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Andrew Asch

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Louis Vuitton Unveils Remodel of Store at South Coast Plaza

New Look at Louis Vuitton

After an extensive renovation, Louis Vuitton reopened its flagship store on July 11 at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif.

More Luxe Fashion Stores to Open at South Coast Plaza

Retail

South Coast Plaza, one of the longest-surviving malls in Southern California, keeps adding stores.

Avec Les Filles: Diving Into Swim

Swim/Surf

With fringe and lace, Joyce Azria plans to bring French flair to her new California swim line.

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Agenda Enters a New Era

New Era at Agenda

Agenda marked its first show without its founder, Aaron Levant, during its June 28–30 run at the Long Beach Convention Center.

We Are HAH: Looking for Sexy in Sustainable

Swim/Surf

After 13 years of helming lingerie and swim departments for brands such as Victoria’s Secret and Guess, Sharleen Ernster wanted to make her own design statement.

Ookioh: Fun & Sustainability

Swim/Surf

Vivek Agarwal joined a swimwear club he wishes weren’t so exclusive.

Polartec Introduces Upgrade to Its Insulation

Textiles

Polartec, the textile company known for its synthetic materials, recently introduced its new Polartec Power Fill.

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Pow! Wow! at Port Boutique

After the first day of the Agenda trade show, some denizens of the Agenda show decamped to Port boutique in the Retro Row section of Long Beach for Pow! Wow! Long Beach.

Bricks & Wood’s Mission for South Central Los Angeles

Manufacturing

In 2003, the Los Angeles City Council voted to officially change the name of South Central Los Angeles to South Los Angeles.

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Wolk Morais Tries On California Cool for Latest Collection

Cool Collection 7

California cool and art-deco design came to the forefront in the most recent Wolk Morais collection.

Circular Systems Hits Boot Camps to Learn Sustainability

Manufacturing

Isaac Nichelson is on a mission. He wants to make the fashion industry more sustainable and deal with a predicted decline in the supply of natural fibers for textiles.

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Fashion Week Producer LAFW Announces New Home At Petersen Museum

Along exhibitions on Porches and lowrider cars, the museum in Los Angeles’ mid city section has hosted some fashion events. Get ready for more.

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Apple To DTLA?

Long rumored to be opening a store in downtown Los Angeles, Apple finally might be opening an emporium in the historic Tower Theatre on the corner of Broadway and 8th Street.

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7 For All Mankind's New, Tech-Enabled Store

“The Century City store is the most innovative store we’ve created yet," said Jenna Habayeb, chief marketing officer of 7 for All Mankind

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INDX Takes A Bow at Fred Segal

INDX threw a party at Fred Segal in West Hollywood, Calif. June 21 to mark its launch. Seen at the party, Joe Zee and Donald Pliner

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Fred Segal To Malibu

Fred Segal is slated to open a 4,000-square-foot shop in Malibu early 2019.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules E-Tailers Must Collect Sales Taxes

Retail

Retail trade organizations cheered a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that would require online retailers to collect sales taxes in areas where they do not have offices, warehouses or bricks-and-mortar stores.

University of California, Irvine, to Offer Two-Week Fashion Course

Retail

Popular majors at University of California, Irvine, include biology and business, but to further its business range the school’s Division of Continuing Education recently announced it will offer a course in fashion design management.

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Clothing Company Sees New Business in Old T-shirts

T-shirts For Days

Kristy Caylor and Mary Saunders want to make fashion that not only looks good but will be good for the environment and society.

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Los Angeles Fashion Market Gets Buyers Ready for Holiday

LA Fashion Market

For buyers attending Los Angeles Fashion Market, the event was filled with surprises that energized the June 18–20 buying show for the Fall II/Holiday season.

Swim Collective Introduces a New Section

Trade Shows

The Swim Collective trade show has basically kept the same format for its six-year history, but for its upcoming event in Anaheim, Calif., it will try something new.

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The Patrick Brand Travels West For a Pop-Up

Patrick DiLascia traveled to Westfield Century City to produce a pop-up shop for his self-named Patrick brand.

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eSporting With FaZe Clan & Wanderset

The world's video gamers converged on downtown Los Angeles for the E3 convention. Competitive video gaming team FaZe Clan produced a Demonstration of their skills, then decamped to a party produced by digital commerce platform Wanderset.

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CBRE Named as Property Manager at The Bloc

CBRE Joins The Bloc

CBRE’s portfolio at The Bloc mixed-use retail and business center in downtown Los Angeles has expanded.

Digital Commerce Looks For Clearer View in Net-Neutrality Fight

Retail

Obama-era net-neutrality Internet rules have been officially repealed, leaving businesses and average Internet users wondering what will happen next when they go online.

High-end Stores Opening on Robertson Boulevard

Retail

Robertson Boulevard used to be one of Los Angeles’ high-flying retail corridors but started to suffer once the economy took a tumble in 2008. But a couple of high-end stores have recently signed leases for space on the street.

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Ties, Pocket Squares, Rally Against Cancer for Miracles For Kids

The David August label makes bespoke suits. It recently unveiled a collection of ties and pocket squares for Miracles for Kids.

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The Westside Boutique Moves To Los Angeles

For their act post Intermix, Sari Sloane Keledjian and Haro Keledjian opened The Westside

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IDB's Beverly Hills Soiree

Israel Discount Bank of New York is planning to expand its business in California. It stated its case with a party at the Beverly Hills Hilton.

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Evelyn & Bobbie Take Ideas on Bra Design to Abbot Kinney

Evelyn & Bobbie started business in 2013 when founder Bree McKeen filed patents for bras which she forecasted would change the way this lingerie is made.

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Huf Unveils Chloé Kovska Collab Line at South Central LA Party

Streetwear brand Huf threw the Last Resort Summer Kick Off Party in South Los Angeles June 8. It was time for hip hop and a new collab line from Chloé Kovska.

Agenda Founder Levant Unveils New Project

Retail

Ntwrk, a video-commerce channel, was recently announced as the next project for Aaron Levant, the entrepreneur who founded the Agenda trade show.

May Sales Beat Forecasts

Retail

May retail sales results beat forecasts, said Ken Perkins of Retail Metrics, a market-research firm.

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Wet Seal Plots Comeback For Social Media Age

Wet Seal’s Comeback

A comeback for Wet Seal is being assembled in a 1,800-square-foot industrial work loft in downtown Los Angeles.

Activewear Brand Hylete Acquires GracedByGrit

Manufacturing

For years, activewear brands Hylete and GracedByGrit were headquartered a couple of miles away from each other in Solana Beach, Calif., but now they are on the same team.

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Pride Month is Becoming A Bigger Deal In Fashion

June is Pride Month, and it seems like everybody wants to be a part of it.

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Reformation to Nordstrom

For nine years, Los Angeles-headquartered sustainable clothing brand Reformation has sold is denim and dresses from its direct-to-customer site and in its handful of physical boutiques. On June 4, it changed.

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Urban Air Market to Los Feliz

For those with a jones for sustainable clothing, Urban Air Market is coming to the Los Angeles area on June 3.

Volcom Names New Director for Global Men’s Design

Manufacturing

Volcom picked label veteran Jeffrey James “JJ” Gonzales as its new director to lead the company’s global men’s design department.

ShopTheFloor, OffPrice365 Up Their Games

Technology

About 30,000 retailers shop for fashion on the online trade show ShopTheFloor, which is owned by UBM, the parent company of MAGIC.

New Marketing Chief Hired for Agenda

Trade Shows

The Agenda trade show has a new vice president of marketing.

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Manny J Style & Laura Howe of Matrushka Unveil Collab Line

Los Angeles fashion people have gotten to know the indie looks of Manny J Style and Laura Howe of Matrushka. These two worked for Deconstructed Symmetry, a collaboration line.

New Marketing Chief Hired for Agenda

The Agenda trade show is expanding its staff.

Possible Merger Between PacSun and Eddie Bauer?

Retail

Rumors are swirling that private-equity firm Golden Gate Capital might be doing a little matchmaking for two of its brands that it owns.

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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