January 27, 1990 |
Pacifica Publishing Corp., the nation's leading producer of surf-wear shows and publisher of Action Sports Retailer, said Friday that it has tentatively agreed to be acquired by a New York-based company. Pacifica signed a letter of intent to be purchased for an undisclosed sum by Gralla Publications, another producer of trade shows and publisher of related trade magazines, executives of both companies said. Industry sources estimated the sale to be valued at $6 million to $10 million.
April 23, 1989 |
IF YOU'RE TRYING to tell the jocks from the rest of the world, you can't go by what people are wearing. Everyone--participant as well as spectator--is dressing for sports this season, and the attire isn't pseudo-athletic. Of the many genuine articles of sports clothing to choose from, cycling wear is having the strongest impact on street fashion. Thigh-hugging pants and torso-gripping tops are the basic ingredients. Experts say that cycle fashion is the fastest-growing segment in sportswear, due in part to a biking boom that began after the '84 Summer Olympics.
March 2, 1991 |
When corporate travel arrangers gather for their annual convention this year, many will likely bemoan how the Persian Gulf War caused companies to drastically cut back on training meetings and conferences. The commiseration, however, will be delayed by a few months. Like so many of the employees whose trips were canceled amid cost cutting and fears of terrorism, the planners themselves are feeling the travel pinch. Their group, the Assn.
November 22, 1990 |
For 10 years, Steve Lewis of Laguna Beach was publisher of the most successful active sportswear magazine in the country. Action Sports Retailer magazine became the bible of an industry, inspired by the life styles of surfers, volleyball players and skateboarders. The magazine's trade shows in Atlantic City and San Diego are mandatory for sports enthusiasts seeking the latest fashions.
June 19, 1992 |
Forget the pseudo-surfer look. And the neon. And the nylon. This time, Southern California is leading the nation in a fashion trend born in the city, not on the sand. It's streetwear--a mix of the casual, oversized fashion of hip hop, surfing, skating and especially Southern California's quirky underground nightclub scene. It's a booming Bronx-meets-the-beach look created by growing group of young Southern California-based designers.
March 10, 1989 |
Although most people have never heard of it, the Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo is the world's best indoor beach party. Twice each year for three days, surf, beach volleyball, skateboarding, rollerskating and windsailing stars, manufacturers and retailers pack the Long Beach Convention Center, preview the upcoming season's wares and generally have a fine old time. This year, however, retail activist Peter Glen's opening seminar undercut the party atmosphere.
September 15, 1993 |
It seemed like an unfair fight. Over in the far corner, wearing the aloha shirt and jams, was the surfwear industry's annual fall fashion show, weighing in with nearly 550 exhibitors, a surfboard-shaping room, runway fashion shows and a pro beach volleyball exhibition. In the near corner, wearing oversize pants, a graffiti-tagged T-shirt and Doc Martens, was the first-ever street-wear industry show, where about 40 clothiers delivered their vision of what's happening in the 1990s.