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Gap Closing All Old Navy Stores in Japan, Plus Select Banana Republic Stores

By Deborah Belgum | May 19, 2016

After reporting dismal sales for its first quarter, Gap Inc. announced it is closing all 53 of its Old Navy stores in Japan and 75 Banana Republic stores in mostly overseas locations as it concentrates on other geographies.

PacSun Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Pacific Sunwear of California has not turned a profit in years.

Aella: From L.A. E-Tail to a Bloomie’s Pop-up

Aella: From L.A. E-Tail to a Bloomie’s Pop-up

Eunice Cho always thought that chic office clothes were uncomfortable and too high maintenance. She wanted bottoms from her Los Angeles women’s fashion line, Aella, to look like slacks but feel like yogawear.

Survey Reveals Clothing Manufacturers Optimistic for Better Spring/Summer Sales

Apparel and accessories manufacturers are optimistic that retailers will be having a good season in the upcoming months.

Planet Blue Opening NY Store in SoHo

Planet Blue will take its sunkissed, California lifestyle to Manhattan’s urbane SoHo neighborhood.

Tirnauer Joins Wet Seal as CFO

Judd P. Tirnauer was appointed to the positions of chief financial officer and executive vice president The Wet Seal LLC, the Irvine, Calif., women’s retailer, which is staging a comeback.

Hale Bob Opens Direct-to-Consumer Sales After Runway Shows

Hale Bob Opens Direct-to-Consumer Sales After Runway Shows

The Los Angeles–based Hale Bob label held a fashion show on March 17 at Style Fashion Week in West Hollywood, Calif. But Daniel Bohbot, the label’s founder and owner, announced that he will add a direct-to-consumer element to all of his upcoming fashion shows.

Convert Streamlines Concept

Convert Streamlines Concept

San Francisco Bay Area retailer Convert closed its Berkeley, Calif., shoe store last month and reopened it as a clothing store.

Wet Seal Maps Its Rebound

New offices, new staff and new merchandise, Wet Seal put its rebound on display.

Beverly Center to Get Multi-Million Renovation

Beverly Center to Get Multi-Million Renovation

Beverly Center, one of Los Angeles’ prominent retail centers, is scheduled to undergo a $500 million renovation.

February Sales Mixed

L Brands—the parent company of Victoria’s Secret, Pink, Bath & Body Works, and Henri Bendel—reported a strong February.

DTLA Pioneer Daniel Patrick Moving to Crescent Heights

Before downtown Los Angeles got hip, designer label Daniel Patrick pioneered the neighborhood with a sprawling shop at 1039 S. Broadway, which is a short walk from the main drag of the Los Angeles Fashion District.

ModCloth Ramping Up to Add Stores

After operating as an online site for women’s indie apparel, ModCloth is gearing up to add bricks to its clicks-based business model.

After Four-Year PR Battle, Caruso Concedes Defeat in Carlsbad Development Deal

In a hotly contested special election, voters in Carlsbad, Calif. rejected a retail center proposed by Caruso Affiliated, the developer of the prominent retail centers The Grove and The Americana at Brand. A statement from Rick J. Caruso, the founder of the Los Angeles–headquartered Caruso Affiliated, was released.

Carlsbad Voters Give Thumbs Down to Caruso Mall

In a tightly contested special election, voters in Carlsbad, Calif., rejected a retail center proposed by Caruso Affiliated, the developer of the prominent retail centers The Grove and The Americana at Brand, located in Los Angeles and Glendale, Calif., respectively.

Fred Segal, Barnabas to Move Into New Tech Enclave in Playa Vista

Major tech companies such as Facebook and Google already have offices in Los Angeles’ Playa Vista district. Now it is time for fashion boutiques.