July 20, 2001 |
With whirring garment racks, hairless mannequins modeling a rainbow of lingerie and miniskirts and a cacophony of voices hawking everything from lucky bamboo to live geckos, the Fashion District in downtown Los Angeles is the ultimate urban experience. The gritty neighborhood, which many know as the garment district, is no longer simply a wholesale and manufacturing center. It has become a destination not just for bargain basics, but for trendy clothing and accessories.
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April 14, 2001 |
Kimi Lee and her co-workers have no illusions about the obstacles they face. From an office in the garment district, she and two other anti-sweatshop organizers are taking on L.A.'s multibillion-dollar garment industry. They are trying to improve the treatment of the overwhelmingly immigrant and female work force toiling in thousands of sewing lofts, storefronts and hidden factories concentrated on the southeast end of downtown.
February 9, 2001 |
A huge pornography company financing a clothing firm? It doesn't take someone with a libido stuck in overdrive to imagine the line of raunchy clothes they might design. Well, buddy, censor those thoughts right now and start thinking about sleek, contemporary sportswear. That's what Danny Cook and Q (short for Qamilla Carlsson) make for Private Circle, their men's and women's clothing company based in downtown Los Angeles.
December 8, 2000 |
The U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday it has slapped 17 Los Angeles-area garment contractors with more than $270,000 in penalties for repeat violations of federal wage and hour laws. Reinspections of 35 sewing factories previously cited for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act found a staggering 63% were still paying workers less than minimum wage or denying them overtime pay.
November 8, 2000 |
The Los Angeles garment district's first lawsuits over so-called key money have been settled out of court. Lawyers won't discuss terms of the agreement reached last month. But apparel wholesalers Dan Seong and Byung Wook Kim--who sued their landlords for trying to extract tens of thousands of dollars in upfront cash as a condition for renewing their leases--remain as tenants in the building on the corner of 11th and San Julian streets.
October 31, 2000 |
Reaffirming the region's prominent role in the fashion and design industries, Los Angeles' top merchandise marts have staged a turnaround from gloomy recession days when tenants were bailing out and critics questioned whether marts had a future in the Internet age. New tenants have boosted occupancy rates in downtown Los Angeles' California Mart, the hub of Southern California's apparel industry.