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Active Raises Funds for Fire Victims

Fires ravaging parts of Southern California recently displaced thousands of people. This weekend, retailer Active is hosting clothing drives and fundraisers to help those displaced by fires.

Southern California Retailers Grapple With Damage from Recent Fires

Retail

Retailers in Ventura, Santa Barbara and parts of Los Angeles counties were spared significant property damage from major fires ravaging the areas. However, some had to temporarily close stores and cut business hours due to poor air quality and shoppers not being able to travel.

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EYSOM: Riding the New Fitness Wave

High-end Activewear

People told Stan Cheung that no man would pay $180 for a pair of athletic shorts, but the activewear maker begs to differ.

2017 Retrospective: Gap: Growth in Value & Active, L Brands: Tremors from Swim Exit

Retail

Gap Inc. has been on shaky ground in the past, but the company has seen four consecutive quarters of positive same-store sales as executives redefine the retailer’s merchandise and strategies.

2017 Retrospective: Macy’s Faces Changes, Nordstrom Remains Public

Retail

The retirement of Terry J. Lundgren marked the end of a tumultuous year for department-store giant Macy’s Inc.

Net Neutrality Repeal Expected To Drive Up E-Tail Costs

Technology

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to overturn the current “net neutrality” regulations. Opponents of the Dec. 14 vote said it could spell disaster for small businesses that might be charged higher prices to access the Internet.

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Haute Healing’s Beauty Drive for Terminally Ill Kids

For the past two years, Haute Healing has presented the gift of glam to terminally ill kids, hospital patients, homeless and disadvantaged youth. Haute Healing is wrapping up a clothing drive for its second annual event at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on Dec. 17

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Aaron Levant Goes Foodie

We know Aaron Levant for the Agenda trade show and ComplexCon. Are we ready for Aaron Levant the foodie?

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Erica Tanov Opens L.A. Store

Erica Tanov began a return engagement in Los Angeles

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Taylor Swift Reputation Pop-Up Opens

Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour is scheduled to hit California in May 2018, but for those who want the Taylor experience now, the Reputation pop-up shop has opened at Third Street Promenade

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Westfield Shopping Malls Sold to European Entity

Westfield Corp. sold

Westfield Corp. sells off its malls in billion-dollar deal.

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Beer Savage Clothes for Craft Beers

For years, people knew Tyler Bochenek as the vice president for retail operations of skate/streetwear chain Active, then he unveiled Beer Savage.

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Fashion People Making Food To Fight Fires

Eli Pirian of the Baciano company traveled with a group of Los Angeles fashion biz people on Dec. 9 to volunteer for L.A. Kitche

Macy’s Lundgren Announces Retirement as Chairman

Retail

Terry Lungren will be stepping down as chairman of the board of Macy's next year as his successor steps in.

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Skingraft Takes A Holiday Party

Make it a Goth holiday.

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Agenda Introduces Digital Marketplace

Agenda Going Digital

The Agenda trade show is going digital.

2017 Newsmaker: After Bankruptcy, Quiksilver Changes Name and Goes on the Offense

2017 Newsmaker

About a year after emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Quiksilver Inc., which had been one of the world’s dominant surf brands since the late 1970s, changed its corporate name.

2017 Newsmaker: Frances Harder Starts Fashion For Profit

Fashion News

After 18 years of teaching fashion executives how to make money, Frances Harder turned around and took some of her own advice.

2017 Newsmaker: The Wraps Come Off Westfield’s $1 Billion Revamp of Century City

Retail

An Italian food hall that is packed with customers. A slate of unique stores. Furniture that looks like it should be in an interior designer’s living room.

2017 Newsmaker: After Gordon Bros Bid, Wet Seal Reemerges

Retail

After a tumultuous period of proxy fights and bankruptcies, teen retailer The Wet Seal seemed to be about to call it quits.

2017 Newsmaker: Agenda Seeks New Format for Trade Shows

Trade Shows

The fashion business has gone through major changes, but the basic model for fashion trade shows has not budged, said Aaron Levant, founder of the Agenda trade show and senior vice president of trade-show producer Reed Exhibitions.

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Zegna Bows XXX Line with L.A. Dance Project

Italian fashion house Zegna showed some moves.

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Patagonia Sues Trump

Patagonia Inc. joined conservation groups to sue the Trump Administration over its decision to reduce the acreage of Bears Ears national monument in Utah.

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South Coast Plaza's 50th Anniversary Book

The 50th anniversary celebration of South Coast Plaza continues.

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Brooks Bros Parties for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Brooks Bros., a clothier to Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, produced its annual holiday party Dec. 2 at its Rodeo Drive flagship. Beside holiday fun, the aim of party was to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Gudetama Santa Takes a Bow

We’ve seen our share of celebrities while blogging for California Apparel News.

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Beverly Ctr Unveils Cal Mare

Cal Mare held a debut party on Nov. 30. The star chef driven restaurant is part of Beverly Center's $500 million renovation.

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The Veranda: New Mall Takes a Bow

The Veranda

In a market when mall development seems to be mostly focused on remodeling existing sites, CenterCal Properties is scheduled to mark the grand opening of a new shopping center later this month in the San Francisco Bay Area town of Concord, Calif.

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Defyant’s Dare to Be Different

Defyant

After running a basics apparel company and working on music documentary projects, Joe Jihoon got the opportunity to take over the streetwear line Defyant<. He hesitated because he didn’t know where he could take the brand. Then he took inspiration from the brand’s name.

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Wool & Thimble Debuts at Bloomies’ Top of the List

Contemporary men’s brand Wool & Thimble made its debut at Bloomingdale’s in Westfield Fashion Square.

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Holiday Season Business Off to a Good Start

Retail

The 2017 holiday season is off to a strong start after consumers beat forecasts for shopping during the Black Friday Weekend and Cyber Monday, the traditional beginning of the holiday shopping season.

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New Era + Fred Segal's Sunset Collection Goes Down Home L.A.

New Era collaborated with Fred Segal to make Sunset Collection. It's very Los Angeles. How Los Angeles? The collection features caps for prominent L.A. area high school sports teams. Go Hamilton High School Yankees!

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Junk Food and Levi’s Team Up for Tees + Jeans

Tees + Jeans

After a four-year run, Junk Food Clothing has revamped its flagship store in Los Angeles’ Venice district and relaunched as a collaboration with Levi Strauss &amp; Co. called Tees + Jeans, a boutique devoted to Junk Food’s blank T-shirts and Levi’s jeans.

Brazilian-L.A.Connection at Fashion Panel

Manufacturing

It was a call that every American red carpet–gown label in America is waiting for: a personal request from an A-list star. But in this case, Sofia Vergara was calling a Brazilian label.

Stitch Fix Files IPO

Technology

San Francisco–headquartered fashion company Stitch Fix filed an initial public offering on Nov. 16, releasing 8 million shares of Class A common stock at a price of $15 per share.

Shopify Embeds UPS Services

Retail

Shopify recently embedded a suite of UPS services on its platform.

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Lakers Star Invests In New Men's Brand

Butter Cloth

Former Los Angeles Lakers star Metta World Peace made sports headlines in October when he took a coaching job with the South Bay Lakers, the development team for the NBA organization.

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Tradesy Unveils First Showroom

Peer-to-peer luxe marketplace Tradesy unveiled its first physical showroom in Santa Monica.

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Cherner Memorialized with Tree Planting

Henry Cherner spent more than two-decades of his career placing a focus on educating fashion entrepreneurs and workers in the growing world of technology. Earlier this month, a tree was planted in his honor on the campus of California Polytechnic University, Pomona

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Soho Style, A Hair Extension Biz, Opens in Fashion District

Soho Style, a retailer of hair accessories and hair extensions, opened in L.A.'s Fashion District Nov. 18.

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Rodeo's Big Tree Lighting

By the end of this week, Christmas lights went up all over retail districts in Southern California.Beverly Hills produced its Annual Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Celebration on Nov. 16.

Cult Gaia Opens Melrose Place Pop-up

Retail

A hobby of making floral crowns for friends gained momentum for Jasmin Larian, and she later parlayed it into a fashion label called Cult Gaia.

HOFB to Start E-Marketplace for New Designers

Technology

For many independent designers and brands, the goal of selling to department stores and major specialty retailers is out of reach because of the challenge of finding the right retail contacts and the manufacturers who can produce in volume for major retailers.

Westside Pavilion Soon to Be Mall With No Anchors

Retail

Nordstrom closed on Sept. 30, then on Nov. 9 Macy’s stated that it was going to close its store at Los Angeles’ Westside Pavilion.

Buck Mason Opens in NYC

Retail

Downtown Los Angeles–headquartered California basics brand Buck Mason opened a New York boutique on Nov. 11. Buck Mason has been expanding from its roots as a pure-play e-tailer by opening one bricks-and-mortar store each year since 2015.

Hermèsmatic, C Magazine Open Pop-ups at Westfield Century City

Retail

Paris fashion house Hermès will be taking a headlong dive into color at the Hermèsmatic pop-up, which opened Nov. 10 at Westfield Century City and is scheduled to remain open until Nov. 19.

Robertson Plaza Opens

Retail

Once one of the top retail streets in Los Angeles, Robertson Boulevard is lined with both high-end boutiques and vacancies—around eight between Alden Drive and Beverly Boulevard.

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Mercado Sagrado: Into the Organic

A Wild West town became the address for Mercado Sagrado's handmade and artisanal goods and fashion.

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Musika Frère: Bespoke from Old, Old School

We live in an age besotted with anything tech. So it’s a unique experience to meet people and businesses who prefer the way it was before 1990. New York’s Musika Frère is one such business.

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EFM Takes A Bow at Universal Body

Engineered for Motion makes luxe, fashion looks for a man on the move. On Veterans Day Weekend, it launched at Universal Body, an "athletic glam" boutique.

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