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American Apparel Factory Workers Given Notice of Layoffs, Hope for a Reprieve from New Owners

Hundreds of workers inside the American Apparel factory near downtown Los Angeles have been given written notice that they will have jobs until Jan. 7 and then they will be laid off unless the new buyer of the company decides to continue manufacturing in the building.

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New Look Planned for Hawthorne Mall

The vacant Hawthorne Plaza shopping mall in Hawthorne, Calif., is slated to get a new look—its first makeover in 17 years—which will incorporate retail, entertainment and housing in an open-air format.

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H&M Wishes You a Wes Anderson Christmas

To get people in the holiday mood, H&M enlisted Wes Anderson to create a short film filled with Anderson-esque elements mixed with a bit of Christmas cheer.

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Black Friday Shopping Up, Deals Abound

More people shopped on Black Friday, but spending per person was down, according to the National Retail Federation trade group, headquartered in Washington D.C.

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Bomb Threat at Hollywood & Highland

Retail

Bomb threat called into Hollywood & Highland on Monday morning.

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Style Fashion Week Palm Springs

Style Fashion Week

Style Fashion Week is adding to its lineup of cities, which already includes Los Angeles and New York, with the addition of an event in Palm Springs, Calif., held in a tented venue at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Phase 1 for Westfield Century City Remodel: Bloomingdale’s

Retail

Construction on the more than $955 million remodel of Westfield Century City in Los Angeles’ Century City neighborhood has been underway since 2013, but the luxe center recently observed a low-key debut that will be key to the center’s new look, said William Hecht, Westfield’s chief operating officer.

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Super DJ Aoki’s Garmento Heart

DJ Aoki

Steve Aoki makes a mint every time he deejays at a Las Vegas mega-club or at a giant concert, but the guy has demonstrated that he has a garmento’s heart, and he’s upping his ante for the fashion game.

See It Buy It Plans To Cut M-Commerce Clutter

Technology

Joe Monastiero wants to clean up online shopping.

Alice + Olivia, AG Opening at Fashion Island

Retail

A 2,000-square-foot boutique for Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet opened its doors for business Nov. 18 at the Fashion Island retail center in Newport Beach, Calif.

Carbon38 Pops Up on Robertson

Retail

Temporary store showcases diverse mix of brands including Carbon38’s own Made–in–Los Angeles collections and designer collaborations.

CFF & TALA Holiday to Host Party for Downtown LA Kids

Events

For nearly 70 years members of Los Angeles’ textile and apparel community have joined forces to host a holiday party for children from local after-school programs.

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Holiday Lights on Rodeo

Holiday Lights

Bright lights illuminate Rodeo Drive almost every night of the year. But the iconic shopping district turned the lighting even higher with its 30th Annual Beverly Hills Holiday Lighting Celebration on Nov. 20.

Catalog Retailer Distinctive Apparel Picks Up Two New Catalog/Online Brands

Retail

Distinctive Apparel Inc. (DAI) has acquired catalog and online retailers TravelSmith and Chasing Fireflies from Cornerstone Brands, a division of Home Shopping Network.

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Lululemon Opens on Melrose

LA’s newest Lululemon store hosted its grand opening on Nov. 22 on Melrose Avenue—just in time for Black Friday (Nov. 25), when the company will debut its new limited-edition Featherlight collection.

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Trend Watching at DesignerCon

DesignerCon, the annual design and art convention held at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, Calif., showcased more than 350 vendors and custom-design shops in the collectible toy and designer goods in the pop, urban and underground world.

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Chiara Ferragni Pops up at The Grove

The Grove is part of Caruso Affiliate’s portfolio of lifestyle centers, which also includes American at Brand in Glendale, Calif. Both venues have several new features to get shoppers through the holiday season.

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Santa's Flight Academy Takes Off at Taubman

Last week, an amusement park style installation, Santa’s Flight Academy, took a bow at 12 Taubman shopping centers across the country.

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Crooks & Castles Revs Up Holiday 2016 Collection

Adventure was mixed into the design for the recently released Crooks & Castles' Holiday 2016 collection. On the label for a woman’s beanie “Down for Whatever.”

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Reynaldo Aquino’s Ninja Style

For L.A. area indie designer Reynaldo Aquino, warriors don’t come in camouflage or olive green.