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Gap Inc. Reveals Plans for Omni-Channel and Asia Expansion

By Deborah Belgum | April 17, 2014

In the next three years, Gap Inc. hopes its sales in China will reach $1 billion as it expands the number of stores located there and pumps up its omni-channel offerings.

Swedish Boutique Acne Studios Debuts on Broadway

Swedish Boutique Acne Studios Debuts on Broadway

The ultra-cool Swedish brand celebrated its grand opening of its flagship store in downtown Los Angeles’ old theater district.

Urban Outfitters Debuts

Urban Outfitters Debuts

A highly anticipated Urban Outfitters opened at 810 S. Broadway Dec. 19, and some executives for the hipster emporium dropped by the new shop at a debut party on Dec. 18.

Shareholders Group Seeks to Take Wet Seal Private

After more than two decades of being a public company, The Wet Seal Inc., based in Foothill Ranch, Calif., might go private.

Majority Shareholder Bids to Take Frederick’s of Hollywood Private

After years of losing money, executives at lingerie retailer Frederick’s of Hollywood Group said they have accepted an offer to take the company private.

LA’s Alameda Square Adds E-commerce Site GoJane

Alameda Square—the business complex in downtown Los Angeles that houses American Apparel, Splendid and Ella Moss, Groceries Apparel, and HauteLook’s photo studio—has added another fashion tenant: Los Angeles–based e-tailer GoJane.

Economic Indicators for 2013 Show Signs of Recovery and Continued Struggle

Economic Indicators for 2013 Show Signs of Recovery and Continued Struggle

The editors of California Apparel News look at the top indicators for the past year to distill the industry’s recovery by the numbers.

2013 RETROSPECTIVE Real Estate: Retail Space Scarce in Prime LA Shopping Streets

2013 RETROSPECTIVE Real Estate: Retail Space Scarce in Prime LA Shopping Streets

Vacancies are getting harder to find in Los Angeles as more stores cruise for good locations in some of the more popular retail areas of town.

2013 RETROSPECTIVE Retail Sales: Major Retailers and Off-Pricers

2013 RETROSPECTIVE Retail Sales: Major Retailers and Off-Pricers

2013 was a good year for major retailers and off-pricers.

2013 RETROSPECTIVE Retail Sales: Specialty Retail

2013 RETROSPECTIVE Retail Sales: Specialty Retail

Even as Victoria’s Secret hosted its high-profile annual fashion show, broadcast on Dec. 11 on CBS, L Brands, the chain’s parent company, was reporting a slowdown at the beginning of the crucial season.

Mise En Scène: From Brand Building and B2B to Boutiques

Mise En Scène: From Brand Building and B2B to Boutiques

Andrew Pollard was in the vanguard of the e-commerce business, but for his new venture, he's creating a bricks-and-mortar boutique.

Early-Morning Fire in the LA Fashion District

Early-Morning Fire in the LA Fashion District

Some 135 firefighters from the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to an early-morning blaze Friday that started in the second floor of a small commercial building across from the California Market Center in the downtown Los Angeles fashion district.

2013 Newsmaker: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

2013 Newsmaker: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

In October, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was on hand at the California Market Center to address the Los Angeles apparel industry on the opening day of Los Angeles Fashion Market, much like his predecessor, Antonio Villaraigosa, who also helped kick off market weeks.

2013 Newsmaker: Fairfax Becomes Capital of Streetwear

2013 Newsmaker: Fairfax Becomes Capital of Streetwear

Just a few years ago, Los Angeles’ Fairfax Avenue was best known for Jewish delis, religious gift shops and thrift stores.

2013 Newsmaker: Glendale Galleria’s Massive Renovation

2013 Newsmaker: Glendale Galleria’s Massive Renovation

If introducing new looks and styles is crucial in the retail game, the Glendale Galleria shopping center had been out of step for a long time.

2013 Newsmaker: Downtown LA as a Retail Destination

2013 Newsmaker: Downtown LA as a Retail Destination

Already a destination for foodies, downtown Los Angeles is poised to become a destination for shoppers, as well.