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E-commerce Brands Find Value in a Jump to Bricks-and-Mortar Locations

By Dorothy Crouch | July 11, 2019

The move into bricks-and-mortar is becoming a sign of growth for smaller e-commerce brands such as Santa Barbara, Cal­if.–headquartered Catherine Gee, a womenswear brand that on July 1 launched a boutique shop located next to The Mill on the city’s burgeoning East Haley Street.

Boardriders to Lay off 40 People in Orange County, Calif.

Boardriders, the surfwear company, is laying off 40 employees according to records filed in early May with the state Employment Development Department.

Dressbarn to Close All Stores

Dressbarn, a chain of discount specialty stores, is planning to close its entire fleet of 650 stores across the United States. More than 40 of those stores are in California.

The RealReal Appoints Four New members to Its Board

San Francisco luxury-resale company The RealReal announced it has named four new members to its board of directors.

What’s Next for the L.A. Fashion District and the California Market Center?

A renaissance is brewing in the Los Angeles Fashion District with the California Market Center and Los Angeles Street forecast to be major hubs in the area.

Retail Vacancies Are Up in L.A. County

Blame the closure of big-box stores for an uptick in retail vacancy rates in Los Angeles County during the first part of 2019.

Virtual Reality, Digitization and Social Media Shake Up Retail

The future of retail is looking like a chapter out of a science-fiction novel.

New Company Formed to Help Evaluate Fashion Industry Sustainability

The world’s fashion industry is falling behind in its goals to become sustainable and environmentally friendly, according to a manifesto released this week by several environmental fashion organizations including Global Fashion Agenda and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.

April Retail Sales Turn in Solid Results

April retail sales climbed a healthy 5.2 percent over the same period last year with sales influenced by holidays such as Easter.

Shop & Dine

The only trade-show experience that is more satisfying than closing that most important deal is a rewarding meal or shopping excursion at fresh, new restaurants and boutiques. Apparel-industry trade shows are exciting but can be exhausting after a long day on the event floor. Recharging every day with a delicious meal with friends or colleagues and enjoying some personal time to explore new retail destinations keeps energy levels high.

Trina Turk Celebrates 10 Years of Retail in Northern California

Los Angeles designer Trina Turk opened her first store in 2002 with a location in Palm Springs, Calif.

Rent the Runway Offers ‘Ultimate Dream Closet’ at New San Francisco Flagship

New York–headquartered Rent the Runway has arrived in San Francisco, launching a flagship to serve the company’s third-largest subscription market.

Arts District Pioneer Carl Louisville Heads to Westfield Century City

Carl Louisville’s pioneering store Guerilla Atelier proved that luxury and pricy avant-garde clothes could be sold in a neighborhood located a few blocks away from downtown’s Skid Row.

M.Fredric at 40: Looking for New Vistas in Bricks and Mortar

M.Fredric at 40: Looking for New Vistas in Bricks and Mortar

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, M. Fredric will hold a private party on May 4 at The Village at Topanga retail center.

Developer to Start Update on Playa Vista Retail Center

The seaside neighborhood of Playa Vista, not far from Los Angeles International Airport, is the new home of tech giants Google and Facebook, which recently opened big offices there.

Bebe Stores Names New Board Member

Bebe Stores Inc. has named a new member to its board of directors. New to the board is Perry Mandarino, who became a member on April 22. He replaces Kenneth Young, a director who joined the board last year.