Stories for July 2008

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Friday, July 25

Dominican Textile Bill Introduced in Congress

The Dominican Republic might be getting an apparel manufacturing boost....

Timbuk2 Inks Deal With CenterStone Technologies

San Francisco–based accessories company Timbuk2 is using the Internet to manage sales and orders. The company has signed an agreement with Denver-based CenterStone Technologi...

Showrooms for Sale in L.A. Fashion District

Los Angeles–based real estate developer the KI Group is taking on one of its most ambitious projects to date with the development of Stanford Regency Plaza, a 132-unit wholes...

Thoroughly Modern Missy

Not Your Daughter’s Jeans Finds Niche in Denim Market ...

Full Circle Counters Hard Times With Robust IT

Laguna Hills, Calif.–based software developer I...

St. John Tapping Into New Ideas and New Markets to Grow Business

For St. John, the venerable knitwear company founded in 1962, the last year has been a time of evolution....

Powerhouse

Dutch fashion designer brand Viktor & Rolf has a new partner. Italian businessman Renzo Rosso, the man behind Diesel, acquired a majority stake in the brand, which is headed up by Viktor Horsting and Rolf...

Letter to the Editor: 'The Greening of Vegas,' a Clarification

In the July 11 edition of California Apparel News, Zachary Delbex-Smith and the foundingof his company, Greener Vegas, were featured in an...

Pur the Couturier of Denim

Touted as a new approach to the world of denim, Pur Premium Denim is the brainchild of designer Hae Yong. An industry veteran with more than 20 years in the denim market, Yong has worked with Lucky Brand, James Perse...

Centric Adds Compliance-Management Features to PLM

Campbell, Calif.–based Centric Software, which specializes in PLM (product lifecyclemanagement) software, has entered into an agreement with San Ramon, Calif.–based Hokura LLC to deli...

Blue on Blue

Meeting the trials and tribulations of the denim industry ...

Obando Nominated for CFDA Award

Los Angeles–based designer Juan Carlos Obando is among the finalists for the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America’s “CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund” award....

Volcom Buys Laguna Surf, O'Neill Opens Shop

Volcom Inc. announced on July 21 that it purchased two-store surf chain Laguna Surf & Sport for an undisclosed amount. Volcom founder Richard Woolcott said the multi-brand retail...

Intellectual Property for Sale on Web

A Troy, Mich., company has developed a Web site (

Fashion Showroom Gambles on Chinatown

Theoretically, a fashion showroom needs no more than a rack and the next season’s styles. The showroom’s surroundings could be as complex or as minimal as needed. Entrepreneur Willard Ford plans to test this th...

New West Coast Offices for 24Seven

New York–based employment agency 24Seven Inc. has opened a Seattle office to supply the region with fashion-industry staff and other creative talent. ...

Optitex Venture to Enhance 3-D Applications

CAD provider OptiTex has joined forces with Santa Clara, Calif.–based visual-computing specialist Nvidia to advance research-and-development efforts using 3-D technology....

New Orange County Malls Follow Tourist Dollar

Consumer spending is forecasted to take a dip this year in Orange County, the home of venerable retail centers such as South Coast Plaza, yet the county’s newest malls are banking on ...

True Religion's Lubell Up for Entrepreneur Award

Jeffery Lubell, founder of Vernon, Calif.–based denim label True Religion Apparel Inc., has been named a finalist for Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” award...

Carol Malony Partners With Russell-Newman

Pacific Palisades, Calif.–based Carol Malony is on the edge of a growth spurt. The lingerie designer has formed an alliance with Russell-Newman Inc., the Denton, Texas–based intimate-a...

Sales Slump

Department-store clothing sales in Japan took a dive this spring. For the months of May and June, apparel sales fell 14 percent. Aeon department-store officials said the company has seen a sharp drop-...

SwimShow Maintains Sunny Outlook for 2009

MIAMI BEACH, Fla—The mood inside the Miami Beach Convention Center was as bright and sunny as the skies outside for the July 19–22 run of the Swimwear Association o...

Surprising Turnout for N.Y. Textile Shows

NEW YORK—Roving packs of designers and buyers traversed New York during the city’s de facto Textile Week, browsing the international offerings at Texworld USA, Premie...

Agave's New D.C.

Los Angeles–based denim brand Agave has started construction on a 22,000-square-foot design studio and warehouse to be based on a two-acre parcel in Ridgefield, Wash., near Vancouver. The faci...

Charlotte's New Chief

Retailer Charlotte Russe Holding Inc. has a new guy at the top, even if it’s only temporary. Leonard Mogil, who has been on the San Diego–based chain’s board since 2001, will take over for Mark Hoffman, who is retiring ...

Ben Venuto

After spending years eyeing San Francisco as a top spot for retail, Prada recently opened a flagship store in the city surrounded by bridges and bays. For Prada, this is its 11th U.S. retail outlet and its first U.S. store o...

Off the List

Apparel maker Cygne Designs Inc. received notification from NASDAQ officials that the New York company may be delisted from that stock exchange. On July 16, the company received a letter warning executives that their stock h...

Gerry Building Back to Leasing Showrooms

The Gerry Building is back in business....

Alvanon Expands Management Team

New York–based dress-forms maker Alvanon has expanded and realigned its management team....

Friday, July 18

Looking for the Right Stuff

The winding hills of San Francisco are treacherous for the novice driver. You’re better off being the passenger of someone with a quick clutch foot and years of experience. ...

Shirley of Hollywood Launches Red Carpet Collection

Shirley of Hollywood didn’t have to search far for inspiration to create its Red Carpet Collection to celebrate its 60th anniversary....

Samantha Chang Reemerges With Two New Collections

Lingerie designer Samantha Chang’s new mantra for Spring 2009 is “simple and streamlined.”...

Nordstrom Signs On to Santa Monica Place

Nordstrom is moving to the seashore. ...

Shopping Online Could Be Hurt by Economy

High gas prices might be changing the way people commute to work and travel, but retail analysts and merchants are divided on whether the gas crunch will change the way people shop....

Fashion With an Eastern Perspective

HONG KONG—A four-day

Fourth Port Fee Would Add to Shipping Costs

The concern about crumbling infrastructure and clean air prompted the California Assembly to pass a $60-per-container fee to be imposed on the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland....

Nicola Bertti Diversifies and Expands Its Retail

Contemporary lifestyle brand Nicola Bertti is on the move....

Swim Strategy: Keep It Simple

For beachwear retailer Diane’s Inc., simplicity is not only beautiful, it can help with sales strategy. According to the retailer’s merchandising manager, Janice Prescott, complex window displ...

Mid Year Financial Review: Few Bright Spots on the Economic Horizon

Election-year politics usually produce an upturn in the economy, even during tough times....

BB Dakota Debuts New Juniors Line

Irvine, Calif.–based designer Gloria Brandes has made a name for herself creating runway-inspired fashion targeting the young contemporary market under the BB Dakota brand. Back-to-Sc...

Retail Merger

Two of North America’s oldest department stores will now become one. NRDC Equity Partners, which owns Lord & Taylor, has acquired the Hudson’s Bay Co., Canada’s oldest retailer. Rumors about a possible HBC sale had been circulating since April, fo...

Trina Turk Gains an Investor

Greenwich, Conn.–based private investment company KarpReilly LLC has made an undisclosed investment in Alhambra, Calif.–based contemporary brand Trina Turk....

Big Apple Time

Vernon, Calif.–based denim giant True Religion opened a retail store at Time Warner Center’s The Shops at Columbus Circle in New York. The 1,850-squarefoot emporium is the brand’s third New York City loc...

Port Productivity Declines During ILWU Contract Negotiations

The work climate at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is turning a bit chilly....

French Surf Brand Lands in California

While American surf brands practice manifest destiny abroad, Oxbow, a 23-year-old French surf brand, is claiming its own corner of Southern California turf and is looking to expand its reach....

Juniors Brand Big Strike Merges With Space Girl-z

Big Strike, the Gardena, Calif.–based juniors manufacturer of the Soulmates and Heart Soul brands, announced a merger with Space Girl-z, a juniors bottoms brand....

EBay Wins

A federal judge in Manhattan sided with online auction giant eBay in a suit filed in 2004 by luxury retailer Tiffany & Co. Tiffany was hoping to place the burden of maintaining and enforcing trademarks on...

L.A. Designer Plans Third Annual Fashion Fund-raiser for Malaria Relief

Los Angeles–based designer M’Backe Seye will host his third annual fashion fundraiser, Defal Sa Walle, on Aug. 11 in downtown Los Angeles....

Higher Prices a Sign of the Times at Hong Kong Fashion Week

HONG KONG—The beginning of 2009 marks the end of U.S. quotas on all Chinese apparel, which means that American buyers should have been flooding Hong Kong Fashion Week to survey the 1,...

Going Up

Los Angeles–based American Apparel announced its unaudited same-store sales for June and for the year’s second quarter, which ended June 30, 2008. June store sales at its 145 stores open for more than o...

Wednesday, July 16

Hotel Bondi Swim: Locals Only

Australian fashion has been making inroads on the global retail scene. Among the promising designers emerging from the pack Down Under is the husband-and-wife team of Damion Fuller ...

Taking the Plunge

Over the years, Lunada Bay has grown from a one-brand house to a company juggling eight labels....

Swim Diary: Show Girl

Catching up with SwimShow’s Judy Stein ...

Waterwear 2009: West Hollywood

Square-cut swimwear styles a hit with West Hollywood’s fashionable set ...

Jets by Jessika Allen: Coming to America

Jets, a long-beloved Australian luxury swim brand, saw a renewal in 2001 when it was purchased by designer Jessika Allen. Now, the brand is focusing its attention on the United States market with the ...

Ed Hardy and Christian Audigier: Tattoo Art Makes an Impression

Designer Christian Audigier took the art of Don Ed Hardy, a San Francisco tattoo artist, and incorporated it into the Ed Hardy by Christian Audigier label in 2004. Today, the brand encompasses everyth...

Luxe: Style Meets Function

Raj Manufacturing, the Tustin, Calif.–based manufacturer that produces a slew of juniors and misses swim brands, will target a new niche market come Cruise 2009. Luxe, a new in-house brand designed by ...

Marysia Charleston: Swimwear From the South

For Maria Dobrzanska Reeves, everything is about motion....

Belusso: The Marriage of Art and Fashion

Los Angeles designer Kirsten Ehrig-Sarkisian’s new swimwear brand, Belusso, was born from a love of art, fashion and all things French—the French Riviera, that is....

Friday, July 11

Invista's Latest Gives Wool a Sporty Twist

Invista has introduced a new variant on its Coolmax performance fiber for cold-weather applications. Coolmax Fabric for Wool is a new staple-fiber blend that incorporates th...

Sustainable Focus on the Slate at Texworld USA

When Messe Frankfurt’s textile show, Texworld USA, kicks off its July 14–16 run at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, eco fibers and sustainable apparel will be among ...

Uncertainty of Colombia Free Trade Agreement Hurts Apparel Industry

In the last year, Colombia’s apparel exports to the United States have declined by more than 27 percent....

Bishop of Seventh Launches Men's Collection, Expands Women's Offerings

In 2006, Bishop of Seventh launched with a collection of menswear-inspired premium denim and trousers for women. The line is designed by a husband-and-wife team of New York designers transpla...

West Coast Menswear Show at LAX

The second West Coast Trends Show, highlighting upscale menswear lines, will take place Aug. 3–4 at the Embassy Suites LAX in Los Angeles....

Lectra Opens Subsidiary in India

Lectra has opened its first subsidiary in India in a move to capitalize on the growth of the country’s apparel and textile trade....

Boot Barn's Western Addition

Orange-based Western footwear and apparel retailer Boot Barn Holding Corp. acquired nine retail stores in California and Nevada from BTWW Retail LLP. The new stores bring Boot Barn’s holdings to 43 stores—36 in...

Connecting Fashionistas Through Social Networks

The Web and blogging are now bringing images straight from the runway to the consumer faster than ever. The Web has also become a place for like-minded fashion seekers to share their style and connect...

M.Fredric to Open in Malibu

Despite a tough economy, Agoura Hills, Calif.–based contemporary fashion chain M.Fredric will open its largest store at the high-profile Malibu Country Mart retail center in Malibu, C...

June Sales Surprisingly Good

Discount and off-price stores helped drive June sales to a surprisingly good performance, according to the New York–based International Council of Shopping Centers....

Dockers Testing Stores for Retail Rollout

For more than 20 years, Dockers San Francisco has been a key vendor for retailers such as Kohl’s and JC Penney. But the casual label will soon serve its easygoing, mainstream...

The House of Karl Lagerfeld

Designer Karl Lagerfeld will design limited-edition homes on Isla Moda, a planned fashion island community located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Lagerfeld is the first of five designers to strike a ...

Wilson's E-commerce Sold to G-III Unit

Minneapolis-based Wilsons The Leather Experts Inc. sold its outlet stores and e-commerce assets to G-III Apparel Group subsidiary AM Retail Group Inc. for approximately $22.3 million. Under terms of the deal, AM Retail Group...

Co-Founder Kester Returns to Cherokee

Jay Kester was one of the co-founders of Cherokee Inc. but left in 1993 to pursue other opportunities. Kester was recently rehired as the company’s new executive vice president, marketing....

The Greening of Las Vegas

Zachary Delbex-Smith is on a mission to green the trade show industry’s capital....

Comeback Kids

Saddlelites’ founders return with new line and denim relaunch....

Levi's Net Income Plummets 98 Percent in 2nd Quarter

San Francisco–based Levi Strauss & Co. announced dire second-quarter financial results on July 9....

Goody's Got Ashley's New Line

Knoxville, Tenn.–based retail chain Goody’s Family Clothing Inc. will launch a new plus-size line designed by actress Ashley Judd. Ashley Judd Plus will bow in August in 150 Goody’s stores. The retail chain has ...

PGA Golf Show Added to Vegas Lineup

The PGA Fall Expo, which highlights the latest in apparel and equipment for the golf industry, will, for the first time, take place simultaneously with the MAGIC Marketplace and sat...

Organic Cotton Growers Launch Sourcing Site

The American Cotton Growers, a farmer-owned denim mill in Littlefield, Texas, has launched a new eco-friendly denim product, SafeDenim, and a sourcing Web site where manufacturers of...

Thursday, July 3

Dirty Red

San Diego–based designer Nicol Akins is an active woman. She mixes a design career with running marathons and races on the weekends and taking care of her two young children...

L.A. Retailers Facing Fallout From Possible SAG Strike

With a possible strike looming after the June 30 expiration of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) contract, fashion retailers serving Los Angeles’ film-industry neighborhoods have been dreading the...

Hit + Run: Coming Out of the Party

If you’ve been to some of the cooler-than-cool hipster parties, music festivals or concerts in Los Angeles; Tokyo; Miami; or Austin, Texas, you may have seen Hit + Run “perform.”...

Blue Art: The Art of Denim

Newcomer designer Femi Samuel isn’t afraid to bring his new denim line, Blue Art, to a struggling marketplace...

San Francisco Fashion Week Takes a Vacation

For the first time in five seasons, San Francisco Fashion Week won’t be taking place this year....

Alstyle Heads to Agua Prieta

Anaheim-based black T-shirt maker Alstyle Apparel & Activewear, a subsidiary of Midlothian, Texas–based Ennis Inc., announced plans to build a new manufacturing facility in Agua Prieta, Mexico. Acc...

eBay's $60 Million Damage

A French court has ordered eBay to pay 38.6 million euros, or $60.8 million, in damages to luxury house Moeuml;t Hennessy Louis Vuitton in a case over counterfeit goods sold on the online auction site...

Stiska: Simple Shirts, Fashionably Complex

The market for casual fashion for guys is crowded. Yet, if casual shirts can be made complex with exotic details, even a man with a complete wardrobe will make room for another shirt, according to de...

Audigier Expands New L.V. Trade Show toInclude Outside Brands

Christian Audigier isn’t known for his subtlety....

SPESA Show Shifts to New Venue for New Customers

Organizers of the SPESA (Sewn Products & Equipment Suppliers of the Americas) trade show are hoping to capture a bigger share of business outside of the apparel industry...

Wal-Mart Ruling Reached

A Minnesota court has found that Wal-Mart Stores broke state labor laws by not allowing employees to take promised rest breaks and by having employees clock out for training sessions. The retail giant...

Gray's Quiksilver Exit

Michael Gray resigned from Quiksilver Inc.’s board of directors after 17 years with the Huntington Beach–based surf giant....

CMO Leaving American Eagle

Susan P. McGalla, president and chief merchandising officer of Pittsburgh-based retail chain American Eagle Outfitters Inc., announced she will not renew her contract with the company after it expires...

Amazon Buys Fabric.com

Seattle-based e-tailer

Salt Optics: Looking Beyond the Beach

The high-end optical market may seem like an unlikely place for two former professional surfers to land, but the fledgling glasses brand Salt Optics has a quality that can only spring from Southern C...

Longshore Contract Talks Go Past Deadline

The six-year contract between West Coast dock workers and their bosses expired on July 1, with negotiations on a new contract continuing amid choppy waters....

New HQs for Affliction, Famous Stars & Straps

Two streetwear brands are moving on up to larger, newer facilities to house their growing businesses....

FGI Examines the Profitability of Eco Fashion

The world of environmental fashion has grown increasingly popular, but crucial questions on eco business remain for entrepreneurs planning to get into this field, according to a pane...

Fashioning School Spirit

Jannette Klein and Brother International put a fashionable focus on student competition and Mexico’s design community....

Crooke Out of Hot Topic

After one month serving as the president of Hot Topic Inc.’s Hot Topic division, Michael Crooke parted ways with the mall-based retailer, which is located in City of Industry, Calif....

Tuesday, July 1

Kenneth Cole Acquires Le Tigre

kenneth cole productions, le tigre, trademark, tiger, logo, license, intellectual property

New EVP/CFO for Ann Taylor

ann taylor stores corp, michael j nicholson, executive vice president, chief financial officer

Liz Sells Four to Li & Fung

liz claiborne, hong kong, Li and Fung USA Ltd