Stories for October 2007

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Monday, October 29

The Mayor at Market

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spent four and a half hours in the Fashion District on Oct. 27 visiting the

Friday, October 26

Caste Inc.

Gerry BuildingSuite 703 (213) 627-6768 ...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Single

“Forget the runway” seemed to be the motto behind the Oct. 18 debut of Single’s Spring/Summer 2008 collection...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Who's Next

Fledgling lifestyle magazine Who’s Next, What’s Next hosted a three-designer showcase Oct. 16 at the Mondrian hotel’s Skybar in West Hollywood, Calif., where the models walked a runway...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Thirteen Minutes

Stylist Mike Sam previewed his debut line, English Clientele. Veteran designer Maggie Barry gave a taste of her Spring 2008 line. It was all part of the mix when Asian-American fashi...

Off to India

Cherokee Inc., based in Van Nuys, has licensed its brand name to Arvind Mills Ltd. in India. The multi-year license is for men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, footwear, accessories, home and other categories...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Monarchy

Monarchy’s edgy rock ’n’ roll embellished style went to prep school for the label’s

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Juan Carlos Obando

Always a purveyor of quality and originality, Juan Carlos Obando surprised yet again for the showing of his

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Jordi Scott

New York–based designer Jordi Scott lit up the Vanguard in Hollywood, Calif., on Oct. 15 with a fashion show featuring her colorful neon...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Whitley Kros

Actress Marissa Ribisi and business partner Sophia Coloma debuted their new line,

Happy Birthday, Kingpins

The invite-only biannual textile and sourcing show Kingpins is finding a happy home in Los Angeles. Created by New York–based garment and fabric agent Olah Inc., Kingpins enjoyed its one-year anniver...

Los Angeles' Lingerie Showrooms Open, Migrate, Relaunch

Lingerie buyers have new ground to cover during the Oct. 26–30 run of the Los Angeles Fashion Market. Sales representatives specializing in the sleepwear, loungewear and lingerie categories la...

L.A. Perspective

Buyers, press, stylists and other fashion-industry insiders got a glimpse of the diverse scope of Los Angeles design during the many events of Los Angeles Fashion Week. Featuring everything from red-c...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Bradley Baumkirchner

Bradley Baumkirchner, the endearing designer from last season’s “Project Runway” series, debuted his ...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Bird of Prey

Every season, Peter Ross takes an inspirational trip of cultural submersion. Last season for his Grail line, Ross traveled to Haiti. For the debut of his...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: The Green Initiative Fashion Show

The Gallery Los Angeles presented

Kate and Kass

Putting a playful twist on retro chic, Kate and Kass founder Anya Teresse brings a youthful eye to a classic aesthetic. Gleaning inspiration from 1960s films and female icons—including Jane Fonda, Jac...

Fashion Week Goes Green

Eco-fashion shows were all the rage for the recent Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios. But it remains to be seen whether green will be more than a trend for this glamorous biannua...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Candice Held

For Candice Held, scarves are not an accessory—they are the entire outfit. Since 2004, Held has found success fashioning vintage scarves into dresses and tops. At her...

Gap Goes Solar at Distribution Center

San Francisco–based Gap, Inc. will install a one-megawatt solar-power system to help run its Fresno, Calif., distribution center....

Jeffrey Sebelia Launches New Line

On the heels of debuting his Spring 2008 Cosa Nostra collection on the runway during Los Angeles Fashion Week, designer Jeffrey Sebelia has launched a new line to further h...

Aero & Co. Boutique Gambles on Moss Mills

Can a retail odd couple make sales skyrocket?...

PacSun Closes Steps, Looks for New Solutions for Demo

Pacific Sunwear announced on Oct. 24 that it will shutter its nine-store footwear retailer, One Thousand Steps, and that it will search for an investment banker to help it find...

Stephenson

With the Fall 2007 launch of her eponymous label, North Carolina native Amy Stephenson has settled into the So- Cal premium-denim market with ease...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Grey Ant

Grant Krajecki started his career designing for porn films, the theater and the Ice Capades....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: David Yurman

For Evan Yurman, men’s jewelry can be classified in three tiers. “Conservative, less conservative and way out there,” said Yurman, the director of men’s jewelry at New York–based l...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Petro Zillia

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, Calif., closed on a cheerful note thanks to designer Nony Tochterman, who retur...

Susana Mercedes

The New MartSuite 212(213) 489-9292

Lawson Debuts New Inventory-Replenishment Tool

Retailers now have another piece of technology to help them keep their store racks fresh....

High-End Contractor to Grow Production

The Evans Group, the high-end contractor that specializes in contemporary and young-designer production, will be moving its production facilities to a larger space. The new space, at 7,500 square feet, is tw...

Cone Denim Lays Off 150 Employees

Cone Denim is paring down its workforce again at its only remaining denim plant in the United States....

Rug-Store Owner Killed in Fashion District

A 71-year-old Iranian immigrant who owned a rug store in the Fashion District was shot and killed during an armed robbery on Oct. 23....

Liza Stewart Showroom

California Market Center Suite B535 (213) 622-9669 ...

Hellz Bellz: Raw, Loud and in Your Face

Hellz Bellz went from a spare-time hobby for Lanie Alabanza-Barcena to demanding every inch of her space. Alabanza-Barcena and her husband, Bam Barcena, felt the growth of the line immediatel...

Retail Conference in the Desert

“Redefining the Retailer/Supplier Relationship” will be the theme for this year’s Vendor Compliance Federation’s fall conference, set for Nov. 4–7 at the Renaissance Esmer...

Male Appeal

The French design house Cacharel, best known for its ready-to-wear womenswear, has opened a pilot store in Paris filled with the company’s first men’s collection. The store is called La Chemiserie Cacha...

U.S. to Get Tough on Counterfeiting and Piracy

The United States hopes to pass a trade agreement with major trading partners to combat counterfeiting and piracy of branded goods and other items....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Voom by Joy Han

Los Angeles designer Joy Han is taking a break from her playful silk baby dolls and moving into more-streamlined silhouettes and even bolder prints featuring eye-popping colors and graphics gleaned from Roy Lichtenstein...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: LRG

Streetwear brand LRG showcased its Spring 2008 men’s line and Luxirie, its women’s collection, Oct. 17 at 944 magazine’s Hollywood headquarters. Looks were shown on mannequins...

Getting the Goods

Family Dollar, with more than 6,000 stores in 44 states, and The NPD Group Inc., a Port, Washington, N.Y., company that tracks consumer and retail trends, have formed a three-year alliance to share information. Famil...

Overseas Buyers Find U.S. Apparel a Bargain

When Los Angeles fashion designer Sheri Bodell finished tabulating her Spring ’08 orders at the recent Fashion Coterie trade show in New York, she noticed a major geographic shift in buyers....

Paige Denim, Johnny Was Lead Dallas Awards

Paige Premium Denim, Johnny Was, Brighton and Le Top were among the California companies picking up prizes at the 32nd Annual Dallas Fashion Award...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Brian Lichtenberg

As many designers zig toward eco-friendly themes and natural inspiration this season,

Battle Over

Sears Holdings and Computer Sciences Corp. have put down the gloves in a dispute over a 10-year outsourcing agreement for information technology. The two announced they settled their differences after...

The News

Cooper Design Space Lobby F (213) 892-8822 ...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Christian Audigier

Christian Audigier set the scene for his Oct. 16

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Juuml;nker

Juuml;nker designers Tod Waters and Giuliana Mayo took to the streets for their Oct. 18

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Samora

Designer Samora Olayan has been making pretty dresses and separates for her contemporary collection, Samora, since 2002. This season, the designer wanted to highlight strength alongside beau...

Playboy Next Generation

A new partnership between Playboy magazine and Los Angeles–based licensing and graphics company Giant Merchandising Inc. recently bowed at select retailers with the goal of conveying the cach...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Oligo Tissew

Oligo Tissew designer Kristopher Enuke found inspiration in an alternate reality for his

Flying High

Retailer American Eagle Outfitters Inc. is launching a new line of workout and fitness wear called aerie f.i.t. (“fun, inspirational, technical”) for the 15- to 25-year-old girl. The lin...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Ed Hardy

Christian Audigier, whose

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Dina Bar-El

Sultry eveningwear was first and foremost on the runway for

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Bebe

Bebe kept it low-key when producing a fashion event Oct. 17 at the Social Hollywood nightclub in Hollywood. The party was held to celebrate the Brisbane, Calif.–based retailer’s...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scott returned to the runway Oct. 17 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, Calif., afte...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Evidence of Evolution

Evidence of Evolution launched its green line Oct. 17 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Cu...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Linda Loudermilk

Eco-conscious designer

Friday, October 19

Counterfeiter Gets 57 Months

A U.S. district judge sentenced New York resident Abbas Chouman to 57 months in prison on one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement. Chouman was ordered to forfeit the $7 million he re...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Bahar Shahpar

Eco-friendly styles are laying claim to all categories of fashion, and Brooklyn, N.Y.–based Bahar Shahpar seems to be carving out a niche in wearable, highend contemporary styles....

Sunrise Tech Sets Up Shop in L.A.

“Go West” is a message being sounded loudly in the technology community. After all, the West Coast fashion scene remains hot, and the manufacturing base is still significant. Those fact...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Bohemian Society

Bohemian Society designer Victor Wilde dubbed his Spring ’08 collection “Violent Playground”...

Tapping Into Tech With ApparelMagic's John Murphy

The business side of the apparel business— fulfilling orders, tracking materials and inventory, and handling processes such as EDI—is an area often overlooked by start-up companies and new designers who...

Corpus: Hip and Slightly Edgy

Launched first as a men’s collection by design duo Keith Richardson and Jerrod Cornish, Los Angeles–based label Corpus has expanded to include a women’s collection that complements the casually...

Charting Great Retail O.C.'s Great Park

Orange County in Southern California is still wide-open territory for many retail developers looking to capitalize on the region’s fairly well-to-do consumers....

Andrea S.: From White Top to Full Collection

For Los Angeles native Andrea Styranka, it all started with a simple white short-sleeve shirt that sold exclusively at Planet Blue. Officially launched for the Fall 2005 season, her...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Jenny Han

Inspired by the Roaring 20s, Los Angeles–based contemporary designer

D.C. for Skechers

Manhattan Beach–based footwear maker Skechers signed an 11-year lease for a 1.8 million-square-foot distribution center in Rancho Belago, a new community in California’s Inland Empire, east of Los Angeles. HF L...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Coco Johnsen

Relatively new to the world of fashion is Coco Johnsen, who had been designing one-of-a-kind pieces for the last few years until she put together her first ready-to-wear...

Lectra Launches Education Initiative

Lectra has launched an education initiative to create a better-skilled work force by teaming up with fashion colleges around the world and giving them easier access to the company’s technology...

Metropark Gets New Chief Executive

Metropark, a mall-based fashion-boutique chain geared toward street-savvy young adults, has promoted one of its executives to the top spot....

SoSik: Fast, Affordable Fashion For Juniors

There’s a phrase that young people use to describe something as “fantastic” or “over the top.” That phrase is “so sick.”...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Joseph Domingo

Joseph Domingo cut hemlines shorter and dipped V-necks lower than his usual for his

Michelle Yu: Art Meets Fashion

After six years designing for established companies, including Rock & Republic and BCBG, Michelle Yu thought it was a time for a big change....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Gen Art

Gen Art’s “Fresh Faces in Fashion” show, staged Oct. 13 at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Lo...

E-Portfolios: The Latest Thing on College Campuses

A San Francisco software company is helping fashion college administrators, instructors and students collaborate with each other more quickly and efficiently—and electronically. The c...

Purse Stars in 'Sex and the City' Film

Though it won’t hit theaters until May 2008, the cinematic version of “Sex and the City” is creating a lot of stir for Beverly Hills–based handbag designer Timmy Woods of Timmy Wo...

OptiTex Breaks Into Home-Sewing Market

Software supplier OptiTex is entering the home-sewing market. Home sewing is fueled by independent fashion designers and hobbyists and is considered to be one of the fastest-growing segments ...

Kellwood Rejects SunCap's Offer

The board of directors of St. Louis–based manufacturer Kellwood Co. rejected an unsolicited proposal from Capital Securities Group LLC to purchase Kellwood for $21 per share. The board, on the advice of independent fi...

Pooltradeshow on the Move

After occupying a tent in a parking lot in Las Vegas, the Pooltradeshow is moving to firmer ground for next February’s MAGIC Marketplace....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Heatherette

There’s no such thing as too much at Heatherette’s fashion shows. The New York–based dynamic duo of Richie Rich and Traver Rains gathered souvenirs of inspiration for their Spring 2008 collection on a ...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Chick by Nicky Hilton

Chick by Nicky Hilton, the juniors collection created by the hotel heiress an...

JCPenney Gets PLM From PTC

Dallas-based JCPenney is investing in new PLM (product lifecycle management) software to help streamline its private-label business....

State Garment Raids Net $600,000 in Fines

In a two-day sweep of garment factories in Los Angeles and Orange counties, state officials cited more than 70 manufacturers for violating several labor rules....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: What's Next

Los Angeles Fashion Week kicked off with a series of independent runway shows under the BoxEight banner, Gen Art’s Fresh Faces in Fashion and Merce...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Ecoganik

If the environment is the road to success, Ecoganik is in the fast lane....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Avita

Avita designer Amanda Shi opened EcoNouveau, held on Oct. 13, the third day of the BoxEight r...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Gary Harvey

Gary Harvey’s twin muses are the beauty of a woman’s torsohellip;and garbage. He mixed the two to create a high fashion...

Tahari Opens Big at Saks Fifth Avenue

Worries about the weak dollar may have alarmed some retailers, yet New York–based fashion designer Elie Tahari remains bullish....

Attendance Up at L.A. Textile Show Despite Crowded Calendar

Traffic was unexpectedly brisk at the Oct. 15–17 run of the Los Angeles International Textile Show at the California Market Center, where long lines at the registration counter contin...

Dreamgirl Moves to Online Sales

Los Angeles–based lingerie brand Dreamgirl International is installing a new Internet-based software system that will enable its retailers and sales agents to place orders, check inventories a...

Searching the World's Factories With Panjiva

Apparel manufacturing has been expanding to the four corners of the earth, but emerging database technology is making the world smaller for companies looking for offshore manufacturers....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Elsie Katz Couture

Designer Donna Baxter of

PAD System's New Approach Brings CAD to the Masses

The new owner of CAD/CAM supplier PAD System Technologies is making some changes that prospective CAD artists as well as existing customers may find hard to refuse....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: J'aime Pressley

For more than three years, J’Aime Collection, a clothing label owned by actor and designer Jaime Pressley, produced knits and dresses for contemporary boutiques. On Oct. 15, J’Aime deb...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Yves Castaldi

Yves Castaldi said he took the inspiration for his

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Eduardo Lucero

Eduardo Lucero took inspiration from his surrounding for his runway show held Oct. 11 at the ...

Tukatech Expands International Presence

Los Angeles–based Tukatech Inc. has opened new offices in Central America, Asia and Europe....

Paul Frank Culls Workforce, Welcomes New Investors

For the first time in its 10-year history, Paul Frank Industries has had to lay off staff members....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Louis Verdad

BoxEight hosted Fashion Week favorite

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Randolph Duke

Randolph Duke presented his first

Vineyard Vines Teams With CGS/Blue Cherry

Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.–based apparel company Vineyard Vines has upgraded its information-technology systems with the BlueCherry enterprise suite, developed by New York–based ...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Cosa Nostra

Los Angeles designer

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: 2B Free

2B Free traded in its traditional matching sweat-suit sets for sexier 1980s leggings and hooded mini-dresses at its...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Sue Wong

Sue Wong looked to Modern Art masters such as Miro, Matisse and Calder to create part of her

DigiFab Releases Heat Press for Polyester Prints

Los Angeles–based printing-systems supplier DigiFab Systems has released a heat press, which allows users to make dye-sublimation prints on polyester and poly-blend fabrics....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring '08: Kevan Hall

Los Angeles designer Kevan Hall dug deep into his African roots for his

Zainab: Top Fashion by Appointment Only

If retail is supposed to be like theater, or cinema, if you will, then Zainab Sumu aims to give her clients an exclusive personal screening....

Gerber CAD Training at FBI

Incubator agency Fashion Business Inc. is offering a six-week course in pattern design using Gerber Technology’s Accumark 8.2 system Oct. 27–Dec. 1 at the FBI Resourc...

Friday, October 12

Factors: Inventory Control Is the Key to a Slow Economy

Local factors, who have their finger on the pulse of the apparel industry, give their outlook for the economy and advice about surviving a slowdown....

Premium Denim's New Breed

With a plethora of options, the premium-denim consumer has had to become a savvy shopper. Aristocrat denim has even started using the tagline “premium luxury denim,” perhaps to different...

Holiday Shoppers to Take a Wait-and-See Attitude

Holiday shoppers will probably be spending about the same amount of money as last year, but they won’t be sprinting to the stores until later in the season, according to the latest holiday sur...

Eco-Chic Fashion Week

Is green really the new black? Los Angeles gears up for eco-friendly runways....

Fabrics With an Eco Edge

With the current influx of eco-conscious fashion collections, the demand for sustainable and organic fabric is increasing. The recently opened Los Angeles–based textile compa...

Directives West: Light & Bright

Fashions ranged from frilly to tomboy at the Directives West buying office’s fashion shows Oct. 8 at the California Market Center, but the unifying themes o...

Guez Liberates Himself From People's Liberation

Danny Guez, founder of Los Angeles denim maker People’s Liberation Inc., left the company in early October, giving up his position as creative director....

Mestre Joins Cherokee

Van Nuys–based Cherokee Inc. named Lourdes Mestre brand manager for Mexico and South America. Mestre, who previously worked with Target Stores, will help Cherokee pursue it goal of being a “worl...

Juicy Couture Finds Place on Rodeo

Irreverent California contemporary brand Juicy Couture will open a boutique on Oct. 12 on stately Rodeo Drive, but the casual brand will not turn Rodeo elegance upside down, according to the ...

Slo-Mo Is the Economic Prediction Through 2008

For manufacturers and retailers this holiday season, the best words of advice could be this: Take a chill pill and don’t expect sales to be too spectacular....

More JCPenney All Around

Plano, Texas–based JCPenney opened 22 new stores—making good headway on its plans to open 50 new stores in 2007. So far this year, the department store has opened 44 new stores and had plans to open the...

Changes at the Top of VF

There’s an executive shuffle at the Greensboro, N.C.–based VF Corp. The manufacturing giant has promoted President and Chief Operating Officer Eric C. Wiseman to chief executive officer, succeeding Mackey J. Mc...

MyShape Names Potter to Merchandising Post

Former Directives West partner Sandy Potter has joined Pasadena, Calif.–based e-commerce start-up MyShape (...

Costa Rica Newest Member in Central American Free-Trade Club

After years of debate, Costa Rica became the last signatory country to join to the Dominican Republic–Central American Free Trade Agreement. ...

Fund-raiser for Show Pony's Buzzelli

Friends of Kime Buzzelli, the artist/owner of the Show Pony boutique and gallery in Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood, are rallying around her to raise funds for a much-needed operation. A large tumor has been foun...

Grand Jury Indicts Designer Anand Jon

Designer Anand Jon Alexander has officially been indicted and charged with 59 counts of sexually assaulting 20 women....

Gap Heads to the Philippines

San Francisco–based retailer Gap Inc. struck a franchise agreement with the Rustan Group of Companies to open eight Gap and four Banana Republic stores in the Philippines over the next five years. The first Ga...

Surf's Executive Shuffle

A bevy of surf executives are taking new positions this month....

Jantex Inks Deal to Distribute Digital Printers

Jan Springer, owner of Pico Rivera, Calif.–based printing-equipment supplier Jantex Inks & Beyond Inc. sees the future of textile printing coming via digital systems. With that in...

Fashion Blog Coutorture Trades Hands

San Francisco–based Sugar Inc. has acquired the online fashion community Coutorture (

Brother Targets Latino Textile Business

The Brother International Corp. is targeting California’s league of independent and small apparel manufacturers to move into the digital age with its new GT-541 ink-jet garment printe...

Mom2B Returns to L.A. With Larger Event, Fashion Shows

Mom2B, the new trade show for maternity apparel and pregnancy-related products, returned for its second season in Los Angeles to the Cooper Design Space....

Cardona Joins Rock & Republic

Designer David Cardona has joined premium-denim maker Rock & Republic as vice president of design, a spokesperson at the Culver City, Calif.–based company confirmed. Ca...

Name Change for Blue-Jeans Company

When the Innovo Group started up in 1987 as a small company in Texas, it was making cnvas and nylon products for the sports licensing and advertising specialty markets. ...

Majors Market Bullish in Tough Economy

The news going into the Majors Market Oct. 8–10 at the California Market Center wasn’t encouraging. According to the Conference Board, consumer confidence has slumped to a two...

California Apparel News to Sponsor Design Suites Party

The labels participating in the Design Suites and the California Apparel News will host a party on Oct. 18, the closing night of the Design Suites exhibition at Smashbox Stu...

Is Target Missing the Mark?

A recent court ruling regarding Target Corp.’s successful Web site (

September '07 Sales Could Lead to More Markdowns

Consistently solid retail performers including Nordstrom slipped during September, and a few retailers such as Pacific Sunwear reported increases during a month that was called disap...

Farmers' Market Opens in Fashion District

Aside from organic apparel, the Los Angeles Fashion District now has organic produce thanks to a new farmers’ market, which will be set up each Thursday from 4–7 p.m. in the Santee Village lof...

Boutique Lingerie Lands in London

Lingerie manufacturer Samantha Chang is taking her Boutique Lingerie trade show global. Chang hosted the first Boutique Lingerie show at the 54 Boutique Hotel in the South K...

Doneger Trends

For the critical retail categories of dresses and tops, a big shift has taken place, according to Janine Blain, West Coast director of trend forecasters and retail consultants The Doneger Gro...

Dolce Vita: Dresses to Go With Dolce#039;s Shoes

For Spring 2008, Emeryville, Calif.–based footwear manufacturer Dolce Vita will have a full collection of dresses to complement its pretty contemporary shoes. The dress line, which launched wi...

New Looks, New Presentation for Fields' Spring 2008 Forecast

The 500 retailers attending the Barbara Fields Buying Office’s forecast of Spring ’08 juniors fashions learned that organic T-shirts and crochet sweaters will be among the top items coveted by ...

Westwood: Fashion Retail Growing on the Westside

Five years ago, Lindsey Hassen was a frequent visitor to the movie theaters and cafes of Los Angeles’ Westwood neighborhood. But it was no place for fashion....

Dolce Vita: Dresses to Go With Dolce’s Shoes

For Spring 2008, Emeryville, Calif.–based footwear manufacturer Dolce Vita will have a full collection of dresses to complement its pretty contemporary shoes. The dress line, which launched wi...

Friday, October 5

Passport to the Future

Macy’s Passport, the retailer’s annual fashion fund-raiser, celebrated its silveranniversary with a star-studded extravaganza at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. Joining the famous-maker brands on the runway was Academy of ArtSan Francisco student Ashleigh Tucker, who,...

L.A. Retailer Tests Eco-Fashion Market

Green seems to be all the rage in the fashon world, with major clothing brands including Levi’s, producing eco-friendly clothes and a wave of emerging fashion labels designing stylish apparel ...

Macy's After the Merger

Macy’s Inc. can deliver star power, but can it deliver on its promise? For glitz, the better department-store chain produced the aptly named Macy’s Passport Gala Evening on Sept. 27. It’s where...

Retailer Goes Where Fashion Has Not Gone Before

Lisa Hans has painted some famous faces, including Hillary Clinton and punk rocker Johnny Rotten in her ongoing career as a makeup artist. But lately she’s out to change the look of the Los Angeles int...

Zafu Opens Database to Retailers, Manufacturers

Emeryville, Calif.–based Zafu (

Eco Part of the Draw at Material World N.Y.

The organic world was in full bloom at the Material World New York show as vendors put the spotlight on sustainable fabrics as well as sourcing and technology Sept. 25–27 at the Jacob...

Quiksilver Brainstorms With Volcom, Eco-Panel Talks What's Next in Eco-Fashion

Executives from activewear brands Quiksilver, Volcom, Hurley and Nike recently held informal talks on gathering their collective clout to conserve the dwindling supply of o...

Knockoffs, Port Tour Part of AAFA Long Beach Event

“Knock it Off! Brands and the Counterfeiting Quandary,” a two-day seminar on counterfeiting and intellectual-property rights, will be part of the American Apparel & Footwear Associ...

Cargo Chaos Could Occur at Ports With Clean-Trucks Program

A new Clean-Trucks Program at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is facing major opposition and may not take effect until at least the middle of 2008 instead of the beginning of next year....

Hanesbrands' Chaden to Retire

Winston-Salem, N.C.–based Hanesbrands Inc. announced its Executive Chairman Lee A. Chaden will retire at the end of the year after 16 years with the company. Upon retirement, Chaden will become nonexecutive ch...

Mothers Cancels Sears Deal

Philadelphia-based maternity retail chain Mothers Work Inc. has opted not to renew its leased-department agreement with Sears. The company currently runs a maternity department in 502 Sears stores, where Mothers Work...

Audigier Opens New HQ, Company Store

Christian Audigier’s empire continues to grow. The designer, whose stable of brands has now grown to four, has moved his company from Los Angeles’ Hollywood district to a 160,000-square-foot fa...

Organic-Fiber Conference Set for Monterey, Calif.

Berkeley, Calif.–based Organic Exchange is hosting its Fifth Annual Conference and Marketplace on organic fibers and sustainability Oct. 31–Nov. 2 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in...

Macy's Finds Solar Energy Is a Bright Idea

Solar energy is Macy’s next fashion statement....

Fashion Business Primer Coming to Hollywood

Veteran production manager Liza Deyrmenjian will conduct a weekend workshop titled “Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Own Fashion Business” Nov. 3–4 at Raleigh Studios in...

Trademark Decision for True Religion

Los Angeles–based premium-denim lifestyle manufacturer True Religion won a trademark dispute against denim maker Triple S. Productions Inc. regarding the stylized “U” design on the back pocket of True Re...

Surf Goes Street

It wasn’t too long ago thatsurfwear companies groused about pretenders to their throne. Companies such as Hollister, a New Albany, Ohio–based retailer of sur...

Adidas Moves Reebok

Reebok is moving some departments, including customer service and accounting, from the Reebok World Headquarters in Canton, Mass., to new facilities under construction in Spartanburg, S.C. The Spartan...

Levi's Opens in Mich.

San Francisco–based jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co. opened two Levi’s stores in Michigan. The store in the Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi opened Sept. 28, and the store at The Mall at Partridge Creek in Cl...

Monday, October 1

Already Shipped China

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