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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.

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The Gents Closet


After working as a stylist, Manuel Jackson, pictured on the couch, opened up a retail space called The Gents Closet earlier this month.

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German Style, Made In Los Angeles


For recent German transplants Daniel Thies and Eva Napp, California manufacturing seems wide open with opportunity.

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Ace Hotel X Apolis: Good Fashion District Citizens

Ace Hotel has worked on a lot of fashion collaborations with L.A. brands; Undefeated, Tanner Goods, which runs a downtown Los Angeles flagship, and now Apolis.

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Get Ready for Style Snaps

Guess what fashion fans; bloggers still matter. Digital style search engine ShopStyle, headquartered in San Francisco, announced a partnership on June 23 with a gaggle of fashion bloggers, a London retailer called FarFetch, and Snapchat, the video messaging app for a special e-shopping shindig that they call Style Snaps.

Me-Ality Announces $15 Million Investment, New Directors


The maker of the Me-Ality body-scanning technology announced the completion of an investment of $15 million in equity that was co-led by its largest institutional investor, Northwater Capital Management Inc.

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New Look for South Coast Plaza’s Tadashi Shoji Boutique

The Tadashi Experience

The Tadashi Shoji boutique in South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., is scheduled to unveil a high-tech remodel on June 20. The 1,175-square-foot store will keep its location on South Coast Plaza’s level 2, adjacent to Bloomingdale’s. Yet the store will offer an entirely new experience.

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Fashion Tech In The House at TechDay Los Angeles

More than 200 tech start-ups set up physical shops at the Penthouse for California Market Center, a downtown Los Angeles showroom building on June 18 for Techday Los Angeles. We dropped by to check out the handful of fashion and beauty tech startups, and listened to the latest in e-business ideas.

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After a Pure Play E-Commerce Debut, Buck Mason to Open Abbot Kinney Store

Locally Made Jeans & Tees

The Los Angeles–headquartered Buck Mason brand has found success in every forum that uses electricity and screens. But the next step for the brand is based on concrete. It will open a Buck Mason bricks-and-mortar location.

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Katin's Summer Kickoff Party

Katin's Summer kickoff party made a splash at BLVD clothing in Manhattan Beach.

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Planet Blue's Full Moon Bazaar

Planet Blue celebrated its 20th anniversary earlier this month with a Full Moon Bazaar party at Skybar ath the Mondrian hotel in West Hollywood. The crowd was filled with beautiful people and some of Planet Blue’s favorite brands dropped by to open a mini-market at the chi-chi club. Check it out.

Gap Inc to Close 175 Stores


Gap Inc. will close 175 stores, mostly in North America, including 140 stores which will shutter this year. A limited number of stores will be closed in Europe.

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LASC’s Pride Blow-Out

Call it a community service. The City of West Hollywood is the site of a giant Pride Celebration which attracts thousands of people. For the sixth year, West Hollywood’s LASC boutique added to the city’s festivities by producing its own gala Pride party. Check out pictures of LASC's 2015 Pride Party which took place on June 14. Check it out.

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Rich Honey Boutique to DTLA

“We Are The Future of T-shirt” Blanks exclaims a message of the Rich Honey website. The label’s future should include a store. A sign bearing the label’s logo was posted over the former atelier for Nicholas Bowes, at 210 W. 8th St., at the corner of Spring Street and W. 8th Street.

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The Lost Warhols at Guerilla Atelier

Andy Warhol’s memory will continue to burn bright if Karen Bystedt has anything to do with it. Her intimate portraits of the influential artist were displayed at Guerilla Atelier boutique in downtown Los Angeles. A reception was held for the show Los Warhols: The Bare Images on June 11.

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Nordstrom Plans Full-Line Store at Proposed Caruso Mall


Last month a campaign commenced for a land-use change for 203 acres of waterfront real estate in Carlsbad, Calif., but lobbying for the campaign recently a high pitch.

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After Abbot Kinney Experiment, Castelli’s New Store

Venice Heights

After starting an interesting experiment in retail real estate on Los Angeles’ high-profile Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Paulina Castelli moved her men’s fashion and gifts boutique off of the street to another part of Los Angeles’ Venice section

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LA Market Draws Low Foot Traffic But Committed Buyers

LA Fashion Market

It looked like a typically lightly trafficked June market, but exhibitors reported seeing committed buyers from across the state and across the country—as well as a few from Japan—during the June 8–11 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market.

Stephanie Gilmore, 2nd Woman to Win SIMA Surfing Award


The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association announced last week that Stephanie Gilmore, a six-time winner of the Association of Surfing Professionals’ women’s tour, will be honored with its Waterman of the Year award.

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L.A. Avant Garde Outpost Weltenbuerger Closing


The name may have sounded unintelligible to many Los Angelenos, but Weltenbuerger strived to represent elegant, avant-garde fashion in Los Angeles, famously a jeans, T-shirt and casual-fashion town.

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Holy Costume Design Batman! 1st Looks at Superhero Suits in 2016 Batman v Superman

Look, behind the plastic case – the costumes for Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, scheduled to hit cinemas March 25, 2016. The costumes were previewed at Las Vegas Licensing Expo, which is scheduled to wrap up on June 11.

Quiksilver Scraps 2015 Outlook, Planning Comeback With Improved Supply Chain and Sales

Swim/Surf | Finance | Manufacturing

Quiksilver Inc. reported results for its second fiscal quarter of 2015 and rescinded its previously stated financial guidance for the fiscal year, the surf giant noted that it would not provide an outlook for the rest of fiscal year, according to a company statement, which was released on June 9.

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The Contessas of Cute: Hello Kitty’s At Forum June 12

The contessas of cuteness are returning to the L.A. area. It’s the Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival, which will be held at The Forum in the Inglewood, Calif. , which runs June 12-14. Check out pics the Hello Kitty costumes.

Quiksilver’s Only Female Board Director Exits in Protest


Elizabeth G. Dolan, the sole female director on the board for surf giant Quiksilver Inc., resigned because she had been ignored and left out of important meetings, according to her note, which was reported by Quiksilver on June 3.

K-Swiss Acquires Supra & KR3W Denim Co.


K-Swiss Global Brands—the sports-focused footwear, apparel and lifestyle company headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif.—is going street.

May Sales Mixed as L Brands Reports Good performance, Gap Merely Okay


A brief hint of summer weather helped lift May retail sales, but, overall, most apparel retailers reported lackluster results for the month.

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Jackie B Showroom

Showroom Profile

The Jackie B Showroom is on the move. In the past year, Jackie Bartolo, the showroom’s founder, hired two more salespeople to complete her current staff of six. She also added several more lines to her showroom’s client list.

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Reichman Associates

Showroom Profile

For Donald Reichman, the founder of Reichman Associates, the modern woman is aged 30 and up, she knows who she is, what she wants, and there is a big market to serve these women.

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New Boutique for Line Mixing Fitness & Safety

Graced by Grit

The Graced by Grit activewear line has been doing business in a crowded market, and on May 29 it opened its first branded boutique.

The Never-Ending Sales Season


Since the beginning of the year, retailers have offered generous promotions to attract more customers after a holiday retail season that underwhelmed Wall Street. The never-ending retail beat of sales and promotions has retailers and analysts asking if paying full price for clothing is a thing of the past.

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Men's Wearhouse Chief George Zimmer's New Gig: Tailor!

George Zimmer is back, and his new business card lists his occupation as tailor.

Hot Topic Outbid on Geeknet Deal

Hot Topic Inc. was jilted at the altar June 2, when Geeknet, Inc. an online retailer of licensed merchandise based in Fairfax, Va., announced that it would not go through with a deal, which was announced on May 26, with the Los Angeles area mall retailer.

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The True Cost’s Case against Fast Fashion

With the preface “It’s a story about greed and fear, power and poverty,” The True Cost, a documentary, made its case against the fast fashion industry. It produced a Los Angeles premiere May 28 at the Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills. Calif.

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Tanner Goods Spins The Big Wheel

There was a steady stream of people trying their luck at a Wheel of Fortune –style game at Tanner Goods boutique in downtown Los Angeles. The reason for all that wheel spinning? Sure, it was for prizes and discounts, but May 30 was the first anniversary for Tanner Goods store located at 860 S. Broadway. It was among the first high end boutiques to move into downtown Los Angeles recently.

PacSun Reports Decline For First Qtr of 2015


Pacific Sunwear of California, the casualwear retailer whose customers are teenagers and young adults, reported its first decline in quarterly sales in more than three years.

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Long Career Based on a Small Machine


In a world where retailers are increasingly relying on complex technology, Fernando Adames believes that a simple, mid-20th-century machine is all that is needed to give a boutique an added edge.

Seafolly to Open in La Jolla

Retail | Swim-Surf

Australian swimwear brand Seafolly is increasing its bid for the U.S. market. It is scheduled to open its second American store on May 30. It will be located at Westfield UTC retail center in La Jolla, Calif.