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Designer Monique Lhuillier Expands Into Stationery

Fashion

Bridal and fashion designer Monique Lhuillier launches stationery brand.

Gap Closing All Old Navy Stores in Japan, Plus Select Banana Republic Stores

After reporting dismal sales for its first quarter, Gap Inc. announced it is closing all 53 of its Old Navy stores in Japan and 75 Banana Republic stores in mostly overseas locations as it concentrates on other geographies.

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Store of the Future Opening at Santa Monica Place

Retail

WithMe debuts its first mall location with shopping lineup that changes all the time.

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JCP’s Got a Winner!

On May 24, Project Runway winner Ashley Nell Tipton will be at the Glendale Galleria in Glendale, Calif. , for the opening of JCPenney’s plus-size in-store concept called The Boutique and the launch of JCP’s own plus-size fashion line Boutique+.

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Diane Merrick Closing Sale

LA retailer Diane Merrick just announced her final closing sale with 50 percent discounts off everything in the store.

Technical Advice for the Retailer—from Brick-and-Mortar to Online-Only

Technology

Sean Finnigan, vice president of program services for Teamwork Retail, was speaking at “Take It to the Next Level: Empowering Retailers Through Technology,” an all-day event on May 10 at the Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach, Calif., hosted by One Step Retail Solutions.

Feedback on Chargebacks: Stage Stores VP Offers Advice for Avoiding Chargebacks

Finance

At a recent event in Los Angeles, Stage Stores executive Kenneth J. Lettre offered some words of advice for avoiding chargebacks.

AAFA Names Joseph Abboud ‘Person of the Year’

Fashion

The American Apparel & Footwear Association has named Abboud the 2016 “Person of the Year.” The award is being presented to the designer at the AAFA’s 38th annual American Images Awards in New York on May 24.

Retailers Relying More on Promotions This Year to Clinch a Sale

Retail

Statistics show that during the first three months of this year, retailers were putting up more signs for special promotions than during the same period last year.

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CCA Collections on the Runway in San Francisco

CCA Collections

California College of the Arts hosted its 2016 annual fashion show on May 13 on the back lot of the design school’s San Francisco campus.

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Academy of Art Taps Rodarte Designers for Graduation Runway Show

Rodarte Designers Honored

Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy received honorary doctorate degrees from the Academy of Art University on May 11 at the San Francisco design school’s graduation fashion show.

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For Better, Not Worse: Apparel With a Purpose

Apparel With a Purpose

With every For Better, Not Worse (FBNW) shirt sold, a bag of groceries goes to a child in need.

Kent Smith Stepping Down as Head of Los Angeles Fashion District BID

Manufacturing

With a major improvement in the neighborhood since he took over, Kent Smith is stepping down this summer as the executive director of the Los Angeles Fashion District Business Improvement District—formed in 1996 as the first business improvement district in Los Angeles.

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The RealReal Gets Real in SF

Online luxury consignment shop The RealReal is expanding its physical presence with the May 17 opening of its fourth watch evaluation office.

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Jovani Celebrates First U.S. Store Now on Robertson Blvd.

Retal

The evening gown label has never had a stand-alone store until it opened on Robertson Boulevard.

Agave Denim and XCVI Ink Design, Manufacturing and Distribution Deal

Manufacturing

Los Angeles–based XCVI has acquired Agave, the men’s and women’s denim lifestyle collection founded by Jeff Shafer in 2002.

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Aussie Retailer Opening First U.S. Store in Los Angeles

Retail

General Pants Co. coming up from down under.

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Outlander Costumes Behind the Scenes

For the second season of “Outlander,” costume designer Terry Dresbach pulls out all the stops.

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Frame’s ‘Sartorial Puzzle’

Frame has released a new limited-edition style called Le Mix, which was made from reworked Frame jeans.

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Topshop/Topman Opening Next Week in Glendale

Retail

Topshop/Topman soon opening second Los Angeles-area store.

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