July 16, 1999 |
Tarrant Apparel Group, a Los Angeles-based clothier that supplies specialty and mass merchandise stores, lowered its earnings estimate for the year and revised downward its expected annual sales by 13%, to $415 million. The revisions are a result of an $80-million reduction in sales to Limited Inc., the company said. Those sales were down, Tarrant said, because Limited has taken advantage of depressed currencies by placing more orders in Asia, where Tarrant does not have operations.
July 4, 1999 |
Jennifer Blackwell steps inside a garment shop in downtown Los Angeles and strides toward the owner, past a clutter of eyelet-laced blouses and two women whose faces are covered with veils. "Hi, I'm Jennifer," she says, extending her hand and then a card. "I'm a broker for the California Fashion Assn." The man peruses her card. But before she has finished her pitch, he turns away and sneers, "Get out." Then he spits on her blue suede shoes.
March 11, 1999 |
She left Puebla, Mexico, seven years ago to work in the garment factories of Southern California. She thought the days of dirt-poor wages were long behind her. But things have not gone well for Hilda Aguilar. As sewing jobs chased cheap labor in Mexico or were lost to technology in the last two years, Aguilar's paycheck has shrunk by about 40%. She now earns far less than the state minimum wage of $5.75 an hour, but Aguilar is not about to complain.
February 12, 1999 |
Baba Bleecher is having a fashion passion moment. Spinning before her is Ford model Camerone Chambers in a killer gown adorned with black sequins, beads and etched flowers on sheer chiffon. It took Luanie Kologi--Bleecher's partner--three days to piece the garment together: an asymmetrical variation of Kologi's trademark "flame" dress that hugs the bosom but on the rest of the bod moves like a sinful Malibu fire. Burn, baby, burn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1999 |
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.
October 7, 1998 |
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.
September 30, 1998
Loy S. Tam and his wife, Po, emigrated from Hong Kong to Los Angeles with their two sons in 1976. They purchased a small garment factory from a friend in 1978 and for the last five years they have been making swimwear for Portland, Ore.-based Jantzen. As overseas competition increases and prices fall, Tam has felt the pinch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1998 |
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."