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Macy’s Outlines Store Closure, Layoff Plans Following Holiday Sales Decline

Retail

When Macy’s Inc. released its holiday results on Jan. 4, the retail giant included news of a massive round of layoffs and outlined its plans to close stores in the coming months.

Forecasts Say Holiday Business Ranged from Solid to Good

Retail

Holiday 2016 shopping has wrapped up, and business forecasts are rolling in for the crucial shopping season, which comprises 20 percent of total retail industry sales, according to the Washington, D.C.–headquartered National Retail Federation.

After Yogasmoga Bankruptcy, Its Sole-Surviving Store is in Southern California

Manufacturing

Yogasmoga, the upstart East Coast manufacturer of yogawear, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in December, closing all its stores except one.

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Vans Enlist High-School Art Students for Design Contest

Art + Fashion

Vans asks students to put their creative hats on and come up with some designs for Vans' shoes.

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John Malkovich's Fashionable Side

John Malkovich, the Academy Award-nominated actor for films such as “Places in the Heart” and “In the Line of Fire,” is showing off his fashionable side in a new video for online web development site Squarespace.

Trump Nominates Conservative Attorney to Become U.S. Trade Representative

Import/Export

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Robert Lighthizer to become the new U.S. trade representative in charge of the country’s trade policy.

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Debbie Harry's & Obey’s Collab Line

Blondie’s major hit, Heart of Glass was released on Jan. 3, 1979. Time for an anniversary tour, right? Or a cable channel documentary? Maybe. But a fashion line is definitely in the works.

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The Bloc & Metro’s Big Connection To Debut

There’s a lot of construction around the 7th St/Metro Center light rail station in downtown Los Angeles. One reason for all of the work? A pedestrian bridge between the busy station and The Bloc retail center is in the final stages of construction. The bridge is scheduled to be open sometime in January.

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US Retailers Suffer in UK

Retail

American Apparel closes stores in England.

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Capsule Gets Political

Pundits clamor over the question on how Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election will affect business and culture. Capsule trade show is forming an answer to that question.

New California Laws Alter Workplace Rules in 2017

Legal

A new year ushers in a host of new laws the state legislature passed and now take effect on Jan. 1.

Lights Out, Athletic Brand Aims for Lifestyle

Retail

Shawne Merriman earned the nickname “Lights Out” after knocking out several opposing players during a football game his sophomore year in high school.

Port of Long Beach Approves Swiss-based Shipping Line Taking Over Hanjin Shipping’s Terminal Lease

Import/Export

For years, Hanjin Shipping Co. was a major customer at the Port of Long Beach, accounting for 12 percent of the cargo containers that came through the Southern California terminus last year.

Nexgen Adds High-End Leather Products With KT Label Partnership

Manufacturing

Nexgen Packaging LLC, the label and branding company with offices in Santa Barbara, Calif., struck a deal with KT Label, the Turkish maker of leather labels.

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Fabletics Expanding Retail Footprint Across the USA

Fabletics Expands

Los Angeles online activewear company Fabletics has gotten the retail bug and is adding 12 new store locations to its lineup in 2017.

RahiCali Seeks Adventure and Romance

Manufacturing

More than 30 years ago, Mukesh and Rajni Jain launched a Los Angeles accessories company called Jainson’s International, which eventually expanded into clothing imported from a family-owned factory in India.

Louis Vuitton Loses Copyright Appeal With Los Angeles Bag Company

Legal

The big French luxury handbag maker Louis Vuitton Malletier hasn’t had much luck convincing a judge that a California tote-bag company that parodies fancy designer handbags is violating copyright law.

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Mall Traffic Seen As Slower During Holiday

Scenes From A Mall

The retail world tried to shine merry and bright for the holiday season but saw major competition from e-commerce sites.

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Jack’s Unveils Big Remodel

Jack's Big Remodel

Jack’s Surfboards, one of California’s most influential surf shops, is wrapping up its first major remodel in eight years.

Gap Walks Down the Aisle Into the Wedding Business

Retail

Gap Inc. tied the knot with Weddington Way. The San Francisco retail giant announced it acquired Weddington Way, an online wedding boutique also based in San Francisco, for an undisclosed price.