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Andrew Asch

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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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Narie Launch Party

Online ethical retailer Nairie produced a launch party recently.

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Pirates of Caribbean Sails into What Goes Around Comes Around

Fashion come in and out of style; big shoulders from the 1980s, pompadours from the 1950s, tie dye from the late 1960s. But what about 1710s? High end vintage store What Goes Around Comes Around celebrated a Pirates of the Caribbean T-shirt line.

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NYC's In Support Of Pops in L.A.

For the past few years, boutique and showroom In Support Of has been treating New York City to a wide array of emerging fashion designers, each with a unique point of view. Since May 2, In Support Of’s Tanya Sheikh and Ivan Gilkes have been producing their show in Los Angeles.

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Kinsley James to Los Angeles

For more than four years, Kinsley James Couture Bridal has represented up-and-coming and established designers at its bridal salon in Walnut Creek, Calif. On May 11, it opened a sprawling 3,900-square-foot location on 8231 West 3rd St. in Los Angeles.

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Billy Reid Kicks off Made-To-Measure Event at Magasin

It was a Billy Reid shindig at the Magasin boutique on May 11.

Department Stores Report Declines for the First Quarter

Retail

Several department stores reported results for their first-quarter earnings on May 11, and the results included steep same-store declines for Macy’s Inc. and Dillards Inc.

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UK retailer Prism pops at Platform

UK retailer Prism opened a pop-up shop at Platform boutique retail center in Culver City, near Los Angeles on May 10.

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Peri A. Brings the Party To Robertson

Peri Arenas hopes that her new boutique will bring a joie de vivre to retail street Robertson Boulevard. One of her first acts was to produce a debut party for her Peri A. boutique.

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Reformation’s Fight Against Toxic Denim

Reformation

Los Angeles’ Reformation label is one of a handful of companies that has lifted eco-fashion from a cottage industry to a larger scale.

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Reality Star T-shirt Line Goes For the Difference

Another week, another T-shirt/fashion line by a reality star/celebrity/creative. Ho hum. But reality star Sean McElwee promised to do something different with T-shirt line Seanese.

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JustFab’s Internet Brand Room

JustFab, an e-commerce company based in El Segundo, Calif., drank deeply from the Internet’s Kool-Aid. Its recently unveiled brand room was designed by an Internet company.

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Nuyu’s Wonder Woman line Lands at Ron Robinson

Mightier than 10 armies! It’s the marketing push behind the upcoming Wonder Woman movie. But the Nuyu brand plans to do something different with Wonder Woman styles.

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L.A.’s Fashion District on a Sneaker Kick

Downtown Los Angeles' Fashion District is on a high end sneaker kick. Holy Grail moved to the enclave in April, it is just the latest high end sneaker boutique to open for business in the Fashion District.

April Sales Bring Better Biz

Retail

After a tough beginning of the year, April proved to be a good month for retailers.

Paige Charts Stylish Path With New Stores

Retail

A few months after the Paige brand introduced its first design collaboration, Rosie HW X Paige, the Los Angeles–headquartered premium-denim brand, is embarking on a retail rollout.

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Joyce Azria: Market Upheaval Is Good Time to Launch

Joyce Azria

Joyce Azria is a child of Los Angeles’ fashion industry. Azria talked to California Apparel News on introducing a new fashion label during a time of great change, leadership and why she chose to do business with Macy’s when the retailer is cutting back.

Analysts Talk Retail Survival in a Time of Change

Retail

For the past few months, fashion websites have been passing around forecasts that more than 3,000 stores are scheduled to shutter in the United States. Jeff Van Sinderen, a retail analyst for B. Riley & Co. in Los Angeles, predicts the number of store closures will be even higher.

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Serving the CMC's Hungry since 1984, Bakery Nosh Moves

Since 1984, Bakery Nosh has been located on the second floor of the California Market Center showroom building; serving bagels, cookies and coffees to garmentos and the stylish. On May 1, Bakery Nosh made a big move.

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Brooklyn Hat Company’s Trina Turk Shindig

Brooklyn Hat Company pulled into the Trina Turk/Mr. Turk boutique in Palm Springs, Calif. for a trunk show recently.

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Oak + Fort's DTLA Party

The Oak + Fort brand opened a boutique at Westfield Century City in West Los Angeles earlier this month. But the brand came to downtown Los Angeles to party on April 27.

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Reformation’s Yael Aflalo Shows Off Eco-Factory

Los Angeles' Reformation brand moved into a new, eco-factory in November. On Earth Day brand founder Yael Aflalo gave a tour.

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Noon Goons: From SoCal Punk to High End Design

Noon Goons

SewCal is a production company in downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District. Its founder, Kurt Narmore, moonlights as the designer for high-end men’s contemporary line Noon Goons, which is moving from an inspiration of Southern California concrete to a continental sophistication.

Robertson Boulevard Looks for a Revival

Retail

Kim Kardashian was photographed at Cuvée restaurant on Los Angeles’ Robertson Boulevard recently. The paparazzi shooting a much-gossiped-about celebrity walking the retail street brought back memories of Robertson’s glory days. It was a decade ago when buses filled with tourists spotted starlets shopping on the street and top retailers engaged in bidding wars for storefronts.

LRG Acquired by Mad Engine

Manufacturing

Lifted Research Group, a popular Irvine, Calif.– headquartered urban streetwear brand was acquired by licensed apparel company Mad Engine LLC.

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Reported Shooting in Fashion District

Los Angeles Police Department continued to search for a suspect after shots were fired in the the Fashion District.

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Incase To DTLA

The barricade is up. The semi-official word is out. Incase is going to move to downtown Los Angeles.

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Meet B. James

With looks such as a Shell Toe Adidas dress and leather jackets with pops of color, Brandon James showed 40 looks from his B. James line.

Bebe to Liquidate Stores

Retail

Bebe Stores Inc. announced April 21 that it will liquidate its stores and inventory housed in those stores.

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FCI’s Spring Bricolage Student Fashion Show

Spring Bricolage

Daniel Feld was a “Project Runway” star who now teaches at FCI Fashion School in downtown Los Angeles.

Agenda Announces Consumer Day

Trade Shows

After 14 years of producing trade-only shows, Agenda will add a consumer day to its July 15 show at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.

Emerald Expositions Files for IPO

Trade Shows

Emerald Expositions Events Inc. filed for an initial public offering recently. The San Juan Capistrano, Calif.–headquartered company is seeking to raise from $295 million to $310 million, according to media reports.

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Fashion’s Robotic Future

Fashion Robot

Many futurists predict a giant shakeup in the jobs market in the near future as bus drivers, construction workers, paralegals and pharmaceutical workers are forecast to be pushed out of their gigs by job candidates who don’t have a heartbeat. They will be replaced by robots and artificial intelligence.

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Sai Suman Takes A Bow

Designer Sai Suman showed her ‘The Queen in Me’ line at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles on April 11.

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Tuxedos for Her, At Stitch & Tie

Tuxedos have been a men’s exclusive since gaining popularity in America in the late 19th century. Well, women have been crashing this sartorial party. Stitch & Tie by Friar Tux Shop announced that it will be the first formalwear rental destination to rent women’s tuxedos.

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Bohemian Society Costumes Dance Film Miscreants

Los Angeles has not seen a Bohemian Society fashion show in a couple of years, but the avant garde label is going to be taking a bow in dance film Miscreants. It will be screened April 22 at M.A.R.S. Festival in downtown Los Angeles

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Ron Robinson's United State of Fashion

It was time for a show. It was time for work. April 13 was time for United State of Fashion at Ron Robinson

Vissla & Billabong’s Big Night at SIMA Awards

Swim/Surf

Vissla and Billabong racked up trophies at the 14th annual SIMA Awards, produced by the trade group Surf Industry Manufacturers Association.

One T-Shirt Line’s Trash

Manufacturing

When Tal Mir quit a design job for a private-label company, he resolved to devote all of his creative energy to making a clothing line that would stand for quality and creativity. He called the line Trash. Its full name is Trash Los Angeles

Dodging Retail Blues, Designer Tries Amazon

Retail

Maya Reynolds recently wrapped up a gig creating costumes for the Backstreet Boys. The 1990s hit makers are wearing her white leather jackets for a residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

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Never Elsewhere’s Locals Only

The T-Shirt Local Scene

When the Never Elsewhere brand started business in 2010, the Oakland, Calif.–based label sought to pay tribute to hot spots only locals would know about.

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Image Comic's Snotgirl to the Fashion Rescue

There’s a new comic book hero in town. It's a fashion blogger.

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Blue Gold’s Road Trip “A Pair of Jeans Can Connect You With the World”

Documentary Blue Gold: American Jeans sees the world through the eyes of a jeans hunter. It's also a master class on the history of denim with side trips on how Bruce Lee wore jeans, and a step into the global wardrobe.

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Macy’s at Westfield Century City Takes a Bow

Westfield Century City is in the midst of a $1 billion makeover. Macy’s is one of the anchors for the revamped retail center. The department store took a bow with a new two-story building on April 7.

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Revolve Goes Coachella

Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead are headlining the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival next weekend, online fashion emporium Revolve plans to represent in force with a festival pop-up shop in the West Hollywood area weekend of April 7 and a two-day party during the April 14 Coachella weekend.

March Tough, But Shows Silver Linings

Retail

Wall Street analysts saw a glass half full when March retail sales were reported.

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