Orange County Business Journal

New Sanuk Ads Aim to Make It an ‘Always’ Brand

Company Builds on ‘Never Uncomfortable’ Campaign

Sanuk USA LLC launched a global marketing campaign last week, “Always…Sanuk,” aimed at “expanding the brand philosophy” to new consumers while “strengthening” its bond with core audiences.

Henry’s Hand in Chanel’s New Look at South Coast

RETAIL: Late leader of center ensured room for renovation

The influence of the late Henry Segerstrom carried on last month as well-heeled guests rubbed shoulders at Chanel Inc.’s expanded and renovated boutique in the Nordstrom wing of South Coast Plaza.

Indian Grocer to Open in Irvine Center

Indian grocery chain Namaste Plaza signed a lease for a 6,700-square-foot store on the Irvine side of The Market Place that’s scheduled to open near Target in October.

Tease photo

OC Dealers Among First to Sell Toyota Hydrogen Car

Toyota Motor Corp. selected two Orange County dealerships—Toyota of Orange and Tustin Toyota—to be among the first eight in the U.S. selling its new Mirai hydrogen vehicle.

Tease photo

Tribune in Deal for SD Paper

Chicago-based Tribune Publishing Co., the parent of the Los Angeles Times, said it entered into agreement to buy U-T San Diego for $85 million in a cash-and-stock deal.

Tease photo

Lush Cosmetics Opens at MV Mall

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics is opening a store at The Shops at Mission Viejo on Friday, its 32nd retail location in the state and 229th nationwide.

Tease photo

OC Dealerships Among First to Sell Toyota Hydrogen Car

Toyota Motor Corp. selected two Orange County dealerships—Toyota of Orange and Tustin Toyota—to be among the first eight in the U.S. selling its new Mirai hydrogen vehicle.

Tease photo

Tribune to Buy SD Paper

Chicago-based Tribune Publishing Co., the parent of the Los Angeles Times, said it entered into agreement to buy U-T San Diego for $85 million in a cash-and-stock deal.

Tease photo

Lush Cosmetics Opens at MV Mall

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics is opening a store at The Shops at Mission Viejo on Friday, its 32nd retail location in the state and 229th nationwide.

Tease photo

Indian Grocer to Open at Market Place

Indian grocery chain Namaste Plaza has signed a lease for a 6,700-square-foot store on the Irvine side of The Market Place.

Tease photo

Too Faced to Estée Lauder?

Estée Lauder Cos. has surfaced among the bidders for Too Faced Cosmetics LLC in Irvine, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

Tease photo

Too Faced to Estée Lauder?

Estée Lauder Cos. has surfaced among the bidders for Too Faced Cosmetics LLC in Irvine, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

Tease photo

Vans, Parent Revenue Up in Q1

Vans Inc. revenue was up 8% for the first quarter ended April 4, according to its parent, Greenboro, N.C.-based VF Corp., whose revenue also rose.

Tease photo

Two OC Carmakers Best National Pace

Two of the four Orange County-based automakers beat the national sales pace for new vehicles in April, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

Mitsubishi Motors Taps Ally on Finance

Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. in Cypress said it will fold its in-house financing arm, Mitsubishi Motors Credit of America Inc., and rely on Detroit-based Ally Financial Inc. as its “preferred financing source.”

Oakley Chooses Raj to Make Swimwear

Oakley Inc. selected Raj Manufacturing LLC in Tustin to develop, manufacture and distribute its women’s swimwear worldwide.

Unearthed Sizzler Ad Sizzles in Surprise Online Turn

1991 Infomercial Gets 1.8M+ YouTube Views

Sizzler USA Inc. in Mission Viejo is cleverly paddling through a wave of unexpected publicity spurred by a dated commercial that crossed the radar of an Esquire magazine journalist.

Tease photo

Two OC Carmakers Best National Pace

Two of the four Orange County-based automakers beat the national sales pace for new vehicles in April, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

Tease photo

Vans, Parent Revenue Up in Q1

Vans Inc. revenue was up 8% for the first quarter ended April 4, according to its parent, Greenboro, N.C.-based VF Corp., whose revenue also rose.

Tease photo

Oakley Taps Raj in Swimwear Deal

Oakley Inc. selected Raj Manufacturing LLC in Tustin to develop, manufacture and distribute its women’s swimwear worldwide.

Tease photo

Kaiser Aluminum Has Mixed Q1

Kaiser Aluminum Corp. beat Wall Street’s revenue outlook for the first quarter but fell short on earnings projections.

Tease photo

Stance Socks Score NBA Deal

San Clemente-based Stance Inc. has signed a licensing agreement to become the official sock brand for the National Basketball Association.

Tease photo

Mitsubishi Motors Taps Ally on Finance

Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. in Cypress said it will fold its in-house financing arm, Mitsubishi Motors Credit of America Inc., and rely on Detroit-based Ally Financial Inc. as its “preferred financing source.”

Kia Teams With Yahoo for Sorento ‘Getaway’ Ads

Videos Coax Viewers To Take Vehicle on Adventures

Kia Motors America Inc. selected Yahoo Inc. as a digital partner to deliver the latest ads for the 2016 Sorento CUV.

Incipio Signs Deal With Luggage Maker

Incipio Technologies Inc. signed a multiyear licensing deal with Tumi Holdings Inc. to design, manufacture and distribute a range of premium mobile device accessories for the South Plainfield, N.J.-based luggage maker.

Western Digital Hunts for New Ad Agency

MEDIA: Raises bar on campaigns for global market

Western Digital Corp., the world’s largest disk drive maker, is looking for a new advertising strategy and partner to boot.

Tease photo

Kia's Georgia Facility Back Online After Shooting

A Kia Motors America Inc. manufacturing plant in Georgia is back online this morning after an employee there shot a co-worker in the leg Tuesday.

Tease photo

Incipio Inks Luggage Co. Deal

Incipio Technologies Inc. said it signed a multiyear licensing deal with Tumi Holdings Inc. to design, manufacture and distribute a range of premium mobile device accessories for the South Plainfield, N.J.-based luggage maker.

Tease photo

Correction & Clarification: Thomas in Charge at Wet Seal

Chief Executive Ed Thomas remains in charge of The Wet Seal, LLC in Foothill Ranch, along with interim Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hillebrandt.

Tease photo

Tilly’s CFO to Depart

Tilly’s Inc. said it has started a search for a new chief financial officer, to replace Jennifer Ehrhardt, who is leaving in June to “pursue other professional interests.”

Vietnamese Paper Files for Bankruptcy

The Little Saigon News Inc. in Garden Grove filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to documents filed with U.S. Bankruptcy Court Central District of California in Santa Ana.

Register Publisher Refocuses Growth Plans

MEDIA: Sees potential in local focus, baby boomer audience

The days of “entrepreneurial expansion” at the Orange County Register have given way to more modest hopes for growth based on “ultra-local” coverage and baby boomers as a key readership group.

Yokohama’s Push for Social Good, Playgrounds

Partners With Nonprofit, Plans Campaigns

Yokohama Tire Corp. said it has expanded its relationship with KaBoom!, a national nonprofit that has opened or improved nearly 16,000 playgrounds since its inception in 1996.

Tease photo

Wet Seal Sale Final

Mador Lending LLC completed the acquisition of Wet Seal Inc., the affiliate of Philadelphia-based Versa Capital Management LLC announced Wednesday.

Tease photo

Little Saigon News In BK

The Little Saigon News Inc. in Garden Grove has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to documents filed with U.S. Bankruptcy Court Central District of California in Santa Ana.

Ad Agencies Top $1 Billion, Led by Gains at Top

Newcomers Help Boost List’s Total, Account for 40%

Orange County’s largest advertising agencies posted an estimated 9% gain in revenue last year, enough to push the group over the $1 billion benchmark.

How to Unchain Your Dragon

Apparel Maker’s Ambitions Tied to Costa Mesa HQ, China Production

Dragon Crowd Garment Inc. relocated its headquarters three years ago from downtown Los Angeles to Costa Mesa to be closer to a bunch of OC-based customers, including Oakley Inc., Vans Inc., Quiksilver Inc. and Pacific Sunwear of California Inc.

Autobytel Brings ‘Digital Concierge’ to Scion Website

Has Stake in Firm That Developed Technology

Online car shopping does not have to be a solitary experience, according to folks at Autobytel Inc.

New Executives at Top for Kia Motors

Kia Motors America Inc. in Irvine named Jang Won Sohn president and chief executive to replace Byung Mo Ahn, who will become a company adviser.

Panel’s Prediction: Predictive on Rise

Industry Execs Caution on Trade-Off of Privacy

The chief marketing officer of the future could look more like Star Trek’s Captain Kirk than the guys from the “Mad Men” show.

Toshiba Unit in Irvine All Over New Arena in Vegas

MARKETING: Joins Coke as “co-founding partner”

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc.’s sponsorship of AEG and MGM Resorts International’s $375-million Las Vegas Arena comes with the sort of perks that are in the spotlight lately.

Printers Reach Beyond Paper, Ink for Revenue Gains

Use of Data to Help Clients Refine Targets One Key

The largest commercial printers based in Orange County combined for $585 million in revenue last year, a 7.5% increase from their total in 2013.

Tease photo

New Execs for Kia

Kia Motors America Inc. in Irvine has named Jang Won Sohn president and chief executive to replace Byung Mo Ahn, who will become a company advisor.

Tease photo

Toshiba Unit Sponsors Vegas Arena

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. signed on as the founding sponsor of the yet-to-be-completed $375 million Las Vegas Arena.

Quiksilver Cuts Mooney, Likely to Keep His Strategy

APPAREL: Turnaround plan included trim of product lines

Quiksilver Inc.’s board of directors fired Chairman and Chief Executive Andy Mooney late last month, according to its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 9

Wet Seal to Emerge Smaller, Private

RETAIL: Will take new corporate name under Mador

Teen retailer Wet Seal Inc. is slated to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy around April 15 as a privately held company with a new corporate moniker—Seal123 Inc.

NB Film Festival Secures High-End Sponsors

Will Include Fashion Show, Celebration of ‘Diviner’

The Newport Beach Film Festival, scheduled for April 23 to 30, has secured a roster of new high-end sponsors, including Orange County BMW dealerships and Remy Cointreau.

Tease photo

Partner Ups Stake in Buena Park Place

Coventry Real Estate Advisors has transferred its majority ownership share of Buena Park Place to DDR Corp. in Beachwood, Ohio, its former joint venture partner.

Tease photo

Most OC-Based Auto Brands Beat National Sales Pace in March

All but one Orange County-based automaker beat the relatively flat national sales pace for new vehicles in March, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

Tease photo

Judge Approves Sale of Wet Seal

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Christopher S. Sontchi today in Delaware approved the sale of Wet Seal Inc. to private equity firm Mador Lending LLC.

Page of .