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The Project Runway Winner Is...

There was plenty of drama going into the finale of “Project Runway,” with four designers with very distinct points of view competing for the top prize.

Cult Gaia Opens Melrose Place Pop-up

Retail

A hobby of making floral crowns for friends gained momentum for Jasmin Larian, and she later parlayed it into a fashion label called Cult Gaia.

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Avery Dennison Helps Rebecca Minkoff Connect to Customers Through the #AlwaysOn Handbag

#AlwaysOn

Rebecca Minkoff’s #AlwaysOn handbags feature technology that allows customers to receive exclusive offers, product recommendations and video content. But that’s not all the bags can do, according to a recently released study.

HOFB to Start E-Marketplace for New Designers

Technology

For many independent designers and brands, the goal of selling to department stores and major specialty retailers is out of reach because of the challenge of finding the right retail contacts and the manufacturers who can produce in volume for major retailers.

Dreamgirl CEO Scharff Leaving Company

Manufacturing

Christopher Scharff, chief executive officer of DG Brands, parent company of the costume and lingerie label Dreamgirl International, is leaving the company after 14 years to pursue other ventures, according to the company.

Westside Pavilion Soon to Be Mall With No Anchors

Retail

Nordstrom closed on Sept. 30, then on Nov. 9 Macy’s stated that it was going to close its store at Los Angeles’ Westside Pavilion.

Owner of Hudson Jeans and Robert Graham Sees Net Loss in Third Quarter

Manufacturing

Differential Brands, the Los Angeles parent company of Hudson Jeans, Robert Graham and SWIMS, reported that its third-quarter net loss was $183,000, down from a net loss of $2.82 million for the same time last year.

Buck Mason Opens in NYC

Retail

Downtown Los Angeles–headquartered California basics brand Buck Mason opened a New York boutique on Nov. 11. Buck Mason has been expanding from its roots as a pure-play e-tailer by opening one bricks-and-mortar store each year since 2015.

Hermèsmatic, C Magazine Open Pop-ups at Westfield Century City

Retail

Paris fashion house Hermès will be taking a headlong dive into color at the Hermèsmatic pop-up, which opened Nov. 10 at Westfield Century City and is scheduled to remain open until Nov. 28.

Robertson Plaza Opens

Retail

Once one of the top retail streets in Los Angeles, Robertson Boulevard is lined with both high-end boutiques and vacancies—around eight between Alden Drive and Beverly Boulevard.

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Beyond the Label Sustainable Fashion Show Returns in Santa Monica

Beyond the Label

At the Beyond the Label Sustainable Fashion Show in Santa Monica, Calif., all the looks on the runway were sustainably dyed, featured natural materials, and were made using ethical and fair-trade manufacturing methods.

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Bendoni Breaks Down Trend Science at FGILA Event

FGILA

When Wendy K. Bendoni got her start in the trend-forecasting business, the job involved multiple overseas trips to international fashion capitals with a long lead time to distill the trends for the upcoming season.

Apparel Marts Across the Country Are Figuring Out How to Adapt to Changing Times

Manufacturing

Six months after Brookfield acquired a controlling interest in the California Market Center in Los Angeles, plans are still swirling around about how the half-century-old complex will be modernized and updated.

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Mercado Sagrado: Into the Organic

A Wild West town became the address for Mercado Sagrado's handmade and artisanal goods and fashion.

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Musika Frère: Bespoke from Old, Old School

We live in an age besotted with anything tech. So it’s a unique experience to meet people and businesses who prefer the way it was before 1990. New York’s Musika Frère is one such business.

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Which Retailer Is Adding Stores Across the Southwest?

Retail

First launched as a catalog company and then expanding online, Sundance is on a retail roll-out binge.

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Then and Now Opens at Platform

Then and Now is a temporary collective of apparel, accessories and lifestyle merchandise.

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EFM Takes A Bow at Universal Body

Engineered for Motion makes luxe, fashion looks for a man on the move. On Veterans Day Weekend, it launched at Universal Body, an "athletic glam" boutique.

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Robin Wright’s Pour Les Femmes at Nordstrom in Westfield Century City

Sleepwear can change the world. That’s the point-of-view of Pour Les Femmes, a luxe sleepwear line. Robin Wright, the brand co-founder, made an appearance at the Westfield Century City Nordstrom on Nov. 11

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Woodbury Students Design Outfits for Burbank Philharmonic

Fashion

For the fourth time, Woodbury University fashion students design attire for musicians playing with the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra.

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