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Le Tote: Finding A Stylist In The Machine

Technology

Le Tote is riding the wave that has spawned other rental e-commerce rental sites such as Rent the Runway and Bag Borrow & Steal. But the San Francisco e-retailer has carved out a unique niche for itself.

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Brookfield’s Hogan: Why FIGat7th Retail Center Paid Off, What DTLA Needs To Do To Keep Retail Booming

Retail

Downtown Los Angeles is a hot retail spot now, but eight years ago, it was a dead zone for high-end mall-style retail.

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Soko: From Kenya to S.F. Through M-commerce

Soko, a San Francisco, headquartered company, will ship jewelry from rural and urban slum artisans in Kenya, and place them in top retailers such as Anthropologie.Gwendolyn Floyd, co-founder and president of Soko, runs the company and pays artisans, often living in isolated places in Kenya, through m-commerce.

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New Country Western Clothing Online Store

Retail

New country western online store launches in San Diego.

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The Morning After Mess

It’s Fourth of July this week. Do you know what that means? Beach cleanups! At least if you are in San Diego. Here's a list of some of them...now start cleaning!

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Guess Founder Returns with New Denim Line

Georges Marciano

Marciano has returned to fashion with his own clothing line. It is called GM - Georges Marciano. It launched about three months ago with the help of 6188, a creative branding studio owned by Marciano’s son, Scott Marciano, and Marciano’s former design liaison, Angela Furlong.

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Ugg Goes for the Tween Market

Fashion and Footwear

Ugg introduces new line for tweens.

Longshore Workers and Employers Continue Talks After Contract Expires

News

Even though the six-year contract between West Coast dockworkers and their port employers expired at 5 p.m. on July 1, the two sides will continue negotiations through the middle of July.

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Vision Street Wear’s Double Hit

Call it double vision. Vision Street Wear, the recently relaunched heritage streetwear brand, debuted, count ‘em, two new limited edition capsule brands on June 27 at the ever-so-hip Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles.

UPDATE: Dov Charney Now Controls 43 Percent of American Apparel Stock

Manufacturing

Dov Charney nearly doubles the amount of American Apparel stock he owns.

Bebe to Shutter 2b Bebe

Retail

Bebe Stores Inc. announced June 27 that it will shutter its 2b Bebe division in a cost cutting effort that will eventually save the retailer $9 to $10 million annually.

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Superbad: Crooks & Castles X James Brown

Call the Crooks & Castles label superbad. It's capsule collection for James Brown biopic Get On Up - The James Brown Story took a bow June 26.

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Eyes Wide Open With Ricoh Theta

It was a party for Ricoh Theta cameras at the Kim Sing Theatre June 25. But revelers also took in performances by Taiko Project, Omodaka and munched on food from Ford's Filling Station.

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Expanding from Accessories to Apparel

Melody Ehsani

When Melody Ehsani turned from law to fashion, she wanted to capture a niche within the market for hip hop–inspired jewelry, which soon caught the eyes of musicians such as Rihanna, Erykah Badu and Alicia Keys.

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Crooks & Castles: After Friend’s Shocking Death, a Collection

Fashion/Designer Profiles

The Spring ’15 looks of Crooks & Castles are in stores, and the streetwear brand’s Fall ’14 styles will be previewed at the upcoming Agenda trade show in Long Beach, Calif., but the Crooks label made one of its most heartfelt statements on June 19.

Industry Voices: Mediation—A Tale of Two Studies

Legal

The power of mediation to resolve disputes is well known in legal circles, but it is not as familiar to the fashion industry.

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NRF’s Shay’s Message to Grads: “Be Unreasonable”

National Retail Federation

After sweating through law and business classes, Matthew Shay, president and chief executive officer of the National Retail Federation, a leading retail trade group based in Washington D.C., got his JD and MBA degrees, but his latest degree was easy.

Sequential Brands in Deal to Buy Galaxy Brand Holdings

Manufacturing

Sequential Brands Group is getting ready to double its revenues. The company, which got its start in Los Angeles as a clothing company that has the William Rast label, announced it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Galaxy Brand Holdings for $280 million in cash and stock.

Vince Announced 2nd Public Offering

News

Vince Holding Corp. received $177 million in an initial public offering in November 2013, and, on June 24, it announced a second public offering.

Juicy Couture Revamping Stores Under New Ownership

Retail

By next year, Juicy Couture will have a series of new concept stores open to reflect the label’s changing directions under new ownership by Authentic Brands Group.