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Pez Cantina: Fashion District Edge To L.A. Foodie Obsession

L.A. foodies have been salivating over the debut of Chef Brett Thompson’s newest restaurant Pez Cantina for about a year. California Apparel News uncovered the high end Mexican seafood restaurant's Fashion District edge.

2014 Retrospective: Retail Sales: Target, Macy’s Navigate Tough Year

Retail

As 2014 came to a close, Target Corp. was still dealing with the massive data breach of 2013 and taking steps to bring back the Minneapolis-headquartered company’s cheap chic glory days of the 1990s.

2014 Retrospective: Retail Sales: Urban Outfitters/Wet Seal

Retail

2014 has been a year of headlines for Urban Outfitters Inc and business seems to have been particularly tough at The Wet Seal Inc.

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Tiniest Flagship

LAEX

Alexander Khater,owner/creative director of the 2-year-old downtown Los Angeles brand LAEX, planned to turn conventional wisdom on its head with the firstLAEX flagship, which opened Dec. 8 at 218 W. Eighth St., on the corner of Broadway, in downtown Los Angeles.

Shawmut Names New CEO

Retail

Shawmut Design & Construction has worked on many high-marquee projects on Rodeo Drive and has also done work on the Saint Laurent flagship on Rodeo and Louis Vuitton, which is scheduled to take a bow in the first quarter of 2015.

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Venue Tradeshow Grows with New Dates, New Location

Trade Show

Miles Canares, Venue’s founder, recently announced major changes to the biannual show’s schedule and a new location for the show. However, the event willcontinue to mostly be devoted to men’s streetwear and emerging brands.

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Shepard Fairey, Bob Hurley to Speak at Agenda Emerge

Agenda Emerge is something like TED Talks for the streetwear, action sports and fashion crowds. At the upcoming Agenda Emerge, Shepard Fairey of Obey and Bob Hurley of Hurley will take the stage.

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Will.i.am To District La Brea

For months, shop-owners around the District La Brea compound in Los Angeles heard gossip that will.i.am, Grammy award winner and entrepreneur, was going to open a shop in the compound, which is located across the street from pioneering specialty store American Rag. The music star’s shop opened today.

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Bringing Hip Hop Home: Karl Kani’s 25th at WildStyle

Karl Kani, one of the heavyweights of urban fashion stepped back into the ring on Dec. 13.

Wiggett Named Bebe CEO

Executive Moves

Jim Wiggett was named as the permanent chief executive officer for Bebe Stores Inc.

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Coach’s Rodeo Gala

The hard work is over for Coach, and Dec. 11 was the time to party.

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The Mysterious Los Vladimirovich Pops

Men’s fashion labels don’t come more mysterious than Los Vladimirovich. California Apparel News investigates.

Altamont Continues Its Action-Sports Play

Manufacturing

In November, the Palo Alto, Calif.–headquartered private-equity firm announced that it had made significant investments in action-sports brands Huf Worldwide Inc. of Los Angeles and Brixton, which is headquartered in Oceanside, Calif.

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2014 Newsmakers: Iconic L.A. Retail Tests the Waters in Las Vegas

Retail

High-end shopping has been part of the Las Vegas Strip experience for years, but 2014 was the first time Los Angeles retail came to the strip.

2014 Newsmakers: Rodeo Drive Construction Brings Even More Luxury to Beverly Hills

Retail

This was a big year for remodels and construction of new buildings on Rodeo Drive, often considered the most exclusive of luxury shopping districts in Southern California.

2014 Newsmakers: Nasty Gal Rising

Retail

On the heels of the Nov. 21 debut of the hip e-commerce emporium’s debut of its first physical shop at 8115 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles, it’s getting ready to open another boutique. The second shop will be located at 1254 Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Calif. It was the former site of a MNG by Mango.

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2014 Newsmakers: Ace Moves Into Fashion District

Retail

The Ace Hotel was one of the most highly anticipated projects to open in the Los Angeles Fashion District.

2014 Newsmakers: MAGIC Parent Advanstar Acquired

Trade Show

Twice a year, more than 5,000 brands and more than 65,000 attendees decamp to Las Vegas to show their latest wares at the sprawling über trade show MAGIC and its sub shows, which include WWDMAGIC, Project, ENKVegas, Pooltradeshow and Sourcing at MAGIC.

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Guerilla Atelier & The Lost Warhols

Carl Louisville, founder of the Guerilla Atelier boutique at the edge of downtown Los Angeles, mixes a Californian sense of refinement with an Arts District sense of adventure at his shop, and Dec. 10 was the atelier’s night for giving back with a photographic series called The Lost Warhols.

Wet Seal Discusses Bankruptcy, Other Options During 3rd Quarter Call

Retail Finance

During a conference call on Dec. 10, executives of The Wet Seal Inc., discussing third-quarter results, raised the possibility of a company bankruptcy.

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Uniqlo: 1,000 Ways To Thank L.A.

After opening a bunch of emporiums in Southern California, Uniqlo planned to give away some holiday freebies around Dec. 13. Check it out.

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Kaye Morales After Style Fashion Week

After making her L.A. debut with a Style Fashion Week runway show in October, Kaye Morales returned to the Philippines to work on her self-named collection's fall/winter 2015 line called Samurai.

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Rachel Tribble: Peace, Contradictions & Skateboarding

Artist Rachel Tribble made some paintings inspired by meditation and peace, but the art was placed on something known to disrupt order on sidewalks all over the world; the skateboard.

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Caruso Outlines Plans for Palisades Village

neighborhood development

Reviving a long-gone movie theater, introducing unique, boutique retail, building a park; these are some of the new features that Rick J. Caruso plans to bring to his proposed Palisades Village development in Los Angeles’ exclusive Pacific Palisades enclave.

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The Treeman Cometh

Venice boutique In Heroes We Trust threw a party dubbed Theatre on Dec. 5, and in a case of a party living up to its name, it was visited by Venice-style agitprop; the Tree Man of Venice planted his feet at the party.

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Lululemon’s Sweaty Santa Monica Debut

Huff,puff, huff! The Lululemon Athletica emporium on Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade opened Dec. 4 on a sweaty note.

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Westfield Santa Anita Gets a $20M Upgrade

Retail

Shopping-center juggernaut Westfield wrapped up a $20 million renovation of its Westfield Santa Anita mall in Arcadia, Calif., on Black Friday.

November Sales Strong Despite Black Friday Disappointments

Retail

Black Friday sales results disappointed, but overall retail business for the month of November generally pleased retailers and Wall Street analysts.

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Retailers Await Next Big Shopping Event

After Black Friday

Retail analysts forecast a lull in business in weeks following the big deals and buzz of Black Friday, generally considered the kickoff of the winter holiday retail season. Business is predicted to skyrocket sometime before Dec. 20, Super Saturday, the weekend before Christmas.

International Checkout Goes Where Few Shippers Dare

Technology

International Checkout Inc., a Van Nuys, Calif.–based shipper, has carved a niche of managing international sales and fulfillment for retailers such as Bebe, Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet, Trina Turk, Joe’s Jeans and Kitson. It recently announced that it would be working with high-profile boutique Ron Herman.

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Kora Rae's Preview Party at Avedon

It was a rainy night in Beverly Hills on Dec. 3, but a little wet weather did not stop New York-based luxe fashion brand Kora Rae from producing a preview party for its Fall/Holiday2015 collection at the independent, multi-brand boutique, Avedon.

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Schott’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Debut

What could be more rock ‘n’ roll than a leather jacket? Schott NYC makes leather jackets which were worn by Marlon Brando, The Ramones, and a long list of other stylish malcontents. Schott produced a Dec. 3 debut party for its first West Coast boutique, located at the Americana at Brand retail center in Glendale, Calif. Check it out.

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Bloggers Night Out Big Toy Drive

On Dec. 4, Swank Stylista blogger Raven Roberts and Vic Sanders of the Vic Styles blog will host a Blogger’s Night Out/Toys for Tots Drive from 6PM to 9PM at The Park Showroom at 845 S. Los Angeles St. in downtown Los Angeles. To make your appearance at the toy drive, party, email RSVP@mediaplaygroundpr.com .

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Black Friday Shopping Down, But NRF Remains Optimistic for ‘Superbowl’ of Shopping

The Black Friday weekend represented a tough beginning to what many economists still forecast to be a holiday season of good sales.

Caruso Closes Escrow on Palisades Enclave.

Retail

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

Manufacturing

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

Naked Princess opened its first flagship store at 653 N. La Cienega in West Hollywood earlier this year. It is the former address of a Catherine Malandrino Maison shop. Jordana Woodland, Naked Princess’ chief executive officer worked with LM Pagano, an interior designer to make a space that also could serve as a space for private events. The Naked Princess boutique sells the brand’s loungewear and lingerie and beauty products.

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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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Clare V. Takes A Bow in Santa Monica

A Clare V. store opened at 1318A Montana Ave., in Santa Monica, Calif. Nov. 20, adjacent to the new Sleepy Jones boutique and Aero theatre,a favorite of Westside cineastes. There was a store party featuring an appearance by brand founder Clare Vivier herself.

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Nasty Gal Opens on Melrose

Nasty Gal Bows

A line of fans and shoppers snaked around the corner of Melrose Avenue and N. Kilkea Drive in Los Angeles on the morning of Nov. 21 to take in the opening of the first physical boutique for Nasty Gal

Kirwan, Owen to Helm Gap Divisions

Retail

Gap Inc. announced Nov. 20 that Jeff Kirwan was named global president for the Gap brand and Andi Owen was named global president for Banana Republic brand.

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Flagship on Rodeo Bows, Chief Honored at Walk of Style

Burberry

On Nov. 19, Christopher Bailey, chief executive officer and chief creative officer of Burberry, picked up his plaque from the Rodeo Drive’s Walk of Style.

Tankfarm, Schott NYC Opening at Americana at Brand

Retail

The men’s clothing line has sold at retailers such as Planet Blue, Kitson and Nordstrom in the past. By Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday season, Tankfarm plans on opening a 1,300-square-foot boutique at the Americana at Brand retail center in Glendale, Calif.

Nasty Gal Takes a Bow on Melrose

Retail

Prominent e-commerce emporium Nasty Gal opened its first physical store Nov. 21 at 8115 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles. The space formerly housed a store in the boutique chain Madison.

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