January 30, 1996 |
A year ago, Cherokee Inc. was on the verge of extinction. The Van Nuys supplier of casual apparel and footwear had just squeaked through its second bankruptcy reorganization in less than two years, and was still bleeding money. That's when Robert Margolis, who had resigned as Cherokee's chief executive in 1993, saw an opportunity.
June 22, 1993 |
Georges Marciano, chairman and chief executive of Beverly Hills jeans maker Guess? Inc., has acquired a 19.9% stake in Cherokee Inc., the Sunland-based apparel company that recently emerged from bankruptcy reorganization. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Marciano said he bought 995,000 shares of Cherokee's common stock in early June, paying $3.75 to $4.38 a share, for a total of about $4.1 million.
January 5, 2014 |
In its bleakest days in the mid-1990s, Cherokee Inc. realized it had overlooked a key asset - its name. The Cherokee brand, which began as a shoe line in 1973, evolved into a Van Nuys clothing manufacturing company focused on women and juniors sizes. It moved its headquarters two years ago to Sherman Oaks. By the early 1990s, as discount retailers such as Target Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Kmart started elbowing out more expensive department stores, Cherokee found itself struggling to maintain sales.
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September 21, 1999 |
Cherokee Inc., now closely tied with the Target chain, found success when it stopped making clothes and started licensing its brand name instead. The company, which licenses the Cherokee and Sideout brands to other manufacturers and retailers, was recently sought out by MGM Entertainment for advice on how to launch its own licensing enterprise. The company has come back from two Chapter 11 bankruptcies this decade to post net earnings of $2.
October 6, 1998
Van Nuys-based Cherokee, which licenses its brand name to various clothing firms for a fee, has entered into an exclusive three-year U.S. licensing agreement in which a division of Bausch & Lomb Inc. will make and sell sunglasses bearing Cherokee's Sideout label. Other terms of the deal, including the royalty payment to Cherokee, were not immediately disclosed. The agreement with Denver-based Outlook Eyewear expands the product line marketed under the Sideout trademark.
April 23, 1991
Cherokee Inc., a Sunland apparel maker, hopes to raise up to $22 million in a public stock offering. Last fall, Cherokee scrapped earlier plans to raise about $40 million through a public offering. Now that the stock market has staged a recovery, Cherokee hopes to use the proceeds from selling 2.5 million common shares--which it expects to cost $7 to $9 each--to buy back some of the company's notes on the open market, to repay some bank debt and for working capital.
October 19, 1993
Cherokee Inc., which emerged from bankruptcy reorganization in May, reported a profit of $297,000 for its fiscal first quarter, in contrast to a loss of $4.28 million a year earlier. For the three months ended Aug. 28, the Sunland-based women's clothing maker posted sales of $34 million, down 17% from $41 million in the comparable period a year earlier.
October 8, 1991
Cherokee Inc., a Sunland maker of apparel and shoes, said it has settled the last remaining issue of a class-action shareholder lawsuit that was filed in 1988 in connection with the company's buyout by an investor group that included management. Under terms of the settlement, Cherokee said it agreed to issue $700,000 in subordinated debentures, a kind of debt security that is repaid only after more senior debt has been retired. Cherokee was taken private in the leveraged buyout in 1989.