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Andrew Asch

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Beverly Center’s $500-Million Remodel Brings In More Fashion

Retail

The wrap-up of a $500-million remodel of the Beverly Center paved the way to usher in a new slate of high-profile boutiques inside the Los Angeles mall, which serves the fashion-savvy neighborhoods of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

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Lafayette 148 New York To South Coast Plaza

The New York–headquartered Layfayette 148 New York label recently opened its first West Coast boutique in South Coast Plaza.

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ComplexCon Becomes Launch Pad for Fashion Lines

ComplexCon is both a hip-hop concert and massive pop-up market for high-end sneakers and streetwear. When the third-annual ComplexCon ran Nov. 3-4 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif., it also served as a place to launch new fashion lines.

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Dolls Kill Does dELiA*s

Dolls Kill will release its dELiA*s line with a debut party at its Los Angeles flagship on Nov. 3. It's open to the public

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DC Shoes Founder Builds Up Latest Apparel Brand

DC Founder Goes Beastie

More than 20 years ago, Damon Way and Ken Block launched DC Shoes and built it into one of the skate category’s most influential brands. It was later acquired by Quiksilver, now called Boardriders, for $87 million.

Snapbac’s Performance Wear to Ice Down and Warm Up

Manufacturing

Icing down sore muscles is part of a typical pain-management regimen.

Bebe and Bluestar Acquire Gifts Retailer Brookstone

Retail

Bebe Stores Inc. announced it has partnered with Bluestar Alliance to acquire the brand name and related assets of beleaguered gifts-and-gadgets retailer Brookstone for an undisclosed price.

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Butter Cloth Wins on "Shark Tank"

Competing on business-reality show "Shark Tank" resulted in $250,000 in seed money for Los Angeles shirting brand Butter Cloth.

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Undefeated Showcases "For Freedoms"

There has been no escape from politics in the past couple of years. But prominent sneaker and fashion boutique Undefeated has placed an artful angle on the subject.

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CinéFashion Film Awards Rolls Out Red Carpet In Beverly Hills

Awards season is just beginning to flex its red carpet muscles.

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South Coast Plaza’s Segerstrom Honored in DTLA

Under a clear night sky, Elizabeth Segerstrom, co-managing partner of South Coast Plaza, was honored Oct. 23 for her contributions to classical music and performing arts.

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/The Lab/ by Please Do Not Enter's Debut for Dominique Lebrun

Vintage French movie posters are the primary canvases for Dominique Lebrun.

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Lekha Singh Shows Still-Life Portraits at The Apartment by The Line

One of the many charms of The Apartment by The Line is its casual ambiance. So when an Oct. 24 reception was held for the still life series of photographer Lekha Singh, it felt like walking into a party at a private residence.

NRF Finds Consumers Will Spend More During Holidays

Retail

The National Retail Federation released a forecast earlier this month that shows sales for the upcoming holiday season will increase from 4.3 percent to 4.8 percent over the year.

Forced Labor Targeted In New Agreement

Manufacturing

Apparel is one of the industries marked by forced labor in its supply chain. Some prominent members of the industry recently took steps to protect migrant workers from forced labor in their supply chains as part of an effort to implement ethical standards.

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Fashion Market Northern California Sold Out as Business Picks Up

FMNC's Holiday Hustle

During the Oct. 21–23 run of Fashion Market Northern California, exhibitor space was sold out at the San Mateo, Calif., event, while buyers ordered goods to prepare for the holiday shopping season.

Cashmere N Tee Bets on Multi-Brand Boutique

Retail

Walk through any mall or retail street—some of the most prominent shops are mono-brand stores that sell a wide variety of basics from a single fashion label. Lauren Goldstein and Samera Arkel are providing an alternative.

Fields Finds What’s Trending in Los Angeles- And What’s Not

Retail

Trend forecaster Barbara Fields of the Barbara Fields Buying Office builds her reports through researching what juniors styles are making cash registers ring in world fashion capitals such as London, Tokyo, Sydney and New York City.

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Citadel: the Tallest Xmas Tree

Some people haven’t worked on Halloween decorations. But Citadel Outlets is looking ahead.

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Room Service Takes A Bow At Beverly Center

Quintessentially is a members-only luxury-lifestyle management service, which provides concierge assistance to its well-heeled members. It recently introduced Room Service at Beverly Center

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Bally's Hip Hop Party for Street Collection Bally X Shok-1

“The lights are low. The thread count is high and the CEO is on the dance floor,” Swizz Beats, Grammy winner and co-designer of Bally X Shok-1 , told a crowd of partyers.

Blended Retail Will Be the Hallmark of Holiday 2018

Retail

It looks like shoppers and retailers have taken down the old boundary between bricks-and-mortar retail and e-commerce.

Action-Sports Vets Introduce New Denim Line

Manufacturing

Fashion gurus can quibble about whether the athleisure trend has run its course. But for two entrepreneurs from Orange County, Calif., athleisure packs a lot of momentum.

Cantiq LA: Lingerie for Everyone

Manufacturing

Lingerie is among the most beautiful garments anyone can wear, said Chelsea Hughes, founder of the Cantiq LA lingerie label.

Major Retail Construction Company Names Executive to Help Expand on West Coast

Retail

Shawmut Design and Construction has constructed retail flagships in top fashion areas including Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and in Manhattan.

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After a Hibernation, Fashion District Space Opens As a Boutique

The last time the sprawling space at 719 S. Spring was used as a fashion boutique was 2012

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Two New Stores to Downtown Los Angeles' Broadway

Theory and a Footaction store devoted to Jordan footwear and clothes are ready to take a bow on Broadway

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Bohemian Society's Return to Los Angeles' Runway

Downtown Los Angeles’ Bohemian Society has played the wild-at-heart outsider to California’s fashion industry for 15 years.

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Rs Visual Thing's Big Concept Show

At the recent LA Fashion Week show from her brand Rs Visual Thing, Radka Salcmannova produced an event featuring dancers, a magician and what every Hollywood producer wants; a big concept.

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Whimsy + Row Scouts L.A.’s Mar Vista District

Los Angeles’ Venice neighborhood has been increasingly known as a spot for independent boutique retail. Rachel Temko is scouting the neighboring Mar Vista section as a burgeoning retail enclave.

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Soho House, Shopify to Row DTLA

It was recently announced Soho House, a line of exclusive clubs, would lease 16,000-square-feet of office space at Row DTLA near downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District.

Vince Opens New Store at Palisades Village

Retail

Contemporary label Vince is opening a two-level shop at the recently unveiled Palisades Village retail center in Los Angeles’ exclusive Pacific Palisades neighborhood.

September Retail Sales Flummoxed by Calendar Shift

Retail

September sales were soft for many apparel retailers.

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Los Angeles Market Week Takes Off With Some Big Changes

Changes at L.A. Market

October ushers in one of the more important Los Angeles Market Weeks when showrooms in the downtown L.A. Fashion District are unveiling their Spring/Summer ’19 lines but still filling in orders for late Fall and Resort.

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LA Fashion Week: From L.A. to the World

After a gala debut on Oct. 6 at Petersen Automative Museum , LA Fashion Week produced a slate of runway shows spotlighting the work of fashion designers from Los Angeles and around the globe.

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Volcom Unveils New L.A. Flagship

Volcom has long been providing popular styles on the beaches, mountains and on concrete favored by skateboarders. The brand opened a new Los Angeles flagship to make a bigger splash in urban areas.

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Metropolitan Fashion Week Takes A Bow at L.A. City Hall

Metropolitan Fashion Week showcased fashions inspired by King Tut, as well as international designers on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall Oct. 6.

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Brownstone Gives A_New Warning

Los Angeles headquartered brand Brownstone has gained ink in hipster journals for its men’s looks as well as for the style of the brand’s founders. Brownstone recently introduced the collection A_New Warning.

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Pre-Fashion Week, Vicken Derderian Takes The Runway

A week or so before L.A. Fashion Week and Art Hearts Fashion produce their slates of runway shows, the Vicken Derderian label put together an independent fashion show near downtown Los Angeles.

Juniorswear Trends for Spring/Summer 2019 Involve a Few Repeats

Retail

Fashion styles are always changing, but veteran juniorswear trend forecaster Barbara Fields suggested that retailers hold on to a few select looks she believes are going to have staying power through Summer 2019.

The National Retail Federation Sees a Strong Holiday Season

Retail

U.S. sales for the holiday 2018 season are expected to be better than last year.

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Vendors at L.A. Majors Show Claim Good Biz Despite Lighter Traffic

LA Majors Market

Retailers placed orders and brands introduced new denim lines at the semiannual L.A. Majors Market in an ambience where vendors thought that buyer traffic was slower than in previous years.

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Alter to Silver Lake

After more than a decade of clothing Brooklyn, N.Y. in “basics with flair,” multi-brand boutique Alter is scheduled to open a 1,300-square-foot shop in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake section.

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This SOB Wants To Make Wardrobes Easy

Life is a complex matter. Trey Alligood of Shades of Black LA wants to make it a little more simple.

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Nordstrom Local Ready To Open Brentwood, DTLA Spaces

A year ago, Nordstrom Inc. introduced the Nordstrom Local concept. Currently, Nordstrom Local is being rolled out to two more Los Angeles area locations.

Road Twenty-Two, a T-shirt Line With a Message, Closes Its Doors

Manufacturing

Road Twenty-Two, a socially conscious San Francisco brand, announced that after four years it is shutting down its business.

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Never Mind Shoes, Vans Does Its 1st Apron

Better known for its sneakers and apparel, Vans teamed up with Hedley & Bennett to make...an apron!

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South Coast Plaza's Gala Autumn Harvest Festival

Millions of people are celebrating Autumn Harvest festival holidays across Asia. South Coast Plaza observed the festival Sept. 23 with food, dance, costume and dignitaries.

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Charlie Matthews: The Big Shoot for Guess? and How To Make It in Modeling

Guess? Model Charlie Matthews talks about moving from shooting photos for the label's e-commerce channel to a main event; the Fall '18 campaign.

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The Hundreds Does Looney Tunes

No screwy rabbits. No suffering succotash. The Hundreds does a collection around Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner.