Holiday Sales To Increase 4.1 Percent Despite Challenges, Forecast Says

By Andrew Asch | November 13, 2014

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.

Specialty Boutiques, Major Retailers Try New Mix of Specialty and E-Commerce

For 15 years, Erica Dee Thomas believed that success for her series ofboutiques, came from being community fixtures, places where fashion people could gather. Now she believes the path to success goes through her clients’ doorsteps.

Sundance at 25: Brand Building With a Curatorial Eye

Sundance at 25: Brand Building With a Curatorial Eye

The Sundance Catalog is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with a series of one-of-a-kind products and a sweepstakes drawing for an all-expenses-paid trip to the Sundance Resort in Salt Lake City.

Wet Seal Announces New Digital Czar

The Wet Seal Inc. created a new position, chief digital officer, to increase its e-commerce, which is one of the brightest spots if its business.

Proposed Retail Pay Hike: Pols Campaign, Businesses Divided

Cities all over California are discussing or taking legislative steps toward raising minimum wages, which could add a few more dollars to sales staffs’ paychecks—or drive retailers out of business, depending upon whom you ask.

Same-Day Service to Give Edge to Macy’s and Others

From recommendation algorithms to drones, and other major e-commerce sites branded themselves as the go-to places for new retail tech and convenience, but Macy’s Inc. and other big mall companies are pushing back.

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.