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Saturday, January 31

MySpace Unveils New Fashion Features

Social-networking site MySpace is reworking the style angle with its revamped fashion page. The new page puts the spotlight on both fresh-faced and influential designers and news culled from various style resources...

Wild One: Skingraft Designs Debuts Loft Store

The Victorian- and fetish-style looks of Skingraft Designs have graced the backs of celebrities Kat Von D., Margaret Cho and Tila Tequila. In January, Skingraft opened a boutique in its downtown Los Angeles...

Friday, January 30

Just Say Ugg

Sandals, shoes and sheepskin boots may not be enough for Deckers Outdoor Corp., the company just outside Santa Barbara that makes ...

First California Store for Zachary's Smile

Opening a store in the middle of a recession may not be a great retail idea, but New York–based fashion label Zachary’s Smile found it was a good time to open its first California store, accord...

Next Step for Veteran Retailer: Emerging Fashions

Steven Trussell helped build the Robertson Boulevard eco-fashion boutique H-L-N-R in 2008. For his next project, he’ll scope out emerging fashion....

ISS Show Draws on 'Recession-Proof' Products

With the credit crunch putting a cramp on big-ticket purchases, the focus turned back toward entrepreneurial and smaller businesses at the Imprinted Sportswear Show, held Jan. 22–25 a...

CFA President to Address Copyright Issues and Apparel Careers

California Fashion Association President Ilse Metchek will deliver the keynote speech at the Copyright Office Conference on Feb. 18 in Los Angeles and Feb. 20 in San Francisco. ...

Letter to the Editor

The California Market Center has had the most successful January show in the country for many years. In spite of the present economic conditions, California achieved the strongest sales and buyer attendance i...

Industry Petitions CPSIA Lawmakers

A group of representatives from several industry associations met with lawmakers to discuss the ramifications of the Consumer Product Safety Committee’s Improvement Act of 2008, a law that requires new testing and cer...

BG Haute: Upscale and Evening

Scala Eveningwear Inc. kicks the sparkle and spectacle quotient up a notch on its prom, social-occasion and eveningwear dresses with a new premium division, BG Haute. The Los Angeles–...

Renu Yoga: Finding an Eco Niche in Yoga

Los Angeles–based private-label manufacturer 9B makes everything from premium denim to maternity wear for other companies. Now, it’s set off on a new project, producing branded yogawea...

Marky Ramone, Hilfiger Launch Capsule Collection

Musician Marky Ramone, former drummer of The Ramones, has teamed with Tommy Hilfiger to launch a small collection of rock ’n’ roll–inspired apparel under the Tommy Hilfiger Group...

Capsule Reports Flat Attendance

Loud music can be a distraction at trade shows, and noisy crowds can disturb vendors, too. But the producers of the New Yorkshy;–based Capsule trade show did not want anyone to feel a historic...

Tarrant Moves Corporate HQ to Downtown L.A.

Tarrant Apparel Group and Seven Licensing Company LLC have relocated their corporate headquarters to the Los Angeles Financial District in downtown Los Angeles. ...

Menswear Buyers in Flux at Westcoast Trend Show

Menswear retailers taking in the third edition of the Westcoast Trend Show, held Jan. 25–26 at the Embassy Suites LAX, were relatively upbeat yet remained cautious heading into the re...

Soup's on for Charron

Former Liz Claiborne executive Paul Charron will soon be the chairman of Campbell Soup Co.’s board of directors. Charron, who was chief executive of Liz Claiborne from 1996 to 2006 and has been on Campbell...

Quiksilver Eliminates 200 Jobs, Board Member Resigns

Quiksilver, the embattled Huntington Beach, Calif.–based surf giant, announced cost-cutting measures that will eliminate 200 jobs within its Americas region. The cuts, which a statement from t...

Retail Reductions

The Wet Seal Inc., the retail chain that caters to young women, is laying off 41 people. The retailer, which is based in Foothill ...

Making the Most of Niche Marketing at Outdoor Retailer

SALT LAKE CITY—Buyer traffic was down at the Jan. 22–25 run of the Outdoor Retailer trade show, but still, people crowded the aisles at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake C...

Lead Regulations

With new federal regulation coming on board in February that limits the lead content in primarily childrenswear, The Hosiery Assoc...

Apartment 3 Closes Downtown L.A. Shop

On Jan. 12, Kristin Knauff closed her downtown Los Angeles fashion boutique Apartment 3, after more than a year in Los Angeles’ still-emerging downtown area. On Feb. 12, she intends to reopen ...

PacSun to Cut Inventory, Jobs

Anaheim, Calif.–based chain retailer Pacific Sunwear of California announced that it will reduce its planned inventory levels by a minimum of 20 percent in 2009 and eliminate approximately 47 jobs at its head...

Key Buyers at Abbreviated ASR, Fashion-Focused Agenda

Going into it, no one expected the Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo, held Jan. 22–24 in San Diego, to be business as usual. (For more from ASR and Agenda, click...

Somber Tone at Project N.Y.

For the past five years, the Project Global Trade Show has been one of the most popular events on the trade-show calendar and has been considered a pioneer of the premium and contemporary st...

New Customs Rule Goes Into Effect for Shippers

Importers bringing in goods by ship must now provide additional cargo data 24 hours before their goods set sail for the United States....

Wednesday, January 28

Tuneful Way to Sell Emerging Fashion

While the United States awaits Obama's economic-stimulus package, producers Adam Krim and Candice Love—Love was an operations manager at Pooltradeshow—hope their Artistic Stimulus Package will...

Friday, January 23

NRF's 'Big' Show Not So Big, Yet Still Upbeat

Though attendance was down, the National Retail Federation’s “Big Show,” held Jan. 11–14 in New York, provided retailers with plenty of products and knowledge to help wea...

Gap Strengthens Fulfillment With Kiva Systems

Gap Inc., never a slacker when it comes to technology, has enlisted the help of robots to help pack shipments for its e-commerce operations. The San Francisco retailer has teamed wi...

Zweave Teams With TransWeave for PLM Integration

Zweave Inc. and TransWeave Inc. have joined forces, bringing Zweave’s PLM (product lifecycle management) into SAP’s ERP IS solution via TransWeave for a combined end-...

Colorep Expands Board of Directors

David Anthony has joined the board of directors of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.–based printing and dyeing equipment supplier Colorep....

Technology Resource Guide

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Shepard Fairey's Obama Image Makes History

Shepard Fairey of Santa Ana, Calif.–based Obey Clothing has struck a chord with Washington’s elite that has made its way to the White House....

Browzwear Rolls Out V-Stitcher 3-D

Browzwear International has updated V-Stitcher, its 3-D application used in enhancing CAD systems as well as in other visualization applications....

Layoffs at Maidenform

Iselin, N.J.–based Maidenform Brands Inc. announced plans to restructure 9 percent of its staff, eliminating 24 positions. ...

VF#039;s New Initiatives

Greensboro, N.C.–based VF Corp. is splitting its 5-year-old Outdoor Americas coalition with two new sections: Outdoor Ameri...

News, Speculation-and Some Purchase Orders-Fly at Surf Expo

ORLANDO, Fla.—Always the surf/skate industry’s more business-minded show, Surf Expo offered a hot commodity this season: information. ...

Hartmarx Files Chapter 11

Hartmarx Corp., the venerable Chicago suit manufacturer and parent company to West Coast brands Monarchy and One Girl Whohellip;, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The 130...

Charlotte Russe Up for Sale?

It’s a sale or a new retail direction for Charlotte Russe Holding Inc....

Chilly Economic Winds Blow Through Hong Kong Fashion Week

HONG KONG—Inside the upper regions of Hong Kong Fashion Week, the trade-show floor turned into a scene right out of Hollywood. ...

JCPenney Clears the (Credit) Air

Plano, Texas–based department store JCPenney released a statement clarifying its revolving credit facility “in order...

L.A. Market Draws Smaller Crowds, Cautious Buyers

Retail turnout was not great, but there were orders placed and new contacts made at the Jan. 16–20 run of Los Angeles Fa...

Lectra Launches 2nd-Generation PLM

Lectra has launched the second generation of its product lifecycle management suite, Lectra Fashion PLM V1R5. The updated system is easier to use and includes new functionalities to ...

MAGIC's Concourse Show to Be Revamped With English Accent

In an effort to jazz up its men’s exhibitions in a down economy, the MAGIC Marketplace announced it will put an English sartorial edge on one of its premium men’s shows, Concourse....

Bright Hues Prevail for Fall/Winter '09 Styles

HONG KONG—Autumn may be the somber season, when trees lose their leaves and landscapes are painted brown rather than green....

L.A. Market's June Dates Moved

Organizers of Los Angeles Fashion Market have adjusted June’s show dates to take place about two weeks later than originally planned because of a conflict with the Memorial Day holiday and sho...

CPSIA Ruling Goes Forward

Rumors began bouncing around soon after President Barack Obama’s inauguration that the much-maligned Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Improvement Act of 2008, which affects childrenswear, had been p...

Gaylord Joins Bibby's West Coast Office

Fred K. Gaylord has been named senior vice president of sales and marketing for the West Coast offices of Bibby Financial Services in Westlake Village, Calif....

Georgie: Chan Luu Branches Beyond Accessories to Pants

Chan Luu, the Vietnam-born designer living for some time now in Los Angeles, started her collection 14 years ago with just jewelry. Later she expanded to accessories and ready-to-wear. ...

ASR Teams With Class for New Show, Revamps Exhibitor Options

Faced with declining vendor ranks and overworked buyers, the Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo is making some dramatic changes to give buyers and exhibitors new reasons to focus on the vetera...

VF’s New Initiatives

Greensboro, N.C.–based VF Corp. is splitting its 5-year-old Outdoor Americas coalition with two new sections: Outdoor Ameri...

Bringing California to Sundance

California designers helped kick off the Sundance Film Festival with a series of parties, events and style lounges during the film festival’s Jan. 15 to 25 run in Park City, Utah. 7 For All Mankind partnered...

Thursday, January 22

Funeral Services Scheduled for Husband of Boutique Owner Lisa Kline

Robert Bryson, husband of pioneering boutique owner Lisa Kline, died in an early-morning accident at his home....

Wednesday, January 21

ASR Event and Seminar Calendar

The seminar and event lineup at the upcoming

BOXEight Gets on Its SoapBOX

The organizers behind the indie BOXEight Fashion Week have launched an online video series featuring both up-and-coming and well-known musicians and bands at the soapBOX Live. “We wanted to use our online presence to provide an intimate...

Stand Real Still, Kelly Slater

Attendees at the Jan 15–17 run of the Surf Expo trade show in Orlando, Fla., were treated to an unusual sight—a larger-than-life clay Kelly Slater statue alongside a much smaller bronze model dedicated to the nine-time ASP world champion. The two Slater doppelgangers, created...

Tuesday, January 20

L.A.'s Genlux-Straight Outta Tokyo

Fashion’s flirtation with Japanese pop art must not be exclusive to Marc Jacobs and artist Takashi Murakami. Beverly Hills, Calif.–based beauty and fashion mag Genlux is swooning for Japanese pop art. On...

Retail Report: Challenges Ahead in 2009

Executives from several large national retailers converged recently at the ICR Xchange conference in Dana Point, Calif., to discuss the challenges of 2008 and the opportunities of 2009. Among the bright...

HotterThanHollywood.com Presents an Insider's View

Fashion e-commerce site HotterThanHollywood.com recently launched The Magazine, an online news magazine complete with blog entries and video clips about the goings on in Los Angeles fashion. The online magazine follows Hotter Than Hollywood owner Mary Helen...

Candice Held Mini-Boutique Debuts at Xin

For designer Candice Held, retail has come full circle. In 2002, she sold her first designs at pioneering Los Angeles fashion boutique Xin. Almost seven years and seemingly a career later, she debuted a mini-Candice Held shop at Xin...

Monday, January 19

PacSun, Wet Seal, Hot Topic Plan to Tough Out Rough Times at ICR Xchange

After a rough 2008 holiday season, retail executives plotted their companies’ comebacks at the 11th annual ICR Xchange investors conference, held Jan. 14–15 at the palatial St. Regis M...

Saturday, January 17

Beach Bums & Active Chiefs: No Bankruptcy, No Store Closings

Rumors are bouncing around the show floor at the Surf Expo trade show in Florida about the fate of specialty retailers Beach Bums and Active—but the chief executives at both of specialty chains denied the reports....

Friday, January 16

CDG Announces Nominees

The nominees for the 11th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards have been announced by the Costume Designers Guild....

Scout Moving to Hollywood

Scout LA is relocating to Hollywood....

Calypso Taps Foyle

St. Barts–based women’s and children’s resort retailer Calypso named Jennifer Foyle president of the company....

Action Sports & Street Resource Guide

Sports is the name of the game this month as three dynamic trade events serve the action sports market. The Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo, now in its 27th year as the leading action sports industry trade show for...

TALA's Inauguration Moves to L.A. Athletic Club

The Textile Association of Los Angeles will hold its 65th annual Inaugural Luncheon at the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Jan. 28 at 11:30 a.m. ...

Fashion District Renewal Gains Majority Support

The Los Angeles Fashion District Business Improvement District is on its way to being renewed for another four years after a majority of the represented ownership of the district signed petit...

Dyer in at Chico#039;s FAS

Fort Myers, Fla.–based Chico’s FAS Inc. named David F. Dyer president and chief executive officer of the retail chai...

Wilhelmina#039;s Pretty, Pretty Deal

Wilhelmina International Ltd. and its affiliated companies—including Wilhelmina Models, Wilhelmina Miami, Wilhelmina Film ...

Store Closure for Beach Bums, Active Considering Leases

Chino, Calif.–based Beach Bums closed its 4,000-square-foot store in the Westfield Mission Valley Shopping Centre in San Diego on Jan. 7. Beach Bums Principal Cliff Haddadin said ther...

Importers Face New Requirements With Customs' '10+2' Rule

Come Jan. 26, all importers bringing in goods transported on ships will have to change the way they do business when the federal government ushers in new customs regulations....

Gottschalks, Goodies File for Chapter 11

Retailers Gottschalks Inc. and Goody’s LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Jan. 14. ...

San Diego's Horton Plaza to Get $50m Makeover

Los Angeles–based shopping-center developer Westfield USA recently submitted plans to the city of San Diego unveiling its intention to renovate Horton Plaza, a 25-year-old mall located in the...

Quiksilver President Resigns

Marty Samuels, a longtime executive mainstay of Huntington Beach, Calif.–based surf giant Quiksilver, has resigned as president of the Americas region, a position created for him in 2005. Sam...

Film Costumes Come to FIDM for 17th Exhibition

Some of the year’s best film costumes will be on display when the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising hosts its 17th annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design...

Anand Jon's Defense Team Ponders New Trial

Sentencing for designer Anand Jon Alexander, which was to have taken place on Jan. 13, has been postponed, as his attorneys consider filing a motion for a new trial....

Kellwood's L.A. Strategy

When St. Louis–based Kellwood Co. moves three of its moderate brands—Sag Harbor, Briggs N.Y. and Koret—to its West Coast facility in the City of Industry, Calif., late...

Hot Topic Had a Scary-Good Holiday-But Can It Last?

The picture of crowds of screaming teens throwing down money on T-shirts must seem like fantasy to many retailers after the grim 2008 holiday season. But mall-based retailer Hot Topic Inc. got to exp...

Reichman Turns 25

Don and Velma Reichman celebrate 25 years at the California Market Center with a 25th-anniversary partyon Jan. 17 in their Reichman Associates showroom, located in CMC suite A287....

Dyer in at Chico’s FAS

Fort Myers, Fla.–based Chico’s FAS Inc. named David F. Dyer president and chief executive officer of the retail chai...

Wilhelmina’s Pretty, Pretty Deal

Wilhelmina International Ltd. and its affiliated companies—including Wilhelmina Models, Wilhelmina Miami, Wilhelmina Film ...

Designer Koi Suwannagate Launches Online Shop

Los Angeles–based designer Koi Suwannagate, known for her hand-sculpted cashmere pieces and intricate detailing, has launched an online retail shop at her Web site. The online shop was created as an outlet for the designer, according to Director of...

Wednesday, January 14

Marketing in My Mind

Bluetooth advertising is coming to L.A.-area malls.The Los Angeles Times technology blog reports that Pleasanton, Calif.–based marketing firm Intera Group is working on bringing Bluetooth-enabled advertising to...

Monday, January 12

Youngblood

719 S. Los Angeles St.Suite 1118Los Angeles(518) 598-6892...

Theresa Matthew Studio

The New MartSuite 1004(213) 486-0045

Saturday, January 10

FIDM Gets Inaugural

The Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising will be part of the presidential inauguration festivities when the California design school co-hosts a “Presidential Inaugural Luncheon Fashion Show” on Jan. 18 in Washington,...

Friday, January 9

Earnest Sewn Might Add Sizzle to Beverly Boulevard

Since 2007, shopkeepers on Los Angeles’ Beverly Boulevard have been waiting for New York–based jeans brand Earnest Sewn to open its flagship boutique on the street and, finally, the long wait m...

New York Textile Preview & Resource Guide

Designers and buyers will find abundant opportunities to browse international resources at five major textile events and a premium-denim show in New York in the coming weeks.Prefab: The Supima Premium Fabric Show offers two days of fabric sourcing and seminars at New York’s Gotham Hall Jan. 13–14. ...

New Lines: California Market Center

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 Appa...

Menswear Show Set for Third Run at LAX

Reps from dozens of upscale menswear labels will be showing their Fall 2009 collections at the West Coast Trend Show, set for Jan. 25–26 at the Embassy Suites LAX in Los Angeles....

New Lines: Cooper Design Space

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 Appa...

L.A. Men's Brand Corpus Lands Ecco Domani Award

The 2009 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award for menswear was awarded to Corpus, the Los Angeles–based brand founded by designers Keith Richardson and Jerrod Cornish. ...

Money-Back Program for Importers of Costa Rican Goods

Now that Costa Rica has joined a regional free-trade agreement with the United States, importers who brought goods in from Costa Rica after 2004 can get a rebate on duties paid....

MAGIC Launches New Premium Women's Section

Organizers scale back runway shows to focus on remerchandising and show floor activities....

Showroom Five 21

California Market CenterSuite B521(213) 438-0521Two lines as different as night and day define the new Showroom Five 21 in the California Market Center....

American Apparel Expands Manufacturing Base in O.C.

American Apparel LLC is growing its newly acquired manufacturing operations in Orange County, Calif....

New Lines: Gerry Building

Gerry Building The following are new lines carried by showrooms at the Gerry Building, located at 910 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles.The California Apparel News lists new t...

Da-Rue Shutters Ames

After joining forces four years ago, two small chains of apparel stores operating primarily in Southern California have ended their merger....

New Lines: The New Mart

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 lin...

SwimShorts 2009

The new year welcomes new styles, new trends, and new innovation in the swimwear industry. From high performance fibers to bikinis to trade events, the following companies reveal their updates for 200...

Caruso, General Growth Suit Settled

On Jan. 5 Chicago-based General Growth Properties Inc. agreed to pay a $48 million settlement to Caruso Affiliated, developer of the Americana at Brand retail center in Glen...

Gregory Scott Leaves Bebe

Gregory Scott, chief executive officer of contemporary retailer Bebe Stores Inc., has left the company. The departure was announced Jan. 9 after the market had closed....

Rey Swimwear: Where Vintage Goes Modern

In the world of swimwear, small is often beautiful...

Skechers for the Kids

Los Angeles–based footwear brand Skechers USA inked a deal with New York–based Adjmi Apparel Group for a line of Ske...

Speedo Torpedoes Ahead on Olympic Wave

Twelve floors below the new Speedo headquarters, located in a downtown Los Angeles high rise, the sound of gunfire ricochets off the concrete walls in this urban territory....

T-Notes Resource Guide

Alstyle Apparel manufactures a wide variety of high quality tees for men, missy, juniors, youth, and toddlers as well as fleece, organics, and performance athletic apparel. Alstyle now fe...

Level Seven Showroom

Gerry BuildingSuite 408 (213) 452-0594 ...

Iconix Heads to Latin America

New York–based Iconix Brand Group—owners of the Mossimo, Rampage, Joe Boxer, Candie’s, Bongo, Ocean Pacific a...

Le Trend

Cooper Design SpaceSuite 1008(213) 236-4444...

Surf and Skate Industry Positions Itself for Rough 2009

2009 is shaping up to be another difficult year for the surf and skate industry....

Zappos#039; $50K Tee

Las Vegas–based online shoe and apparel retailer Zappos.com is offering a $50,000 T-shirt that comes with an added bonus: C...

C&C California: Playing Up the California Angle

In the beginning, C&C California took the fashion world by storm with its brightly colored T-shirts that had a buttery feel...

Fund-raising Dinner Will Honor Apparel-Industry Veterans

Designer James Perse and attorney Mark Brutzkus will be honored at a fund-raising dinner Feb. 7 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills....

December Sales Decline 1.7 Percent

Retailers cut inventory and offered unprecedented promotions for the 2008 holiday season, all in an effort to beat the forecasted tough economy. But it was not enough, according to the New York...

Container Traffic at Ports Dips in November

It’s no surprise that cargo volumes at the Los Angeles–area ports are down as retailers are stocking fewer items on their shelves....

Holiday Web Sales Challenged by Economic Downturn

Despite a strong start, Web and online retailers ended the holiday shopping season short of the figures reached last year, when consumers spent $29.2 billion online, according to Reston, Va.–b...

New Lines: The Lady Liberty Building

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 Appar...

Swim Diary: Catching Up With Red Carter

Red Carter has an irreverent approach to fashion that has established him as an innovator in the swim world. His designs range from sassy nautical classics to se...

Zappos’ $50K Tee

Las Vegas–based online shoe and apparel retailer Zappos.com is offering a $50,000 T-shirt that comes with an added bonus: C...

New York Textile Shows Preview

Designers and piece-goods buyers shopping the upcoming New York textile shows will find plenty of resources for trend forecasting and business planning—as well as a few opportunities to network...

Las Vegas Trade Show Calendar

Feb. 15–18

Farewell, Citicorp-Plaza Macy's

On the heels of a tough holiday sales season, Macy’s Inc. announced it would close 11 underperforming stores on Jan. 8—including the Macy’s at Citicorp Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. The downtown Macy’s will be the only one to close in California, according to the department store’s spokesman Jim....

Wednesday, January 7

Layoffs and Direction Change at Reef

Apparel giant VF Corp. laid off a substantial number of Reef employees on Jan. 6 in a major bid to reposition the core surf apparel and accessories brand. ...

Tuesday, January 6

L.A. Manufacturer Julie Blatt, 84

Los Angeles manufacturer Julie Blatt died on Jan. 4 after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 84. ...

Monday, January 5

ASR Cancels Holiday Edition

The Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo has cancelled its Holiday 2009 edition....

Friday, January 2

Upcoming CPSC Deadline Vexes Childrenswear Manufacturers

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 has caused its share of confusion among apparel manufacturers, but particularly among makers of children’s products, who are the main targets...

Luxury Loves Company: Fashionable Radical

Just a couple of months after it debuted in May, new fashion brand Luxury Loves Company landed in top-fashion boutique Kitson. It was a coup for LLC designer Diane Rosenstein, a woman who, u...

Confidence Down

After a brief rally in November, consumer confidence plunged to an all-time low, according to the Conference Board, the New York–based research organization that conducts the Consumer Confidence Survey of 5,00...

American Apparel Names New CFO

American Apparel has promoted Adrian Kowalewski to executive vice president and chief financial officer....

Timmy Woods: Making a Political Statement

There’s been much speculation about what Michelle Obama will wear to the Jan. 20 inauguration of her husband, President-elect Barack Obama....

Zuhhah: Flirty and Feminine

Joo Ha’s Beau Bois line, which launched in 2001, supplies trendy item tops, dresses and jackets to the young contemporary racks of Macy’s, Bloomingdales and...

Mr. Larkin: Eco and Chic

Fashionable eco lines are on the rise, as evidenced by Mr. Larkin, an exciting new addition to this growing category....

Tattoo Art and Breast-Cancer Research Inspire New Tops Lines

Funny how life imitates art...

Dear Charlotte, Take Two

The board of directors of San Diego retailer Charlotte Russe Holding Inc. received a second letter recently urging the board to accept a recent bid from a private equity investment consortium. Financial-services company B. R...

Bill Blass Licensing Sold

New York–based NexCen Brands Inc. sold its Bill Blass licensing business to Peacock International Holdings LLC for approximately $10 million in cash. According to a statement from NexCen, the company w...

Costa Rica Joins Free Trade Agreement

After years of political wrangling, Costa Rica is finally joining the free-trade agreement that eliminates most tariffs and quotas on goods traded between Central America and the United States....

New Rules for the Work Force in '09

California lawmakers don’t make New Year’s resolutions, they make new laws. ...

Post Holiday '08, Retailers Vow to Change Game in '09

The 2008 Christmas season may change the way the fashion industry does business, according to retailers and industry analysts who say finding new ways to make and stretch a dollar will be crucial in ...

Industry Voices: Is Vietnam the New Sourcing Frontier?

For almost 30 years, China has been the go-to place for fulfilling the needs of U.S. importers to make clothing, textiles, footwear and accessories. ...

Cochran Joins Delta#039;s Board

Duluth, Ga.–based Delta Apparel, Inc., owners of Junk Food Clothing Co., named James “Al” Cochran to the comp...

American Rag, Tarrant Settle Suit

Tarrant Apparel announced Dec. 30 that it had reached a settlement with American Rag Cie. ...

Eucalyptus: Label Aids Guatemalan Workers

Eucalyptus, a 5-year-old misses label out of Austin, Texas, made its way to the West Coast when its owners struck a distribution deal with Roseanne Tritica and Ernesto Mantilla of th...

Cochran Joins Delta’s Board

Duluth, Ga.–based Delta Apparel, Inc., owners of Junk Food Clothing Co., named James “Al” Cochran to the comp...