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Friday, June 27

New Technology Helping Manufacturers Go Green

Apparel companies have been warming up to organic cotton and other green fabrics. With the help of new technologies, they’re also starting to adopt more green manufacturing....

Kohl's Flood Relief

Following the devastating floods in Midwestern states along the Mississippi River, Menomonee Fall, Wis.–based department store Kohl’s Corp. donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross to assist in flood-relief efforts. The donation wil...

Dakin in at Warnaco

New York–based Warnaco Group Inc. named Bob Dakin senior vice president of retail, a new position for the company. In his new job, Dakin will oversee Warnaco’s retail operation and identify new retail o...

Streetwear to Be Highlighted at MAGIC's S.L.A.T.E.

The MAGIC Marketplace will have a new section when the massive trade show holds its Aug. 25shy;–27 run in Las Vegas....

Nau in Stores

In May, Portland, Ore.–based outdoor-apparel maker and retail concept store Nau announced it was closing after failing to raise enough financing....

Melrose Heights: Summer Sparks Busy Season in Fashionable District

When temperatures rise, it might as well be the official signal for many people to take a trip to the beach. For retailers in Los Angeles’ high-profile Melrose Heights neighborhood, hot weather is a si...

Tale of Two Fashion Districts Emerges in Downtown L.A.

The fight over management of the Los Angeles Fashion District appears to have come down to a compromise, which may result in the creation of two separate Business Improvement Districts....

Mayor Villaraigosa Signs Clean-Trucks Measure

On June 26, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed into law the Clean Trucks Program, which was proposed to reduce the amount of pollution generated by diesel-burning trucks....

Purecolor: Focus on Fit

Before Ed Noble got his start in the apparel business, he didn’t know that much about women’s blue jeans. But he knew what makes a woman look good...

Jowzik Named Bebe's Chief Merchandising

Bebe Stores Inc. named Dyan Jowzik as its executive vice president and chief merchandising officer for the contemporary fashion company’s retail division on June 23. Bebe runs 290 specialty st...

Jack Ren Marquette, 1948-2008

Jack Marquette died Tuesday, June 17, after battling a long illness. He worked for the California Apparel News, first as a graphic-production artist when X-acto knives, rubber cement...

The Kids Are Alright Closes Echo Park Store

The Kids Are Alright, one of the boutiques that pioneered the fashion scene of Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood, closed its doors on June 27....

3.1 Phillip Lim Bows in West Hollywood

Designer Phillip Lim dropped by his new 3.1 Phillip Lim boutique, 631 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood., Calif., for a June 19 party that drew attendees such as actress Emmy Rossum and desi...

San Diego Fashion Week Lineup Revealed

Organizers of the first Fashion Week San Diego have set the lineup of brands and designers participating in the Sept. 28–Oct. 5 event, with more names to be added....

Sex and the HSN

Patricia Field, the groundbreaking stylist for “Sex and the City” and costume designer for “The Devil Wears Prada,” has struck a deal with the HSN to create a l50-piece, limited-edition co...

Haley K.: Branching Out Into the Organic World

Dubbed “organic cotton, casual lifestyle sportswear,” eco-fashion label Haley K. is designed by native AngelenoDaniel Norzagaray as part of Fashion Lifestyle Inc., a Gardena, C...

Lingerie Designer Mary Green Wins 'Vision Award'

Mary Green, proprietress of her eponymous lingerie company, has employed “refugees or [individuals] in political asylum from their own lands” for nearly 20 years for her 30-year...

Online Wholesaling for the Little Guy

Apparel wholesalers looking to sell their goods online now have another resource in Orange, Calif.–based

Invista & OSHA

Fiber maker Invista inked a deal with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration at Invista’s Victoria, Texas, manufacturing site to “collaborate, share knowledge and further strengthen the safety and he...

Recent Trademark Decisions Could Impact Apparel Brands

Think your trademark registration is secure? A growing series of aggressive decisions by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and the courts on the issue of fraud in the trademark application p...

Friday, June 20

ENK Adds Vegas Show to Lineup

New York–based trade-show producer ENK International is returning to Las Vegas Aug. 25–27 with ENK Vegas, a show highlighting contemporary apparel and accessories....

New L.A. Headquarters for Warnaco Swim

Come September, the Warnaco Swimwear Group, a division of New York–based apparel giant Warnaco Group, will have new digs at the Los Angeles Center Studios i...

Krantz Promoted at MAGIC

Advanstar Communications—producer of the MAGIC Marketplace, Project Global Trade Show and Pooltradeshow—has promoted Sherrie Krantz to vice president of mar...

Karen Kane Buys Blue Tattoo Denim Line

It’s funny how friendships work....

Pattern Service Owner Martin Wicksman, 74

Martin Wicksman of Wicksman Pattern Service died on June 8 after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 74. Wicksman, who immigrated to the United States in 1959 fr...

Hot Tuna's New Surf Spot: Downtown L.A.

To make a splash in the surf industry, Niels Juul gambled that his company, Hot Tuna International Inc., would have to play the outsider. So he recently moved Hot Tuna away from Orange County, Calif.—home to ...

CMC's L.A. Textile Show Partners With Turkish Group, WGSN

The California Market Center has announced several new partnerships planned for the upcoming Los Angeles International Textile Show, set for Oct. 27–29 at the CMC....

Palmer in at Kellwood

St. Louis–based Kellwood Co. named Brenda Palmer vice president of licensing. Her first duty will be to assist Kellwood’s Vince brand launch its licensing platform. The longtime apparel and consumer-goods execu...

GlobalTex Names First Members of West Coast Team

The organizers of GlobalTex, the biannual textile show that debuts in Los Angeles next year, have two new people on their West Coast team to help put together the event....

Quiksilver Launches Hang Ten With Kohl's

Huntington Beach, Calif.–based surf giant Quiksilver has signed a licensing agreement with Menomonee Falls, Wis.–based big-box retailer Kohl’s Corp. for Hang Ten. Originally a ...

Made in California, Part III: A Special Report

Third in a continuing series of apparel and accessory brands that are “making it” in California ...

Metropark Prepares to Go Public

Orv Madden’s latest project is ready to go public....

Goody's Closes 69 Stores

Northbook, Ill.–based retail chain Goody’s Family Clothing Stores is shuttering 69 stores in a strategic-initiatives program managed by Hilco Merchant Resources LLC, a division of The Hilco Organization...

Mo Money

Los Angeles–based Mo Industries Holding Inc., owners of the Splendid and Ella Moss brands, struck a deal with Greensboro, N.C.–based VF Corp. to sell a minority of its capital stock to the manufacturing giant. The deal paves t...

Looking for Privacy

The special committee of independent directors for Los Angeles–based Tarrant Apparel Group has retained law firm Bingham McCutchen LLP as a legal adviser and Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin as a financial ad...

Louis Verdad Inc. Loses Battle With Factor

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge granted a default judgment against Louis Verdad Inc. in a case brought against the Los Angeles designer by his former factor, Kracksmith I...

Health Benefit Deal at Port

Contract negotiations between longshore workers and shippers took a positive turn when the two sides announced they had reached an agreement on health-care benefits....

Pink Mascara: Leaving Its Own Mark

As the name suggests, Pink Mascara (

Alp-n-Rock: Taking Tees to New Heights

The luxe T-shirt is taken to new places with the introduction of Alp-n-Rock, a tops line due out this fall from Escondido, Calif., designer and former Swiss resident Susanne Reich...

Friday, June 13

Rising Gas Prices Put the Squeeze on the Fashion Industry

The news at the pump isn’t good....

Juicy Couture's New President

Juicy Couture, a division of New York–based Liz Claiborne Inc., hired Edgar O. Huber as president of the Los Angeles–based lifestyle brand. Huber previously was managing director of major markets for L’Oreal SA, where he managed a portfolio of beauty ...

GlobalTex Shifts Dates for L.A. Show

Organizers of GlobalTex, the newly proposed biannual textile trade show set to launch in Los Angeles in 2009, have shifted the dates of the show to avoid a conflict with Material Wor...

Vacancies Up in Warehouse, Distribution Sector

The slowing economy is starting to catch up with the industrial real estate market as the main indicators showed some signs of weakness during the first quarter of 2008. Vacancy rates in Los ...

Alternative Apparel's New Deal

Norcross, Ga.–based T-shirt maker Alternative Apparel formed a partnership with San Francisco–based investment company Rosewood Capital, granting Rosewood a non-controlling equity position in Alternative Apparel. Terms of the agreement were n...

William Rast Heads East

Los Angeles–based People’s Liberation Inc., makers of the People’s Liberation and William Rast apparel lines, struck an exclusive distribution deal with Lokat to bring William Rast apparel to Croatia, Serbia and...

Mexico to Start Increasing Fabric Exports to Central America

After much delay, Mexican textile factories are getting ready to start shipping duty-free woven fabric to Central America to sew clothing destined for the United States....

Purrmission Lingerie: Santa Barbara's Love Line

At the Purrmission Lingerie boutique in Santa Barbara, Calif., a specialized bra-fitting service is only half of the offerings provided....

G-Star's California Concept

Dutch denim brand G-Star Raw Denim made a classic Hollywood splash for the debut party of its Beverly Hills showroom, located at 8820 Wilshire Blvd., on June 4. In the parking lot of the two-...

Project Ethos Seeks Designers

Project Ethos—a multifaceted fashion, music and art event—is accepting submissions for fashion and accessories designers for its next show edition on Sept....

Fight Over Port Trucking to Heat Up Soon

The nation’s largest trucking association is getting ready to file a federal lawsuit at the end of June against the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach over a plan to alter...

Friday, June 6

Building a Green Business Model

From passion to productivity, Indigenous sets an eco example...

Eco Style & Sensibility

Innovative fabrications and new technologies are hallmarks of EcoSkin’s initiative ...

Mavi Jeans

The Gerry BuildingSuite 803 (760) 622-5056...

San Francisco Boutique Adds Designer and Relocates

In the world of retail, it’s all about location, location, location....

New Lines: California Market Center

The following are new lines carried by showrooms at the California Market Center, located at 110 E. Ninth St., Los Angeles. The California Apparel News lists new tenants and lines ea...

California Designers Win CFDA Awards

California proved to be the place with the hottest young talent at the Council of Fashion Designers Association Fashion Awards on June 2 at the New York Public Library. ...

Transforming the Showroom

Fashion showrooms do not need much more than a rack and the season’s “it” garment in order to conduct business....

May Sales Better Than Expected

Despite increasing prices for fuel and food, retail sales had a strong showing in May....

West Coast Brands Up for Dallas Awards

Voom by Joy Han, Hype, Lucky Brand and Ed Hardy led the list of West Coast brands named as finalists for the 33rd Annual Dallas Fashion Awards, wh...

The Penthouse

The Lady Liberty Building843 S. Los Angeles St.Suite 500(213) 327-0969

Yves Saint Laurent Remembered

Funeral services were held June 5 for Algerian-born fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. The well-regarded fashion icon died at his Paris home June 1 of brain cancer. He was 71. Saint Laurent had been...

Anand Jon's Support Team Claims Evidence Stolen

Several laptop computers that contained evidence relating to the Anand Jon sex-crime case have been stolen from Jon’s home in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, said a spokesperson for the designer...

ASR Holiday Sees a Dip, Stays Positive

The ASR Holiday 2008 show at the O.C. Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif., was noticeably smaller than previous editions....

Mexico to Pare Down Apparel Duties

Mexico and China have signed an agreement under which Mexico will immediately eliminate or reduce hundreds of anti-dumping duties on Chinese imports. The agreement, which was signed by Mexican Ministe...

New Lines: The Lady Liberty Building

The following are new lines carried by showrooms at The Lady Liberty Building, located at 843 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles. The California Apparel News lists new tenants and lines...

New Lines: The New Mart

The following are new lines carried by showrooms at The New Mart, located at 127 E. Ninth St., Los Angeles. The California Apparel News lists new tenants and lines each market-week i...

Tom-Tom Sales

California Market Center Suite A265 (213) 622-1626

Former Speedo Exec Moves to Lululemon Athletica

Sheree Waterson—the former president of Speedo North America, the Los Angeles division of Warnaco Inc.—has been named executive vice president of general merchandise managing and sourcing at Lululemon A...

Magnet Showroom

Cooper Design Space Suite 211 (213) 622-0180...

Urban Fashion Awards Come to Los Angeles

The first Urban Fashion Week Awards, honoring the best urban and streetwear designers, takes place June 22 at The Republic, a club in Hollywood, in conjunction with L.A. Urb...

Fire Shuts Down Portions of L.A. Fashion District

An early morning fire on June 5 destroyed the contents of several businesses located in the 1000 block of South Los Angeles Street in the heart of the Los Angeles Fashion District....

U.S. Cotton Subsidies Still Disputed

The United States lost its final appeal in a trade dispute with Brazil over cotton subsidies. A World Trade Organization appeals panel in Geneva, Switzerland, reversed parts of a ruling made late last...

Abbot Kinney Facing Change With Designer Stores

When the established New York design house of Steven Alan opened a boutique recently on the historically bohemian Abbot Kinney Boulevard, many started to wonder whether this unique street, wh...

DHL Looks to UPS for Help

Deutsche Post, the parent company of DHL, is trimming costs and cutting at least 1,500 jobs in the United States. To save money, the German company is hiring UPS for its U.S. air-cargo services. DHL i...

Johnny Was

The New Mart Suite 1011 (213) 629-1717...

YMI Signs TV Actress for Fall Ad Campaign

Los Angeles–based juniors denim brand YMI Jeanswear has enlisted teen actress Aimee Teegarden from NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” to promote the company’s Fall 2008 line with...

Cal Poly Students Are Motivated by Eco Trends

The next generation of fashion designers has a heady task to tackle. They have to save the planet....

Los Angeles International Textile Show Sets Dates

The California Market Center, which has organized the semiannual Los Angeles International Textile Show since 1993, said it has dates established for the show through 2011....

H. Lorenzo Bets on Eco Clothing

Lorenzo Hadar is wagering that green is far more than the next flimsy trend....

New Lines: Cooper Design Space

The following are new lines carried by showrooms at the Cooper Design Space, located at 860 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles.The California Apparel News lists new tenants and lines ea...

New Lines: Gerry Building

The following is a new line carried by a new showroom at the Gerry Building, located at 910 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles. The California Apparel News lists new tenants and lines e...

Tuesday, June 3

Hot Topic Gets New Top Executive

Hot Topic Inc., the mall-based retailer that appeals to young shoppers into the music scene, announced that Michael Crooke will take over the top spot as president of the Hot Topic division....