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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1999 | CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was like the breakup of a family. Men and women held on to each other and wept. Longtime employees couldn't bear to say goodbye. Holly Bra, a swimsuit factory that had been in Hollywood since 1949, has shuttered its doors for good, the latest apparent victim of the cutthroat competition facing the U.S. garment industry.
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BUSINESS
October 7, 1998 | CYNDIA ZWAHLEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Emilio Bole asked a local subcontractor how much she would charge to sew a bridal gown based on a sample brought from China, the answer meant the end of business as usual at Bole's Simi Valley company. The price was far higher than what it would cost to have the work done overseas. In fact, the U.S. sewing price alone came to a whopping 50% of the cost to have the entire dressmaking process handled in China, including fabric, patterns, sewing and shipping, Bole said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1998 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They wanted someone to know--about marathon days spent in cramped, windowless lofts and storefronts, working for wages often below the legal minimum and without health insurance. "We are honest workers, looking to support our families, but we are treated unjustly," said Juan Canto, an 8-year veteran in the Los Angeles underworld of garment sweatshops. "People should imagine us in these buildings as they drive by."
BUSINESS
February 25, 1998 | CYNDIA ZWAHLEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Christopher Griffin has a nose for money: He spent the 1980s in the heady world of Los Angeles real estate, then jumped ship before the market crashed for a three-year entrepreneurial fling selling a new, iceless cooler touted on MTV and carried by Nordstrom. When that fad faded, he parlayed his industry contacts into a stake in a lucrative area of the clothing business in the early '90s: garment dyeing.
BUSINESS
January 22, 1998 | Bloomberg News
Yes Clothing Co. filed for bankruptcy court protection in Los Angeles after the apparel company ran short of cash amid sliding sales. The Los Angeles-based clothing maker said it filed its Chapter 11 petition last month in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The filing allows it to stop paying creditors while it reorganizes its finances. Yes suspended operations in July after its lines of credit were shut off amid a cash crunch, company officials said in securities filings in December.
SPORTS
December 25, 1997 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
December 11, 1997 | PAMELA WARRICK
It would be worth it just for the ride. Every Saturday for the month of December, the Los Angeles Fashion District operates its free Trolley Tour for shoppers and history buffs. The quaint red and green trolley car winds through the nation's largest concentration of retail and wholesale shops. With 56 blocks of shopping, it's not for the faint of heart.
BUSINESS
December 4, 1997
Susan Scheimann has been named president and chief executive of CaliforniaMart, the apparel and accessory showroom center in Los Angeles. Scheimann has been acting president since former CEO Maurice "Corky" Newman resigned in September. Scheimann joined CaliforniaMart in 1994 as executive director of marketing and was appointed vice president in 1996. The facility, the nation's largest apparel mart, is owned by Equitable Life Assurance Society.
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