November 15, 1987 |
The popularity of clothes associated with Southern Californians--lightweight, casual wear from surfer baggies to trendy knits--is fueling a boom in the region's apparel industry. And, as the population increases in the Sun Belt and as people across the country adopt the Southland's informal dressing habits, the future looks bright in the Southland's garment district clustered around the California Mart in downtown Los Angeles.
November 6, 1997 |
Ilse Metchek can recall when it appeared that the California Mart--the premiere downtown Los Angeles showroom for Southern California's apparel industry--was unraveling. Giant apparel trade shows in venues such as Las Vegas were attracting more business from a merging and shrinking retail industry, luring buyers who had previously purchased their store inventory from CalMart.
September 23, 1987 |
Designer Nancy Heller won the 1987 California Designer Award Monday night in a ceremony that should have been the highlight of the spring-fashion showings that were presented by the California Mart this week. A capacity crowd of retail executives, designers, local and out-of-town press, as well as partisans for each of the 10 nominated designers was packed into the Leo S. Bing Theater of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. But what looked to be a firecracker of an evening somehow fizzled.
May 2, 1988 |
Around the California Mart, the heart of the Southern California apparel business, the great hemline debate of 1988 has been supplanted by a far hotter topic: the imminent takeover of Bullock's by R. H. Macy & Co. "It's the most talked about situation I've ever seen in my 24 years in the garment center," said Allen B. Schwartz, owner and president of ABS California, a Los Angeles sportswear maker. "It's like nauseating, already.
November 28, 1993 |
Disgruntled California Mart tenants who were hoping to move to a Santa Monica commercial complex are now studying other sites because of the development's troubles with financing. A couple of hundred members of a tenants association that favored the Water Garden site are now looking to move to another Westside location, according to women's apparel wholesaler Jeff Krinsky, a director of the tenants group. Krinsky would not identify the potential site.
September 19, 1989 |
The ninth annual California Collections began Monday morning when half of the 250 registered editors and retailers straggled into the California Mart's fashion theater for the Trend Report, the first event in the two-day marathon of fashion shows.
October 7, 1997 |
After Sunday's California Collections Preview presented by the California Mart, it is clear no woman should leave home next spring without these basics: * One slip dress decorated with sequins or embroidery. * A go-everywhere ankle-length tank dress with a high neck--and, for the very fit, a slit all the way to the hip. * A touch of fake Mehndi, or body art, stenciled on a corner of a garment, or, for the more adventurous, a complete "tattooed" body quilt.
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.