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Quiksilver to Pasadena

Boardriders Club

Surf giant Quiksilver Inc. will open a location for its Boardriders Club store in Pasadena, Calif.

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Visual Display: Agenda’s Award Winning Booths

Trade Show

Most trade show booths are plain 10-by-10 affairs, and they give a clear message: Trade shows are just about business.

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American-Made Denim For Nearly 30 Years

Diamond Gusset

After 28 years in business, Diamond Gusset jeans owner and co-founder David Hall says there is more happening with the Bon Aqua, Tenn.–based company than ever before.

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Tech in Made-to-Measure

Alton Lane

Alton Lane has a tech angle on a luxe category with a long history: the made-to-measure suit.

Unique Solutions Design to Open California HQ


Unique Solutions Design Ltd., makers of the Me-Ality apparel size-matching service, which has been piloted at select Bloomingdale’s locations, announced the opening of a California headquarters and a new chief executive officer, who will serve at the company’s office in Santa Clara, Calif.

Levi’s to Lay Off 500 Employees as More Outsourcing Takes Place


As part of its overall five-year plan to outsource global services, Levi Strauss & Co. recently announced it would lay off 500 people from its offices around the world.

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Fashion Veteran Launches Hybrid Retail, Showroom Space

Hail Mary

Everyone in boutique retail juggles an increasing variety of tasks, ranging from traditional jobs of buying merchandise to newer jobs such as handling social media, and Marie Shaffer hopes to cover every base of the fashion industry at her shop, the Hail Mary Boutique and Denim Bar.

New Sourcing Trade Show to Bow in L.A. in March

Trade Show

Apparel manufacturers and retailers looking to scout factories will have a new venue when the Factory Direct trade show bows March 2–4 at The New Mart in downtown Los Angeles.

Boutique for Eva Franco Takes a Bow


Los Angeles–headquartered designer Eva Franco opened her first solo branded boutique Nov. 6, located at 1555 Echo Park Blvd., close to the fashion store Tavin in Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood.

BeachRiot, Vissla, Billabong Nominated for SIMA Image Awards


The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association has awarded hot new brands and veterans of the surf industry SIMA Image Awards for the past 12 years, and on Nov. 12, the trade group announced nominees for the 2014 SIMA Image awards and a new award category—the SIMA Honor Roll.

Investors See Surf, Streetwear Poised for Growth


Surf’s up for dealmaking for action-sports and streetwear brands. In the past month, private-equity companies have announced investments in the brands and retailers in this market.

First Spanx Store Opening in Southern California


Spanx is scheduled to open its first California store Nov. 16 at the Santa Monica Place retail center in Santa Monica, Calif.

Sandro, Maje Open at South Coast Plaza


French brands Sandro and Maje have opened stores at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif. Sandro’s 1,530-square-foot store features the brand’s new design concept.

Gucci to Westfield Topanga


Gucci, the Italian fashion house, opened its third Los Angeles–area store last week.

American Apparel Sees Big Rise in Third Quarter Net Loss


Los Angeles–based American Apparel, the largest apparel factory in the United States, continued to battle financial woes with its third-quarter net sales dipping 5 percent.

Port Congestion Worsens With Mounting Fees for Importers

Import & Export

Apparel importer Ashok Kumar is patiently waiting in Los Angeles for six to eight containers of sweaters and jackets to arrive by boat from Asia to stock his various clothing stores in downtown Los Angeles.

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Amuse Society’s New E-Commerce Site


Surfwear veterans Summer Rapp and Mandy Fry made a splash when they launched their Costa Mesa, Calif.–headquartered Amuse Society label in January. Since then, they have introduced their fashion beach-lifestyle label at the Miami SwimShow in Miami, Fla., and won the “breakout brand” award at the Agenda trade show in Long Beach, Calif.

Lingerie Companies Fined for False Claims on Caffeine-Infused Shapewear


The Federal Trade Commission has fined two lingerie makers $1.5 million for their statements that their caffeine-infused shapewear would solve a multitude of weight and fat problems.

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The Celebs at the Toms for Target Launch Celebration


Lots of entertainment people showed up in Culver City for the debut of the Toms for Target collection.

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Retail at Fourth & Traction Announced

A century ago, Coca Cola ran a bottling plant at 963 East 4th St., in what is now Los Angeles’ Arts District. Earlier this month, the building’s current owners, GPI Companies and Atlas Capital, announced that the building would be renamed Fourth & Traction and the former bottling plant would get a new look, which will include some retail.