Streetwear loves satire, but that doesn't mean it is fashion for jerks. Enter The Hundreds X Haiti.
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.
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.
To great fanfare, Apple introduced its digital wallet, Apple Pay, on Sept. 9. However, more retailers are getting into the mobile payments market.
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.
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.
Kelly Slater, surf champ and former public face of Quiksilver, announced his new brand, Outerknown, which will debut for Fall 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After opening a 15,000-square-foot Las Vegas emporium on March 28, Los Angeles–headquartered boutique chain Kitson is on the move again.
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.
Hip Hop star The Game visited the storefront of streetwear brand Boyz NY on Los Angeles’ Fairfax Avenue on Sept. 6,
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.
The Back-to-School season made business surge in August, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.
After a decade of building audiences and communities, many think that social-media sites should be able to transform into a giant cash register.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pacific Sunwear of California reported a 0.3 percent increase in same-store sales for the second quarter of its fiscal 2014 year.
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? Inc. reported that its net earnings dropped 50.5 percent for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 and that it will be closing stores.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next month, Undefeated, a pioneering streetwear label, will open its long-anticipated shop at District LaBrea.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Las Vegas Trade Shows
LAS VEGAS—With more than 20 events spread across five venues, the Las Vegas trade shows offered just about something for every buyer—from juniors and streetwear to upscale menswear and lingerie.
Fred Segal Collective
Fred Segal, a pioneer and landmark of Southern California’s boutique scene, will take its first bow outside of Los Angeles County.
Levi’s is biking to downtown Los Angeles. It opened a pop-up shop for its bicycling friendly Levi’s Commuter line at 157 W. 5th St in downtown Los Angeles.
Call it an unofficial 1-year birthday party. Downtown L.A. boutique Curio and fashion line Echo and Air are both about 1-year old. So they had a party.
Menswear Line Parke & Ronen will go into its Spring ’15 looks with a yen for linen, said co-founder Ronen Jehezkel.
Downtown L.A. Artist Alexander Schaefer gained notoriety with his "Burning Banks" paintings during the Occupy protest. On Aug. 14, another side of Shaefer went on display. Some of his new paintings were included in a group gallery show in the Fashion District, and they don't have a political theme.
New York’s Oak boutique went big when it opened its newest Los Angeles boutique.
The Waterman’s Ball has been described as the surfwear business’s excuse for a prom, a chance to party at the stunning Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel, Calif., and a thank you to the ocean for providing the raw materials for the surfing lifestyle.
With more than 20 apparel, footwear, accessories and sourcing trade shows taking a bow in Las Vegas starting on Aug. 18 and a trade show season that continues on until the end of October, retailers are gearing up for the serious work of finding the brands that might hold the key to big profits.
When Cheyann Benedict, co-founder of the C&C California brand, made a return to fashion in 2013, she wanted to run her self-named Cheyann Benedict company her way.