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Andrew Asch

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Voodoo Boutique Opens in DTLA's Fashion District

A new fashion boutique, Voodoo, opened Dec. 15 near the intersection of 9th and Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.

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Carton Outerwear Pops In Los Angeles

While you’re having fun snowboarding, Trey Humphries wants you to think a little bit about the wider world.

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Haute Healing Gives Gift of Glam to Ill & Disadvantaged Kids

Almost every designer will tell you that if you look good, you will feel more confident. It’s one reason why the Los Angeles non-profit Haute Healing produced a clothing and beauty drive for people who may need a boost.

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Olivia Culpo Graces Cult Gaia's Resort '19 Show

About six years ago, Cult Gaia was a go-to label for the festival girl. Things have changed a bit.

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WGSN Report Takes a Look at the Future of Retail

The Future of Retail

Los Angeles has become one of the world’s leading centers for retail experimentation.

2018 Retrospective: Retail Vacancy Is Low but Business Is Not Easy

Retail

Even though bricks-and-mortar retail is supposed to be dead, retail-real-estate vacancy rates in Los Angeles County are low.

2018 Retrospective: Problems with Gap Brand, Overseas Growth for Zumiez

Retail

It’s been a solid year financially for Gap Inc., which calls itself the largest specialty retailer in the United States.

2018 Retrospective: Macy’s and Nordstrom Make Big Bets on Tech

Retail

The chief executive of Macy’s Inc., Jeff Gennette, spent 2018 with a mission to reshape the department-store chain with technology and new in-store experiences that would attract shoppers.

Consumer-Focused ComplexCon Expands to Chicago

Trade Shows

Reed Exhibitions gave a vote of confidence to its consumer-focused event ComplexCon, recently saying it would expand the show to Chicago after producing the pop-up retail market and hip-hop concert event in Long Beach, Calif., for a few years.

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Super Model Maggie Rizer Tries On Boutique Retail

Supermodel Maggie Rizer appeared as one of the ‘Perfect Icons’ of modeling on the Sept. 2014 issue of Vogue Japan. Recently, she opened the boutique M by Maggie Rizer.

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Brentwood Country Mart at 70

With red-board buildings designed to evoke rural marketplaces of USA and England in the past, Brentwood Country Mart recently marked its 70th anniversary.

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Victorious 22 Hosts Footprint Foundation First Annual Arts Gala

Frank and Angela Rodriguez design high-end, made-to-measure clothes with a streetwear edge for their atelier Victorious 22. On Dec. 6, the Rodriguezes focused on philanthropy.

Retail Sales Are Robust for November

Retail

November retail sales jumped 8.8 percent, paving the way for a very good holiday season.

A Flurry of Stores Opening on Los Angeles’ Westside

Retail

The retail world is kicking into high gear when it comes to opening new locations on the Westside of Los Angeles.

Newsmaker: Agenda Show in Long Beach Trade Show Goes Consumer

Trade Shows

In 2017, the Agenda trade show made a bold and unique move for a big business-to-business trade show by producing a consumer day.

Newsmaker: Major Retail Remodels and Reinventions Open in Los Angeles

Retail

No major high-end retail center has been developed in Los Angeles County since the Americana at Brand open-air shopping hub was introduced 10 years ago in Glendale, Calif.

Newsmaker: Boardriders Joins Surf Rivals Quiksilver and Billabong

Manufacturing

The surf industry sailed into uncharted waters earlier this year when two of its top brands and historic rivals joined forces.

Newsmaker: What Retail Apocalypse? Ron Robinson and Others Mark Decades in Retail

Retail

The Ron Robinson stores on Los Angeles’ Melrose Avenue and in Santa Monica, Calif., made it through harsh recessions and weathered tough changes in the retail scene and are still around to talk about it.

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Selena Gomez X Puma Pop-up Near Melrose Place

The public loves watching Selena Gomez’s performances. Paparazzi love documenting her private life. Fashion people will soon find out if there is love for her clothing line Selena Gomez X Puma.

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Pinup Girl Clothing’s Tease for Deadly Dames

Los Angeles’ Pinup Girl Clothing brand makes a point of designing clothes for fearless women. Now, the brand made a movie about it.

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Indie Activewear Brands Pop in Santa Monica

Many Americans took second and third helpings of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. For those who want get back in shape stylishly, a group of independent activewear brands and wellness groups set up a pop-up shop in Santa Monica.

Emerald Expositions Searches for a New CEO

Trade Shows

Emerald Expositions continues to look for a replacement for its longtime president and chief executive officer, David Loechner.

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Black Friday Sees a Dip Over Last Year but Still Considered Strong

Black Friday Report

While more than 165 million Americans shopped online or in stores during the Black Friday weekend—which now extends from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday—the numbers were down by nearly 10 million shoppers from 2017.

Organized Retail Crime Increasing in the United States

Retail

In the past year, organized retail crime has victimized 92 percent of retailers across the country, with Los Angeles taking the No. 2 spot, according to a recent survey released by the Washington, D.C.–based National Retail Federation.

Swimwear Brand Lolli Debuts Lingerie

Manufacturing

Lingerie either is trying too hard to be sexy or it is dull and utilitarian, said Vy Nguyen, founder, designer and chief executive officer of Lolli, a Laguna Beach, Calif.–headquartered swimwear brand.

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Rachel Zoe Shows Holiday Collection

Rachel Zoe confessed the sparkly, glitzy look is a favorite.

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Los Angeles’ Surf Is Dead In 2018 Coolest Designers on the Planet Collection

Los Angeles' Maverick Surf Is Dead Brand made a special hoodie for the capsule collection curated by the Gap brand and GQ magazine.

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Buck Mason's New Larchmont Village Store

Just before its fifth anniversary year passed, the Los Angeles-headquartered brand Buck Mason opened its fifth store.

Trinidad3: Serving the Marines and Premium Denim

Manufacturing

Fashion designer Trinidad Garcia III, a former sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, believes military-inspired fashion gets it all wrong.

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Maison H Debuts at CoutureMash

CoutureMash

Artistic images on prints and trendy silhouettes were part of the fashion show held at the Mash Gallery in downtown Los Angeles.

Retailer Rebecca Minkoff Talks About the Human Connection

Retail

Rebecca Minkoff believes that retail is more than technology. It is that human connection that keeps customers walking through the door.

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Post-Fires, Fashion Companies Raise Funds for Relief

Fires are still blazing in devastated areas around Malibu, Calif., and Chico, Calif., as fashion companies answer the call to support recovery.

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Elyse Walker Brings Saloni x Venyx to L.A.

Elyse Walker held a reception for British line Saloni x Venyx.

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Commonwealth Bags Bravo

Streetwear-and-fashion store Commonwealth is coming up on the first anniversary of its location at the edge of downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District.

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Agenda Scales Back Trade Show to Focus on Consumers

A New Agenda

Agenda cancels traditional trade shows in Long Beach, Calif.

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Fred Segal Unveils Fred Segal Hearts Ralph Lauren

Fred Segal in West Hollywood, Calif., is getting a double shot of Ralph Lauren.

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Ron Robinson Brings In 'Years' at Shop’s 40th

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Ron Robinson boutique, the founder Ron Robinson unveiled a memoir called Years at a Nov. 15 party at his shop on Los Angeles’ Melrose Avenue.

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Helena Legend Debuts Fashion Line

Helena Legend jets around the globe and deejays in glitzy nightclubs. She also unveiled a fashion line.

FCI’s Students Take the Runway

Fashion

Inside a photography studio just blocks away from the historic Sears building in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights, students from FCI Fashion School in Los Angeles displayed their creations after months of study.

After Decades, Men’s Clothing Shop Carroll & Co. Is Closing

Retail

With its distinctive green awning and its green-colored shopping bags, Carroll & Co. was a notable menswear player in Beverly Hills, Calif.

October Retail Sales Look Healthy

Retail

The economy continues to move along nicely as retail sales across the country were up 5.6 percent in October over last year, according to the National Retail Federation.

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UBM Unveils Sustainability Show ReMode

ReMode Rethinks Fashion

Sustainability has increasingly been a topic in fashion circles, but UBM, parent company of the MAGIC trade show, gambled that everything from eco clothing to responsible manufacturing could be the center of a trade event.

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Hendrix Tees Go Fashion

On the 50th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland album, a fashion line inspired by the guitar master's style is planned to be rolled out.

Malibu Fires Shut Down Major Fashion Retailers

With hundreds of residents evacuated, retailers have had to shut their doors at Malibu's major shopping spots.

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Nordstrom Local, The Americana at Brand Popping in Holiday Pop-up Shops

It’s just a couple of weeks before the big shopping spree called Black Friday starts, why not start early?

Shop & Dine

Trade Shows

Following a day of negotiating, viewing trends and investing in the fashions that will generate customer traffic, celebrating a trade-show victory is always in order.

Halloween Does Not Spook or Excite Retail Sales in October

Retail

Halloween was forecast to be robust for retailers, but October sales did not go beyond okay, according to Jeff Van Sinderen, a retail analyst for B.Riley FBR.

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SuitKits: Bringing Women’s Suits Up-to-Measure

Smart Women’s Suiting

Casual Friday did not kill the women’s suit, said attorney and entrepreneur Sierra Elizabeth, who goes by the name Sierra E.

Will Dover Street Market Jolt the Arts District Scene?

Retail

Once a blighted, sparsely populated warehouse area, downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District has blossomed with chic restaurants, creative office spaces and lofts.

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Jungmaven: Hemp and Vodka Art District Party

Fashion in downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District does not always mean a new store.

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