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Alison A. Nieder

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Survey: Fit Issues Impact Shopping Decisions Online and In-Store


Nearly 60 percent of shoppers say they would buy more often if they could be assured of consistent fit, according to a recently released study by Body Labs, a New York–based company that creates and customises 3-D models of the human body.

Benjamin Seigel Joins Greenberg & Bass


Longtime apparel-industry attorney Benjamin S. Seigel has joined Greenberg & Bass LLP as senior counsel to the firm, based in Los Angeles’ Encino area.

New Sourcing, Textile Trade Show Launching in Toronto

Trade Shows

Garment factories and fabric mills from around the world will show at the inaugural Apparel Textile Sourcing Expo, which will bow Aug. 22–24 at the International Centre in Toronto.

UBM Launching Sourcing@Coterie in September

Trade Shows

UBM—producer of the MAGIC, Project and FN Platform trade shows—is adding a sourcing component to its contemporary Coterie trade show in New York.

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Art Institute of California-Hollywood’s “Spotlight” Runway Show Highlights Award-Winning Designs

AIC Runway Show

Students from the Art Institute of California—Hollywood presented their designs at a runway show complete with a sweeping backdrop of the Verdugo Mountains.

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The Dreslyn Launches Beauty

Contemporary e-commerce retailer The Dreslyn has added beauty products to its mix.

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Whimsy + Row: Pop-up + Capsule Line

To celebrate the launch of the first capsule collection by Whimsy + Row, the lifestyle e-tailer/retailer is hosting a pop-up shop at MILKMADE LA in Los Angeles’ Venice neighborhood.

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Elaine Kim: Stretch Out & Party

Designer Elaine Kim celebrated the expansion of her retail store with a party in the newly expanded space on Los Angeles’ on West Third Street.

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Anna Does Stand-Up

Schumer does Vogue

It's like a modern-day #freakyfriday. Amy Schumer and Anna Wintour trade places for a day. Guess who wins.

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Konus Pop-up at EDC Vegas

Los Angeles streetwear Konus Brand is popping up RIGHT NOW at the Electric Daisy Carnival festival in Las Vegas.

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L.A.'s Indie (and Exclusive) Market

Drop City: Fashion happening north of the intersection.

MRket and Project to Co-locate in New York

Trade Shows

MRket and Project menswear trade shows will share the same show floor at the Javits Center during the two shows’ July 17–19 run in New Yor

Barbara Fields Reopening Buying Office


Barbara Fields Buying Office is reopening at the California Market Center.

CurveNV Moving to Mandalay Bay, Co-locating With Project Women’s

Trade Shows

CurveNV will move to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, where it will co-locate with UBM’s Project Womens trade show during the shows’ Aug. 15–17 run.

Brigade LA Moving to LA Live in DTLA


Brigade LA is moving to a new space at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles.

Retail Sales Declines in May, NRF Predicts Father’s Day Uptick

Most large retailers reported sales declines in May, but a recent NRF survey points to increased spending in June.

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Chrome Hearts’ Model Family

Cindy Crawford and her daughter Gaia Gerber appear in the latest issue of Chrome Hearts' magazine.

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If You Like It, Put a Crown on It

Beauty app Perfect365 is giving Beyonce fans a chance to try on the Laurel DeWitt crown like the one Bey wears in Coldplay's "Hymn for the Weekend" video.

NetSuite Introduces Software Designed for Apparel and Accessories Retailers


San Jose, Calif.–based enterprise resource planning (ERP) and omni-channel software provider NetSuite Inc. has a new solution designed specifically for apparel and accessories retailers.

Kingpins Launching China City Tour, Changing Hong Kong Schedule

Trade Shows

Boutique denim trade show Kingpins will kick off a new multi-city concept in September called Kingpins China City Tour.

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LA Market Draws Western Retailers Looking for Everything from Immediates to Resort

LA Market

Business was surprisingly good during the June 6–9 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market despite a schedule that overlapped with several other regional markets as well as the California primary election.

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Couture from the Colleagues’ Closets

When Beverly Hills philanthropic organization The Colleagues says they practice “Philanthropy through Fashion from the best closets in town,” they’re not kidding around.

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Kitross Opens on Robertson

Robertson retail chain Kitson may be gone. But in its place is Kitross, the new retail boutique opened by original Kitson owner Fraser Ross.

Showroom Profile: Anonymous 213

New Lines

The Anonymous 213 showroom in the Cooper Design Space is a work in progress. Co-owner Eric Wheeler is building a shoe wall, adding a kitchen area with a sliding door and renovating an outdoor patio to make a tranquil seating area with white walls and green plants.

Trend Forecaster Barbara Fields Retires


After 35 years tracking trends, Barbara Fields is retiring and closing her Barbara Fields Buying Office at the California Market Center in Los Angeles.

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300 Years of Menswear

If you have not yet seen "Reining Men” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (or even if you have), now is your chance to see the costume exhibition with the experts.

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Wolk Morais Takes on the LA Nightlife

Wolk Morais

It was all about the LA nightlife for the third Wolk Morais collection since designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais relocated from New York to Los Angeles. The designers debuted the collection on the runway on May 24 at Giorgio’s nightclub at The Standard Hotel in Hollywood.

UBM Bringing ‘Swimlessons” to LA in June

Trade Shows

UBM—the parent company of MAGIC, Project, Coterie and Pooltradeshow—is expanding its Swimlessons bootcamp to bring the networking and educational program to a broader audience.

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The Way We Wore’s Doris Raymond Takes Vintage Online

Voguely Familiar

The Way We Wore owner Doris Raymond has launched a new e-commerce site featuring vintage and more recent pieces.

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What to Wear in Zero Gravity

Forget the bulky silver spacesuits. A group of European fashion school students have a new take on the future of space fashion

Express Trade Expands Team With 1st SVP Appointment


Express Trade Capital Inc. named Ignatius “Nat” Marotta as first senior vice president for the New York–based finance company, which specializes in trade finance, factoring and purchase-order financing.

AIMS360 Treats Customers to a Day of Business Advice and Burgers


AIMS360 customers, the LA-based technology company has covered quite a bit of ground, from breaking down batch processes to making EDI (electronic data interchange) more efficient to tips for creating business intelligence reports and pivot tables using AIMS360 software.

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Naja’s Nude For All

Lingerie brand Naja recently kicked off a campaign titled #NudeForAll, which hopes to draw attention to the idea that the color “nude” is exclusionary and does not reflect the reality that people come in many shades of skin color.

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Zappos: n'est pas une box

Zappos recently kicked off its #ImNotABox campaign.

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Naomi Campbell: Lady in a Red Nose

Naomi Campbell recently flipped the switch on the Empire State Building turning the iconic New York landmark red in honor of Red Nose Day, the international fund-raiser for children in need around the world.

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JCP’s Got a Winner!

On May 24, Project Runway winner Ashley Nell Tipton will be at the Glendale Galleria in Glendale, Calif. , for the opening of JCPenney’s plus-size in-store concept called The Boutique and the launch of JCP’s own plus-size fashion line Boutique+.

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Diane Merrick Closing Sale

LA retailer Diane Merrick just announced her final closing sale with 50 percent discounts off everything in the store.

Technical Advice for the Retailer—from Brick-and-Mortar to Online-Only


Sean Finnigan, vice president of program services for Teamwork Retail, was speaking at “Take It to the Next Level: Empowering Retailers Through Technology,” an all-day event on May 10 at the Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach, Calif., hosted by One Step Retail Solutions.

Feedback on Chargebacks: Stage Stores VP Offers Advice for Avoiding Chargebacks


At a recent event in Los Angeles, Stage Stores executive Kenneth J. Lettre offered some words of advice for avoiding chargebacks.

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CCA Collections on the Runway in San Francisco

CCA Collections

California College of the Arts hosted its 2016 annual fashion show on May 13 on the back lot of the design school’s San Francisco campus.

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Academy of Art Taps Rodarte Designers for Graduation Runway Show

Rodarte Designers Honored

Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy received honorary doctorate degrees from the Academy of Art University on May 11 at the San Francisco design school’s graduation fashion show.

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The RealReal Gets Real in SF

Online luxury consignment shop The RealReal is expanding its physical presence with the May 17 opening of its fourth watch evaluation office.

Agave Denim and XCVI Ink Design, Manufacturing and Distribution Deal


Los Angeles–based XCVI has acquired Agave, the men’s and women’s denim lifestyle collection founded by Jeff Shafer in 2002.

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Outlander Costumes Behind the Scenes

For the second season of “Outlander,” costume designer Terry Dresbach pulls out all the stops.

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Frame’s ‘Sartorial Puzzle’

Frame has released a new limited-edition style called Le Mix, which was made from reworked Frame jeans.

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Sue Wong Shares Story, Archival Pieces at FGI Event

Sue Wong

Sue Wong is preparing for the next chapter in her career. The Los Angeles designer recently inked a licensing deal for her namesake eveningwear collection and a new day-to-eveningwear collection with DNAM Apparel Industries LLC.

Levi’s Partners With Recycled-Cotton Start-Up


Levi Strauss & Co. has created a jean made from post-consumer recycled cotton.

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Rosemary Brantley, Jenni Kayne and Joie Honored at 34th Annual Otis Gala

34th Otis Gala

For 34 years, Rosemary Brantley has presided over the Otis College of Art and Design annual scholarship benefit and fashion show. The first year the event was held it was a small party at the Hard Rock Café, where models stood on the tables.

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Billabong’s Beach Hair

Finish off your beach look with Billabong beach hair thanks to a collab between the surf label and hair care brand John Frieda.

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Guess Russia: From LA With Love

Los Angeles–based Guess? Inc. is opening a new 1,600-square-foot flagship store in Moscow's Europeisky Mall. A 590,000-square-foot shopping center with more than 500 stores.