June 12, 2003
Historic jeans Denim devotees take heed. The Levi's Store at Tyson's Corner Center in McLean, Va., marks the first stop of Levi Strauss & Co.'s World Archive Tour, a traveling collection of the company's rare denim artifacts. The collection, spanning the company's 150-year history, boasts the pair of jeans believed to be the oldest in existence, the Nevada jeans, which date to the 1880s. Other top draws include a denim tuxedo specially tailored for Bing Crosby in the 1950s, and an assemblage of 19th-century catalogs and print advertisements.
October 9, 1990
OAKLAND, Calif. -- "Deep pockets!" Sandy Alderson said, his rising voice signaling amazement. He shook his head at the question, a grin growing. "Let me tell you. We don't have the highest payroll in baseball. We're not even close. I think the Red Sox have a higher payroll than we do. In fact, I don't think so. I know so."The general manager of the Oakland A's was sitting in the dugout during batting practice, wearing an Oxford blue shirt, a conservatively striped tie, dark blue slacks, wire-rim glasses, gray hair at his temples -- right out of a Brooks Brothers catalog.
August 28, 1991
For the first time since they began arriving after World War II, the 78 million Americans of the "baby boom" are being courted by large numbers of marketers not for their seemingly endless youth but for their encroaching middle age.As the baby boomers begin to bulge, sag and squint their way into their mid-40s, companies are striking gold with products that offer a bit of youth to these aging yuppies -- a group that demographers are calling grumpies, for...
June 11, 1998
Khakis are back!That's the news in the rag trade these days. Khakis rock! Khakis are meaner than jeans. Bogie wore khakis, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire. Who didn't?But they're all dead, aren't they? Doesn't anybody retire? Astaire's been dead for 11 years, and still sells vacuum cleaners on television.Recruiting the dead into your marketing plans seems to work. At least you don't get any back talk from the talent.With that in mind, surely, The GAP has resurrected Louis Prima, famous band leader, to sell khakis.
January 29, 2006
The most striking thing inside American Apparel T-shirt shops might not be the clothes. It might be the labels that say "Made in USA." Manufacturing jobs in general, and apparel-making jobs in particular, have been moving to cheaper plants overseas for decades. But Los Angeles-based American Apparel has thrived by defying that trend. The company appeals to U.S. customers who want to be hip and don't want their clothes to carry "Made in China" labels - a tag hard to avoid these days. American Apparel avoids mainstream malls, models and press, and offers good pay and benefits to workers who churn out 210,000 basic T-shirts a day for adults, kids and dogs, and sells its clothing online and in 57 global stores.
January 28, 1991
Worth the wait?Super Bowl teams are understandably agitated before the game, and the wait until kickoff can seem endless.That was particularly true for the Bills and the Giants, who had to wait longer than any teams in past Super Bowls for their contest to begin -- 6:18 p.m. EST."I hate waiting," Giants coach Bill Parcells said, "Games should be at 1 o'clock in the afternoon."Parcells spent the time as he usually does: in the lobby of his hotel before dawn, drinking coffee with his backup quarterback, Matt Cavanaugh, and his one-time high school basketball coach, Mickey Corcoran.
November 4, 2009
CLAUDE LEVI-STRAUSS, 100 Pre-eminent social anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss, one of the pre-eminent social anthropologists of the 20th century, whose erudite, often mind-bendingly labored studies of indigenous Brazilian tribes led to influential theories examining human behavior and culture, died over the weekend in Paris. No cause of death was reported. Dr. Levi-Strauss was often paired with writers Jean-Paul Sartre and Andre Malraux as the towering French intellectuals of the past century.
January 21, 1996
Streets of gold: Midtown Manhattan still glitters with the world's most expensive rents, a new survey reports. On Fifth Avenue between 49th Street and 57th Street, which boasts jewelers Cartier and Tiffany & Co. and the Trump Tower, space rented last year for $500 a square foot, according to Hirschfeld Group Inc., a retail real estate advisory firm. Second place? 57th Street between Fifth and Madison avenues, home to a Levi Strauss superstore and Warner Brothers Studio Store, with rents at $440 a square foot.
December 27, 2000
In the Region Hanger bid to sell Seattle unit fails for lack of financing Hanger Orthopedic Group Inc. of Bethesda says a deal to sell its Seattle manufacturing division has fallen through. Hanger had said last month that it would sell Seattle Orthopedic Group to Otto Bock Orthopedic Industry Inc. for about $75 million. The buyer, which also manufactures orthopedic devices, could not get financing on acceptable terms, Hanger said, adding that it now expects to keep the Seattle unit. In addition to its manufacturing, Hanger operates 627 centers in 44 states to fit patients for braces and artificial limbs.
February 18, 1996
When money can't talk: If a company can't afford to give its workers raises, there are other ways to motivate them, says George S. May International Co., a management consultant. Positive feedback given in person and flexibility in meeting employee needs, such as a different schedule for a new parent, are two ways, Mr. May said. So are stock options for a long-time staffer. Mr. May also suggests a boss ask employees' opinions on ways to improve the company.Dress down: More companies are accepting the idea of casual dress, finds the Society for Human Resource Management.