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2014 Newsmakers: Dov Charney’s Fight With American Apparel

Manufacturing

For American Apparel founder Dov Charney, it’s been a harrowing year.

2014 Newsmakers: MAGIC Parent Advanstar Acquired

Trade Show

Twice a year, more than 5,000 brands and more than 65,000 attendees decamp to Las Vegas to show their latest wares at the sprawling über trade show MAGIC and its sub shows, which include WWDMAGIC, Project, ENKVegas, Pooltradeshow and Sourcing at MAGIC.

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Surprises and Contrasts

2014 Newsmakers

From the sale of trade show giant Advanstar to the high-profile federal raid on Los Angeles Fashion District businesses, 2014 was a year of surprises and contrasts.

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Apparel Importers Push to Bring Cargo In Before Chinese New Year


New Year's Deadline

Wary apparel and textile importers who have lost millions of dollars due to late-arriving merchandise are setting their shipping plans on fast forward even though the holiday season normally signals a shipping slowdown.

Rose Jannuzzi Names SVP of Operations for SwimSpot

Retail

SwimSpot, the swimwear retailer owned by Raj Manufacturing, named Rose Jannuzzi senior vice president of operations.

Kelly Slater Appoints More Execs to His New Brand Outerknown


Manufacturing

Surf legend Kelly Slater is hoping to rip it with his new clothing label, Outerknown, which will see the men’s collection in stores for Fall 2015 and women’s debuting for Resort 2015.

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Guerilla Atelier & The Lost Warhols

Carl Louisville, founder of the Guerilla Atelier boutique at the edge of downtown Los Angeles, mixes a Californian sense of refinement with an Arts District sense of adventure at his shop, and Dec. 10 was the atelier’s night for giving back with a photographic series called The Lost Warhols.

Wet Seal Discusses Bankruptcy, Other Options During 3rd Quarter Call

Retail Finance

During a conference call on Dec. 10, executives of The Wet Seal Inc., discussing third-quarter results, raised the possibility of a company bankruptcy.

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Downtown LA Gap Store Opening Soon

Retail

The Gap Factory Store to Open Soon on Broadway.

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Uniqlo: 1,000 Ways To Thank L.A.

After opening a bunch of emporiums in Southern California, Uniqlo planned to give away some holiday freebies around Dec. 13. Check it out.

UCLA Anderson Forecast Takes a Look at California’s Future

2015 Report

California is on a steady course to see job growth outpace the U.S. economy through the end of 2016, eventually driving down the state unemployment to 5.6 percent during that period. That is considerably lower than the 7.3 percent recorded in October.

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Kaye Morales After Style Fashion Week

After making her L.A. debut with a Style Fashion Week runway show in October, Kaye Morales returned to the Philippines to work on her self-named collection's fall/winter 2015 line called Samurai.

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Diane von Furstenberg Comes to The Grove

Retail

At The Grove, Diane von Furstenberg opens her newest shop.

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Rachel Tribble: Peace, Contradictions & Skateboarding

Artist Rachel Tribble made some paintings inspired by meditation and peace, but the art was placed on something known to disrupt order on sidewalks all over the world; the skateboard.

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Caruso Outlines Plans for Palisades Village

neighborhood development

Reviving a long-gone movie theater, introducing unique, boutique retail, building a park; these are some of the new features that Rick J. Caruso plans to bring to his proposed Palisades Village development in Los Angeles’ exclusive Pacific Palisades enclave.

Macy’s Remodel, New Retailers Planned for The Bloc

Downtown Development

Plans for The Bloc, the 1.8 million-square-foot, mixed-use shopping center in downtown Los Angeles are taking shape with a remodel planned for the center’s Macy’s store and new tenants signing on to open in 2015.

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The Treeman Cometh

Venice boutique In Heroes We Trust threw a party dubbed Theatre on Dec. 5, and in a case of a party living up to its name, it was visited by Venice-style agitprop; the Tree Man of Venice planted his feet at the party.

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Lululemon’s Sweaty Santa Monica Debut

Huff,puff, huff! The Lululemon Athletica emporium on Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade opened Dec. 4 on a sweaty note.

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Delia’s: End of an Era

Delia’s, the teen retailer that pioneered the whole “magalog” category is soon to be no more.

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Solstiss Lace Opens an Online Boutique

French lace mill Solstiss has launched an online boutique where lace lovers can find an assortment of textiles, accessories and home décor items—all featuring the company’s couture textiles.