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February 15, 1996 | KATHRYN BOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Step into Jack Denny's office at World Jungle Clothing Co. in Costa Mesa, and you'll feel like you've entered another world--that of a 1970s-era college dorm. There's an old Jimi Hendrix poster on the wall, a remnant of a brown-and-white South Pacific tapa cloth tacked over a window and an eye-popping orange velour easy chair, rescued from a thrift store, in the corner. Denny even looks like a college kid; on this day he's sporting baggy corduroy pants and a '70s-style shirt. And when you ask him what he loves about his job, he sounds like a kid: "It's the surfing," he says.
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April 22, 2014 | Doyle McManus
One year ago this week, the eight-story Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh's capital city of Dhaka, killing 1,129 people. The building's top floors had been added illegally, and their weight caused the lower stories to buckle. Many of the victims were young women who had been sewing low-priced clothes for Western brands, earning a minimum wage of about $9 a week. It was the worst disaster in garment industry history. In the year since Rana Plaza, inspectors commissioned by U.S. and European clothing companies have scoured Dhaka, checking factories that supply brands to Western retailers.
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June 4, 1998 | KATHRYN BOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the rarefied, regimented world of ballroom dancing, an incident in 1982 proved nothing short of a fashion coup: During an international competition, half a dozen of the world's reigning ballroom dancers--queens of the floor--threw down their tutus. For decades they'd been consigned to wear short skirts with layer upon layer of netting that made them look as if they had stick legs and huge hips. They'd had enough.
IMAGE
April 21, 2014 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Eco-conscious and sustainably produced clothing has long been associated with murky-colored, burlap-reminiscent items focused more on sending an Earth-friendly message than on looking runway-ready. So as Earth Day approaches on Tuesday, it's good to know there are now some chic, sustainable options. From sourcing fabrics to creating hangtags, each of the brands highlighted here considers impact on the Earth in production choices and uses recycled materials as often as possible - in some cases, building an entire line on repurposed materials.
NEWS
April 16, 1989 | MICHELE SEIPP, Seipp is a Beverly Hills free-lance writer. and
When Jerry Cohn realized his wardrobe would not be complete without a pair of denim boots, he did not think twice about where to go--he took his unusual request to his designer of the last 10 years, Manuel. "It was my idea," said Cohn, who manages the careers of such stars as Barbara Stanwyck, Cesar Romero and Rose Marie. "I said, 'I've got a great idea . . . How about making me a pair of denim boots?' But he'd already thought of it on his own. He pulled out a pair and said, 'You mean like these?
NEWS
August 17, 1990 | KATHRYN BOLD, Kathryn Bold is a regular contributor to Orange County View
Judy Barry cringes whenever she sees two women at an elegant black-tie affair wearing identical gowns. "I'm embarrassed for them," Barry says. "I've seen women seated at the same table in matching dresses." Barry is so determined to avoid a similar fate, she designs her own glamorous gowns, traveling to Hong Kong to oversee production of her sequined sheaths. Her friends, seeing Barry show up at galas in one slinky, sparkling dress after another, commissioned her to make gowns for themselves.
BUSINESS
October 24, 1991 | Chris Woodyard / Times staff writer
JC Penney is opening a store today in the Huntington Center that will cater to people who have trouble getting dressed. Easy Dressing Fashions, the first of its kind in the Penney chain, will offer fashionable clothes with Velcro fasteners easily used by people with arthritis and others with limited movement. The store was developed as a result of successful catalogue sales of the items first introduced in 1984.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2001 | ANA BEATRIZ CHOLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Casual attire may rule in the office, but as men find themselves needing a tux more than once a decade, a rise in rentals is fueling a national consolidation in the men's formal-wear industry. Gary's Tux Shops of Van Nuys on Wednesday agreed to merge with Chicago-based Gingiss Formalwear in a stock transaction to create the first nationwide chain of tuxedo rental stores. Additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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March 21, 2010 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Most people wouldn't be caught dead wearing a shower curtain in public. Few would cover themselves in spent coffee grounds, or wrap their bodies in old fishing nets — at least knowingly. But there's a growing trend among clothing manufacturers who are turning all kinds of trash into fashion these days. Literally. Dated audiotapes. Old signs and office chairs. They're all being recycled into clothes that are sold by well-known retailers. "Our evolution toward using trash as our supply chain came through our desire to reduce the impact our clothing has on the planet," said Jen Rapp, director of communications and public relations for Patagonia, the Ventura-based manufacturer that is largely credited with birthing, then mainstreaming, the trash-to-fashion trend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Anthony Clark Carpio
A parents organization is calling on clothing retailer Tilly's to pull its youth-oriented merchandise that features images of marijuana leaves. Members of Youth Matters, a group of Parent Teacher Student Assn. members from Huntington Beach, told the national retailer that clothing it sells, such as leggings, tops and swimsuits, with marijuana imagery could desensitize children to drug use. "The more they see it, and the more it's common in their world, it's less likely that they'll be shocked by it or concerned about it or listen to their parents about it," said Kim Green, the chairwoman of the group.
SPORTS
April 15, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Shawne Merriman once knocked four opposing players unconscious during a single high school football game. Can Nike make such a claim? Doubt it. Yet, the company is using "Lights Out" -- the nickname Merriman says he earned after that game -- as the name of one of its athletic apparel lines. That strikes a nerve with the former NFL star, who used the nickname throughout his career and performed a celebratory dance of the same name after sacks. And he's doing something about it. On Monday a lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court on behalf of Merriman's Lights Out Holdings LLC against Nike for trademark infringement and unfair competition.
SPORTS
March 22, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Finally, the Clippers had two days off with no practice and no games and finally, Glen Davis had a chance to get his off-the-court life in order. Davis had been a solid frontcourt player for the Clippers since he was signed as a free agent Feb. 24, backing up center DeAndre Jordan and forward Blake Griffin. But with Tuesday and Wednesday off before the Clippers went back to practice Thursday and Friday, Davis said he went to visit his wife and daughter rather than stay in L.A. to get settled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By Booth Moore
L'Wren Scott, a towering 6-foot, 4-inch fashion figure who started modeling in her teens, created her own high-end clothing line and dressed fashion fans including Nicole Kidman and First Lady Michelle Obama, was found dead Monday. Sources differ on her age but police said she was 49. Her body was found in her New York City apartment by an assistant. Though there were widespread reports that she was found hanged, police said no criminal activity was suspected and the coroner's office is investigating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Anthony Clark Carpio
A parents organization is calling on clothing retailer Tilly's to pull its youth-oriented merchandise that features images of marijuana leaves. Members of Youth Matters, a group of Parent Teacher Student Assn. members from Huntington Beach, told the national retailer that clothing it sells, such as leggings, tops and swimsuits, with marijuana imagery could desensitize children to drug use. "The more they see it, and the more it's common in their world, it's less likely that they'll be shocked by it or concerned about it or listen to their parents about it," said Kim Green, the chairwoman of the group.
IMAGE
February 28, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Taking an urban excursion to the Museo Soumaya in Mexico City or a public art tour in downtown L.A.? Not only can you appreciate art but you can also wear it. For the Chanel spring runway show, Karl Lagerfeld staged his own art gallery opening, complete with Chanel-related works on display. That spirit translated into whimsical, streetwise accessories such as a silvery pearl choker that's a dead ringer for a pair of stylish headphones, and a flap bag in a print reminiscent of test colors on a paint palette.
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February 28, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Imagine a Baja hoodie, the ultimate in surfer slouch wear, done in the softest sand-colored suede; a baseball cap rendered in sleek snakeskin; or a pair of sweatpants made of the most cush cashmere, paired with a designer T-shirt emblazoned with the low-brow term, "drug rug. " "Loose luxe" is how New York-based designers Scott Studenberg and John Targon describe the look of Baja East, their new unisex label launching this season. "When we were thinking about our product and our brand, we saw big potential in the men's department," Targon says.
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September 11, 2011 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times
It's hard to miss those paparazzi shots of celebrity toddlers being toted around by their famous parents, kids who are dressed, well, to look just like mom or dad. Gwen Stefani's boys sport mohawks, black rocker T-shirts and baggy cargo pants like their dad Gavin Rossdale; Jessica Alba's daughter Honor Warren mimics her mother's frilly, feminine style; and little Suri Cruise seems to love perusing the shoe section at Barneys New York just as much as...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2013 | By Richard Winton, Kate Mather and Ruben Vives
An associate pastor charged with raping at least 20 members of his Norwalk church was described by congregants as "a wolf in sheep's clothing" who was "likea magnet to women. " Jorge Juan Castro, 54, targeted female members of Nuevas Buenas Church who were undocumented immigrants and only spoke Spanish, assaulting them at the church or during home visits, authorities said Thursday. He was arrested and charged last week in connection with the alleged crimes, which Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said date back to his arrival in Los Angeles from Argentina in 2004.
HEALTH
February 28, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt
Given the sunny, body-conscious atmosphere of Los Angeles, it's no surprise to find a thriving field of locally based fitness-wear brands; many of the companies design and produce their lines from start to finish in the city. These new or growing collections, fashionable enough to work over time, range from high performance to high style, geared to lower-intensity, California-centric pastimes such as hiking, beach cycling and yoga. Splits 59 From paint-splattered leggings inspired by artist Jackson Pollock to jackets inset with glossy printed python fabric, the latest collection by Marina del Rey-based Splits 59 is on track with looks from spring fashion runways.
NEWS
February 27, 2014 | By Melissa Magsaysay
He's been inside the closets of some of the most fashionable women in the world, plucking out prime designer finds to sell on consigment in his store, Decades. Now retailer and "Dukes of Melrose" reality TV star Christos Garkinos is taking elements from the millions of pieces of clothing he's had his hands on over the last three decades to create a new clothing collection for HSN. The 14-piece collection, called Eureka , debuts on hsn.com Friday and is scheduled to be sold on the HSN Network March 20 and March 21. It includes dresses, peasant blouses, skirts and pants, all available in sizes 2 to 24 and priced from $59 to $119.
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