August 22, 1990 |
A Cheshire cat grin creeps across Francine Browner's face as she confesses that the jacket she wears does not carry her own label. "It's a Calvin Klein," the 44-year-old sportswear designer admits, adding that she has not "interpreted" its look and feel into her own line. Yet. Klein is one of several top names in the business who inspire Browner's designs for Rue de Reves, a company she founded six years ago and has built into a leader among Southern California's junior market.
May 16, 1994 |
This time, Allan Franklin and Sidney Penchansky say, they really mean it. If they can't turn their North Hollywood textile business around in the next few months, the brothers-in-law vow to sell out, ending three generations of family ownership. "We can't go on at this rate," said Franklin, who with Penchansky is vice president of Levine Bros. Inc.
July 25, 1994 |
Clothing designer Clotee McAfee can barely contain her excitement as she describes a pocket-making machine she will install in the new, fully automated garment plant she plans to move into by the end of the year. "It can set a pocket in three seconds," McAfee said. "Right now, with a single needle, it takes three minutes" for one of the 25 sewing machine operators she employs to make a pocket and sew it onto a shirt.
August 20, 1999 |
Walking down a Los Angeles street or at an Ozomatli concert, you might spot someone wearing a T-shirt with the picture of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata or a "Brown Pride" graphic. "It's urban wear with a cultural twist to it," explains Anthony Cruz-Gonzalez, founder of Montebello's Trueroots Streetwear & Clothing Co. The 27-year-old, who works out of his Montebello home, is one of a handful of small L.A.
October 30, 1992 |
Behind a faded storefront on the eastern fringes of Hollywood, the seamstresses of Silvia's Costumes sing as they sew, much as their ancestors in Yerevan did a thousand years ago. Their metier is fine detail work--the hand beading, embroidery and stitching that adorns some of the fashion industry's most extravagant garments. They craft one-of-a-kind designs for a Bob Mackie gown or a jacket by designer Bill Whitten that will fetch thousands of dollars in a boutique across town.
December 25, 1997 |
Some come simply to get a glimpse of the big boss, emphasis on big. That might happen a couple of times a day, a supervisor says, usually teenagers under the guise of seeking employment. "Middle-aged people too, now that I think about it," Cynthia Atterberry adds, laughing. They come to Compton, to a side street filled with low-rise warehouses and other industrial buildings, to see Shaquille O'Neal.