CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1997 |
They are the real fashion police. They target unscrupulous members of California's burgeoning garment manufacturing industry. Just last month they uncovered a string of illegal home sewing operations during a series of raids, including one in Glendale where investigators confiscated 12 bags of clothing. They are investigators assigned to the state Department of Labor Standards Enforcement, assigned to enforce laws that make it illegal to commercially produce apparel at home.
May 4, 1990 |
Designer Sandra Garratt is still searching for the pipeline from her million-dollar ideas to the bank. Her first wardrobe invention, the modular fashion line Units, is an international clothing chain that grosses about $75 million annually. Her second brainchild, Multiples, is expected to gross $60 million worldwide this year. Garratt's worth? "Less than zero."
March 7, 1993 |
Federal, state and local investigators swept through the Downtown garment district last week, inspecting several dozen businesses and issuing more than 100 citations for various workplace violations. The three-day sweep was the first major garment industry raid by the Targeted Industries Partnership Program, a task force created by Gov. Pete Wilson in November.
October 28, 1987 |
"100 Beautiful Girls!" beckoned the blinking marquee at the downtown dance hall. Inside, however, as Latin rhythms blared from the dance floor, only a smattering of hostesses could be seen entertaining their customers at the soft-drink bar. Dating back decades to the dime-a-dance era, clubs like this one have come to cater to a primarily Latino clientele and to depend on the illegal immigrant work force for their hostesses.
June 1, 1990 |
The legal battle that wouldn't die is heading back to court. After 6 1/2 years and $80 million in legal fees, the war over ownership of Los Angeles-based Guess clothing--otherwise settled Wednesday when the company's feuding owners agreed to a multimillion-dollar truce--will go back before a judge to determine whether a partially completed jury verdict form should be read or destroyed.
October 7, 1991 |
The swimwear industry took another dive into environmental activism Saturday night by raising about $100,000 to give to the Smithsonian Institution for an upcoming conference on oceans. For the second year in a row, Swim Environmental Awareness (SEA) sponsored the black-tie splash, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel. Last year's beneficiary was the Cousteau Society.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1990 |
Dealing a blow to pro-labor forces in the garment industry, Gov. George Deukmejian on Friday vetoed legislation aimed at cracking down on sweatshops in Orange and Los Angeles counties by holding manufacturers liable for labor abuses committed by their contractors. In a statement, Deukmejian said the measure would have placed an "inappropriate emphasis on garment manufacturers to monitor and control independent contractors." Regulation of the industry, he said, properly rests with government.
October 7, 1999 |
Five clothing retailers, including Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan, agreed to settle a class-action suit over poor working conditions at sweatshops in Saipan. The companies, which also included Phillips-Van Heusen, Dress Barn and Bryland, join four others that have already agreed to pay for independent monitoring of Saipan's garment industry in an effort to comply with American labor laws and international human rights treaties. The agreement requires the approval of a federal judge in Los Angeles.