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McCarthy Puts on Her Fashion Face for Stewart

Actress—and soon-to-be designer—Melissa McCarthy showed up on The Daily Show last night wearing a kimono dress printed with stills of host Jon Stewart, prompting the surprised host to quip “I am all over you like a cheap suit.”

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Men's Wearhouse Chief George Zimmer's New Gig: Tailor!

George Zimmer is back, and his new business card lists his occupation as tailor.

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A.P.C. Now Open in DTLA

Retail

The doors to the new A.P.C. store in downtown Los Angeles opened on May 30.

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California Retail With a Swedish Accent

LA’s ‘Little Scandinavia’

At the opening of the Susanne Karlsson Scandinavian Kollectiv store on Los Angeles’ West Third Street, Swedish was the predominant language, guests included members of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, and hors d’oeuvres included homemade Swedish pancakes served with cocktails made with Absolut vodka and Rekorderling cider.

New CEO at True Religion

John Ermatinger, who had been True Religion's interim senior vice president of global sourcing and production, was named the new chief executive officer on June 1.

Hot Topic Outbid on Geeknet Deal

Hot Topic Inc. was jilted at the altar June 2, when Geeknet, Inc. an online retailer of licensed merchandise based in Fairfax, Va., announced that it would not go through with a deal, which was announced on May 26, with the Los Angeles area mall retailer.

Los Angeles Underwear Importer Pleads Guilty to Drug Money Laundering

Nine months after agents busted a long-running Mexican drug money laundering operation in the Los Angeles Fashion District, an underwear importer has pleaded guilty to several offenses linked to the scheme.

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The True Cost’s Case against Fast Fashion

With the preface “It’s a story about greed and fear, power and poverty,” The True Cost, a documentary, made its case against the fast fashion industry. It produced a Los Angeles premiere May 28 at the Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills. Calif.

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Tanner Goods Spins The Big Wheel

There was a steady stream of people trying their luck at a Wheel of Fortune –style game at Tanner Goods boutique in downtown Los Angeles. The reason for all that wheel spinning? Sure, it was for prizes and discounts, but May 30 was the first anniversary for Tanner Goods store located at 860 S. Broadway. It was among the first high end boutiques to move into downtown Los Angeles recently.

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Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet Opens First Downtown Store

Retail

Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th Opens in Heart of S.F.

Parking Lot Thefts Prompt New Security Measures at the CMC

Trade Show | News

A car was broken into and later stolen from the California Market Center in Los Angeles shortly after business hours on May 27.

PacSun Reports Decline For First Qtr of 2015

Retail

Pacific Sunwear of California, the casualwear retailer whose customers are teenagers and young adults, reported its first decline in quarterly sales in more than three years.

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Long Career Based on a Small Machine

Fernando’s

In a world where retailers are increasingly relying on complex technology, Fernando Adames believes that a simple, mid-20th-century machine is all that is needed to give a boutique an added edge.

Columbia Promotes Four

Manufacturing

Columbia Sportswear Co. recently promoted four executives at the Portland, Ore.–based outdoor and activewear company.

Seafolly to Open in La Jolla

Retail | Swim-Surf

Australian swimwear brand Seafolly is increasing its bid for the U.S. market. It is scheduled to open its second American store on May 30. It will be located at Westfield UTC retail center in La Jolla, Calif.

Former Agenda Head to Run Karmaloop

Retail | Trade Show

Seth Haber, a former partner with Agenda trade show, headquartered in Los Angeles, is heading to the retail side of the streetwear business.

Band of Outsiders Shuttering After 11 Years

Fashion | Manufacturing

Band of Outsiders, a well-regarded Los Angeles label that garnered a lot of attention from New York fashion magazines and high-end stores, is going out of business, according to various reports.

Hot Topic to Acquire Geeknet

Retail

On May 26, the Los Angeles–based retailer announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire Geeknet Inc., an online retailer and wholesaler of merchandise licensed from TV shows, movies and other media with science-fiction, superhero and fantasy themes. Geeknet is headquartered in Fairfax, Va.

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Apparel Production Inches Up in Central America Due to Quick Turnaround


Apparel Sourcing Show

This year’s Apparel Sourcing Show in Guatemala opened with more foreign flavors to its vendors and a political scandal swirling on the national front.

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Onyx Creative Looks for New Brands Around The World

Retail

The site www.onyx-creative.com curates fashion, jewelry and homeware brands from around the world. Some brands are Nüera, a California swim brand; Handsome Me, an Australian men’s brand; and Pulse, a Romanian womenswear brand.