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.
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.
May 3, 1993 |
Despite the calm that followed the verdicts in the Rodney King civil rights trial, Carole Little still looks like a company under siege. Its complex of buildings in Los Angeles' inner city is a fortress: enclosed by iron gates and razor wire, patrolled by heavily armed security guards. It is the legacy of last year's riots, when vandals and looters raided the buildings, set fires and left the company with an $11-million nightmare.
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.