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Gap Stores Headed for Expansion in India

Retail

Gap Inc. plans to tap into the purchasing power of 1.2 billion people in India with the debut of 40 franchised stores that will open next year.

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Exhibitors Report Buyers Writing Orders

Las Vegas Trade Shows

LAS VEGAS—With more than 20 events spread across five venues, the Las Vegas trade shows offered just about something for every buyer—from juniors and streetwear to upscale menswear and lingerie.

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Opening in Vegas

Fred Segal Collective

Fred Segal, a pioneer and landmark of Southern California’s boutique scene, will take its first bow outside of Los Angeles County.

Avery Dennison RBIS Joins Forces with Chinese Knitwear Manufacturer

Manufacturing

Avery Dennison RBIS—which specializes in apparel-industry branding, labeling, packaging, embellishments and RFID solutions—and Ningbo Shenzhou Knitting Co., a vertically integrated knitwear manufacturer in China, announced a joint venture to facilitate heat-transfer innovations.

Attorney Deborah Greaves Joins Ezra Brutzkus Gubner

Legal

For years, Deborah Greaves made headlines by busting counterfeiters trying to knock off True Religion jeans. When True Religion was purchased in May by TowerBrook Capital Partners for $835 million, Greaves left the company and started her own practice.

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A Few Dummies Here

Visual Display

FIDM is selling a few dummies.

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Lip Service, Kill City Founder Drew Bernstein, 1963-2014

Obituary

Drew Bernstein, the founder of the Lip Service and Kill City brands, died on Aug. 18 in Los Angeles. He was 51 years old.

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Levi’s DTLA Commuter Space

Levi’s is biking to downtown Los Angeles. It opened a pop-up shop for its bicycling friendly Levi’s Commuter line at 157 W. 5th St in downtown Los Angeles.

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Curio X Echo and Air

Call it an unofficial 1-year birthday party. Downtown L.A. boutique Curio and fashion line Echo and Air are both about 1-year old. So they had a party.

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Parke & Ronen Spring '15

Menswear Line Parke & Ronen will go into its Spring ’15 looks with a yen for linen, said co-founder Ronen Jehezkel.

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Schaefer In The Fashion District

Downtown L.A. Artist Alexander Schaefer gained notoriety with his "Burning Banks" paintings during the Occupy protest. On Aug. 14, another side of Shaefer went on display. Some of his new paintings were included in a group gallery show in the Fashion District, and they don't have a political theme.

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Oak’s New L.A. Boutique Goes Big

New York’s Oak boutique went big when it opened its newest Los Angeles boutique.

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At 25th Waterman’s Ball, Surf Business Protects the Ocean

Events

The Waterman’s Ball has been described as the surfwear business’s excuse for a prom, a chance to party at the stunning Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel, Calif., and a thank you to the ocean for providing the raw materials for the surfing lifestyle.

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Whats Checking: Santa Monica’s Montana Avenue: Luxe and Local

Retail

Off the beaten path and unfamiliar to most tourists, Montana Avenue is a 10-block stretch on the north side of Santa Monica, Calif., where locals lead active lifestyles and like to shop local. With an even balance of corporate retailers and independent boutiques, most shops cater to an upscale crowd, as reflected by the surrounding neighborhood.

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Big Star: European Heritage, Los Angeles Design and Environmental Philosophy

Denim

Established in 1974 in Europe, Big Star denim has been Los Angeles–based since Koos Manufacturing picked up the line in 2003, first as a licensed brand but now as one of Koos’ company-owned trademarks, which also include AG Adriano Goldschmied.

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Fashionable Fitness Gear for the Active Minimalist

Olympia Activewear

A fan of minimalist home design and fashion, designer Kaili Lickle was turned off by standard offerings of highlighter-hued tank tops and complicated leggings she saw when shopping for activewear clothes.

Showtime: Retailers Discuss Trade Show Plans and Preparations

Trade Shows

With more than 20 apparel, footwear, accessories and sourcing trade shows taking a bow in Las Vegas starting on Aug. 18 and a trade show season that continues on until the end of October, retailers are gearing up for the serious work of finding the brands that might hold the key to big profits.

Manhattan Associates Acquires GlobalBay Technology

Technology

Manhattan Associates Inc., the Atlanta-based supply chain commerce solutions provider, has acquired the assets of GlobalBay Technologies from San Jose, Calif.–based VeriFone in a move that will extend Manhattan Associates’ omni-channel inventory and order management solutions offerings.

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Cheyann Benedict’s Way

Denim

When Cheyann Benedict, co-founder of the C&C California brand, made a return to fashion in 2013, she wanted to run her self-named Cheyann Benedict company her way.

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FIDM Students Get Advice, Inspiration from Some of Denim’s Best

Denim Master Class

Denim pioneer François Girbaud is credited with a lot of firsts in the industry—from stonewash finishing and industrial washing to stretch denim and new silhouettes such as the baggy jean, the pedal pusher and engineered fit.