Alisha Gomez is a Business Journal contributing writer and a former editor at the paper. She covers apparel and retail. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEDIA: Good Magazine gives thumbs up in knock on Groupon
DealGooder: trying to change how folks shop—one deal at a time
Silver Spoons Out, Work Ethic In for These Offspring
A look at children of rich OC parents, aka Generation W
Burke Gets Results, Plaudits for Leadership Style
GENERAL COUNSEL AWARDS - A look at the honorees: Daniel Burke, St. John Knits International Inc.
APPAREL: Yorba Linda mom does clutches with glam flare
Michelle Monroe’s jewelry, handbags appeal to stars and regular consumers
COSMETICS: 26-year-old son of immigrants behind company
Morphine Lips aims to combines rock n’ roll and high fashion
Designer Darwin Does Ultra Pricey Denim
Mychael Darwin has gained a following with his upscale jackets and jeans
APPAREL: Startup gets boost from QVC, new styles in works
INNOVATION: A San Clemente entrepreneur is putting a stylish twist on the fanny pack
Australia’s Mor Cosmetics Goes After U.S. Market From Los Alamitos Base
Mor Cosmetics is building U.S. sales from its local base in Los Alamitos
APPAREL: Lolli Beach’s suits pair bows, ruffles with sexy cuts
YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS - Local startup Lolli Beach Candy’s swimsuits are playful and colorful
Local author Alyson Noël is seeing success with her young adult novels
APPAREL: Trendy shoes sold online, at coastal OC boutiques
INNOVATION - Profiles of inventions, innovations and entrepreneurs. G.A.Y. Inc. in Tustin makes chic shoes out of tires
Some Seek Investors for Cash Flow Help, Others Unwilling to Give Up Their “Baby”
Ask any small business about keys to growth and they’ll likely bring up cash flow.
Many switch from corporate to startups; flexibility is key
The latest trend in small business might be the mom sitting next to you.
BEAUTY: Shop touts ambiance, cleanliness; prices double rivals
Upscale nail salons in OC compete with cheaper, bigger rivals
APPAREL: Celebs aboard, new products for neglected niche
Profiles of inventions, innovations and entrepreneurs: An Irvine bra designer is seeing sales grow by targeting a niche
COSMETICS: Apriori’s small, growing; creams, drink, tablets
Apriori Beauty has plans to grow with more products and salespeople
New Brands, Sales Abroad Keep Raj Growing
Tustin-based swimsuit maker Raj Manufacturing has continued to grow in a down economy by focusing on global markets
Ganahl Lumber Spans 126 Years, Five Generations
Profile of the Business Journal’s Family Owned Business Awards winner, Ganahl Lumber
PUBLISHING: Revista Set to Add New Titles to Roster
FAST-GROWING PRIVATE COMPANIES - #9. Revista Publishing LLC
RETAIL: U.S. Alliance offers equipment, fulfills transactions
FAST-GROWING PRIVATE COMPANIES - #2. U.S. Alliance Group Inc.
MEDIA: Tech Services Let Clients Focus on Core
FAST-GROWING PRIVATE COMPANIES - #10. ProRepro
APPAREL: Company known for graphic Tees eyeing juniors market
Sales are up for tattoo-inspired clothing maker Sullen Clothing
FASHION: Athletes, actor give Kaenon a marketing boost
Newport Beach glasses maker Kaenon Polarized is making a splash
Profile of OluKai Inc. on the Business Journal’s second annual Best Places to Work list
DINING: Gourmet trucks create Web buzz; crepes, chipotle dogs
Gourmet food trucks are making a foray into Orange County.
APPAREL: More fashionable clothes make up in-between line
Quiksilver is coming out with a new line geared toward women in their early 20s
Billabong USA snatched up the county’s top upstart clothing brand and appears to have prevailed in a short-lived battle to buy a Canadian retailer
An Irvine skincare company is getting a makeover after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Oakley continues to report epic growth despite a struggling retail industry
CLOTHING: Cautious optimism for emerging gains in second half
ABOUT THE LIST: The county’s largest apparel companies saw employment stabilize in the past 12 months. Includes the 2010 OC's TOP 30 APPAREL COMPANIES List for download (pdf)
APPAREL: Zipz see sales abroad, eyes gains here with retail rebound
A small Irvine company is peddling interchangeable zipper top shoes
It all started with selling wastebaskets, Volcom Inc. Chief Executive Richard Woolcott said Wednesday while being honored with the first Entrepreneur of the Year award by the Leatherby Entrepreneurship Center at Orange's Chapman University.
APPAREL: John Wayne, other licensing deals help pull through slump; company still in survival mode
APPAREL: Tavik Industries is a smaller OC clothing maker that’s found a friend in a household name here—John Wayne
APPAREL: Market, retailer issues linger, but co. better off than others
Volcom is looking to emerge from the downturn with a big goal in sight
APPAREL: Quiksilver, rival both claim qualified wins; back to 2004
Quiksilver saw an appeals court reverse a ban against a rival clothing maker, but it says it still came out ahead in the ruling
Makers of surf-inspired and other action sports should stick to what they do best as they go after the large, yet fickle market of teen girls and young women.
Surfer Girl Pioneer Adjusts, Waits for Market Turn
Surfer babe Roxy is caught in fast fashion’s riptide
APPAREL: Downturn saw issues of survival; sales small, growing
Huntington Beach’s O’Quinn Clothing is one of OC’s buzz brands
Some Large Firms Cut Back on Summer Associates, Jobs; Small, Midsize Firms Still Hiring
What law students are doing about a law firm freeze on summer associate programs.
APPAREL: Schoenfeld has work cut out at struggling mall retailer
A look at PacSun’s chief executive and the company’s turnaround efforts
APPAREL: Action sports industry rides out worrisome holiday season
Holiday cash registers closed last week with a mix of fear and hope for sellers and makers of clothes inspired by surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding
RETAIL: Wet Seal stores limp into holidays, Arden B. chain stronger
In the words of one analyst, Wet Seal is in the running to become the turnaround story of retailers,
RETAIL: Quirky ads, early Ace Hardware boost drew other stores
Fast-Growing Private Cos. No. 9 - Monkey Hook LLC
Laguna Beach’s Auri Footwear Makes Name Among Stars, Gets Forbes Nod
A local company is taking a stab at the crowded shoe market with comfortable, stylish shoes
RETAIL: Teen clothes seller eyes big brands, shoes, hip factor
The new chief executive at mall retailer Pacific Sunwear has outlined his turnaround tactics
Irvine-based Entrepreneur Media Inc., publisher of Entrepreneur magazine, is being bought by two private equity firms, according to a report Friday.
Ambassadors International Inc. has put its upscale cruise line up for sale.
The University of California, Irvine, on Wednesday said it received $27.2 million from the state to build its stem cell research facility.
Same-store sales in February were a mixed bag for Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. and Wet Seal Inc.
Costa Mesa-based Volcom Inc. offered no surprises with fourth-quarter and 2007 earnings, but did offer some mixed guidance for the current quarter.