June 28, 1987
In his review of Manlio Argueta's "Cuzcatlan" (The Book Review, June 14), Prof. Raymund Paredes states that "Argueta notes with particular vehemence the devastating consequences of the cultivation and processing of indigo . . . which early proved to be a lethal carcinogen." While the diversion of land to indigo-producing plants may well have had "devastating consequences," the assertion of the last clause is false. Indigo has not proved early, late or at any other time during its 4,000-year use as a dye to be carcinogenic.
June 4, 2011 |
Indigo is something of a mystery. It sits between the more familiar purple and blue of rainbows. And it's the elusive center of Catherine E. McKinley's "Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World" which like its eponymous shade, falls somewhere between more familiar poles. As history, it wanders, sometimes too hastily, through millenniums and contents to trace the reach and power of indigo dye and fabric. As memoir, it gorgeously recounts McKinley's journey to West Africa's teeming markets and churning factories, through funerals and uprisings, to find "the bluest of blues.
June 2, 1989 |
Indigo is jumping. It looks as if the whole neighborhood is here tonight, eating, drinking and table-hopping like mad. Another proof that the keys to restaurant success are location, location and location? No way. A lot of restaurants have gone out of business at this very corner. I think I've got its number. For starters, it's an easy-going, welcoming sort of room, with cane matting on the ceiling and a couple of semi-abstract paintings on the walls, such as the one that could be either a tornado or a telephone handset attacking from the sky. And it certainly knows its neighborhood, the midway point between the Farmer's Market and the Beverly Center.
August 22, 2010 |
Last week, Sin City was the center of the denim-dealing universe, as purveyors and purchasers of the (usually) indigo-hued cloth clustered on trade show floors to write the next chapter in the history of what's arguably America's greatest contribution to the world's wardrobe. In preparation for the retail season six months hence, retail buyers and fashion industry press descended on the desert to roam the twice-yearly cluster of apparel trade shows staged here, most under the aegis of MAGIC, which originally stood for "Men's Apparel Guild in California," although it has long since switched states and grown to encompass women's clothes, footwear and accessories as well.
August 19, 2012 |
One of Southern California's most successful denim kingpins is jumping back in the jean pool. Peter Koral, who co-founded the 7 for All Mankind premium denim label in 2000 and built it into a business that VF Corp. purchased in 2007 for $775 million, has teamed up with his eldest son, 29-year-old David Koral, and fellow 7 for All Mankind alumnus Rick Crane to launch Koral Los Angeles. The line of women's premium denim started hitting retail shelves in late July. During a recent visit to the label's downtown showroom, father and son sat down to explain how the denim trade became a family business.
December 20, 2009 |
Rose is 17 months old. She weighs 15 pounds and looks the size of an American 5-month-old. She cannot sit up, walk or speak. She has the toothpick limbs and saucer eyes of the malnourished and the dull skin of dehydration. In another corner is Caroline, a waifish 9-year-old who sleeps in a crib. She is a whispering, otherworldly child, pretty and fragile. Her parents are dead, and she is severely malnourished. I have just given her a teddy bear and accessories from a bag of toys we brought from the U.S. When I gave her the bear, she looked at me in disbelief.