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The Grove's Caruso Becomes a Knight

You know Rick J. Caruso as the developer of The Grove. But to Pope Francis, he's Knight Commander Rick J. Caruso.

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New Era Closes L.A. Flagship

A five year run for the New Era flagship on Los Angeles’ Melrose Avenue seems to be over.

NRF Reports Holiday Sales Up a Strong Four Percent

The National Retail Federation says retail sales beat its own holiday prediction.

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Herschel Supply Co. Acquires LA Showroom, Starts Fashion Line

Manufacturing

Vancouver, Canada-based accessories brand Herschel Supply Co. is taking a bigger bet on Los Angeles--just as it launches its first apparel collection.

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Beverly Center's Year of the Rooster

The 2016 Winter Holiday Season is a memory now. Time for another holiday! Chinese New Year is about to start.

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Agenda Busy, Vendors Say

Agenda

Tina Rani helped launch basics line GCK in August, and, because the brand was new, she did not expect much from its first trade-show outing at Agenda, which ran Jan. 5–6 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif

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Hail Mary Boutique Shutters

Independent boutique Hail Mary recently announced that it would shutter its doors in Santa Monica, Calif. This, after a two year run of serving as a multi-line, contemporary shop.

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The Hundreds' New Logo

Move over Adam Bomb. There’s a new logo at prominent Los Angeles streetwear brand The Hundreds.

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Broken Homme Buys Factory

Broken Homme is one of a handful of footwear labels made in Los Angeles County, and the label’s local roots have grown deeper.

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Volcom’s Net-Worth Project: Action-Sports Label is Looking to Save the Oceans One Bikini at a Time

Volcom

Action-sports label Volcom is looking to save the oceans one bikini at a time.

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Surf Is Dead Looks for New Fashion Wave

Surf Is Dead

Chris Josol was surfing with some friends in 2015 when the conversation turned to the state of surfwear, which had seemed—to Josol and his friends—to have lost its rebellious, experimental spirit.

Macy’s Outlines Store Closure, Layoff Plans Following Holiday Sales Decline

Retail

When Macy’s Inc. released its holiday results on Jan. 4, the retail giant included news of a massive round of layoffs and outlined its plans to close stores in the coming months.

Forecasts Say Holiday Business Ranged from Solid to Good

Retail

Holiday 2016 shopping has wrapped up, and business forecasts are rolling in for the crucial shopping season, which comprises 20 percent of total retail industry sales, according to the Washington, D.C.–headquartered National Retail Federation.

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Debbie Harry's & Obey’s Collab Line

Blondie’s major hit, Heart of Glass was released on Jan. 3, 1979. Time for an anniversary tour, right? Or a cable channel documentary? Maybe. But a fashion line is definitely in the works.

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The Bloc & Metro’s Big Connection To Debut

There’s a lot of construction around the 7th St/Metro Center light rail station in downtown Los Angeles. One reason for all of the work? A pedestrian bridge between the busy station and The Bloc retail center is in the final stages of construction. The bridge is scheduled to be open sometime in January.

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Capsule Gets Political

Pundits clamor over the question on how Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election will affect business and culture. Capsule trade show is forming an answer to that question.

Lights Out, Athletic Brand Aims for Lifestyle

Retail

Shawne Merriman earned the nickname “Lights Out” after knocking out several opposing players during a football game his sophomore year in high school.

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Mall Traffic Seen As Slower During Holiday

Scenes From A Mall

The retail world tried to shine merry and bright for the holiday season but saw major competition from e-commerce sites.

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Jack’s Unveils Big Remodel

Jack's Big Remodel

Jack’s Surfboards, one of California’s most influential surf shops, is wrapping up its first major remodel in eight years.

Gap Walks Down the Aisle Into the Wedding Business

Retail

Gap Inc. tied the knot with Weddington Way. The San Francisco retail giant announced it acquired Weddington Way, an online wedding boutique also based in San Francisco, for an undisclosed price.

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New Vans Headquarters

Just off the 405 Freeway in Costa Mesa, Calif., there’s a black building decorated with checkerboard graphics. It’s the new headquarters for the Vans.

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Hollywood & Highland’s Search for Next Great Pop-Up; It’s Kyle Chan

2016 was pretty good for Kyle Chan Design. After actress Emma Stone wore the brand’s jewelry in hit movie La La Land, it won a prize for some choice retail real estate at the Hollywood & Highland retail center.

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Irvine Spectrum's “Dancing” Xmas Tree

A Christmas tree is typically nothing but a Christmas tree, but Irvine Spectrum Center tried something different in 2016.

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Richer Poorer Pops on Fairfax

The Richer Poorer brand opened its first U.S. pop-up shop on Los Angeles' Fairfax Avenue.

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GGeisha Is Back

After a year-long hiatus, GGeisha produced one of her Dripped Fashion Soiree parties for independent fashion.

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Fred Segal to Open New West Hollywood Compound

Fred Segal

A new Fred Segal is coming to the Los Angeles area.

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The Hundreds: Break Out The Aprons

Nothing says domesticity like streetwear brand The Hundreds!

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Caruso’s Name Change

If the company name Caruso Affiliated sounded like a mouthful, the developer of The Grove and Americana at Brand retail centers introduced a new brand name. It's the one word moniker Caruso.

2016 Retrospective: 2016 Rough Ride for Buckle, Rally for Zumiez

Retail

On Dec. 13, The Buckle Inc. announced a deal with Affliction, the Seal Beach, Calif.–based brand, to be the exclusive retailer for the brand’s collection inspired by the “Fast and Furious” film franchise. The announcement might be a good way to end 2016. It’s been a rough ride for the Kearney, Neb.–headquartered retailer.

2016 Retrospective: Off-Pricers Ross, TJX Sales Surge

Retail

For the past seven years, sales for off-price retail have been surging. These retailers typically offer goods at 20 percent to 60 percent off the retail price, and 2016 was another banner year for two of the biggest retailers in the market: Ross Stores Inc. and The TJX Companies.

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Haute Holiday: The New Hollywood at Fashion Speaks

Haute Holiday

For designer Adolfo Sanchez, it was time to show how streetwear could meet eveningwear.

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Canadian Retailer Aritzia Opens in Los Angeles

Aritzia

Canadian retailer Aritzia is giving Los Angeles a preview of its contemporary looks.

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Kozm: Yoga Is for Real Men

Yoga Is for Real Men

After years of attacking powerful waves and wiping out on concrete and in the snow, the founders of the Kozm brand turned their careers to yoga mats.

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Ron Herman's Jeffrey Rüdes Shop-In-Shop

You can take the designer out of Los Angeles, but you can’t take the L.A. out of the designer.

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Stalyon’s Xmas Mission

The mission of the Stalyon brand: give sick kids the gift of the wilderness.

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Pobega’s Goodbye Berlin

For her Goodbye Berlin collection, Valerj Pobega said 'no thanks' to runways and installations.

2016 Newsmakers: FBI Helps Businesses Start—and Grow

Manufacturing

When Frances Harder left a university-level teaching position in the late 1990s, she believed that there was something missing from instruction in fashion education. There was a lack of educators addressing the latest in technology and business practices. In 1999, she founded Fashion Business Inc. as an educational nonprofit for new entrepreneurs. Its mission would be to bring the latest techniques to those looking for a foothold in the business.

2016 Newsmakers: Capsule and Axis Launch in Los Angeles

Trade Shows

The Capsule trade show was deemed a success after 175 vendors exhibited at its inaugural Los Angeles show in October. Cofounder Deirdre Maloney confirmed that the 9-year-old, high-end contemporary show will be in Los Angeles to stay.

2016 Newsmakers: Mall Development Returns

Retail

Two years ago, retail was buzzing with talk that the mall was dead. At the National Retail Federation’s Big Show, Rick J. Caruso, founder of The Grove retail center in Los Angeles, said that the mall was doomed.

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Shaun White: Make Room for WHT Space

For sports star and entrepreneur Shaun White, it was the comment that could not be ignored.

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Brooks Bros Big Holiday

Brooks Brothers made clothes for Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. On Dec. 3, the venerable label held a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at its Rodeo Drive emporium.

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Man & Wolf Revs Up Pop-up Shop

We've seen the Wolf & Man brand at a host of trade shows such as Capsule. But on Dec. 2, the independent menswear brand produced its first pop-up.

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Citizens of Humanity's Open Studio

It's Open Studio time at Citizens of Humanity's Downtown Los Angeles showroom.

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Popkiller’s Happy 13th

Ricky Takizawa spent 13 years putting a Little Tokyo edge on pop art at his Pop and Popkiller stores. He celebrated his Lucky 13 anniversary on Dec. 1.

Wild Ride for Retailers in November

Retail

Retailers reported mixed sales after a rollercoaster ride for business in November.

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Rachel Zoe’s Winter Box

Rachel Zoe brought in the holiday season Nov. 30 with an exclusive dinner party at the historic Chateau Marmont hotel. The guest of honor? The winter edition for her Box of Style subscription service.

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Lily Ashwell Tries Outerwear & Bridal

Lily Ashwell

First it was her version of workwear. Now designer Lily Ashwell is going formal.

Black Friday Shopping Up, Deals Abound

Retail

More people shopped on Black Friday, but spending per person was down, according to the National Retail Federation trade group, headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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Black Friday Shopping Up, Deals Abound

More people shopped on Black Friday, but spending per person was down, according to the National Retail Federation trade group, headquartered in Washington D.C.

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Super DJ Aoki’s Garmento Heart

DJ Aoki

Steve Aoki makes a mint every time he deejays at a Las Vegas mega-club or at a giant concert, but the guy has demonstrated that he has a garmento’s heart, and he’s upping his ante for the fashion game.

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