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June 2, 1990 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a surprising twist to the long-running family feud at Esprit de Corp., co-founder Susie Tompkins and a group of investors said Friday that they have bought the half owned by her estranged husband. Susie Tompkins, sounding euphoric in a telephone interview, declined to reveal how much she and the investors paid to Doug Tompkins.
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April 2, 1993 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The principal owners of Esprit de Corp., the San Francisco-based clothing maker, plan to contest a lawsuit that accuses them of illegally diverting more than $250 million in assets and profit to an overseas affiliate. Bruce Katz, who owns 25% of the company, filed two related lawsuits Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against Esprit co-founder Susie Tompkins and Michael Ying. Tompkins owns 42% of Esprit and Ying owns 33%.
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NEWS
March 6, 1992 | STEVE GINSBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Attention all those erstwhile Esprit fanatics who have grown up and into Donna Karan: Susie Tompkins wants you back. She previewed her first signature collection in New York this week, one of several examples of her push to ensure Esprit makes a successful transition to middle age. After two decades of creating nothing but fun wear, Esprit is venturing into serious go-to-work clothes.
BUSINESS
April 1, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Suit Accuses Esprit of Diverting Funds A director and minority shareholder of Esprit de Corp., a San Francisco maker of casual clothing, has accused the company, its co-founder and other principals of illegally diverting more than $250 million to a foreign affiliate in an effort to depress Esprit's value. Bruce R. Katz, who helped co-founder Susie Tompkins buy out her estranged husband's interest in Esprit in mid-1990, filed suit in U.S.
BUSINESS
May 30, 1990 | MARTHA GROVES TIMES STAFF WRITER
It once seemed that Doug and Susie Tompkins, founders and 50-50 owners of the innovative Esprit de Corp. clothing company, had all the potential of building an empire, growing old together and waltzing off into a happily-ever-after sunset. Then matrimony turned to acrimony. And, in the divorce court equivalent of throwing out the baby with the bath water, the estranged couple plan today to put Esprit on the auction block. As usual, they'll be battling each other. Observers say each of the Tompkinses, along with their respective investment partners, will vie to buy the company.
BUSINESS
December 16, 1989 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The often bitter feud between the husband and wife team who founded trendy apparel maker Esprit de Corp. will force the sale of the San Francisco-based company, officials said Friday. The sale, which will be handled by Goldman, Sachs & Co., is the second stage of a 5-month-old agreement reached between Doug and Susie Tompkins, who filed for divorce earlier this year. Under the agreement, Doug Tompkins was given 120 days to buy his wife's 50% interest in Esprit.
BUSINESS
July 25, 1989 | JESUS SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer
The estranged husband and wife team that owns Esprit de Corp.--known for its line of trendy womens' apparel and its former egalitarian corporate culture--on Monday announced a plan aimed at ending the couple's long and bitter feud over control of the company. The plan could result in the eventual sale of the San Francisco-based fashion and retailing firm founded by Doug and Susie Tompkins.
NEWS
July 10, 1992
Susie Tompkins, who two years ago won a bitter battle against her ex-husband Doug for control of Esprit de Corp., will step aside as creative director. The San Francisco-based company--best known for its junior sportswear--expects to name a successor in mid-August, spokeswoman Liz Mazurski told Listen.
BUSINESS
April 1, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Suit Accuses Esprit of Diverting Funds A director and minority shareholder of Esprit de Corp., a San Francisco maker of casual clothing, has accused the company, its co-founder and other principals of illegally diverting more than $250 million to a foreign affiliate in an effort to depress Esprit's value. Bruce R. Katz, who helped co-founder Susie Tompkins buy out her estranged husband's interest in Esprit in mid-1990, filed suit in U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1987
In response to Janny Scott's article, "Crenshaw No Stranger to Controversy," Oct. 4, 1987, I feel Scott is unnecessarily critical of Dr. Crenshaw's demonstrated commitment and expertise. The importance of Crenshaw's work--to clarify fact from myth and advise accordingly--is completely overlooked. The salient issues of AIDS awareness get lost in the allegations. What Theresa has done is take me and our company that critical step beyond watching friends die. Dr. Crenshaw is my friend of more than 30 years and, most recently, a personal consultant on issues of corporate involvement in AIDS education.
NEWS
July 10, 1992
Susie Tompkins, who two years ago won a bitter battle against her ex-husband Doug for control of Esprit de Corp., will step aside as creative director. The San Francisco-based company--best known for its junior sportswear--expects to name a successor in mid-August, spokeswoman Liz Mazurski told Listen.
NEWS
March 6, 1992 | STEVE GINSBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Attention all those erstwhile Esprit fanatics who have grown up and into Donna Karan: Susie Tompkins wants you back. She previewed her first signature collection in New York this week, one of several examples of her push to ensure Esprit makes a successful transition to middle age. After two decades of creating nothing but fun wear, Esprit is venturing into serious go-to-work clothes.
BUSINESS
June 2, 1990 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a surprising twist to the long-running family feud at Esprit de Corp., co-founder Susie Tompkins and a group of investors said Friday that they have bought the half owned by her estranged husband. Susie Tompkins, sounding euphoric in a telephone interview, declined to reveal how much she and the investors paid to Doug Tompkins.
BUSINESS
May 30, 1990 | MARTHA GROVES TIMES STAFF WRITER
It once seemed that Doug and Susie Tompkins, founders and 50-50 owners of the innovative Esprit de Corp. clothing company, had all the potential of building an empire, growing old together and waltzing off into a happily-ever-after sunset. Then matrimony turned to acrimony. And, in the divorce court equivalent of throwing out the baby with the bath water, the estranged couple plan today to put Esprit on the auction block. As usual, they'll be battling each other. Observers say each of the Tompkinses, along with their respective investment partners, will vie to buy the company.
BUSINESS
December 16, 1989 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The often bitter feud between the husband and wife team who founded trendy apparel maker Esprit de Corp. will force the sale of the San Francisco-based company, officials said Friday. The sale, which will be handled by Goldman, Sachs & Co., is the second stage of a 5-month-old agreement reached between Doug and Susie Tompkins, who filed for divorce earlier this year. Under the agreement, Doug Tompkins was given 120 days to buy his wife's 50% interest in Esprit.
BUSINESS
July 25, 1989 | JESUS SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer
The estranged husband and wife team that owns Esprit de Corp.--known for its line of trendy womens' apparel and its former egalitarian corporate culture--on Monday announced a plan aimed at ending the couple's long and bitter feud over control of the company. The plan could result in the eventual sale of the San Francisco-based fashion and retailing firm founded by Doug and Susie Tompkins.
BUSINESS
April 2, 1993 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The principal owners of Esprit de Corp., the San Francisco-based clothing maker, plan to contest a lawsuit that accuses them of illegally diverting more than $250 million in assets and profit to an overseas affiliate. Bruce Katz, who owns 25% of the company, filed two related lawsuits Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against Esprit co-founder Susie Tompkins and Michael Ying. Tompkins owns 42% of Esprit and Ying owns 33%.
BUSINESS
April 22, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Esprit Suit Settled: The principal owners of clothier Esprit de Corp. reached an out-of-court settlement with an investor who had accused them of illegally diverting assets. Bruce Katz, who filed the suit, agreed to dismiss the litigation and sell his 25% stake in Esprit to Susie Tompkins, co-founder of the San Francisco-based clothing maker. The suit alleged that Tompkins and Michael Ying, the other Esprit principal, used an affiliate company to overcharge Esprit for clothing orders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1987
In response to Janny Scott's article, "Crenshaw No Stranger to Controversy," Oct. 4, 1987, I feel Scott is unnecessarily critical of Dr. Crenshaw's demonstrated commitment and expertise. The importance of Crenshaw's work--to clarify fact from myth and advise accordingly--is completely overlooked. The salient issues of AIDS awareness get lost in the allegations. What Theresa has done is take me and our company that critical step beyond watching friends die. Dr. Crenshaw is my friend of more than 30 years and, most recently, a personal consultant on issues of corporate involvement in AIDS education.
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