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Andrew Asch

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Planet Blue Gets a New Chief Executive

Retail

Planet Blue, the retailer that carries young contemporary fashion, has named Eddie Bromberg to be its new chief executive.

The Leverage to Open Los Angeles Store

Retail

After wholesaling its brands to retailers that range from Pacific Sunwear to Zumiez, The Leverage is opening a new boutique in Los Angeles.

After Years Making Shoes, Hi-Tec Tries Apparel

Manufacturing

Cherokee Global Brands’ Hi-Tec footwear division is stepping into apparel.

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Macy’s Turnaround Efforts Gaining Momentum in California

Making Macy’s Profitable

As the retail world turns to keep customers walking through the doors, Macy’s is banking on a new store concept, new technology and updated looks to its traditional stores to entice customers to keep on shopping.

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Luxury Garage Sale to Los Angeles

2018 is the year of the pop-up for Luxury Garage Sale. One of its pop-ups recently opened in the West Hollywood area.

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Louis Vuitton's Time Capsule to Westfield Century City

There is no Louis Vuitton boutique at Westfield Century City. But a pop-up exhibition on the history of the French fashion house recently rolled into the center

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Sato Hughes, Surf Pioneer, Celebrates 90

Katin threw 90th birthday party for Sato Hughes, one of the pioneers of boardshorts style.

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Zara, The Webster To Open at Beverly Center

A giant Zara opened in Beverly Center today. The Webster is scheduled to open in 2020.

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This Propaganda Agency Doesn’t Lie

It's called Propaganda Agency, but Jack Watkins promises that there's nothing iffy with the materials in his new men's line.

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Ron Robinson at 40: New World Vision…Old School Values

Ron Robinson: 40 Years

Ron Robinson said the late 1960s were an exhilarating time to be in the retail business in Los Angeles.

Retail Sales Inch Up in April

Retail

The National Retail Federation said that retail sales in April showed a 2.8 percent year-over-year increase in the U.S retail market, excluding auto sales, gasoline stations and restaurants.

Sophia Denim Opens a Pop-up Store at Fred Segal

Manufacturing

After spending time designing handbags and women’s ready-to-wear, Sophia Tezel-Tzelepis last year decided to branch out to denim with a label called Sophia.

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Woodbury Puts ‘InnerVision’ on Runway

Runway Ready

Woodbury University presented its 54th annual fashion show, called “InnerVision,” which focused on the connection between emotion and fashion.

Wet Seal Back With New Fashion Line

Retail

Almost one year after juniors retailer Wet Seal was acquired by investment firm Gordon Brothers, the now online-only retailer announced a new collaboration called Niki + Gabi for Wet Seal.

Shop & Dine

Trade Shows

Keeping pace with a busy trade-show schedule is exciting but exhausting. At the end of a day spent running between appointments, making new connections, visiting with longtime partners and negotiating deals, enjoying a delicious meal or strolling around a unique shop is the perfect way to recharge.

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Agenda Taps Stab to Design Trade Show’s Surf Area

Surf is up for Agenda trade show and Stab magazine.

New Event Being Introduced for Swim Week in Miami Beach

Trade Shows

Swim Week is an annual event packed with fashion shows and trade shows in Miami Beach, Fla.

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Brooks Brothers to Leave Rodeo

Bye, Brooks Brothers

After a 15-year run on luxe shopping street Rodeo Drive, Brooks Brothers is scheduled to move from its two-story building on Aug. 1, with the property being put up for sale for $300 million.

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Ziran Travels Across the Ocean for Sustainability

Sustainable Chic

Sustainable fashion has long been criticized as being unable to go beyond the category of basics. Kelly Wang Shanahan hopes that her sustainable brand Ziran can bust that theory.

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Comrad: Making the Compression Sock Stylish

Probably no one ever called compression socks sexy, much less stylish.But entrepreneur Andrew Ferenci saw opportunity in the stodgy sock.

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Emo Nite – the Club! The Shirt!

Emo Nite runs rock clubs in more than 30 cities. It also rocks a lot of clothing merch.

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Noon Goons Goes Jazz With Chet Baker Collab

Downtown Los Angeles’ Noon Goons made a splash last year when it made clothes inspired by the Southern California punk scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Now it’s going for West Coast jazz.

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Barrio Saints to DTLA

You may have met Deeso when he worked at Crooks & Castles' flagship stores. Recently, he opened a space for his own brand in DTLA.

Nordstrom Rack Headed to New Porter Ranch Mall

Retail

A Nordstrom Rack will be coming to The Vineyards, a shopping center under construction in Porter Ranch, which is nestled in the northwest section of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley.

A Clothing Label to Fill In the Gaps

Manufacturing

After years of being surrounded by pixels and algorithms in the tech industry, Scott Carter was ready for a change. His next career move was to transition to the fashion industry and start a new label called Kiln.

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These Days Those Second-Hand Threads Are Big Business in Los Angeles

Secondhand Skyrockets

More than 10 years ago, the idea of wearing secondhand clothes or vintage garb carried a certain stigma, according to some style watchers, but that no longer holds true. The fashion market is changing.

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Kentaro Kameyama Leads FCI Fashion School Show

Fashion’s Future

After producing a fashion show at last February’s New York Fashion Week, “Project Runway” winner Kentaro Kameyama went back to class. He produced a fashion show at the FCI Fashion School in Los Angeles, where he works as an instructor.

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Rodeo Gucci In Store for a Big Remodel

The Gucci flagship on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Calif. unveiled a major remodel in 2014. Looks like the flagship is going for another round.

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Theory and Vans To Open in DTLA This Fall

More brands are betting on downtown Los Angeles. Theory and Vans are slated to open stores in the neighborhood by Fall.

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Surf Is Dead Pops at Bodega

Surf Is Dead started more than one year ago to tweek surfwear back to its rebellious, experimental spirit. Recently, it unveiled a pop-up at Bodega in Row DTLA in Los Angeles.

Maui and Sons Announces American Eagle Collaboration Line

Manufacturing

With the help of Maui and Sons, American Eagle Outfitters is going surf.

Oak NYC Moves to Row DTLA

Retail

After a four-year run in the Beverly Boulevard shopping district of Los Angeles, Oak NYC closed its 4,500-square-foot boutique earlier this month and relocated to the Row DTLA enclave in downtown Los Angeles.

Orange Coast College Launches an Apparel Sustainability Program

Manufacturing

The future of the fashion job market is green, said Lauren Becker, the fashion department coordinator at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif.

American Rag Talks About Its New Path at Marcum Symposium

Retail

American Rag Cie is going to the Persian Gulf and possibly points beyond.

Kardashians’ Dash Stores Close Raising Questions on Family’s Relevance

Retail

After a 12-year run, the Kardashians are closing up shop and getting out of the retail-store business.

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After Coachella, It’s Agenda Festival

Hip hop collective Brockhampton played a critically lauded set at Coachella this month. On June 30, the Los Angeles-based group is going to headline the Agenda Festival, it was recently announced.

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The Fashion Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Earth Day 2018 has come and gone, but a bunch of sustainable clothing designers are hosting events on what’s new in the sustainable clothing market during Fashion Revolution Week.

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Rebecca Taylor: Fashion Is More Local Than People Think

“You get to see how regional fashion can be,” Taylor said.

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It’s a Book. It’s a T-shirt Line. It’s A.F. Vandevorst x B Åkerlund

After 20 years or so in fashion, Belgian designers An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx published a book about their work....and teamed up with outre designer B Åkerlund for a T-shirt line, which was introduced at Opening Ceremony in Los Angeles and New York City.

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Fashion Market Northern California Reports Good Biz Despite Snow

FMNC Busy Despite Snow

Snow and hail fell on parts of the San Francisco Bay Area on April 16, but it didn’t put much of a damper on business at the Fashion Market Northern California trade show, vendors and show management said.

Kore Collective Develops Activewear Biz On Many Fronts

Retail

Last year, Kore Collective formally launched its business with a website that focused on emerging and established activewear brands for the fitness buff who wants everything cool in workout gear.

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Revolve Parties at Coachella with the Famous & Beautiful

E-emporium Revolve threw the Revolve Festival with Moët & Chandon party outside of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this weekend.

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MannyJStyle Takes Sixhundred boutique

During the bustling Art Walk in Downtown Los Angeles on April 12, Manuel Jackson turned the SixHundred boutique into Past Present Future.

LA Apparel Contractor Ships ‘Hot Goods’ to Charlotte Russe Prompting Restraining Order

Apparel subcontractor cited for not paying minimum wage for goods destined for Charlotte Russe.

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Cynthia Rowley at Malibu Lumber Yard

Designer Cynthia Rowley traveled to Malibu, Calif. recently for the opening of her self-named Cynthia Rowley store in the Malibu Lumber Yard retail center.

Liberty Acquires Capsule Trade Show

Trade Shows

Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs announced it acquired the Capsule trade show from Reed Exhibitions for an undisclosed amount.

Easter Shopping Boosted March Sales

Retail

Retail sales for March faced some obstacles this year, but they came in better than expected.

One Round of Surf M&A, Round Two Begins

Swim/Surf

Billabong International’s last day of trading on the Australian Securities Exchange was April 9, bringing an end to a major round of acquisitions in the surfwear market.

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Rodeo Drive Keeps Its Retail Luster With Recent Deal

LVMH Buys on Rodeo

Vacancy is common for most retail streets under attack from e-commerce competitors, but not Rodeo Drive. There is hardly a vacant space on the hoity-toity retail shopping district in Beverly Hills, Calif. When real-estate news is made on the street, it makes a splash.

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First Boardriders Flagship Surfs Into Malibu

After Quiksilver Inc. emerged from bankruptcy and changed its corporate name to Boardriders Inc last year, it promised a Boardriders flagship store in Malibu, Calif. We waited, we waited, and waited…until late March

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