March 23, 1995 |
On Saturday night, trying to look very much alive, the newly aggressive California Mart will promote the fall collections of a dozen West Coast designers. Under new ownership and management since September, the Mart is powdering its nose and putting up its dukes, hoping to fend off competition and retake its turf as the home and heartbeat of the L.A. garment industry. That industry looks especially strong now. It weighs in as the city's largest employer, contributing 120,000 jobs to the economy.
July 28, 1989 |
Bargain hunters who get even more of a thrill when they have to dig for the deals say the California Mart is a shoppers' nirvana. Even the size of the place suggests heavenly proportions. It's a rambling, three-wing, 13-story structure at 110 E. 9th St., with 2,000 showrooms and more than 10,000 collections of clothing, shoes and accessories to paw through--all at wholesale prices.
September 13, 2000 |
Q I am interested in opening a men's retail store next June. I am having difficulty finding wholesalers for brand-name clothing. Is there any information that you can provide to assist me in my search for wholesalers in the Los Angeles area? --Sal Ruiz, Los Angeles * A You need to get plugged into the extensive Southern California network of apparel manufacturers, marketing companies and retailers that congregate around CaliforniaMart (http://www.californiamart.com), at 110 East 9th St.
December 4, 1997
Susan Scheimann has been named president and chief executive of CaliforniaMart, the apparel and accessory showroom center in Los Angeles. Scheimann has been acting president since former CEO Maurice "Corky" Newman resigned in September. Scheimann joined CaliforniaMart in 1994 as executive director of marketing and was appointed vice president in 1996. The facility, the nation's largest apparel mart, is owned by Equitable Life Assurance Society.
September 5, 1993 |
Blue jeans company Levi Strauss has announced that it will move its Southern California office out of the California Mart building in the garment district to downtown Long Beach. Just as 400 other California Mart tenants are considering a move to Santa Monica, Levi Strauss signed a 10-year lease to occupy part of the 20th floor of the Landmark Square office building at 111 W. Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach.
January 15, 1999 |
Summer's heat may be five months away, but starting today the temps will fashionably sizzle at the California Mart, the world's largest fashion-industry hub. And the buzz is all about femme fun. Think pink. Slip into gauze. Girlfriend, revisit the '50s. Buyers from across the country--and around the world--will invade CalMart to shop the latest trends for the coming summer season of sand and surf.
August 3, 1999 |
The third time was a charm for L.A. designer William Beranek, who was named Designer of the Year by CaliforniaMart Monday. The Argentine transplant's William B. line had been nominated for the award twice previously. Jenisa Washington was chosen Emerging Designer of the Year for Sold Apparel, her line of lightweight leather tube dresses, camisole tops and skirts in solids, metallics and snakeskin prints. A force on the L.A.
March 16, 1986
A $1.2-million parking-facility expansion has been completed at the California Mart, at 9th and Main streets in downtown Los Angeles. Gruen Associates designed the 202-car addition to the existing 850-car structure and coordinated construction with HCB Contractors.