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California and U.S. Economic Growth Looks Brighter for 2015


Finance

California has been slowly adding jobs to its payrolls, and next year should be no different.

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Kora Rae's Preview Party at Avedon

It was a rainy night in Beverly Hills on Dec. 3, but a little wet weather did not stop New York-based luxe fashion brand Kora Rae from producing a preview party for its Fall/Holiday2015 collection at the independent, multi-brand boutique, Avedon.

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Schott’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Debut

What could be more rock ‘n’ roll than a leather jacket? Schott NYC makes leather jackets which were worn by Marlon Brando, The Ramones, and a long list of other stylish malcontents. Schott produced a Dec. 3 debut party for its first West Coast boutique, located at the Americana at Brand retail center in Glendale, Calif. Check it out.

Poshmark Fashion App Adds a Layer to Detect Fake Designer Labels

Poshmark, a 3-year-old mobile app launched by Manish Chandra out of Menlo Park, Calif., has unveiled a free new service that will help buyers on the fashion and accessories destination make sure the brands they are buying are the real McCoy.

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Bloggers Night Out Big Toy Drive

On Dec. 4, Swank Stylista blogger Raven Roberts and Vic Sanders of the Vic Styles blog will host a Blogger’s Night Out/Toys for Tots Drive from 6PM to 9PM at The Park Showroom at 845 S. Los Angeles St. in downtown Los Angeles. To make your appearance at the toy drive, party, email RSVP@mediaplaygroundpr.com .

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Torrid’s New Face is Beautiful and Brainy

The new face of plus-size retail chain Torrid is more than just a pretty face.

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Bright Holiday Lights Come to The Bloc

Holiday Retail

Downtown L.A. lights adorn The Bloc, the ongoing restoration of the former Macy's Plaza on Seventh Street.

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Belk Competition Spotlights Southern Charm

Design competition

If so,you might be interested in submitting your designs to the Southern Designer Showcase competition, the third-annual design competition hosted by family-owned department store chain

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Black Friday Shopping Down, But NRF Remains Optimistic for ‘Superbowl’ of Shopping

The Black Friday weekend represented a tough beginning to what many economists still forecast to be a holiday season of good sales.

Caruso Closes Escrow on Palisades Enclave.

Retail

Rick Caruso, developer of The Grove and The Americana at Brand retail centers in the Los Angeles area, announced Nov. 25 that his company, Caruso Affiliated, closed escrow on Swarthmore Avenue in the wealthy enclave of Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles.

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L.A.–Based Britannia Sees Bright Prospects in Black Sheep

Textiles

Terrence Chermak has been spending the better part of the last six months knee-deep in wool—specifically, black wool.

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Sleepy Jones to Open in Santa Monica. Calif.

Spade and Buri

Spade started Sleepy Jones and on Nov. 20, he held a grand opening for a 650-square-foot Sleepy Jones boutique at 1318 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica, Calif.

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Novelty Textile Wins Major Case Over Fabric Design Copyright

Textiles

More than one year after filing a copyright-infringement lawsuit over three different fabric designs, Novelty Textile has been awarded $650,000 in a jury verdict.

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No Change on the Waterfront as Cargo Slowly Clears the Ports

Import & Export

The protracted contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association, which employs the longshore workers at 29 West Coast ports, have stalled until Dec. 2. Charges of work slowdowns at the ports have continued.

Element Goes Global: New Executives, New Boutique

Manufacturing

Element, an Irvine, Calif.–based brand owned by Billabong International Ltd., announced on Nov. 24 the hiring of two European executives.

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Connecting Asia to the U.S. Through Orange County

Dragon Crowd Garment

Based in Ningbo, China, with U.S. headquarters in Costa Mesa, Calif., Dragon Crowd makes apparel for specialty stores and private labels for department stores such as the BP and Make + Model brands at Nordstrom.

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Forever 21 Opens Thanksgiving Morning

Retail

Forever 21 Gets the Jump on Other Clothing Stores on Thanksgiving.

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Naked Princess To La Cienega

Naked Princess opened its first flagship store at 653 N. La Cienega in West Hollywood earlier this year. It is the former address of a Catherine Malandrino Maison shop. Jordana Woodland, Naked Princess’ chief executive officer worked with LM Pagano, an interior designer to make a space that also could serve as a space for private events. The Naked Princess boutique sells the brand’s loungewear and lingerie and beauty products.

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Barbie Loves Wildfox: The Party

Wildfox introduced its “Barbie Loves Wildfox” collection last week. Time to party. Check out the guest list which ranged from Wildfox chief executives to Kardashians.

Wet Seal Hires Team to Explore Sale

Beleaguered retailer The Wet Seal Inc. announced Nov. 24 that it hired a team to help the Foothill Ranch, Calif.–based retailer to look for “strategic and financial alternatives,” which can be industry lingo for considering an array of new directions for the business, including a sale.