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Andrew Asch

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In Heroes We Trust Stays Up Late

In Heroes We Trust, one of Abbot Kinney Boulevard's newest shops, stayed open late on Sept. 18 to party with the designers and artists represented in the shop. Check it out.

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50 Ways To Shop DTLA

Last year the map counted 36 stores. This year they found 50 boutique style stores in downtown Los Angeles. When they publish another edition of “50 Reasons To Shop DTLA,” probably around Black Friday, Cinnia Finfer and Kuo Yang expect to find more high end boutique shops. Meet the mapmakers of downtown Los Angeles' burgeoning boutique market.

Same-Day Service to Give Edge to Macy’s and Others

Retail

From recommendation algorithms to drones, Amazon.com and other major e-commerce sites branded themselves as the go-to places for new retail tech and convenience, but Macy’s Inc. and other big mall companies are pushing back.

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The Celect: Dramatic Style for Multi-line shop

Retail

Independent, multi-line retailer The Celect prides itself on its diversity and trying out new ideas, but some things don’t seem to change this six-month-old boutique.

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Straight Out of Austin

Stag

Abbot Kinney Boulevard has become one of Los Angeles’ top fashion streets—a place where unique brands from Los Angeles, New York and around the globe go to make a statement. But the latest boutique on Abbot Kinney hopes to give the street an Austin point of view.

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Making a Los Angeles Bow

Montreal’s M0851

Since 1987, Montreal brand M0851 has been making leather jackets and bags for men and women in a workshop in Montreal. Other than its New York shop, it had no other branded stores in the United States—until now.

Avant Garde Paris Store L’Eclaireur Opening in LA, Tranoi Heading to NY.

Retail

In 2015, the French retailer intends to open a location for his avant-garde-inspired boutique, L’Eclaireur, in Los Angeles, according to a spokesperson.

Beverly Center’s Ferragamo Scheduled to Reopen

Retail

On Oct. 10, Salvatore Ferragamo is scheduled to unveil a redesign of its boutique in Los Angeles’ Beverly Center, according to a Ferragamo statement.

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Mad Rabbit Kicking Tiger’s SUPR FELT

Shaun Nath started the Mad Rabbit Kicking Tiger accessories brand in Shanghai five years ago. He moved to Los Angeles this year. His welcome home gift? SUPR FELT.

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SIMA's 1st Stokes Me Bowl-A-Rama

Surf industry Manufacturers Association introduced the Stokes Me Bowl-A-Rama, to raise funds for the SIMA Humanitarian Fund on Sept. 16. Brands sent their best bowlers to compete. Top surfers and rock star Tré Cool of band Green Day also showed up.

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The Hundreds X Haiti

Streetwear loves satire, but that doesn't mean it is fashion for jerks. Enter The Hundreds X Haiti.

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New Market For Fashion Crafters

Described as ‘Etsy meets brick and mortar,” the Odd Market at Casa Vertigo will take a bow on Sept. 21, at Casa Vertigo at 1828 Oak Street in downtown Los Angeles.

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Cooper’s Art Above The Streets

Homeowners, businesses, aesthetes have all registered mighty complained about billboards as blocking their views, causing car crashes or being eyesores. But London-based artist Robert Montgomery sees beauty in the billboard. A show of his billboard art was curated in Cooper Design Space's Gateway Gallery.

Apple, Macy’s Debut Digital Wallets

Technology

To great fanfare, Apple introduced its digital wallet, Apple Pay, on Sept. 9. However, more retailers are getting into the mobile payments market.

West Hollywood’s Fur Ban to Be Changed

Retail

The city of West Hollywood, Calif., passed the first municipal fur ban in the United States in 2013, and since then the ban has been the subject of legal action.

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Clubbing at Macy’s Glamorama 2014

Nightclub in Hollywood

After playing at the Burning Man festival in the harsh Nevada desert over the Labor Day weekend, Paul Oakenfold performed trance music Sept. 9 at the Create Nightclub in Hollywood, Calif., for Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama 2014.

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Announcing Outerknown Brand

Kelly Slater

Kelly Slater, surf champ and former public face of Quiksilver, announced his new brand, Outerknown, which will debut for Fall 2015.

Twitter Launches the Buy Button

Retail

Twitter’s move into business has been anticipated for more than a year, and on Sept. 8, it became official. The social-media site unveiled a “buy” button, which will allow people to make online purchases without leaving the site.

Shawmut Wraps Up Rodeo Projects With Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Gucci

Retail

Boston-headquartered construction company Shawmut Design and Construction has worked on many projects on iconic shopping street Rodeo Drive over the years, including the building of shops Tory Burch, Tom Ford and Jimmy Choo.

Thomas Announces Plans to Re-merchandise Wet Seal

Retail

A week after juniors retailer Wet Seal Inc. announced that Ed Thomas would return as its chief executive officer, Thomas presided over a conference call with Wall Street analysts on Sept. 10.

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The Hundreds Gets Huger

Retail

The Hundreds’ 400-square-foot boutique was closed for renovations and expansion, said Bobby Kim, a co-founder of the popular brand. It is taking over the two adjacent storefronts and will reopen in the fall.

Kitson to Open New Stores

Retail

After opening a 15,000-square-foot Las Vegas emporium on March 28, Los Angeles–headquartered boutique chain Kitson is on the move again.

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Planning a Santa Monica Store at South Coast Plaza

Uniqlo Takes A Bow

With a performance by Taiko drummers, Larry Meyer, chief executive officer of Uniqlo USA, opened the doors of the Uniqlo emporium on Sept. 5 at South Coast Plaza retail center in Costa Mesa, Calif.

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The Game Visits Boyz NY

Hip Hop star The Game visited the storefront of streetwear brand Boyz NY on Los Angeles’ Fairfax Avenue on Sept. 6,

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Marciano’s Big 10

Marciano, a brand of Guess?, recently celebrated 10-years of biz with in-store events across the US. Here’s a look at a couple of the store parties.

Back to School’s Retail Surge

Retail

The Back-to-School season made business surge in August, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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Making Sales on Social Media Elusive, But Intriguing

Retail

After a decade of building audiences and communities, many think that social-media sites should be able to transform into a giant cash register.

Reed Plans New Trade Show Axis, Taps Agenda’s Chiu to Lead the N.Y. Event

Trade Show

After producing four Agenda Wmns sub-shows at the popular Agenda trade show, Vanessa Chiu will helm her own event, which will be called Axis, it was announced on Sept. 4.

Bebe Hires Jimenez for New Direction

Retail

For more than 30 years, Bebe Stores Inc. has cultivated a niche as the mall-based clothier for the woman who loves nightclubs and la dolce vita, but during a Sept. 4 conference call, Jim Wiggett said that his company planned to expand its offerings beyond clothes for going out.

FashionWeekLA.com Relaunched

Fashion

LA Fashion Week is scheduled to start on Oct. 6, and the producers for the Fashion Week LA calendar website, which officially relaunched Sept. 2, hope that designers and fashion show producers will start planning for it on the relaunched website ASAP.

Cirrus Files Brings CRM Data Directly to the Inbox

Technology

Running a sales team can be complicated business, but a lot of salespeople still work with pen and paper rather than employ tech-savvy programs such as customer-relations management, according to Cirrus Path Inc. which recently released its Cirrus Files cloud-based customer-relations management application.

Wet Seal Hoping to Turn Fortunes with New Executive Team

Retail

The Wet Seal Inc. will start the Back-to-School season under new leadership with the Foothill Ranch, Calif.–based retailer’s second major change in 18 months.

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Heist’s 10 on Abbot Kinney

Heist has been selling designer and better contemporary fashion on Los Angeles' Abbot Kinney Boulevard for 10-years. Nilou Ghodsi, Heist's owner, gives some advice on surviving and staying independent.

Wet Seal: New CEO, New Chairman

Executive Shift

The Wet Seal Inc. announced on Sept. 3 that John D. Goodman, who has served as the Foothill Ranch, Calif.–based retailer’s chief executive officer since January 2013, will leave the company and be replaced on Sept. 8 by Edmond Thomas, who is returning to Wet Seal for a second term.

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It’s an Origami Bird – Over The Bloc!

Months before its anticipated 2015 opening, The Bloc retail center in downtown L.A. gave a preview of its new attitude. A flock of 2,000 origami birds was affixed to the mall's 7th Street entryway.

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Building a Better Boardshort

Beach Lifestyle

Modern surfing was born in Hawaii, took root in California and spread across the world. Since its early days, surfers have been on a quest to find the right gear to wear while surfing.

PacSun Reports 2nd Quarter

Retail

Pacific Sunwear of California reported a 0.3 percent increase in same-store sales for the second quarter of its fiscal 2014 year.

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Surf Alternative

Don’t Care

For Joe Huebner, the spirit of fun, which was one of the touchstones of the surf scene, is being ignored by a culture obsessed with competition.

Guess? Net Earnings Drop By Half

Retail

Guess? Inc. reported that its net earnings dropped 50.5 percent for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 and that it will be closing stores.

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Pooltradeshow’s New Site

Trade Show

Last February, the trade show for emerging brands at MAGIC was located at a ballroom in the lower level of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. For its Aug. 18–20 run, it moved upstairs to the Mandalay Ballroom on Level 2 of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

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ENKVegas Provides a Home for Contemporary

Trade Show

The ENKVegas show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center Aug. 18–20 included a special section called Oasis, which featured brands that the show curators considered to be on the leading edge of contemporary design.

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Big Mix at Agenda

Trade Show

Action sports, streetwear and fashion brands shared the show floor at Agenda, which ran Aug. 18–20 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

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Liberty: New Section, More Booths

Trade Show

For its third Las Vegas show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs, held Aug. 18–20, added a new section and a surge of new brands.

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Project Looks for Newness

Trade Show

A statement released before the contemporary fashion event ran Aug. 18–20 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center said 30 percent of the brands at Project and its satellite shows were new brands. Established brands also debuted new lines at Project.

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Scouting Caps at Project

Some fashion reporters are always on the look-out for what is new in jeans. I seem to always be on the lookout for caps. Outside of the Project show, there was some headwear that caught my eye.

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Undefeated Ready for Its Big District LaBrea Move

Next month, Undefeated, a pioneering streetwear label, will open its long-anticipated shop at District LaBrea.

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Kitson: Ice Ice Baby

Can anyone really get enough of the ice bucket challenge? Joining the tidal wave of people and businesses accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge last week was the Kitson emporium in Las Vegas. Check it out.

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Bemo Takes A Bow

Bemo is a small camera designed to capture images and quickly post them on social media. Last week, it hosted a party with the Ron Robinson boutique.

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Oak Opens on L.A.’s Beverly Boulevard

Retail

On Aug. 14, a big nightclub-ready crowd showed up for an opening-night party to celebrate the new store, which is the second Oak to open in Los Angeles.

Billabong Sells Swell.com

Retail

Australian surfwear giant Billabong International Ltd. announced on Aug. 20 that it will sell its e-commerce businesses, Swell.com, headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and SurfStitch.com, which is based in Australia.

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