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July 9, 1997 | (Associated Press)
Esprit de Corp. is forging ahead with plans to open dozens of new stores across the country and to relaunch its popular catalog business. The San Francisco-based young woman's clothing company said it would open 14 new shops by year's end. Earlier this year, Esprit said it planned to operate 40 new locations within the next several years. At its peak in 1989, Esprit had 80 stores and discount outlets nationwide. Esprit is privately held.
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June 27, 2013
A luxury Marina del Rey apartment complex and boat anchorage has sold for $225 million in one of the largest real estate deals of the year in Southern California. The Esprit, a 437-unit complex on a finger of land in the marina nearly surrounded by seawater, was purchased by real estate investment firms Capri Capital Partners and Kennedy Wilson from a partnership led by former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski. Miscikowski is the widow of developer Douglas R. Ring, who was one of Marina del Rey's largest property leaseholders and apartment owners.
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BUSINESS
May 30, 1990 | MARTHA GROVES TIMES STAFF WRITER
It once seemed that Doug and Susie Tompkins, founders and 50-50 owners of the innovative Esprit de Corp. clothing company, had all the potential of building an empire, growing old together and waltzing off into a happily-ever-after sunset. Then matrimony turned to acrimony. And, in the divorce court equivalent of throwing out the baby with the bath water, the estranged couple plan today to put Esprit on the auction block. As usual, they'll be battling each other. Observers say each of the Tompkinses, along with their respective investment partners, will vie to buy the company.
FOOD
January 5, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
Ch√Ęteau de Beaucastel produces a stupendous Ch√Ęteauneuf-du-Pape blanc, and its Paso Robles property, Tablas Creek Vineyard, turns out a white in a similar spirit called "Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc. " It's no mistake that so many Central Coast winemakers have gravitated toward Rhone varietals. This blend of primarily Roussanne with Grenache Blanc and a little of the livelier Picpoul Blanc is a great tribute to the Rhone with its scent of white peaches and honey, bracing minerality and lush texture.
BUSINESS
April 1, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Suit Accuses Esprit of Diverting Funds A director and minority shareholder of Esprit de Corp., a San Francisco maker of casual clothing, has accused the company, its co-founder and other principals of illegally diverting more than $250 million to a foreign affiliate in an effort to depress Esprit's value. Bruce R. Katz, who helped co-founder Susie Tompkins buy out her estranged husband's interest in Esprit in mid-1990, filed suit in U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2008 | Bloomberg News
A Lotus sports car featured in the James Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved Me" sold Monday for $166,000 in London. The white 1976 Lotus Esprit was sold on the telephone to a collector from Atlanta, who described himself as "a Lotus and James Bond aficionado," the Bonhams auction house said. The Esprit comes complete with a faux surface-to-air-missile button on the gearstick.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2013
A luxury Marina del Rey apartment complex and boat anchorage has sold for $225 million in one of the largest real estate deals of the year in Southern California. The Esprit, a 437-unit complex on a finger of land in the marina nearly surrounded by seawater, was purchased by real estate investment firms Capri Capital Partners and Kennedy Wilson from a partnership led by former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski. Miscikowski is the widow of developer Douglas R. Ring, who was one of Marina del Rey's largest property leaseholders and apartment owners.
BUSINESS
January 28, 1985 | NANCY YOSHIHARA, Times Staff Writer
The unusual concrete structure on the corner of La Cienega and Santa Monica boulevards bears a simple red and white "Esprit" sign. Passers-by peer curiously into its windows while drivers do double takes as they cruise by. Is it an office building, a restaurant or a store? From the outside, it's difficult to tell. But inside, Esprit is clearly a clothing store, although not an ordinary one.
MAGAZINE
November 3, 1985
Ride On How to get the jump on a fall fashion trend: Team a pair of breeches that you might wear horseback riding with a big, bulky-knit sweater. Active and weekend wear have never worked so well together--that's because fashion now is as lean as classic athletic wear. For a more horsy look, wear riding-style boots with your breeches. Or for something unexpected, try them with slippers or low-cut flats. The breeches pictured here, $95, are from the Paddock Shop in Burbank.
NEWS
June 22, 1990 | BETH ANN KRIER and JEANNINE STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
DEAR HOT: I love to shop through catalogues, but most of the good ones now cost from $3 to $10. Are there any freebies left? --U.B., Los Angeles DEAR U.B.: There are many great catalogues still available gratis, among them: J.
NEWS
November 22, 2010
At every auto show there are certain vehicles that generate a buzz (and a crowd). Many factors — newness, rarity, performance, looks, lavish features, revolutionary technology — can make a car a crowd puller. But at this year’s L.A. Auto Show, being sexy and green seems to be as important as being fast and expensive. We looked at a few of the models that have necks craning and cameras flashing at the L.A. Convention Center. BMW CONCEPT 6 SERIES COUPE This svelte four-seater is attracting an audience at the show because, though billed as a concept, it’s widely rumored to resemble the production third-generation 6 Series due in mid-2011 — and in this status-obsessed city, we all want to see what’ll be in our neighbors’ driveways next year.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2009 | DAN NEIL
A calculator can be the plaything of the damned. Allow me to demonstrate. Of the 12 million barrels of oil we import daily, the 6 million barrels we get from OPEC members are the most geopolitically dubious. That oil from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is refined into about 83 million gallons, or roughly one-fifth of our daily gas consumption of 390 million gallons, according to the Energy Information Administration.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2008 | Bloomberg News
A Lotus sports car featured in the James Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved Me" sold Monday for $166,000 in London. The white 1976 Lotus Esprit was sold on the telephone to a collector from Atlanta, who described himself as "a Lotus and James Bond aficionado," the Bonhams auction house said. The Esprit comes complete with a faux surface-to-air-missile button on the gearstick.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2007 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
Irvine-based Allergan Inc. -- which is testing its beauty drug Botox as a tonic for overactive bladders -- plans to buy Esprit Pharma Inc. and its U.S. rights to a urinary incontinence drug. Allergan said Wednesday that it had agreed to pay $370 million in cash for Esprit, which sells the incontinence drug Sanctura under a U.S. license from Indevus Pharmaceuticals Inc. Esprit would be Allergan's first major purchase since 2005, when it acquired Inamed Corp.
SPORTS
April 1, 2007 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
New faces often indicate an upgrade. Yet with the Dodgers, improvement is just as likely to come from the familiar. Most of their names are the same, which in itself is a change. From the lineup through the coaches' office to the general manager's suite, there is stability where a year ago there was uncertainty.
WORLD
July 25, 2006 | Megan K. Stack, Times Staff Writer
In the burning haze of the missile strike, Qasim Chaalan thought he had died. But piece by piece, he noticed that he was still there, inside the ambulance. He could still feel his body. He opened his eyes, and discovered he could see. He and the other medics were lucky: They had survived the blow of an Israeli missile. Dazed and slow, one of the men fumbled for the radio and began, "We have an accident.... " He didn't finish the sentence.
NEWS
November 22, 2010
At every auto show there are certain vehicles that generate a buzz (and a crowd). Many factors — newness, rarity, performance, looks, lavish features, revolutionary technology — can make a car a crowd puller. But at this year’s L.A. Auto Show, being sexy and green seems to be as important as being fast and expensive. We looked at a few of the models that have necks craning and cameras flashing at the L.A. Convention Center. BMW CONCEPT 6 SERIES COUPE This svelte four-seater is attracting an audience at the show because, though billed as a concept, it’s widely rumored to resemble the production third-generation 6 Series due in mid-2011 — and in this status-obsessed city, we all want to see what’ll be in our neighbors’ driveways next year.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2006
BRAVO to dance critic Lewis Segal for literally biting the hand that has fed him. For much too long, ballet has been the standard by which all other commercial dance has been judged. Long ago, composers began reinventing opera into operetta and then musical theater. But the howling dance purists refused to have their beloved "ballet" tinkered and tampered with. George Balanchine rose to prominence by being fed up with the cliches Segal so eloquently wrote about: "Happy slaves, lustful Muslims, murderous Hindus ... it simply buttresses a sense of white Euro-privilege by dramatizing how colorfully nasty things are elsewhere."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2004 | Randy Lewis
The dancing black silhouettes were impossible to escape. So was the ever-expanding cult of the white wires and earbuds. If 2001 was the year the iPod blasted off the launch pad, 2004 likely will go down as the year gadget lust propelled it into orbit. Did the random-shuffle function willfully choose the lamest songs from your hard drive during that backyard barbecue?
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