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Mr. A's Uniqlo Moment

How does a Paris-based graffiti artist connect with a Japanese headquartered retailer to make T-shirts? And then globetrot to Los Angeles introduce the capsule collection with Uniqlo’s UT label? The artist André Saraiva explained.

Bebe Hires Firm to Chart New Course

Retail

After speculation that Bebe Stores Inc. might shutter all its locations and concentrate on e-commerce, the California retailer announced it hired B. Riley & Co. to help “explore strategic alternatives.”

Chupakabra Found In a T-shirt Line

Manufacturing

There’s the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot and, since the mid-1990s, chupacabra. It sounded like the perfect starting-off point for a T-shirt line for Eric Martin, the founder of The Park Showroom in downtown Los Angeles.

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Profile Industries' L.A. Splash

Weather in the northeast has become more extreme. What do you do when you make warm weather clothes. For Manhattan-headquartered Profile Industries, Inc., the solution was opening a showroom in Los Angeles.

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Please Do Not Enter’s Westside Invasion

In Los Angeles, there is a Westside and an Eastside, and the two rarely meet, except in the pop-up shop produced by Please Do Not Enter

Sears Remains ‘Viable Business’ CFO Says

Retail

The worlds of Sears Holdings Corp. investors and shoppers were rocked this week when the parent company to Sears and KMart issued an annual report noting that there was “substantial doubt” on the Chicago-area company’s future.

Riding Out Big Changes in Retail at Marcum Panel

Retail

There are 26 square feet of retail for every man, woman and child in the United States, according to a statistic quoted by Robin Lewis, chief executive and editorial director of The Robin Report, a platform covering retail.

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Future State in 2017

Future State

When the Future State brand started in late 2014, it offered an array of women’s T-shirts and placed the new line in retailers such as Urban Outfitters.

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Here Comes Custom Ketchup

A lot of people say that fashion has gone to the dogs, but in the case of T-shirt line Custom Ketchup, it has gone to the kids.

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Sewbots, 3D Printing- FGILA On Future of Fashion

Sewbots? 3D printing? Get ready for the new machines of fashion production, according to a Fashion Group International of Los Angeles panel.

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Courtney Allegra’s Fashion Week Party

Los Angeles Fashion Week March 2017 seems to be over, but is it too late to raise a glass to a fashion week party that started the recent shindig? Meet Courtney Allegra.

ModCloth Acquired by WalMart’s Jet.com

Retail

After a few days of heavy media speculation, it was announced March 17, that ModCloth, a San Francisco–headquartered e-commerce retailer with a focus on independent women’s fashions was acquired by Jet.com, a division of one of the world’s biggest retailers, WalMart.

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Sean Scott’s Levitation Activewear

Sean Scott is getting started in fashion early. Currently, he studies at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles. But this student is introducing a fashion line. It’s called Levitation Activewear.

Sene Brings Tech-Enabled Suits To District La Brea

Retail

The secret to making the perfect suit involves a certain harmony; it balances how a suit fits the wearer, the materials used in the suit and its overall design/look, according to Ray Li.

Schoenfeld Exits PacSun

Retail

Gary Schoenfeld, the chief executive who steered mall retailer Pacific Sunwear of California through a massive restructuring post–Great Recession and a Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2016, has left the company.

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First Fashion Setters Award Show Takes a Bow

Fashion Setters

With colorful, celebratory touchdown dances, Terrell Owens made headlines during his NFL career.

Safavi Joins Caruso

Retail

Reza Safavi recently joined Caruso, the real estate development company that owns and manages prominent retail centers such as The Grove in Los Angeles, according to a Caruso statement.

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Sprawling LA Market Draws Wide Range of Buyers

LA Market

For many buyers and exhibitors, the March 13–16 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market was the last stop in a long trade-show season that included shows three weeks ago in Las Vegas and New York.

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Fashion Rally for Immigrants

The Trump administration plans to change immigration rules, and some fashion brands have entered the brewing political debate with T-shirts.

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Mario De La Torre's Into The Darkness

Mario De La Torre's Into the Darkness collection took the Style Fashion Week runway with a celebration of vinyl and latex styles for women of all sizes.

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Moods of Norway at Style Fashion Week

About a five minute drive away from its flagship on Melrose Avenue, the Moods of Norway brand produced a Style Fashion Week show at Pacific Design Center March 10.

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David Tupaz at Style Fashion Week

David Tupaz Couture took the runway Style Fashion Week March 10.He outfitted elegant styles with bouclé and silks. Take a look.

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Malan Breton at Style Fashion Week

Malan Breton kicked off Style Fashion Week March 9 with a presentation of his Fall Winter 2017 line “The 7 Deadly Sins.” Take a look.

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True Religion’s Non-Conforming Ambassadors

The faces of True Religion's This is True campaign; Nikkie Lane, Tommy Lee and Herizen F. Guardiola.

Retailers Anxious over Travel Ban

Retail

Anxiety over a “Trump Slump” in tourism to the United States has become an issue, and California retailers have wondered if a travel ban initiated by the Trump Administration could affect them.

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What’s Going On With Westfield Massive Topanga Project?

Westfield's Topanga Project

In September 2015, Westfield unveiled a $350 million The Village at Westfield Topanga project adjacent to its luxe Westfield Topanga mall, 26 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. While wrapping up this project, the international mall giant was in the midst of planning an even bigger project in the Topanga area.

Shahid to Lead LAMM Trade Show

Trade Shows

Longtime assistant show director Sannia Shahid was recently named show director for the Los Angeles Men’s Market. She will run the upcoming LAMM, which is scheduled for March 28–29 in the California Market Center showroom building in downtown Los Angeles.

Apparel Sales Stall at 3 Percent, Athleisure Remains Influential, NPD Says

Retail

U.S. apparel industry sales increased 3 percent to $218.7 billion in 2016, according to market researchers The NPD Group in a March 6 statement.

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Style Fashion Week Extravaganza with Zumanity & Insomniac

Style Fashion Week has produced runway events for events for years, but its upcoming LA Fashion Week group of shows, it partners with Zumanity and Insomniac to put on a big party.

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Hermès’ Walks in DTLA

A hit song from the 1980s claimed “No One Walks In L.A,” but heritage brand Hermès does.

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Naked Princess Moving Out of Flagship

Retail

The Naked Princess lingerie, loungewear and beauty label will be moving out of its sprawling West Hollywood, Calif., flagship, according to a statement from the brand.

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Nasty Gal Founder’s Girlboss Rally

During a season of women’s marches and political actions, Sophia Amoruso put together the first Girlboss Rally

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Meet Dapper Boi

There's a new subculture; Bois. San Diego's Dapper Boi plans to outfit some of them.

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Post Oscar, Colleen Atwood at Beverly Center’s Snoopy Fashion Exhibit

Pen and ink is not good enough for some cartoon characters. Some have Academy Award winning costumers like Colleen Atwood designing clothes for them.

February Tough for Many

Retail

February proved to be a tough month for many retailers.

Celebs, Buzzing Business at Project

Trade Shows

It was a time for celebrity endorsements at the Feb. 21–23 run of Project Womens at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Pooltradeshow Remains an Alternative

Trade Shows

Pooltradeshow, which ran Feb. 21–23 at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Convention Center, kept its status as a trade show for fashion alternatives.

Post NY Fashion Week, Good Liberty Show for Krammer & Stoudt

Trade Shows

Print media is still a powerful medium. Just ask the cofounders of the Krammer & Stoudt label.

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East Coast Sports Apparel Maker Mitchell & Ness Moving to Irvine

Mitchell & Ness Moving

The North American licensed sportswear business is estimated to be a multi-billion-dollar market, and Philadelphia-headquartered brand Mitchell & Ness is making a gambit for a bigger chunk of it. It is scheduled to open its first West Coast office and a distribution center by mid-March in Irvine, Calif.

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AGOLDE X Opening Ceremony

AGOLDE and Opening Ceremony teamed up to design two capsule collections. The collections, called Carpenter and Graphic, took a bow on Feb. 28.

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Brigade LA’s Awards Night Show With Elevate

While movie and red carpet fans were viewing the Academy Awards, more than nine emerging California lines presented a runway show at the Brigade LA boutique in downtown Los Angeles.

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Farewell Fashion Bookstore

In another blow to the printed word, The Fashion Bookstore, which has been serving Los Angeles’ fashion industry and the region’s stylish people, is calling it quits.

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Coach…In Virtual Reality

The runway show for Coach 1941 made fashion headlines during New York Fashion Week earlier this month, the brand unveiled a virtual reality experience of the show available at some of its stores.

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Fabiana Milazzo to Melrose Place

Fabiana Milazzo’s styles have graced red carpets and glamorous salons in her native Brazil since 2000. On Feb. 22, she officially bought her brand to America.

Herbert Fink, Rodeo Drive Founding Father, 93

Retail

Herbert Fink, one of the founding fathers of Rodeo Drive’s designer and high-end retail scene, died Feb. 18 at his home in Los Angeles’ Bel-Air neighborhood. He was 93.

Brooks Joins Element

Manufacturing

David Brooks was named global general manager of Irvine, Calif.–headquartered brand Element, a division of Billabong International Ltd.

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Change Is Good for Las Vegas Trade Shows

Change Is Good

Attendees returning to the Las Vegas apparel and textile trade shows found the landscape changed again.

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Celine Dion's New Gig

Singer Celine Dion introduced her self-named Celine Dion Collection accessories line at the Project Womens show on Feb.21.

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Ivan Bitton Style House’s Runway Show

Ivan Bitton Style House keeps a focus on emerging fashion. On Feb. 13, it produced a runway show for International Condom Day.

Outdoor Retailer to Leave Salt Lake City Over Utah Gov's Stance on Public Land

Trade Shows

The Outdoor Retailer show is saying goodbye to Salt Lake City after exhibiting there for more than 20 years, the major trade show is shopping around for new venues in other cities.

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