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Crooks & Castles Spring 15 Sprung

Crooks & Castles is one of the high profile brands of streetwear, and in the past year, the brand has held events, such as debuts and parties, close to its flagship store on Los Angeles’ Fairfax Avenue. For the shoot for its Spring 2015 lookbook, Photographer Ja Tecson took models to a leafy, Downton Abbey style estate where they displayed the “castle” side of the Crooks & Castles vision. Take a look.

2014 Best Holiday, Retail Analyst Says

Retail Sales

When retail sales for the 2014 holiday season fell short of forecasts, many industry watchers declared the crucial shopping season a disappointment, but recent research indicates the season may have been better than first reported—and more good news may be on the way.

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Psycho Bunny Hops Into New Categories

The Psycho Bunny label might have a crazy name, but it intends to chase some serious business. The fashion label with the logo of a rabbig skull over crossbones announced new partners and is scheduled to show new looks at Project.

eBay Lays Off 2,400 to Prepare for Change

Retail

eBay Inc. reported that revenue for its fourth quarter increased 9 percent to $4.9 billion. However, the San Jose, Calif.–based company is laying off approximately 2,400 of its employees, or 7 percent of its workforce.

SIMA Honors Legendary Surf Shops

Retail

Surf Industry Manufacturers Association, a trade group headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif., will honor venerable surf shops with the 2015 SIMA Surf Shop Gold Wave Award. The inaugural Surf Shop Gold Wave awards will be presented Feb. 12 at SIMA’s Image Award Show at City National Grove of Anaheim, Calif.

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Style and Structure Meet Comfort and Versatility

Lime & Vine

Lime & Vine, which is based a mile away from the corporate headquarters of surf giant Quiksilver Inc. in Huntington Beach, Calif., introduced a full collection for the Fall 2014 season and is set to debut its Spring 2015 collection.

Forever 21 Unveils Giant Solar Project

Retail

The company announced on Jan. 21 that its headquarters in Los Angeles’ Lincoln Heights neighborhood has gone solar. The retailer installed a 5.1-megawatt high-efficiency SunPower solar-power system.

Kellwood Names New CEO

Manufacturing

On Jan. 19, the New York–headquartered Kellwood announced that Joseph Lombardi, the former chief financial officer of Barnes & Noble, a major bookseller, was named the fashion company’s chief executive officer. Lombardi will assume his responsibilities helming Kellwood immediately.

Prana Names New Director of International Sales

Manufacturing

Prana, the lifestyle and yoga line headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., is going more global with the appointment of Pacho Bedoya as its new director of international sales. He begins his new job on Feb. 2.

New American Apparel CEO Outlines New Path

Retail

Fashion veteran Paula Schneider formally took the reins of the downtown Los Angeles–based company on Jan. 5, and she held a conference call with Wall Street analysts on Jan. 20 to talk about where she wanted to guide the brand, which makes its basic clothes for women, men and children in California.

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More Business for Giant T-shirt Market

ISS Long Beach

With screen-printing machines whirring and salespeople talking about the next big thing in T-shirts, the Imprinted Sportswear Show Long Beach ran Jan. 16–18 at the Long Beach Convention Center, located by one of America’s busiest ports, in Long Beach, Calif.

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Morphew's Awards Season Pop-Up

It’s awards season in Los Angeles, the time when the fashion world and the entertainment industry collectively go gaga over the red carpet gown. Enter Morphew, a luxury online retail platform, which aims to say something unique with its red carpet pop-up shop.

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Beckham’s New Clothes

Hey L.A., miss David Beckham after he left the Galaxy soccer team? Sure you do. But the essence of Becks will be in L.A. area H&M stores. Around March 5, a new line Modern Essentials selected by David Beckham will be stocked at H&M in addition to David Beckham Bodywear Collection. Here's a peek. C'mon, take a look...

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The Dashiki Strikes Back…with Royal Kulture

When Kevin Afuwah rapped under the moniker ThatAfricanKev, he always made sure to wear a dashiki, a colorful West African shirt. Later, he put his own stamp on the iconic shirt, specifically the logo Royal 1. Voila, Afuwah started his line Royal Kulture.On Jan. 17, Royal Kulture held a viewing event in downtown Los Angeles.

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GGeisha’s Fashion Underbelly

It’s a new year, and for the notorious GGeisha, flipping the calendar means a new party. Welcome to the new monthly, Underbelly.

Wet Seal Files Chapter 11

Juniors retailer The Wet Seal Inc. announced Jan. 16 that it has filed a voluntary petition for chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

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Surfin’ Byrd’s Board Comb

The trade show season’s major surf friendly trade shows; Agenda and Surf Expo, have already wrapped up successful events. But we still have surf on the mind. And look what popped up! A comb made out of surfboard fins by grooming company Byrd and boarding company Futures Fins. Cowabunga!

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Kitson to Mayor: Let’s Talk

Retail

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s website encourages people to share their ideas to create jobs and deliver better city services for the City of Angels, but Fraser Ross, founder of the Los Angeles–based boutique chain Kitson, said he has been unable to speak with the mayor about L.A. retail.

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Sunny Skies & Busy Booths for East Coast Surf Trade Show

Surf Expo

While much of the Eastern Seaboard suffered under a cold snap Jan. 8–10, weather in Orlando, Fla. was a good backdrop to Surf Expo, the veteran trade show for surfing and other water sports.

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I Love Ugly’s La Brea Bow

The black walls and tinted windows of the store on Los Angeles' La Brea Avenue look foreboding. The shop’s name only brings up more vexing questions. I Love Ugly

Holiday Sales Increase 4 Percent With Mixed Results

Retail

Sales for the winter holiday season increased 4 percent to $616.1 billion, according to the National Retail Federation, slightly missing forecasts.

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Je Suis Charlie: After The Hashtag

Anguish and outrage over the assassinations of the editorial staff at Charlie Hebdo on Jan. 7 has become the cri de coeur for those who love freedom of expression.The hashtag Je Suis Charlie proclaiming solidarity with the assassinated journalists has covered Twitter and Facebook, and the statement has taken root beyond the online world, including T-shirts. Kitson's Fraser Ross talks about making a T that expresses solidarity with freedom of speech, but also avoids appearing that it is capitalizing on tragedy.

Nasty Gal Has New CEO

Executive Moves

Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso named Sheree Waterston the new chief executive officer of the Los Angeles–headquartered retailer.

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Donald Drawbertson, King of the Fashion Doodle, to Cooper

Donald Robertson has an alter-ego; Donald Drawbertson, a pop artist who makes whimsical, chic doodles, and brings them to the fashion masses.Drawbertson continues to make pop art, and a Cadillac bearing his art, and lipstick, will drive by Cooper Design Space building in L.A.’s Fashion District noon, Monday, Jan. 12.

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2015 Starts With Busy Trade Show

Agenda

A cold winter helped produce a hot show at Agenda, the first trade show of the 2015 trade-show season, which ran Jan. 5–6 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.

December Seen as Modest

retail

December retail sales results were described by analysts as good but modest.

Macy’s Inc. Announces New Stores and Organizational Changes

Retail

Macy’s Inc. announced Dec. 8 that it would build two stores in California and that it would close a few under performing stores in the state. The news was part of an announcement of sweeping changes at the department-store giant.

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Eco & Art-Driven

Together California

There’s another world, hidden in plain sight, said Lily Chehrazi and Benedict Barrett, owners and designers of the fashion brand Together California.

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Ingear Fashions Introducing Licensing Swim Line Based on the Popular Beer

Corona Swim

Constellation is upping the ante for marketing the popular beer, and its next step will be rolling out a women’s swimwear line bearing the Corona logo produced by Ingear Fashions Inc.

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Agenda Emerge: Under the Hood of Nike, Obey and Hurley

What makes the founders of storied brands such as Nike, Hurley and Obey tick? Bob Hurley, Shepard Fairey of Obey and Tinker Hatfield of Nike gave a few clues at Agenda Emerge on Jan. 6.

Wet Seal Shutters 338 Stores, Fires More than 3,000

retail closings

Beleaguered retailer The Wet Seal Inc. announced on Jan. 7 that it will close two-thirds of its fleet of more than 500 stores after being unable to negotiate favorable terms with its landlords, it also cut the jobs of thousands of its workers.

Caruso to Receive NRF Foundation’s Disruptor Award

Retail Real Estate

The NRF Foundation, the non-profit division of National Retail Federation, the largest trade group for U.S. retail, will feature Rick J. Caruso, developer of The Grove and The Americana at Brand, in “The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future.”

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Agenda: Show Starts, Grab Yer Caps

Streetwear and action sports brands love caps, and Agenda trade show is all about streetwear, action sports and fashion. So being good trade show producers, Agenda will give its VIP streetwear and action sports people what they want. Caps! Think caps from Hurley, Herschel Supply Co., and DeathWish Skateboards, which will be given to VIPs at the Agenda trade show in Long Beach, CA., which starts today.

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Retro Street for PacSun Exclusive

YG x RVCA

The music of tattooed rapper YG shot up Billboard charts in 2013. In 2015, he’s starting on a fashionable note thanks to a partnership with RVCA, one of the leading lifestyle, fashion and action-sports brands to come out of Orange County, Calif., in the past decade.

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Brand Buiding Starts With the Hat

Sunset.Vintage.Flex

Eventually, Sunset.Vintage.Flex will offer all categories of clothes, said Rico Curry, the Los Angeles–area line’s founder. Yet since it started in 2013, the nascent brand’s focus is on headwear.

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A Peek Into the Flagship Remodel

The Hundreds

In a business where the remodel of a flagship store can take more than a year, The Hundreds, a high-profile streetwear brand, wasted no time in getting its flagship back in the game.

2014 in Review: Notable Retail Openings and Closings

Ace Hotel takes a bow in downtown Los Angeles. Many hope the boutique hotel will be the catalyst to bring high-end retail to downtown’s Fashion District.

Altamont Capital Leads Strategic Investment in Hybrid Apparel

Altamont Capital Partners finished the year with the announcement that it made an investment in another clothing business.

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DJ Mustard X Crooks & Castles

On the heels of performing at the Karl Kani 25th anniversary party on Dec. 13, DJ Mustard dropped by Crooks & Castles Fairfax Avenue flagship in Los Angeles Dec. 21, to celebrate his album Ten Summers.

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Pez Cantina: Fashion District Edge To L.A. Foodie Obsession

L.A. foodies have been salivating over the debut of Chef Brett Thompson’s newest restaurant Pez Cantina for about a year. California Apparel News uncovered the high end Mexican seafood restaurant's Fashion District edge.

2014 Retrospective: Retail Sales: Target, Macy’s Navigate Tough Year

Retail

As 2014 came to a close, Target Corp. was still dealing with the massive data breach of 2013 and taking steps to bring back the Minneapolis-headquartered company’s cheap chic glory days of the 1990s.

2014 Retrospective: Retail Sales: Urban Outfitters/Wet Seal

Retail

2014 has been a year of headlines for Urban Outfitters Inc and business seems to have been particularly tough at The Wet Seal Inc.

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Tiniest Flagship

LAEX

Alexander Khater,owner/creative director of the 2-year-old downtown Los Angeles brand LAEX, planned to turn conventional wisdom on its head with the firstLAEX flagship, which opened Dec. 8 at 218 W. Eighth St., on the corner of Broadway, in downtown Los Angeles.

Shawmut Names New CEO

Retail

Shawmut Design & Construction has worked on many high-marquee projects on Rodeo Drive and has also done work on the Saint Laurent flagship on Rodeo and Louis Vuitton, which is scheduled to take a bow in the first quarter of 2015.

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Venue Tradeshow Grows with New Dates, New Location

Trade Show

Miles Canares, Venue’s founder, recently announced major changes to the biannual show’s schedule and a new location for the show. However, the event willcontinue to mostly be devoted to men’s streetwear and emerging brands.

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Shepard Fairey, Bob Hurley to Speak at Agenda Emerge

Agenda Emerge is something like TED Talks for the streetwear, action sports and fashion crowds. At the upcoming Agenda Emerge, Shepard Fairey of Obey and Bob Hurley of Hurley will take the stage.

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Will.i.am To District La Brea

For months, shop-owners around the District La Brea compound in Los Angeles heard gossip that will.i.am, Grammy award winner and entrepreneur, was going to open a shop in the compound, which is located across the street from pioneering specialty store American Rag. The music star’s shop opened today.

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Bringing Hip Hop Home: Karl Kani’s 25th at WildStyle

Karl Kani, one of the heavyweights of urban fashion stepped back into the ring on Dec. 13.

Wiggett Named Bebe CEO

Executive Moves

Jim Wiggett was named as the permanent chief executive officer for Bebe Stores Inc.

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Coach’s Rodeo Gala

The hard work is over for Coach, and Dec. 11 was the time to party.

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