November 20, 1997 |
Remember your first time? I do. It was a sweltering day in South Texas and I had to get out of my jeans. And then, in my full monty state, it happened: I slipped them on. I zipped them up. Dude, I was in walking-short nirvana. Twenty-five years later, my Op corduroy shorts--you know those very short shorts, the equivalent of Daisy Dukes for dudes--and I are still kicking back, still "representing" wherever we go.
August 5, 2004 |
Ocean Pacific Apparel Corp., the Irvine-based clothier that once epitomized the country's surfing craze, will be acquired by Warnaco Group Inc., the companies said Wednesday. Warnaco -- the New York-based maker of Speedo swimsuits, Olga bras and Calvin Klein jeans -- will pay the investment group Doyle & Boissiere Fund I $40 million and assume $1 million in debt if regulators approve the deal. Warnaco said it was attracted to Ocean Pacific's "brand equity."
May 28, 1992 |
The nation's biggest name in surf wear, Ocean Pacific Sunwear Ltd., filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors Wednesday, saying it was having trouble paying its long-term debt and needed to fend off a lawsuit from its largest shareholder. The Tustin-based company, a leading force in the so-called "California lifestyle apparel" market since the early 1980s, listed about $11 million in debts to two secured and scores of unsecured creditors in its petition filed in U.S.
September 13, 2002 |
A local surf wear company is about to find out just how far guys will go to indulge their passion for vintage retro-wear. Ocean Pacific Apparel Corp., the Irvine company that caught fire 30 years ago with its corduroy shorts for young men, is increasing production and distribution of the shorts for a new generation. Even company executives concede it's a longshot. At a time when shorts have grown longer and baggier, the 1970s-style Op shorts are short and snug.
February 2, 1990 |
Ocean Pacific, the nation's leading surfwear maker, said Thursday that it has agreed to sell its largest division, Jimmy'Z, to a group including that unit's management for an undisclosed amount. Ocean Pacific signed a letter of intent to sell the division to Jimmy'Z president Dennis Donsker, vice president of sales Don Wood, and two Jimmy'Z licensees, Diane Skilling and Norman Leftkovitz.
January 22, 1993 |
Ocean Pacific Sunwear Ltd., once the king of surf apparel, said Thursday that it will be acquired by a San Francisco investment group. OP, based in Irvine, agreed to be sold by June to Berkeley International Capital Corp., a San Francisco subsidiary of Britain's Govett & Co., a financial services firm. The deal would be worth about $21 million, according to papers being filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Ana, which has been overseeing OP's operations since May.
June 17, 1998 |
Ocean Pacific Apparel Corp., one of the oldest names in Southern California's surf wear industry, is about to get a new owner. Richard Baker, chief executive of Irvine-based Op, and Montreux Equity, a San Francisco venture capital firm, are in the final stages of a deal to buy Op from Berkeley International Capital Corp. Baker wouldn't disclose terms of the deal, but said in an interview that it will be completed by month's end.
October 18, 1989 |
Ocean Pacific, the nation's leading surf-wear maker, has quietly been put up for sale, a company official confirmed Tuesday. Tustin-based Ocean Pacific Sunwear Ltd. has hired Goldman Sachs & Co. in Los Angeles to find a potential buyer, according to Jim Jenks, OP's co-founder and vice president who holds about 27% of the privately owned company's stock. Jenks declined to disclose the selling price but indicated that industry estimates of $90 million are too high.
February 11, 1987 |
A year and a half ago, Ira Opper decided to produce a video documentary about the fabled Southern California surf culture, one that would consist of more than just action shots, sandy beaches and palm trees. "I wanted to chronicle the history of surfing in an entertaining and informative way by interviewing some of the biggest surfing heroes of all time," Opper said.
September 10, 1985 |
Ocean Pacific Sunwear Ltd. is about to join the jacket-and-tie set. With its sales and market share shrinking and its audience aging, the Tustin-based company that catapulted the California beachwear industry from obscurity to national prominence has invested more than $1 million in taking the lengthy leap from beachwear to California chic wear.