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Andrew Asch

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Los Angeles’ Metro/Mall Bridge Opens

There’s a new connection between public transportation and shopping.

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Tommy Hilfiger’s Carnivalesque Tommyland Show

Tommy Hilfiger

Veteran designer Tommy Hilfiger showed his Tommy Hilfiger Women’s Spring ’17 line and the Tommy X Gigi capsule at Tommyland, a carnival-esque installation that took over Windward Plaza Park.

Business as Usual is Good at CALA

Trade Shows

The last time the contemporary trade show produced its San Francisco event, Nov. 8–9, it opened on the day of the hotly contested presidential election. News of Donald Trump’s win dominated the trade show, said Lauren Butler, a sales representative for the Focus Showroom.

Retail Sales Forecast To Increase in 2017, NRF Says


Business will be good in 2017, according to a forecast released Feb. 8 by National Retail Federation, the Washington D.C. trade group.

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ROW DTLA's Spring Collective Blossoms

ROW DTLA, Los Angeles' newish retail enclave, recently debuted a set of new shops and creative spaces called The Spring Collective.

Gap Reports Gains


Gap Inc. reported gains after posting sales results for its fourth quarter for its 2016 fiscal year and in January.

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South Coast Plaza Kicks off 50th Anniversary with a Gala

South Coast Plaza kicked off its 50th anniversary set of celebrations with a gala dinner in Malibu.

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Hauste & Harte’s Trek for California Sophistication

Hauste & Harte

Nathan Rostro spent a lifetime at the beach and once worked for surfwear brand O’Neill, but he wants to tell the world that stereotypes of California fashion should be tossed in a dustbin.

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New Era Unveils One-of-A-Kind L.A. Flagship

LA Live and Staples Center are places to grab a bite to eat, see a game, a concert, a movie, and maybe check out some music history at the Grammy Museum. Not so much a place to shop. But the story changed on Jan. 26. New Era unveiled its one-of-a kind New Era D- Lab shop in downtown Los Angeles.

Wet Seal, Sears Announce Job Cuts


Irvine, Calif.–based retail chain The Wet Seal LLC notified the State of California’s Employment Development Department Jan. 23 that it is planning to cut 148 jobs.

Owen Exits Banana Republic


After a two-year run as president of Gap Inc.’s long-suffering Banana Republic division, Andi Owen will leave the company, according to a Jan. 24 announcement.

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Mika Jaymes: Brand Wants New Look For Tees

Mika Jaymes

Roddy Javahery hopes to right a wrong against men’s fashion—starting with T-shirts.

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Despite So Cal Floods and Rain, ISS Show Grows


In defiance of the harsh weather, crowds still found their way to the Imprinted Sportswear Show at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif., Jan. 20–22.

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AG to Fashion Island, Sweaty Betty to Lido Marina

AG is scheduled to open at Fashion Island. Sweaty Betty is scheduled to open at Lido Marina Village.

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Alpine Dam Starts With Marin

The recently launched Alpine Dam label makes caps inspired by the brand’s home of Marin County in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Diesel Bids its Melrose Flagship Adieu

After a run of almost 10 years, the Diesel brand shuttered its Melrose Place flagship.

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Naven Steps Out at Svedka Broken Resolutions Bash

Don’t know if the Naven designers, Kym and Alexis McClay, have any New Year’s Resolutions. But they made an appearance at Svedka Vodka’s second annual Broken Resolutions Bash Jan. 17

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Mixed Reaction to LA’s Quiet Market

LA Fashion Market

The parking was easy, the lunch lines were short and the halls were fairly quiet at the recent run of Los Angeles Fashion Market, which kicked off for some showrooms on Sunday, Jan. 15, with the rest opening the following day on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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The Grove's Caruso Becomes a Knight

You know Rick J. Caruso as the developer of The Grove. But to Pope Francis, he's Knight Commander Rick J. Caruso.

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New Era Closes L.A. Flagship

A five year run for the New Era flagship on Los Angeles’ Melrose Avenue seems to be over.

NRF Reports Holiday Sales Up a Strong Four Percent


The National Retail Federation says retail sales beat its own holiday prediction.

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Herschel Supply Co. Acquires LA Showroom, Starts Fashion Line


Vancouver, Canada-based accessories brand Herschel Supply Co. is taking a bigger bet on Los Angeles--just as it launches its first apparel collection.

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Beverly Center's Year of the Rooster

The 2016 Winter Holiday Season is a memory now. Time for another holiday! Chinese New Year is about to start.

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Agenda Busy, Vendors Say


Tina Rani helped launch basics line GCK in August, and, because the brand was new, she did not expect much from its first trade-show outing at Agenda, which ran Jan. 5–6 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif

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Hail Mary Boutique Shutters

Independent boutique Hail Mary recently announced that it would shutter its doors in Santa Monica, Calif. This, after a two year run of serving as a multi-line, contemporary shop.

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The Hundreds' New Logo

Move over Adam Bomb. There’s a new logo at prominent Los Angeles streetwear brand The Hundreds.

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Broken Homme Buys Factory

Broken Homme is one of a handful of footwear labels made in Los Angeles County, and the label’s local roots have grown deeper.

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Volcom’s Net-Worth Project: Action-Sports Label is Looking to Save the Oceans One Bikini at a Time


Action-sports label Volcom is looking to save the oceans one bikini at a time.

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Surf Is Dead Looks for New Fashion Wave

Surf Is Dead

Chris Josol was surfing with some friends in 2015 when the conversation turned to the state of surfwear, which had seemed—to Josol and his friends—to have lost its rebellious, experimental spirit.

Macy’s Outlines Store Closure, Layoff Plans Following Holiday Sales Decline


When Macy’s Inc. released its holiday results on Jan. 4, the retail giant included news of a massive round of layoffs and outlined its plans to close stores in the coming months.

Forecasts Say Holiday Business Ranged from Solid to Good


Holiday 2016 shopping has wrapped up, and business forecasts are rolling in for the crucial shopping season, which comprises 20 percent of total retail industry sales, according to the Washington, D.C.–headquartered National Retail Federation.

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Debbie Harry's & Obey’s Collab Line

Blondie’s major hit, Heart of Glass was released on Jan. 3, 1979. Time for an anniversary tour, right? Or a cable channel documentary? Maybe. But a fashion line is definitely in the works.

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The Bloc & Metro’s Big Connection To Debut

There’s a lot of construction around the 7th St/Metro Center light rail station in downtown Los Angeles. One reason for all of the work? A pedestrian bridge between the busy station and The Bloc retail center is in the final stages of construction. The bridge is scheduled to be open sometime in January.

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Capsule Gets Political

Pundits clamor over the question on how Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election will affect business and culture. Capsule trade show is forming an answer to that question.

Lights Out, Athletic Brand Aims for Lifestyle


Shawne Merriman earned the nickname “Lights Out” after knocking out several opposing players during a football game his sophomore year in high school.

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Mall Traffic Seen As Slower During Holiday

Scenes From A Mall

The retail world tried to shine merry and bright for the holiday season but saw major competition from e-commerce sites.

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Jack’s Unveils Big Remodel

Jack's Big Remodel

Jack’s Surfboards, one of California’s most influential surf shops, is wrapping up its first major remodel in eight years.

Gap Walks Down the Aisle Into the Wedding Business


Gap Inc. tied the knot with Weddington Way. The San Francisco retail giant announced it acquired Weddington Way, an online wedding boutique also based in San Francisco, for an undisclosed price.

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New Vans Headquarters

Just off the 405 Freeway in Costa Mesa, Calif., there’s a black building decorated with checkerboard graphics. It’s the new headquarters for the Vans.

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Hollywood & Highland’s Search for Next Great Pop-Up; It’s Kyle Chan

2016 was pretty good for Kyle Chan Design. After actress Emma Stone wore the brand’s jewelry in hit movie La La Land, it won a prize for some choice retail real estate at the Hollywood & Highland retail center.

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Irvine Spectrum's “Dancing” Xmas Tree

A Christmas tree is typically nothing but a Christmas tree, but Irvine Spectrum Center tried something different in 2016.

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Richer Poorer Pops on Fairfax

The Richer Poorer brand opened its first U.S. pop-up shop on Los Angeles' Fairfax Avenue.

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GGeisha Is Back

After a year-long hiatus, GGeisha produced one of her Dripped Fashion Soiree parties for independent fashion.

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Fred Segal to Open New West Hollywood Compound

Fred Segal

A new Fred Segal is coming to the Los Angeles area.

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The Hundreds: Break Out The Aprons

Nothing says domesticity like streetwear brand The Hundreds!

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Caruso’s Name Change

If the company name Caruso Affiliated sounded like a mouthful, the developer of The Grove and Americana at Brand retail centers introduced a new brand name. It's the one word moniker Caruso.

2016 Retrospective: 2016 Rough Ride for Buckle, Rally for Zumiez


On Dec. 13, The Buckle Inc. announced a deal with Affliction, the Seal Beach, Calif.–based brand, to be the exclusive retailer for the brand’s collection inspired by the “Fast and Furious” film franchise. The announcement might be a good way to end 2016. It’s been a rough ride for the Kearney, Neb.–headquartered retailer.

2016 Retrospective: Off-Pricers Ross, TJX Sales Surge


For the past seven years, sales for off-price retail have been surging. These retailers typically offer goods at 20 percent to 60 percent off the retail price, and 2016 was another banner year for two of the biggest retailers in the market: Ross Stores Inc. and The TJX Companies.

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Haute Holiday: The New Hollywood at Fashion Speaks

Haute Holiday

For designer Adolfo Sanchez, it was time to show how streetwear could meet eveningwear.

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Canadian Retailer Aritzia Opens in Los Angeles


Canadian retailer Aritzia is giving Los Angeles a preview of its contemporary looks.