After Thanksgiving, world leaders will convene in Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. In Los Angeles, artists and activists with Vision LA '15 will produce a series of arts, theater, talks on climate change. On Nov. 30, it will produce a kick-off party in Santa Monica.
Just a couple of years ago, socks were something that you just put on your feet. But San Clemente, Calif.-headquartered Stance pushed socks to the forefront of youth fashion. Media reports said that Stance opened its first branded boutique this week in New York City.
Prominent Los Angeles–headquartered boutique Kitson was sued by Vivienne Westwood on Oct. 2.
Southern California is a center for the design of casual footwear—think slip-ons and flip-flops—but Broken Homme, an emerging label headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., is waiting to see if the region is ready for manufacturing for a more complex footwear: work boots with a fashion edge.
For more than five years, the RVCA brand has handled its urban side with a retail store on Fairfax Avenue close to Los Angeles’ Mid-City neighborhood. The Costa Mesa, Calif.–based company recently opened a boutique for its beach culture side in Santa Monica, Calif. On Nov. 24, the company held a grand-opening party for its boutique at 2625 Main St. It is located a few blocks away from the Pacific Ocean, said Brian Cassaro, RVCA’s vice president of marketing.
Combatant Gentlemen built a more-than- $10-million company on the cheap suit. The Irvine, Calif.–headquartered label’s point of difference was that it owned the entire supply chain for its suits and its collection of men’s clothing.
Christy Dawn’s “Audrey” dress recently hit the racks at Free People, a division of Urban Outfitters Inc. But the Made–in–Los Angeles label also is looking to build a higher profile for its vintage-inspired styles by opening a boutique in a burgeoning retail neighborhood.
It’s a week or so before Thanksgiving, and it feels like August in Los Angeles. But rains from the El Niño weather pattern are forecast to soak California in the upcoming months. The H. Lorenzo Men’s shop in West Hollywood’s Sunset Plaza retail district is betting that people will be thinking about monsoon-style rains soon.
The bespoke experience is going digital. Acustom Apparel recently opened a West Hollywood boutique based on digital bespoke.
Venue Trade Show founder Miles Canares announced Silk Show, a new event that will take a bow at the sprawling Asian American Expo, which is scheduled to run Jan. 16–17 at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.
In California, Macy’s will be unveiling huge remodels of some of its stores.
Leading surfwear and fashion company …Lost Holdings announced that Rick Petri, a surf-industry veteran, will join the company as its president on Dec. 1.
Holiday & Fantasy
After months of blazing temperatures, Southern California finally became chilly on Nov. 15. The cold was appropriate weather for Los Angeles–based label Want My Look’s holiday styles, which were part of the debut of the Fashion Speaks event at the Le Meridien Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif.
Solid growth is forecast for the upcoming holiday season, but don’t count on seasonal cheer coming from retail economists and analysts.
The pain is still raw from the terror attacks on Paris. Alfredo Izaguirre, a partner and buyer from LASC, a West Hollywood boutique, wanted to honor the victims of the terror attacks with a window which looks out onto Santa Monica Boulevard. Take a look.
They all earned their stripes as designers. But Council of Fashion Designers of America and FORWARD by Elyse Walker arranged a master class for a handful of emerging designers in developing a luxury brand business. A swank party was held for the designers on Nov. 17.
Once a traditional showroom space, The Park in the Los Angeles Fashion District’s Lady Liberty building has shifted gears into something new.
On. Nov. 11, Macy’s Inc. reported a 3.6 percent decline in same-store sales for its third quarter. As a result the giant retailer revised its sales and profit forecast for its Winter Holiday sales in the fourth quarter, which sent retail stocks reeling. Sales for the retail giant’s third quarter were $5.874 billion.
Surf Industry Manufacturers Association has presented its SIMA Image Awards for 13 years, and on Nov. 11, it announced its slate of award nominees for work done in the past year. Winners will be announced Feb. 11.
“For All Women”
A decade after quitting a lucrative banking job to learn the basics of fashion design, Mario De La Torre plans to introduce his namesake women’s contemporary line under the glamour of spotlights.
Stefanie Betro is on the move. In late 2014, she started working on the women’s contemporary clothing collection Betro Simone with Daniel Guez, founder and chief executive officer of BLVD Brands. Before the line was exhibited on the trade-show circuit, the Los Angeles–made line was picked up by select Nordstrom doors and Nordstrom’s e-commerce site, where it continues to be sold.
There’s Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Hello Kitty and a world of superheroes competing for spaces in our imaginations and on our T-shirts. Los Angeles–based brand Tokidoki recently celebrated its 10th anniversary of carving its own niche in this animated crowd, and the small, private company is looking to grow through a wide arena of collaboration and retail.
Evening gowns with denim, floral jacquard bra tops, mesh neoprene. These were a few looks from the Wolk Morais label’s Collection 2. A runway show for the brand took place on Nov. 9 in West Hollywood, Calif.
It was anniversary time for designer Jeremy Scott and the French luxury house Longchamp.
After raising seed money on Kickstarter in Fall 2013, the Dyer & Jenkins brand has blossomed into a working label in downtown Los Angeles. On Nov. 5, it produced a pop-up shop at Silver Lake men's shop Hemingway & Sons.
A grim reaper character – but cute! That’s what Simone Legno was drawing more than a decade ago. It later turned into a serious business. The Tokidoki brand celebrated its 10th anniversary with Nov. 5 party at The Well in downtown Los Angeles. Take a look!
What first began as a goof is now an Internet sensation and …a capsule collection by pop-culture provocateur Brian Lichtenberg. Witness the Baddie Winkle X Brian Lichtenberg collection. A party was held for it at Kitson in West Hollywood on Nov. 5.
Danish brand Nü Denmark opened its first U.S. store recently at West Hollywood's exclusive Sunset Plaza shopping district. We went to a debut party for the boutique. Take a look!
Pocket Square Clothing has focused on the details in men's clothing - think pocket squares and ties. But for a holiday pop-up shop, the Los Angeles label is going big picture. It produced a holiday pop-up shop with a bunch of emerging men's brands at Concept 8366 1/2 in Los Angeles. A debut party was held for it on Nov. 5.
Business for most retailers fell short of Wall Street forecasts, according to analysts such as Ken Perkins of Retail Metrics, a Boston-area market-research firm.
Los Angeles’ Curvy Couture label is on a mission to open lingerie fashion to plus-sized women.
Elyse Walker in DTLA
Elyse Walker is best known for running an influential, self-named boutique in Los Angeles’ exclusive Pacific Palisades neighborhood, but she is making news in downtown Los Angeles, which is a long freeway trip away from the Palisades. Walker recently opened a new design office and showroom for the fashion lines she designs in the rapidly changing district of downtown.
The Back-to-School season seems just to have ended, but it might as well be time to start wrapping Christmas presents. The Citadel Outlets, just outside of downtown Los Angeles, will be the site of the lighting of a 115-foot-tall tree on Nov. 7. Performing at the event will be Disney Channel singing stars Sabrina Carpenter and Laura Marano.
L.A. Brand Current/Elliott opened its own branded boutique at 1132 Abbot Kinney Blvd., adjacent to the new Kit and Ace boutique recently.
Cotton is crucial for the development of much of the world’s clothing, but a handful of groups have been warning apparel companies that a number of issues challenge the global cotton supply, and major apparel companies have been listening.
The motto for forecasting T-shirt trends for teenagers and young women might as well be “Here today, gone tomorrow,” said Barbara Fields, president of the Barbara Fields Buying Office in Los Angeles.
The plan to build a Caruso Affiliated retail center on the banks of a lagoon in Carlsbad, Calif., has hit a snag. On Oct. 27, opponents of the project gathered enough signatures to put the project up for a vote by Carlsbad’s residents after the signatures were verified by San Diego County’s Registrar of Voters.
Sam Sarpong, a model for the Tommy Hilfiger brand, a musician and an actor, committed suicide on Oct. 26 by jumping off the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, Calif.
Canadian-brand Kit and Ace opened its first Los Angeles area shop at 1130 Abbot Kinney Blvd. A gala debut party was held Oct. 28 for the 2,400-square-foot shop which mixes contemporary clothing with a sense of a get-together.
The LA Caribbean fashion showcase is back. The runway show devoted to designers with roots in the Caribbean made its sophomore run at Style Fashion Week.
It’s Halloween. If you are going to be in West Hollywood on Fright Night, get ready for sharing the street with a host of ghouls and goblins. 500,000 souls typically drop by the small city’s giant Halloween Carnival. For those who want an eagle’s eye view of the mayhem, prominent boutique LASC will host a Fright Night rooftop party in West Hollywood. Boo!
For one night, Lisa Kline opened her first bricks-and-mortar store since shuttering her influential group of stores in 2011.
Real estate companies Blatteis & Schnur and ASB Real Estate Investments redeveloped parts of Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Los Angeles’s bohemian Venice district, and the companies will take their know-how to another redeveloping neighborhood with the reputation of attracting creative people.
Simon-owned mall Stanford Shopping Center announced 25 retailers will move into a new section of the Palo Alto, Calif., mall.
After five runs as a solo event, Venue Trade Show’s streetwear grit set up shop with the gowns and sequins of Style Fashion Week.
New York’s Anjé line took its first bow in Los Angeles during Style Fashion Week. Take a look.
Sorry, the words tradition, drag queens and go go boys don’t seem to go together. But at Style Fashion Week, it’s become a tradition to produce a runway show for Marco Marco, a Hollywood label specializing in men’s underwear. Check out the mayhem.
When Andre Soriano took the runway at Style Fashion Week on Oct. 15, he went for the glam!
Mario De La Torre introduced his self-named Mario De La Torre contemporary line at Style Fashion Week Oct. 15. Take a look!
On Oct. 15, we went backstage and saw some looks from Civil Society and Kenneth Barlis at Style Fashion Week. Check it out.