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Andrew Asch

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Clade’s Women’s Looks Takes A Bow At Niki Schwan

Maya Reynolds’ Clade menswear line has been headquartered at her boutique, also called Clade, in downtown Los Angeles since 2011. Reynolds has been working on a women’s look for Clade. She traveled to West Hollywood to show it. On July 17, the collection took a bow at a party at the Niki Schwan boutique on West Hollywood’s Melrose Place.

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Neapolitan Fashion House Isaia To Beverly Hills

Venerable Neapolitan Men's Suiting Isaia will observe a formal opening of its first US flagship on July 23. It's located in Beverly Hills, Calif. Take a look at the new shop.

eBay Inc.: PayPal Spinoff Official, Sells eBay Enterprise


eBay Inc., the San Jose, Calif.–based commerce platform is scheduled to spin off its PayPal division on July 17, and the two will operate as separate companies.

LAFC’s Kelsi Smith Bows Out of LA Fashion Week


Just a few months before Los Angeles Fashion Week is scheduled to run in October, Kelsi Smith, one of the week’s prominent producers, announced that she should would not produce runway shows for Los Angeles Fashion Week again.

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Workwear Meets Streetwear

DC x Ben Davis

The raw denim used in the 80-year-old workwear brand Ben Davis will make way for a contemporary ease of movement, and the mix of tough and loose will be featured in the capsule collection DC x Ben Davis, said Michael Le, global head of product, DC Apparel at DC Shoes.

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M.Fredric to LAX Retail District

Sky + Mall

M.Fredric, the Los Angeles–area contemporary boutique chain, opens a store at the upcoming The Village at Westfield Topanga development this fall.

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Huf to Fairfax

About a year ago, we checked in with Keith Hufnagel about his plans for a Huf brand store on Los Angeles’ Fairfax Avenue. On the weekend of July 10, the store opened at 451 N. Fairfax Avenue.

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Oh Man! Clothing’s 1st Six Years

It’s been six years since Oh Man! Clothing started business. Label Chief Nam Ho celebrated with a bunch of his best friends at an art gallery in Costa Mesa, Calif. on July 11. Check it out.

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Bikinis and Surfing Should Be Perfect

Elle Mer Swim

Keri Ogden, a surfer and a graduate of the University of Hawaii’s law school, wanted to do something to bridge the gap between the bikini’s style and function.

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Sheikh Shoes Takes a Downtown Los Angeles Bow

Sheikh Shoes opened its Legacy Level store in downtown Los Angeles on July9. Sheikh President Matt Fine forecast that the store would sell more apparel than the others in Sheikh's 140 store fleet. Take a look.

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Black Flys Goes Way Back with Agenda Debut

When Black Flys made its Agenda trade show debut on July 7-8, it went way back for inspiration; think the black and yellow California license plates of the 1960s.

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Buyer Traffic Revs Up at Agenda

Show Business

Aisles and booths were buzzing with buyers at the Agenda trade show, which ran July 8–9 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.

June Sales Mixed

Retailers such as The Buckle Inc. and Steinmart Inc. reported what some analysts believed were surprise performances, and their respective same-store sales increased 2.4 percent and 1.9 percent.

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After Long Drought, Mall Construction Back In Coastal SoCal

Mall Rebound

The Outlets at San Clemente, a more than 325,000-square-foot project in San Clemente, Calif., is scheduled to open in October. It is the first major retail project to be built in more than a decade in San Clemente, a well-to-do hub of South Orange County.

CGS: More Features In BlueCherry PLM


Last month, CGS introduced new features for its BlueCherry PLM product lifecycle management software.

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After Agenda – RVCA Gets Artsy

Sure, RVCA is leading lifestyle brand, but its founder, PM Tenore, also intended RVCA to be a cultural force. After a two-year hiatus, the designer is going to flex a little arts muscle.

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Anil Arjandas To Sunset Plaza

The Anil Arjandas Jewels flagship boutique took a bow in West Hollywood's Sunset Plaza retail district last week. Take a look.

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.