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Friday, February 29

Gen Art Names New Garde

Gen Art will feature three up-and-coming designers during its “New Garde: A Celebration of Innovation Los Angeles Fashion” event, to be held March 7 at the Park Plaza H...

Class Makes Case for New Trade Show

Premium-denim and designer trade show Class debuts March 1–3 in Santa Monica, Calif.—and despite arriving amid a crowded trade-show calendar, Class founder and director Jason Bates promised his...

Verreos to Blog L.A. Fashion Week

Nick Verreos was one of the first designers to show at Smashbox Studios during Los Angeles Fashion Week—back before the Culver City, Calif., venue teamed up with Mer...

Fashion Lineup Announced for Mayor Villaraigosa's L.A. Fashion Week Eco Party

Organizers for FutureFashion L.A., the eco-themed fashion event to be held at the Getty House in Los Angeles during Los Angeles Fashion Week, named the 17 labels participati...

Hudson Launches Corporate-Relocation Consultancy

Larry Hudson, a former leasing executive with the Gerry Building and the California Mart (now called the California Market Center), has launched a real estate consultancy ai...

Sue Wong to Host Fashion Week Show in Talmadge Estate

Sue Wong will host a 1920s-themed masquerade party and fashion presentation at one of her Los Angeles–area homes, The Cedars, which was once the home of silent-film star Norma Talmadge. ...

Stuuml;ssy, Streetwear Brands Bucking Trends in Slow Economy

The economy seems to be hitting the brakes, but Stuuml;ssy and a handful of other streetwear brands are on the go....

Keeping Counterfeiters on Their Toes

Private investigators and police target L.A.’s copycat sellers...

Costa Rica Gets More Time to Join Trade Accord

Costa Rica got a seven-month extension to join the Central American Free Trade Agreement....

Nike: More Football, Less Hockey

Nike Inc. has added another football league to its roster. The Beaverton, Ore.–based footwear and athletic-apparel giant inked a deal with the French Football Federation to be the league’s equipment supplier un...

Gilman Joins Liz's Board

New York–based Liz Claiborne Inc. named Limited Brands veteran Kenneth B. Gilman to the company’s board of directors. Gilman’s election brings the number of directors to 10. Gilman spent more than 25 yea...

Commerce Dept.'s Textile Office at Material World Forum

Matt Priest, deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s textiles and apparel office, will moderate a trade forum on April 7 in conjunction with the Material World trade s...

Buddha-Bar Lands at Thesis Boutique

The Buddha-Bar lifestyle empire keeps growing. For more than 10 years, the French company released celebrated compilations of dance music. It also opened restaurant locations in Paris and New...

Oscar Nominee Wears Kevan Hall

Designer Kevan Hall is no stranger to Hollywood’s red carpet—“Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman wore one of Hall’s dresses when she won an Emmy Award in 2005.At the ...

Wet Seal COO Exits, Position to Remain Unfilled

Gary White, the chief operating officer for teen retailer The Wet Seal Inc., resigned on Feb. 26 to take the job of chief executive for United Retail Group Inc., based in Rochelle Pa...

New Asian-Themed Hotel Resort Planned Near Las Vegas Strip

Visitors to Las Vegas trade shows will soon have a $170 million Asian-themed hotel resort among their choices....

Show & Tell Fall '08

From the runway to the show floor, the recent West Coast trade shows launched new trends for Fall ’08. For a recap on the Project Global Trade Show, MAGIC Marketplace, United trade show and Pooltradesh...

Northwest Limited

San Francisco–based Levi Strauss & Co. and Jordan Brand, a division of Beaverton, Ore.–based Nike Inc., have teamed up to produce a limited-edition, co-designed menswear collection called 23/501. Part of th...

Monday, February 25

Directives West Merges With The Doneger Group

Los Angeles–based buying office Directives West will become an independent division of New York–based The Doneger Group on March 1, when the two retail consultancies officially join fo...

Elizabeth Lands Costume Design Oscar

Costume designer Alexandra Byrne took home the Academy Award for costume design at the 80th annual Academy Awards, held Feb. 24 in Hollywood.Byrne’s costum...

Saturday, February 23

When Nick Met Oscar: Verreos Hits the Red Carpet

In his career, Nick Verreos has dressed starlets including Eva Longoria Parker for the red carpet....

Friday, February 22

Project Balances Fashion and Price Point

LAS VEGAS—Perennial contemporary and sportswear favorites, as well as a handful of notable newcomers, presented jittery buyers with edited Fall 2008 lines at the Project Glo...

MAGIC's Men's, Women's Market Resilient

LAS VEGAS—The economy is going through a rough spot, but retailers are showing resilience, said vendors exhibiting at the MAGIC Marketplace’s men’s, men’s designer, and contempo...

Penney and Polo

Mid-tier retailer J.C. Penney Co. Inc. has launched its new label, called American Living, a lifestyle brand created for the chain by Global Brand Concepts, a division of Polo Ralph Lauren. The label encompasses ever...

United Offers Trim, Clean Show

LAS VEGAS—The United Trade Show cut the clutter when it opened its doors Feb. 12–14 at the Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas....

Stein Leaves On Sunset

The exclusive couture-style boutique On Sunset is going casual. The boutique’s buyer/manager, Shauna Stein, was the brains behind its high style and one of the pioneers of Los Angeles’ specialt...

Dressed for Celluloid Success

With Hollywood awards season in full swing, the Costume Designers Guild (CDG) spent the evening recognizing the work of its own and paid tribute to the legacy of the industry’s brightest talen...

Lingerie Americas Teams Up With WWDMAGIC

LAS VEGAS—The first Lingerie Americas show held in partnership with WWDMAGIC include...

Pooltradeshow's New Digs

LAS VEGAS—Change was the most dominant trend at the Pooltradeshow, which ran Feb. 12–14 in its new home, a 35,000-squarefoot space in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Central Hall. T...

New Brands, Novelty at CurveNV

LAS VEGAS—CurvExpo’s CurveNV focused on new and fresh fashion during its Feb. 14–16 run at The Venetian hotel in Las Vegas. This was the first CurveNV show held in partnership...

24 Seven Awarded Damages in I.D. Theft Case

The crime of identity theft has hurt consumers, but a recently resolved court case has shown how companies can fall victim to identity theft, as well....

Matchmaking at ASAP

LAS VEGAS—Like many of the Las Vegas trade shows, the ASAP Global Sourcing Show had its best day on its opening day, Feb. 11, and many exhibitorssaid traffic slowed after the MAGIC Ma...

Climbing High

Inflation in China rose to an 11-year high and could rise again in February. Consumer prices in January rose 7.1 percent over the same month last year. Inflation was fueled by devastating snowstormsca...

Audigier Everywhere in Vegas

The marketing blitz began on the way into town from the airport, where a billboard featuring a much-larger-than-life Audigier greeted Las Vegas visitors. As the 2008 featured designer, Audigier and his labels were prominently displayed on the cover

Tracking Trade - With an Eye on 2009

Importers get updated at USA-ITA conference in Los Angeles...

Liz Claiborne Warehouse Nets $68m

Liz Claiborne’s West Coast distribution center in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., has been sold for $68 million to Irvine, Calif.–based Birtcher Development & Investments....

CurveNV's Valentine's Day Bash

LAS VEGAS—After the CurveNV trade show closed its first day of business on Feb. 14, approximately 850 lingerie buyers, press and CurveNV exhibitors celebrated with a night of...

Cautious Strategic Buying Key at Las Vegas Shows

LAS VEGAS—Buyers were cautious, going for safe bets and proven sellers at the recent round of apparel trade shows in Las Vegas. But they were buying....

Price and Style Make Surf/Skate Brands Boutique Targets at Vegas Shows

Core surf and skate brands are no strangers to the MAGIC Marketplace and Project Global Trade Show in Las Vegas. Brands such as RVCA and Ambiguous have bee...

Solid Debut for New Men's Show MRket

LAS VEGAS—Traffic at the inaugural MRket menswearshow, which ran Feb. 10–13 at The Venetian hotel, opened with strong traffic and held fairly steady through the show, which caters to sellers o...

Steady Business at Moda LV, Accessories The Show

LAS VEGAS—Despite rumblings about the gloomy economy and less-than-overflowing aisles, exhibitors at the Business Journals Inc.’s side-by-side shows, Moda Las Vegas a...

One-Stop Shopping at Sourcing

LAS VEGAS—Traffic ebbed and flowed at the Sourcing section of the MAGIC Marketplace, drawing a mix of first-time apparel makers and seasoned manufacturers looking to source production, fabric,...

New Technology Helps Nip Markdowns in the Bud

Executives at Virginia Beach, Va.–based Products Preferred LLC think the best time for retailers to stop markdowns is before they begin. That’s the premise behind the company’s business model. ...

Garber in at First Capital

Ron Garber, a longtime figure in the finance business, has joined First Capital in Los Angeles as a senior vice president and portfolio manager....

Small and Focused at Global E.C.O. Trade Show

LAS VEGAS—The Global E.C.O. Trade Show returned to Las Vegas for its third season, again showing with the ASAP Global Sourcing Show. Like ASAP, the E.C.O. show opened a day...

Off-Price Specialist Show Gains Momentum

LAS VEGAS—Record numbers of buyers flocked to the Off-Price Specialist Show, held Feb. 10–14 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. The show featured branded and private-lab...

Filling the Gap

Dawn Robertson, president of the Old Navy retail chain, a division of Gap Inc., is stepping down immediately. She will be temporarily replaced by Tom Wyatt, president of Gap’s Outlet division, while a search is conducted for a new pr...

Slow Growth Expected for the Local Economy

Southern California may have to take a pain pill to cope with the economy this year, but at least it won’t fall into a recession....

Variety Show at WWIN

LAS VEGAS—Buyers were upbeat at the Feb. 11–14 run of the WWIN show, held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, as they were hungry to replenish inventories and introduce t...

Port Truckers

The Port of Long Beach put the final touches on its Clean Air Trucks Program, which goes into effect in October. On Feb. 19, the port’s Board of Harbor Commissioners voted to allow thousands of indepen...

Mercedes-Benz Names Smashbox Lineup

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios will kick off on March 9 with a lineup that includes Kevan Hall, Maggie Barry, Octavio Carlin, Ashley Paige and Alan Del Rosario’s Bow ...

Friday, February 15

Mr. Maiman Goes to Washington

Congress Hears Testimony on Design Piracy Controversy ...

California Continues at New York Fashion Week

NEW YORK—The West Coast continued its presence at New York Fashion Week, which ran Feb. 1–8. ...

Hi-Yo, Silver

Bob McKnight is back in the saddle at Quiksilver Inc., a surfwear, sportswear and equipment company based in Huntington Beach, Calif. The apparel executive, who was the company’s president until 2001, will take over again as presiden...

Kate Hosts Kristinit Trunk Show

At the specialty boutique Kate, shoppers in Los Angeles’Fairfax Dis trict were treated to a retrospective and preview Feb. 9 of Kristina Lenss’ line Kristinit....

Earth Pledge Talks Eco-Friendly Fashion at Otis

Earth Pledge, the nonprofit organization and think tank for developing ecofriendly ways of life, is penetrating the fashion industry from top to bottom....

Coat King

New York outerwear and sportswear manufacturer G-III Apparel Group Ltd. has acquired Andrew Marc from Gordon Brothers Group for about $42 million. Andrew Marc makes high-end outerwear and handbags under the l...

Designing the Character

One of the most noticeable aspects of filmmaking is the well-made garment that sets the tone for the movie. Costumes paint a picture of a character right before the viewer’s eyes....

In the Jeans

J Brand, a Los Angeles company that makes high-end women’s blue jeans, is launching a line of vintage-inspired jeans for men this fall. The label, called J Brand Denim Co., is under the direction of Sean Hornb...

Vegas Trade Shows Open Stronger Than Expected

LAS VEGAS—A sagging economy and a convoluted trade-show calendar had many exhibitors at the MAGIC Marketplace and its satellite shows expecting a lackluster season....

Lycra Chief Dies

Steve McCracken, the former president of Lycra Worldwide, died Feb. 7 in Toledo, Ohio, from stomach cancer. He was 54. As head of the Lycra spandex business in Europe from 1988 to 1992, he doubled Lycra World...

Down to the Wire at 'Project Runway'

NEW YORK—Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, Nina Garcia, Tim Gunn and Victoria Beckham?...

Luxe Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier turned out a fabulously luxe

Kellwood Accepts Merger With Sun Capital

Kellwood Co.—the St. Louis–based manufacturer of branded and private-label apparel, including the California-based labels Vince, David Meister and XOXO—announced it ha...

Curvexpo Debuts New York Show

NEW YORK—One year after launching in Las Vegas, lingerie trade show Curvexpo bowed in New York Feb. 3–5, running concurrently with Intimate Apparel Week and NewYork F...

Friday, February 8

Bianca Nero Gets Miss America Clean Sweep

Los Angeles designer Maria Bianca Nero nearly swept the red-carpet dress competition at the recent Miss America Reality Check, which debuted its new reality-show format earlier this ...

California on the Schedule at N.Y. Fashion Week

NEW YORK—More than 20 California designers are participating in New York Fashion Week this season. (Shows officially began on Feb. 1, although Band of Outsiders/Boy kicked off the wee...

MAGIC Moves to Three-Day Format in August

MAGIC is getting more concentrated....

Job Cuts, Reorganization at Macy's

Macy’s is getting leaner and meaner....

Shanghai University, Businesses Tap FBI's Apparel Acumen

A group of apparel manufacturers and design-school faculty from China will be in Los Angeles later this month to meet with representatives from local nonprofit Fashion Business Inc. ...

Sports Apparel Sales Show Women Are in a League of Their Own

The licensed-apparel business is no longer a man’s world when it comes to team-sports gear....

Sypder Buys Cloudveil

Boulder, Colo.–based ski brand Spyder Active Sports purchased Jackson, Wyo.–based technical-outerwear company Cloudvei l Mountai n Works for an undisclosed amount. Cloudveil will continue to operate as a separa...

Charming Changes

Bensalem, Penn.–based Charming Shoppes announced plans to close its Petite Sophisticate chain, as well as about 100 Fashion bug stores in an ongoing restructuring move. The retailer also announced changes in its executive sta...

Kumi Kookoon

Jennifer Chang of Los Angeles–based Kumi Kookoon is an accountant-turned-designer with a specialty in fine silks. Chang launched the brand in 2003 with a silk bedding line and added s...

Lisa Michelle: Fine Construction, Attention to Detail

Before Lisa Felsenthal studied fashion design at the Otis College of Art and Design, she studied sculpture, painting and photography. As a former student of detail-oriented...

Longtime CMC Worker A.B. Jackson Retires After 41 Years

California Market Center tenants gathered on Feb. 1 for a party in honor of A.B. Jackson, who ran the CMC’s mailroom for 41 years. ...

Nike/Umbro Deal Approved

Shareholders of London-based umbro approved the Scheme of Arrangement with beaverton, Ore.–based Nike Inc., which was required to facilitate the acquisition of umbro, a u.K.-based global soccer brand f...

Hollywood Fashion Biz Ponders Return to Work After WGA Strike

It’s been a winter of discontent for costume designers, boutiques and other fashion businesses that provide wardrobes for television shows. The 3-month-old Writers Guild of A...

D&A, CFDA, Earth Pledge, Villaraigosa Join Forces for L.A. Fashion Week Event

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will play host to representatives of the California fashion community at a party at the mayor’s mansion in Los Angeles during Los Angeles Fashion Week in Ma...

Seven Licensing/Tarrant Heads Downtown

Seven Licensing Company LLC/ Tarrant Apparel Group will debut corporate showroom space for contemporary brands in an 8,000-square-foot showroom space in Los Angeles’ bustling Fashion District,...

Denim Emerges as Focus for Surf Brands

Denim and action sports have always gone hand-in-hand, from the days the Dogtown boys changed the face of skateboarding while competing in a uniform of ...

Online Jobbers Attracting New Wave of Buyers

The off-price market is grabbing a bigger stake in cyberspace. Off-price jobbers, manufacturers and liquidators who struggle with the expense and maintenance of their own online vehi...

After Merger, Frederick's Eyes Future

The market for lingerie keeps growing. According to Port Washington, N.Y.–based NPD Group, a market-research firm, sales of bras, panties, slips and corsets climbed to $10.6 billion for the 12...

Nelson: Just Jackets, Multiple Styles

Adrineh Baghdassarian’s 9-year-old knits line, Spool, offered a comprehensive selection of tops, bottoms and dresses to stores such as Anthropologie and Nordstrom.For Baghda...

Zovo Loungewear Launches Ready-to-Wear

Zovo, the Seattle-based retailer and manufacturer of lingerie and loungewear, plans to introduce Ready-to-Wear, another building block to its growing business, at the upcoming Feb. 12–15 run...

Customs Eying Tariff Changes Affecting Apparel Importers

U.S. apparel and textile importers are worried that a proposed adjustment in customs regulations will add 8 percent to 10 percent to the cost of bringing in goods from outside the country....

Tarrant, American Rag Head Back to Court

The partnership between American Rag Cie LLC and Tarrant Apparel has entered a litigious new phase....

Hot Kiss Sells Majority Stake

Moshe Tsabag, founder of the Los Angeles–based Hot Kiss juniors brand, has sold a majority stake of the company to Bluestar Alliance, a private-equity fund on the growth track....

Cumulation Setback

Provision to send Mexican fabric duty free to Central America gets delayed ...

Port of Long Beach Told to Stop Polluting

The Port of Long Beach, which has been touting itself as one of the nation’s greenest ports, is being threatened with a federal lawsuit if it doesn’t clean up its act in the next 90 days....

Deborah Lindquist to Open Retail Store in No. Hollywood

Eco-friendly designer Deborah Lindquist has found a niche with eco-conscious brides. Lindquist— whose women’s clothing collection is made from recycled cashmere, hemp, organic cotton, organic wool, and repurpo...

Worlds Apart: Two Indie Retailers Tap Eco Trend With Mixed Results

For a new crop of eco retailers, it’s the best of times and worst of times....

Trashy Lingerie Launches Wholesale Division

Los Angeles–based retailer Trashy Lingerie’s made-to-order lingerie and costume designs have been seen in hundreds of movies, TV shows and commercials. Since the 1980s, Trashy Lingerie has supplied e...

Orange County Company Buys Sacramento-Area Mall

Irvine, Calif.shy;–based Steadfast Cos. has closed escrow on its purchase of the Sunrise Mall, a 121-unit enclosed shopping center located in Citrus Heights, Calif., 15 miles northeas...

Modern Bohegrave;me

Boho casual is updated for Fall with modern fabrics and a 1970s free-spirited attitude. Get the look in Las Vegas at the upcoming MAGIC International, Project Global Trade Show, Pooltradeshow and United trade...

Gemette Out, Hughes In at Arden B.

Sharon Hughes was named chief merchandise officer for Arden B., the contemporary division of juniors retail chain Wet Seal Inc., following the resignation of Greg Gemette, Arden B.’s ...

January '08 Sales Weak

January sales were weak, growing a scant 0.5 percent compared with the same month in 2007, according to the New York–based International Council of Shopping Centers. ICSC economist Mi...

Evans Group Launches Training Program, Partners With City of Oakland to Create Jobs

The Evans Group, a Los Angeles–based boutique manufacturer that has built its reputationon high-quality production and community-building efforts, has announced two new projects that will benefit Cali...

Cone Denim Ties a Blue Ribbon Around the World

In early January, Thomas McKenna took over the helm of Cone Denim, one of the largest denim makers in the world. Cone Denim supplies blue-jean makers such as Levi Strauss...

Revolveclothing.com's Focus on Fashion

Hip and edgy fashion comes fast in the form of

$10K Fashion Scholarship to Be Awarded at CTIA Show

Designers who have a knack for incorporating technology into fashion could win a $10,000 scholarship....

Quiksilver, Kymsta Fight Over Roxy Label Continues

The ongoing legal tussle between two California apparel companies over the Roxy name is heading to court for a second time....

Friday, February 1

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Mall Protesters

The California Supreme Court on Dec. 24 ruled in a close 4–3 decision that shopping centers are now fair grounds for free speech....

!IT Jeans: Have Makeover Tour, Will Travel

All fashion companies want to spread the word on their products, but Los Angeles–based !iT Jeans is taking its message on the road....

Creation of L.A. 'Fashion Park' Pitched to City Officials

A major “fashion park” with creative, manufacturing and warehouse space as well as employee housing and a big stage for fashion shows could be built in downtown Los Angeles if t...

CEO Out at Sears

Sears Holdings will be looking for a new chief executive officer. Its current top exec, Aylwin Lewis, is stepping down after three years in the position. Lewis joined the company shortly after it emer...

According to Maxine, Dress Is Key to Survival

There’s always a market for a dress, according to Silvia Joo—even in a neighborhood affected by a weak economy and the strike by the Writers Guild of America....

Felina Launches Sleepwear

Sophisticated and romantic foundations lingerie has been the cornerstone of Chatsworth, Calif.–based Felina for 25 years. For Fall 2008, parent company Piege is expanding Felina’s Eur...

Fresh-Air Event Venue to Bow at California Market Center

The California Market Center is taking advantage of the Southern California weather and is creating a new open-air showcase for fashion shows, parties and other industry events....

Scanty's Sundance Pajama Party

Celebrities who attended Scanty’s pajama party at Stereo during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, didn’t have to worry if they weren’t dressed for the occasion. L...

Men's Buyers Focus On High-Percentage Items at New Westcoast Trend Show

The better-grade to luxury class of apparel historically has been somewhat immune to economic downturns, but the current state of the market may even put a dent in that end of the business, ...

ASR: Steady and Reserved

After a sluggish holiday season, surf, skate and streetwear retailers converged on San Diego for the concurrent Jan. 24–26 runs of the Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo and the Agend...

American Apparel Legal Update

More than two years after its initial filing, a wrongful-termination and sexual-harassment suit filed by former employee Mary Nelson against Los Angeles garment maker American Apparel Inc. an...

Forever 21 Goes Global and Looks for Bigger Stores

With an eye toward becoming a publicly traded company, Forever 21 Inc. is expanding to South Korea and China as well as pumping up the size of its retail outlets to resemble fashion departmen...

White Laundry Collection

With the Fall 2008 collection, Githa Duncker, creative director of Los Angeles–based White Laundry, brings a popular United Kingdom brand to the U.S. market. Launched last fall by par...

Erdos Joins Bluefly

New York—based e-tailer Bluefly Inc. (

Quiksilver to Sell Ski Brand

Citing warm weather, pressure from shareholders and a gloomy economy, Quiksilver has announced its intent tosell Rossignol, its French ski apparel and hardgoods brand. Acquired in 20...

Paul Frank Confirms Addition of Mossimo Giannulli

Four months after denying that Mossimo Giannulli—the founder of Mossimo, the line of licensed men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel and accessories and current owner of Modern Amusement, the popular c...

Anti-Counterfeit Bill Passes State Assembly

A California bill that could give stiffer penalties to counterfeiters selling knockoff items passed the state Assembly on a 75–0 vote on Jan. 28....

School of Rock

Visitors to the Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo got a dose of ’80s-era nostalgia when show organizers presented a runway show inspired by John Hughes’ 1985 film “The Breakfast Club.” A ...

Gale Joins AI, Design School Launches New Degrees

Former Brooks College Fashion Chair Mary Ann Gale has been named the academic-department director for the Art Institute of California’s Orange County campus in Santa Ana, Calif....

Spreegirl

Launched in 2006, Los Angeles–based lingerie brand Spreegirl is targeted to fashion-forward women ages 18 to 30 and is stocked in over 140 retailers, including Von Maur Department Stores, Urban Out...

New Nordstrom Announced for O.C.

Nordstrom Inc. has signed a letter of intent with The Irvine Company to open a 138,000-square-foot Nordstrom store at the Fashion Island shopping center in Newport Beach, Ca...

Bebe Looks to Outside Designers to Boost Sales

Bebe Stores Inc. is debuting a new capsule collection called Tara Subkoff for Bebe on Feb. 2. It will be the first of the mall-based retailer’s series of collaborations with up-and-coming, bu...

ASR/Foam Bring Back the Brat Pack

The Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo and Foam magazine presented a “Breakfast Club: Return of the High School Clique”–themed...

Venue Change, Women's Lines Stimulate Business at Project N.Y.

NEW YORK—For the Jan. 21–23 run of the Project Global Trade Show, show organizers moved the show from the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to 7 World Trade Center, where the sweeping...

Frederick's, Movie Star Deal Done

After more than a year, the merger between New York–based Movie Star Inc. and Los Angeles–based FOH Holdings Inc., the parent company of Frederick’s of Hollywood Inc., has been completed. The deal is a $20 million rights offering and a one-for-two rev...

Avery Joins the Iron-On Wave

Brea, Calif.–based tags-and-label maker Avery Dennison Office Products Co. is jumping on the iron-on tee trend with its new Stretchable Fabric Transfers. The transfers feature Avery’s trademarked Softstretch formula, w...

ENK's Blue Captures IMG's Runway Buzz

NEW YORK—There was a buzz in the aisles at Blue, ENK International’s 2-year-old premium-denim trade show, thanks to a new slate of runway shows and fashion installations held at the upscale show...

New Project for Iron Army Founders

The Steves behind the premium-denim brand Iron Army—Steve Opperman and Steve Dubbeldam—are embarking on a new project and bringing their freewheeling attitude with them. They ...

In Bloom by Jonquil

Described as “flirtatious sleepwear, loungewear and playwear, In Bloom by Jonquil is based on a figure-flattering molded-cup bra built into chemises, camisoles and other lingerie items...

Wet Seal Cuts 41 Jobs

Wet Seal Inc.’s comparable-sales performance has steadily improved in the past few months, jumping from a decline of 7 percent in September 2007 to an increase of 0.6 percent in December 2007. Yet Ed ...

Dallas Market Center to Manage Colombia Trade Mart

Dallas-based Market Center Management Co. (MCMC) has reached an agreement with two Latin American companies to help develop and operate the proposed Latin America Trade Mart, a 2.5 m...