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Creativity Abounds in California’s Economy

Finance

In 2015, some 747,600 people in California were directly employed in creative-industry jobs, a 13.5 percent increase from 2010, according to the “2017 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California,” released on May 18 by the Otis College of Art and Design.

New U.S. Trade Representative Will Have a Busy Schedule

Import/Export

Days after being sworn in as the new U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer will be traveling to Vietnam to attend a meeting of trade ministers from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation countries.

A Free-Trade Agreement Between the U.S. and Europe Waiting in the Wings

Import/Export

Trade experts were expecting a free-trade agreement between the United States and Europe to be signed, sealed and delivered by the time Barack Obama left the White House. But things didn’t turn out as planned as the political winds in Europe and the United States shifted recently from pro free trade to increased protectionism.

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Macy’s Bets on Exclusives

Macy’s

It’s been a tough week at Macy’s Inc.

Neault Joins Style Fashion Week

Fashion

Christina Neault, who formerly worked as an executive producer for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, has joined Style Fashion Week, a producer of the biannual series of runway shows during Los Angeles Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week as well as events in other cities including Palm Springs, Calif.; Miami; and Dubai.

Mad Engine Acquires Neff

Manufacturing

In April, Danish Gajiani, chief executive officer of Mad Engine LLC, a designer and distributor of licensed apparel, said that his company would acquire more branded apparel and accessories labels.

Obituary: Menswear Executive and Trade Show Organizer Larry, Hymes, 72

Trade Shows

Menswear executive Larry Hymes died on May 11 of heart failure. He was 72. The New York–born Hymes was best known as a West Coast sales representative for menswear brands such as Louis Alvear Inc.

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Narie Launch Party

Online ethical retailer Nairie produced a launch party recently.

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Pirates of Caribbean Sails into What Goes Around Comes Around

Fashion come in and out of style; big shoulders from the 1980s, pompadours from the 1950s, tie dye from the late 1960s. But what about 1710s? High end vintage store What Goes Around Comes Around celebrated a Pirates of the Caribbean T-shirt line.

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High-end Sunglass Store Coming to Fashion District

Retail

A South Korean eyewear company is opening its first West Coast store in downtown LA.

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NYC's In Support Of Pops in L.A.

For the past few years, boutique and showroom In Support Of has been treating New York City to a wide array of emerging fashion designers, each with a unique point of view. Since May 2, In Support Of’s Tanya Sheikh and Ivan Gilkes have been producing their show in Los Angeles.

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Kinsley James to Los Angeles

For more than four years, Kinsley James Couture Bridal has represented up-and-coming and established designers at its bridal salon in Walnut Creek, Calif. On May 11, it opened a sprawling 3,900-square-foot location on 8231 West 3rd St. in Los Angeles.

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New Plus-Size Collection

Fashion

Former Forever 21 head starts her new line for large-size women.

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Billy Reid Kicks off Made-To-Measure Event at Magasin

It was a Billy Reid shindig at the Magasin boutique on May 11.

Upscale Lifestyle Trade Show Coeur Partners With Project Womens

Trade Shows

Coeur, the upscale accessories and lifestyle trade show, is partnering with Project Womens to launch a “premiere apothecary, home and gift trade fair” during the Aug. 14–16 run of Project Womens at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center n Las Vegas.

Department Stores Report Declines for the First Quarter

Retail

Several department stores reported results for their first-quarter earnings on May 11, and the results included steep same-store declines for Macy’s Inc. and Dillards Inc.

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UK retailer Prism pops at Platform

UK retailer Prism opened a pop-up shop at Platform boutique retail center in Culver City, near Los Angeles on May 10.

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Peri A. Brings the Party To Robertson

Peri Arenas hopes that her new boutique will bring a joie de vivre to retail street Robertson Boulevard. One of her first acts was to produce a debut party for her Peri A. boutique.

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Celebrating Disney Artist Mary Blair

Leanna Lin’s Wonderland boutique in L.A.’s Eagle Rock honors legendary artist Mary Blair, the artist best known for her work on Disney’s “It’s a Small World” attraction and the “Little Golden Book” series

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The Nuances of Profitability vs. Growth Discussed at Fashion Digital Conference

Technology

Profitability is a powerful weapon for a company, “to be used thoughtfully and consciously,” said Rebecca Kaden, a partner at Howard Shultz’s capital venture firm, Maveron.