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October 25, 1985 | Associated Press
Researchers here have buttonholed the origin of some of the terms for men's clothing, including the practice of calling one article of clothing a "pair" of trousers: Until the 14th century each leg covering was separate, not sewn together, making it literally a pair of trousers. Slacks: It was in 1926 that the Haggar Co. started business, making what founder J.M. Haggar Sr. and his son Ed called slacks--pants that didn't match a suit jacket.
February 26, 1998 | Russ Stanton
Wet Seal Inc., the young women's apparel retailer, plans to launch its fourth clothing chain this year. Arden B., as the chain will be known, is aimed at a slightly older and more affluent customer than the 13- to 18-year-old market targeted by the Irvine-based firm's 390 Wet Seal and Contempo Casuals stores. Initially, Wet Seal will open at least five Arden B. stores but could open as many as 50 this year if the right real estate deal comes along, President Edward Thomas said.
October 2, 1996 | MAKI BECKER
They came by the thousands Tuesday, many braving the night to line up on the streets of skid row in downtown Los Angeles to receive free clothing, shoes, school supplies and a hamburger lunch for their children. The eighth annual back-to-school giveaway, sponsored by the Fred Jordan Mission, provides homeless and indigent children with new goods. Footlocker donated 6,500 pairs of shoes. Other companies, including the Gap and Walt Disney Co.
June 11, 1993 | TOMMY LI
Glenoaks Elementary School students have donated more than 1,000 pounds of children's goods to help Glendale Adventist Medical Center open a new "Kids Only" room for needy families, officials said Thursday. The services center oversees volunteers who run the hospital's Thrift Shop, which will house the new 15-by-17-foot Kids Only room. It is scheduled to open sometime next week.
November 13, 1996
Leon Nathan Gould of Ojai, a former executive of Health-Tex, a children's clothing company, died Tuesday after a long illness. He was 83. Gould was born July 13, 1913, in New Jersey to Morse and Sadie Lasner Gould. His father, a Lithuanian immigrant, helped found Health-Tex many years ago. After earning a business degree at New York University, Gould worked for 40 years at Health-Tex--eventually becoming vice president of the company. He moved to Ojai three years ago with his son, Richard.
April 3, 1998
State labor investigators raided a Bell Gardens garment factory and found that designer labels were being sewn on cheap knockoffs, authorities said. They also found that owner Min Su Paek was paying his 18 employees only $4 an hour when the state minimum wage is $5.75, said Dean Fryer, a spokesman for the state Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Investigators raided PK Stitchery in the 7400 block of Scout Avenue on Wednesday, confiscating 15,000 garments, officials said.
June 26, 2008 | Mindy Farabee
YOU'D BE FORGIVEN if you thought it was merely about looking cool. But "the key thing about swap is it's a way to 'upcycle,' " explains Lori Petitti, coordinator of Saturday's used clothes marathon Swap-O-Rama-Rama in Venice. "That's the new buzz word, to take things that would otherwise be thrown away and end up in a landfill, to make them into things that you really want to keep." From informal bartering among friends to well-advertised all-comers bashes, clothing swaps have been flourishing in New York City and the Bay Area for about a decade.
January 20, 1995 | BERT ELJERA
Thursday was an exciting day for 5-year-old Ashley Barthalomy. With a dollar bill in her pocket from the Tooth Fairy, the kindergartner was beside herself as she moved from rack to rack, lifting a pink sweat shirt, a blue shirt, then a purple jacket. Excitedly, she grabbed a pair of sneakers in pink, orange and blue. "It's so cute," she smiled, showing two missing front teeth.
August 2, 1996 | ALAN EYERLY
Back-to-school shopping trips will be provided for 450 children Saturday morning during an annual program of the Salvation Army and Mervyn's Department Stores in Orange County. The children, who will be attending grade school this fall, will be treated to $75 worth of clothing and footwear. Volunteer chaperons will help the children with their purchase decisions.
Police Wednesday arrested two Northridge men and seized designer clothes valued at up to $1 million from Virgil's Fashion at 17269 Vanowen St. The garments--including items by Ann Taylor, Giorgio Armani, Donna Karan and Tommy Hilfiger--are believed to have been stolen by a shoplifting ring and resold to the store's operators, said Det. Gilbert Escontrias of the Los Angeles Police Department.
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