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New Fabric for Casual Luxury

Beyond Black & White

Casual luxury is a signature California look, and veteran fashion executive Derek Tucker thought he could up the ante on this style with a fabric that he developed. It’s called Luxmere.

Oak To Open 2nd L.A. Boutique on Beverly Blvd


Oak, the American Apparel–owned high-fashion chain of boutiques, is on the move and will open a second Los Angeles boutique in the next few weeks. However, a specific date has not been announced, said Conor Riley, Oak’s social-media director.

Robert Talbott’s Shop-in-shop Roll Out


After more than 50 years making neckwear and shirting with roots in Monterey, Calif., the Robert Talbott label will be rolling out a number of shops-in-shop at high-end menswear boutiques across America.

New Era Bows Dodger Stadium Shop


A few years after it opened a Los Angeles flagship, Buffalo, N.Y.–headquartered New Era introduced a New Era Team Store at Los Angeles’ landmark Dodger Stadium.

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Desert Hills Premium Outlets

Bringing More Bling To Desert

Desert Hills Premium Outlets, known as a Rodeo Drive for discount designer clothes, unveiled the biggest expansion in its more than two decades in business.

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Parke & Ronen Party

Spring is here, and the Parke & Ronen label kicked it off with a party celebrating its seasonal store on Los Angeles' Melrose Avenue.

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Mina + Olya

Finding A Sustainable Luxe

Designers Mina Yazdi and Olya Dzilikhova believe that they have found a way to connect fabulous, luxe style with environment-loving materials.

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Undefeated Takes on Galaxy

It's an alternative look for the logo of one of Los Angeles' great sports teams; the LA Galaxy. Streetwear, fashion brand Undefeated developed new logo for the Galaxy emblem in capsule collection LA Galaxy x Undefeated.

March Sales Mark a Soft Rebound


March retail sales beat Wall Street expectations with a 3.6 percent gain on a year-over-year basis, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers, a leading trade group for the mall industry, but things are still tough for retailers, economists and analysts said.

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Klein Named Fashion Icon at L.A. Fashion Awards


Lloyd Klein made his first public appearance since undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma at the Second Annual LA Fashion Awards at Sunset Gower Studios, held April 5 in Los Angeles.

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Fashioning a New La Brea: District La Brea Complex Adds New Retail


Boutiques for online clothier Bonobos, fashion line Gant Rugger and Undefeated, a streetwear emporium, will open at the District La Brea compound in the next few months. The new shops could bring more retail attention to Los Angeles’ La Brea Avenue.

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Retailers Bring More Competitive Business to Majors Market

L.A. Majors Market

From technology to real estate, the way that major retailers do business is changing, and some of those changes were reflected in the Los Angeles Majors Market, a department store–focused event that ran April 7–9 at the California Market Center.

Bronstein Resigns From Wet Seal Board

Executive Moves

Kathy Bronstein resigned from the board of directors of The Wet Seal Inc., according to a company announcement on April 7. She had served on the board for the beleaguered company since September 2012 and also served as its chief executive officer and vice chair from 1995 to 2003.

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Dickinson Cameron Builds Burberry, Renovates Barneys in Beverly Hills

Dickinson Cameron is on the move on Rodeo Drive; building the Burberry flagship and renovating Barneys in Beverly Hills.

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Fall 2014 Forecast: Marled Yarns, Houndstooth and Ugly Xmas Sweaters

Barbara Fields

The ugly Christmas sweater was one of several Fall 14 trends featured by trend forecaster Barbara Fields of the Barbara Fields Buying Office.

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Bonobos, Gant Rugger, Undefeated to District La Brea

Retail Spotlight

Boutiques for online clothier Bonobos, fashion line Gant Rugger and Undefeated, a streetwear emporium, will open at the District La Brea compound in the next two months.

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Alternative’s Summer Party

It was a time for new looks for the Alternative label. Its Summer and Fall looks were previewed at a party at Alternative's Larchmont Village boutique.

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Kitson’s Giant Vegas Shop

Kitson debuts its biggest shop. It's a 12,000-square-foot emporium at The Linq in Las Vegas. " In Vegas; the bigger the better," Kitson Founder Fraser Ross said.

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Vera Wang Opens On Rodeo Drive

After a long wait, Vera Wang opened a flagship at 428 N. Rodeo Dr. on April 3.

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Obituary: Hobie Alter, 80


Hobart “Hobie” Alter, 80, passed away March 29 in Palm Desert, Calif. He was one of the innovators of the sport of surfing and also opened one of California’s first surf shops.

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MLV by Mayren Lee Viray


With her new line, MLV by Mayren Lee Viray, the fashion designer hopes to shine a spotlight on her own views of women’s contemporary fashion.

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Caruso’s Main Street Gamble


Real estate developer Rick J. Caruso has Main Street America in his sights with plans to redevelop “street-front” retail in various Southern California neighborhoods.

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Slater Leaves Quiksilver

Surf Moves

After more than 20 years as the public face of Huntington Beach, Calif-based surf giant Quiksilver, Kelly Slater is changing teams.

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Domenico Vacca’s Bespoke Party

After outfitting Jeremy Piven for the upcoming Entourage movie, Designer Domenico Vacca partied at his self named boutique in Beverly Hills' Montage hotel.

Developer Rick Caruso Names New Marketing Communications Officer

Public-relations veteran Judy Johnson was named as the chief marketing and communications officer for Caruso Affiliated, the Los Angeles real estate development company that owns, manages and develops such shopping centers as The Grove in Los Angeles and The Americana at Brand in Glendale, Calif.

Voit to Join Element

Frank Voit was named as the global general manager for Irvine, Calif.–based skate label Element.

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Jack’s Surfboards On The Move: First Skatepark, Next Up, Santa Monica

Jack’s Surfboards opened a location for its skateboard concept, Jack’s Garage, at the Vans Off the Wall Skatepark in Huntington Beach.

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Behind The Scenes on Rodeo: Shawmut Renovates High End Street

For Rodeo Drive, renovating boutiques is a multi-million-dollar enterprise.

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Ketzali and Coachella’s Big Sounds

The fashion world's attention is turned toward the Coachella music festival. The festival's influence has touched Guatemala's Ketzali label. The line's scarves and ponchos are made by Guatemalan artisans on old-style looms.

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Decades' Moschino Revival

High End Vintage Shop Decades bought back classic Moschino; laughs and a unique style, at a March 20 party.

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After Big Jobs, Sandro Paris Parties

After recently opening up Los Angeles area shops, French clothier Sandro Paris had a party.

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Skingraft Joins Group of Luxe Boutiques in Fashion District


The Skingraft fashion label will be the latest of several high-end fashion boutiques to put down stakes in downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District, which has become a magnet for luxe boutiques after being a near-dead zone for high-end fashion retail up to last year.

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Key Retailers Turn Out at Los Angeles Fashion Market

Trade Show

Buyers from Nordstrom, Nasty Gal, Piperlime,, ShopBop, Elyse Walker, Madison, Ron Herman, Tilly’s, Revolve and American Rag turned out for the Fall 2014 Los Angeles Fashion Market.

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Classic, with a Latin Edge

Growing up in Connecticut, Katheryn Rice, with her grandmother Carmella, often watched films from the 1930s and 1940s and talked about the costumes.

Beyond Product Recommendations: Tech Firm Certona’s New Patent


Closing the sale is one of the oldest games in retail. E-tailers have their own tech-driven ways to get consumers to buy an item and buy extras. There are widely used collaborative filtering programs, or programs that pre-determine what a consumer will be seeking.

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H&M’s Conscious Party

H&M got its organic on March 19. It threw a party for its third Conscious Exclusive collection with celebs like Kate Mara, Sophia Bush and Amber Valletta.

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Meet Cluny

The Fall 14 Los Angeles Fashion Market sounded like a perfect time to get better acquainted with Los Angeles, said Nina Churchill, vice-president of the New York-headquartered women’s contemporary label.

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Los Angeles Men’s Market: A Lot of Work, Some Play

The first day of the Los Angeles Men’s Market, March 17, was busy. Fortunately the guys got a little rest and recreation too.


LA Fashion Week Fall 2014

Back in 2012, Los Angeles Designer Cheryl Koo introduced The Other Duck, a line with art and some streetwear influences. For the Fall 2014 Los Angeles Fashion Week, she returned to debut the CM2K line at The Supper Club, a nightclub and high-end restaurant in Hollywood.

Jen Awad

LA Fashion Week Fall 2014

Jen Awad started her fashion career with designing rock club ready looks for self-named fashion label, and her collections sported monikers like “Hot Mess.”

Michael Costello

LA Fashion Week Fall 2014

The Fall ’14 collection of “Project Runway” alum Michael Costello took a bow on March 10 at Style Fashion Week, and Costello found inspirations for the 20 look show in diverse themes, such as New York City winters and Priscilla Presley’s wedding dress.

MT Costello

LA Fashion Week Fall 2014

The third season of the MT Costello line, which is designed by “Project Runway” alum Michael Costello and his cousin Stephanie Costello, took a bow on March 10 at the Designers to Watch showcase of Style Fashion Week.

R. Michel’le The Label

LA Fashion Week Fall 2014

When Rachael Broussard’s R. Michel’le The Label line took the runway March 10 at the Designers to Watch showcase at Style Fashion Week, Broussard wanted to offer clothes that any woman can wear.

Walter Mendez Collection

LA Fashion Week Fall 2014

Just a year after graduating from the fashion design program of California State University, Long Beach, Walter Mendez took a bow at Style Fashion Week on March 10.

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After Costuming Katy Perry & Runway Show, Maggie Barry Does A Pop Up

Fresh from her runway shows at Style Fashion Week, Maggie Barry, who has costumed stars ranging from Katy Perry to Van Halen, presided over the March 13 debut of Shoppe, the monthly pop-up shop at her new atelier in downtown Los Angeles. “We’re doing random acts of fashion here,” Barry joked

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ADBD’s Hustle

Branding, Retailing, Design & Rapping

It’s Tuesday afternoon, time for Alberto Mendez and more than 20 other aspiring rappers to try out impromptu rhymes at ADBD, a Fairfax Avenue storefront adjacent to flagship boutiques for popular streetwear brands such as Diamond Supply Co. and Crooks & Castles.

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Parke & Ronen Experiments With Unconventional Pop-up Shop


The boom-and-bust cycles of running a store are challenging for anyone, but it was driving the owners of the Parke & Ronen store in Los Angeles crazy.

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St Regis Bespoke BeachCandy Swimwear

Designer Brit Barber has been representing a different bespoke suit; the custom made swim suit. This month, Barber's BeachCandy label will be debuting a collaboration capsule line of custom swim suits with luxe St. Regis Monarch Beach resort.

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LA Fashion Week & Those Stubborn Critiques

As LA Fashion Week runway shows start rolling out, familiar complaints about Los Angeles' fashion week start rolling in. Some fashion veterans chart on what LA Fashion Week should do next.

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NailSnaps Social Media Manicures

No question, nail art continues to scale new heights, and Angel Anderson and Sarah Heering want new Da Vincis and Warhols to create their own nail art masterpieces, but in a social media way.