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Andrew Asch

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AYR Opens Abbot Kinney Boutique

Formerly pure play e-commerce brand AYR opened its second physical store recently. This one is located at 1350 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Los Angeles' Venice section.

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Vivienne Westwood’s Position on Yoga

Tablas, sitars and devotional songs. It’s not the soundtrack I expected to hear at a boutique for Vivienne Westwood, considered an originator of the style for brash and loud punk rock.

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Atelier & Repairs Opens L.A. Boutique

You may have seen Atelier & Repairs sold at high end stores such as Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan and Fred Segal in West Hollywood, Calif. But the space this clothing venture has staked out is unconventional.

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Dolls Kill to Los Angeles' Fairfax Ave.

San Francisco-headquartered e-tailer Dolls Kill tags itself as offering clothes for the misfits, but it found some prime real estate for its second physical store.

National Retail Federation Boosts 2018 Forecast

Retail

The National Retail Federation revised its 2018 economic forecast, saying retail sales are expected to increase by at least 4.5 percent this year compared with 2017 after an earlier forecast saying retail sales would increase 3.8 percent to 4.4 percent, said Jack Kleinhenz, the NRF’s chief economist.

Irvine Spectrum Unveils Its Big Expansion Project

Retail

The Irvine Spectrum shopping center just got bigger.

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A Better Economy Means Better Orders at the Las Vegas Trade Shows

Leaving Orders in Las Vegas

The conglomeration of apparel, footwear and accessories trade shows, which twice a year invade this city in the middle of the desert, filled the town with thousands of visitors from all over the world under a blistering sky where the temperatures reached up to 105 degrees during the day.

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What's Checking: Celebrating the Difference in Silver Lake

Silver Lake's Retail

When a lease ran out on a boutique run by Deborah Brosenne, she didn’t want to move out of the Silver Lake/Echo Park neighborhood. So she grabbed a chance to open a store in the area, moving to Sunset Junction by the intersection of Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards in Silver Lake.

Denim Tops for Martial-Arts Athletes

Manufacturing

Mike Dytri’s puffy, cauliflower ears are badges of honor he got after years of gaining expertise in the martial art of jiu-jitsu.

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Friar Tux’s Evolution of Style

A lot of stuff going on at Friar Tux, a family owned retailer of more than 30-stores, which focuses on special occasions clothing for men.

DSTLD: Big Dreams From Small Investors

Manufacturing

The forces behind the denim line DSTLD dream in black and white and believe that less is more until it comes to crowdfunding.

July Retail Sales Up

Retail

The back-to-school season started on a robust note in July and beat analysts’ forecasts, according to market research company Retail Metrics.

Macerich Partnering With Co-Work Offices for its Malls

Retail

Co-working office spaces are familiar sights in the downtown areas of almost any big city. Soon these shared office spaces will be at Macerich-owned malls.

Ron Herman's Next Step Is More Japan

Retail

Ron Herman has spent his career introducing some of the world’s most famous denim brands from his self-named Ron Herman store, which for decades has been a pioneer in the Los Angeles boutique business.

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LAFW Takes Petersen Museum with Escada & Porsche Design

Runway and Roadway

After a few years of producing runway events around the city, LA Fashion Week now has a permanent home at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

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Herschel Opens the Look Forward Pop-Up

Herschel Supply Co worked with retailer Nordstrom to produce the Look Forward pop-up shop at The Grove

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Conlogue Win An Upset at Vans US Open of Surfing

There was a comeback and an upset at the 2018 Vans US Open of Surfing, which wrapped up Aug. 5 in Huntington Beach, Calif. The Swatch brand held court at the Open with a brand tent.

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AG Decamps To Le Box Blanc

The AG brand traveled to downtown Los Angeles’ South Park neighborhood recently for a denim and cocktails party at independent boutique Le Box Blanc.

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Tanner Goods Says Farewell to DTLA

A downtown Los Angeles boutique pioneer, Tanner Goods, closed its boutique recently.

Los Angeles City Council Considers a Ban on Fur Sales

Retail

Retailers are prohibited from selling fur in the California cities of West Hollywood, Berkeley and San Francisco. Los Angeles may be next.

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Both Buyers and Exhibitors Make the Most of a Quiet Los Angeles Fashion Market

LA Fashion Market

Summer is the time to be on vacation, and that seemed to be the case for buyers at the recent Los Angeles Fashion Market, where traffic was much sparser than at other shows.

Instagram and Social Media Make a Stronger Play for Fashion

Retail

Could Instagram become the shopping mall of the future?

Agenda Names Chief for its Las Vegas Show

Trade Shows

The Agenda trade show, held twice a year in Las Vegas, has gotten a new event director.

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Forget Candy Bars, Here's Uniqlo's Vending Machines

Some people struggle with buying a candy bar in a vending machine. How about buying a down jacket?

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Beverly Hills Shopping…After Hours

Shopping is a glorious activity for many. So how about doing it with a fireworks show in the backdrop?

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Global Intuition at Fred Segal

Yi Zhou is a citizen of the world. She recently unveiled a window devoted to her brand Global Intuition at Fred Segal in West Hollywood, Calif.

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Shopify To Open Physical Space at Row DTLA

Shopify works behind the scenes to produce e-commerce sites for more than 600,000 businesses. Later this year, Shopify will open its first physical space in downtown Los Angeles.

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Agolde Parties at Chateau Marmont

The printed word is still cool! A bit of proof, the Agolde denim label produced a party July 26 for its glossy magazine Eighty-Nine.

Work Scheduled To Begin on Former Fred Segal Site in Santa Monica

Retail

After a four-year wait, the former Fred Segal retail compound in Santa Monica, Calif., will see construction start in August to transform the former shopping hot spot into a seven-story residential building with commercial space.

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ThirdLove Opens New Center for a Competitive Edge

ThirdLove’s New Space

ThirdLove, the e-commerce lingerie label based in San Francisco, officially opened a 10,000-square-foot facility in Chico, Calif., about 90 minutes north of Sacramento, with the option to expand to 17,000 square feet.

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Happiness Is…Partying for Fashion

Neely Shearer designs fashion, runs boutiques….and produces nightclubs. She recently mixed fashion and clubbing with the Happiness Is... club night in downtown L.A.

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B.Yellowtail Mixes Fashion & Protest

B.Yellowtail released a capsule collection with artist Ernesto Yerena July 21 that mixes Native American and Chicano art - and protest.

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Sustainable Brand Kindom Takes A Bow

After spending a couple of decades working as a designer, Claire Powers wanted to make a statement against waste and pollution in the fashion industry.

Report Finds Online Apparel Sales Growing

Retail

Market researcher The NPD Group forecast that e-commerce will continue to make gains in the apparel market.

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Streetwear Brand Brotherhood to DTLA

Streetwear brand Brotherhood is scheduled to open a 570-square-foot space at 1325 Palmetto St. in downtown Los Angeles.

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Vuori to Manhattan Beach

Call Manhattan Beach a ghetto of professional athletes. It's also the location for Vuori brand's second boutique.

Influential L.A. Boutique Traffic Unveils Remodel

Retail

Los Angeles fashion retailer Traffic unveiled an extensive remodel of its men’s and women’s boutique at the Beverly Center mall near West Hollywood, Calif.

Finance Veteran to Join Revolve Board

Retail

Retail finance veteran Marc Stolzman was appointed to the board of directors of Revolve, immediately joining the board of the Los Angeles–area e-commerce emporium.

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Surfwear Wades Through Questions on Diversity

Expanding Surfwear Diversity

During the past decade, the surfwear business has been soul-searching after some high-profile bankruptcies, new fashion trends and a rapidly changing retail landscape that has challenged the category’s prominence.

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Wolven Threads: Eastern Art, Sustainable Focus

Artsy Eco Activewear

For Kiran Jade, training as a yoga teacher also served as her market research for a new line.

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LF Stores Moves Spaces on Robertson

LF Stores started its retail division in 2004 with a store at 106 S. Robertson Blvd. in Los Angeles. Fast forward 14 years, it moved up the street to 146 S. Robertson

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Louis Vuitton Unveils Remodel of Store at South Coast Plaza

New Look at Louis Vuitton

After an extensive renovation, Louis Vuitton reopened its flagship store on July 11 at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif.

More Luxe Fashion Stores to Open at South Coast Plaza

Retail

South Coast Plaza, one of the longest-surviving malls in Southern California, keeps adding stores.

Avec Les Filles: Diving Into Swim

Swim/Surf

With fringe and lace, Joyce Azria plans to bring French flair to her new California swim line.

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Agenda Enters a New Era

New Era at Agenda

Agenda marked its first show without its founder, Aaron Levant, during its June 28–30 run at the Long Beach Convention Center.

We Are HAH: Looking for Sexy in Sustainable

Swim/Surf

After 13 years of helming lingerie and swim departments for brands such as Victoria’s Secret and Guess, Sharleen Ernster wanted to make her own design statement.

Ookioh: Fun & Sustainability

Swim/Surf

Vivek Agarwal joined a swimwear club he wishes weren’t so exclusive.

Polartec Introduces Upgrade to Its Insulation

Textiles

Polartec, the textile company known for its synthetic materials, recently introduced its new Polartec Power Fill.

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Pow! Wow! at Port Boutique

After the first day of the Agenda trade show, some denizens of the Agenda show decamped to Port boutique in the Retro Row section of Long Beach for Pow! Wow! Long Beach.

Bricks & Wood’s Mission for South Central Los Angeles

Manufacturing

In 2003, the Los Angeles City Council voted to officially change the name of South Central Los Angeles to South Los Angeles.

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