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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.

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Honoring Signal Brands’ Jack and Jason Rimokh

City of Hope

The roof of the W Hotel in Hollywood was transformed into a Roaring ’20s bash by Signal Brands’ Jack and Jason Rimokh, this year’s Spirit of Life Award recipients for the City of Hope’s Fashion & Retail Industry Group.

CMC to Launch ‘Athleisure’ Lifestyle Show in March

Trade Show

The California Market Center will launch Shape, a new trade show focused on the “athleisure” trend, during the March 16–18 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market.

Hong Kong Fashion Week Takes a Look at the Fall/Winter 2015 Season

Trade Show

The 46th semiannual Hong Kong Fashion Week will be held Jan. 19–22 at the Hong Kong Convention Centre with a number of fashion shows, seminars, exhibitors and trend forecasts tailor-made for buyers and other attendees.

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Findings & Trimmings Spotlight

Textiles

Findings & Trimmings

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Westfield Santa Anita Gets a $20M Upgrade

Retail

Shopping-center juggernaut Westfield wrapped up a $20 million renovation of its Westfield Santa Anita mall in Arcadia, Calif., on Black Friday.

November Sales Strong Despite Black Friday Disappointments

Retail

Black Friday sales results disappointed, but overall retail business for the month of November generally pleased retailers and Wall Street analysts.

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Retailers Await Next Big Shopping Event

After Black Friday

Retail analysts forecast a lull in business in weeks following the big deals and buzz of Black Friday, generally considered the kickoff of the winter holiday retail season. Business is predicted to skyrocket sometime before Dec. 20, Super Saturday, the weekend before Christmas.