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January 25, 2000 | LESLIE EARNEST, Leslie Earnest covers retail businesses for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7832 and at leslie.earnest@latimes.com
While Arnette is surfing and snowboarding, some of the people who helped him build his business are now busy with a new sunglass company, Corporation Eyeball in San Clemente. "We put the band back together," said Craig Lark, a founder of the fledgling company, which will make sunglasses under the Von Zipper brand. "We had so much fun together, when it was just us doing it out of a small San Clemente office, that we're gonna do it again."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1999 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the land where some people's designer sunglasses cost more than their shoes, El Monte police and U.S. Customs agents announced Thursday that they've made one of the state's largest busts involving counterfeit eye wear--seizing $19 million worth of fake brand-name sunglasses and labeling equipment. El Monte Police Chief Wayne C.
BUSINESS
November 16, 1999 | Leslie Earnest
Oakley Inc. investigators and police raided five sites in China and South Africa where counterfeit sunglasses were being made or distributed, the Foothill Ranch-based company said Monday. Seized in the raid were more than 200,000 pair of fake Oakley sunglasses in various stages of assembly, along with equipment and supplies, the company said. It was the largest number of counterfeit Oakley products ever confiscated in those countries. The raids were conducted between Oct. 8 and Nov.
BUSINESS
August 17, 1999 | Leslie Earnest
Oakley Inc. officials and Thailand police have uncovered a major counterfeit operation in Bangkok, the sunglass maker's first successful raid on a manufacturing plant outside the U.S., Oakley officials said. Twenty police officers and 11 Oakley-hired investigators last week confiscated 24,000 sunglasses in various stages of assembly, along with manufacturing equipment, including machines that cut lenses and apply trademarks. The Foothill Ranch, Calif.
BUSINESS
August 17, 1999 | LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oakley Inc. investigators and Thai police have uncovered a major counterfeit operation in Bangkok in the sunglass maker's first successful raid on a manufacturing plant outside the United States, the company said Monday. Twenty police officers and 11 Oakley-hired investigators staged the Aug. 10 bust, the company said. They confiscated 24,000 sunglasses in various stages of assembly, along with manufacturing equipment, such as machines that cut lenses and apply trademarks.
NEWS
July 23, 1999 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA, TIMES FASHION WRITER
For 12 years Patty Glover of Glendale has been an avid contact lens wearer, never thinking about switching to eyeglasses. Then six months ago, she went crazy for Kata--specifically for frame No. 47. For nearly an hour, she admired the artfully designed handcrafted frame with spiral temples resembling coned seashells and itty-bitty ripples, like waves of water--a fusion of shape and form, the definition of Kata, a Japanese word.
BUSINESS
July 7, 1999 | LESLIE EARNEST, Leslie Earnest covers retail businesses for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7832 and at leslie.earnest@latimes.com
The grand opening of the new O Store at the Irvine Spectrum Center was splashy, theatrical and noisy. In other words, it was pure Oakley. Music blared, videos played and founder Jim Jannard welcomed guests wearing a gas mask. (Don't ask.) Before the doors were opened to the public Friday, Foothill Ranch-based Oakley feted retailers, buyers and athletes, proudly showing off the store that Jannard said was pulled together in just a month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1999
Eyewear maker California Design Studios, Westlake Village, has been acquired by Signature Eyewear in Inglewood for $9 million, including $1.1 million in cash, a promissory note and other deferred payments and the assumption of $6.15 million of the company's debt. Founded in 1992, California Design Studios is privately owned with total assets of approximately $4.6 million.
BUSINESS
June 15, 1999 | Leslie Earnest
A federal judge has ruled that Nike Inc. infringed Oakley Inc. patents in an ongoing legal battle between the two companies, Foothill Ranch-based Oakley said. Oakley maintains that its XYZ Optics technology, used in all of its sunglasses, lessens lens distortion in glasses that are curved both horizontally and vertically to offer better eye protection. It claims Beaverton, Ore.-based Nike used the technology in its RV8 and RV12 sunglass models. U.S.
BUSINESS
June 12, 1999 | LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oakley Inc. will open its first store next month, part of a broad push under a new chief executive to increase the company's visibility and expand each of its product lines. During Oakley's annual shareholder meeting Friday, new CEO William D. Schmidt outlined steps the Foothill Ranch-based company will take to boost its brand, including hiring an outside advertising agency for the first time.
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