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The Gents Closet

Retail

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

Delikt

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

Technology

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

Retail

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

Retail

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

Swim/Surf

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

Retail

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.

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Holy Costume Design Batman! 1st Looks at Superhero Suits in 2016 Batman v Superman

Look, behind the plastic case – the costumes for Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, scheduled to hit cinemas March 25, 2016. The costumes were previewed at Las Vegas Licensing Expo, which is scheduled to wrap up on June 11.

Quiksilver Scraps 2015 Outlook, Planning Comeback With Improved Supply Chain and Sales

Swim/Surf | Finance | Manufacturing

Quiksilver Inc. reported results for its second fiscal quarter of 2015 and rescinded its previously stated financial guidance for the fiscal year, the surf giant noted that it would not provide an outlook for the rest of fiscal year, according to a company statement, which was released on June 9.

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The Contessas of Cute: Hello Kitty’s At Forum June 12

The contessas of cuteness are returning to the L.A. area. It’s the Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival, which will be held at The Forum in the Inglewood, Calif. , which runs June 12-14. Check out pics the Hello Kitty costumes.

Quiksilver’s Only Female Board Director Exits in Protest

Manufacturing

Elizabeth G. Dolan, the sole female director on the board for surf giant Quiksilver Inc., resigned because she had been ignored and left out of important meetings, according to her note, which was reported by Quiksilver on June 3.

K-Swiss Acquires Supra & KR3W Denim Co.

Manufacturing

K-Swiss Global Brands—the sports-focused footwear, apparel and lifestyle company headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif.—is going street.

May Sales Mixed as L Brands Reports Good performance, Gap Merely Okay

Retail

A brief hint of summer weather helped lift May retail sales, but, overall, most apparel retailers reported lackluster results for the month.

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Jackie B Showroom

Showroom Profile

The Jackie B Showroom is on the move. In the past year, Jackie Bartolo, the showroom’s founder, hired two more salespeople to complete her current staff of six. She also added several more lines to her showroom’s client list.

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Reichman Associates

Showroom Profile

For Donald Reichman, the founder of Reichman Associates, the modern woman is aged 30 and up, she knows who she is, what she wants, and there is a big market to serve these women.

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New Boutique for Line Mixing Fitness & Safety

Graced by Grit

The Graced by Grit activewear line has been doing business in a crowded market, and on May 29 it opened its first branded boutique.

The Never-Ending Sales Season

Retail

Since the beginning of the year, retailers have offered generous promotions to attract more customers after a holiday retail season that underwhelmed Wall Street. The never-ending retail beat of sales and promotions has retailers and analysts asking if paying full price for clothing is a thing of the past.

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Men's Wearhouse Chief George Zimmer's New Gig: Tailor!

George Zimmer is back, and his new business card lists his occupation as tailor.

Hot Topic Outbid on Geeknet Deal

Hot Topic Inc. was jilted at the altar June 2, when Geeknet, Inc. an online retailer of licensed merchandise based in Fairfax, Va., announced that it would not go through with a deal, which was announced on May 26, with the Los Angeles area mall retailer.

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The True Cost’s Case against Fast Fashion

With the preface “It’s a story about greed and fear, power and poverty,” The True Cost, a documentary, made its case against the fast fashion industry. It produced a Los Angeles premiere May 28 at the Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills. Calif.

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Tanner Goods Spins The Big Wheel

There was a steady stream of people trying their luck at a Wheel of Fortune –style game at Tanner Goods boutique in downtown Los Angeles. The reason for all that wheel spinning? Sure, it was for prizes and discounts, but May 30 was the first anniversary for Tanner Goods store located at 860 S. Broadway. It was among the first high end boutiques to move into downtown Los Angeles recently.

PacSun Reports Decline For First Qtr of 2015

Retail

Pacific Sunwear of California, the casualwear retailer whose customers are teenagers and young adults, reported its first decline in quarterly sales in more than three years.

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Long Career Based on a Small Machine

Fernando’s

In a world where retailers are increasingly relying on complex technology, Fernando Adames believes that a simple, mid-20th-century machine is all that is needed to give a boutique an added edge.

Seafolly to Open in La Jolla

Retail | Swim-Surf

Australian swimwear brand Seafolly is increasing its bid for the U.S. market. It is scheduled to open its second American store on May 30. It will be located at Westfield UTC retail center in La Jolla, Calif.

Former Agenda Head to Run Karmaloop

Retail | Trade Show

Seth Haber, a former partner with Agenda trade show, headquartered in Los Angeles, is heading to the retail side of the streetwear business.

Hot Topic to Acquire Geeknet

Retail

On May 26, the Los Angeles–based retailer announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire Geeknet Inc., an online retailer and wholesaler of merchandise licensed from TV shows, movies and other media with science-fiction, superhero and fantasy themes. Geeknet is headquartered in Fairfax, Va.

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Onyx Creative Looks for New Brands Around The World

Retail

The site www.onyx-creative.com curates fashion, jewelry and homeware brands from around the world. Some brands are Nüera, a California swim brand; Handsome Me, an Australian men’s brand; and Pulse, a Romanian womenswear brand.

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Daniel Patrick ’s Denim

Going Beyond the Five-Pocket

After four years of not wearing jeans, Daniel Patrick Jarvis, the founder of downtown Los Angeles–based brand Daniel Patrick, found himself wanting to put on a pair of denim earlier this year.

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Luxe Hotel Suite That Punk Rock Built

Call it the suite that punk rock built. Vivienne Westwood, generally credited for outfitting the Sex Pistols with the safety pins and bondage looks in the mid-1970s, helped design a $25,000 a night suite at The London West Hollywood hotel, located in West Hollywood, Calif.

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Gypsy05 Sets Up Camp in Vegas

Following the inspiration of its name, the Gypsy05 brand is on the move. After opening branded boutiques off of Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles and in Malibu, the Los Angeles-area eco-label opened a store early this month in the home of the big jackpot, Las Vegas.

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Courage of Imagination Lives On

Henry T. Segerstrom, founder of South Coast Plaza, was remembered with an installation called Courage of Imagination at South Coast Plaza. The installation will run until May 31.

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Downtown LA Retail Holds Promise, But No Guarantees for Success

Retail

Almost every night, bars and restaurants are hopping in downtown Los Angeles, a once-blighted area that is going through an unparalleled boom, but boutique retailers don’t feel like they entirely share in the city’s new prosperity.

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Bigger Brands, Bigger Venue

Venue

Venue, a trade show that started as a platform for emerging streetwear brands, went on a growth spurt for its May 19–20 run.

Salon Allure to Expand and Rename Itself Hammock, Runway Shows Planned for Miami

Trade Show

After five years producing the boutique swim trade event Salon Allure, Rick Fatzinger, the event’s managing partner, announced that his team will double the size of the event and rename it Hammock.

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Historic Building to Be New WSS Flagship

Footwear Flagship

The new flagship for WSS was a real fixer-upper, but the end result is a historic showplace for the Los Angeles–headquartered footwear retailer.

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American Rag’s Chinese Fashion Diplomacy

Retail

This summer, American Rag Cie is scheduled to open its first shop in China, and it will be stocked with many of the brands currently sold in American Rag’s high-profile shops in Los Angeles and Newport Beach, Calif.

Salon Allure Trade Show to Expand and Rename Itself Hammock

After five years producing the boutique swim trade event Salon Allure, Rick Fatzinger, the event’s managing partner, announced that his team will double the size of the event and rename it Hammock.

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Planet Blue To Pop in East Hampton

A mention of the town of East Hampton brings to mind images of playgrounds of Wall Street titans and artist colonies. It’s also going to be the first East Coast address for Planet Blue; a boutique which outfits California’s beach women in contemporary and boho-chic clothes. Planet Blue announced that it will open a pop-up boutique, called PB Guest House, in East Hampton on May 21.