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Andrew Asch

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Conlogue Win An Upset at Vans US Open of Surfing

There was a comeback and an upset at the 2018 Vans US Open of Surfing, which wrapped up Aug. 5 in Huntington Beach, Calif. The Swatch brand held court at the Open with a brand tent.

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AG Decamps To Le Box Blanc

The AG brand traveled to downtown Los Angeles’ South Park neighborhood recently for a denim and cocktails party at independent boutique Le Box Blanc.

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Tanner Goods Says Farewell to DTLA

A downtown Los Angeles boutique pioneer, Tanner Goods, closed its boutique recently.

Los Angeles City Council Considers a Ban on Fur Sales

Retail

Retailers are prohibited from selling fur in the California cities of West Hollywood, Berkeley and San Francisco. Los Angeles may be next.

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Both Buyers and Exhibitors Make the Most of a Quiet Los Angeles Fashion Market

LA Fashion Market

Summer is the time to be on vacation, and that seemed to be the case for buyers at the recent Los Angeles Fashion Market, where traffic was much sparser than at other shows.

Instagram and Social Media Make a Stronger Play for Fashion

Retail

Could Instagram become the shopping mall of the future?

Agenda Names Chief for its Las Vegas Show

Trade Shows

The Agenda trade show, held twice a year in Las Vegas, has gotten a new event director.

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Forget Candy Bars, Here's Uniqlo's Vending Machines

Some people struggle with buying a candy bar in a vending machine. How about buying a down jacket?

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Beverly Hills Shopping…After Hours

Shopping is a glorious activity for many. So how about doing it with a fireworks show in the backdrop?

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Global Intuition at Fred Segal

Yi Zhou is a citizen of the world. She recently unveiled a window devoted to her brand Global Intuition at Fred Segal in West Hollywood, Calif.

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Shopify To Open Physical Space at Row DTLA

Shopify works behind the scenes to produce e-commerce sites for more than 600,000 businesses. Later this year, Shopify will open its first physical space in downtown Los Angeles.

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Agolde Parties at Chateau Marmont

The printed word is still cool! A bit of proof, the Agolde denim label produced a party July 26 for its glossy magazine Eighty-Nine.

Work Scheduled To Begin on Former Fred Segal Site in Santa Monica

Retail

After a four-year wait, the former Fred Segal retail compound in Santa Monica, Calif., will see construction start in August to transform the former shopping hot spot into a seven-story residential building with commercial space.

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ThirdLove Opens New Center for a Competitive Edge

ThirdLove’s New Space

ThirdLove, the e-commerce lingerie label based in San Francisco, officially opened a 10,000-square-foot facility in Chico, Calif., about 90 minutes north of Sacramento, with the option to expand to 17,000 square feet.

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Happiness Is…Partying for Fashion

Neely Shearer designs fashion, runs boutiques….and produces nightclubs. She recently mixed fashion and clubbing with the Happiness Is... club night in downtown L.A.

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B.Yellowtail Mixes Fashion & Protest

B.Yellowtail released a capsule collection with artist Ernesto Yerena July 21 that mixes Native American and Chicano art - and protest.

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Sustainable Brand Kindom Takes A Bow

After spending a couple of decades working as a designer, Claire Powers wanted to make a statement against waste and pollution in the fashion industry.

Report Finds Online Apparel Sales Growing

Retail

Market researcher The NPD Group forecast that e-commerce will continue to make gains in the apparel market.

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Streetwear Brand Brotherhood to DTLA

Streetwear brand Brotherhood is scheduled to open a 570-square-foot space at 1325 Palmetto St. in downtown Los Angeles.

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Vuori to Manhattan Beach

Call Manhattan Beach a ghetto of professional athletes. It's also the location for Vuori brand's second boutique.

Influential L.A. Boutique Traffic Unveils Remodel

Retail

Los Angeles fashion retailer Traffic unveiled an extensive remodel of its men’s and women’s boutique at the Beverly Center mall near West Hollywood, Calif.

Finance Veteran to Join Revolve Board

Retail

Retail finance veteran Marc Stolzman was appointed to the board of directors of Revolve, immediately joining the board of the Los Angeles–area e-commerce emporium.

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Surfwear Wades Through Questions on Diversity

Expanding Surfwear Diversity

During the past decade, the surfwear business has been soul-searching after some high-profile bankruptcies, new fashion trends and a rapidly changing retail landscape that has challenged the category’s prominence.

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Wolven Threads: Eastern Art, Sustainable Focus

Artsy Eco Activewear

For Kiran Jade, training as a yoga teacher also served as her market research for a new line.

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LF Stores Moves Spaces on Robertson

LF Stores started its retail division in 2004 with a store at 106 S. Robertson Blvd. in Los Angeles. Fast forward 14 years, it moved up the street to 146 S. Robertson

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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.