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Ath-Leisure, Folk-Inspiration and Grunge on Horizon for Fall’14

Directives West

Prepare for the athletic-leisure trend to continue, the international-inspired bohemian look to evolve and for grunge to make a comeback this fall.

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Dickinson Cameron Builds Burberry, Renovates Barneys in Beverly Hills

Dickinson Cameron is on the move on Rodeo Drive; building the Burberry flagship and renovating Barneys in Beverly Hills.

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Fall 2014 Forecast: Marled Yarns, Houndstooth and Ugly Xmas Sweaters

Barbara Fields

The ugly Christmas sweater was one of several Fall 14 trends featured by trend forecaster Barbara Fields of the Barbara Fields Buying Office.

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Bonobos, Gant Rugger, Undefeated to District La Brea

Retail Spotlight

Boutiques for online clothier Bonobos, fashion line Gant Rugger and Undefeated, a streetwear emporium, will open at the District La Brea compound in the next two months.

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Alternative’s Summer Party

It was a time for new looks for the Alternative label. Its Summer and Fall looks were previewed at a party at Alternative's Larchmont Village boutique.

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Kitson’s Giant Vegas Shop

Kitson debuts its biggest shop. It's a 12,000-square-foot emporium at The Linq in Las Vegas. " In Vegas; the bigger the better," Kitson Founder Fraser Ross said.

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Vera Wang Opens On Rodeo Drive

After a long wait, Vera Wang opened a flagship at 428 N. Rodeo Dr. on April 3.

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Koral's New Line

Denim Trends

LA denim brand Koral has a new style with a strategic dart at the side-seam to give the wearer a slimmer fit.

Advanstar Promotes Sampson to New Post

Trade Show

Advanstar Fashion Group named Mike Sampson senior vice president of strategic sales for the company’s trade shows, including Project, The Tents at Project, Coterie, ENKVegas, TMRW, MAGIC Men’s, Sole Commerce, Intermezzo, Accessories Circuit and Children’s Club.

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Loyola Symposium Explores Tech, Trends and the Law

Fashion Law Project

The Fashion Law Project at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles hosted an all-day symposium, titled "One Channel Does Not Fit All: The Fashion Law Implications of Omnichannel Marketing," on March 22.

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Kinfolk to Downtown LA

Retail

Grab a few drinks as you shop at kinfolk.

Thimio Sotos Leaves J Brand

Manufacturing

After nearly four years at premium-denim brand J Brand, Thimio Sotos has left the company, where he was the executive vice president and chief financial officer.

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Sechung Designs

A Nod to the 1960s

The Spring/Summer 2014 women’s line Sechung combines stylish mod pieces with a rocker edge.

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California Cool Meets NY Edge and Scandinavian Roots

Mor & Dotter

In Hanna Cousins’ new collection, Mor & Dotter, the designer mixes inspiration as much as she mixes fabrics.

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Obituary: Hobie Alter, 80

Swim/Surf

Hobart “Hobie” Alter, 80, passed away March 29 in Palm Desert, Calif. He was one of the innovators of the sport of surfing and also opened one of California’s first surf shops.

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MLV by Mayren Lee Viray

Her POV

With her new line, MLV by Mayren Lee Viray, the fashion designer hopes to shine a spotlight on her own views of women’s contemporary fashion.

LA Market Continues With Split Start Dates in June, August

Trade Show

The California Market Center is moving the start dates of its Select contemporary trade show and its Transit footwear show.

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P.J. Salvage

Building a Comfortable Lifestyle

The intimates and lifestyle brand P.J. Salvage has been expanding, opening new markets and new divisions. But one thing remains consistent: a focus on comfort.

How Apparel Manufacturers and Retailers Are Coping With the E-Commerce Threat

Finance

These are tough times for traditional retailers. Many big store chains and specialty stores are finding their business is being swept away by websites that make it easier for people to shop any time of the day or night without even moving from the couch.

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Caruso’s Main Street Gamble

Retail

Real estate developer Rick J. Caruso has Main Street America in his sights with plans to redevelop “street-front” retail in various Southern California neighborhoods.