Stories for May 2008

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Friday, May 30

RFID: Ready for Prime Time?

RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology, which tracks merchandise via wireless readers and tags, has been used handily behind the scenes on cargo trucks and warehouses to track incoming shipm...

New Staff at Centric, Retail Equation

Campbell, Calif.–based PLM provider Centric Software has named David Guercio executive vice president of sales and client services....

New L.A. Textile Show Plans to Expand With Global Vendors

Officials from the Dallas Market Center were in Los Angeles recently to flesh out the details of a twice-a-year textile show they are planning for the Los Angeles Convention Center n...

FIDM Student Gets Gerber Award

Tolland, Conn.–based Gerber Technology presented its “WebPDM Achievement Award” to Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising student Tal...

'Sex and the City' Purse Scores With Buyers

Beverly Hills accessories designer Timmy Woods is already reaping the benefits of the new “Sex and the City” movie, which opened in theaters May 30....

Just OnePlace Teams With Holt

Australian PLM provider Just OnePlace Pty Ltd. has selected Chatham, N.J.–based Holt Consulting to oversee implementations, training and consulting in the U.S. market....

Fashion Group Spotlights Licensing Dos and Don'ts

The world of licensing, its benefits and pitfalls, was the topic discussed recently by a panel organized by Fashion Group International, the nonprofit network and education group for the fash...

Europe a Growing Focus for California Brands

This summer, buyers walking Barcelona’s Bread & Butter—a leading international trade show produced by German show producer B&B for progressive, contemporary clothing—will find n...

Decision Due on Caruso Mall

Developer Rick Caruso might have to wait until the end of the summer before he can get a green light to build The Shops at Santa Anita, a luxury retail mall in Arcadia, Calif., locat...

Business Group Aims for a Smaller Fashion District

A group of business owners in the Los Angeles Fashion District Business Improvement District (BID) is attempting to form a new Fashion District BID that would be half the size of the...

Buy-Back Plan

Six months after becoming a publicly traded company, American Apparel Inc. announced it would buy back some of its stock in a $25 million share-repurchase program. The repurchase program is expected to continue over ...

Store Founder Dies

Stuart Moldaw, who launched the Ross Dress for Less stores in 1982, died on May 24 after a short illness. He was 81. Moldaw was active with the Pleasanton-based discount-store chain, serving most rece...

Gottschalks Reports First-Quarter Loss

Department-store chain Gottschalks Inc. reported a 10.3 percent decline in its same-store sales for its first quarter of 2008. The results were reported during a May 29 conference call with r...

Hippie Ink: New Green Tees

Santa Monica, Calif.–based Hippie Ink has rolled out a new series of green-themed T-shirts made with organic cotton and organic blends and featuring environmental messages such as “Hug...

Eco-Friendly Line Bgreen Launches Yoga Collection

Bgreen’s simple, classic organic-cotton activewear isn’t breaking any new ground i n fashion but instead aims to comprise those favorite everyday pieces that the wearer will keep in the closet ...

Primo Purchase

Luca Luca, a women’s luxury clothing brand launched in 1992 in New York, has been purchased by The Equitium Group, a Miami-based investment firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Luca Orlandi, the founder...

Designers Killed in Traffic Accident

Seven7 designers Miguel Rocha and Lisa Santee were killed May 16 in a hit-and-run accident outside of the denim-maker’s Vernon, Calif., headquarters on East Washington Boulevard....

Death to Argyle: Golfers Gone Wild

A moment of sisterly teasing gave twins Cassie and Willow Wayne the idea for Death to Argyle, a line of golf attire that turns golf’s stodgy classic style on its head....

Hannah Jo: Cosmopolitan Chic

Launched for the Holiday 2007 season, luxe contemporary label Hannah Jo is the work of three industry veterans who share an eye for European fashion sensibilities. Los Angeles–based founder Phillipe Teman ser...

New Seminars at Fall II/Holiday Market Week

Retail education will be one of the new features at the Fall II/Holiday Fashion Market, scheduled June 6–10 at the California Market Center. Nonprofit Fashion Business Inc. will prod...

South Coast Plaza Gets a Flurry of New High-End Stores

Luxury shopping center South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., announced that Spanish design house Balenciaga and diamond jeweler De Beers will open new stores at the mall ...

Designers Look to Lectra for New Ways to Create

A few dozen apparel designers got a glimpse into the future of design when representatives of technology company Lectra debuted the company’s new Kaledo design software durin...

New Hire

Italian luxury lingerie brand La Perla announced it has a new chief executive officer for La Perla North America. Suzy Biszantz has been named the new head of North American operations and will report to Jeff...

CIT Looks Ahead With Its Apparel Business in Mind

At the beginning of the year, most financial professionals agreed 2008 was going to be a challenging year. For those working in the apparel sector, the prevailing advice was to rein in costs; concentr...

Yoga Line Omgirl Launches Lifestyle Collection

Yoga-based line Omgirl is taking lifestyle dressing a step further in the design direction with the launch of sportswear line Roam by Omgirl...

Eyeshadow: Launching First Jeans Line

For the past 12 years, Los Angeles–based Stony Apparel has manufactured tops for juniors, but in the first week of June it will jump into the crowded jeans market and debut its first denim line at the...

Doors Shutter

Department-store chain Dillard’s Inc. said it plans to close six department stores this year after closing three outlets in early 2008. The company, based in Little Rock, Ark., plans to open only four ...

Vegan Fashion Store Builds New Location in Los Angeles

Vegans, who observe a strict diet that contains no animal products, have the same rigorous demands for their fashion choices....

Friday, May 23

Material World West Includes More Groups

The new Material World West show to be held next year in Los Angeles is bulking up....

REI's Solar Retrofit

Seattle-based outdoor gear and clothing co-op Recreational Equipment Inc. announced plans to retrofit more than 10 percent of its stores with solar electric technology this year. In all, 11 stores will receive the so...

Caruso, Westfield May Be Gearing Up for a Fight in Arcadia, Calif.

Caruso Affiliated, the developer of The Grove and The Americana at Brand upscale lifestyle centers, could be facing another fight over its latest project in Arcadia...

Meeting Pakistan Manufacturers

The Trade Division of the Consulate General of Pakistan hosted a luncheon on May 12 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club to introduce Pakistani manufacturers to California designers and apparel e...

Central America's Apparel Industry Hopes to Open New Markets Beyond the U.S.

Under a canopy of bright fluorescent lights that illuminate a giant factory the size of a football field, 1,000 workers put the finishing touches on an array of colorful knit shirts headed mo...

Surf Summit: Banking on the Power of Positive Thinking

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Zenker Joins On Sunset

After spending less than a decade running the Horn boutique on Los Angeles’ high-profile fashion street Robertson Boulevard, Susanne Zenker announced May 21 that she took a j...

Cotton Inc., Goes to H.K.

Cotton Inc. opened a regional office in Hong Kong in The Gateway, Harbour City, Tsimshatsui. With a staff of 10, the office will offer technical assistance to mills and manufacturers in the r...

JCP's Alcorn Retires

Plano, Texas–based J.C. Penney Co. Inc. announced the retirement of longtime executive William Alcorn, the company’s senior vice president, controller and chief procurement officer for non-resale goods and services. Al...

Emmy Exhibition Returns to FIDM Museum

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising will open its third annual “Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design” exhibition on July 29 at...

Frederick's Linda LoRe Honored

Frederick’s of Hollywood’s Linda LoRe received the first “Visionary Award” from the Youth Mentoring Connection nonprofit group at The Beverly Hills Hotel on May ...

Lindquist Debuts Eco-Atelier in NoHo

Tucked into the concrete-covered neighborhood of Toluca Woods in North Hollywood, Calif., eco designer Deborah Lindquist is seeing green. ...

Port Wants to Get Rid of Independent Truckers by 2013

By the year 2013, only drivers employed by trucking companies will be allowed to bring cargo in and out of the Port of Los Angeles....

All-In-One Solutions Attracting Apparel Cos.

It appears demand is rising for end-to-end software systems that can manage business from concept to delivery. Among the latest to develop such a system is Chadds Ford, Pa.–based Frog...

Last Call in Livermore

Northern California is getting a new Neiman Marcus Last Call outlet in 2010, when the Dallas-based luxury retailer opens a 28,000-square-foot location. Located in Livermore, the new store is part of t...

Morphine Generation, Erik Hart Partner with Urgent Gear

Los Angeles–based designer Erik Hart has partnered with Los Angeles manufacturer Urgent Gear. Hart—who designs the contemporary-cool Morphine Generation and Erik Hart, his new high-end collection—is k...

American Apparel CFO Out, Interim CFO In

American Apparel announced the departure of Chief Financial Officer Ken Cieply and the arrival of William Gochnauer as his interim replacement, effective immediately. Gochna...

Uncertain Future for Loudermilk Boutique

The future of Los Angeles–based designer Linda Loudermilk’s highly anticipated luxury eco store is in question. The company owning the property, 8320 Melrose Avenue LLC, filed for Chapter 11 ba...

Wednesday, May 21

Dallas Group Plans New L.A. Textile Show

Los Angeles is becoming the hot spot for textile shows....

Friday, May 16

Contemporary Boom Tightens Showroom Space in Dallas

The contemporary marketplace in Dallas is growing. In fact, it’s busting at the seams. That has put the pressure on the city’s real estate options for wholesalers, many of whom are from the West Coast. ...

Marquise: Rock-Inspired and Ready for Tour

Designers Jeanell Suggs and Gladys Tamez are shedding their sweet side. The duo recently closed their line of baby-doll and trapeze dresses, Franny, which soldin Ron Herman...

Fiore Acquired

Los Angeles–based luxury handbag label Isabella Fiore was purchased by New York–based FAB/Starpoint, a manufacturer of licensed and private-label merchandise. Debbie Coleman, president and chief executi...

Nia Kinh: Vintage and Casual

Nia Nguyen got her start in T-shirts by working on Ron Herman’s basic knits line, More, and in the knits division of 7 For All Mankind. Last year, Nguyen launched h...

Speed-to-Market

What are the keys to success for the fastest-growing apparel-related trade shows? ...

American Apparel Completes Purchase of Subcontractor

Los Angeles–based American Apparel completed the purchaseof U.S. Dyeing & Finishing Inc., a Garden Grove, Calif.–based dyeing and finishing facility that has done work for the appa...

Tova Celine: All About Prints

After nearly a decade-long hiatus, Tova Celine has resurrected her line of printed silk dresses. Celine was known in the late 1980s and 1990s for refashioning traditional prints, for instance, renderi...

Studio City, Calif.: Retailers Juggle Hollywood Flash and Casual Life

With graceful suburban houses and Hollywood studios sharing real estate, Los Angeles’ Studio City neighborhood is a mashup of two opposing California dreams....

On the Town

A buyer’s guide to the best boutiques and bistros in the nation’s trade show capitals ...

Ecko and the Jets

Marc Ecko Enterprises has struck an agreement with the New York Jets to design uniforms for the 2008 New York Jets Flight Crew, a team of dancers, flag runners and athletes who perform at New York Jets events...

Green Acres

Chicago’s Merchandise Mart takes the LEED in environmental consciousness ...

West Coast-Focused Trade Event to Debut in N.Y.

Matt Meyerson, the former senior vice president of product placement at BWR Public Relations, is leveraging his industry contacts to launch Expose NY, a fashion showcase of West Coast desig...

Samsung Looks West

South Korean giant is California dreamin’ about introducing new labels...

More Macy's in L.V., Phoenix

Cincinnati-based Macy’s Inc. will open a new Macy’s store in Las Vegas in late 2009. The new store will be located at General Growth Properties’ new open-air shopping center, The Shops at Summerlin Centre. The 180,000-s...

True Religion Expands Its Vision for Growth

True Religion is known for its top-end denim jeans and their distinctive pocket stitching and seams, which set them apart from other premium-denim lines....

Store Closures Add Another Stake to Economic Downturn

California’s retail landscape is being pelted by a spate of store closures by national retailers. That could spell trouble for many real estate investors, but, at the same time, the news may open up op...

Von Dutch, Operation U.S.A. Host Myanmar Fund-raiser

Von Dutch Originals will host a private event on May 16 with humanitarian relief agency Operation U.S.A. to raise awareness about the ongoing relief effort for victims of Cyclone Nar...

Kohl's Sees the Light

Menomonee Falls, Wis.–based Kohl’s Department Stores announced plans to convert more than 50 stores in New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland to solar power. Once completed, the solar stores will represent nearly...

Dimepiece: Streetwear With a Feminine Touch

Dimepiece’s irreverent graphic T-shirts blend a feminine tone with loud streetwear style. The brand, now in its third season, has added cut-and-sew tops and leggings to its offerings, which previously...

Stop Staring!, Jefe Nominated for American Latino Awards

Los Angeles–based Stop Staring!, a line of vintage-inspired dresses, and San Diego–based streetwear line Le Jefe Clothing, have been nominated for an American Latino ...

Swell Launches Private-Label Collection

Shoppers will find a new brand in Swell’s summer 2008 catalog....

L.A's Crocker Street Emerges as a Wholesale Destination

Crocker Street, a narrow two-lane road that runs down the eastern boundary of the Los Angeles Fashion District, is becoming the new wholesaling hot spot for discount juniors fashion and acces...

Arturo Rios Hats

ACCIDENTALHATTER: Arturo Rios never dreamed that a part-time job packing boxes in the shipping department of hat manufacturer Fashion Matrix Inc. would eventually lead to becoming a hat designer. The owner...

Fluxus: Art Meets Fashion

Last August, 2-year-old women’s knits line Flux Nouveau relaunched with a new name and a new direction. Chief Executive Officer Martin Paquette still specializes in knits, this time in more-va...

Friday, May 9

Boneparth, Jones Join Kohl#039;s

Menomonee Falls, Wis.–based department store Kohl’s Corp. named former Jones executive Peter Boneparth and consultin...

International Denim Partnership Lands in Los Angeles

In a classic “East-meets-West” move, Los Angeles designer Adrian Nyman has partnered with Hong Kong denim maven Philip Law to create a high-end capsule collection for Indigo Farm, Law...

Hohl Joins Blue

Commerce-based Blue Holdings Inc.—owners of the Antik Denim, Yanuk and Taverniti So Jeans brands—named Eric R. Hohl chief financial officer, succeeding Larry Jacobs, who has left the company. H...

April '08 Sales Strong

April was the strongest sales month in more than one year, according to the New York–based International Council of Shopping Centers. Retail sales increased by 3.6 percent compared with sales ...

Hot Topic Gives Perez Hilton Celebrity Fashion Line a Whirl

Reality-show stars Heidi Montag and Lauren Conrad have lent their names to fashion lines. On May 7, gossip blogger Perez Hilton, 30, announced he will develop a fashion line for retailer Hot ...

Antik Denim Veteran Goes Solo

Alex Caugant, half of the design team behind the Antik Denim label, launched AC Collection, his own premium denim line, for Fall 2008....

Material World Coming to the West Coast in '09

After years of eyeing the West Coast market, the organizers of the Material World textile, technology and sourcing trade show are planning to set up a three-day Los Angeles show in 2009, acco...

X Marks the Suit

This suit is brought to you by the letter “X.”...

People's Liberation Abroad

Los Angeles–based People’s Liberation Inc., makers of People’s Liberation and William Rast apparel, have inked an exclusivedistribution deal with London-based Subranded/The Cle...

REI Sets Its Social Priorities

Seattle-based outdoor apparel and equipment retailer Recreational Equipment Inc., better known as REI, released its second annual ...

Executives Move Forward to Make Tarrant Private

After two Tarrant Apparel executives announced they want to take the publicly traded company private, a special committee of board members has been formed to consider the proposal....

Peter Alexander Opens in California

Peter Alexander built a fleet of self-named stores offering his fashion sleepwear and a cheeky sense of humor in his native Australia. He recently expanded to California, his first step toward opening...

A Parallel Fashion Universe Down Under

An L.A. Take on Australian Fashion Week...

Agave Partners With Electric Sportscar Co. Tesla

When executives for the San Carlos, Calif.–based electric-car company Tesla Motors were planning the look for their salespeople, they wanted their staff to be dressed similarly to their prosp...

New Technology, Real Estate Prices Drive Retailers Online

Thanks to improved technologies and new concepts, online retailing is looking more attractive to some than traditional retailers, and going Web-only is becoming a more attractive option, said several e-commerce resources.

Apparel From Vietnam Gets Green Light

After one year of monitoring the price of apparel imported from Vietnam, the Bush administration has decided not to take any antidumping action against that country....

True Religion Heads to Americana

Vernon, Calif.–based denim lifestyle brand True Religion opened a 1,425-square-foot boutique at the new lifestyle mall The Americana at Brand, located in Glendale, Calif....

Sustainable-Concept Store Nau Closes

After a little more than a year after opening its first store, Portland, Ore.–based outdoor-apparel maker Nau is closing....

Ports Get Security-Card Extension to Next Year

Thousands of workers and truckers who will need a security card to get inside port facilities have been given some good news....

Iconix in China

New York–based Iconix Brand Group Inc. formed a joint venture with Hong Kong–based Novel Fashion Holdings Ltd. The joint venture, called Iconix China, will look for an Asian partner to help market one of Iconix’s brands—...

Executives: V.I.P. Plan Might Revive Gottschalks

Department-store chain Gottschalks Inc. reported a 3.9 percent drop in same-store sales in April. The decline was the latest bad news in more than 31 consecutive months of negative same-stor...

Hannah Bean: Staking a Sophisticated Spot in Santa Ana, Calif.

With its real estate covered by freeways, regional malls and tract housing, the north end of Santa Ana, Calif., looks like classic California suburbia to Christina Harrison. At first glance, she thoug...

Boneparth, Jones Join Kohl’s

Menomonee Falls, Wis.–based department store Kohl’s Corp. named former Jones executive Peter Boneparth and consultin...

Friday, May 2

Ueberroth Leaves Quiksilver

Huntington Beach–based Quiksilver Inc. announced the resignation of board member Heidi Ueberroth. A board member since December 2006, Ueberroth leaves the surf giant to devote more time to the National...

Intimate Apparel Council, FIT Launch Professional Program

The Intimate Apparel Council and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York have teamed up to launch an education program to help intimate-apparel executives gain a leg up in th...

PVH Acquires Mulberry Thai

New York–based Phillips–Van Heusen Corp., owner of the Calvin Klein and Izod brands, acquired certain assets of tie maker Mulberry Thai Silks Inc. for approximately $10 millio...

Nela:A 1940s Feel

Newcomer Nela, a division of Panglobal Brand Inc., has reputable fashion roots. Taipei-born fashion designer Hellen Yuan- Edralin designed for notable labels Rozae Nichols...

Logistics and Customs Essentials for Central American Garment Sourcing

Sourcing apparel from Central America can be daunting without a basic understanding of the rules of the Dominican Republic–Central American Free Trade Agreement, also known as DR-CAFTA or CAFTA. CAFTA ...

Kitson to Debut Its Biggest Store at Americana

High-profile specialty retailer Kitson will open its first store outside of Los Angeles’ stylish Robertson Boulevard in late 2008 when it debuts at The Americana at Brand retail cente...

Lessons to Be Learned to Source Wisely

Although the North American Free Trade Agreement, between the United States, Mexico and Canada, is the granddaddy of most of our free-trade agreements (FTAs), the textile portion of these treaties are different. Ther...

ecoSkin: Chic and Green

Fashion-forward and environmentally friendly, newcomer ecoSkin is designed by industry veteran Sandy Skinner and produced in Los Angeles. Formerly, Skinne...

Furrow Joins Cygne

New York–based private-label denim maker Cygne Designs Inc. named former Innovo executive Jay Furrow the company’s president and chief executive officer. Furrow will also join Cygne’s board of directors. Bernard Manuel—...

Iraq Protest Shuts Down West Coast Ports

Longshore workers protesting the war in Iraq shuttered 29 West Coast ports when they didn’t show up for work on May 1....

Fed Lowers Rates

The Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee lowered the federal funds rate by 25 basis points to 2 percent. The Fed hopes to spur spending, citing weak economic activity and “subdued” spe...

American Apparel Invests in Sustainable Cotton

American Apparel Inc. has joined the sustainable-cotton movement. ...

Paige: Green and Premium

Launched in 2004, Paige Premium Denim quickly climbed the premiumdenim ranks. The label has grown to include men’s, kids’, maternity and a petite collection, as well as a collection of contemp...

Eva Varro's in the Swim With Retailers

Los Angeles designer Eva Varro of Eva Varro California Style started her career almost 20 years ago, styling swimwear in Budapest, Hungary. Though it’s been many years since she has picked up ...

Akiko: Luxe Look

Southern California native and Otis College of Art + Design grad Akiko Yasuda designed for Poleci before launching her eponymous label in 2003. With a notably laid-back design aesthe...

Alphanumeric Relaunches With Original Crew

When Alphanumeric first made the scene in 1998, the brand quickly established itself on the leading edge of the streetwear movement with its crisp styling and broad appeal. Helmed by Alyasha Owerka-Moore, Mi...

New Online Sourcing Resource for Small Companies

Apparel and textile companies now have an online sourcing resource designed especially for small- to mid-size companies....

Microsoft Wants a Bigger Stake in California Apparel Industry

The world’s biggest software company has its eye on the California apparel industry. ...

New Hires at Howe

Menswear brand Hause of Howe has grown its executive ranks with the addition of a new national sales manager and director of marketing. Effective immediately, Keith Cokes and Ken Blaustein wi...

The Challenging World of Sourcing: A Q&A With Liz Claiborne's Fritz Winans

Manufacturers are constantly revising their sourcing strategies, taking the temperature of economic and political conditions around the world to see how it affects their apparel and textile production...

Modify: Surrealist Streetwear

After April 24, the Los Angeles–based artist Sonik Mercury put his mark on the Coachella Arts & Music Festival when he painted his science fiction–style graffiti look on t...

Playing the Waiting Game on Mexican Fabric

Maybe the odds makers in Las Vegas should start taking bets on when Mexico and Canada can start sending fabric to Central America to make clothing that returns to the United States duty-free....

CAST Sale Nets $13k

All the proceeds from a sample sale organized by California Apparel News and the Cooper Design Space will be donated to the Coalition Against Slavery and Trafficking, a nonp...

MAGIC Goes Green

Tradeshow giant MAGIC International will host a green section called Ecollection@MAGIC at the Aug. 25–27 run of the MAGIC Marketplace in Las Vegas....

Cone Denim Opens in Nicaragua

International Textile Group, the Greensboro, N.C.–based parent company of Cone Denim, opened a new facility near Managua, Nicaragua....

American Apparel Workers March for Immigration Reform

About 1,000 American Apparel workers participated in May Day marches in Los Angeles, joining thousands of others in a mostly peaceful demonstration for immigration reform and less policing by...

Weinbaum Leaves QST, Joins Creative Sourcing

Immediately after finalizing a deal for its West Coast business, Chicago-based QST Industries has parted ways with Los Angeles–based Vice President and board member Kenneth Weinbaum....

Thursday, May 1

Security Textile Merges With QST-L.A.

Two of Los Angeles’ major interlining and pocketing suppliers are joining forces. Security Textile is merging with QST Industries’ Los Angeles office, and the two will form a ...