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DTLA Boutique Takes a Bow

By Andrew Asch | October 16, 2014

After working as a senior buyer at American Rag, a head designer at Joe’s Jeans and a director of merchandising at Planet Blue, the next step for Jennifer Althouse was to open a high-end, multi-brand women’s boutique in downtown Los Angeles.

The Celect: Dramatic Style for Multi-line shop

The Celect: Dramatic Style for Multi-line shop

Independent, multi-line retailer The Celect prides itself on its diversity and trying out new ideas, but some things don’t seem to change this six-month-old boutique.

Straight Out of Austin

Straight Out of Austin

Abbot Kinney Boulevard has become one of Los Angeles’ top fashion streets—a place where unique brands from Los Angeles, New York and around the globe go to make a statement. But the latest boutique on Abbot Kinney hopes to give the street an Austin point of view.

Making a Los Angeles Bow

Making a Los Angeles Bow

Since 1987, Montreal brand M0851 has been making leather jackets and bags for men and women in a workshop in Montreal. Other than its New York shop, it had no other branded stores in the United States—until now.

Avant Garde Paris Store L’Eclaireur Opening in LA, Tranoi Heading to NY.

In 2015, the French retailer intends to open a location for his avant-garde-inspired boutique, L’Eclaireur, in Los Angeles, according to a spokesperson.

Beverly Center’s Ferragamo Scheduled to Reopen

On Oct. 10, Salvatore Ferragamo is scheduled to unveil a redesign of its boutique in Los Angeles’ Beverly Center, according to a Ferragamo statement.

First Retail, Then Collection

First Retail, Then Collection

In Spring 2011, Leylie Aghili made a bold move, opening a bricks-and-mortar store at a time when economic stability was uncertain.

West Hollywood’s Fur Ban to Be Changed

The city of West Hollywood, Calif., passed the first municipal fur ban in the United States in 2013, and since then the ban has been the subject of legal action.

Twitter Launches the Buy Button

Twitter’s move into business has been anticipated for more than a year, and on Sept. 8, it became official. The social-media site unveiled a “buy” button, which will allow people to make online purchases without leaving the site.

Shawmut Wraps Up Rodeo Projects With Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Gucci

Boston-headquartered construction company Shawmut Design and Construction has worked on many projects on iconic shopping street Rodeo Drive over the years, including the building of shops Tory Burch, Tom Ford and Jimmy Choo.

Thomas Announces Plans to Re-merchandise Wet Seal

A week after juniors retailer Wet Seal Inc. announced that Ed Thomas would return as its chief executive officer, Thomas presided over a conference call with Wall Street analysts on Sept. 10.

The Hundreds Gets Huger

The Hundreds Gets Huger

The Hundreds’ 400-square-foot boutique was closed for renovations and expansion, said Bobby Kim, a co-founder of the popular brand. It is taking over the two adjacent storefronts and will reopen in the fall.

Kitson to Open New Stores

After opening a 15,000-square-foot Las Vegas emporium on March 28, Los Angeles–headquartered boutique chain Kitson is on the move again.

Planning a Santa Monica Store at South Coast Plaza

Planning a Santa Monica Store at South Coast Plaza

With a performance by Taiko drummers, Larry Meyer, chief executive officer of Uniqlo USA, opened the doors of the Uniqlo emporium on Sept. 5 at South Coast Plaza retail center in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Back to School’s Retail Surge

The Back-to-School season made business surge in August, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Making Sales on Social Media Elusive, But Intriguing

Making Sales on Social Media Elusive, But Intriguing

After a decade of building audiences and communities, many think that social-media sites should be able to transform into a giant cash register.