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Andrew Asch

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DTLA’s Please Do Not Enter Opens in WeHo

After a venturing into Los Angeles’ Westside with a pop-up shop, downtown Los Angeles’ Please Do Not Enter boutique made its bid for the Westside market permanent.

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ADBD Unveils Winter '17 Styles

Inspiration for fashion styles is wide ranging. But for ADBD's Adam Derry, inspiration can go back; waaay back.

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Merlin Castell at Style Fashion Week

Veteran L.A. designer Merlin Castell took the runway at Style Fashion Week on Oct. 12. Take a look.

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David Tupaz at Style Fashion Week

Los Angeles-David Tupaz placed its Spring 2018 collection on the runway at Style Fashion Week at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, Calif. on Oct. 14.

LAEDC Files Amazon HQ Bid

Retail

Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. has put in a formal bid to e-commerce giant Amazon.com to build its second corporate headquarters in Los Angeles County.

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Jomo Harajuku: Tailoring Suits for Millennials

Jomo Harajuku

The basic ingredients for the men’s suit have stayed the same since the late 19th century through the mid-1960s and on to the power suits of the Reagan era and present day.

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1denim Hopes to Make Jeans for All

1denim

People come in all shapes and sizes, but all too often denim brands do not outfit them all. That was what designer Elizabeth Bae thought when she decided to launch the 1denim brand with a mission to offer a wide and an inclusive range of sizes for men and women.

Hanes Acquires Alternative Apparel

Manufacturing

HanesBrands—the Winston-Salem, N.C.–headquartered owner of basics brand Hanes, athletic band Champion and lingerie brand Maidenform—acquired better basics brand Alternative Apparel, headquartered in Norcross, Ga., it was formally announced on Oct. 18.

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At Fashion Market Northern California, Business Continues Despite California Fires

Trade Show

It didn’t look like a good day to go to a trade show.

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Sonija Williams at Style Fashion Week

Sonija Williams, a contestant on Season 10 of Project Runway, took the stage at Style Fashion Week on Oct. 13

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Marco Marco at Style Fashion Week

Making costumes for Katy Perry and Britney Spears helped put the Los Angeles-headquartered Marco Marco brand in motion. The brand’s design of underwear with a dramatic edge made a splash, and on Oct. 15 at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, Marco Marco made a return to the Style Fashion Week runway.

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Moods of Norway at Style Fashion Week

Moods of Norway's Style Fashion Week runway show was on Oct. 13. Yes, that's Friday the 13th. Moods chief Stefan Dahlkvist thought it was time to put things in a 'killer mood.'

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Mario De La Torre’s City of Angels at SFW

For the 9th appearance of Mario De La Torre at Style Fashion Week, the Los Angeles-headquartered brand did a 180 turn.

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Galia Lahav’s Preview of F/W 2018 Bridal

Designer Galia Lahav came to Los Angeles Oct. 12 for a preview of her Fall/Winter 2018 Bridal Collection.

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Buyers Navigate Sprawling LA Market

LA Market

The recent Los Angeles Fashion Market was a sprawling affair with permanent showrooms and temporary exhibitors showing at trade shows showcasing everything from Immediate goods to Spring merchandise to a group of buyers that were predominantly local.

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Kent Woman: Don't Compete With the Female Form

Kent Woman

When she was going to fashion school in London, Stacy Anderson thought most lingerie had a hollow sex appeal. She wanted something different: underwear that felt special, that looked good but did not embrace a body shape that she thought was unattainable for most women.

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Style Fashion Week Kick Off

Style Fashion Week took a bow last night with a gala party at the sumptuous Hollywood nightclub Avenue LA. Toasts were raised to a full schedule of runway shows, musical performances, art shows, and a celebration of giving back, the fashion week stretches from Oct. 12 to Oct. 15.

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Joken Style Debuts Larger Showroom

New showroom for Joken Style. The veteran showroom needed extra space for its product development services department.

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LA Market Week in K-Town

While LA Market Week exhibits Spring/Summer 2018 styles in downtown Los Angeles, two groups are prospecting exhibiting fashions a few miles away in the megalopolis’s Koreatown district.

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LA Originals' Los Angeles Story

Los Angeles always has been a town known for the design and production of jeans and T-shirts, but the LA Original program wants the City of Angels to be known for neckties, candles, skateboards, jewelry, electric scooter vehicles – about anything else that this megalopolis’ creative people can design.

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Pink Saves at Citadel Outlets

Breast Cancer Awareness is a big deal at Citadel Outlets retail center south of downtown Los Angeles.

September Sales Good

Retail

September delivered good news to retailers, according to Kevin Perkins of market-research firm Retail Metrics.

Retailer Mona Moore to Help Pioneer Lincoln in Venice

Retail

For more than seven years, fashion retailers have been prospecting the occasional gritty environs of Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica, Calif., and the neighboring Venice area of Los Angeles. Lisa Bush, owner of the Mona Moore boutique, says that the thoroughfare is ready for fashion.

NRF: Solid Holiday Season Forecast

Retail

U.S sales for the holiday 2017 season will increase 3.6 percent to 4 percent over last year. Excluding autos, gas and restaurants, U.S. retailers stand to rack up $678.75 billion in sales during the upcoming holiday season, according to a forecast from the National Retail Federation.

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Fields: Spring/Summer 2018 Juniors’ Forecasts

2018 Juniors' Forecasts

For the Spring/Summer 2018 season, juniors will be wearing embroidered jeans, T-shirts with sequins and plaid blazers, forecast Barbara Fields of the Barbara Fields Buying Office.

Majors Market Busy Despite Big Changes in Retail Industry

Trade Shows

Department stores and big-box retailers are going through a time of incredible change, but salespeople working at the LA Majors Market, which is devoted to department stores and mass retailers, reported a busy pace during the Oct. 2–4 market at the California Market Center.

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Westfield Unveils $1 Billion Remodel in Century City

Westfield

Westfield Corp. marked the finish of a $1 billion remodel of its Westfield Century City retail center in Los Angeles with a gala event Oct. 3, featuring appearances by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and 1970s hitmakers The Village People. The event took place at a new performance space called The Atrium, located by the center’s full-line Nordstrom, which also opened for business on Oct. 3.

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LAMM Goes Sky High

To celebrate its 10th show, LA Men’s Market will go sky high.

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COS Parties for DTLA Store

As if the opening an emporium and renovating a grand, but once-derelict building in downtown Los Angeles was not enough. Retailer COS had to produce a gala party for the event too.

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After 25-Years, Mindy Lubell & Romy M Move

Since 1992, presidential administrations have come and gone, the retail market has gone through majors, and after a 25-year-haul on the 10th floor of the California Market Center, Mindy Lubell and Romy M showrooms moved from their longtime digs

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Shop.org Gages Power of Digital Commerce

Shop.org

With the star power of Tyra Banks and Kobe Bryant making speeches, National Retail Federation’s Shop.org convention made the case that digital commerce was on a course to grow even more prominent with the help of burgeoning technologies such as voice technology, artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

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A New Fred Segal Takes a Bow

Fred Segal

A Fred Segal boutique emporium opened for business Sept. 26 at the edge of the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, Calif.

PacSun’s Schoenfeld, Macerich’s Coppola Talk Retail’s Fall and Possible Rise

Retail

Headlines say that fashion retail is being pummeled. Others believe a bright future is coming into focus.

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Skingraft Goes For Wearable, Yet Extreme with Arrowhead

After a decade of working in the once blighted, now gentrifying downtown Los Angeles, Jonny Cota, creative director of the Skingraft label, was ready to talk about extremes.

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Elyse Walker Spotlights Fall Trends

Elyse Walker

After more than 18 years of running an influential boutique on Los Angeles’ Westside, and dressing Los Angeles’ women in designers such as Balenciaga, Balmain and Bottega Veneta, among other labels, Elyse Walker produced her first presentation of Fall looks on Sept. 21.

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Fred Segal’s West Hollywood Shop Opens

Fred Segal opened a 13,000-square-foot emporium in West Hollywood on Sept. 26.

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Handcrafted LA Takes A Bow

Indie designers and labels get a platform at Handcrafted LA, it held a grand opening party Sept. 22 at The Bloc.

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Michael Kors Outfits Artists for Trauma

Artists for Trauma helps people recovering from traumatic injuries. On Sept. 17, the group produced a runway show at Macy’s department store at Westfield Topanga,

Merged Mojix and CXignited Hope to Digitize Stores

Technology

Bricks-and-mortar stores can gain the same technology advantages as e-commerce. They just have to use more RFID, or radio frequency identification technology, said Dan Doles, president and chief executive of Los Angeles–headquartered tech company Mojix.

Karmaloop’s Selkoe Unveils Wanderset

Retail

In 2015, entrepreneur Greg Selkoe left the Boston-headquartered Karmaloop, the online emporium for streetwear he founded in 2000. Relocated to the Los Angeles area, Selkoe announced Sept. 21 that he was going to unveil the e-commerce and content site Wanderset.

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Los Angeles Boutique Streets Undergo Change to Survive

Boutique Streets Seek Change

The shopping mall—once considered mini–town centers that attracted after-school teens and early-morning exercising seniors—has struggled to stay competitive after consumers did an about-face and altered their shopping habits.

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South Coast Plaza's Exclusive 50th Anniversary Collection

South Coast Plaza has been celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with events that require invites. But throughout the 50th anniversary year, the luxe Costa Mesa, Calif.-retail center is offering ways to celebrate its golden anniversary open to anyone with a comfortable credit card account.

Uniqlo to Open Denim Concept Shop in DTLA

Retail

Fast Retailing Co. LTD opened a Uniqlo emporium at Westfield Santa Anita, about 30 minutes east of downtown Los Angeles Sept. 9, but the Japanese fast-fashion company announced it was going to open another unique store in Los Angeles.

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Fronteer Takes A Hike at Hatchet Outdoor Supply Co.

Back to the nature means neutral colors, right? Not according to Fronteer's Jon Tang.

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Skid Row Denim & Apparel's Debut Party

Call it stylish activism. Skid Row Denim & Apparel is a clothing line and a project of the Skid Row Housing Trust, which has been building housing for homeless people in Los Angeles County since 1989. On Sept. 14, Skid Row Denim & Apparel made an official introduction of its premium denim line.

Need for Speed in PredictSpring New App for PacSun

In the fast-moving world of mobile apps, San Francisco Bay area–headquartered PredictSpring is betting on speed.

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Techday at The Reef

The third annual Techday LA ran on Sept. 14 at The Reef showroom and exhibition building near downtown Los Angeles.

Liverpool Jeans Debuts Higher-Priced Women’s Line

Manufacturing

Los Angeles–headquartered Liverpool Jeans Company is on the move.

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Dunyah Takes the Runway at NYFW

Dunyah

Mustafa Wafa produced his second runway show for New York Fashion Week, unveiling his Spring/Summer 2018 collection for his Los Angeles–headquartered brand called Dunyah.

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Nordstrom to Open Omnichannel Concept on Melrose Place

Nordstrom Gets Compact

For the past decade, Melrose Place has been an exclusive Los Angeles address for high-end designer boutiques. Now Nordstrom plans to join the crowd.

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