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Andrew Asch

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Retailers Dabble in Selling With Bitcoin


Since August, designer Maya Reynolds, whose brands include Clade and Uncommon Thrds, has ventured into the cryptocurrency world by doing a handful of sales in bitcoin.

What’s Checking: An Independent Boutique District Grows at Row DTLA


After six years of running a boutique in an established retail neighborhood in Los Angeles’ Echo Park area, Whitney Bickers rolled the dice and moved her shop, Myrtle, to a new neighborhood that has yet to register on many fashion-savvy people’s radars.

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Uprisal: Introduction to Patagonia’s Activism

Environmentally Fit

Patagonia has made headlines with its unique mission of being an activist company.

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Project’s Gallery Show Before Vegas

A week before the production of its Las Vegas trade show, Project made a presentation at New York Fashion Week.

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Six:02 Takes A Bow At Hollywood & Highland

Sneakerhead styles for men have been a giant fashion news story for more than 10-years. But women’s sneaker fashion market remains underserved said Karla Welch at the Feb. 6 opening of Six:02. It's a store devoted to women's fashions and sneakers at Hollywood & Highland retail center.

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Wahoo’s Fish Taco Celebrates 30th in Surf Industry Style

If you follow the surf biz, you know Wahoo’s Fish Taco. Get ready for its 30th anniversary party.

Oeko-Tex, a Certification Group, Updates Its Programs


Since the 1990s, the Oeko-Tex Association has set standards for consumer protection and sustainability in textiles.

Polartec Introduces Less Bulky, Insulation Fabric


Polartec was introduced on the fabric scene more than 30 years ago as an alternative to wool. It offers wool’s warmth but is not as heavy and is machine washable.

Grosso Moda Invests Deeper into Gerber Technology’s Software


The Netherlands’ Grosso Moda works with a network of apparel factories based around the globe.

Guess Inc.’s Paul Marciano Accused of Sexual Harassment


Weeks after fashion and celebrity photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber were accused of sexual harassment, another fashion figure, Paul Marciano, was accused of similar misconduct.

Search Called Off for Boardriders CEO Missing at Sea


Rescue operations in the south of France were called off in the search for Pierre Agnes, the 54-year-old chief executive of Boardriders Inc., the parent company of Quiksilver, Roxy and DC Shoes in Huntington Beach, Calif.

A Wave of High-End Streetwear Shops Skates into DTLA


Downtown Los Angeles has experienced an unprecedented revival over the past five years with big swatches of the district being transformed from blighted streets to neighborhoods buzzing with new restaurants, boutique hotels and now an onslaught of high-end streetwear stores.

Nayali Seeks Activewear Alternative


It’s a boom time for women’s activewear, but while more designers are getting into the activewear game, a major group of women have been ignored, said Shilpa Rajpara, designer of the Nayali brand.

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After Focusing on Cottage Biz, Haley Solar Branches Out With New Label

Sustainable Fashion

Los Angeles designer Haley Solar has been behind a sewing machine since she was 7 years old, a skill she continues to use today for the clothes she makes for her Junim Los Angeles boutique, located in Los Angeles’ Eagle Rock neighborhood.

Pierre Agnes, CEO of Boardriders, Missing at Sea

Authorities send search helicopters and boats to find missing CEO off the coast of France.

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Mario De La Torre Debuts Mad for Me

Mario De La Torre and Evette Smith of the fashion line Mario De La Torre, have produced colorful runway shows on the open air stages of Style Fashion Week in West Hollywood, Calif. But recently, they put together a production meant to be experienced as an interior.

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Valerj Pobega Unveils L.A. Spleen

David Bowie has been a longtime muse for Valerj Pobega’s self-named art inspired line. But for her L.A. Spleen collection, she went farther back than Bowie’s Thin White Duke or Ziggy Stardust periods. She went positively Victorian.

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True Religion's Void Tactics

During the zenith of True Religion’s popularity, you were a nobody if you did not have a True Religion logo somewhere on your body. Now True Religion is celebrating nobodies.

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Gap’s Logo Remix

Back when buying music at brick-and-mortar record stores was a big thing, I diverted untold sums of money into a remix of this tune or that song. Well, it’s a new world and Gap is remixing fashion.

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Alchemē Mixes In Fashion

From San Diego's Little Italy, Alchemē offers wellness...and fashion.

National Stores Discloses Data Breach


National Stores Inc., the parent company of more than 300 value stores, disclosed Jan. 22 that its computers had been the subject of a malware attack.

Improvisation Leads to Polymer


Eric Basangan was short of room in his house in Long Beach, Calif., when relatives showed up to attend his daughter’s high-school graduation last year.

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ISS: Serving Boutique Biz at Crowded Show

Printing Ideas

Designers Freddie Rojas and Tina Rani walked the recent Imprinted Sportswear Show at the Long Beach Convention Center to research machines that could tailor their printing services to boutique lines.

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Anrealage's Fabric Puts on a Show

There are performance fabrics, but what about fabric that puts on a performance?

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Skateboarding Is Not A Fashion!

Talk about mixed messages. Vans celebrated the release of the Versa Hoodie DX on Jan. 18. It also celebrated the new book Skateboarding is not a Fashion by SkateboardMuseum Berlin.

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Wolk Morais Unveils Collection 6

Towering above the streets of Hollywood, the independent Wolk Morais label produced a runway show for its Collection 6 on the rooftop of the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel on Jan. 17.

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NoMad Hotel to Open in Downtown L.A.

Downtown Los Angeles continues to a collection of giant construction projects. But on Jan. 21, one of those big productions will be unveiled. Boutique hotel NoMad will open in the ornate Bank of Italy building at 649 S. Olive St.

Stance to Open Shop in Remodeled Irvine Spectrum


The Irvine Company recently announced a $200-million remodel of the Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine, Calif.

Steady Traffic at Typically Small January Market

Trade Shows

The January LA Fashion Market ran Jan. 15–17 and is typically one of the smaller of the five LA Fashion Markets, which take place in downtown Los Angeles.

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Banner Day: A T-Shirt Alternative

Alternative Tees

Plenty of first dates never turn into second dates, but Kate Ciepluch’s first date with Grahm Sisson in July 2014 was the start of much more than dinner and a movie.

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Swim Collective and Active Collective Unveil New Home

New Swim/Active Location

After eight years of exhibiting in Huntington Beach, Calif., across the street from the Pacific Ocean, Swim Collective and its sibling show, the 4-year-old Active Collective, moved their digs to the Anaheim Convention Center, not far from Disneyland.

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Ashton Michael Closes off Street for Mercy Collection

The Ashton Michael does runway shows guerrilla style; just add flower petals and motorcycles

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Tech Company’s Show & Sell E-com

HelpJess recently unveiled its Show & Sell e-commerce. HelpJess' Simon La Barrie says the app will help people shop across the globe with the app's real time video chat.

What’s Next for Boardriders?


With the announcement of Boardriders Inc.’s purchase of Billabong International, the surf business’s two biggest rivals are now on the same team, which means people in the surf industry are asking whether the deal is going to be a wave that lifts all boats or if it is going to be a wipeout.

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Rener Gracie Makes Hoodie/Backpack

You may have trained in jiu jitsu and picked up a few bruises at Gracie Jiu Jitsu University. But Rener Gracie of Gracie U is flexing his design creativity with Hoodie Hero.

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Wildfang X Obey

It's a New Year and Obey introduced collaboration line Wildfang X Obey.

Boardriders Acquires Billabong

Two big surfwear companies will be riding the waves together.

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Candice Cuoco Talks Project Runway All Stars

After placing fourth in season 14 of Project Runway in 2011, Candice Cuoco went for another round of the designer reality show. She appears in Project Runway All Stars. She talks about what she did different for the All Stars run.

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Disruption by Brandblack x Commonwealth Touches Down

Jan. 3 was the night that Disruption by Brandblack x Commonwealth touched down at Commonwealth's boutique in Los Angeles' Arts District.

Holiday Retail Sales End on a High Note


Good news about December’s business rolled in as retailers reported sales for the last month of 2017 as well as earnings from their holiday sales, which also included November.

First-Time Designer Makes a Splash with Paradise Ranch Designs


Kristyn Goddard, the designer and owner of Paradise Ranch Designs, dreamed of buying swimwear that could be as alluring as a Hollywood starlet’s portrait from the 1940s and 1950s yet not reveal too much of a woman’s body.

B.Swim Charts a New Course


When Sunsets Inc. wanted to take its B.Swim brand in a different direction, it hired Stephanie Graves to set the course for the label.

Lost Finds Territory for New Stores


Lost, a surf brand that’s about 25 years old, initially defined itself as a company that makes world-class surfboards bearing the logo …Lost. But over the last few decades, the brand has evolved beyond surfboards to surfwear with plans for retail expansion.

Agenda Founder Leaving Trade Show

Trade Shows

Agenda founder Aaron Levant is leaving the trade show to work on other projects.

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Jazz Is Not Dead, Says Indie T-shirt Line

Jazz Is Not Dead. It shouldn't even be thought of as the soundtrack for music snobs, said Nick Hill.

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DTLA Pioneer Sixhundred LA Changes It Up

After almost eight years of pioneering retail in downtown Los Angeles, the Sixhundred LA boutique is changing directions.

Outdoor Voices Opens Shops in San Francisco and LA


Austin, TX.–headquartered Outdoor Voices has been in a California mood lately.

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Holiday Rings in Good Sales

Shopping Spree

Shoppers this season did their research before hitting the malls and retail streets such as Rodeo Drive, in Beverly Hills. The result was that holiday sales were the best since 2011.

Acne Studios to Melrose


Swedish label Acne Studios made headlines in 2013 for placing a risky bet on downtown Los Angeles when it opened a 5,000-square-foot emporium on the corner of Ninth Street and Broadway in the Fashion District.

French Label Ba & Sh Coming to Beverly Hills


Last fall, Paris-headquartered womenswear brand Ba & Sh opened a handful of boutiques on the East Coast. Now it is getting ready to unveil a new store in Beverly Hills, Calif.