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Parke & Ronen Spring '15

Menswear Line Parke & Ronen will go into its Spring ’15 looks with a yen for linen, said co-founder Ronen Jehezkel.

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Schaefer In The Fashion District

Downtown L.A. Artist Alexander Schaefer gained notoriety with his "Burning Banks" paintings during the Occupy protest. On Aug. 14, another side of Shaefer went on display. Some of his new paintings were included in a group gallery show in the Fashion District, and they don't have a political theme.

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Oak’s New L.A. Boutique Goes Big

New York’s Oak boutique went big when it opened its newest Los Angeles boutique.

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At 25th Waterman’s Ball, Surf Business Protects the Ocean


The Waterman’s Ball has been described as the surfwear business’s excuse for a prom, a chance to party at the stunning Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel, Calif., and a thank you to the ocean for providing the raw materials for the surfing lifestyle.

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Whats Checking: Santa Monica’s Montana Avenue: Luxe and Local


Off the beaten path and unfamiliar to most tourists, Montana Avenue is a 10-block stretch on the north side of Santa Monica, Calif., where locals lead active lifestyles and like to shop local. With an even balance of corporate retailers and independent boutiques, most shops cater to an upscale crowd, as reflected by the surrounding neighborhood.

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Big Star: European Heritage, Los Angeles Design and Environmental Philosophy


Established in 1974 in Europe, Big Star denim has been Los Angeles–based since Koos Manufacturing picked up the line in 2003, first as a licensed brand but now as one of Koos’ company-owned trademarks, which also include AG Adriano Goldschmied.

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Fashionable Fitness Gear for the Active Minimalist

Olympia Activewear

A fan of minimalist home design and fashion, designer Kaili Lickle was turned off by standard offerings of highlighter-hued tank tops and complicated leggings she saw when shopping for activewear clothes.

Showtime: Retailers Discuss Trade Show Plans and Preparations

Trade Shows

With more than 20 apparel, footwear, accessories and sourcing trade shows taking a bow in Las Vegas starting on Aug. 18 and a trade show season that continues on until the end of October, retailers are gearing up for the serious work of finding the brands that might hold the key to big profits.

Manhattan Associates Acquires GlobalBay Technology


Manhattan Associates Inc., the Atlanta-based supply chain commerce solutions provider, has acquired the assets of GlobalBay Technologies from San Jose, Calif.–based VeriFone in a move that will extend Manhattan Associates’ omni-channel inventory and order management solutions offerings.

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Cheyann Benedict’s Way


When Cheyann Benedict, co-founder of the C&C California brand, made a return to fashion in 2013, she wanted to run her self-named Cheyann Benedict company her way.

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FIDM Students Get Advice, Inspiration from Some of Denim’s Best

Denim Master Class

Denim pioneer François Girbaud is credited with a lot of firsts in the industry—from stonewash finishing and industrial washing to stretch denim and new silhouettes such as the baggy jean, the pedal pusher and engineered fit.

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Increase in Resources Has Swim Collective Outgrowing its Venue in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Swim Collective

Traffic was steady and brisk at the Aug. 12–13 run of Swim Collective at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort in Huntington Beach, Calif., which featured a 20 percent increase in resources.

The Fight Against Retail and Cyber Crimes: Better Cards, Better Security


Cyber crimes are skyrocketing—there are estimates that more than $3.5 billion in fraud was committed online in 2013—but security organizations protecting retailers and consumers are pushing back.

North Face Sets 100 Percent Certified Down Goal


By 2017, The North Face plans to have all its down 100 percent certified and responsibly sourced using the Responsible Down Standard, a third-party standard.

Barneys New York Opens at the Americana at Brand


Barneys New York is alive and well at The Americana at Brand shopping center in Glendale, Calif.

Stanford Shopping Center Gets Makeover


Stanford Shopping Center, a Simon-owned mall located across the street from Stanford University, is in the midst of a big renovation.

American Apparel Announces New Board Member and Quarterly Results


In preliminary results for its second quarter, American Apparel reported it reduced its net loss over last year even though revenues were relatively flat.

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Simone Michele Takes A Bow

After a career designing bags for other people, Michelle Queza will debut her own bag line. It’s called Simone Michele.

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Made in LA Lingerie Is Just the Foundation

Noe Undergarments

When twin sisters Bonnie Rae Boyes and Shelah Jean founded Noe Undergarments last year, they wanted to create a line that would fit in both lingerie stores and contemporary boutiques.

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California Heritage, Classic Designs

Farr West

When Manuka Clarke purchased Farr West in January, she wanted to reinvigorate the company’s classic designs while keeping all production in the United States at the highest quality with ethically sound standards.