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Charney’s Los Angeles Apparel Factory Staffs Up, Looks for Growth

Manufacturing

With little fanfare, Dov Charney, perhaps the basics industry’s most flamboyant entrepreneur, unveiled his latest project.

Alternative Founder Returns with M/f people Brand

Manufacturing

Greg Alterman founded blank-T-shirt company Alternative Apparel in 1996, and he had grown it into a $74 million enterprise when he left it in early 2013. His latest venture brings him back to the apparel industry. His new lifestyle brand, M/f people, is scheduled to take a bow June 23.

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Maggie Barry, Kunst NYC and Band of Gypsies Take The Runway

Brigade LA

Downtown Los Angeles’ Brigade LA boutique turned itself into a runway on June 18 with a fashion show that served as a platform for an emerging brand with a performance-art angle, a new line meant for the international music-festival circuit and a contemporary brand with looks inspired by the 1960s.

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Talking Costumes With Mindy Kaling at Beverly Center

For a celebration to mark the completion of Phase One of an extensive remodel, Beverly Center hosted a talk on costuming with actress/producer/creative hyphenate Mindy Kaling and costumer Salvador Perez.

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After Standing Rock Protest, B. Yellowtail Brings Style With Indigenous Angle to L.A.

Shailene Woodley is a fan of B. Yellowtail, a Los Angeles-headquartered label inspired by Native American art, that has made clothes at the Standing Rock protest, and in an area the label calls Occupied Tongva Territory.

Fashion Robot Company Gets $4.5 Million Investment

Technology

SoftWear Automation Inc. is an Atlanta-based company that forecasts a future where apparel is going to be sewn by machines or “sewbots,” robots that sew.

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Shopify’s Frenzy Makes 1st L.A. Drop Zone

There have been plenty of forecasts on the merger between physical and online retail, Toronto’s Shopify may have found a merger between the sometimes exclusive realms with its Frenzy mobile app.

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Made LA Festival Takes the Runway With Opening Ceremony, Snoop Dogg

Made LA

The runways featured brands such as Opening Ceremony, the soundtrack was mostly hip-hop, and the backdrop was a market of trade show–like booths selling everything from T-shirts to expensive footwear.

Sears to Cut 400 Jobs

Retail

Sears Holding Corp. announced this week that it would eliminate 400 jobs in its corporate headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Ill., located in the suburbs of Chicago.

Made LA, Others Try New Fashion Show Format

Retail

The Made LA festival mixed runway shows, music performances and fashion vendors selling everything from boots to T-shirts when the event held its sophomore run over the weekend of June 10.

E-Commerce Site Tries Multi-Channel Close-outs

Retail

Deanna Hodges made a career of building clothing companies. She recently launched an e-commerce site designed for closeouts, or the clothes that don’t make it to the shop floor.

Boutiques Try Co-Retailing

Retail

Independent boutiques in popular retail neighborhoods are embracing a new revenue model, said Syama Meagher, chief executive officer of the consultancy Scaling Retail.

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Faherty’s 1st Malibu Anniversary

Faherty surfed into Malibu about a year ago. No wipe out dude! The Malibu Faherty boutique celebrated its first anniversary.

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New Hotel & Retail in Once Tough DTLA Neighborhood

The Freehand Los Angeles hotel and Flowerboy Project boutique will open in the once tough intersection of 8th and Olive streets in downtown Los Angeles.

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Lauren Moshi to Malibu Lumber Yard

After more than eight years on Los Angeles' Robertson Boulevard, the Lauren Moshi brand opened a second boutique, this one across the street from the Pacific Ocean.

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Thread Haus Co's Crew Caps to the Rescue

The wool beanie is so…winter! Fortunately, designer and stylist Manuel Jackson is coming to the fashion rescue.

Bernstein & Ryan Raise $500,000 for Nat’l Jewish Health

Events

The backdrop was the elegant Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. Required dress was black suits and gowns. Martin Chalifour, the principal concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, dropped by to give a short performance on his violin.

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Hobie X Katin: Surf OGs Mix It Up

Hobie and Katin started making surfboards, boardshorts and opening surf shops when Eisenhower was in the White House and Elvis Presley was considered a threat to society. Decades later, these innovative labels partnered for limited edition Hobie X Katin Surf Collection.

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Premium Denim Line Works With Skingraft Brand to Knock Homeless Crisis

Skid Row Denim

Los Angeles County’s homeless crisis has skyrocketed in the past year, with 57,794 individuals counted as homeless by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. It’s an almost 23 percent increase over 2016.

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Quiet June Market Draws Focused Buyers Ready to Spend

LA Fashion Market

June market in Los Angeles is typically a quiet affair with buyers arriving to wrap up Fall orders and start looking at Holiday goods. Sandwiched between the larger Fall markets in March and the massive Las Vegas trade shows in August, June tends to draw lighter traffic comprised of mostly regional buyers.

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Small Town High School Wins $50,000 Prize from Vans

Parker City, South Dakota is a one stoplight town, but its arts and fashion potential is enormous. It was the grand prize winner for the 8th annual Vans Custom Culture art competition.

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Trash Los Angeles' New Styles

Trash Los Angeles was previously known for its T-shirts and hoodies. Now the rock 'n' roll inspired line is doing jeans and vests.

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Comeback for Beverly Hills Hosiery

The downtown Los Angeles fashion biz mourned the loss of Beverly Hills Hosiery, which has been selling hosiery, intimates and costumes for more than 80-years. But the company's new ownership told us to get ready for a comeback.

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Barbara Fields’ Spring/Summer ’18 Fashion Forecasts

Barbara Fields Buying Office has been forecasting juniors fashion for more than 30-years. Last week, it released the Fields Spring Summer 2018 Trend Report. Fields gave us a peek at trends forecast to make a splash soon.

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CMC's 3rd Floor Party for LA Fashion Market

Get ready for the first breakfast buffet party produced by the showrooms on the A-wing of the CMC's 3rd floor.

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Rails Does Pop-Up in N.Y. Surfing Mecca

After nine years of building an apparel line for men, women and children in Los Angeles, Jeff Abrams, founder of Rails brand is going cross country to open a pop-up shop. The Rails pop-up will be in the East Coast surfing Mecca of Montauk June 3-4.

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Fred Segal Announces Shops for WeHo Location

Fred Segal made headlines in December when it announced that it would open a West Hollywood location. On June 1, it gave a peek inside the upcoming store.

Retail Sales Tough in May

Retail

Retail sales reports for May were downbeat. Cato Corp., a Charlotte, N.C.–headquartered retailer, had a particularly tough month when it posted a same-store-sales decline of 16 percent.

Kors to Close Stores

Retail

Michael Kors Holdings Ltd., the New York–based ready-to-wear and accessories brand founded by designer Michael Kors, announced on May 31 that it would close more than 100 stores.

FBI Moves Out of CMC

Manufacturing

After nine years at the California Market Center, Fashion Business Inc., the educational nonprofit for start-up and growing fashion companies, is moving into a shared office space called CTRL Collective.

Bamboo Rose Extends Social Reach of PLM

Technology

Product Lifecycle Management software is something of a social media for the manufacturing set.

New Project for L.A. Arts District Pioneer Guerilla Atelier

Retail

In 2012, Carl Louisville quit a job running the Prada Epicenter store on Rodeo Drive, where he got to socialize with Miuccia Prada and Hollywood A-listers. Post Prada, he opened a luxury store in a section of Los Angeles adjacent to homeless encampments in the city’s tough Skid Row section.

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Changes for Fairfax Ave., Rodeo of Streetwear

Fairfax Avenue is still the Rodeo Drive of streetwear, but there have been some notable shops leaving the thoroughfare.

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Phillip Lim’s Arts District Store

After an eight year run on Los Angeles’ Westside, award winning fashion designer Phillip Lim

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Pocket Square Clothing’s Big 1st

From pompadoured hair to high end sneakers, men’s styles have been reaching for new heights in the past five years. Pocket Square Clothing hoped it could wrap some of the creative ferment in a handkerchief. It celebrated the first anniversary of its downtown Los Angeles shop on May 25.

The Credit- and Debit-Card Business Is Booming

Retail

Credit, debit and prepaid cards in 2016 saw a purchase volume increase of 7 percent based on a year-over-year comparison, according to The Nilson Report, a Carpinteria, Calif.–based trade publication reporting on the payments industry. In America, credit, debit and prepaid cards’ purchase volume reached $5.648 trillion in 2016.

Aussie Retailer Showpo to L.A.

Retail

When Sydney entrepreneur Jane Lu started posting pictures of fast-fashion styles on social-media sites for her Australian e-commerce label, Showpo, she was surprised that she got interest from California.

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S.M.N. Plans To Offer the ‘Real’ Premium

S.M.N.

S.M.N. Studio sells men’s denim that retails from $200 to $600, but the pricing is not a repeat of the go-go days of Los Angeles’ premium-denim business from a decade ago when denim labels typically asked consumers to pay hundreds of dollars for a pair of jeans, according to Jazmin Kim, cofounder of S.M.N.

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The Leverage Makes Millions from Overlooked Market

The Leverage

During a time when conventional wisdom says that retailers are not making big merchandise orders, The Leverage fashion house reported making millions of dollars from an overlooked boutique market.

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Reformation Brings Eco, Tech Store Concept to L.A.

Reformation

Reformation made fashion headlines in Northern California this year when it opened an eco-friendly boutique that featured retail tech such as touchscreens. The women’s fashion line recently announced that it will bring its new store concept to its hometown of Los Angeles.

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Wolk Morais Shows Collection 5

Wolk Morais

To make a Wolk Morais runway show, you need a few main ingredients.

Will Google Assistant Become Retail’s Next Big Thing?

Technology

Technology company Google recently announced new angles to its Google Assistant. With a voice command, Google Assistant can offer help with a number of tasks, such as making phone calls, playing music and looking up information, similar to Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Echo.

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Jake Takes A Bow

NorCal fashion label Jake took a bow this year with suiting, dresses and casual looks that explore style, gender and architecture,

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ComplexCon Adds Colette’s Sarah Andelman to 2nd Run of Festival

ComplexCon surprised many, when thousands of people bought tickets to the festival’s inaugural run in Long Beach, Calif. last year, to take in its mix of hip hop acts, art displays, food truck style cuisine and yes, retail. On May 25, ComplexCon producers Complex Networks and Reedpop announced a sophomore run for the festival. It also announced a committee to guide the festival. One of the committee luminaries will be Sarah Andelman, co-founder of the Parisian fashion/concept store Colette.

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Sugar + Baywatch Surfs into Ron Robinson

On May 18, the label Sugar introduced its Sugar + Baywatch at Ron Robinson.

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Avec Les Filles' Los Angeles Pop-up

After spending the past year or so launching the Avec Les Filles brand, and rolling out the brand in 155 Macy’s, Joyce Azria, Avec Les Filles’ founder, said it was time to celebrate. Her way of celebration? Open up a pop-up shop.

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Shop & Dine

Shop & Dine

The trade-show season is a year-round circuit that is like a movable feast when it comes to hunting for new styles and fashions.

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Macy’s Bets on Exclusives

Macy’s

It’s been a tough week at Macy’s Inc.

Neault Joins Style Fashion Week

Fashion

Christina Neault, who formerly worked as an executive producer for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, has joined Style Fashion Week, a producer of the biannual series of runway shows during Los Angeles Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week as well as events in other cities including Palm Springs, Calif.; Miami; and Dubai.

Mad Engine Acquires Neff

Manufacturing

In April, Danish Gajiani, chief executive officer of Mad Engine LLC, a designer and distributor of licensed apparel, said that his company would acquire more branded apparel and accessories labels.

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