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Match Your Swimsuit to Your Headphones

Fashion

Woodbury University students work with Velodyne to develop stylish headphones that match students' swim collections.

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When Will Alexander Wang Be At H&M?

Retail

Alexander Wang headed to H&M stores.

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J. Crew’s Love of LA is in Their Jeans

Point Sur Denim

New York–based J. Crew has written a love letter to Los Angeles in the form of its website announcing its new Point Sur Denim collection.

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Under the Gunn: We Have a Winner

Fashion Competition

Project Runway: Under the Gunn, the fashion reality competition that pairs designer/contestants with mentors, wrapped last night with a winning designer and mentor named. Don’t click if you don’t want to know who won.

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Undefeated Takes on Galaxy

It's an alternative look for the logo of one of Los Angeles' great sports teams; the LA Galaxy. Streetwear, fashion brand Undefeated developed new logo for the Galaxy emblem in capsule collection LA Galaxy x Undefeated.

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Hot Topic Creates Collection Centered Around Disney's "Maleficent"

Retail

Hot Topic rolls out a new collection based on the Disney movie "Maleficent," the Sleeping Beauty story told from the viewpoint of the evil witch, played by Angelina Jolie.

March Sales Mark a Soft Rebound

Retail

March retail sales beat Wall Street expectations with a 3.6 percent gain on a year-over-year basis, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers, a leading trade group for the mall industry, but things are still tough for retailers, economists and analysts said.

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Lectra Panel Explores Intersection of Technology and Fashion

Technology

Technology’s role in the development of fashion was on the agenda at a panel discussion hosted by French technology solutions provider Lectra and held April 3 in the Buyers Club at the California Market Center.

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Louis Verdad Hosts Fashion Event

Made-to-Order

Los Angeles designer Louis Verdad recently hosted a high-fashion tea to introduce his made-to-order collection of tailored dresses, jumpsuits, shorts and blouses.

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Klein Named Fashion Icon at L.A. Fashion Awards

Events

Lloyd Klein made his first public appearance since undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma at the Second Annual LA Fashion Awards at Sunset Gower Studios, held April 5 in Los Angeles.

Joseph Gromek Named to Guess? inc. Board of Directors

Manufacturing

With more than 30 years of experience in the retail industry, Joseph Gromek was appointed to the board of directors of Guess? Inc.

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Fashioning a New La Brea: District La Brea Complex Adds New Retail

Retail

Boutiques for online clothier Bonobos, fashion line Gant Rugger and Undefeated, a streetwear emporium, will open at the District La Brea compound in the next few months. The new shops could bring more retail attention to Los Angeles’ La Brea Avenue.

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Retailers Bring More Competitive Business to Majors Market

L.A. Majors Market

From technology to real estate, the way that major retailers do business is changing, and some of those changes were reflected in the Los Angeles Majors Market, a department store–focused event that ran April 7–9 at the California Market Center.

Ever-Changing Technology Keeps Apparel Makers and Retailers on Their Feet

Technology

Charming Charlie didn’t launch its e-commerce site until seven months ago, years behind many of its competitors. But during its first two weeks of operation, the website was inundated with 700,000 visitors and 34,000 submissions in the gift-card giveaway contest.

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Style in Space

Galactic Fashion

NASA is working on its next-generation space suit to replace the Z-1—and you can help the space agency decide what it looks like.

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Stephen Hyman, Co-Founder of Susie’s Deals

Retail

Stephen Hyman, a long-time discount retailer with nearly 40 years in the business, died on April 7. He was 66.

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Local-Focused LA Apparel Show Returns for Second Season

Made in Los Angeles

A tightly curated collection of Los Angeles–designed and Los Angeles–made collections exhibited in the second edition of the LA Apparel Show, held April 7–9 on the 13th floor of the California Market Center.

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Six Degrees of Retail Separation

Retail

Kmart adds singer Adam Levine's women's collection to lineup.

Bronstein Resigns From Wet Seal Board

Executive Moves

Kathy Bronstein resigned from the board of directors of The Wet Seal Inc., according to a company announcement on April 7. She had served on the board for the beleaguered company since September 2012 and also served as its chief executive officer and vice chair from 1995 to 2003.

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Ath-Leisure, Folk-Inspiration and Grunge on Horizon for Fall’14

Directives West

Prepare for the athletic-leisure trend to continue, the international-inspired bohemian look to evolve and for grunge to make a comeback this fall.

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