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True Religion Goes Omnichannel

Technology

John Hazen thinks a lot of shoppers are put off by various retailers’ experiments with omnichannel—in particular, the kiosks used in omnichannel-focused stores. These kiosks typically find uses ranging from viewing a brand’s full collection to completing a sale. Retailers such as Staples use kiosks.

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Fast-Growing Apparel Brand Builder is Driven by Decades of Experience

Z Supply

Tucked into one of the many nondescript office parks in Irvine, Calif., is apparel manufacturer Z Supply Inc. Just a little over a year old, Z Supply is growing into a mini-powerhouse producing contemporary womenswear that is sold in 1,800 stores from coast to coast.

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1st Round: Boosting Athletic Performance With Textile Technology

Company Profile

When planning the concept behind their sports-apparel line, 1st Round Athletics, Teague Egan and Sterling Brewster wanted to take the idea of wearable technology a step further.

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Boutique Retail Project Delayed

Redondo Beach

There’s going to be a yearlong wait until anything can happen with The Waterfront, a $300 million renovation of the pier area in Redondo Beach, Calif.

California’s Retail Picture Brightens

Retail

Through booms and tough times of the past decade, the Golden State’s clothiers have grown steadily, according to data from the San Francisco office of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Experts Discuss Financing Options for Businesses Big and Small

Finance

Financing alternatives from traditional methods such as factoring to crowdfunding opportunities were discussed at a recent panel discussion featuring factors, investment bankers and other finance experts.

Jerry Leigh Named New Dickies Girl Licensee

Manufacturing

Veteran Los Angeles apparel maker Jerry Leigh of California has been given the license to make Dickies Girl juniors’ apparel. The license was awarded by Texas work wear company Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Co., which has been making hard core work wear as well as more fashionable pieces since 1922.

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ADBD's Fall 2014 Party

Beats, partying and fashion were all found at one address on Oct. 29. It was at ADBD, 430 N. Fairfax Ave. in Los Angeles. There was a party for the ADBD Fall 14 collection. Check it out

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Crooks & Castles' Devils Peak Collection

For its Holiday ’14 men’s collection, Los Angeles’ Crooks & Castles label released Devil’s Peak. Check it out.

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Toms and Target Unveil Their Holiday Collaboration

Retail

Southern California's Blake Mycoskie of Toms Shoes partners with Target on a casual but cool Holiday collection.

St. John CEO Leaving in Early November

Executive Moves

After a little more than one year on the job, Geoffroy van Raemdonck is stepping down as the chief executive of St. John, the high-end knitwear company based in Irvine, Calif.

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Topshop To San Diego

After grabbing headlines last year with opening a store at The Grove in Los Angeles, UK retailer Topshop is on the move again. On Oct. 30, it will open a 17,500-square-foot store at San Diego’s Fashion Valley retail center, according to a Topshop statement.

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Soren Sand, the Suit & L.A.

Soren Sand passed through Los Angeles the past weekend. The creative director of Danish Fashion House Sand was scouting real estate for a potential second Sand boutique. He also stopped by a soiree Oct. 24 at the Sand flagship at the Sunset Plaza boutique district in West Hollywood. Check it out.

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Demi Moore and Daughter at Torrid Event

Retail

Rumer Willis hosts fashion guests at Torrid cocktail event at Chateau Marmont.

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A.P.C.’s Big Party

Kanye West, Roman Coppola and Waris Ahluwalia joined A.P.C. Founder Jean Touitou on Oct. 23 for a debut party for the French brand's Melrose Place boutique.

American Rag to Open in Shanghai

Retail

American Rag Cie is taking its show to the world. The pioneering Los Angeles retailer announced that the company recently signed off on a licensing deal that will bring American Rag to Shanghai, possibly in the first half of 2015.

Sears Holdings to Close Stores, Strikes Lease Deal with Primark

Retail

Sears Holdings is closing stores in the U.S., but the Hoffman Estates, Ill.–based retailer has yet to confirm the actual number of closures planned.

Gap Expanding Old Navy in Middle East

Retail

San Francisco–based Gap Inc. signed deals to open Old Navy stores in six countries in the Middle East next year.

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New Lines and Established Collections

Fashion Market Northern California

Buyers at the Oct. 19–22 run of Fashion Market Northern California at the San Mateo Event Center shopped more than 250 exhibitors displaying everything from high-end formalwear to moderate styles and accessories.

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New Hires at Element

Manufacturing

Element, the Costa Mesa, Calif.–based brand owned by Billabong International Ltd., announced new hires recently.