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Bemo Takes A Bow

Bemo is a small camera designed to capture images and quickly post them on social media. Last week, it hosted a party with the Ron Robinson boutique.

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Oak Opens on L.A.’s Beverly Boulevard

Retail

On Aug. 14, a big nightclub-ready crowd showed up for an opening-night party to celebrate the new store, which is the second Oak to open in Los Angeles.

Billabong Sells Swell.com

Retail

Australian surfwear giant Billabong International Ltd. announced on Aug. 20 that it will sell its e-commerce businesses, Swell.com, headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and SurfStitch.com, which is based in Australia.

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Exhibitors Report Buyers Writing Orders

Las Vegas Trade Shows

LAS VEGAS—With more than 20 events spread across five venues, the Las Vegas trade shows offered just about something for every buyer—from juniors and streetwear to upscale menswear and lingerie.

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Opening in Vegas

Fred Segal Collective

Fred Segal, a pioneer and landmark of Southern California’s boutique scene, will take its first bow outside of Los Angeles County.

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Levi’s DTLA Commuter Space

Levi’s is biking to downtown Los Angeles. It opened a pop-up shop for its bicycling friendly Levi’s Commuter line at 157 W. 5th St in downtown Los Angeles.

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Curio X Echo and Air

Call it an unofficial 1-year birthday party. Downtown L.A. boutique Curio and fashion line Echo and Air are both about 1-year old. So they had a party.

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Parke & Ronen Spring '15

Menswear Line Parke & Ronen will go into its Spring ’15 looks with a yen for linen, said co-founder Ronen Jehezkel.

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Schaefer In The Fashion District

Downtown L.A. Artist Alexander Schaefer gained notoriety with his "Burning Banks" paintings during the Occupy protest. On Aug. 14, another side of Shaefer went on display. Some of his new paintings were included in a group gallery show in the Fashion District, and they don't have a political theme.

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Oak’s New L.A. Boutique Goes Big

New York’s Oak boutique went big when it opened its newest Los Angeles boutique.

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At 25th Waterman’s Ball, Surf Business Protects the Ocean

Events

The Waterman’s Ball has been described as the surfwear business’s excuse for a prom, a chance to party at the stunning Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel, Calif., and a thank you to the ocean for providing the raw materials for the surfing lifestyle.

Showtime: Retailers Discuss Trade Show Plans and Preparations

Trade Shows

With more than 20 apparel, footwear, accessories and sourcing trade shows taking a bow in Las Vegas starting on Aug. 18 and a trade show season that continues on until the end of October, retailers are gearing up for the serious work of finding the brands that might hold the key to big profits.

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Cheyann Benedict’s Way

Denim

When Cheyann Benedict, co-founder of the C&C California brand, made a return to fashion in 2013, she wanted to run her self-named Cheyann Benedict company her way.

The Fight Against Retail and Cyber Crimes: Better Cards, Better Security

Retail

Cyber crimes are skyrocketing—there are estimates that more than $3.5 billion in fraud was committed online in 2013—but security organizations protecting retailers and consumers are pushing back.

Stanford Shopping Center Gets Makeover

Retail

Stanford Shopping Center, a Simon-owned mall located across the street from Stanford University, is in the midst of a big renovation.

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Simone Michele Takes A Bow

After a career designing bags for other people, Michelle Queza will debut her own bag line. It’s called Simone Michele.

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OTB: Old-School Graphics

Made in America

It is relatively easy to get into the T-shirt business, said Eric Byrne, who spent a good part of his career selling T-shirts. You just need screen-printing equipment and some blank T-shirts. The hard part is making good-quality shirts and putting the right graphics on them.

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Volcom: True To This...On Film

With its old motto “Youth Against Establishment” retired, Volcom has been rolling out its new brand tagline “True To This.” To mark the occasion, Volcom has released some short films.

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Craig and the Big Clean-Up

Steve Craig, president and chief executive officer of Craig Realty Group, donated more than $10,000 on Aug. 9, to non-profit groups. Craig Realty also participated in day of service for Commerce where volunteers seek to clear out garbage and clean-up graffiti around Commerce.

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Small Holiday/Resort Market in LA

Drawing in Local Buyers

Always the smallest market on the calendar, the Aug. 4–7 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market drew local buyers and a handful of bigger retailers looking to get orders in before the big trade shows in Las Vegas later this month.

July Sales Strong

News

Retail sales for July, often considered a harbinger to the Back-to-School season, increased 5.4 percent, according to Jesse Tron, spokesperson for International Council of Shopping Centers, a prominent trade group for the mall business.

Retail Moves: COS, Rebecca Minkoff Scheduled to Open Los Angeles Stores

Retail

COS, a division of H&M, recently signed a lease for a 13,000-square-foot store in Beverly Hills, Calif., said Jay Luchs, the broker who handled the deal. It will be among one of COS’s first stores in the United States.

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Surf Pop-Up at Ron Herman

Vissla

With surf music playing in the background and boards being shaped on site, new surf label Vissla showcased its debut collection on Aug. 2 with a pop-up shop at the Ron Herman boutique at the Fred Segal boutique compound in Los Angeles.

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Activewear with a Sustainable Edge

Move By Alternative

Alternative Apparel rolled out two flagship boutiques in the past 12 months, and, on July 21, the basics company introduced Move by Alternative, a woman’s activewear line with unique silhouettes and a sustainable edge.

UPDATE: Boardsports Shop Val Surf Shutters in Pasadena

Retail

Val Surf, one of California’s pioneering boardsports shops, is scheduled to close its Pasadena, Calif., location by the end of this month, leaving the retailer with four locations, said Mark Richards, a co-founder of the family-owned retailer.

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Banana Republic’s New Look

Clothiers always introduce new styles during the Fall season, but for Banana Republic, Gap Inc’s upscale retailer, Fall is all about a new direction.

Val Surf Shutters in Pasadena

Val Surf, one of California’s pioneering boardsports shops, is scheduled to close its Pasadena, Calif., location by the end of this month, leaving the retailer with four locations, said Mark Richards, a co-founder of the family-owned retailer.

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American Apparel: “ We Have Good Ethics”

American Apparel offered no apologies for its risqué billboards which have long proven to be lightning rods for criticism. But the vertical retailer’s newest billboards seemed to be testing a new pitch; see the brash company in a different light.

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Mighty Healthy’s Party at PacSun

For the Mighty Healthy brand, the way to celebrate a decade in business was this; design a capsule collection with a favorite artist Kevin Lyons, and sell at it Pacific Sunwear.

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Uniqlo Pops at Beverly Center

A Uniqlo emporium is scheduled to open at Los Angeles’ Beverly Center on Oct. 10, but to take the sting off of the building anticipation (or perhaps to stoke it a bit more) the Japanese clothier opened a pop-up shop at Beverly Center on July 31.

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Grumpy Cat Scratch Fever

The real star of the season isn’t a super model or an action star – it’s Grumpy Cat! The feline with a sour puss made an appearance at Kitson in Santa Monica on Aug. 4.

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From LeBron to the Hustlers

I Am Nameless

In a major case of beginner’s luck, basketball star LeBron James posted an Instagram picture of himself wearing a crew neck T-shirt by novice Los Angeles brand I Am Nameless in January.

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New Nostalgia

Clashist

A typical career trajectory in modern fashion starts with an entrepreneur introducing an apparel line and, a few years later, launching an e-commerce store. But that is not the case with Heather Lipner, founder and creative director of apparel line Clashist. She turned the typical trajectory upside down.

After PacSun, Lee Joins Wet Seal

It was announced July 31 that Christine Lee was named executive vice president and chief merchandising officer of The Wet Seal Inc., she will start working for the Foothill Ranch, Calif.–based company on Sept. 3.

Top Womenswear Executive Resigns from PacSun

Retail

Christine Lee, senior vice president of women’s merchandising and design, has resigned from Pacific Sunwear Inc., the surfwear retailer headquartered in Anaheim, Calif. She has been with the company since 2010.

Mansion Trade Show to Debut in Las Vegas

Trade Show

Atlanta-area production company Collab Avenue plans to host its first fashion trade event, the Mansion Trade Show, in Las Vegas Aug. 17–19

City Chic to Roll Out California Stores

Retail

City Chic, an Australian retailer of women’s plus-sized fashion, opened its first American store Aug. 1 at the Westfield Culver City retail center, located off a busy stretch of the San Diego (405) Freeway.

Smith, Uner to Relaunch FashionWeekLA.com

Fashion

Los Angeles Fashion Week has been criticized throughout its history for not attracting enough buyers and not producing enough shows for high-profile designers. For Kelsi Smith, director of Los Angeles Fashion Council, a community organization for fashion designers, what the fashion week needs is better organization.

Madison’s Melrose Store Closes in Real Estate Deal

Retail

After a 16-year run, prominent Los Angeles boutique chain Madison shuttered its Melrose Avenue location on July 26, the company’s second store closing in two months.

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Money Ruins Everything @ The Park Showroom

Showroom Profiles

In October, the menswear showroom opened contemporary boutique Seven Points on the ground floor of the Lady Liberty Building. Last month, it announced a merger with streetwear showroom Money Ruins Everything. T

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Showroom Profile: Lynn Girard

New Location

After 36 years of running a showroom in the California Market Center, Lynn Girard thought it was time for a change.

Centric’s New Investment to Fund China Expansion

Technology

Centric Software Inc. announced on July 29 that it received $24 million in Series D capital funding.

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Tokidoki Gets Cute

Cute and spooky was Tokidoki’s style when the Los Angeles-headquartered pop-culture brand took its bow about a decade ago. With the ntroduction of a new character Palette, it's just getting cute.

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Pepsi Style

Pepsi. It’s not just a soft drink. It’s a fashion line too. Pepsi recently introduced the Pepsi Live For Now Collaboration.

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Mom's The Word Takes A Bow

fter 17-years of running maternity shops in the San Francisco Bay area, Mom’s The Word opened a Los Angeles location.

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Globe's Old School Surf Movie

Action Sports Brand Globe International defied the current way of making the surf movie. Their flick, Strange Rumblings in Shangri La, premieres on July 31. Here's a peek into Globe's big surf world.

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Rebel 8: Pop-up at the Edge of Town

Streetwear brand Rebel 8 produced pop-up shops in Taipei and Sydney this year, and in June the brand opened a shop at its Los Angeles-headquarters. But for some people, it might be as tough to get there as skateboarding down a set of concrete steps.

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Business Makes a Big Splash

Miami’s Swimwear Trade Show

The trend for women’s swimwear is getting skimpier, but the market for bikinis, one-pieces and coverups is becoming a much bigger business.

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Indah at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Call Indah a multi-cultural flirt. Its new swim line was called Jambo Zuri, which translates as 'Hello Beautiful' from Swahili. It took a bow July 21 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

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Minimale Animale at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim

Was there a bad girl at the sunny Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim? It could have been the line Minimale Animale. Models wore motorcycle helmets at the show and heavy metal music blasted on the show's soundtrack.

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