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Magic Kingdom Takes Best Fashion Picture at LJIFFF

La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival has maintained its independence since it was founded in 2010. Last month, more than 700 people attended the event’s parties and film festival. The Best Picture Award was handed to Magic Kingdom.

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LA Swim Week Starts on Irreverent Note

LA Swim Week

For its second run at the Skirball Cultural Center in West LA, the Los Angeles Swim Week fashion shows started on an irreverent note.

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Orders Despite Uncertainty at Las Vegas Trade Shows

LV Trade Shows

The apparel industry headed to Las Vegas on the hunt for new trends and new business at the many apparel and sourcing trade shows spread across the city.

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Rodd & Gunn Takes a Bow at Westfield Century City

New Zealand’s Rodd & Gunn clothiers are taking a wider gamble on California. The third Rodd & Gunn store in California opened Aug. 10 at the Westfield Century City mall, which neighbors affluent enclaves such as Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles.

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Debbie Harry X Obey Comes to Melrose

The Debbie Harry X Obey Collection lands in a pop-up shop on Los Angeles' Melrose Avenue.

Bread Gets Money for E-commerce Payment Program

Technology

Bread is a New York–headquartered finance technology company that lets merchants give their customers the option to pay for items in several installments over time.

Le Box Blanc’s Neighborhood Store in DTLA

Retail

For the past two years, Le Box Blanc has been delivering contemporary fashions to people all over America from its e-commerce shop .

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Reef Founder Aguerre Brings Wild Style to Waterman’s

Waterman’s

Reef brand founder Fernando Aguerre ushered in the irreverent sartorial style of the annual Waterman’s when he arrived at the inaugural event in 1993 wearing a sarong and a 1920s-era vintage dinner jacket.

Agenda Festival to Return

Trade Shows

Agenda Festival, the consumer day of the streetwear-focused Agenda trade show, made an inaugural run last month.

Westfield Century City Announces New Stores

Retail

Westfield Century City recently announced another slate of retailers scheduled to join the sprawling mall, which is undergoing a $1 billion remodel.

Odain Brand Opens 1st Shop

Retail

Odain Watson relaunched his Odaingerous brand in 2016, and on Aug. 17 he is scheduled to open a shop, also called Odaingerous, at 719 S. Main St. in downtown Los Angeles. It will be the emerging brand’s first shop.

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Japan’s Edwin Denim brand to Unveil Adriano Goldschmied Line for US

Edwin Denim

In its 70th anniversary year, Japanese denim powerhouse Edwin Co. Ltd. opened a U.S. creative studio and is bringing in jeans legend Adriano Goldschmied to design a collection for the U.S. market.

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Patrick DiLascia Launches Patrick Brand

Patrick Brand

A new bricks-and-mortar store is the center of Patrick DiLascia’s new fashion venture.

Callaway Hopes for Hole-in-1 With TravisMathew

Manufacturing

Callaway Golf Co. recently announced that it had acquired Huntington Beach, Calif.–headquartered apparel brand TravisMathew, LLC for $125.5 million in an all-cash transaction.

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Selectiv: Post-Corporate Business Casual

Selectiv

After spending years working in corporate environments, specifically digital departments for entertainment companies, Daniel Sakai and Calvin Lim came to a conclusion: Men’s office clothes had become a dull uniform, even in the era of business casual.

Wvs Brgde: Minimalistic Action Sports Aesthetic

Manufacturing

Pastels and neon colors might as well be white noise to Brian Boles.

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Menoh's Sewing Machine Music

Ask Lun*na Menoh, there’s a rock ‘n’ roll song in the sound of the sewing machine.

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Wool & Thimble’s Summer Launch party

Made in Los Angeles, Wool & Thimble constructs high end T-shirts, wovens and sweats for men. Reggie Marshall, the brand’s founder and creative director, produced a launch party for its Summer ’17 collection on Aug. 8.

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Bathing Ape to make a Los Angeles Comeback

High end Japanese streetwear brand Bathing Ape is making a return to Los Angeles after closing down an emporium near Melrose and Fairfax avenues in July 2010.

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J!nx for Gamers

J!nx is a San Diego-headquartered brand that makes clothes for gamers; the people who can’t be pried away from their video, Internet, X-Box, you name it-games.

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Fred Segal Announces Flagship Shop-in-Shops

Retail

Fred Segal is moving along toward a fall 2017 opening—perhaps in mid-September—for its new flagship in West Hollywood, Calif., located near the Sunset Plaza high-end retail enclave.

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69 Brand Pops

Gender neutral fashions are having a moment. Los Angeles brand 69 is making a statement for the look at a pop-up shop

July Sales Up, But Results Mixed

Retail

July sales beat forecasts, according to market-research firm Retail Metrics.

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Quiet August Market in LA Yields Immediate Orders, Out-of-Town Business

Trade Shows

August market in Los Angeles is typically a quiet affair, with exhibitors and buyers navigating a crowded trade-show schedule that includes the massive Las Vegas trade shows later in the month.

NetSuite Takes Cloud On Road

Technology

Oracle NetSuite, the San Mateo, Calif.–based, cloud-based enterprise resource planning and omnichannel commerce software owned by tech giant Oracle, has been hitting a number of apparel trade shows this year. The most recent was Agenda in Long Beach, Calif., in July.

Reyn Spooner’s New Direction, New Leadership

Manufacturing

Heritage aloha brand Reyn Spooner has been traveling a steady course for decades, but its new creative and executive team plans to steer it toward bigger things.

South Coast Plaza Buys Sears Land

Retail

Sears has run a department store and an auto center at the northeast end of luxe retail center South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., for 50 years.

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Lucky Brand X Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

Lucky Brand recently unveiled a collaboration line with country music performers Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. They’ve been really big deals in the world of country music for more than 20-years, and are currently in the midst of their long Soul2Soul tour.

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Snake Oil Provision’s Long Beach Reopening

After trying different sites in Long Beach, Calif., Ben Neuhaus and Miranda Malloy think they have found the right spot for Snake Oil Provisions. It’s in the historic Lafayette building in Long Beach’s East Village Arts District.

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RVCA Returns to Ron Robinson

Fifteen years ago, Ron Robinson was one of the first boutiques to take a chance on RVCA. On July 27, RVCA made a return to Ron Robinson with its limited collaboration line RVCA + Moblow.

Intermezzo Unveils Consumer-Friendly Vintage Show

Trade Shows

Trade-show giant UBM is getting in on the consumer-facing show action this August when its Intermezzo Collections unveils its Vintage@Intermezzo. The New York show, set to bow during the Aug. 6–8 run of Intermezzo, will be UBM’s first market open to consumers.

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Alternative Apparel & An Inconvenient Sequel

Alternative Apparel is stating its case in the climate change crisis.

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Blast Cult’s Merch Lifts Off

Fashion’s festival styles have been featuring band T-shirts for years. Here’s a new angle; how about T-shirts from musical instrument makers?

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Angel Biotek On Abbot Kinney

Venice’s Abbot Kinney Boulevard has changed greatly over the past decade, causing many to complain that the street doesn’t have any more room for new brands or even the secret sauce that made it special in the first place. Venice area designer Angel Biotek hopes to prove those people wrong.

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Balmain to Melrose Place

French fashion house Balmain opened its first West Coast flagship on Melrose Place in West Hollywood, Calif. this month.

ChicCartel Launches ‘Shop Locally’ Site

Technology

The slogan “grown locally/buy locally” resonates for fashion, said the cofounders of e-commerce platform ChicCartel, a new market that promises to connect savvy fashion consumers with independent designers from their city and region.

Shopify’s Frenzy App Powers Sale at Capsule and Liberty Fairs in NY

Technology

Trade shows and runway shows have been looking to produce extra revenue streams for their vendors.

Agenda Juggles Trade and Consumer Days

Trade Shows

After 14 years of being a trade-only show, Agenda unveiled a consumer day at the recent run of its Long Beach, Calif., event.

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1 Man’s Ring Around the Collar, 1 Woman’s Art

Fashion designers argue that clothing is art. Lun*na Menoh gives the argument surreal support with her show A Ring Around the Collar, currently at Art Exchange Gallery near downtown Long Beach.

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Waraire Boswell's Refined from the Raw Challenge

Waraire Boswell has been cutting up Los Angeles’ custom clothing scene for some time. The NBA-sized clothier made a splash at the ESPY awards show July 12 when D’Angelo Russel l of the Brooklyn Nets came to the ESPYS in Los Angeles wearing a suit Boswell made as part of a challenge.

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HollyRod’s DesignCare Gala

The non-profit HollyRod foundation is devoted to giving care to those living with autism and Parkinson’s Disease. On July 15, the foundation spread the word on its mission in a stylish way.

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Vuori’s Performance Clothes Are made with Versatility and Comfort

Vuori

Football, lacrosse, yoga. Joe Kudla was game for almost any sport and fitness regimen.

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Edgemine Goes Premium with Evidnt Los Angeles

Edgemine

After more than 20 years in fashion, the Edgemine company launched its first denim line intended for a women’s premium-denim market.

Back-to-School Spending Forecast to Increase

Retail

Retailers might give the 2017 Back-to-School season an “A.”

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Arts District; L.A.’s Next Big Retail Area?

Arts District

Every major city has an “anti-downtown,” said Sam Brownell, principal and partner of property developers Blatteis & Schnur Inc.

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Witchsy’s 1st!

Since pen touched paper and paint touched canvas, artists have groused about censorship. Artistic online community/ e-boutique Witchsy aims to take the muzzle off of artists, all while selling T-shirts, hats, fashions, jewelry, pins, prints and you-name-it. They celebrated it with a first year party shindig.

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Vans Unveils New HQ

Vans Moves In

Footwear and apparel titan Vans recently unveiled a new headquarters in Costa Mesa, Calif.

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Late-Night Crowd Closes Louis Vuitton Pop-up in DTLA

Retail

A pop-up shop for a highly anticipated Louis Vuitton X Supreme capsule collection has shuttered after Los Angeles Police dispersed a large crowd in front of the pop-up shop at 4:30 a.m. on July 7.

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Swimming in a New Direction

Tori Praver

Tori Praver modeled for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition in far-flung locales such as the Canary Islands off of Spain, her home island of Maui, and Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean. This year she is going to be modeling for her own brand.

Old Bull Lee: After Walk Shorts, Try Surf

Swim/Surf

Rent a Manhattan Beach address, and it might only be a matter of time before you are in the surf business.

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