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Cabana to Newport Beach for 1st West Coast Dates

Trade Show

Cabana, the high-end swim and beach lifestyle trade show, will sail into Newport Beach, Calif., for its first West Coast show, set for Aug. 13–14, said Janet Wong, the show director and co-founder of Cabana.

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The Point Takes Its Bow, Lou & Grey Opens 8th Store

The Point - a park-like retail center in El Segundo, Calif. - celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 30. Lou & Grey, a sister store to Ann Taylor and Loft - opened its 8th store at The Point. Check it out.

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Zimmermann to Melrose Place

Models Miranda Kerr and Chanel Iman graced the opening party of the Zimmermann brand flagship in the exclusive Melrose Place enclave in Los Angeles. The party took place July 29.

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Showroom Profiles: Lila Clothing Co.

Showroom Profiles

Women’s fashion label Lila Clothing Co. wanted to make a bigger splash in its hometown of Los Angeles, so in June it opened a showroom at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District, said Ricardo Lee, the company’s sales director.

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Black & White World

In a new capsule collection, Michael Costello took a small detour from the colorful gowns that he had become known for since appearing on season eight of the fashion reality show “Project Runway.”

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Land of Women X The Dreslyn

Swim’s Little Black Dress

For Brooke Taylor Corcia, one thing missing from women’s swimwear was its version of the little black dress, so her pure-play e-commerce shop, The Dreslyn, headquartered in Los Angeles, worked with emerging lingerie label Land of Women to make it.

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Hemingway and Sons: Practical But Unique

Hemingway and Sons

For Toby Burke Hemingway, there are enough high-end men’s stores in Los Angeles. “We wanted stuff that was practical and affordable,” he said.

ModCloth's Next Step: Private-Label Line, Physical Retail Store


San Francisco–headquartered ModCloth has been one of the innovators in the pure-play e-commerce space, but the women’s clothing retailer announced new angles to its way of doing business.

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Maaji: Funkshion Fashion Week

Colombian brand Maaji sported an activewear look when it produced its July 19 runway show at Funkshion Fashion Week in Miami Beach. Check it out.

Cabana: Busy Show Under Punishing Sun

Trade Shows

In a couple of big tents by the Atlantic Ocean, the Cabana trade show provided a busy and easygoing forum for fashion swimwear brands during the Miami SwimShow.

Hammock Rolls Out New Format

Trade Shows

Formerly known as Salon Allure, the swimwear-centric Hammock trade show introduced a rebranding campaign that included a new name and a new format for the 5-year-old show.

Swimwear Companies Dive Into New Business at SwimShow

Trade Shows

MIAMI BEACH, Fla.—SwimShow, the biggest North American trade show devoted mostly to women’s swimwear, made a splash in the fashion world when it ran at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

National Retail Federation Revises 2015 Forecast


National Retail Federation, a retail trade group based in Washington, D.C., has lowered its 2015 retail sales forecast to 3.5 percent growth compared with a previous growth forecast of 4.1 percent.

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6 Shore Road: Funkshion Fashion Week

It was going to be her biggest fashion show, so Pooja Kharbanda started it with a prayer.

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Acacia Swimwear: Funkshion Fashion Week

When Acacia Swimwear took the stage at Funkshion Fashion Week on July 19, the Hawaiian swimwear label displayed its own take on activewear.

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We Are Handsome Brand's Moving To L.A. -With a Miami Pit Stop

The We Are Handsome swim brand announced on July 19 that it is moving to Los Angeles from Australia. Get ready Los Angeles.

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Luli Fama's Lively Funkshion Fashion Week

Luli Fama produced a lively, festive runway show at Funkshion Fashion Week on July 18 with Native American dancers, thumping classic rock...and bikinis. Take a look.

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Tori Praver: My Collection Was Ready

Yes, Tori Praver Swimwear has been gracing poolsides and beaches since 2009. Her ongoing collaboration with Target also made her prominent. But Tori decided to produce her first runway show on July 19 at Funkshion Fashion Week in Miami Beach.

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Ralph Lauren Exits Robertson Boulevard

Robertson Boulevard changed when an 11,000-square-foot Ralph Lauren boutique moved on the fashion street in 2008.The street of independent retailers had became a destination for high profile fashion houses. The street's character must be in for another change. The Ralph Lauren boutique, located at 143 N. Robertson Blvd., has closed.

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Clade’s Women’s Looks Takes A Bow At Niki Schwan

Maya Reynolds’ Clade menswear line has been headquartered at her boutique, also called Clade, in downtown Los Angeles since 2011. Reynolds has been working on a women’s look for Clade. She traveled to West Hollywood to show it. On July 17, the collection took a bow at a party at the Niki Schwan boutique on West Hollywood’s Melrose Place.

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Neapolitan Fashion House Isaia To Beverly Hills

Venerable Neapolitan Men's Suiting Isaia will observe a formal opening of its first US flagship on July 23. It's located in Beverly Hills, Calif. Take a look at the new shop.

eBay Inc.: PayPal Spinoff Official, Sells eBay Enterprise


eBay Inc., the San Jose, Calif.–based commerce platform is scheduled to spin off its PayPal division on July 17, and the two will operate as separate companies.

LAFC’s Kelsi Smith Bows Out of LA Fashion Week


Just a few months before Los Angeles Fashion Week is scheduled to run in October, Kelsi Smith, one of the week’s prominent producers, announced that she should would not produce runway shows for Los Angeles Fashion Week again.

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Workwear Meets Streetwear

DC x Ben Davis

The raw denim used in the 80-year-old workwear brand Ben Davis will make way for a contemporary ease of movement, and the mix of tough and loose will be featured in the capsule collection DC x Ben Davis, said Michael Le, global head of product, DC Apparel at DC Shoes.

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M.Fredric to LAX Retail District

Sky + Mall

M.Fredric, the Los Angeles–area contemporary boutique chain, opens a store at the upcoming The Village at Westfield Topanga development this fall.

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Huf to Fairfax

About a year ago, we checked in with Keith Hufnagel about his plans for a Huf brand store on Los Angeles’ Fairfax Avenue. On the weekend of July 10, the store opened at 451 N. Fairfax Avenue.

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Oh Man! Clothing’s 1st Six Years

It’s been six years since Oh Man! Clothing started business. Label Chief Nam Ho celebrated with a bunch of his best friends at an art gallery in Costa Mesa, Calif. on July 11. Check it out.

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Bikinis and Surfing Should Be Perfect

Elle Mer Swim

Keri Ogden, a surfer and a graduate of the University of Hawaii’s law school, wanted to do something to bridge the gap between the bikini’s style and function.

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Sheikh Shoes Takes a Downtown Los Angeles Bow

Sheikh Shoes opened its Legacy Level store in downtown Los Angeles on July9. Sheikh President Matt Fine forecast that the store would sell more apparel than the others in Sheikh's 140 store fleet. Take a look.

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Black Flys Goes Way Back with Agenda Debut

When Black Flys made its Agenda trade show debut on July 7-8, it went way back for inspiration; think the black and yellow California license plates of the 1960s.

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Buyer Traffic Revs Up at Agenda

Show Business

Aisles and booths were buzzing with buyers at the Agenda trade show, which ran July 8–9 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.

June Sales Mixed

Retailers such as The Buckle Inc. and Steinmart Inc. reported what some analysts believed were surprise performances, and their respective same-store sales increased 2.4 percent and 1.9 percent.

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After Long Drought, Mall Construction Back In Coastal SoCal

Mall Rebound

The Outlets at San Clemente, a more than 325,000-square-foot project in San Clemente, Calif., is scheduled to open in October. It is the first major retail project to be built in more than a decade in San Clemente, a well-to-do hub of South Orange County.

CGS: More Features In BlueCherry PLM


Last month, CGS introduced new features for its BlueCherry PLM product lifecycle management software.

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After Agenda – RVCA Gets Artsy

Sure, RVCA is leading lifestyle brand, but its founder, PM Tenore, also intended RVCA to be a cultural force. After a two-year hiatus, the designer is going to flex a little arts muscle.

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Anil Arjandas To Sunset Plaza

The Anil Arjandas Jewels flagship boutique took a bow in West Hollywood's Sunset Plaza retail district last week. Take a look.

Authentic Brands Acquires Tretorn


Nearly a month after it acquired Frederick’s of Hollywood, Authentic Brands Group (ABG), announced it completed the purchase of Tretorn, a 124-year-old outdoor-lifestyle brand reportedly favored by tennis stars Bjorn Borg and Martina Navratilova.

New Hire at Matiere


Matiere, a menswear brand headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif., announced July 1 that Matt Feniger would join the company as a brand marketing manager for its Matiere and Strand collections.

Outlets at San Clemente to Open in October


Craig Realty Group, which developed and manages the Desert Hills Premium Outlets and Citadel Outlets in Southern California, recently announced it would build an outlet retail center in San Clemente, Calif., devoted to off-price goods from well-known brands.

Thorn Joins The Men’s Wearhouse


The Men’s Wearhouse, a specialty men’s apparel retailer headquartered in Fremont, Calif., announced on July 1 that Bruce K. Thorn was named executive vice president, chief operating officer.

Zimmermann to Melrose Place


The Los Angeles area will get a second helping of Zimmermann, the Australian luxury ready-to-wear and swim brand.

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The Stronghold to Move Abbot Kinney Store, Plans Retail Expansion

Going Strong

The Stronghold, which bills itself as Los Angeles’ oldest clothing label, will be making some new moves.

Park Showroom to Move Men’s Brands & Seven Points Boutique


After serving as one of the first tenants of the renovated Lady Liberty Building in Los Angeles’ fashion district in 2007, The Park Showroom will be moving the operations for its men’s brands a block away to Area 4.

Flagship to Open Fashion District Showroom


After nine years of working out of a renovated kung fu cinema at the edge of downtown Los Angeles’ Chinatown, Flagship, a multi-channel showroom, will open a 3,000-square-foot satellite office located in the city’s Fashion District, said Christopher Josol, a Flagship partner.

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Alex Schaefer After BNKR

Aussie brand BNKR is scheduled to open a flagship later this year on the grounds of the former Blackstone Gallery in downtown Los Angeles . Here’s a postscript on one of the big wheels at Blackstone; Alex Schaefer. The artist frequently displayed his landscapes of downtown Los Angeles and other paintings at Blackstone.

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Intentionally Blank Pops at Virgo

The Virgo boutique in Los Angeles’ Fashion District has been serving vintage styles and women’s fashions and accessories with an edge since 2009. But on June 26, the unique boutique embarked on a first. It produced its first footwear focused pop-up shop. The star of that show was the brand Intentionally Blank.

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Juice Served Here Parties in Silver Lake & Talks Growth Spurt

Some people unwind with a little get together after wrapping up a day’s work. But for the folks at Juice Served Here, a cold pressed juice company founded by fashion business entrepreneurs, they produced a big party after unveiling of a few big projects on June 26.

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Beauty & Brains at the CMC

The BET Awards show will take place June 28 at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. There are scores of events around town this weekend to celebrate the awards. The Beauty & Brains fashion show and gifting suite was one of those events. It took place at the California Market Center on June 25.

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Luxe Atelier Opens in Downtown Los Angeles

Walter Mendez

The young couture and eveningwear designer threw a gala party on June 24 for the opening of his first physical atelier, the Walter Mendez Collection Store.

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Sold Out CALA San Francisco Show

Steady Business

When CALA San Francisco returned to Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion in San Francisco for its second run June 16–17, it also was the second time for the show’s new open-booth format.