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Crooks & Castles' Devils Peak Collection

For its Holiday ’14 men’s collection, Los Angeles’ Crooks & Castles label released Devil’s Peak. Check it out.

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Topshop To San Diego

After grabbing headlines last year with opening a store at The Grove in Los Angeles, UK retailer Topshop is on the move again. On Oct. 30, it will open a 17,500-square-foot store at San Diego’s Fashion Valley retail center, according to a Topshop statement.

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Soren Sand, the Suit & L.A.

Soren Sand passed through Los Angeles the past weekend. The creative director of Danish Fashion House Sand was scouting real estate for a potential second Sand boutique. He also stopped by a soiree Oct. 24 at the Sand flagship at the Sunset Plaza boutique district in West Hollywood. Check it out.

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A.P.C.’s Big Party

Kanye West, Roman Coppola and Waris Ahluwalia joined A.P.C. Founder Jean Touitou on Oct. 23 for a debut party for the French brand's Melrose Place boutique.

American Rag to Open in Shanghai

Retail

American Rag Cie is taking its show to the world. The pioneering Los Angeles retailer announced that the company recently signed off on a licensing deal that will bring American Rag to Shanghai, possibly in the first half of 2015.

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New Hires at Element

Manufacturing

Element, the Costa Mesa, Calif.–based brand owned by Billabong International Ltd., announced new hires recently.

Active: New President, Plan for Growth

Retail

Rick Mina, former chief executive officer and president of Foot Locker North America, was named president of Active Ride Shop, a 21-store chain headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., that is devoted to action-sports brands.

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Basics on a Local Mission

Groceries

When Robert Lohman and Matt Boelk started the Los Angeles–based Groceries Apparel brand in 2010, they were advised that they could not launch their type of business—a vertically manufactured eco-basics brand. Critics said it was too niche and too expensive to build. Just one mistake could cripple the whole venture. Their advisers were almost right.

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Project Ethos’ LAFW Show

Project Ethos mixed sizzle and good works at its LA Fashion Week show, all of which took a bow at the Avalon Hollywood club.

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From The Underground - Skingraft’s Flagship Party

Underground celebs and designers made their way to the Oct. 18 opening of the Skingraft designer label’s new flagship at the corner of 8th & Spring St. in downtown Los Angeles. For many it was the underground store party to be seen, but for Jonny Cota, founder of Skingraft, the new shop represented a new statement for the leather and avant garde - fashion label. “This is the brand grown-up,” Cota said of the new flagship for the label which has frequently produced runway shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, and back-in-the day when MBFW was in L.A

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