Hardy Licensor Files Suit Against Christian Audigier

Two months ago, Christian Audigier was walking the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios, where he showed both his eponymous collection and his licensed Ed Hardy l...

New CEO at Halston

Bonnie Takhar has been named president and chief executive officer of The Halston Co., according to Hilco Consumer Capital LLC and The Weinstein Co., both co-investors in and principal owners of the i...

Kasil Angles the Skinny

Some may say the skinny jean is going the way of the dodo bird, but Kasil thinks the trend still has legs. For Summer and Fall 2007, the Los Angeles–based premiumdenim maker is launching two new skinny styles...

Flux Nouveau: Knits With a Vintage Heritage

Martin Paquette got his fashion history education digging through rag-house bails across the United States and in his homeland, Canada. Paquette bought heaps of vintage clothes by the pound and, with ...

Friday, May 11

April '07: Retail Sales Stumble After Easter

The performance of the retail sector decreased 2.4 percent in April, according to the New York–based International Council of Shopping Centers. It was the largest decline since April 2002. Economists and reta...

Customs Seizes Record Number of Textile and Apparel Imports

Last month, U.S. Customs inspectors at the Port of Long Beach pulled aside a container of merchandise labeled as brooms. When they pried opened the metal box, not one single broom was inside....

Hanesbrands Consolidates in DR

Winston-Salem, N.C.–based Hanesbrands Inc. announced plans to shutter three sewing and assembly operations in Itabo, Dominican Republic, as the company pursues a plan to consolidate its sewing producti...

CIC Lands Korean Lingerie Firm

CIC Holding Co. Inc. acquired MCORSET, an 8-year-old lingerie company based in Korea, in a stock-purchase transaction. MCORSET produces lingerie under the Lefee, Kiss Republic, Suane and Fashino brands, and sells to ...

The Grove in New York? Caruso Debuts Manhattan Office

One of California’s best-known shopping-center developers, Rick Caruso, is taking his act to New York City....

Clean-Air Plan Choking Calif.'s Trucking Industry

Truckers are an independent breed, but the ones waiting in line for hours at the local ports for cargo wouldn’t mind becoming a little more organized....

Tilly's Names Real Estate Manager

Irvine, Calif.–based surf- and streetwear retailer Tilly’s has named two key executives to its management team....

When Narciso Met Liz

New York–based manufacturing giant Liz Claiborne Inc. struck a deal with designer Narciso Rodriguez to acquire a 50 percent ownership stake in Rodriguez’s company, Narciso Rodriguez. The designer has been named creative direct...

True Religion Misses First-Quarter Target

Vernon, Calif.–based denim giant True Religion Apparel saw its first-quarter gross margin grow a record 56.3 percent, but it missed its projected target of $39.9 million in net sales, ringing in instead at $3...

The Ratings Guy Offers Superior Shopping Sites

A Google search currently reveals some 864 million results for the shopping category, making it more difficult than ever before for shoppers to find quality vendors—and for those vendors to find dedicated shoppers...

California Retailers That Set the Trends

Retail has always been big in California—but recently it’s gotten even bigger....

Tiara to Launch Weekend Breakfast, Dinners

The Tiara Cafeacute;, located in The New Mart building in the Los Angeles Fashion District, is expanding its hours of operation, opening for breakfast and lunch on Saturdays...

Blastmaster: Plans Hatched

Can a streetwear business incubator find the juice to get a hip-hop clothing line started? Andy Howell is ready to take that gamble. The founder of the La Jolla, Calif.–based Egg Proj...

Friday, May 4

Apparel Customs Chief to Speak in Los Angeles

Current textile investigations and seizures, ghost factories in Asia, identity theft of U.S. firms, and shipments of denim jeans being stopped at numerous U.S. ports will be among the topics...

Savi Moves RFID Beyond the Container

Radio Frequency Identification technology—better known as RFID—is helping retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores and Target track products coming into their warehouses, but more co...

Designer Jill Richards, 85

Designer Jill Richards died on April 21 of natural causes. She was 85 years old....

IMG Moves Fashion Week Dates

IMG, the New York–based producer of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios, has set the dates for the Los Angeles event a week earlier than Los Angeles Fashion Market...

Tim's Take: Dress for Success

It was standing-room-only in the Museum & Galleries at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising when students, faculty and those-in-the-know turned out to hear “Project Runway...

L.A., L.B. Ports Hit Record Levels

The U.S. economy may be slowing down, but it wasn’t evident at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, where trade is booming....

Rudes Named FIG's Man of the Year

The Fashion Industries Guild of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center will bestow the honor of its “Man of the Year” award later this year on denim v...

The Aura Test

Feminine, contemporary fashions have ruled the boutiques of Santa Monica’s Montana Avenue for the past two decades. Yet Kristin Eberts wanted to find out how far she could push the limits of f...

Unifi Shuts Recently Acquired Plant in S.C.

Five months after it purchased a textile facility in Dillon, S.C., fiber maker Unifi Inc. announced plans to shut it down by the end of July and move the plant’s equipment and some of the staff to Uni...

Quiksilver Continues Executive Shuffle

On the heels of hiring new chief operating and financial officers, Huntington Beach, Calif.–based surf giant Quiksilver has announced the appointment of two new executives. Steve Tully, form...

E-tailing a Hot Topic at FGI Panel

Online shopping emerged as the dominant theme of discussion at Fashion Group International’s “Innovative Retail Icons” event at the Chamberlain hotel in West Ho...

City of Hope to Honor Ball

Premium-denim maven Michael Ball, chief executive and founder of the Los Angeles–based Rock & Republic brand of apparel and accessories, is the Apparel...

Hard Rock Leads Hotel, Trade Expansion in Vegas

Las Vegas’ trade-show scene continues to expand as a number of big real estate projects gets underway, bringing more choice hotel and convention space to the city over the next couple of years....

Antik Goes Abroad

Commerce-based denim maker Blue Holdings Inc., which produces the premium-jeans brand Antik Denim, struck a licensing deal with French licensing company Mercier SARL to produce and distribute Antik De...

Alternative Altruism

Atlanta-based T-shirt maker Alternative Apparel is the official apparel partner for two upcoming fund-raising events for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation— the Kids For Kids Family Carnival event in New York on M...

Trunk LTD Gets New Owner, Recruits Duarte

Beverly Hills–based Live Nation, a music-venue management company, has acquired the remaining interest in Trunk LTD, a Culver City, Calif.–based maker of music-licensed T-shirts and co...

AE's Mall World

Warrendale, Pa.–based retailer American Eagle Outfitters is producing a 12-episode comedy series called “It’s a Mall World” for broadcast on the company’s Web site www...

Designers Look to Make Big Splash on Third

Los Angeles’ West Third Street has developed a reputation as being the address for some of the city’s most fashion-forward retail. Carol Rodan and Chris Griffith hope that the street’s ...

IPATH Acquired

Torrance-based skate show company IPATH has been acquired by Stratham, N.H.–based footwear and outdoor apparel maker Timberland Co. for an undisclosed amount. IPATH founders Brian Krauss and Matt Field...

Designers Shine at Debut of South Coast Plaza's Bloomie's

Bloomingdale’s is on a California land rush. ...

Antik Accessorizes

Commerce, Calif.–based premium-denim brand Antik Denim LLC, a division of Blue Holdings Inc., signed a licensing agreement with Max Ray Inc. for a line of accessorie...

Rainbow Coalition

Three leaders in color technology discuss the latest innovations in creating vivid color quickly and reliably ...

Wave of the Future

Product Lifecycle Management software, while not new, has just begun to ride the crest of the wave ...

Hale Bob Launches Handbags

Hale Bob, the Vernon, Calif.–based maker of flirty tops and dresses, has announced the launch of its first handbag collection. Debuting with 25 handbags and evening bags in six capsules, Hale Bob’s newest add...

49 Square Miles

San Francisco–based private-label design and manufacturing house G. Hensler & Co. built its reputation as an accessories manufacturer making handbags, b...

Made in California: A Special Report

Even as the number of manufacturers producing clothing and accessories overseas grows, many U.S. companies still choose to produce domestically. California ranks high among production locales, with Lo...