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Andrew Asch

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Robin’s Jean’s New Store

There’s business in high end jeans.

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Mario De La Torre’s Style Fashion Week Surprise

Those expecting a repeat of Mario De La Torre’s New York Fashion Week show were in for a surprise.

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Siwy at Art Hearts Fashion

For its Spring/Summer 2017 season, the Siwy brand mixed London streetwear savvy and traditional American denim looks.

Fred Segal Sign Center of Lawsuit

Retail

In the fast-changing world of Los Angeles boutique retail, the red, white and blue logo of Fred Segal has been an icon for decades, but a recently filed lawsuit might decide whether the famous sign can stay or must go at the first Fred Segal store opened on Melrose Avenue.

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Rodd & Gunn to Fashion Island

New Zealand menswear label Rodd & Gunn recently opened its first U.S. shop.

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Willfredo Gerardo at Art Hearts Fashion

There was a double helping of Wilfredo Gerardo at the Art Hearts Fashion event on Oct. 10

Langly Supply: Indie Label Takes On Elements and Fashion

Manufacturing

Evan Lane hated carrying camera bags on his professional photography gigs in locales such as Nicaragua and Canada’s Vancouver Island.

Lido Marina Village Opens in Newport Beach

Retail

Lido Marina Village observed its soft opening recently by serving free artisanal ice cream while children played with toy boats on one of the decks of the Newport Beach, Calif., retail center.

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Row DTLA Takes A Risk in Gritty Area

Row DTLA

The area looks gritty, located in the industrial district of downtown Los Angeles, but in one year the 700 block of South Alameda Street will be the center of a unique, high-end restaurant and boutique retail district if things go according to the plans of developer Runyon Group.

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Hale Bob at Art Hearts Fashion

Hale Bob’s Cruise 2017 season was inspired by the romance of the Greek island Mykonos, said Daniel Bohbot, the label’s founder and owner.

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Nifty Genius Debuts at Ron Robinson

Los Angeles brand Nifty Genius celebrated its debut collection with a trunk show at the Ron Robinson lifestyle concept store in Santa Monica.

Upbra: Building a Better Push-Up

Fashion

Equipped with elastic and a tack stitch, Ron Redenius figures that he can manufacture the world’s best push-up bra.

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La Vie de Rebecca Taylor

Designer Rebecca Taylor came into town Oct. 6 for an exclusive engagement to celebrate the launch of LA VIE Rebecca Taylor, a denim and casual collection from the New York headquartered Taylor.

Retail Sales Mixed for September

Retail

Zumiez Inc. was one of the lucky retailers who beat pessimistic forecasts predicting that the retailer would see a decline in its same-store sales results.

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Ashton Michael’s LAFW Surprise

The generator gave up one-third of the way into Ashton Michael’s The Ritual Collection runway show the night of Oct 1. But the show had to go on.

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Bristol Los Angeles Pops

The Bristol Los Angeles brand has been making a splash. This Summer, it produced its first runway show at the Gen Art Fresh Faces gala in downtown Los Angeles. On Sept. 30, it produced its first pop-up shop at the Platform retail center in Culver City, Calif.

Forecast: Holiday Sales to Increase 3.6 Percent

Retail

The first forecasts for the upcoming 2016 holiday season have been released, and they predict that retailers will enjoy solid sales during the crucial season which can comprise more than 20 percent of a retailer’s annual business, according to the National Retail Federation, a Washington D.C. retail trade organization.

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PoshFest, an E-Retail Extravaganza, To CMC

PoshFest will touch down at the California Market Center on Oct. 1 and 2. PoshFest will feature seminars on selling on Poshmark, using data on build retail strategies and a keynote address from the brand’s founder Manish Chandra.

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Cops Bust Lingerie Thief

Los Angeles Police Department arrested Carlos Olivas Sept. 28, they charged him with burglarizing a string of lingerie boutiques in the San Fernando Valley.

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Parking Lots Full, At Once Orders at LA Majors Market

LA Majors Market

The Sept. 26–28 Spring ’17 edition of the LA Majors Market ran at the same time as the LA Textile show, and it brought in a crowd to the California Market Center.

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Camo, Bomber Jackets Spring ’17 Favorites, Fields Forecasts

Spring ’17 Favorites

Spring ’17 styles might have a feeling of déjà vu since perennially popular looks such as camouflage fabric and distressed jeans will be among the season’s prominent styles.

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Samsara Collections Takes Runway

Los Angeles indie fashion label Samsara Collections produced a fashion show Sept. 26 called No Body No Mind.

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Majors Market at California Market Center

Parking lots were full, and lobbies and showrooms seemed crowded as the Majors Market started at the California Market Center showroom building on Sept. 26.

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Style Barre Showroom Debuts

Style Barre Showroom celebrated its debut last week with a party at The Lash club in downtown Los Angeles.

Nordstrom Exec. Changes Bolster Online Biz

Retail

Nordstrom Inc. named Ken Worzel president of Nordstrom.com in an effort to strengthen Nordstrom’s online and m-commerce business.

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Retail Industry Focus: Southern California Retail’s New Streets

Retail’s New Streets

Even in a challenging retail market, opportunity knocks for Los Angeles’ shop owners. Entrepreneurs continue to open in the megalopolis’s established retail neighborhoods, but they’re also pioneering newer enclaves.

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Mykita To DTLA

High end eyewear designer Mykita opened in downtown Los Angeles on Sept. 20.

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Earl Sweatshirt at Space15 Twenty’s UO

Earl Sweatshirt performed at the Urban Outfitters at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood, and who do you think showed up?

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Mr. De La Torre Goes to N.Y.

Mario De La Torre has been showing his self-named line at Los Angeles Fashion Week since 2014. But Manhattan’s fashion crowd saw the 1970s accented Mario De La Torre line Sept. 9 at the Style Week runway shows New York’s Fashion Week.

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Zanerobe Goes Hip Hop

Australian-founded brand Zanerobe started its Los Angeles pop-up shop with a hip hop beat.

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Combatant Gentlemen Pops at Bloomies

Combatant Gentlemen

Internet suit shop Combatant Gentlemen is exploring all types of bricks-and-mortar.

Attendance Up At Surf Expo

Trade Shows

The surfing life has always been about the endless summer. However, the most recent run of the Surf Expo trade show, held Sept. 8–10 in Orlando, Fla., was the place to unveil Summer ’17 looks for action-sports and beach-lifestyle brands, such as Lira, headquartered in Anaheim, Calif.

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RVCA, Tokidoki Close Fairfax Area Shops

After 6-year-runs, RVCA and Tokidoki are closing their Fairfax Avenue shops in Los Angeles.

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Beverly Center Shows A Little Skirt

Beverly Center recently unveiled Girl Lifting Skirt 2 by Geoff McFetridge. It’s a 70-foot tall art piece of a woman lifting her skirts.

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Hippe BeachBum: Life of the Beach Party

Hippe BeachBum

Beaches and beach lifestyle are geared toward fun, said designer Norma Morrow, and someone needed to inject more of a sense of fun into the scene.

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Goodbye Skinny Jeans

Last month no less a fashion authority than GQ dropped the bomb on skinny jeans. They’re over, kaput, finito.

CALA Show Sees Upswing in Retailers in San Francisco

Trade Shows

For Kenny Gandalfo, the San Francisco Bay Area trade show CALA was busy. He saw 24 accounts in two days at the most recent Aug. 30–31 run of the event.

The Great Outdoors Sets Up Camp in LA’s Arts District

Retail

While contemporary and designer boutiques are finding new homes in downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District, retailer Gene Han is gambling that the bohemian enclave will embrace a new style of high-end camping.

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Back-To-School Might Go On…and On

Back-To-School

The back-to-school season is considered a crucial time for many retailers. For teen retailers, it can make up more than 41 percent of sales for the third quarter, according to Adrienne Yih Tennant, a Wall Street analyst.

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A.P.C. X O.V. Party

Ping Pong? Cornhole? A.P.C. has a party for you!

August Business Tough for Many

Retail

August is considered one of the crucial months for the Back-to-School season, and it was tough for many retailers.

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Courtney Allegra Opens on Melrose

Courtney Allegra

Courtney Allegra started showing her self-named line as a 15 year old showing her collection at LA Fashion Week events and later, in July, at Miami’s Funkshion runway shows.

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QVC: Living Large With First West Coast Distribution Center

QVC

Everything about QVC Inc.’s first West Coast distribution center in Ontario, Calif., seems big.

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Suit Up LA Galaxy

It may not be the best season for the LA Galaxy soccer team, but they are gonna look good!

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Nickleodeon's, Junk Food’s ‘90s Worship

‘90s looks are back in. Nickleodeon will unveil a T-shirt capsule collection bearing its logos and characters from its '90s hits at the Junk Food Clothing flagship on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Los Angeles’ Venice enclave on Aug. 30.

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Record For Rodeo Real Estate

The House of Bijan building, located at 420 N. Rodeo Dr. in Beverly Hills, Calif., was purchased for $122 million recently,

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RuPaul’s LASC Dragnet

LASC's store windows go RuPaul.

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Satine Posts Going Out of Biz Signs

When Satine opened 13-years ago on Los Angeles’ fashion thoroughfare West Third Street, it made an immediate splash. Unfortunately, looks like the run is over.

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Elyse Walker Opens Orange County Shop

Elyse Walker

Los Angeles retailer Elyse Walker has a new address.

Pooltradeshow: Show Floor Becomes Eclectic

Trade Shows

More than a decade ago, Pooltradeshow started as a venue for new brands to gain a toehold in fashion, and during its most recent run at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center Aug. 15–17 in Las Vegas it remained as a place for brands making their first run as well as those with eclectic style ideas.