Stories for July 2013


Wednesday, July 31

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Kurzawa Leaves Caruso to Explore Retail for DreamWorks

Brand Expansion

Paul Kurzawa, the popular chief operating officer of Caruso Affiliated, was named head of retail development and entertainment at DreamWorks Animation, it was announced July 31.

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Where You Can See a Vintage Chanel Dress from the 1920s..for Free

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising opens a display of 1920s-era fancy frocks.

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Photo Shoot for the World Records

Models! Models! Models!

36 Hours, More than 250 Models, World Record?

Tuesday, July 30

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Stacey Todd to Open Robertson Location

Stacey Todd is moving to Robertson Boulevard.

New CEO Named at True Religion


At a July 29 special meeting, True Religion shareholders approved the company’s acquisition by TowerBrook Capital Partners at $32 a share, or $824 million.

Monday, July 29

The Rise in Long-Term Interest Rates and Its Effect on the Apparel Industry

Industry Focus: Finance

The recent jump in long-term mortgage rates and bond rates means that short-term interest rates will be seeing their own increases down the road as the economy improves. The question is how much more will manufacturers and retailers be paying to borrow money, and when will that happen?

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The Hundreds Celebrates 10 at Agenda Emerge

A bomb of an anniversary

Streetwear Brand The Hundreds Shares Story of Success, But Not Anniversary Cake

Thursday, July 25

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Three Dots Pop-up

Testing Retail

Los Angeles Knits Line Tests Retail at Fred Segal Santa Monica

Nike Announces New VPs


Niike Inc. promoted Craig Cheek to vice president of men’s training, overseeing the Beaverton, Ore.–based athletic-apparel company’s training, baseball and football sectors, including managing Nike’s relationship with the NFL.

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Runway Wrap

Miami Swim

Runway coverage from Miami Swim Week.

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Factory 413: Only Serious Customers Need Apply


Factory 413 opened the store way off of the beaten track

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Leatherwork With a Local Approach


West Coast designers carve out a niche for handcrafted leather

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Exhibitors and Attendance Up at Texworld USA


The July 16–18 run of Texworld USA in New York saw a nearly 25 percent increase in exhibitors and a more than 14 percent increase in attendees over last July.

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Miami Swim Week Bows With New Trade Shows and Expanded Schedule

Trade Show

More, more, more” seemed to be the theme at Miami Swim Week

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Lagerfeld Takes La Jolla Fashion Film Festival

Fashion's Film P.O.V.

Fashion Icons And Designers State Case On Film

Wednesday, July 24

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Calvin Klein and Christy Turlington Together Again

Ad Campaign

Calvin Klein Underwear just released its biannual women’s Fall 2013 global advertising campaign featuring Christy Turlington Burns.

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See Part Two of Open Runway in Hollywood

Four emerging designers on the runway in Hollywood this Saturday

Tuesday, July 23

American Eagle Outfitters’ Tech Executives Set Up Shop in San Francisco


American Eagle Outfitters has opened its first corporate offices in San Francisco to reinforce the company’s omni-channel strategy.

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New Agenda Show: New Caps

What the VIPs Will Be Wearing At Agenda

The Latest In Agenda's Tradition of Caps for its Trade Show

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Kitson Unveils New Format, Expansion Plans

Next Stop: Beverly Center

Get ready for the new Kitson.

Monday, July 22

St. John Gets New CEO

Executive Moves

St. John hired Geoffroy van Raemdonck as its new CEO.

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Quiksilver Loses in Trademark Case Over Kelly Slater VSTR Line

Intellectual Property

Surfwear giant Quiksilver splashed and crashed in a trademark infringement case that pitted its relatively new VSTR apparel line promoted by surfer Kelly Slater against a similar clothing label called Visitor.

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Spy Wants You to Look Happy

Product Launch

Carlsbad, Calif.–based action-sports eyewear maker Spy launched a new collection with a patent-pending technology to boost happiness.

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Meet The Super Naturals

California Market Center Perfumer

Natural Fragrance Line Headquartered at California Market Center

Sunday, July 21

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Miami Swim Week Cruise ‘14

Dive In

The swim shows are underway in Miami Beach with runway shows and parties, as well as three trade shows.

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Surf and Ethnic Style Ruling the Runways in Miami

Miami Swim Week

Iconic surf brand ROXY kicked off Miami Swim Week on Thursday night and surf and ethnic inspired looks have ruled the runway since.

Friday, July 19

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Shark Sneak! Behold the ‘Invisible’ Wetsuit

Technology in Design

Australian company SAMS (Shark Attack Mitigation System) and the University of Western Australia teamed up to develop a wetsuit that would render surfers and divers invisible to a shark.

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Andrew Asch X 2

One Name. Two Men. Any problems?

The Strange Case of Two Guys Named Andrew Asch

Thursday, July 18

Martex Acquires JBM Recycled Fibers


Spartanburg, S.C.–based Martex Fiber Southern Corp. acquired JBM Fibers, a recycled fiber–manufacturing facility in Brownsville, Texas, with a diverse national customer base for recycled textile products made from post-consumer textile waste.

Hyosung Expands Creora Spandex Facility in Vietnam


In anticipation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership proposed trade agreement, spandex producer Hyosung will unveil a newly expanding facility in Nhon Trach, Dong Nai, Vietnam, beginning late summer.

Guess Promotes Reddy to CFO Global

Executive Move

Los Angeles–based Guess? Inc. named Sandeep Reddy as chief financial officer for the company, overseeing the entire global operation.

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MAGIC Market Week Pairs Up With Balluun for Shop the Floor

Trade Show

Finding new lines and innovative clothing will be getting easier at the various apparel and footwear trade shows run by Advanstar Communications, organizer of MAGIC Market Week in Las Vegas

Vince Seeks IPO, Kellwood’s New CEO


Apparel Holding Corp. filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission in preparation for an initial public offing for Los Angeles–based contemporary brand Vince.

New Execs at Levi’s US, Europe, Asia and Dockers

San Francisco–based Levi Strauss & Co. added a trio of regional presidents for the Americas, Europe and Asia as part of the company’s effort to “leverage the strength of its global brands.”

NRF Forecast: Spending Decline for Back-to-School


Americans will spend $72.5 billion on Back-to-School and Back-to-College goods this year, according to a survey released July 18 by the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest trade association for retailers.

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Comune: Two for the Road


It’s a season of motorcycles and bikinis.

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Caruso to Manage Santa Barbara Mall


Caruso Affiliated, developer, owner and manager of prominent Los Angeles County malls The Grove and The Americana at Brand, is taking its show to Santa Barbara, Calif.

New CEO at Womenswear Line CAbi


Carol Anderson by invitation, a womenswear label also known as CAbi,has named Lynne Coté as its new chief executive.

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FactoryLA Opens "Made in LA" Store

In downtown Los Angeles, a "Made in LA" store opens in the Fashion District.

Tags & Labels Resources

Resource Guide

California Label Product, Progressive Label

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Dechel McKillian: Design Debut With a Stylist’s Eye

Creative Drive

Dechel McKillian ready-to-wear is designed from a stylist’s point of view.

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Fashioning a Business With a Humanitarian Niche

Hand Made

For some fashion entrepreneurs, the fashion is just part of the equation for success.

Coast Prepares for New York Launch

Trade Show

Contemporary trade show Coast is preparing to debut its New York edition Sept. 16–17 at Stage 37 on Manhattan’s West Side.

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High Vacancy on LA’s Robertson Boulevard as Retail Street Reinvents Itself


Robertson Boulevard has found a new distinction.

Wednesday, July 17

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FIDM Teams With TV Academy for Costumes Exhibit

Costume Design

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is gearing up for its seventh annual “The Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design” exhibition at the FIDM Museum & Galleries in Downtown LA.

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Halsey: Pro-Soccer Tie-in and Focused on the Bottom Line

Company Profile

Will Johnson launched Halsey in 2011 with Robbie Rogers.

Retail Sales in Los Angeles County Will Rise Modestly in 2013

Economic Forecast

With housing prices showing healthy gains and the stock market posting healthy results, consumers are feeling more confident than last year, according to the 2013-2014 Mid-Year Economic Forecast and Industry Outlook released by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. on July 17.

Tuesday, July 16

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Pooltradeshow Giving Lessons

Pooltradeshow hosting a one-day seminar in Los Angeles on growing your brand.

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M&A Strategies, Advice at Kingpins

Business Insight

Strategies for finding an investor or selling a company were on the agenda at a July 9 panel discussion organized by the California Fashion Association and hosted by Kingpins, during the denim trade show’s July 9-10 run at the Cooper Design Space in downtown LA.

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Former Oakley Chief to Helm Billabong, Dakine Sold

Executive Moves

Former Oakley CEO Scott Olivet named CEO and managing director of surf giant Billabong International Ltd., which sold its Dakine brand as part of the deal.

Glenn McMahon Leaving St. John as CEO

Executive Moves

After six years leading St. John into new territory, Glenn McMahon, the company’s chief executive, is stepping down as a new chairman is named.

Monday, July 15

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Joe's to Acquire Hudson


Joe’s Jeans Inc. signed a deal to acquire Hudson Clothing Holdings Inc. for $97.6 million.

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Fashion, Philanthropy and an Underserved Niche

Design Debut

Fashion entrepreneur and founder of the Ashley DeRamus Foundation Ashley DeRamus is launching a fashion line for women with Down syndrome.

Friday, July 12

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Porsche Design and Vogue Fete the Re-Opening of Porsche Design Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills was a glittering last night when celebs and Hollywood notables came out to celebrate Porsche Design’s newly renovated boutique on Rodeo Drive.

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Gents' Cap Alternative

Meet the Anti-Cap

L.A. Label Makes Caps Focusing on Fit and Style, Not Sports Logos

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Nature's Mistake Does Art Walk

Streetwear on the Street

Streetwear Label Debut's Street Stand at L.A.'s Downtown Art Walk

Thursday, July 11

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Denim Resources

Resource Guide

Studio Bert Forma. Union Knopf

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Cruise Chic

Fashion Trends

Swimwear gets chic for Cruise with the season’s hottest trends.

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Game Point

Swimwear on the Beach

Win the swim challenge with this season’s athletic-inspired suits.

Finance Resources

Resource Guide

BBCN Bank, Goodman Factors, Hana Financial, Inc., Milberg Factors, Inc., Rosenthal & Rosenthal, Wells Fargo Capital Finance

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Kim and Zozi: California Brand Drumming to a World Beat

New Resources

Australian Kim Ben Shimon and Canadian Zoar “Zozi” Asher together form Kim and Zozi, their jewelry line born in Israel and produced in Los Angeles.

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Banana Republic X L'Wren Scott

Designer collaboration

L’Wren Scott is the latest designer to join the retail collab-fest. The stylist turned designer has created a limited-edition collection with Banana Republic for Holiday 13.

E-commerce Reseller Shop Hers Goes Global


Shop Hers is a luxury e-commerce resale business that recently went international.

Merchandise Imports to Take Off Later This Year

Import / Export

The first six months of this year barely saw an increase in cargo-container volumes coming through the nation’s major ports.

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June Sales Strong


June sales beat forecasts reporting that U.S. chain-store sales increased 3.9 percent in June

Omnichannel Gaining Adoption, but Not for All Retailers, Survey Says


“The First Annual Future of Stores Study,” said that retailers are not moving quickly enough to stay ahead of the change.

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Game Point | Behind the Scenes

Backstage at Venice Beach

Behind the Scenes

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Kingpins’ LA Show Features New Innovations in Denim

Trade Show Report

The July 9–10 run of the Kingpins boutique denim trade show at the Cooper Design Space in Los Angeles included 44 local and international exhibitors.

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Construction and Technology Are Bright Spots for California’s Economy

Mid-Year Financial Review

Last year, uncertainty was in the air with an upcoming presidential election

Swim Shorts 2014

The business of swimwear.

Wednesday, July 10

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Dosa Clothing Designer Heads to Santa Monica Art Museum

Christina Kim is back at the Santa Monica Museum of Art's gift store for a good cause.

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Riding the Retail Wave

Swim ‘n Sport

It can be challenging to stay afloat if you’re a swimwear retailer limited to basically one season: summer. Swim ‘n Sport seems to have developed the right formula for success.

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The Reversible Sure Thing

Howe’s Poolside

The Howe label recently introduced Poolside, the label’s first reversible swimwear, said Jade Howe, creative director of his self-named Los Angeles–area men’s fashion label.

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Aiming for Success

Boys + Arrows

Meaghan Scott was hanging out in Brazil in the middle of studying to become a nurse when she decided “to rip off the Band-Aid.”

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Stylist School This Week

Not Too Cool For School

School of Style's Classes for Aspiring Stylists

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Vintage-Inspired, Designed for All

Lauren Moffatt

Lauren Moffatt is a brand known for its vintage-inspired garments, with retro prints that hone in on a seasonal vibe.

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The Two Faces of Swimwear

Dos Caras

When two women have been best friends for 15 years, what do they do to bond? They start a swimwear line.

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Madison to Open Men’s Shop

Classic with an Edge

Madison boutique chain will open a men’s boutique

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Old May Co. Building Sale Would Affect Scores of Garment Makers in Downtown LA


“Downtown Los Angeles is changing."

Tuesday, July 9

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Buttons & Bows Relocates


Owners Karen Marley and Monique Aquino of Buttons & Bows LA caught onto the growing trend and opened their doors to a consignment store in spring, 2012.

Monday, July 8

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Nyzak's Streetwear Game

Boutique Manager's 1st Streetwear Line

After Boutique Switches to Streetwear, Manager Launches Line

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Mickey Joins the Old Navy

Fashion Collab

Gap's Old Navy division has struck a deal with Disney.

Friday, July 5

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NY Textiles July 2013

NY Textiles Directory

Thursday, July 4

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Happy 4th of July, everyone!

Textile Trends

Red, white and blue textiles for a stylish summer

Wednesday, July 3

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Bands and Brands

fashion event

Even with the Los Angeles summer heat, people are still driven for a day of shopping or for a weekend shopping spree.

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Restoration Hardware to Rev Up Apparel Line

Restoration Hardware reinstates Gary Friedman as co-CEO and chairman of the board.

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Buhler Names RadiciSpandex’s Moran CEO


Buhler Quality Yarns Corp., the Jefferson, Ga.–based yarn spinner, has named RadiciSpandex Corp. executive Marty Moran as the company’s new chief executive officer, replacing Werner Bieri, who retired earlier this year.

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Etienne Marcel: So Cal Denim With a French Twist

International Pedigree

With roots in France and a base in Los Angeles, Etienne Marcel jeans launched its U.S. business in 2011 after showing at Coterie in New York.

Tru-Line Acquires American-Made Clothing Brand Alex Maine


The Alex Maine clothing company, a pants and apparel brand that stands by its American-made products, was recently acquired by Tru-Line LLC, is a holding company based in Baltimore that is currently working on a product for the golf market.

Olah Announces Partnership With Prosperity Textiles


Olah Inc., the New York–based global textile and apparel development firm and producer of the Kingpins trade show, has struck a partnership with Prosperity Textiles, a Chinese denim mill that can produce up to 5 million yards of denim per month.

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Sport Chalet’s ‘Next Generation’ Store Opens in Downtown LA

Sport Chalet Opens in DTLA

Sport Chalet Inc., a publicly traded sporting-goods retailer based in Southern California, opened its first “Next Generation” store at the FIGat7th retail center in downtown Los Angeles on July 1.

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Robertson’s Moods of Norway Shop Moves to Melrose

Moods Relocates

The 7900 block of Melrose Avenue is turning into a hub of menswear boutiques.

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LA Headwear Designer Lands Spot on Zappos’ ‘Emerging Designer’ Showcase

21st Century Turban

From the 1920s through 1940s, turbans were part of many chic women’s wardrobes.

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New Streetwear Trade Show Venue Bows in LA

Trade Show Report

Venue, a new streetwear trade show, debuted June 28 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, with 40 exhibitors who were enthusiastic about meeting retailers and connecting with other vendors.

LA Man Convicted of Evading Duties on Imported Chinese Clothes


A Los Angeles businessman found guilty of smuggling Chinese-made clothing into the United States is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 9 in federal court.

Clariant Releases Eco-Solutions for Denim


Swiss chemical company Clariant has released several new dye developments for the denim market.

N.Y. Textile Resource Guide

Resource Guide

N.Y. Textile Resource Guide

Martex Acquires JBM Recycled Fibers


Spartanburg, S.C.–based Martex Fiber Southern Corp. acquired JBM Fibers, a recycled fiber–manufacturing facility in Brownsville, Texas, with a diverse national customer base for recycled textile products made from post-consumer textile waste.

AATCC to Host Workshop on Color Evaluation, Control and Management


Color evaluation, control and management are on the agenda at an upcoming two-day workshop hosted by the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists.

X-Rite’s Compact Spectrophotometer Helps Brands Improve Color Accuracy


X-Rite Inc. and its subsidiary Pantone have a new compact spectrophotometer that can help apparel makers efficiently measure color accuracy across the supply chain.

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AIMS' Entrepreneur Lessons

Talking About Business Plans

Fashion Software Developer AIMS' Seminar for Next Generation Entrepreneurs

Tuesday, July 2

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Patagonia Sets Up Recycling Section in Some Stores

Old clothes to be added to the mix of new clothes at Patagonia stores

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Dizm's Eco Shades

Future So Eco Friendly, I Gotta Wear Shades

Hermosa Beach Eyewear Label Produces 1st Eco-Shades Collection

Monday, July 1

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Tokidoki x Lagerfeld x Choupette = Genius

Fashion Collab

In preparation for the launch of the Tokidoki x Karl Lagerfeld apparel and accessories collection, Los Angeles–based pop culture brand Tokidoki has released the Mr. Choupette statuette.

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Guerilla Atelier: "Luxury Is Working in DTLA"

Former Prada Epicenter Director Opens DTLA Store

After a Career Selling Prada on Rodeo, Carl Louisville Says DTLA Ready for Luxury