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Tuesday, March 31

Project Ethos' 'Culture Shock'

More than 2,000 people packed the Vanguard nightclub in Hollywood to attend Project Ethos’ latest event,...

Disaster in N.Y., D.C. Scatters L.A. Execs

The terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.—and the subsequent grounding of the nation’s airlines—left many Los Angeles apparel industry executives stranded and far from home. As the tragic ev...

In the Wake of Disaster: Executives Stranded, Business Halted

The fashion community in California and beyond is still in shock over this week’s terrorist attacks in Washington, D.C., and New York, and though still focusing on the devastation left in the aftermath...

Biannual Trade Show to Debut in Barcelona

Barcelona—the Spanish city known for its great architecture, avant-garde art and incredible beaches—is launching a new apparel trade show this summer....

Monday, March 30

Reality Show Comes to the California Market Center

Fresh from their gig designing fetish-inspired costumes for Britney Spears’ “Circus” tour, Dsquared2 designers Dean and Dan Caten will be starring in their own reality show. On March 30, the identical...

Friday, March 27

Nuuml;wa Launches High Tensile- and Tear-Strength Coating

Tustin, Calif.–based Nuuml;wa Textiles has launched Nuuml;Hyde, a patent-pending coating that improves yarns’ abrasion resistance to more than four times the industry standard, accordi...

Tapping into the Mommy Market at Mom2b

This season, Mom2b, the trade show for maternity apparel and pregnancy-related products, moved from the first floor of the California Market Center to The Penthouse on the CMC’s 13th ...

Precise Buys at Cooper

As in past seasons, buyers at the Cooper Design Space shopped the building’s well-stocked showrooms for deals in Immediates through Fall. This time around, however, buyers arrived with a much ...

Habitat or Habiliment

Consumers are allocating more resources for housing costs, including mortgage payments and rent, than for apparel, entertainment or dining out,...

New Union Formed

The ongoing dispute between two factions of the garment- and restaurant-workers union UNITE HERE has led one group to form a new union. About 150,000 UNITE HERE members have left to form a group they’r...

Destination Shopping at 824 Building

Showrooms at the 824 Building, located at 824 S. Los Angeles St., saw...

Immediates Preferred at CMC

Retail traffic was reportedly down during the Los Angeles Fashion Market, held March 20–24 at the California Market Center, but deals were buzzing for those who could supply retailers...

Lenzing Highlighting ProModal and Technical Expertise at L.A. Textile Show

At the upcoming Los Angeles International Textile Show, Austrian fiber maker Lenzing will be highlighting the benefits of its ProModal fabric, a blend of Modal and Tencel....

Brighte Exhibitors Focus on Creativity

Exhibitors at the Brighte Companies show, held March 20–23 in the California Market Center Fashion Theater, reported slow to moderate traffic for the event, which caters to buyers of ...

Perry's Deal With Callaway

Carlsbad-based Callaway Golf struck a licensing and distribution deal with Perry Ellis International for Callaway golf and sportswear in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. Perry Ellis...

Nike Shuffle

Beaverton, Ore.–based apparel and footwear giant Nike Inc. is reorganizing its business based on six geographic regions,...

Active Files for Chapter 11 Reorganization

Active Ride, the embattled chain of surf/skate stores, has filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 reorganization in U.S. Ban...

Design Incubator/Retailer Debuts in Burbank

The Fred Segal model of retail has long inspired California boutique owners, and Glow Rivera is putting her own spin on this model. She is not only housing a variety of retailers and...

NAM Continues to Petition CPSC as Recalls Continue

The debate over the strict lead and phthalate guidelines in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) continues....

Focused Buying at Boutique Lingerie at the Gerry Building

Lingerie stores throughout California and the West Coast—such as Beauty & Attitude from Berkeley, Calif.; Fred Segal Fun and Fred Segal Silk ...

Key Stores at Lady Liberty Building

Vivian Patao relocated the Tricot showroom from the Cooper Design Space to the Lady Liberty Building to open for the March 20–23 run of Los Ang...

Keeping Pace With Denim Demand and Design

Denim North America looks to the future with a nod to denim’s roots....

New Mart Quiet but Upbeat

Ethan Eller, general manager of The New Mart, said attendance in the building for the Fall 2009 Los Angeles Fashion Market was down 15 percent. “Which is surprising because we...

Threads Resource Guide

Los Angeles–based Antex Knitting Mills (a division of Matchmaster Dyeing & Finishing Inc.) is a vertical mill that has been in operation for more than 30 years. It produces approximately 1.5 million yards of knitt...

Charlotte Russe Proxy Fight Heats Up

The proxy fight at juniors retailer Charlotte Russe Holding Inc. took a tough turn on March 24....

Education Resource Guide

AIMS Technology Solutions, Inc.127 E. 9th S...

Colombian Companies Added to Material World Roster

A contingent of textile and apparel factory representatives from Colombia has been added to the lineup at the Material World & Technology Solutions fabric and sourcing show April 21...

L.A.'s Largest Blue Jeans Factory Has a Formula for Success

On the floor of the brightly lit factory, sewing machines hum as workers put the finishing touches on thousands of darkly tinted blue jeans that will eventually sell for $140 to $220. In another row, ...

Traffic Down, But Some Business Good at D&A

A battered economy led many businesspeople to forecast a poor market at the Designers and Agents show, held March 20–22 at The New Mart and the Cooper Design Space; however, ...

Immediate Buys, Core Buyers Key for L.A. Market

Showroom owners and reps reported mixed results for the Fall ’09 Los Angeles Fashion Market, but most agreed that traffic was slow, buyers were very cautious and Immediate goods were in demand...

New Lines and Niche Businesses at Focus

The Focus show, held March 21–23 in the Penthouse on the California Market Center’s 13th floor, featured a mix of established and up-and-coming designers in a space across the...

Wednesday, March 25

L.A. Fashion Weekend Featuring Post'Age, Raw 7 and Samora

Mikey Koffman typically produces runway events offering a lot of bands, dancers and, during one show, wild animals. In comparison, her March 20 fashion show could be called downrigh...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall '09: B. Son by Rebecca Beeson

B. Son by Rebecca Beeson debuted on the runway during CoLA Fashion Week on March 20. The San Francisco–based collection takes inspiration from Japanese street fashion. “There’s just an ease and a pan...

L.A. Week Fall '09: Who's Next What's Next featuring new and up-and-comin

New design talent comes from all places on the map. Salt Lake City is the headquarters for recently debuted denim label Nappi Clothing, one of the brands that showed at the...

Displaced Apparel Workers Get Help from Microsoft, FBI

Microsoft Corp. and its apparel industry partners in California are hoping to put a dent in rising unemployment figures....

Monday, March 23

Manufacturers and Importers Could Reap Cost Savings After Latest Development in Clean Trucks Dispute

A recent court decision involving the local ports’ Clean Trucks Program may end up being a cost saver for apparel and textile importers.

Friday, March 20

New Resources Guide: Civil Smith

Though new on the scene for Fall 2009, Civil Smith is built on the considerable expertise of its four founders. Hailing from brands such as Bread Denim, Von Dutch, Blue Holdings, Guess?, Diesel and Rock & Republic, principals Scott Luir...

New Resources Guide: Recession by Rock & Republic

Culver City, Calif.–based premium-denim brand Rock & Republic is known for its flash and rock-star excess vibe. But with the economic hard times gripping the nation, founder Michael Ball felt a change was in order...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall '09: Witches

Lauren Alexander and Gabby Applegate’s twin uniforms of jet-black hair, black-rimmed eyes and monochromatic black ensembles earned the best friends a nickname that became the basis of their ne...

New Resources Guide: Anthony Designs

Designer Antthony Mark Hankins is coming full circle. The designer’s first job out of design school at Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne in Paris was working on hems and bias treatments in...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall '09: Jen Awad

As the lead singer/songwriter and rhythm guitarist for the band The Great Entity, Jen Awad designed her skin-baring clothing to command center stage, whether on the...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall '09: Whitley Kros

On March 15, designers Marissa Ribisi and Sophia Coloma presented their

New Resources Guide: Sofie Olgaard

Danish designer Sofie Olgaard draws on her Scandinavian roots for inspiration in her eponymous fashion line. Now in her second season, Olgaard debuted her line with a Spring 2009 collection at GenArt’s...

New Resources Guide: Luxury Loves Company

Dianne Rosenstein’s new fashion brand, Luxury Loves Company, is finding an audience with its balance of luxury and radical chic. Just a couple of months after its launch, the line landed in top fashion...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall '09: Laeken

Designer Mallyce Miller said she was inspired by today’s youth and the power to speak out and be heard when creating her...

New Resources Guide: Di Lascia's Bakery

Patrick Di Lascia found inspiration for his new men’s line, Di Lascia’s Bakery, in the upstate New York bakery founded by his grandfather...

New Exec at Manhattan Beachwear

Long-time swimwear executive Howard Greller has joined Manhattan Beachwear as its vice president of merchandising....

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall '09: Hayley Starr

Take five silhouettes and three different hem lengths and you can come up with at least 269 different styles....

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall '09: Marco-G Design

Fashion executive Marco Guzzardo spent a career behind the scenes. He manufactures contemporary fashions for several large retail chains. Yet for one night in downtown Los Angeles, h...

New Resources Guide: Comune

Frank Delgadillo plans to prove there are second acts in the worlds of skate and active apparel. The former president of popular skate label Ambiguous has launched a new men’s brand, Comune, and is hop...

And You Get to Keep the Suit

Hampstead, Md.–based JoS. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. launched a new rebate program that will refund the price of a suit purchased at a JoS. A. Bank store if the customer loses his job. Under the terms of the progr...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall '09: Future Heretics

The design collective behind Future Heretics—Bryden Lando, Alex Kosters and Liliana Felleti—did a mash up of “Lost Boys meet Japanese surf punk” for...

Sales Reps Stay Positive, Work Harder During Economic Crisis

To eke out an existence in the wholesale apparel trade these days means doing more work for less money. That’s frustrating for Los Angeles’ base of manufacturer sales representatives, but they said it beats the...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall '09: UNIF

Plaid shirts, distressed jeans, rock ’n’ roll tees and Doc Martens all added up to the ’90s-era grunge look of the...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall '09: EM&Co. and Chic Little Devil Stylehouse

Almost any material can be whipped up into something high-style and fashionable, according to designer Evelyn Morel, the owner of boutique EM&Co. She used plastic shopping bags f...

New Resources Guide: Babakul

Kym Gold-Lubell, the mastermind behind Bella Dahl and Hippie Jeans and co-founder of True Religion Brand Jeans, puts her denim expertise to use in different fabrications with her new line, Babakul. ...

New Resources Guide: Anita Arze

Anita Arze dug into her cultural roots and drew upon the handcraftsmanship of Bolivian knitting for her eponymous line of wraps, ponchos and coverups. ...

New Resources Guide: BG Haute

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–based company has ...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall '09: Smoke & Mirrors

Design duo Emily Brandle and Michelle Chaplin of Smoke & Mirrors are not for esoteric, high-concept ideas. When asked about their “inspiration” or “theme” for Fall ’09,...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall '09: Mike Vensel

If you’re into basic black, Mike Vensel is the designer for you....

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall '09: Sjobeck

Sjobeck played homage to Native Americana by way of Malibu, Calif., for its

New Resources Guide: Protea

Kelly Bradshaw wants her clothing line, Protea, to strike a harmonious balance of a “sophisticated look with a little bit of quirkiness.”...

New Resources Guide: Ed Hardy Snow

The slopes are about to get a little more colorful. Christian Audigier, the designer behind the Ed Hardy brand, recently licensed his tattoo-inspired art and graphics to snow wear and hard goods licensee Wint...

New Resources Guide: Piper & Forest

If Lisa Izad’s Tylie Malibu sweatshirts, comfy boots and slouchy leather shoulder bags are what the SoCal beach chick wears on a lazy weekend after surfing, Izad’s new contemporary line, Piper & For...

New Resources Guide: Road Kill

Accessories line Road Kill was created by designers Christopher Brunner and Whitney Pierce for their company, The Reycled Dead. The pair created the collection of jewelry and accessories made from dea...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall '09: Skin Graft

Skin Graft, known for its dark gothic–meets–rock ’n’ roll aesthetic, was featured in the Fashion Institute of Tec...

CPSIA Rally Planned in Washington, D.C.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Improvement Act of 2008 continues to make the news as industry groups plan an April 1 rally at Capitol Hill and retailers announce product recalls....

New Resources Guide: Eddia

Eddia Mirharooni wants to make the busy guy graceful—and equip every man’s inner secret agent....

CFDA & L.A.

Los Angeles designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte and Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders and Boy are among the nominees for this year’s Council of Fashion Designers of America award. The Mulle...

New Resources Guide: Itsola

Lauren Fong’s contemporary label, Itsola, launched in 2007 and is a reflection of the designer’s feminine personal style. The company’s moniker sums up the brand: “It’s So L.A.” And that can be taken litera...

New Resources Guide: Charlotte Tarantola for Disney

The Walt Disney Co. is attempting to give its classic animated films another shot at youth. Last August, the company ventured into contemporary fashion with the new line Charlotte Tarantola for Disney...

New Resources Guide: Maj

Native Californian Julie Jun used an acronym of her family’s names (Max, Aaron and Julie) for the name of her contemporary clothing brand, Maj....

New Resources Guide: Ice It by Bebe Z

“L.A. Ink,” the TLC network’s reality program about the going-ons inside a Los Angeles tattoo parlor, now has its own clothing line. Ice It by Bebe Z Inc. offers Swarovski-embellished men’s and wo...

New Resources Guide: Sweet Petites

Sweet Petites Apparel and its misses sister line, Sweet Physiques, launched in 2008 with the shorter woman in mind—more specifically, the women under 5 feet, 4 inches...

New Resources Guide: Coton Blanc

Elisabeth Weinstock’s line of cozy cotton sleepwear, Coton Blanc, is making a comeback. The line, which debuted in the 1990s, shipped to Fred Segal, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York and hundr...

New Resources Guide: StudioVM

For many years, designer Varunee specialized in clean, elegant looks seen in her eveningwear line, which bore her name...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall '09: COA

For the debut of his men’s clothing line, COA, Zak Kaufman aimed to hit a trifecta of “clothing that still pushes the limit,” is easy to understand so that the...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall '09: Sahaja

For the nerd inside every man, there is Sahaja....

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall '09: Gen Art

On March 13, Gen Art and BOXeight Fashion Week partnered to present the multi-line...

New Resources Guide: Denim Gods

The husband-and-wife team of Anthony Quiroz and Deborah Ceballos takes inspiration from vintage jeans for Denim Gods, their new line of premium denim. The couple took a unique approach to the denim ma...

New Resources Guide: Absolute Design

Former Los Angeles–area buyer Marla Hirschfeld, who now lives in Arizona, has launched a line of headwear with a cause...

New Resources Guide: Beautiful Fuuml;l

Launching for Fall 2009, the Beautiful Fuuml;l line of menswear brings sophisticated East Coast details to laid-back West Coast styles. Founded by brothers Alejandro and Andres Rodriguez, the collection is equal part...

New Resources Guide: Velvet Heart

Moshe Tsabag’s newest venture, Velvet Heart, wraps the apparel veteran’s expertise in the juniors, young contemporary and contemporary markets into one tidy package of denim-driven fashion...

New Resources Guide: Zuhhah

Joo Ha launched her Beau Bois line in 2001 with trendy item tops, dresses and jackets for the young-contemporary market. Now the designer is providing the same on-trend novelty for a more mature custo...

New Resources Guide: Jungmaven

Rob Jungmann sells blank T-shirts made out of soft fabric. This description alone should perk interest in many retailers. However, Jungmann said he occasionally runs into a snag when he gives the full...

New Resources Guide: Green Goods

Hipsters like organic too. “The problem is, most organic T-shirts out there look and feel like a burlap sack,” said Anthony de la Rosa, national sales and marketing manager for Green Goo...

New Resources Guide: Native Son

Kyle Fitzgibbons who began his career as an assistant at Band of Outsiders, created an edited vision of the collection for his design debut. ...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall '09: Single

The banquet hall of a Russian restaurant was the right place to show the

Fashion Link: 'Aventures' in Distribution

Peter Jacobson spent 25 years working as an independent sales representative in the Los Angeles fashion industry before adding another entry to his list of job titles: “distributor.”...

New Resources Guide: Dream Life

Los Angeles–based Dream Life’s cheerfully bright item tops, skirts and dresses offer a mixed-media folkloric look at an affordable price. The line was created by Bob Harrison and Sayed Sheerazie, both o...

New Resources Guide: Jezebell

Michael Kim, who has more than 20 years of experience as a private-label manufacturer in China for American retail chains, is expanding his branded juniors line, Jezebell...

Active Ride to Close 10 Stores

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New Resources Guide: Isabel Lu

Newcomer Isabel Lu launched for the Spring 2009 season with Satine in Los Angeles, Nordstrom Savvy and Indexx in Studio City, Calif., among the retailers carrying the line. ...

SIMA Celebrates 20th, Announces Image Award Nominees

The Aliso Viejo, Calif.–based Surf Industry Manufacturers Association is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2009. The trade association has a membership of more than 300 surf-industry supplie...

Few Bright Spots in Key Retail Markets

Rising unemployment, a falling housing market and continuing falloff in consumer spending will push up retail vacancies and lower rents in 2009, according to real estate company Marcus & Millicha...

New Resources Guide: Tra La La

Los Angeles–based designer Kristine Hardig launched her innerwear line, Tra La La, in 2004 to provide lingerie that was both sophisticated and sexy, using 1940s- and 1950s-era lingerie as a muse. After a seaso...

New Resources Guide: Ring of Fire

For more than eight years, Eran Bitton has been manufacturing street label Joker Brand, which celebrates some of the rougher edges of Los Angeles life with tattoo-art graphics. For the same period of...

New Resources Guide: Aryn K.

The young contemporary line was founded by the husband-and-wife team of John and Kay Kim, who own the volume-driven brand Bizz. Since its launch last year, Aryn K. has expanded its initial offerings o...

Appeals Court Sides With Truckers on Ports' Clean Trucks Program

Truckers hauling cargo in and out of the two ports in the Los Angeles area won a major victory on March 20 when the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that part of the Clean Trucks Program violat...

Calvin Klein Golf

New York–based Calvin Klein Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips-Van Heusen Corp., struck a licensing deal with Premium Golf Brands for a line of men’s and women’s golf apparel and accessories under the Calvin Klein Golf bran...

Slow Go

Cargo container traffic at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach saw sharp drops in February because of declining consumer demand and the tough economy. In Los Angeles, inbound traffic wa...

New Resources Guide: Deshabille by Kathryn

In the landscape of lingerie design, affordable practicality and sexy-fun fashion don’t always intersect. Kathryn Hull discovered this when she went shopping for a friend’s bachelorette gift and found i...

Standard Showroom

Cooper Design Space Suite 523 (213) 622-6121...

New Hire at Maidenform

Iselin, N.J.–based intimate-apparel giant Maidenform Brands Inc. named Patricia J. Royak as senior vice president and managing director of international, a new position for the company....

Thursday, March 19

New Lines: 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 tenants and lines each m...

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...

The Ranch

Pop-up showroom: Cooper Design Space, Suite 611 Permanent space: 824 Building, Suite 505(213) 489-4010

Seduce

California Market Center, Suite C549(310) 367-2301

Kevan Hall Unveils New Kevan Hall for Paul Stanley Collection

Los Angeles designer Kevan Hall has built a reputation for designing sophisticated cocktail dresses and dramatic red-carpet gowns for his Kevan Hall Signature collection. ...

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 e...

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...

Susana Mercedes

Gerry Building Suite 705 (213) 489-9242 (by appointment only)...

Medium

(949) 838-6146 ...

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 is...

New Lines: The 824 Building

The following are new lines carried by showrooms at The 824 Building, located at 824 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles. The California Apparel News lists new tenants and lines each mar...

Tricot Showroom

843 S. Los Angeles St., suite 200Los Angeles(213) 891-0663...

Niche Showroom

The New Mart Suite 400 (213) 955-8088...

!iT Jeans Launches Pilot Program at L.A. Market

Kimmy Song, chief executive officer of Los Angeles–based denim maker !iT Jeans, is hoping to help buyers and manufacturers thrive during the difficult economy with a new initiative aimed at en...

Wednesday, March 18

Bringing in Innovation Essential for Apparel Makers and Retailers

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.—Credit makes the apparel and retail world go round, and a lack of credit is playing havoc with the industry....

Deckers: Brand Building in Lean Times

At the recent American Apparel & Footwear Association Executive Summit in Florida, The NPD Group Chief Industry Analyst Marshall Cohen advised retailers to assess their business,...

Downtown L.A. Fashion Week Launch to Feature Vintage Fashion, New Verdad Collection

Downtown L.A. Fashion Week will launch on March 19 with a vintage runway show produced by Decades owner Cameron Silver and an installation featuring Louis Verdad’s new collec...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall '09: The Battalion

Sisters Chrys and Linda Wong believe in comfort but not at the cost of fashion....

Tuesday, March 17

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall '09: Yotam Solomon

Emerging designer Yotam Solomon continued to experiment with shape for his

Agenda Leaves San Diego, Shifts Dates

Agendashy;—the boutique trade show that straddles the action-sports, fashion and streetwear markets—has announced it is pulling out of its longtime San Diego home in favor of a July show in Hun...

Monday, March 16

BOXeight Launches Cosmetics Collection

“This is not Paris. It’s not Milan. It’s not New York. And it’s definitely not Culver City.” That was how Peter Gurnz described BOXeight Fashion Week at the end of the event’s thre...

Friday, March 13

Fashion Attorney Riordan Joins Fox Rothschild

Fashion-industry attorney Staci Jennifer Riordan has joined the Los Angeles law offices of Fox Rothschild LLP as a senior associate....

American Apparel Confirms $80 Million Financing Deal

Los Angeles–based vertical manufacturer/retailer American Apparel announced a private financing agreement with London-based Lion Capital LLP for $80 million.The timi...

Textile Show Fills Gap for International Fabrics

Los Angeles designers and fabric buyers turned out for the fourth edition of the European Textile Rendez-Vous, held at the Standard hotel in downtown Los Angeles, on a quest for Euro...

At Early Stages of Proxy Fight, Charlotte Russe Announces Sale

Juniors retailer Charlotte Russe Holding Inc. announced it was for sale on the evening of March 12. The announcement is the latest round of the fight for control of the San Diegonot;–based ret...

Carol J. Hochman Named Chair of AAFA

The chairmanship of the American Apparel & Footwear Association is now held by Carol J. Hochman, president and chief executive officer of Danskin, whose parent company i...

Quiksilver Posts Q1 Loss, Extends European Credit Line

Struggling Huntington Beach, Calif.–based surf giant Quiksilver has released less-than-stellar first-quarter financial results. ...

Rubin Promoted at Perry Ellis

Gary Rubin, senior vice president of merchandise and design for Perry Ellis International, has been promoted to president of the Miami-based company’s direct-to-consumer division. Rubin joined the comp...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall '09: Noir Trunk Show at Petro Zillia

Fashion fans got a jump-start on Los Angeles Fashion Week on March 12, when designer Nony Tochterman hosted a trunk show and party at her House of Petro Zillia boutique on Los Angeles...

VF Buys Ella Moss, Splendid

Greensboro, N.C.–based apparel giant VF Corp. has announced the complete acquisition of Mo Industries Inc., owner of the Ella Moss and Splendid contemporar...

Does It Come With a Crown?

Miami-based fast-food giant Burger King Corp. launched Burger King Studio, a collection of apparel and lifestyle gear. According to a statement released by the company, the “part art gallery, p...

True Religion, Others to Anchor Bay Area Outlet Mall

True Religion, Gap, BCBG Max Azria, Michael Stars and more than a dozen more apparel brands have recently committed to leases for a new outlet mall being planned in...

Bottoli Joins True Board

Vernon-based True Religion Apparel Inc. named Marcello Bottoli to its board of directors. Bottoli has spent more than 20 years working with high-growth, consumer brands, most recently serving as chief...

Everything But Water Files for Bankruptcy

Everything But Water Inc., one of America’s largest swimwear retailers, filed for bankruptcy last month. The announcement made an already-anxious swimwear industry worry about the health of its marke...

New Catalog for Lane Bryant

Columbus, Ohio–based plus-size retail chain Lane Bryant is launching a new catalog for its fashions in March. The catalog joins the retailer’s nearly 800 bricks-and-mortar stores and its ecommerce business as a...

Container Cargo Volumes Taking the Slow Route

As consumers buy fewer clothes, television sets and appliances, cargo container volumes at the nation’s ports are expected to decline 11.7 percent during the first half of this year....

Obituary: Bob Schwager, Avery Dennison

Former Avery Dennison and Paxar Corp. executive Bob Schwager passed away on Feb. 24 in Danbury, Conn., after a four-month battle with brain cancer. He was 73....

Waisner Promoted at Barbara Fields

Kristina Marie Waisner was named junior buyer covering wholesale and retail markets in California for the Barbara Fields Buying Office, based in Los Angeles....

Designer Jenni Kayne Opens E-tail Shop

Designer Jenni Kayne, who recently showed her Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear collection at New York Fashion Week, has taken her business online with the addition of an e-tail store (...

Tapout Founder Killed

Charles “Mask” Lewis, a founder of the Inland Empire–based mixed-martial-arts clothing brand Tapout, was killed in a March 11 car crash in Newport Beach. According to a Los Angel...

Wasteland Opens in Burbank

Longtime West Coast vintage store Wasteland is opening a new location in Burbank, Calif. Founded in 1986, the retailer operates stores on San Francisco’s Haight Street and in Los Angeles on Melrose Ave...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall '09: Trovata

TrovataMarch 11, 2009Apartment 9, Beverly Hills, Calif.Trovata can weave a story as masterfully as it constructs a garment. The Newport Beach, Calif.–based fashion label opened a pop-up shop for its Spring 2009 collection at the Ap...

Thursday, March 12

Seychelles & Smashbox: The Face-Foot Connection

We think it’s a pretty safe assumption that girls who love shoes also love makeup. Even the French Vogue-ettes who have mastered the look of no-makeup makeup love makeup—just look at their wicked shoes. So we think it...

La Brea#039;s Ebb and Flow of Retailers

La Brea, Los Angeles, retail, stores, boutiques, American rag, Bleu, Scala

Retailers Rethink Strategies As Tourist Traffic Slows

Widespread layoffs, rising unemployment and mounting fear following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have wreaked havoc on the tourism industry. Retailers, who often depend heavily on tourist dollars, a...

New Partners at Porn Star

Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Porn Star has entered into a partnership agreement with Jasco Apparel specifically for financial and business management services, which were originally ...

Digifab Rolls Out quot;Outdoorquot; Fabrics

DigiFab Systems, a Los Angeles-based manufacturer of digitally printable fabrics and design software, has introduced a new line of water-resistant fabrics aimed at providing better color valu...

Robinsons-May Joins Irvine Spectrum Center

Robinsons-May, a division of May Dept. Stores, will open a 140,000-square-foot store at the Irvine Spectrum Center’s expansion project in Southern California, accord...

Saipan Workers Notified of Rights

Saipan apparel workers will be notified of their rights following a federal court ruling that stipulated that foreign “guest workers” from China, Thailand, Bangladesh and the Philippines who wor...

TALA Taps Ramos for Scholarship Awards Event

Los Angeles-based contemporary designer Estevan Ramos will be the featured speaker at the Textile Association of Los Angeles (TALA) annual scholarship luncheon on Nov. 14 at 11:45 a....

They#039;re Fabulous

The girls who put the “fabulous” into Ben-Amun’s Fabulous Eva DiShanni and Tracie May are the “fabulous” ladies behind the Ben-Amun’s Fabulous showroom and they have...

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Los Angeles Firm Dresses Men for On-Air Success

CBS sportscaster Greg Gumbel—a cutoff blue jeans and sandals kind of guy—doesn’t want to be a fashion plate off the air. On camera, however, a well-groomed Gumbel doesn’t pull any punches.

Wednesday, March 11

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Los Angeles Fashion Week Spring 2002: Michelle Mason

Michelle Mason offered more than just a new collection at her Spring 2002 show on Nov. 3. She offered inspiration for everyone who has been affected by the events of Sept. 11. Her show was a benefit on behalf of Refugees International, an advocacy organization that serves as a voice for refugees, displaced persons and other vulnerable populations around the world.

Attendance Up and Business Returns at Spring '02 Market

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Independent Designers Strive to Build Brands, Fend Off Imitators

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but perhaps not in the fashion business, where designers strive to strike the right balance between innovation and salability, while building—and protecting—their brands.

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CLAD Refocuses As L.A. Fashion Week Begins

The Coalition of Los Angeles Designers (CLAD) has refocused its mission against the backdrop of an emerging fashion week in Los Angeles. The two-year-old non-profit designer organization compiled the fashion week calendar including fashion shows and events during the Nov. 2–6 Los Angeles market.

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Los Angeles Fashion Week Spring 2002: Jared Gold

Designer Jared Gold’s Spring/Summer 2002 collection, Golden Syndrome, and the designer’s haunting rendition of a Khatchaturian piano concerto struck a chord of inspiration for fashion-show attendees at Audi Presents Designer Collections of Los Angeles Fashion Week.

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Los Angeles Fashion Week Spring 2002: David Cardona

David Cardona showed his darker side this season by presenting a predominantly all-black collection at Audi Presents Designer Collections of Los Angeles Fashion Week. The designer set a dramatic mood with classical music and girls made up with glossy black lips, iridescent skin and slicked or spiked hair.

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Canadian Twins Tap Into California Cool

Canadian-born twin brothers Chip and Pepper Foster are riding a current wave of success with their clothing line Golf Punk and retail stores of the same name, but this is just the latest apparel-related endeavor for the two.

Hollywood and Highland Set to Open

On Nov. 9, the curtain rises on TrizecHahn Corp.’s Hollywood & Highland project—a $615 million retail and entertainment complex viewed for the past five years as the linchpin to th...

Cal Mart Adds Focus, Giveaway

The California Mart has added a new multi-line exhibition area to the Nov. 2–6 run of the Los Angeles market....

U.S. Textile Industry Facing Worst Economic Crisis

“The U.S. textile industry is currently facing its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression,” according to the American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI). The ATMI made the ...

Holiday Sales Up 2.5 to 3.0 Percent

Holiday sales will be up 2.5 to 3.0 percent this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s Holiday Outlook Survey. Consumers will be looking to take advantage of sale prices and plan to begin...

Hahn Meets With Fox

James K. Hahn, mayor of Los Angeles, met with Vicente Fox, president of Mexico, on Nov. 5 to discuss ways the city and country can work together. Hahn called Los Angeles a “Mexican city,” noting Mexican...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Spring 2002: New Arrivals

Always full of surprises, the

Burberry Bows in Beverly Hills

Playing the consummate host, chief executive officer Rose Marie Bravo welcomed guests on Oct. 25 to Burberry’s newly opened 8,000-square-foot flagship store in Beverly Hills, Calif., a creation modele...

Sears, Roebuck & Co. Cuts Nearly 5,000 Jobs

Sears, Roebuck & Co. cut nearly 5,000 jobs in a restructuring move that includes simplifying store layout, upgrading clothing and centralizing checkout registers. The retailer plans to increase in...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Spring 2002: Cornell Collins

Designers often look to the exotic and the voluptuous as their muse. Not Cornell Collins. In his fourth season, Collins drew inspiration from the petulant Nellie Oleson character fro...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Spring 2002: Eduardo Lucero

If there’s one thing Eduardo Lucero knows how to do well it’s make a woman look and feel like a “woman.” And no matter what source lies behind his inspiration, he always seems to ...

ASR#039;s Overin Dies at 43

Court Overin, show director for Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo (ASR) and vice president of VNU Expositions’ sports group, died Nov. 11 surrounded by his family at...

American Red Cross Seeking Apparel Donations

The American Red Cross is seeking apparel donations to send to children in Afghanistan. The organization is seeking children’s clothing in 10,000-unit lots or greater. The clothing must be winter-weigh...

Lawmakers Proposing Sales Tax Holiday

Lawmakers are proposing a holiday from sales tax. If passed, the Sales Tax Holiday Act of 2001, designed to stimulate the slowing economy, would halt the collection of sales tax between Nov. 23 and De...

Holiday Sales Outlook: Flat

With consumer apprehension continuing over the economy’s performance, retail sales this holiday season will remain flat, according to Deloitte & Touche LLP....

BCBG Max Azria Makes the List

BCBG Max Azria made the list of the 100 largest private companies in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Business Journal, which listed the Vernon-based manufacturer as number 46. Azteca Production Int...

Textile Executive Brownstein Passes

Veteran Los Angeles-area textile executive Steve Brownstein has passed away. He was 59. Brownstein was owner of Brownstein Textiles, a one-time partner of Double E Textiles ...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Spring 2002: Petro Zillia

Teenagers they’re not, but Yosi Dori and Nony Tochterman, the husband-and-wife team behind Petro Zillia, are avid rave fans....

Suzi B Expands, Debuts Stores

Designer Suzanne Bjontegard, also known as Suzi B, has expanded her denim line and added full-fledged retail operations in the form of three San Diego-area mall stores to her mini-empire of j...

Federal Reserve Cuts Interest Rates Again

The Federal Reserve cut interest rates again, sending rates for short-term loans back to 1960s levels. The Fed cut the federal funds rate by a half-percentage point to 2.0 percent, citing “unus...

DMC, Cal Mart Host Town Hall Meetings

As Dallas Market Center (DMC) executives inch closer to assuming the management of the California Mart, a number of Cal Mart tenants remain concerned about future show dates...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Spring 2002: Gen Art#039;s Fresh Faces in Fashion

Classic silhouettes met the bold and the brazen during ...

Consumer Confidence Plummeted in October

Consumer confidence plummeted in October, dropping from 97.0 to 85.5, according to the Conference Board, a New York-based research firm. October’s level marks the lowest point for the index since early...

China and Taiwan Join WTO

China and Taiwan both joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) after a vote by the members of the organization at its conference in Qatar. The WTO held the voting on the two countries’ prospective mem...

L.A. Lands Commerce Department Funds

California apparel exporters have received more than $1.2 million in grant monies earmarked for the promotion of exporting California apparel lines....

B. Clothing Founders Leave, Relaunch Planned

B. Clothing vice president and merchandiser Sean Knight and Steven Kail, director of sales, have left the Los Angeles-based junior contemporary label, according to the company. ...

Sirena Stockholders Receive Restitution

Sirena stockholders received more than $200,000 in restitution stemming from the swimwear company’s misstated financial reports, which led to the company’s filing for Chapter 11 protection and eventual dissolut...

Enron and Dynegy May Be Merging

Texas energy suppliers Enron Corp. and Dynegy may be merging, as Dynegy announced plans to acquire the flailing giant for approximately $9 million in stock. Enron was under fire during last year’s ener...

Armani Bows at South Coast Plaza

A crowd of nearly 300 Orange County philanthropists feted the grand opening of Giorgio Armani’s new flagship concept, Armani Collezioni,at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., o...

State Stands to Lose More Than 25,000 Jobs

The state stands to lose more than 250,000 jobs by mid-year in 2002, according to a recent study by the Milken Institute, which blamed the job losses on the aftereffects of the Sept. 11 terrorist atta...

Holiday Online

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Tuesday, March 10

Afghanistan, Pakistan Trade Zone Proposed

Some day, Afghanistan and Pakistan could become apparel centers whose goods arrive duty-free into the United States....

Priciest Retail Area in the World

What is the priciest retail area in the world? New York’s East 57th Street, according to Cushman & Wakefield’s list of the most expensive shopping streets. The two-block strip between Park and Fifth Avenue is home ...

Hearing-Impaired Designer Hears the Call of Fashion

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Economy Struggles, Consumers Begin Spending Cautiously

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Proposed Sales Tax Holiday Aims to Spur Spending

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GCA Seeks Scholarship Candidates

The Garment Contractors Association of Southern California Inc. (GCA) is offering a scholarship to students 17 and older who are children or grandchildren of GCA members or their emp...

California Apparel, Textile Employment Down in October

Apparel and textile manufacturing in California lost a combined total of 1,200 jobs in October, a drop that represents a 3.7 percent decrease in the number of employees working in these sectors from the comparable fi...

Proposed Sales Tax Holiday Delayed, Awaiting Approval

Voting on proposed legislation for a nationwide sales tax holiday has been postponed and passage of it may not take place until early next year, according to officials with the National Retai...

Developer Plans Camp Phase II

Orange County retail developer Shaheen Sadeghi has purchased a 9,000-square-foot center adjacent to his latest development, the Camp, from a private investor for around $2.5 million....

Port of L.A.#039;s October Exports Decrease

The Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Calif., has yet to discern the effects of the events of Sept. 11 on imports and exports and will be unable to do so with finality until year’s end, but according ...

FBI Panel Attempts to Demystify EDI

The fashion industry is still slow to embrace technology, and that was in evidence at the Nov. 13 EDI seminar at the New Mart sponsored by Apparel Information Manag...

Designer Direction

Designers Rozae Nichols, Rod Beattie, Anna Kenney, Andrew Dibben and Julie Ann Silverman were a few of the design mentors on hand at Otis College of Art and Design recently.

Traveling Showroom Takes Concept on the Road

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Dim Holiday Forecast Has Many Retailers Eyeing Spring

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Skechers Opens Two stores in Southern California

Skechers opened two stores in Southern California. The Manhattan Beach-based shoe manufacturer launched its first children’s shoe concept store, Skechers Kids, on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Mo...

Economy is in Recession

The economy is in recession...and has been since last March, according to a panel of economists that make up the National Bureau of Economic Research. The non-profit organization looks at employment, ...

Main Street#039;s Easy Fashions

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Brooks Bros. and Casual Corner Under Same Umbrella

Brooks Brothers and Casual Corner are now under the same company umbrella. Retail Brand Alliance, the parent company of retailers Casual Corner, Petite Sophisticate and August Max, is owned by Claudio...

Burlington Industries Files Chapter 11 After Three Years of Losses

Burlington Industries filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection following three years of reported losses. The Greensboro, N.C.-based textile giant has secured debtor-in-possession financing from J.P. Morgan Chas...

Vecchiarelli Honors LATT Students

Fashion students from Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (LATT) were recently recognized for their pattern-making skills in an awards presentation on campus by apparel products supp...

Moving From Sanctuary to Sage

Debra Polanco, designer of Los Angeles-based contemporary line Sanctuary, is introducing a new contemporary line of delicately constructed skirts and blouses called Sage. ...

Chargebacks Top Bill at CFA/CLAD Seminar

The California Fashion Association (CFA) and the Coalition of Los Angeles Designers (CLAD) held the first of four business seminars created for CLAD members and ot...

Warnaco to Sell A.B.S., Retain Swim Labels

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Cal Mart Hosts Toy Drive, Plans Holiday Party

The California Mart is collecting toys to benefit the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center for the children of the Salvation Army Red Shield Youth & Community Center. ...

Playboy Men#039;s Launches at Bloomingdale#039;s

Lifestyle enthusiast Hugh Hefner will make an appearance Dec. 6 at Bloomingdale’s in Los Angeles’ Century City Shopping Center to promote the debut of Playboy’s men’s underwear and loun...

A Sense of Loss: Technology Takes On Retail Theft

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Local Retailers Easing Up Holiday Hiring

Local retailers are easing up on holiday hiring, according to a recent report in the Los Angeles Times. The article listed local outlets of several retailers, including Sears, Roebuck & Co., J.C. ...

Fendi Moving to France

Fendi is moving to France—at least on paper. Milan, Italy-based Prada plans to sell its 25.5 percent stake in Rome-based Fendi to French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton for n...

Obituary: Fashion Icon Carrie Donovan

Fashion icon Carrie Donovan died at 73 in New York. The flamboyant journalist with the distinctive oversized, dark-rimmed glasses achieved recognition in recent years as the pitchwoman for Old Navy’s televisio...

Mall Traffic Down

Mall traffic is not what it used to be, according to a recent survey by RCT Systems Inc. The Chicago-based research firm found that weekend mall traffic dropped 7.4 percent to 134.4 million visitors o...

Workers Boycott Forever 21

Around 150 supporters attended a Nov. 17 boycott rally staged by 19 garment workers who are suing juniors retailer Forever 21....

U.S. Economy Shows Improvement

The U.S. economy showed slight improvement in October, according to the Conference Board. The New York-based research firm released its index of leading economic indicators for the month, showing a 0....

Seventeen Mag Opens Retail Store, Nightclub

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Gap Agrees to Secure Rights to Song

The Gap agreed to give a little bit to secure the rights to the Supertramp song “Give a Little Bit,” featured in the San Francisco retailer’s holiday ad. Gap Inc. and the band gave $100,000 to th...

Consumer and Producer Price Indexes

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) declined 0.3 percent in October after increasing 0.4 percent in September on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the U.S Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Stati...

Levi Strauss & Co. Shed Jobs

Levi Strauss & Co. shed about 100 jobs primarily from its San Francisco headquarters. The company is reconfiguring its business by reevaluating each department and eliminating positions and changi...

Shoppingtown Bows in Woodland Hills

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Retailers Stress Low Prices

Retailers will stress low prices this holiday season, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Kmart and Sears, Roebuck & Co. are planning to run ads that highlight the prices they offer ...

Technology #039;02: Tech Firms Revamp, Reevaluate, Renew

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VF Corp. to Eliminate 13,000 Jobs

VF Corp. plans to eliminate 13,000 jobs worldwide, according to the Greensboro, N.C. apparel manufacturer. The company also announced plans to sell off its under-performing swimwear and private-label knit bus...

POOL Show Set to Go As Alternative to MAGIC

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Modern Prom

At a time when many retailers are struggling to put the “ho” in the holidays, the mood was decidedly upbeat at the Windso...

Wholesale Prices Fell 1.6 Percent in October

Wholesale prices fell 1.6 percent in October, according to the Labor Department. The producer price index fell to 139.1 last month, leading analysts to point to a deepening economic malaise hastened b...

Andrean Trade Passes House

The Andean Trade Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives and heads off to the Senate to be voted on there. The act would eliminate duties and quotas on apparel manufactured of woven material in t...

Tarrant Apparel Group Names Board Member

Tarrant Apparel Group named two new board members: Eddy Tak Yu Yuen, newly appointed chief executive officer of Tarrant, and Milton Koffman, chairman of financial services firm New Valu Inc....

Consumer Confidence Fell in November

Consumer confidence fell in November, marking the fifth month of decline in a row. The index fell to 82.2 from 85.3 the previous month, according to New York-based research firm the Conference Board....

Monday, March 9

Denim Brands Search for Value, Inspiration at Kingpins Show

Denim designers and manufacturers descended on the Kingpins trade show March 4–5 at the Smog Shoppe in Culver City, Calif., in search of something special. What that was depended on t...

Textile Dyers Seek Relief From Enron

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Designer Corinne Grassini Diversifies With Retail and Collaborations

Corinne Grassini, the Los Angeles–based designer behind the Society for Rational Dress brand, is fresh off a multi-city tour to show Barneys New York sales reps how her clothes work. With unique dra...

Friday, March 6

Fashions for San Diego's Party Town

Pacific Beach is one San Diego neighborhood where a good slice of the city comes to party. “It’s a lot of young singles,” said Jeff Kinney, who has owned Surf Club Surf Shop in Pacific B...

Perfect Storm Brewing for West Coast Ports

If you can persevere for three years, the U.S. economy should be making a very nice comeback by 2012....

IT Jeans Finds a Home in Vernon

IT Jeans is on the move....

ICSC Names Best Shopping Centers

Westfield’s San Francisco Centre shopping center was named as one of nine finalists vying for the title of “World’s Best Shopping Center” as part of th...

Third Executive Leaves Bebe

Bebe Stores Inc. announced that Erin Stern, president of the company’s Bebe Sport division, “was no longer with the company” as of Feb. 27. ...

Sullen Moves to the Beach

Sullen Clothing has relocated its corporate headquarters to Huntington Beach, Calif., from its longtime home in Irvine, Calif. ...

Simon Looks to Expand Stanford Center

The struggling economy isn’t putting the brakes on expansion plans for some retail developers. ...

Eco Focus: Laga Designs

It takes about a day for an artisan in Indonesia to embroider a medium-size Laga Designs bag using a single-needle treadle machine powered solely by foot pedal. There may be more-efficient and techn...

Eco Focus: Eco Avenger

For Marilyn Barrett, revenge is best served fashionably...

Eco Focus: Green Goods: Feel Good, Look Good

Hipsters like organic too. “The problem is, most organic T-shirts out there look and feel like a burlap sack,” said Anthony de la Rosa, national sales and marketing manager for...

February Sales Beat Expectations-Slightly

February retail sales overcame low expectations forecast by many economists and analysts. Sales for chain retailers declined only 0.1 percent, according to the New York–based International Cou...

Babka in at Gramicci

Agoura Hills–based Gramicci named Patricia Babka vice president of sales for the company. Babka was previously general manager for...

Eco Focus: Hold the Stoner Jokes. Jungmaven Sees Market in Hemp Tees

Rob Jungmann sells blank T-shirts made out of soft fabric. This description alone should perk interest in many retailers. However, Jungmann said he occasionally runs into a snag when he gives...

Licensing Paris Blues

Los Angeles–based juniors denim brand Paris Blues struck a deal with East Rutherford, N.J.–based Stone America Licensing...

Eco Resource Guide

Buhler Quality Yarns Corp. is a leading supplier of the highest quality yarns to the apparel industry in the Americas. By using only top grade, extra-long staple Supimareg; cotton fiber, al...

CPSC Recalls Kids' Havianas

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of about 210,000 children’s flip-flops manufactured by New York–based Alpargatas USA Inc. because the footwear failed to meet the restric...

Weiser Joins Jerry Leigh

Longtime industry executive Scott Weiser has joined Jerry Leigh as an account executive in the children’s division, working on Disney...

Lectra Teams With Walter Wilhelm for PLM Initiative

French technology company Lectra has partnered with Salt Lake City–based technology consultant Walter Wilhelm Associates LLC to help Lectra market, develop and implement its ...

Iconic Show Pony Boutique Shuts Doors

One of Los Angeles’ iconic fashion boutiques is saying farewell on March 6. Show Pony championed independent designers and shaped the look for art-inspired women in Los Angeles since 2000. Although rents had ...

Material World Heads to the CMC to 'Co-Locate' With L.A. Textile Show This Fall

The West Coast debut of

Habitual Gets New Creative Director

Lee Holman, formerly of the Thomas Burberry brand, has joined Los Angeles–based denim maker Habitual as its creative director. Holman—who also worked for brands such...

Thursday, March 5

UPDATED: Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall 2009 Schedule

The Los Angeles Fashion Week and Market Week calendar is rapidly filling with runway shows, parties, fundraisers and other events. ...

Wal-Mart Moves Into Hot Topic

Hot Topic Inc. built its recent comeback on being the go-to place for merchandise for hit vampire film “Twilight,” yet Hot Topic will soon have to deal with some monster....

Tuesday, March 3

Gap to Focus on Outlets, International

Gap Inc. has restructured its real estate strategy and will turn most of its focus on opening outlets and international units in 2009....