January 16, 2009 |
Jennifer Taggart's testing gun seems an anomaly in this California Market Center room filled with pink tutus and flowery white baby gowns. She holds a laser gun, called the XRF Analyzer, to a tiny dress and waits. The scanner beeps: The garment doesn't contain any lead. Its designer sighs in relief. On Friday, clothing buyers from retail boutiques start pouring into the downtown Los Angeles garment emporium to decide which items to stock.
August 18, 2011 |
Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino may have the ripped abs of an Abercrombie & Fitch Co. model, but the high-end teen chain wants the "Jersey Shore" reality television star to stop wearing its clothing. In a news release titled "Abercrombie & Fitch proposes a win-win situation," the retailer, through its "Brand Senses Department," said: "We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino's association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image. We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1996
Sheriff's detectives seized hundreds of thousands of counterfeit designer clothing labels Wednesday at a Montebello self-storage facility, authorities said. Among the labels were such designer names as Gucci, Nike, Fila, Tommy Hilfiger and Gianni Versace. An anonymous informant told detectives about a Walnut Park garment factory where the labels were being sewn on clothing, said Sgt. Jim LeBlanc.
February 26, 2003 |
Target Corp. said it would sell designer Isaac Mizrahi's line of women's sports clothing and accessories created exclusively for the company. Target Chief Executive Robert Ulrich is offering more designer items to differentiate the discount chain from larger rival Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which has lower prices. Shares of Minneapolis-based Target rose 28 cents to $28.51 on the NYSE.
February 20, 2011 |
If you walked the floor of the recent Magic and Project fashion industry trade shows, you probably noticed two major themes for fall 2011 casual wear: the Old West and a continuing interest in classic American work wear. The worn-in, vintage look of work wear has been extremely popular for men for several seasons, especially with the revival and hipsterization of labels such as Pendleton and Woolrich. Now that look is marching into fall for women's accessories, unisex knits and denim.
May 18, 1988 |
Older Americans are twice as likely to be killed by fires as the rest of the population and also tend to be at particular risk for clothing fires, says the American Association of Retired Persons. The AARP cites a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission study which showed more than 90% of clothing fire deaths occurred in people age 50 or older. The AARP suggests these shopping tips: --Choose garments made of flame-resistant fibers (tight-weave, tight-knit, non-fuzzy).
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1995 |
A Marine Corps uniform from World War II and a beaded lace dress with matching hat from the 1940s were among the vintage clothing donated to Cal State Northridge by a private collector in Ohio. The clothes will be added to the university's collection of about 300 pieces used in the fashion design and merchandising program at CSUN. Other articles of donated clothing included a beaded jacket and several fur pieces from the turn of the century.
December 25, 2002 |
While it has no evidence of a specific plot, the FBI said it has information that terrorists are interested in downing airliners using shoe bombs. Such an attack was prevented a year ago. In an intelligence bulletin, the FBI urges law enforcement agencies to stay vigilant to the possibility that terrorists might try to hide bombs in winter coats, shoes or other garments. Last December, a similar attack by Richard Reid was foiled.
October 15, 2001 |
California schoolchildren just received a bit more sun protection. Gov. Gray Davis last week signed a bill, SB 310, requiring schools to allow children to wear sun-protective clothing, including certain styles of hats, outdoors. Hats had been banned to discourage affiliation with gangs. California has the highest incidence of melanoma diagnoses and deaths in the country. Studies have linked development of the skin disease to sunburn in childhood. The bill will go into effect Jan. 1.
August 3, 1997
Re "Turning Donated Rags Into Riches," July 28: The Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Center program, administered through its western territorial headquarters, is financed solely through the collection and resale of donated items and does not receive cash donations or United Way allocations. While the Salvation Army does sell a portion of its donated clothing because much of it is unusable, it takes issue with the article that "Although some donors think they are giving their used clothing to the local poor and homeless, very little is ever given to anyone."