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Immediates and Final Fall Orders at LA Fashion Market

Trade Shows

Los Angeles Fashion Market was busier than expected for many showing at the California Market Center, The New Mart, the Cooper Design Space, the Gerry Building and the Lady Liberty Building, as well as exhibitors showing at Designers and Agents, Brand Assembly and Select.

Birkhold Leaves Bebe

Retail

Steve Birkhold resigned as chief executive officer from Bebe Stores Inc. after spending 18-months trying to turn the mall-based contemporary retailer around, according to a company statement released June 12.

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True & Co’s New Science of Bra Sizing

Technology

The quest to make a better bra is never ending, and San Francisco fashion tech company True & Co. believes that it has designed the big data way of making a bra with a spectacular fit.

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“More Urban…Fashion Forward” Phenomenal Threadz Opens in Inglewood

Retail

When Marena Downs bought a building in the 2600 block of West Manchester Boulevard in Inglewood, Calif., being a property owner had not been the first item on her list of things to do.

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Inside the New Shop

JET John Eshaya

The John Eshaya brand got a little bigger when he recently opened a boutique for JET John Eshaya at 8369 Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles, near the city’s Fairfax District, where the designer grew up.

Huf Skates Back To Fairfax

Update

Prominent Los Angeles–headquartered skate lifestyle brand Huf will revive its retail operations and open a flagship store at 451 N. Fairfax Blvd.

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Bloggers' Soiree at Seven Points

It was a bloggers night out at Seven Points boutique and Park Showroom in downtown Los Angeles on June 11.

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Project’s Party for Todd Snyder

A couple of months before its big show in Las Vegas, Project produced a dinner for star designer Todd Snyder at the Fiore Gardens in Pacific Palisades. The dinner’s cocktails were inspired by Todd’s journey as a designer who started work in Iowa, but made it in New York City, the menu was inspired by locally sourced California cuisine and the dinner conversation was of course, all about fashion.

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Gant's La Brea Look

Gant recently opened a La Brea store with architectural looks gleaned from wood from an old gym and tile which gives it a classically urban look.

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SSUR's New Shop: From Russia With Streetwear Love

The new SSUR Flagship was not dropped in the wrong place. The streetwear brand's shop is a five minute drive away from Fairfax the Rodeo Drive of streetwear shops, because that's the way that SSUR's Ruslan V. Karablin likes it.

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Streetwear Demand Growing

LA’s Fairfax Boulevard

Fairfax has been the Rodeo Drive of streetwear fashion for more than a year, and streetwear continues its takeover of the 400 block of North Fairfax, where the style’s dominant brands—such as Supreme, Diamond Supply Co. and Crooks & Castles—maintain flagships.

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Staking a Claim for Made-In-America Production in Inglewood, Calif.

Onna Ehrlich

When accessories designer Onna Ehrlich and her husband and business partner, Joel Bell, outgrew their studio space in nearby Culver City, the two looked south to Inglewood, where they recently opened a design studio and factory.

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Construction on City Market Project Announced

Retail

Construction for the first section of the sprawling City Market of Los Angeles project at the eastern edge of the Fashion District was announced on June 2.

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Showroom Profile: Cooper Design Space Research and Development Bloom Showroom

Showroom Profiles

After working in a space shared by several showrooms at the Lady Liberty Building in downtown Los Angeles, Candice Clark and Jennifer Dermer joined forces to open a new showroom at the Cooper Design Space.

Quiksilver Posts 9 Percent Drop in Net Revenue

Swim/Surf

Surf giant Quiksilver Inc. reported declines of 9 percent in net revenue for its second quarter for fiscal 2014, released on June 2.

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ADBD Meets Black Tie Emporium

Los Angeles-based ADBD is a creative brand development company that specializes in youth, but they’ve really gone to the kids. They hosted a party for Black Tie Emporium, a brand started by two 13-year-olds.

May Sales Strong

Sales Forecast

May sunshine stoked consumer demand, and retail sales increased 4.8 percent, beating estimates.

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3 Against Breast Cancer: Calavera X Kim Saigh X Keep A Breast

The motto for the party at Venice Beach gallery Nouvelle Vague was Boobies, Bikinis & Beer, but the reason for the party was quite serious. On June 3, swimwear brand Calavera debuted a capsule collection Calavera X Kim Saigh X Keep A Breast Foundation to raise funds for breast cancer research and education.

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Toms X Kitson Takes a Bow

Tomes X Kitson, a collaboration with some Los Angeles spirit.

Construction on City Market Project Announced

LA Fashion District

Construction for the first section of the sprawling City Market of Los Angeles project at the eastern edge of the Fashion District was announced on June 2.

Quiksilver Posts 9 Percent Drop in Net Revenue

Surf Report

Surf giant Quiksilver Inc. reported declines of 9 percent in net revenue for its second quarter for its fiscal 2014 year, which it released on June 2.

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Gypsy05's New Boutique

L.A.-based brand Gypsy05 opened its first store on May 31, and it was intended to be a getaway for the global bohemian.

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Kitson's Facelift

Barricades up. Kitson embarked on a renovation of the exterior of its Robertson Boulevard flagship. The facelift is scheduled to be complete in mid-June.

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Ron Robinson’s New Look

Rejoice Ron Robinson fans! The pioneering boutique in the Fred Segal compound on Los Angeles’ Melrose Avenue unveiled a major expansion in early May,

Blum to Helm Fred Segal

New CEO

Fred Segal is going global, and Paul Blum was named as the chief executive officer to guide the national and international growth of the Los Angeles–area retail landmark.

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Streetwise Made-to-Measure

Luxury Jones

With the recently opened Luxury Jones boutique/workshop, Niki Dimitras aspires to be the atelier that launched hundreds of made-to-measure streetwear looks.

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Denim Makers Look for Manufacturing Alternatives

No Potassium, No Pumice

Designers for Tortoise jeans are wrapping up the final touches for their Holiday/Resort '14 women's line in their of­fices in Paramount, Calif., about 17 miles southeast of down­town Los Angeles.

PacSun, Guess Results Show Mixed Market

Retail Sales

Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. and Guess? Inc. reported quarterly earnings on May 29, and the results reflected a mixed market.

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Here Comes Muji

Japanese Retailer Muji will be opening a Santa Monica shop on June 20, Muji Chief Masaaki Kanai dropped by Venice Arts gallery on May 28 to talk design and what is going on with Muji.

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Juan Carlos Obando's Big Collab

The styles of Los Angeles Designer Juan Carlos Obando are showing up all over the place. Here's a look at his capsule collection with J.Crew and CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.

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Global Bohemian

/Eis/

Growing up and studying in fashion college in Japan, Ayumi Shibata was intrigued by Americana and bohemian looks. Currently, as a fashion designer based in Los Angeles, Shibata questioned the meaning of ethnic and bohemian looks with her new line, /Eis/.

ICSC Announces New Trustees, Best of the Best Awards

Retail

The International Council of Shopping Centers wrapped up its annual ICSC RECON Las Vegas convention with announcements about new appointments to the international trade group’s board of trustees and which malls are the best designed.

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A Coffee Bar Grows in DTLA

Frothy coffee drinks, big band jazz from the 1940s, a meeting place for the Fashion District. These were all elements that fashion company LATS wanted to bring to its new neighborhood.. It debuted a new building with a place called The Classic Coffee Bar this week.

Simon Debuts in Brand Campaign

Retail

Simon, formerly Simon Property Group, announced at the ICSC RECON Las Vegas convention on May 19 that the company will introduce a new corporate identity and logo, which will be seen in Simon malls’ digital experiences and advertising campaigns as well as in signage at its malls.

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Westfield Announces Design for The Village

Retail

Retail-center developer Westfield announced this week the new park-like look of The Village, the outdoor extension of Westfield Topanga, a regional mall located 26 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

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Wellen Women Tries New Model In Product Launch

Manufacturing

Just after wrapping up its Free & Swell collaboration with global Japanese retailer Uniqlo, Los Angeles–headquartered label Wellen is getting ready to roll out its line for women aged 20 and up called Wellen Women.

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Sundry for J. Crew Takes a Bow

J. Crew teamed up with French-born Venice designer Matthieu Le Blan of Sundry Designs to make the Sundry for J. Crew collection. It took a bow this week.

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Cotton On’s McGahan in Santa Monica

Australian brand Cotton On runs 1,300 shops across the world and will open its first shop in Brazil this month. Closer to California, Cotton On’s Global General Manager, Felicity McGahan, was at the retailer’s Mega store at 1418 Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica this week to check out how the brand’s Summer '14 collection was doing at the beach city.

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With Wings, Michael Jackson Will Fly

Michael Jackson's style continues to inspire. L.A. Designer Oscar Olima created a gold vest for a dancer to wear during the the debut of Jackson's posthumously released song Slave to the Rhythm at the Billboard Award Show May 18.

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Moods of Norway Says Let’s Party Norwegian Style

There’s Fourth of July, Cinco de Mayo and if you are Norwegian, there’s Constitution Day. The Moods of Norway International brand celebrated Norway's national day at its Melrose Avenue flagship store on May 17.

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Bohemian Society's Avant Dress-Up

Yoko Ono infamously took it off in her mid-1960s performance piece Cut Piece. Los Angeles' Bohemian Society put it on with a performance inspired fashion event May 15.

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Flagship’s Spring Shindig

A brutal heatwave made it feel like a scorching summer, but it was spring for the Flagship Agency on the night of May 15. The showroom, based at the edge of Los Angeles’ Chinatown, threw a party for its Spring '14 collections.

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The Surf Shop In a Town With No Waves

Swim/Surf

Seventh Wave Surf Shop attempts the seemingly impossible. It’s a surf shop in a town with no waves. Its specialty is showcasing independent surf brands looking for space in a very crowded market.

The Row Opens 1st Store at Melrose Place

Retail

Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen were embraced by fashion tastemakers in 2012 when The Council of Fashion Designers of America named the twins as “Womenswear Designers of the Year.”

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Alice in Wonderland Meets Streetwear and Fabergé

Woodbury University Runway Show

For its 50th runway show, Woodbury University showcased the work of its fashion design and costume design students at the Burbank, Calif.–based design school’s May 8 runway gala at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles.

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Making Architecture at the Trade Show

Trade Show

For Giorgio Borruso, a structure does not have to be made of marble to make an architectural statement. A structure can be bold, elegant and have the shelf life of a few days or weeks—perfect for a trade show.

SoCal Mall Store Openings Include Uniqlo, Topshop, Tilly’s and Lululemon

Retail

Recently, it was announced that Japanese fast-fashion emporium Uniqlo will open five locations across Southern California later this year. However, they will not be the only high-marquee stores scheduled to open in Southern California in the next few months.

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Trade Show Booth Design; Making the Big Statement in a Small Space

Trade Show

To draw buyers’ attention at noisy, sprawling trade shows, exhibitors employ merchandising schemes from the baroque to elegant simplicity.

Retailers: FCC Ruling on Net Neutrality Will Create Turmoil for E-tail

E-commerce

The Federal Communications Commission approved proposed changes to net-neutrality rules on May 15, and e-commerce executives are seeing big roadblocks to their booming business.

Retailers: If FCC Changes Net Neutrality, There Will Be Turmoil

E-commerce

E-commerce executives see big road blocks to their booming business if the Federal Communications Commission changes rules on net neutrality Thursday.