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Opening Melrose Store

Nasty Gal

E-commerce emporium Nasty Gal is taking its show to a bricks-and-mortar store on Los Angeles’ Melrose Avenue.

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Basic Line Corp. Selling Its Embroidery and Embellishment Company

For nearly 23 years, the Shalom brothers have operated Basic Line Corp., a popular embroidery and embellishment company, out of a huge industrial building they own in Vernon, Calif.

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New Yoga Store Opens First California Store in Los Angeles

Retail

Yogasmoga finds a retail home on the Westside.

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Beverly Center: Style and Chinese Dollars

Chinese tourism and business has become increasingly important to California’s economy, and retailers have been looking for ways to get more involved in that business. Beverly Center may have found a way to cultivate future Chinese business. It’s seminars and styling advice!

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Rock Chic

Fashion Collab

Hot Topic launched its Joan Jett X TRIPP NYC Fashion Collection for Hot Topic collection, a collaboration between the City of Industry, Calif.–based retailer, rocker Joan Jett and rock ‘n roll clothier Tripp NYC.

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Aether To District LaBrea

Performance outerwear brand Aether will open a store at District LaBrea in Los Angeles. A store sign was recently unveiled above a barricade at District LaBrea.

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The Bohemian Society Gets Wilde At Heart

Victor Wilde’s The Bohemian Society went on the lam from the last LA Fashion Week. Instead, the downtown Los Angeles fashion brand did a presentation during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo in October. Take a look!

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Revolve Pops at The Grove

E-commerce emporium Revolve Clothing opened a pop-up shop at Los Angeles’ The Grove retail center on Nov. 1. Blogger Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad dropped by the opening to give fashion people a look at her Chiara Ferragni shoe collection.

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Lillian Raven: Bring Back Sewing!

Los Angeles designer Lillian Raven hopes to do her part to bring manufacturing and the art of sewing back. She made a curriculum for youth that teaches sewing and fashion design. Raven recently started a crowdsourcing campaign on Indiegogo for her venture,” I Am therefore I Sew.”

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Rochelle Carino: Never Too Old To Play Dress Up

You’re never too old to play dress up. That was an inspiration behind Rochelle Carino’s Spring 2015 show at Los Angeles Fashion Council earlier this month.

What’s Checking: Destination Retailers

Retail

In a sea of large corporate retailers, vintage stores and strip malls, there still remains a small species of contemporary boutique that has flourished in stand-alone bricks-and-mortar locations rather than in a boutique neighborhood surrounded by other retailers who cater to a similar customer.

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Metropolitan Fashion Week Bows in L.A.

Metropolitan LA

Los Angeles designer Jason Ryan showed his avant-garde menswear collection as part of Metropolitan Fashion Week, held Oct. 26 at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.

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West Coast Debut

Ruffian

New York designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais skipped the New York Fashion Week runways at Lincoln Center in favor of a more intimate setting at the Gavlak Gallery in Los Angeles, where the two showed their Spring 2015 Ruffian collection on Oct. 27.

San Clemente Retailer Killed in Murder Suicide

Retail

A day at Bliss boutique in San Clemente, Calif., turned tragic when Cynthia Jean Rosier, the owner of Bliss, was allegedly shot and killed by her husband, Patrick Dillard, on Oct. 25.

Alice + Olivia Move to Melrose

Retail

Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet has found a new Los Angeles home.

Macerich Says Shopping Mall Sales Are Up

Retail

The Macerich Co., which owns Santa Monica Place and a host of other shopping centers across the country, said its tenants saw their annual sales per square foot inch up 4 percent from one year ago.

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1st US Store Opens in Beverly Hills

COS

COS—an H&M division that offers contemporary fashion for women, men and children—opened its first U.S. store Oct. 30, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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Shop Takes Bow on Rodeo

DSquared2

With fingernails painted Halloween black, twins Dean and Dan Caten of the DSquared2 designer label swept into Beverly Hills Oct. 28 for the grand opening of their first U.S. boutique, at 461 N. Rodeo Drive.

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True Religion Goes Omnichannel

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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.