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Amuse Society: Fry and Rapp Announce Name of Their New Surf Brand

Swim/Surf

Surf-industry luminaries Mandy Fry and Summer Rapp made waves when they joined new fashion label Stokehouse Unlimited in January. They recently released a few more details about their project for the Costa Mesa, Calif.–headquartered Stokehouse.

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Stars Turn Out to Celebrate Catherine Martin and Rodeo's Walk of Style

Winners Circle

Academy Award Winner Catherine Martin was inducted in the Rodeo Drive Walk at the ornate Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.

February Sales Forecast to Be Modest

Retail Sales

Retail sales increased slightly, 0.3 percent, during the last week of February but it won’t shake the winter blues, analysts say.

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Volcom: True To This

Let’s call Volcom a movie studio too. On March 1, it held a premiere for its film True To This.

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Fashion Week El Paseo Party

It was a little bit of Palm Desert in West Hollywood. Designers and producers of the upcoming Saxony Group Fashion Week El Paseo 2014 had a party at the Palihouse in West Hollywood March 4.

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Vans & The Block Collection

Vans takes inspiration from streetwear capitals Fairfax and La Brea avenues with its new The Block Collection.

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Alé by Alessandra Takes A Bow

Victoria’s Secret Star Model Alessandra Ambrosio conquered the world of lingerie long ago. In March she’ll try her hand at boho contemporary styles when the Alé by Alessandra fashion line is released by Santa Monica-headquartered retailer Planet Blue.

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New Designers - Don't Quit!, Producers Say

Don’t quit! That was one piece of succinct advice given to the new designers who took part in the Emerging Designers Showcase at WWDMAGIC in Las Vegas last week.

Positive Mood at Las Vegas Trade Shows

Trade Show

The outlook is encouraging after the recent run of apparel, accessories and sourcing trade shows in Las Vegas, where many exhibitors reported upbeat buyers ready to place orders for Immediate through Fall deliveries.

Gap Reports Good 2013 Biz and Growth in 2014

Retail

Gap Inc. reported results for the fourth quarter of its 2013 year and its overall fiscal 2013 results on Feb. 27.

Capsule: Busy Traffic at Progressive Show

Trade Show

Capsule continued its commitment to being a forum for independent designers and high-end lines with a unique point of view when it ran Feb. 17–19 at The Venetian.

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Concerts, Comebacks and Good Business at Agenda

Trade Show

Agenda’s second show in Las Vegas mixed business with pleasure when it ran Feb. 17–19 as one of the Modern Assembly family of shows at Level 2 of the Sands Expo & Convention Center.tk

The Tents at Project: Inside Job

Trade Show

The Tents at Project, a curated show devoted to designer and luxury brands, was moved to a space in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, adjacent to Project.

Liberty Fairs: Mixing Fashion Community and Commerce

Trade Show

Aspirations for the second Liberty Fashion and Lifestyle Fairs were high when it ran Feb. 17–19 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center.

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ENKVegas: New Business for Vendors

Trade Show

For Greg Garrett of the Black Swan fashion label, ENKVegas was a great show. The women’s show exhibited at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, and his label’s sales increased 35 percent compared with last February.

Project: A Giant at MAGIC

Trade Show

Project is one of the giants of MAGIC Market Week. It took up more than half the space of the gargantuan Mandalay Bay’s South Convention Center, which hosted 1,500 brands.

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Pooltradeshow: New Location Divides Vendors

Trade Show

Freddie Rojas said retail traffic was slow, and he estimated that his sales might decline compared with the Pooltradeshow last February.

Offprice: Vendor Space Sold Out

Trade Show

Vendor space for the Offprice show was sold out for the Feb. 16–19 show, held on the lower level of the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

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Pacific City to Open Luxe Waterfront Center in Huntington Beach

Seaside Development in the OC

There are few retail centers currently in construction across America, and the upcoming Pacific City development in Huntington Beach, Calif., is ranked among a more select class.

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The Pre-Spring Sale Will Never Die

The world of retail is rapidly changing, but one practice of the business hasn’t changed; the pre-spring sale.

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Make Way for Pugs Atoms & Shamon

Some people just stand out, even in a place like Capsule trade show where you gotta look different. Meet Shamon and Pugs Atoms

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Meister at Liberty Fairs

Check the time, Meister, a new watch label, exhibited at the Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs trade show in Las Vegas.

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The Gurus of Costuming

The costumers for TV shows Mad Men, Scandal and The Mindy Project kibbitz on costuming

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Blends' New DTLA Store

There's a new address for sneakerheads in downtown Los Angeles.

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Hip Hop Star Tyga Opens Last Kings Store

Hip Hop Star Tyga Opens Boutique Fit for a Pharoah

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Busy Start to Las Vegas Shows

Show Coverage in Las Vegas

Domestic and international retailers navigated the more than 20 events held across the city at this week's Las Vegas apparel, accessories and sourcing shows.

Gap Increases Minimum Pay

Retail

Chief Executive Officer Glenn Murphy, the San Francisco–based specialty retailer and owner of Gap stores, Old Navy and Banana Republic will raise the minimum wage for its U.S. employees to $9 this year and $10 in 2015.

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E-Commerce Site FlyPeeps.com to Introduce Unique Discount Deals

Retail

In April, Irvine, Calif.–headquartered men’s shopping site FlyPeeps will open for business in the crowded market for e-commerce.

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Pooltradeshow’s New Digs

Pooltradeshow is on the move with its new digs.

The Inspiration of Kelly Cole

Designer Profile

There’s a million ways to break into a fashion career. For Kelly Cole of the Kelly Cole USA brand, entry was the vintage concert T-shirt.

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Project Social T: Season for Trends, Quick Turnarounds and Customization

Designer Profile

For Los Angeles tops manufacturer Project Social T, 2014 is the year of customization.

Loving Las Vegas: Retailers Share Tips for Navigating the Las Vegas Trade Shows

Retail

With 20 apparel, footwear, accessories and sourcing trade shows taking place in Las Vegas market at the same time in February, thousands of brands are competing for attention, and the ambiance can be thrilling, festive and, ultimately, exhausting.

Bebe Going Private? Not So Fast, Analyst Says

Retail

Bebe Stores Inc. is just a year into its turnaround campaign, but media reports indicate that the publicly traded contemporary retailer is investigating a sale and going private.

Roar Clothing to Abbot Kinney

Retail

For its 20th anniversary, Los Angeles–based fashion label Roar Clothing will open its first boutique. The two-story shop will be located at 1410 Abbot Kinney Blvd., at the corner of California Avenue, according to Deepak Vasandani, founder and chief executive of the label.

South Coast Plaza Has a Scotch & Soda

Retail

Dutch brand Scotch & Soda opened a 2,700-square-foot store at 1340 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in 2013. In May, it is scheduled to open its first shop in Orange County at upscale shopping center South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Zadig & Voltaire to Malibu Village

Retail

French basics line Zadig & Voltaire opened a shop in West Hollywood, Calif.’s Sunset Plaza shopping district in 2006 but just started a growth spurt in the past year.

Satine Kawaii Takes a Bow in Venice

Retail

Los Angeles boutique chain Satine typically represents stylish fashions, and now it represents cute in its new store, Satine Kawaii.

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Elliot Evan's Midnight in a Perfect World

Downtown Los Angeles' Elliot Evan's Midnight in a Perfect World collection takes a bow.

Hemp: From Outlaw Fabric to Legal Threads

Textile

After 20 years, Rob Jungmann, president of the Los Angeles–headquartered Jungmaven hemp T-shirt brand, might be seeing his business turned upside down.

Uniqlo to Open at South Coast Plaza, Beverly Center

Fast Retailing

On Feb. 13, Fast Retailing, the parent company of the popular Japanese clothier, announced that it will open Uniqlo stores this fall in top malls South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif. and Beverly Center, a mall owned by Taubman Centers in Los Angeles.

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Street Art Mary Poppins Shops at Kitson

Street art is about satire and protest. But what do you do if a street artist enigmatically supports a brand?

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Levi's New Website

The Redesign!

evi Strauss & Co is one of the oldest stories in the fashion biz, but the denim brand which started in the Victorian era just launched its 21st century redesigned website; www.levistrauss.com

Tough January Showed Bright Spots

Retail

Extreme weather made the traditionally low sales month of January even tougher for retailers. However, businesses rallied, said the International Council of Shopping Centers, and sales increased 3.5 percent, according to its tally of comparable-store sales.

MAGIC Promotes Griffin and Gallin

Trade Show

Advanstar Global, the company that produces the MAGIC Market Week trade shows, announced a pair of executive promotions.

Vestar to Acquire, Redevelop The Village at Orange

Retail

Vestar, a privately held real estate company headquartered in Phoenix, recently announced plans to acquire and redevelop regional mall The Village at Orange in Orange, Calif.

Catherine Martin to be honored by Rodeo Drive Walk of Style

Retail

Catherine Martin, a costume and production designer who gained note for working with Miuccia Prada on costumes for the 2013 film “The Great Gatsby,” will be inducted into the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style, it was announced on Feb. 5.

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End of the Mall? Retail And Real Estate Experts Weigh In on the Future of the Shopping Center

Retail

The traditional mall is losing relevance. It might already be a dinosaur.

Billabong Extends Pat Tenore’s Contract

News

Billabong International Ltd. signed RVCA founder Pat Tenore to a contract that will guarantee his employment through 2018, it was announced on Feb. 6.

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Lighting: Rules of Attraction

Retail is theater, or so the old adage goes, but the adage is more than conventional wisdom, said Joanna Brace of San Jose, Calif.-lighting firm Xicato.

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Giugliano To Eva Franco

The Eva Franco label has been making dresses with a whimsical elegance and a tailored style since 2003, on Feb. 4, Eva Franco announced that Debbie Giugliano was named as the label’s salesperson serving the West Coast and Dallas regions.