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Andrew Asch

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Karsan Stakes Claim for Refined Style in Men’s Basics

Manufacturing

Rahim Karsan has had a dual life. During the week, he has been assembling marketing campaigns for growing tech and higher-education clients.

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Art Institute Fashion Students Scramble After Their College Shuts Down

Art Institute Closure

For 150 fashion students at the Art Institute of Hollywood, their future now hangs in the balance after their college closed without warning earlier this month.

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Independent Brand Seea Makes A Big Splash at SIMA Awards

The SIMA Awards is the name for the annual honors that the California’s surf industry gives some of its most dynamic players. When the 15th Annual SIMA awards were presented on March 20, an independent brand, Seea, took some of the big honors.

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Grayscale's Khala Jones Unveils the Exhibit: Gray Show

Khala Jones placed her Grayscale label at retailers such as Urban Outfitters and Dolls Kill. But she wanted to produce an event for her brand.

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Christian Siriano Honored with Fashion Visionary at Fashion Los Angeles Awards

Daily Front Row's Fifth Annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards were presented on March 17 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Maggie Barry Opens SetSpace

Maggie Barry has been a big deal in Los Angeles costuming and fashion. Barry has long run a studio in downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District. On March 16, It’s a permanent showroom/styling space.

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Polymer: Out of the Van, Into New Offices

The Polymer brand celebrated its new offices with an art party on March 16. The new digs are near downtown Long Beach, Calif.

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False Alarm Upends Westfield Century City Mall Shopping

A false alarm of a gunman disrupted shopping at Westfield Century City mall in Los Angeles on March 15.

Retailers Find Soft Sales in February

Retail

February sales were soft for retailers including Zumiez Inc., The Buckle Inc. and Cato Corp.

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Disappearing Rains Help Buyer Traffic at LA Market

LA Market Brightens Up

A Los Angeles winter of heavy rains and unprecedented cold weather lifted for buyers attending the March 11–13 LA Market Week.

L.A. Drops in Retail-Real-Estate Investment Index

Retail

Los Angeles County commands global attention for its entertainment glitz, health-conscious lifestyles and bustling malls, but its ranking for retail-real-estate investment dropped in the recently released 2019 forecast from influential commercial-real-estate brokerage Marcus & Millichap.

How Retailers Can Navigate the Changing Social-Media Scene

Retail

Fashion trends come and go, and the way to communicate with customers has been turned upside down.

Statewide Fur Ban Introduced in California Legislature

Retail

A growing number of California cities have passed ordinances banning the sale and manufacture of new fur garments. Now the state of California is getting involved.

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Fred Segal is Back in Malibu

Fred Segal surfs back into Malibu, Calif. on April 6.

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Jackie Bartolo To Velvet Heart

After a 16-year run as an independent sales rep, Jackie Bartolo closed her self-named Jackie B Showroom at the end of February. She took her sales team and moved into the corporate showroom for the Velvet Heart label,

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Dolan Brand's Laundry Truck LA Hits the Streets

Jodie Dolan is a fashion success. But when it came to dealing with one of the biggest issues in her town, homelessness, she felt that she had fallen short.

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Made-to-Measure Brand Indochino to Santa Monica

Canadian company Indochino recently announced that it will be opening more of its omnichannel showrooms in the Los Angeles area.

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S-Team: Looking for an Active Difference

Active Difference

When Leo Leedy founded S-Team in 2015, he thought the label should have something for everyone. So it was only logical that the Los Angeles brand would expand on its vast collection of eveningwear, ready-to-wear and accessories to design an activewear line to keep in step with the growing demand for that category.

After Bankruptcy Filing, Charlotte Russe Is Closing All Stores

After a 44-year run, young women’s clothier Charlotte Russe is going out of business with a liquidation sale starting March 7 at all its stores.

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O’Neill Dumps Drawstrings With No-Tie-Fly

“Drawcords are a thing of the past,” Lorin Ely-McGregor, an O’Neill boardshort senior designer and creator of the No-Tie-Fly.

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Re/Do’s Fashion Rock ’N’ Roll Revamp at Gisele Tune

Don’t call Joan Stewart a designer.

Dirtymilk Label Rebounds With New Style and Attitude

Manufacturing

Designer Daniel Antonio is breathing new life into his Dirtymilk label, which is being resurrected after being dormant for several years.

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A Weekly Farmers’ Market Comes to the California Market Center

Farm to Fashion

Tables stacked with carrots and celery. Bushel baskets filled with Cara Cara oranges and tangelos. A sea of strawberries packaged in white cartons.

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Private Label Is Lending a Helping Hand to Retailers’ Business

Private Label in Retail

If you want to buy a pair of Levi’s jeans, it’s not too hard to find a store that carries them.

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Carroll & Co’s Newmark to Bespoke at Avedon

Venerable menswear shop Carroll & Co called it quits after a run of more than six decades. However, Carroll & Co’s veteran general manager, Stuart Newmark, has no intention of retiring.

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Privé Alliance Touches Down in L.A. with a Runway Show and Party for Social-Media Stars

Former fashion editor Danyl Geneciran took his fashion inspirations and media savvy to start direct-to-consumer brand Privé Alliance in 2018.

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Kentaro Kameyama of "Project Runway" Composes Opera on Alexander McQueen

Currently in development is "The Passion of McQueen." It’s a new opera recounting the final hour of the designer’s life.

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Maggie Barry's Mad Dash to Make Melissa McCarthy's Oscars' Bunny Cape

On the night of Feb. 22, Maggie Barry got a call from Oscars stylist Katja Cahill for a special favor.

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PrettyLittleThing Takes A Bow on Melrose

For years, there was only one pink building on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, Calif.

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Winnie Couture Parties for its New Beverly Hills Flagship

Winnie Couture owner Chris Lee wanted his new space to be a big billboard.

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Barbara Fields Buying Office to Leave Downtown L.A.

Retail

Since 1984, the Barbara Fields Buying Office has been putting together trend forecasts on juniors and contemporary clothing from an office in the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Analysts Scratch Their Heads About the Missed Holiday Sales Forecast

Retail

Experts were wondering how the National Retail Federation could have been so wrong about its holiday sales forecast in late 2018.

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Farmers' Market Coming to the CMC

Workers put up white tents in the plaza in front of downtown Los Angeles' California Market Center showroom building Feb. 19. It was a rehearsal for a farmers’ market that will mark its inaugural run on Feb.27.

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The BADD House Debuts

Located in the former space of celebrity hot spot—the original Spago—The BADD House unveiled its inaugural art show.

Liberty Exhibitors Remain Steady But Buyers Down

Trade Shows

Despite a move to downtown Las Vegas, Liberty Fairs did not see a decline in the number of vendors exhibiting at its recent show, held Feb. 5–7 at the World Market Center, said Sharifa Murdock, Liberty’s co-owner and partner. But she estimated that there was a slight decline in buyer attendance from a year ago.

Holiday Sales Miss Earlier Forecast

Retail

Holiday sales in 2018 were a bit of a disappointment.

Magic Mens Appeals to a Diversity of Styles

Trade Shows

Along the fringes of the MAGIC Mens show, held Feb. 5–7 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Dean De Costa of Cotton Heritage exhibited his brand’s blank T-shirts.

Business Good for Many at Agenda Despite the Move

Trade Shows

When Agenda moved off of the Las Vegas Strip for its Feb. 5–7 show, it stepped into uncharted territory.

Project Tries On New Looks

Trade Shows

The sprawling Project, devoted to men’s contemporary styles and premium denim, introduced a new section called N:OW that focuses on new and emerging brands with a streetwear edge.

The Tents Attracts Major Buyers to the Boutique-Style Show

Trade Shows

Veterans and new vendors exhibited at The Tents, which is devoted to designer and contemporary men’s styles, cultivating a boutique environment with white-walled booths.

L.A. Becomes the Largest U.S. City to Ban Fur

Retail

The fur has been flying with the news that fur products cannot be sold in Los Angeles after 2020.

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Odaingerous’ The Niado Hotel Capsule Collection

Odain Watson opened a new atelier for his outerwear brand Odaingerous at 349 S. Los Angeles St. He recently produced a presentation for a capsule collection called The Niado Hotel.

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Jessica Simpson’s New Maternity Line

Jessica Simpson, singer, reality star and sex symbol of more than a decade, ago makes more headlines for being a mom than for her entertainment ventures.

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Nats Getty Makes A Statement With Strike Oil

Nats Getty recently introduced streetwear inspired line Strike Oil. the name is inspired by her prominent family's heritage. However the line's style is the domain of her personal story, as well as the inspiration of the LGBTQ community.

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H. Lorenzo Parties for Kapital Sings Bob Marley Talkin’ Blues

Japanese denim brand Kapital and Cedella Marley,sought to distill the sartorial style of Bob Marley, yet view it through a new lens in the collection Kapital Sings Bob Marley Talkin’ Blues.

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Trade Show Veteran Mike Sampson Unveils Commotion

The weather was unseasonably cold, but Sampson wasn't going to let a little bad weather get in the way.

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Agenda and Liberty Trade Shows Make a Big Move

Call Liberty Fairs and Agenda nomad trade shows.

Las Vegas Apparel and Footwear Shows Announce Big Location Moves

Trade Shows

MAGIC and WWIN announce big moves.

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Verte Luxe Produces a Sustainable Market

Vegan Fashion Week was not the only sustainable fashion event going on in Los Angeles last week.

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Dept. of Good Takes A Bow

Venice, Calif. -based Dept. of Good will run an online market where consumers can find sustainable and fair-trade businesses.

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