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Black Friday Shopping Up, Deals Abound

By Andrew Asch | November 28, 2016

More people shopped on Black Friday, but spending per person was down, according to the National Retail Federation trade group, headquartered in Washington D.C.

Pokémon Go Craze Luring Shoppers to Stores and Malls

The marquis sign outside the Urban Outfitters store in downtown Los Angeles carries a curious message. It says: “There’s a Pikachu in my soup.”

Next Stop for Streetwear Brand: Hotel Rooms & Lobbies

At the W Hotel in Hollywood, guests can order apparel and accessories from LA brand ADBD, which are delivered like room service.

Guerilla Atelier: Ultra Luxe Store Grows in Arts District

Carl Louisville spent a career on retail on Los Angeles’ affluent Westside, but in 2011 he decided that opportunities lay east. He opened the ultra-luxe boutique Guerilla Atelier in the Skid Row–adjacent Arts District in downtown Los Angeles.

Forever 21 Opening in Romania With Franchisee

Forever 21, the Los Angeles–based fast-fashion retailer, is hoping to open its first store in Bucharest by this fall.

St John Knits: Searching for the Magic Formula

St John Knits: Searching for the Magic Formula

St. John, the venerable Southern California luxury label that is a staple in many well-heeled shoppers’ closets, has been on an odyssey in recent years.

Niche Suit Maker Jimmy Au’s Leaves Beverly Hills for Sherman Oaks

Niche Suit Maker Jimmy Au’s Leaves Beverly Hills for Sherman Oaks

There’s only one store in the United States selling suits and gear for the shorter man; it’s Jimmy Au’s for Men 5’8” and Under, said Alan Au, company vice president.

U.S. Port Traffic to be Uneven for Back-to-School and Holiday

The nation’s ports are expected to see up-and-down import cargo volumes for the rest of the year as retailers gear up for Back-to-School and Holiday sales.

June Business Better Than Expected

For many retailers, there was no June gloom. They did better business than what many Wall Street analysts predicted.

Retailers Increasingly Shifting Over to E-Commerce

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. That is becoming the popular mantra of retailers as the industry goes through a revolution, according to Marc Heller, president of CIT Commercial Services, a division of CIT Group Inc. in New York.

Fraser Ross Files Suit Against Attorneys for Malpractice Over Kitson’s Demise

Retailer Fraser Ross filed a lawsuit for legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty against Los Angeles law firm Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP in Los Angeles County Superior Court on July 1.

Belk’s New CEO Has a California Connection

Lisa Harper, who has been named the new chief executive of Belk department stores, starts her new job on July 5. She was most recently the chief executive of Hot Topic Inc.

Retailers Need to Move from Omnichannel 1.0 to Omnichannel 2.0 to Stay Relevant

Retailers scrambling to enter the omni-channel world may already be behind their competitors.

Interim Director Named for Fashion District BID

While the Los Angeles Fashion District Business Improvement District searches for a new executive director, the BID’s managing director will step in on an interim basis.

Shop.org Adds to Board, Prepares for Digital Events in California, Texas

Shop.org, the digital retail division of the Washington, D.C.–based National Retail Federation, added five new board members, bringing the board total to 12.

Forever 21 Is Downsizing Its U.K. Retail Footprint

Forever 21, which launched a small fleet of stores in Great Britain six years ago, is taking another look at its retail portfolio after losing millions of dollars.