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Andrew Asch

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Orders, Out-of-Town Buyers and Mixed Traffic Reports

L.A. Market

Traffic appeared lighter than usual for March at the recent run of Los Angeles Fashion Week, but exhibitors said traffic was steady and reported landing orders from local and out-of town retailers.

Moda 360 to Take a Bow at New Mart

Trade Show

Moda 360, a trade show for independent designers, will make its debut at The New Mart showroom building in downtown Los Angeles April 24–25, said Debora Pokallus, the founder and chief executive officer of the show.

Simon Makes 'Best and Final' Offer for Macerich

Retail

The board of directors for the Macerich Co. unanimously rejected an unsolicited bid from mall giant Simon Property Group Inc. on March 17. Simon made its "best and final" offer for Macerich on March 20.

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Dripped’s Underground LA Fashion Week

The Dripped Fashion Soiree produced the biggest gala of its multi-year run on March 18. More than 500 people checked out runway shows from four emerging designers at Dripped, which showcases new designers with an underground edge.

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Va Va Voom Glam Factory's Big, New Showroom & High End Dress Line

Va Va Voom Glam Factory introduced a sprawling 10,000 square foot showroom in Los Angeles' Warehouse District on March 18, and showed its new Summer/Holiday '15 high end dress line.

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Austere's Fashion Week Design Party

The LA Fashion Market, which wraps up March 19, is a good excuse to throw a party. Austere, located at 912 S. Hill St. just a couple of blocks away from the showroom buildings where the Fashion Market is going on, held a reception March 17 for collections from emerging designers. With treats such as wine and chocolate being served, revelers got to see new looks by brands by Cuero & Mør, Echo + Air, Jill Aiko Yee and Stella Proseyn.

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Michelle Blade For RVCA Takes a Bow

After five years of doing art for RVCA, Michelle Blade collaborated with the brand to do a capsule collection. It is called Michelle Blade for RVCA Spring/Summer 15, and it is based on her watercolors.

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LASC & the Radical Element

LASC has long served the city of West Hollywood as a place for men’s fashion and a place to party. It produces major events such as the boutique’s famous Halloween and Gay Pride parties. But this good retail citizen has embraced a Radical Element. New men's brand, Radical Element took a bow at LASC on March 14.

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Cooper Flies Old Glory…and Peace Flag

Look toward the top of Cooper Design Space in Los Angeles’ Fashion District. There’s the U.S. Flag proudly flying the red, white and blue…and a purple flag with a greyish, blue peace sign flying under it. The peace flag has been flying above the Cooper showroom building since beginning of the year, said Steve Hirsh, the general manager of the building

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Cross Colours Star of Hip Hop LAFW Party

With the motto ‘Clothing without prejudice,’ the Cross Colours brand started business in 1989 as hip hop started to be taken seriously as a cultural force. The brand which was recently re-introduced to the fashion market, was honored March 12 by some of the many people it influenced at a Los Angeles Fashion Week event in downtown Los Angeles. We heard some hip hop, saw some Cross Colours clothes and witnessed a lot of fashion imagination. Take a look.

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Beach Riot Bows First Contemporary Line

Fashion

The Beach Riot label makes garments for the endless summer, and Nicole Hanriot, owner and designer of the label, believes that women should be able to wear swimwear everywhere.

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Maui & Sons Opens Flagship

Retail

The Maui & Sons brand is taking on more surf in Los Angeles’ Venice neighborhood.

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Starting a Nationwide Rollout

Planet Blue

Planet Blue, the multi-brand boutique retailer steeped in West Coast beach culture and boho styles, will be taking its act nationwide.

Mall Giant Simon Makes Bid for Macerich

Manufacturing

Simon Property Group Inc. continued its campaign to acquire The Macerich Co.

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Jen Awad Goes Disco

When Jen Awad started showing her self-named line at different LA Fashion Week events since 2009, the designer was making clothes with a punk and ‘70s glam vibe. It was exactly what a woman who also gigs with rock bands should be designing. But she changed sides. Jen went disco. We found out the reasons why at her ConceptLA fashion show on March 7.

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Elaine Marie's Debut

For Elaine Allen, L.A. Fashion Week was a place to make a debut. She showed her Elaine Marie line at the ConceptLA fashion event on March 7.

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Spoiled Takes a Bow on Melrose

L.A. has been agog over high end vintage and pre-loved clothes for years. CeCe Hendriks made a career with selling reclaimed, high end clothes for the juniors, ranging from infants to 14-years-old. On March 11, she held a party for the new shop, located at 8178 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles. Take a look.

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Future's So Bright, Ya Gotta Wear ASIF

Sneaker brand ASIF claims to be from the future. But it touched down in Los Angeles's Venice district on March 6 to produce a pop-up shop.

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Odd Molly Pops On Abbot Kinney

We remember Odd Molly’s flagship store on Los Angeles’ Robertson Boulevard from a few years ago. But on March 10, this brand with roots in Stockholm and Hermosa Beach, Calif., will open a pop-up shop at 1306 Abbot Kinney Blvd. It's a return engagement. Odd Molly produced a pop-up shop in Abbot Kinney in Summer 2014.

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Pop Parties With Ilse Valfré

The Pop fashion boutique in Little Tokyo celebrated its first anniversary with Ilse Valfré, an artist and fashion designer.

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Forever 21 to Desert Hills Premium Outlets

Desert Hills Premium Outlets is the address to outlet stores for Prada, Alexander McQueen, Barneys New York, and on March 7, it will welcome a 7,000 square foot Forever 21.

Stance Raises $50 million in VC Funding

Manufacturing

Stance, a San Clemente, Calif.­–based company that helped build a market for fashion socks at streetwear and surf and skate retailers, raised $50 million in venture capital funding, according to media reports.

February Business Toughs Out Pressures

Retail

February was tough for retailers. Freezing temperatures and winter weather kept shoppers inside their homes. There was a labor slowdown at ports on the West Coast, and after receiving a break from high gas prices during the fall, prices at the pump started climbing in February.

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The GIG Showroom

Showroom Profile

After representing high-profile underwear Spanx and Calvin Klein, GIG co-owners Stacey and Joel Gossman recently took on some denim and activewear clients. The additional clients demanded more space. GIG moved to a bigger showroom in the building.

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Fighting for Greater Market Share

Premium Denim

Premium denim is a staple at LASC, but the West Hollywood, Calif., men’s boutique kept its offerings fairly narrow until recently, when the retailer began adding new labels to its mix.

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Lacoste: New Racquet, New Capsule Collection

Lacoste is getting ready to introduce a performance tennis racquet called the LT12. Get ready for the capsule clothing collection that will accompany it.

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Revolveman's New Catalog: Carmen Crest Drive

After a redesign in 2014, the Revolve e-commerce emporium, based outside of Los Angeles, wanted to give its menswear section, REVOLVEman, a higher profile. Looks like plans to add an extra spotlight on REVOLVEman are going full steam ahead. On March 3, REVOLVEman will release its first editorial shoot of brands sold on its website.

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Las Vegas Trade Shows

February 2015

Coverage the recent trade shows in Las Vegas

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Pool: New Brands

Trade Show

For more than a decade, Pooltradeshow has considered itself as the first place where new brands exhibit and experiment until they are assured enough to exhibit at a larger trade show.

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Tents Covers Luxe Men’s Looks

Trade Show

Designer trade event The Tents ran Feb. 17–19 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center with a theme of “elevation.”

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Liberty Fairs: To the Moon and Global

Trade Show

Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs, a high-end contemporary menswear show, used the theme “To The Moon” for its fourth run in Las Vegas.

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Agenda: Showtime for Emerging Street Labels

Trade Show

Agenda made its fourth run in Las Vegas Feb. 16–18 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, and for Alfredo Izaguirre, general manager and buyer for LASC boutique in West Hollywood, Calif.

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ENKVegas Displays Its Conscious Side

Trade Show

ENKVegas—a show devoted to women’s contemporary fashions, denim and accessories—unveiled its Conscious Collections section during its most recent run, Feb. 17–19 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

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Project: Big Show Might Get Bigger

Trade Show

Project proved itself to be one of the big players in the fashion trade show business when it ran Feb. 17–19 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Macbeth Introduces Apparel

Manufacturing

Saban Brands announced this month that its Macbeth property, which is headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., has struck two new licensing deals.

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RVCA Pops in Manhattan

Women’s contemporary show Axis wrapped up in New York City on Feb. 24, and RVCA, the Orange County, Calif. headquartered label, celebrated by opening a pop-up shop in Manhattan.

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Lisa Kline Back – On TV

Lisa Kline is back. On Feb. 23, she introduced an 11-piece line which bears her name Lisa Kline. The line is loungewear, and it is exclusive to HSN, the Home Shopping Network.

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Kith Pops on Abbot Kinney

New York sneakerhead boutique Kith took its high-end shoes and streetwear looks out west on Feb. 20. It opened a pop-up shop at Venice Beach’s stylish Abbot Kinney Boulevard with a party, which was attended by the chiefs of the Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs trade show, which wrapped up its big Las Vegas show only a few days before.

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Moods of Norway's Oscar Night

It was Oscar night at the Moods of Norway boutique at 7964 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles. Norwegian expats gathered to cheer for Norwegian director Morten Tyldum, who helmed The Imitation Game, and Me and My Moulton, a Canadian-Norwegian production nominated for best short animated film.

Henry T. Segerstrom, Founder of South Coast Plaza, 91

Obituary

Henry T. Segerstrom, developer of South Coast Plaza, the retail center which brought Rodeo Drive luxury to Orange County, Calif., died Feb. 20 at his home in Newport Beach, Calif. after a brief illness.

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Insight’s Fall ’15 Shows New Way for Brand

Manufacturing

The surf and street brand, founded in Australia in 1999, introduced its Fall ’15 line at the Agenda trade show in Las Vegas Feb. 16–18 and at Axis.

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Good International Turnout and Strong Interest in Immediates

Vegas Trade Shows

International buyers and retailers looking to restock diminished inventories circulated around the more than 20 apparel, accessories and sourcing trade shows in Las Vegas

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Chip & Pepper: Smile Now, Twisted Sister Later

Chip and Pepper Foster, twin designers reported doing great business at Project with the brand Monkey Apparel. But then Dee Snider of rock band Twisted Sister (remember their hit “We’re Not Gonna Take It?) showed up. Check out what it looked like

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Werewolves of Whittier: Wolf & Man Introduces Java

They never said that coffee puts hair on your chest. But menswear brand Wolf & Man introduced its lines of coffees at the Feb. 16 to 18 run of Capsule trade show in Las Vegas, said Brian Chan, founder of Wolf & Man. “It’s a menswear thing,” Chan said. “It’s like having a beer, but it’s more acceptable.”

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Core Surf Shops Honored

SIMA Image Awards

The SIMA Image Awards honor achievements in the surf business, and the big winner for the SIMA Image Awards was the core surf shop.

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In Heroes We Trust

First Retail, then Tees

Shearer recently introduced the T-shirt line In Heroes We Trust, which shares a name with the boutique she opened in July 2014, just off of Los Angeles’ high-profile Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

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After Decades as a Shirt Maker, Kennington Tries on Pants

Manufacturing

In January, at the Agenda trade show in Long Beach, Calif., Kennington introduced a line of men’s pants.

January Sales Considered Strong Start for 2015

Retail Sales

ame-store sales were projected to increase 3.1 percent, according to an index maintained by Retail Metrics, a Boston-area market research company. Wall Street analysts and economists, such as Jack Kleinhenz of the National Retail Federation, believed that January’s sales performance was proof that 2015 was starting on a strong note.

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Free Movement Finds Bespoke Tailoring in Tees

Manufacturing

Years ago, blue jeans made the unlikely leap from work pants to the realm of contemporary fashion. For Free Movement’s Andrew Suttner, it’s time for plain T-shirts to make the same leap.

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What’s Next for Elyse Walker

Designer Looks

Retailers do business in a world where every sale counts, but since Elyse Walker started her self-named boutique more than 15 years ago, she tried to take a different sales angle.