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Tiniest Flagship

By Andrew Asch | December 18, 2014

Alexander Khater,owner/creative director of the 2-year-old downtown Los Angeles brand LAEX, planned to turn conventional wisdom on its head with the firstLAEX flagship, which opened Dec. 8 at 218 W. Eighth St., on the corner of Broadway, in downtown Los Angeles.

Kirwan, Owen to Helm Gap Divisions

Gap Inc. announced Nov. 20 that Jeff Kirwan was named global president for the Gap brand and Andi Owen was named global president for Banana Republic brand.

Flagship on Rodeo Bows, Chief Honored at Walk of Style

Flagship on Rodeo Bows, Chief Honored at Walk of Style

On Nov. 19, Christopher Bailey, chief executive officer and chief creative officer of Burberry, picked up his plaque from the Rodeo Drive’s Walk of Style.

Byer California Launching Retail and Fast-Fashion Items


Byer California Launching Retail and Fast-Fashion Items


In December, the San Francisco–based company said it plans to open its first outlet store, which will be at the Outlets at Tejon in Tejon, Calif. The discount mall is a convenient stopping-off point for long-distance travelers driving north from Los Angeles through the San Joaquin Valley on Interstate 5.

Tankfarm, Schott NYC Opening at Americana at Brand

The men’s clothing line has sold at retailers such as Planet Blue, Kitson and Nordstrom in the past. By Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday season, Tankfarm plans on opening a 1,300-square-foot boutique at the Americana at Brand retail center in Glendale, Calif.

Nasty Gal Takes a Bow on Melrose

Prominent e-commerce emporium Nasty Gal opened its first physical store Nov. 21 at 8115 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles. The space formerly housed a store in the boutique chain Madison.

PacSun Hires New Marketing Chief

Pacific Sunwear of California Inc.’s marketing campaign, Golden State of Mind, will be expanding.

Opening on Abbot Kinney

Opening on Abbot Kinney

The Hyden Yoo brand opened its first fashion boutique on high-profile Los Angeles fashion street Abbot Kinney Boulevard earlier this month.

Nasty Gal Opens on Nov. 21

Prominent e-commerce emporium Nasty Gal confirmed that it will open its first physical store on Fri., Nov. 21, at 8115 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles, the space formerly housed a location for boutique chain Madison.

Holiday Sales To Increase 4.1 Percent Despite Challenges, Forecast Says

Economic indicators point toward an increase in sales, 4.1 percent, for the upcoming winter holiday season, Kimberly Ritter-Martinez, an economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said during a 2014 holiday retail panel at the Glendale Galleria mall in Glendale, Calif., on Nov. 13.

Tech in Made-to-Measure

Tech in Made-to-Measure

Alton Lane has a tech angle on a luxe category with a long history: the made-to-measure suit.

Fashion Veteran Launches Hybrid Retail, Showroom Space

Fashion Veteran Launches Hybrid Retail, Showroom Space

Everyone in boutique retail juggles an increasing variety of tasks, ranging from traditional jobs of buying merchandise to newer jobs such as handling social media, and Marie Shaffer hopes to cover every base of the fashion industry at her shop, the Hail Mary Boutique and Denim Bar.

Boutique for Eva Franco Takes a Bow

Los Angeles–headquartered designer Eva Franco opened her first solo branded boutique Nov. 6, located at 1555 Echo Park Blvd., close to the fashion store Tavin in Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood.

First Spanx Store Opening in Southern California

Spanx is scheduled to open its first California store Nov. 16 at the Santa Monica Place retail center in Santa Monica, Calif.

Sandro, Maje Open at South Coast Plaza

French brands Sandro and Maje have opened stores at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif. Sandro’s 1,530-square-foot store features the brand’s new design concept.

Gucci to Westfield Topanga

Gucci, the Italian fashion house, opened its third Los Angeles–area store last week.