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Andrew Asch

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Top Womenswear Executive Resigns from PacSun

Retail

Christine Lee, senior vice president of women’s merchandising and design, has resigned from Pacific Sunwear Inc., the surfwear retailer headquartered in Anaheim, Calif. She has been with the company since 2010.

Mansion Trade Show to Debut in Las Vegas

Trade Show

Atlanta-area production company Collab Avenue plans to host its first fashion trade event, the Mansion Trade Show, in Las Vegas Aug. 17–19

City Chic to Roll Out California Stores

Retail

City Chic, an Australian retailer of women’s plus-sized fashion, opened its first American store Aug. 1 at the Westfield Culver City retail center, located off a busy stretch of the San Diego (405) Freeway.

Smith, Uner to Relaunch FashionWeekLA.com

Fashion

Los Angeles Fashion Week has been criticized throughout its history for not attracting enough buyers and not producing enough shows for high-profile designers. For Kelsi Smith, director of Los Angeles Fashion Council, a community organization for fashion designers, what the fashion week needs is better organization.

Madison’s Melrose Store Closes in Real Estate Deal

Retail

After a 16-year run, prominent Los Angeles boutique chain Madison shuttered its Melrose Avenue location on July 26, the company’s second store closing in two months.

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Money Ruins Everything @ The Park Showroom

Showroom Profiles

In October, the menswear showroom opened contemporary boutique Seven Points on the ground floor of the Lady Liberty Building. Last month, it announced a merger with streetwear showroom Money Ruins Everything. T

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Showroom Profile

Lynn Girard

After 36 years of running a showroom in the California Market Center, Lynn Girard thought it was time for a change.

Centric’s New Investment to Fund China Expansion

Technology

Story: Link Italics Bold Bulleted list Numbered list Block quote Heading Create inline: tk Centric Software Inc. announced on July 29 that it received $24 million in Series D capital funding.

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Tokidoki Gets Cute

Cute and spooky was Tokidoki’s style when the Los Angeles-headquartered pop-culture brand took its bow about a decade ago. With the ntroduction of a new character Palette, it's just getting cute.

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Pepsi Style

Pepsi. It’s not just a soft drink. It’s a fashion line too. Pepsi recently introduced the Pepsi Live For Now Collaboration.

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Mom's The Word Takes A Bow

fter 17-years of running maternity shops in the San Francisco Bay area, Mom’s The Word opened a Los Angeles location.

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Globe's Old School Surf Movie

Action Sports Brand Globe International defied the current way of making the surf movie. Their flick, Strange Rumblings in Shangri La, premieres on July 31. Here's a peek into Globe's big surf world.

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Rebel 8: Pop-up at the Edge of Town

Streetwear brand Rebel 8 produced pop-up shops in Taipei and Sydney this year, and in June the brand opened a shop at its Los Angeles-headquarters. But for some people, it might be as tough to get there as skateboarding down a set of concrete steps.

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Business Makes a Big Splash

Miami’s Swimwear Trade Show

The trend for women’s swimwear is getting skimpier, but the market for bikinis, one-pieces and coverups is becoming a much bigger business.

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Indah at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Call Indah a multi-cultural flirt. Its new swim line was called Jambo Zuri, which translates as 'Hello Beautiful' from Swahili. It took a bow July 21 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

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Minimale Animale at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim

Was there a bad girl at the sunny Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim? It could have been the line Minimale Animale. Models wore motorcycle helmets at the show and heavy metal music blasted on the show's soundtrack.

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Suboo at MBFW Swim

Miami Swim

Sue DiChio, designer of swimwear line Suboo, unveiled a ’70s-inspired collection on July 20 at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim.

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We Are Handsome at MBFW Swim

Australian swim line, ‘We are Handsome,’ took a bow at Mercedes Benz Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim.

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Mikoh at MBFW Swim

After years of exhibiting their swimwear line at trade shows, Mikoh's Oleema and Kalani Miller produced their first runway show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim.

Full Circle Lite: Software for the Emerging Fashion Company

Technology

Since Innovative Systems opened for business in 1994, some of the action-sports field’s biggest players have signed up to use its Full Circle software.

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The Outlets at Tejon to Open

Retail

More than 70 well-known retailers are scheduled to open stores at the new Outlets at Tejon center on Aug. 7.

L.A. Boutique Veterans Alisa Loftin and Neely Shearer Return to Retail With In Heroes We Trust

Retail

After a long break, two stars of Los Angeles’ boutique scene, Neely Shearer and Alisa Loftin, will open a new store near booming Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

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Surging Retail Traffic & New Lines Debuts

Agenda

Agenda has always staked a claim to being the go-to place for streetwear and action-sports clothing, and it defended that position this year by attracting a host of big-name retailers and a wide array of apparel outposts.

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New Boots for Palladium

Palladium used to march to a military beat when it made boots for the French Foreign Legion. With its upcoming collaboration with Alpha Industries, it is marching to the beat of a different drummer.

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No Surf? Here’s Seventh Wave & Endless Summer!

There are no waves in Long Beach. But there's the Seventh Wave Surf Shop and the Art Theatre. It just enough for a 50th anniversary screening of The Endless Summer - the flick that put surf culture on the world's radar screens.

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Akai Ito's New Store

Akai Ito opened in 2012 with the mission of bringing high end avant garde fashions to Los Angeles' Arts District. But it recently moved to the Old Bank District, and its new space will offer an art gallery and a shop.

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The Cooper’s Eternal Sunshine of the Contemporary Mind

During the World Cup, Cooper Design Space screened the soccer event’s highly anticipated games in its lobby, now it’s back to art with a gallery show by artist Jess Black.

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SLVDR: Taking the Boardshort in a Different Direction

Manufacturing

Technical boardshorts have ruled the action-sports swim game for years. But Rob Myers, president and creative director of the Santa Ana, Calif.–based men’s collection SLVDR, wants to challenge swim fashion with his label’s new “Water Short,” which debuted at the Agenda trade show in Long Beach, Calif., on July 10.

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Venue Makes Its Third Appearance

The Place to Be

For the owners of the Casablank streetwear label, business can be a transcontinental road trip.

June Sales Better Than Expected

Retail

A month of warm weather melted some of the winter blues held by some retailers, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers, a New York trade group for the shopping-center business.

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Tough Times in Retail Lead to Complex Ways to Thrive

Retail

After a decade of solid growth, Ricky Takizawa’s Popkiller chain of stores will experience its first big setback. Its long-running boutique at The Lab, an upscale and hip specialty retail center in Costa Mesa, Calif., is scheduled to close at the end of July.

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Cambiami Says Change Me

Summer’s here, and it’s time to treat sandals like accessories...

Bebe Announces New Board Members

Retail

Last month Bebe Stores Inc. named Jim Wiggett as its interim chief executive officer. Now the beleaguered contemporary retailer has revamped its board of directors.

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What’s Next For USC’s University Village

For decades The University Village Shopping Center across the street from University of Southern California has been kind of a sad sack mall. There have been no boutiques or restaurants which captured the collective attention or dollars of the hundreds of thousands of relatively well-off students at USC. But that might be changing. Construction fences were placed, and renovation might begin in the Fall.

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Agenda Unveils Caps

Agenda, the streetwear, action sports, and lifestyle trade show, starts July 10 in Long Beach, and it is all about the cap. Take a look at this show's caps.

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A Hard Day’s Varvatos

After spending years convincing famous rockers to model his self -named line, John Varvatos finally got a Beatle.

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Baciano by Bacci Takes It To The Street

The Baciano by Bacci contemporary label is planning its Spring 2015 looks, and a higher profile. The new profile started with a move to a street level boutique space at 1316 Santee St. in downtown Los Angeles.

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An Activewear Line That Goes From Working Out to Working

Fashion

With a new shop at the prominent Fashion Island retail center in Newport Beach, Calif., Out Incorporated plans to introduce activewear that can be worn to the gym or the office.

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Sport Chalet Acquired by East Coast Retail Group

Sport Chalet

Sport Chalet Inc., a prominent West Coast retailer of sporting goods for more than 50 years, was acquired by Vestis Retail Group,which runs Bob’s Stores and Eastern Mountain Sports.

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Party in L.A.

Made in LA

Here’s a typical timeline for designers: Toil through the process of making a debut line, produce a big party, and then hope buyers take a look at the line. The Well, a downtown Los Angeles creative company, flipped the typical timeline.

Le Tote: Finding A Stylist In The Machine

Technology

Le Tote is riding the wave that has spawned other rental e-commerce rental sites such as Rent the Runway and Bag Borrow & Steal. But the San Francisco e-retailer has carved out a unique niche for itself.

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Brookfield’s Hogan: Why FIGat7th Retail Center Paid Off, What DTLA Needs To Do To Keep Retail Booming

Retail

Downtown Los Angeles is a hot retail spot now, but eight years ago, it was a dead zone for high-end mall-style retail.

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Soko: From Kenya to S.F. Through M-commerce

Soko, a San Francisco, headquartered company, will ship jewelry from rural and urban slum artisans in Kenya, and place them in top retailers such as Anthropologie.Gwendolyn Floyd, co-founder and president of Soko, runs the company and pays artisans, often living in isolated places in Kenya, through m-commerce.

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The Morning After Mess

It’s Fourth of July this week. Do you know what that means? Beach cleanups! At least if you are in San Diego. Here's a list of some of them...now start cleaning!

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Vision Street Wear’s Double Hit

Call it double vision. Vision Street Wear, the recently relaunched heritage streetwear brand, debuted, count ‘em, two new limited edition capsule brands on June 27 at the ever-so-hip Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles.

Bebe to Shutter 2b Bebe

Retail

Bebe Stores Inc. announced June 27 that it will shutter its 2b Bebe division in a cost cutting effort that will eventually save the retailer $9 to $10 million annually.

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Superbad: Crooks & Castles X James Brown

Call the Crooks & Castles label superbad. It's capsule collection for James Brown biopic Get On Up - The James Brown Story took a bow June 26.

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Eyes Wide Open With Ricoh Theta

It was a party for Ricoh Theta cameras at the Kim Sing Theatre June 25. But revelers also took in performances by Taiko Project, Omodaka and munched on food from Ford's Filling Station.

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Crooks & Castles: After Friend’s Shocking Death, a Collection

Fashion/Designer Profiles

The Spring ’15 looks of Crooks & Castles are in stores, and the streetwear brand’s Fall ’14 styles will be previewed at the upcoming Agenda trade show in Long Beach, Calif., but the Crooks label made one of its most heartfelt statements on June 19.

Vince Announced 2nd Public Offering

News

Vince Holding Corp. received $177 million in an initial public offering in November 2013, and, on June 24, it announced a second public offering.

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