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Andrew Asch

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Whimsy + Row Scouts L.A.’s Mar Vista District

Los Angeles’ Venice neighborhood has been increasingly known as a spot for independent boutique retail. Rachel Temko is scouting the neighboring Mar Vista section as a burgeoning retail enclave.

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Soho House, Shopify to Row DTLA

It was recently announced Soho House, a line of exclusive clubs, would lease 16,000-square-feet of office space at Row DTLA near downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District.

Vince Opens New Store at Palisades Village

Retail

Contemporary label Vince is opening a two-level shop at the recently unveiled Palisades Village retail center in Los Angeles’ exclusive Pacific Palisades neighborhood.

September Retail Sales Flummoxed by Calendar Shift

Retail

September sales were soft for many apparel retailers.

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Los Angeles Market Week Takes Off With Some Big Changes

Changes at L.A. Market

October ushers in one of the more important Los Angeles Market Weeks when showrooms in the downtown L.A. Fashion District are unveiling their Spring/Summer ’19 lines but still filling in orders for late Fall and Resort.

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LA Fashion Week: From L.A. to the World

After a gala debut on Oct. 6 at Petersen Automative Museum , LA Fashion Week produced a slate of runway shows spotlighting the work of fashion designers from Los Angeles and around the globe.

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Volcom Unveils New L.A. Flagship

Volcom has long been providing popular styles on the beaches, mountains and on concrete favored by skateboarders. The brand opened a new Los Angeles flagship to make a bigger splash in urban areas..

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Metropolitan Fashion Week Takes A Bow at L.A. City Hall

Metropolitan Fashion Week showcased fashions inspired by King Tut, as well as international designers on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall Oct. 6.

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Brownstone Gives A_New Warning

Los Angeles headquartered brand Brownstone has gained ink in hipster journals for its men’s looks as well as for the style of the brand’s founders. Brownstone recently introduced the collection A_New Warning.

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Pre-Fashion Week, Vicken Derderian Takes The Runway

A week or so before L.A. Fashion Week and Art Hearts Fashion produce their slates of runway shows, the Vicken Derderian label put together an independent fashion show near downtown Los Angeles.

Juniorswear Trends for Spring/Summer 2019 Involve a Few Repeats

Retail

Fashion styles are always changing, but veteran juniorswear trend forecaster Barbara Fields suggested that retailers hold on to a few select looks she believes are going to have staying power through Summer 2019.

The National Retail Federation Sees a Strong Holiday Season

Retail

U.S. sales for the holiday 2018 season are expected to be better than last year.

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Vendors at L.A. Majors Show Claim Good Biz Despite Lighter Traffic

LA Majors Market

Retailers placed orders and brands introduced new denim lines at the semiannual L.A. Majors Market in an ambience where vendors thought that buyer traffic was slower than in previous years.

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Alter to Silver Lake

After more than a decade of clothing Brooklyn, N.Y. in “basics with flair,” multi-brand boutique Alter is scheduled to open a 1,300-square-foot shop in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake section.

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This SOB Wants To Make Wardrobes Easy

Life is a complex matter. Trey Alligood of Shades of Black LA wants to make it a little more simple.

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Nordstrom Local Ready To Open Brentwood, DTLA Spaces

A year ago, Nordstrom Inc. introduced the Nordstrom Local concept. Currently, Nordstrom Local is being rolled out to two more Los Angeles area locations.

Road Twenty-Two, a T-shirt Line With a Message, Closes Its Doors

Manufacturing

Road Twenty-Two, a socially conscious San Francisco brand, announced that after four years it is shutting down its business.

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Never Mind Shoes, Vans Does Its 1st Apron

Better known for its sneakers and apparel, Vans teamed up with Hedley & Bennett to make...an apron!

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South Coast Plaza's Gala Autumn Harvest Festival

Millions of people are celebrating Autumn Harvest festival holidays across Asia. South Coast Plaza observed the festival Sept. 23 with food, dance, costume and dignitaries.

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Charlie Matthews: The Big Shoot for Guess? and How To Make It in Modeling

Guess? Model Charlie Matthews talks about moving from shooting photos for the label's e-commerce channel to a main event; the Fall '18 campaign.

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The Hundreds Does Looney Tunes

No screwy rabbits. No suffering succotash. The Hundreds does a collection around Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner.

Huf Introduces a Collection for Women

Manufacturing

Huf made its reputation as a men’s skate and streetwear brand, but since its very first day women have been wearing its T-shirts and hoodies.

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L.A. Retail Real-Estate Scene Outpaces Some Parts of the U.S.

Retail Vacancies Low

E-commerce business has been skyrocketing, but judging from retail vacancies in Los Angeles County, bricks-and-mortar retail is still a contender.

German Trade Show Producer to Buy a Stake in Liberty Fairs

Trade Shows

Berlin-headquartered trade-show company Premium Group announced it is buying a minority stake in the U.S.-based Liberty Fairs Fashion Group.

Gap Inc. Introduces New Menswear Line: Hill City

Manufacturing

In mid-October, Gap Inc. is scheduled to release a new clothing brand called Hill City, a men’s performance-wear label geared toward the active guy who exercises, bikes, runs or just likes to hang out in athletic wear.

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Wildfang to Los Angeles

The Wildfang brand of Portland, Ore., made a splash for outfitting the tomboy. By Oct. 1, it is scheduled to open in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles City Council Votes to Ban Fur Sales

Retail

Los Angeles has become the largest city in the United States to take a big step toward banning the sale of fur. Sales of vintage and used fur are exempt.

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New Los Angeles Retail District to Be Unveiled Near the Ocean

Caruso's Retail Plan

When Caruso, a well-known Los Angeles developer, unveils Palisades Village in a week, it will answer the question about whether the high-flying company behind the game-changing The Grove shopping mecca still has its magic touch.

Macerich and Simon Join Forces to Develop an LA Outlet Mall

Retail

Two major shopping-center developers are getting together to construct a big outlet mall that will be located south of Los Angeles and not far from the new Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers football stadium.

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Lili Bridals at 60

Lisa Litt’s grandmother Lillian Green started Lili Bridals 60 years ago.

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Paul Smith’s Selfie Friendly Shop Defaced

For years, people have crowded the Paul Smith flagship’s parking lot to take selfies in front of the store’s idiosyncratic Pepto-Bismol colored pink wall. On Sept. 12, act of taking a selfie was crudely satirized.

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Tory Sport Runs To Rodeo

Tory Burch's performance line Tory Sport recently parked into a permanent shop-in-shop at the Rodeo Drive Tory Burch flagship.

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David Lerner Pops at Alfred Melrose Place

Melrose Place is the address to elegant designer flagships. David Lerner NY recently opened a pop-up there.

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UK Retailer Browns Sets Up Shop at Fred Segal

For Ida Petersson, one of the best things about her job is telling the world about new, emerging fashion designers. Until recently, she’s been doing it only in Browns, an influential boutique in London.

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August Sales Strong

Retail’s Strong August

RETAIL HEALTH: After many retail chains crashed and burned, retail business is starting to improve. Retail sales for August, which includes the Back-to-School Season, were just released.

Face Brand Looks Into Wholesale Market Again

Manufacturing

The message of the Los Angeles streetwear brand Face begs people to look deeper into themselves.

Project Social T: Looking for a Difference

Manufacturing

In the early days, Project Social T made its reputation with women’s T-shirts, but now, in search of new business, the Los Angeles–headquartered label is introducing a line of men’s tees.

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Banana Republic at 40

Banana Republic is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

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Fashion Stylist Confidential

Last week, Brittany Diego produced a panel on what it takes to be a fashion stylist.

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Outerknown’s Rocking Party for Sustainability at Ron Herman

Jeans are one of the classics of casual looks. John Moore of the Outerknown label wants to make sure that you feel good about wearing jeans.

Major Executive Departures at Parent Company of Men’s Wearhouse

Retail

Tailored Brands Inc., the Fremont, Calif., parent company of several menswear-store chains, said its chief executive as well as its president and chief operating officer are leaving.

The Key to Building a Better Brand Website

Technology

U.S. online retailers made more than $100 billion in sales during the first quarter of this year, according to Adobe Analytics’ Digital Dollar Report.

Forever 21 Unveils AI Search Engine With Visual Angle for Shoppers

Technology

Technology company Donde Search recently partnered with Forever 21 to introduce a visual search and navigation system, which the retailer said has boosted its sales.

Macy’s Rolling Out Pop-Up Shops Around California

Retail

Macy’s is getting into the pop-up shop business. Emerging and new brands are encouraged to pitch the department-store chain to display their merchandise in this new venture.

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Major L.A. Architect Branches Out to Fashion Line for Men

Building Men’s Fashion

Mark Rios is a Los Angeles architect who has worked on high-marquee projects that include building downtown Los Angeles’ Grand Park, developing the industrial-chic look of the Row DTLA retail and creative-office center and the upcoming remodel of Los Angeles’ Music Center plaza.

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WearNYLA Takes A Bow

Meghan Belfiore wanted the very best in fashion.

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GQ's Jim Moore Talks Fashion at The RealReal

Jim Moore, GQ magazine’s creative director at large, and menswear guru, held court Aug. 28 at the men’s shop at The RealReal, which recently opened in West Hollywood, Calif.

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Ripndip Gets Serious on Fairfax

After running a pop-up shop on Los Angeles’ Fairfax Avenue, skate brand Ripndip made a commitment.

Liberty Fairs Absorbs Capsule for Its 11th Las Vegas Show

Trade Shows

Liberty Fairs saw a number of debuts for brands attending the Aug. 13–15 show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

Agenda Brings In the New and the Familiar

Trade Shows

The Aug. 13–15 run of Agenda at the Sands Expo and Convention Center was marked by change, but many of the show’s familiar elements remained the same.

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