After opening a bunch of emporiums in Southern California, Uniqlo planned to give away some holiday freebies around Dec. 13. Check it out.
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.
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.
At The Grove, Diane von Furstenberg opens her newest shop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Huff,puff, huff! The Lululemon Athletica emporium on Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade opened Dec. 4 on a sweaty note.
Delia’s, the teen retailer that pioneered the whole “magalog” category is soon to be no more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Findings & Trimmings
Shopping-center juggernaut Westfield wrapped up a $20 million renovation of its Westfield Santa Anita mall in Arcadia, Calif., on Black Friday.
Black Friday sales results disappointed, but overall retail business for the month of November generally pleased retailers and Wall Street analysts.
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.
International Checkout Inc., a Van Nuys, Calif.–based shipper, has carved a niche of managing international sales and fulfillment for retailers such as Bebe, Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet, Trina Turk, Joe’s Jeans and Kitson. It recently announced that it would be working with high-profile boutique Ron Herman.
New York–based Doneger Group, the retail consultancy and partner of Los Angeles–based Directives West, has acquired New York–based color trend-forecasting agency Huepoint.