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February 6, 1989 | Mary Ann Galante, Times staff writer
When the raddest kid on the beach grows up and wants to trade in his neon trunks, he probably won't head to the nearest Brooks Brothers. But what he may consider is Newport Blue, a sportswear maker that caters to men 25 to 40 years old who still want that casual look but no longer want to parade about in skull-and-crossbones T-shirts or skintight board shorts. The Tustin-based firm is headed by John Bernards, one of the old-timers in the surf-wear industry.
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January 9, 1997 | KATHRYN BOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For John Bernard, co-designer and president of 26 Red, the best place to be early on a Saturday morning is a swap meet. That's where he goes to add to his collection of old gas cans and station signs, blown-glass bottles and, especially, used clothing. He wanders the rows of vendors for '70s-era sweaters with horizontal stripes, velour pullovers and polyester pants.
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May 15, 1992 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Another key executive has left Ocean Pacific Sunwear Ltd., Orange County's largest licenser of surf wear, the company disclosed Thursday. OP also said it is negotiating to sell its Jimmy'Z line of casual clothing. John Bernards said he resigned Tuesday as president of the Newport Blue and Jimmy'Z divisions of the Tustin-based apparel giant. OP officials confirmed that they are in the process of selling the Jimmy'Z line of street wear for young men.
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June 10, 1994 | RICH CONNELL and VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 41-year-old former construction worker who died in the County-USC Medical Center jail ward after struggling with deputies in March succumbed to a combination of the officers' use of restraint maneuvers and severe heart disease, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Thursday. After months of delay as medical examiners conducted specialized forensics tests in the sensitive case, the coroner's office ruled that John Bernard Wiley Jr.'s death was a homicide.
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January 9, 1997 | KATHRYN BOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For John Bernard, co-designer and president of 26 Red, the best place to be early on a Saturday morning is a swap meet. That's where he goes to add to his collection of old gas cans and station signs, blown-glass bottles and, especially, used clothing. He wanders the rows of vendors for '70s-era sweaters with horizontal stripes, velour pullovers and polyester pants.
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June 10, 1994 | RICH CONNELL and VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 41-year-old former construction worker who died in the County-USC Medical Center jail ward after struggling with deputies in March succumbed to a combination of the officers' use of restraint maneuvers and severe heart disease, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Thursday. After months of delay as medical examiners conducted specialized forensics tests in the sensitive case, the coroner's office ruled that John Bernard Wiley Jr.'s death was a homicide.
BUSINESS
April 7, 1991
Bobby Klotz has been named to the newly created position of president of Ocean Pacific in Tustin. Klotz, who has been with the company since 1987, was most recently senior executive vice president overseeing merchandising, marketing and design. In addition, John Bernards has been appointed president of the Jimmy'Z and Newport Blue apparel subsidiaries. He was previously chief operating officer for Ocean Pacific.
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May 27, 1988 | JOHN CHARLES TIGHE
John Bernards, founder of Off Shore of California, has left the youth-oriented apparel maker to design adult wear for Newport Blue. Newport Blue was started three years ago by the owner of giant Ocean Pacific to sell casual wear to adult men. Bernards replaces Mike Shaughnessy, who resigned from the Newport Beach firm Wednesday. "I wanted to wear the clothes I was making," said Bernards, who founded Off Shore in 1976.
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December 2, 1999 | LESLIE EARNEST, Leslie Earnest covers retail businesses for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7832 and at leslie.earnest@latimes.com
Surfboard shaper Greg Noll and surfwear industry veteran John Bernards intend to open their new apparel company, Greg Noll Oceanwear, in January in San Clemente. "We're just looking at space now," said Bernards, chief executive of the new venture. "We've already got orders rolling in the door for this sportswear, so we'll start out with 2,000 to 3,000 square feet." Noll, who has been shaping surfboards since 1951, previously licensed out his name to a Long Beach sportswear maker.
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May 15, 1992 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Another key executive has left Ocean Pacific Sunwear Ltd., Orange County's largest licenser of surf wear, the company disclosed Thursday. OP also said it is negotiating to sell its Jimmy'Z line of casual clothing. John Bernards said he resigned Tuesday as president of the Newport Blue and Jimmy'Z divisions of the Tustin-based apparel giant. OP officials confirmed that they are in the process of selling the Jimmy'Z line of street wear for young men.
BUSINESS
February 6, 1989 | Mary Ann Galante, Times staff writer
When the raddest kid on the beach grows up and wants to trade in his neon trunks, he probably won't head to the nearest Brooks Brothers. But what he may consider is Newport Blue, a sportswear maker that caters to men 25 to 40 years old who still want that casual look but no longer want to parade about in skull-and-crossbones T-shirts or skintight board shorts. The Tustin-based firm is headed by John Bernards, one of the old-timers in the surf-wear industry.
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April 22, 1988 | MARY ANN GALANTE
Question: What does a New Yorker know about surf wear? Answer: Not a thing. And that is exactly why Irvine-based Off Shore of California has just brought in a Liz Claiborne designer, Melissa Dorell, to "interpret" its designs for surf trunks, shorts and shirts, company executives said Thursday.
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January 27, 1990 | MARY ANN GALANTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pacifica Publishing Corp., the nation's leading producer of surf-wear shows and publisher of Action Sports Retailer, said Friday that it has tentatively agreed to be acquired by a New York-based company. Pacifica signed a letter of intent to be purchased for an undisclosed sum by Gralla Publications, another producer of trade shows and publisher of related trade magazines, executives of both companies said. Industry sources estimated the sale to be valued at $6 million to $10 million.
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