Women’s contemporary show Axis wrapped up in New York City on Feb. 24, and RVCA, the Orange County, Calif. headquartered label, celebrated by opening a pop-up shop in Manhattan.
Lisa Kline is back. On Feb. 23, she introduced an 11-piece line which bears her name Lisa Kline. The line is loungewear, and it is exclusive to HSN, the Home Shopping Network.
New York sneakerhead boutique Kith took its high-end shoes and streetwear looks out west on Feb. 20. It opened a pop-up shop at Venice Beach’s stylish Abbot Kinney Boulevard with a party, which was attended by the chiefs of the Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs trade show, which wrapped up its big Las Vegas show only a few days before.
It was Oscar night at the Moods of Norway boutique at 7964 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles. Norwegian expats gathered to cheer for Norwegian director Morten Tyldum, who helmed The Imitation Game, and Me and My Moulton, a Canadian-Norwegian production nominated for best short animated film.
Henry T. Segerstrom, developer of South Coast Plaza, the retail center which brought Rodeo Drive luxury to Orange County, Calif., died Feb. 20 at his home in Newport Beach, Calif. after a brief illness.
The surf and street brand, founded in Australia in 1999, introduced its Fall ’15 line at the Agenda trade show in Las Vegas Feb. 16–18 and at Axis.
Vegas Trade Shows
International buyers and retailers looking to restock diminished inventories circulated around the more than 20 apparel, accessories and sourcing trade shows in Las Vegas
Chip and Pepper Foster, twin designers reported doing great business at Project with the brand Monkey Apparel. But then Dee Snider of rock band Twisted Sister (remember their hit “We’re Not Gonna Take It?) showed up. Check out what it looked like
They never said that coffee puts hair on your chest. But menswear brand Wolf & Man introduced its lines of coffees at the Feb. 16 to 18 run of Capsule trade show in Las Vegas, said Brian Chan, founder of Wolf & Man. “It’s a menswear thing,” Chan said. “It’s like having a beer, but it’s more acceptable.”
SIMA Image Awards
The SIMA Image Awards honor achievements in the surf business, and the big winner for the SIMA Image Awards was the core surf shop.
First Retail, then Tees
Shearer recently introduced the T-shirt line In Heroes We Trust, which shares a name with the boutique she opened in July 2014, just off of Los Angeles’ high-profile Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
In January, at the Agenda trade show in Long Beach, Calif., Kennington introduced a line of men’s pants.
ame-store sales were projected to increase 3.1 percent, according to an index maintained by Retail Metrics, a Boston-area market research company. Wall Street analysts and economists, such as Jack Kleinhenz of the National Retail Federation, believed that January’s sales performance was proof that 2015 was starting on a strong note.
Years ago, blue jeans made the unlikely leap from work pants to the realm of contemporary fashion. For Free Movement’s Andrew Suttner, it’s time for plain T-shirts to make the same leap.
Retailers do business in a world where every sale counts, but since Elyse Walker started her self-named boutique more than 15 years ago, she tried to take a different sales angle.
Retail | Technology
The executives of online shopping site Bungalow Clothing believe there is a new way of building an e-commerce business, and it means taking a page from one of the oldest playbooks in retail.
Manufacturing | Made in America
The apparel industry has been criticized for wasteful manufacturing practices and fouling the environment with dyes to color clothes. This year US Blanks, a basics manufacturer headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, believes that it can offer an alternative.
Retail sales will increase by 4.1 percent for the 2015 year, according to a forecast released on Feb. 12 by National Retail Federation, the Washington, D.C.–based retail trade group.
Fashion Row, a group that advocates for fashion designers of color, came west to make its Los Angeles debut on Feb. 6. The show was in town just in time for the Grammy Awards and the NAACP Image Awards, which took place the same weekend.
Fashion | Events
Showcasing Hollywood characters and their garb, the Costume Designers Guild curated 100 costumes from more than 20 Hollywood films, including five Academy Award nominees, for the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s 23rd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition.
Las Vegas is all about partying and making deals, right? Well, as MAGIC gets ready for its February run from Feb. 17-19 in Las Vegas, the sprawling trade show also introducing MAGIC University, a free, online educational resource on retail, social media, trend forecasting, consumer demographics and sustainability.
Louis Vuitton is taking a spotlight in Los Angeles. The heritage brand’s Series 2 exhibition took a bow at 1135 N. Highland Ave. in Los Angeles’ Hollywood section, and the highly anticipated Louis Vuitton emporium on Rodeo Drive made its debut this month. We just liked the guitar case on display at the Vuitton flagship.
Almost everyone in L.A. fashion in the past eight to nine years crossed paths with Alex Matthews. He served as the national retail director for denim line G-Star, he was a man about town, but in 2008, he wanted to do something different. In fact, it was a far leap from denim. He opened a Juice Served Here location at 833 S. Spring St., a half block away from the Fashion District.
This Man Goes Pop
Ricky Takizawa is starting up a new division called Popfactory, which he forecasts will serve as the back office and the business support for a creative community of artists who can upload their designs to the website.
After many years of womenswear getting its place on the runway, menswear is now getting its own chance to walk down the catwalk.
Here’s more proof of the growing importance of dollars from Chinese tourists, as well as Americans of Chinese heritage. Some of Southern California’s big malls are holding major events to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year.
For the past decade or so, Bohemian Society label concerned itself with dressing stylish outsiders, now the downtown Los Angeles label is jumping into a game that is often the domain of mature lifestyle collections; fragrance.
After more than a decade of doing pop-up shops and fashion events in backyards, Caroline Bray’s A List Sample Sale has found a permanent home.
Crowds of people took to downtown Los Angeles’ Broadway thoroughfare Jan. 31, all to watch acrobats, magic shows and short films at the up-and-coming thoroughfare’s ornate 1920s movie palaces during the Bringing Back Broadway street fair. For the boutiques on the formerly blighted street, it was a chance to show their stuff.
Here’s a manifesto from Tracy Anderson, star fitness trainer and Gwyneth Paltrow pal. “ Mall Rats + Gym Rats Unite!” It was on a T-shirt for Anderson's Mass Workout Classes at the Westfield Century City and Westfield Topanga on Jan. 28.
In December, Sears announced that it will close 235 locations around the country.
Nordstrom Rack, the off-price division of Nordstrom Inc., will be doubling its efforts in the area of Long Beach, Calif.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
It’s a new year, and for the notorious GGeisha, flipping the calendar means a new party. Welcome to the new monthly, Underbelly.
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.
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!
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.