August 2, 1998
I was dismayed to read in "Sweatshop Exhibit Has Nowhere to Go" [July 15] that the Smithsonian sweatshop exhibit will not be coming to Los Angeles because of garment industry pressure. It was an exhibit I was looking forward to since I can't afford to go to Washington, D.C., to see it. For Isle Metchek, executive director of the Los Angeles-based California Fashion Assn., to say that she feels vindicated is ridiculous. This is not the first time that atrocities have happened in the garment industry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1988
About 4,700 homes and businesses southeast of downtown Los Angeles were left without telephone service Tuesday after a Metro Rail construction crew severed two underground telephone cables at 6th and Hill streets late Monday, according to Pacific Bell officials. Hardest hit were small businesses in the garment industry and private homes. Service was not expected to be restored to all customers until tonight.
July 19, 1990
It's interesting how the animal activists are claiming responsibility for the slowdown of fur sales. Are they responsible for the overall slowdown of our economy? For the very visible slowdown in the whole garment industry? For the very publicized slowdown in car sales? For the standstill in real estate sales? For the layoffs in the aerospace industry? WANDA PRESS Beverly Hills
August 13, 2009 |
During a visit to a Gap store two years ago, Patrick Robinson didn't need to try on a pair to know that the chain's jeans were the wrong fit. "I felt there was a problem, and the problem was the jeans hadn't been moved forward with the brand," he said. "The jeans were an old story." It wasn't idle criticism. Robinson had just been brought in as Gap's executive vice president of design to shake things up amid growing concern that the brand was losing its appeal. Over the next year and a half, he led an overhaul of the chain's denim, the biggest reworking of jeans in the company's history.
September 27, 1998 |
The boom in Mexico's clothing industry has been built on the relatively simple job of sewing imported pre-cut pieces of fabric into garments. Most of the higher-tech design and cutting jobs have stayed in the United States--so far. But Jose Luis Sorcia, director of the local garment industry chamber in this southeastern city, says Mexican firms want that higher-end work too, especially after the U.S.
September 5, 1998 |
I have come to the Deep South in sweltering summer because it was biting cold in Alaska last winter. Back then, a veteran mountaineer named Dick Flaharty made me a 40-below parka in his Fairbanks shop, Apocalypse Design. Flaharty has a reputation for making gear to match Arctic winter, and when I arrived his people looked me over as if to determine whether a Californian could be worthy of their labors. What makes this parka special? Well, it is hand-cut. It is gimmick-free.
December 31, 1989 |
Labor activists and union officials say they are planning a major campaign, beginning in January, to pressure state government for a systematic crackdown on sweatshops. The campaign will have two goals, said Jeff Stansbury, education and political director for the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union in Los Angeles. First, it will lobby for better enforcement of the minimum wage laws, which are routinely violated in the fiercely competitive California garment industry.
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.
April 22, 2001 |
After years of unbridled expansion under the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico's garment industry is being forced to retool itself due to falling exports to the slowing U.S. market, tougher regional competition and weak domestic demand. More than 95% of Mexico's garment exports make their way to its two NAFTA partners, the U.S. and Canada.