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Pocket Square Clothing’s Big 1st

From pompadoured hair to high end sneakers, men’s styles have been reaching for new heights in the past five years. Pocket Square Clothing hoped it could wrap some of the creative ferment in a handkerchief. It celebrated the first anniversary of its downtown Los Angeles shop on May 25.

The Credit- and Debit-Card Business Is Booming

Retail

Credit, debit and prepaid cards in 2016 saw a purchase volume increase of 7 percent based on a year-over-year comparison, according to The Nilson Report, a Carpinteria, Calif.–based trade publication reporting on the payments industry. In America, credit, debit and prepaid cards’ purchase volume reached $5.648 trillion in 2016.

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CCA Showcase SF Style in 2017 Fashion Experience

CCA Fashion Experience

California College of the Arts hosted its annual runway show—called the 2017 Fashion Experience—on the back lot of the college’s San Francisco campus.

Tukatech Introduces New Cloud-Based Solutions for Design Community

Technology

Los Angeles–based technology and software company Tukatech is increasing its offerings for the design community.

Funko Acquires So Cal–based Fashion Accessories Company Loungfly

Manufacturing

Pop-culture consumer products company Funko LLC has acquired Loungefly, a Southern California–based contemporary fashion accessories company that produces products under licensed brands such as Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Sanrio and Pokémon.

Centric Launches Visual Innovation Platform to Share Information Visually Across Company Departments in Real Time

Technology

Campbell, Calif.–based technology solutions provider Centric Software has launched the Centric Visual Innovation Platform, a collection of digital boards for mobile devices such as the iPad and the iPhone, as well as large-scale, touch-screen televisions.

Leading the Los Angeles Fashion District in a New Era

Manufacturing

Every day, seven tons of trash are collected in the Los Angeles Fashion District, up from six tons a day last year.

Aussie Retailer Showpo to L.A.

Retail

When Sydney entrepreneur Jane Lu started posting pictures of fast-fashion styles on social-media sites for her Australian e-commerce label, Showpo, she was surprised that she got interest from California.

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S.M.N. Plans To Offer the ‘Real’ Premium

S.M.N.

S.M.N. Studio sells men’s denim that retails from $200 to $600, but the pricing is not a repeat of the go-go days of Los Angeles’ premium-denim business from a decade ago when denim labels typically asked consumers to pay hundreds of dollars for a pair of jeans, according to Jazmin Kim, cofounder of S.M.N.

The Leverage Makes Millions from Overlooked Market

Manufacturing

During a time when conventional wisdom says that retailers are not making big merchandise orders, The Leverage fashion house reported making millions of dollars from an overlooked boutique market.

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Reformation Brings Eco, Tech Store Concept to L.A.

Reformation

Reformation made fashion headlines in Northern California this year when it opened an eco-friendly boutique that featured retail tech such as touchscreens. The women’s fashion line recently announced that it will bring its new store concept to its hometown of Los Angeles.

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Wolk Morais Shows Collection 5

Wolk Morais

To make a Wolk Morais runway show, you need a few main ingredients.

Will Google Assistant Become Retail’s Next Big Thing?

Technology

Technology company Google recently announced new angles to its Google Assistant. With a voice command, Google Assistant can offer help with a number of tasks, such as making phone calls, playing music and looking up information, similar to Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Echo.

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Jake Takes A Bow

NorCal fashion label Jake took a bow this year with suiting, dresses and casual looks that explore style, gender and architecture,

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ComplexCon Adds Colette’s Sarah Andelman to 2nd Run of Festival

ComplexCon surprised many, when thousands of people bought tickets to the festival’s inaugural run in Long Beach, Calif. last year, to take in its mix of hip hop acts, art displays, food truck style cuisine and yes, retail. On May 25, ComplexCon producers Complex Networks and Reedpop announced a sophomore run for the festival. It also announced a committee to guide the festival. One of the committee luminaries will be Sarah Andelman, co-founder of the Parisian fashion/concept store Colette.

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Betches Teams up With JustFab

JustFab is getting its snark back on thanks to a new partnership with Betches, the website, Instagram, book series and store founded in 2011by Jordana Abraham, Samantha Fishbein, and Aleen Kuperman.

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Sugar + Baywatch Surfs into Ron Robinson

On May 18, the label Sugar introduced its Sugar + Baywatch at Ron Robinson.

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Avec Les Filles' Los Angeles Pop-up

After spending the past year or so launching the Avec Les Filles brand, and rolling out the brand in 155 Macy’s, Joyce Azria, Avec Les Filles’ founder, said it was time to celebrate. Her way of celebration? Open up a pop-up shop.

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Rag & Bone's LA Sale

Rag & Bone kicks off its LA sample sale this week,

Open For Business: Trade Show Organizers Gear Up for the Shows

Trade Shows

In the months leading up to their events, trade-show organizers are working to create an environment for attendees that will facilitate their business—from fine-tuning the exhibitor mix to lining up a slate of B2B seminars.

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