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Caruso Closes Escrow on Palisades Enclave.


Rick Caruso, developer of The Grove and The Americana at Brand retail centers in the Los Angeles area, announced Nov. 25 that his company, Caruso Affiliated, closed escrow on Swarthmore Avenue in the wealthy enclave of Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles.

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Sleepy Jones to Open in Santa Monica. Calif.

Spade and Buri

Spade started Sleepy Jones and on Nov. 20, he held a grand opening for a 650-square-foot Sleepy Jones boutique at 1318 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica, Calif.

Element Goes Global: New Executives, New Boutique


Element, an Irvine, Calif.–based brand owned by Billabong International Ltd., announced on Nov. 24 the hiring of two European executives.

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Naked Princess To La Cienega

It's some pretty impressive real estate across from West Hollywood’s Melrose Place quaint lane of high end boutiques. The building is 653 N. La Cienega. French Fashion Star Catherine Malandrino ran a boutique at this address, and earlier this year, Naked Princess, a lingerie and contemporary label moved into the two story building. In the front there’s a garden. On the second story there is a VIP lounge.

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Barbie Loves Wildfox: The Party

Wildfox introduced its “Barbie Loves Wildfox” collection last week. Time to party. Check out the guest list which ranged from Wildfox chief executives to Kardashians.

Wet Seal Hires Team to Explore Sale

Beleaguered retailer The Wet Seal Inc. announced Nov. 24 that it hired a team to help the Foothill Ranch, Calif.–based retailer to look for “strategic and financial alternatives,” which can be industry lingo for considering an array of new directions for the business, including a sale.

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New Standalone Shop in Santa Monica

Ron Robinson

After almost 20 years of doing business in the well-off seaside city of Santa Monica, Calif., Ron Robinson was told to vacate his successful Ron Robinson shop at the landmark Fred Segal compound in May. The entire Fred Segal building at 500 Broadway was going to be torn down to make way for construction of a mixed-use building of residences and restaurants.

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Jen Awad’s Lovelace Collection

We missed Jen Awad at the last edition of Los Angeles Fashion Week. However, the designer best known for making clothes for the rock ‘n’ roll set made a splash Nov. 20 at West Hollywood boutique Orphic. She presented her new Lovelace Collection.

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The Stronghold X Red Wing party

You don’t get more heritage than The Stronghold. The denim and clothing store on 1625 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Los Angeles makes workwear styles with a Roaring ‘20s feel. It makes sense that The Stronghold would partner with other heritage brands. On Nov. 21, it held an event for Red Wing shoes. The party celebrated the venerable footwear label’s Kangatan 8180 boots, a green leather boot, which was designed for baseball player Ted Williams.

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August Getty Atelier’s Fabulous Dinner

The young, the beautiful and the outrageous convened at a fashion shindig for August Getty Atelier at the Montage Beverly Hills last week. Along with new designer August Getty, Tyra Banks was on hand, along with Taylor Spreitler, an actor and producer, and Vicky Vox, drag queen, entertainer and a model for designer Marco Marco’s notorious debut in 2013.

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