October 15, 1999 |
There's a gold rush on to buy and sell fashion's latest status symbol, a silky-soft shawl called a pashmina. But when the dust settles from the stampede, some consumers may find they've discovered fool's gold. Pashmina, experts agree, is a kind of cashmere that takes its name from the Persian word for wool. But many of the shawls flooding store shelves, Web sites and being sold out of homes and hotel rooms may not be the rare, ultra-high quality item that the marketing hype promises.
September 10, 1993 |
Cece Cummins thought she could just dally in beads. She would string 1920s Czech glass, trace the provenance of African trade beads, make a few earrings with 400-year-old Chinese carved jade, then call it quits. But the 25-year-old bead collector and designer, who has a degree in fine arts from UCLA, soon discovered the lure of beads.
April 9, 2002 |
In a run-down apartment complex, the head of a tiny nonprofit organization sews messenger bags, slick evening purses and trendy satchels bound for the United States. The products are more than fashion statements. They are a statement about how Mexico should handle its garbage. BIO, a 12-year-old environment advocacy group here, makes the slick and sturdy black bags from inner tubes taken out of damaged truck tires in Mexico City.
March 11, 1988 |
When boxer shorts are street wear and skateboard bags are fashion accessories, it's safe to say men's tastes are changing. And designers from around the world gathered in Los Angeles last weekend to show just how far out men's fashion will go in the months ahead. With more than 2,000 fashion collections to browse through, even the most conservative dressers could rest assured, there's plenty out there to wear. But fashion adventurers are about to cash in.
September 28, 1989 |
"On Saturday nights at the L.A. Equestrian Center, I bet at least 20% of the audience is dressed for polo and they don't even know how to ride a horse," muses Ron Volpe, owner of Burbank Pet & Equestrian Supply in Glendale. When the Western look came into style in the '70s, some non-riding clotheshorses were inspired to check out the tack shops for more authentic apparel.
September 6, 1991 |
For almost 12 hours the crowd of 500 stood in a line last week to make the cut. No, they weren't waiting for concert tickets, a club opening or an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. They were hot to tick-tock. The folks who gathered at the Irvine Ranch Farmers Market in the Beverly Center--and at other locations across the United States--were scrambling to get their wrists wrapped with $100 limited-edition plastic watches called Swatchetables.
October 6, 2000 |
You won't find him anywhere near the fashion runways of Milan, but the stately African known as Barbacar is a force to be reckoned with in Italy's world of alta moda. Crisscrossing Rome's Piazza Navona with the grace of a model, he tirelessly promotes the illusion of luxury for the masses. A dozen leather handbags with fake Gucci labels dangle from his broad shoulders. Barbacar wants $90 for a sleek black look-alike of the $310 bag at Gucci's exclusive outlet on Via Condotti.
March 19, 2000 |
The women wanted the quality stuff. Their contact had told them where and how to get it. So a few days before Christmas, an 18-year-old, her mother and their two girlfriends drove nearly an hour from suburban Orange County into the heart of downtown L.A. At the prescribed address on Santee Alley, they located the dealer, a middle-aged man with a foreign accent and guarded manner. They showed him they were serious customers by the accessories they wore and their stated intent to buy in volume.