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Ron Robinson To Phase Out Bricks-And-Mortar

By Andrew Asch | October 10, 2019

Pioneering boutique retailer Ron Robinson will be closing his bricks-and-mortar stores by early 2020. His digital shops, www.ronrobinson.com and www.apothia.com, will continue to do business. In a recent email to his vendors, he said that he is not retiring, the shops were thriving financially and relations with landlords were good.

California Governor Gavin Newsom Signs AB 44 to Ban Sale of New Fur Products

On Oct. 12, the office of California Governor Gavin Newsom announced he had signed into law Assembly Bill 44, making the state the first in the United States to ban the sale of new fur products. In addition to the sale of new fur, the legislation includes a ban on the display for sale, trade, manufacture and distribution of new fur products in the state.

September Retail Sales Dip

Retail sales dipped 0.3 percent in September compared to the previous month, according to a statement from the U.S. Commerce Department that was released on Oct. 16. September sales marked the first time that U.S. retail sales have declined since February, when retail sales dipped 0.2 percent.

California Governor Gavin Newsom Signs AB 44 to Ban Sale of New Fur Products

On Oct. 12, the office of California Governor Gavin Newsom announced he had signed into law AB 44, making the state the first in the United States to ban the sale of new fur products.

What’s Checking: Melrose Street Remains Capital For Independent Styles

Los Angeles’ Melrose Avenue has been a hub for alternative-lifestyle clothing for decades. Approximately 40 years ago, Melrose east of Fairfax Avenue was the go-to place for punk-rock clothing and curated vintage rock ’n’ roll looks that gave Los Angeles a unique style. Decades later, it’s the address for designers who create looks appropriate for adventurous attendees traveling to the Burning Man festival, as well as streetwear styles and other idiosyncratic style tribes.

Forever 21 Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Following much outside speculation over the last few months, Los Angeles–headquartered Forever 21 filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last weekend. On Sept. 29, documents were filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

John Wilson Named Stance CEO

John Wilson, a co-founder of the prominent brand Stance, was recently named chief executive officer for the brand that made socks into a fashionable item at surf and skate shops. Wilson replaced brand co-founder Jeff Kearl, who continues to serve Stance as its chairman.

NRF: Holiday 2019 Sales To Grow More than 3.8%

NRF: Holiday 2019 Sales To Grow More than 3.8%

Despite some economic uncertainty, the trade group National Retail Federation is forecasting a strong 2019 holiday season.

Forever 21 Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Following much outside speculation over the last few months, Forever 21 has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. On Sept. 29, documents were filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

eBay CEO Wenig Steps Down

There was a quick reshuffling of the executive pack at eBay, the sprawling San Jose, Calif.–headquartered e-marketplace.

Salesforce Continues to Streamline Brand-Retail Relationships With New CRM

To streamline in-store merchandising and marketing, the San Francisco–based customer relationship–management technology company Salesforce introduced its Consumer Goods Cloud as a tool to help brands work more efficiently with retail partners. Salesforce worked on developing the solution to also incorporate Einstein AI.

Non Traditional Retail Marks Trends in Retail Real Estate

Non Traditional Retail Marks Trends in Retail Real Estate

Representatives of some of the newest trends in retail took the stage at the International Council of Shopping Centers' Western Conference & Deal Making convention, which ran Sept. 16–18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in the city’s downtown.

What’s Checking in Beverly Hills: Bringing In More Fashion

What’s Checking in Beverly Hills: Bringing In More Fashion

North Canon Drive never ranked as one of the premier fashion retail streets in Beverly Hills, Calif. It was always a place to dine at a restaurant or go to a hair salon, but the street is on course to develop a bigger fashion scene.

Fur Ban a Signature Away From Becoming California Law

California is closer to becoming the first U.S. state to ban sales and the manufacture of fur.

Trusting Her Own Voice, Heidi Merrick Steps Away From Wholesale in favor of D2C

Trusting Her Own Voice, Heidi Merrick Steps Away From Wholesale in favor of D2C

Over the summer, Heidi Merrick began to lay the groundwork for her plan to move away from wholesale partnerships with retailers, forge stronger relationships with her customers and answer only to herself in matters of business.

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