L Brands—the parent company of Victoria’s Secret, Pink, Bath & Body Works, and Henri Bendel—reported a strong February.
Before downtown Los Angeles got hip, designer label Daniel Patrick pioneered the neighborhood with a sprawling shop at 1039 S. Broadway, which is a short walk from the main drag of the Los Angeles Fashion District.
In addition to producing one of my favorite hip hop and music shows “Adventures In Stereo,” on KPFK, J.Rocc found time to do some music with Orange County clothing label 101 Apparel.
Fashion Business Inc has been a flurry of activity this week. It produced seminars and panels at Factory Direct and L.A. Textile shows this week. It also produced the Fashion Next runway show.
In a hotly contested special election, voters in Carlsbad, Calif. rejected a retail center proposed by Caruso Affiliated, the developer of the prominent retail centers The Grove and The Americana at Brand. A statement from Rick J. Caruso, the founder of the Los Angeles–headquartered Caruso Affiliated, was released.
Last week, Uniqlo, the Japanese casual wear designer, manufacturer and retailer, introduced its Made In LA jeans.
After moving into a sprawling, street-level showroom in downtown Los Angeles' Fashion District, Flagship Agency put on a big debut party on Feb. 26
In a tightly contested special election, voters in Carlsbad, Calif., rejected a retail center proposed by Caruso Affiliated, the developer of the prominent retail centers The Grove and The Americana at Brand, located in Los Angeles and Glendale, Calif., respectively.
Before the Capsule trade show started its run Feb. 15–17 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, two of the show’s vendors gained some fashion-industry buzz.
Activewear styles, plus sizes and medical scrubs were important categories at the 43rd Offprice show, which was held on the first level of the Sands Expo and Convention Center.
The Diesel and Will Leather Goods brands made their debut at the recent run of the Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs trade show, which ran Feb. 15–17 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.
Streetwear and art brand 7th Letter made a return to Agenda after a three-year hiatus. In 2013, the brand opened the 7th Letter Gallery on Los Angeles’ Fairfax Avenue, where it also exhibits art.
SIMA Image Awards
Roark Revival was named the Breakout Brand of the Year at the SIMA Image Awards.
Major tech companies such as Facebook and Google already have offices in Los Angeles’ Playa Vista district. Now it is time for fashion boutiques.
2016 is 30th anniversary of Etnies. Etnies is said to be the first skateboarder-owned sneaker brand. The Orange County-headquartered brand is planning some 30th anniversary celebrations.
When David Bowie died last month, the fashion world seemed to be the most shaken. On Feb. 18, designer Valerj Pobega introduced a capsule collection honoring the influential performer, composer and artist.
Bebe Stores Inc. Founder Manny Mashouf is taking the reins of the struggling mall-based women’s retailer, it was announced on Feb. 19. He also announced a 14.6 percent job cut in the company’s design, merchandising and production division.
Denim veteran Philippe Naouri and Ayumi Shibata, a designer who won WWDMAGIC’s Crème de la Crème contest in August 2015, dropped by the trade show this week to introduce a new fashion line, Miss Me Vintage.
Casino magnate Steve Wynn announced new retail development Wynn Plaza, a 75,518-square-foot retail center scheduled to make its debut on the Las Vegas Strip by Fall 2017.
Saks Fifth Avenue opened its first store in Canada on Feb. 18.
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 issue is on newsstands, and Los Angeles brand Trunkettes Swimwear made a splash in the highly anticipated issue.
Call it the end of an era for Los Angeles boutique retail. Diane Merrick announced last month that she was closing her 45-year-old, self-named Diane Merrick boutique. Most likely, she is the last of her pioneering generation of boutique retailers to close operations.
The Wolves + Wildflowers young contemporary brand, which will roll out later this year, was inspired by the girl who likes bad boys, said Tina Rani, a cofounder of the Huntington Beach, Calif.–based label.
L.V. Trade Shows
When visitors arrived at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas for the Feb. 16–18 run of Project, Project Womens, Pooltradeshow, Collective and The Tents, the registration line snaked around the lobby, forcing buyers to wait up to 30 minutes to get their badges and enter the trade show.
After more than 100-years of style in baseball cap, one may think that there are no more new looks for the iconic headwear. But headwear gurus Hall of Fame and Original Chuck said cap style is ready for a shakeup.
Victor Wilde, the downtown Los Angeles fashion provocateur and founder of the Bohemian Society fashion label, recently debuted a new Bohemian Society collection. It’s called Black Rose. Take a look.
Michelle Lam calls it “nomadic retail.” A trailer outfitted with a boutique will bring her e-commerce lingerie brand True&Co. to cities across the United States this year.
After three decades in the apparel industry, Donald Reichman, who has represented various womenswear brands, has joined technology company RMSA Retail Solutions.
New York designer B Michael recently had his first Los Angeles runway show, which was part of the 47th Annual NAACP Image Awards luncheon, honoring people of color in film and television.
For 18 months, People’s Project LA has been selling its sweaters, dresses, dusters, rompers and everything fashionable through its website.
After a decade of designing for some of the biggest surfwear designers, including Billabong and Rip Curl, Christa Bischofberger and Kristy Kalsman started their own brand, Saltwater Luxe, which is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.
Olsen Twins' Elizabeth & James brand will open its first bricks-and-mortar store at The Grove this summer, according to a statement from the popular Los Angeles area retail center.
Southern California malls have embraced the Chinese New Year. In case you have not heard, it is the Chinese Year of the Monkey.
Retailers typically regard January as a clearance month, a period of time to slog through while focusing on the important business of upcoming Spring fashion. However, January did not start the year with much cheer.
It was the official grand opening of the dining and retail section at Terminal 2 at LAX recently. Developed by Westfield, the shopping center company made a statement that its dining and retail section in the would have projected annual sales of $41 million.
Wanna cheer the Superbowl in a denim style? Levi Strauss & Co. announced that it had expanded its Levi's NFL Collection.
Motocross and mountain-biking clothing brand Fox Racing, a division of Fox Head Inc., announced some big changes, according to a Feb. 3 company statement.
Many vendors felt optimistic about 2016 business after Fashion Market Northern California wrapped up its Jan. 24–26 run at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, Calif.
Rachel Zoe’s 2016 looks will pop at The Grove, one of Los Angeles’ most popular retail centers. The fashion star will produce a pop-up shop at The Grove from Feb. 24 to March 31.
Galia Lahav Haute Couture boutique opened last week at 169 N. La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles. It's just one of the new stores on La Brea.
It’s a time for brides and eveningwear on Los Angeles’ La Brea Avenue. Israeli-fashion house Galia Lahav Haute Couture opened a flagship boutique at 169 N. La Brea Avenue.
After 45 years running a boutique selling cashmere, jeans, china and antiques to generations of Los Angelenos, Diane Merrick is closing her namesake boutique. On Jan. 28, she announced the closing sale for the Diane Merrick boutique at 7407 Beverly Blvd., near Los Angeles’ Fairfax District.
Surf giant Quiksilver Inc. plans to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy by Feb. 8, it was announced on Jan. 28. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware confirmed the Huntington Beach, Calif.–headquartered company’s plans for reorganization. The bankruptcy was declared in September 2015.
It’s an era marked by retailers closing stores and scaling back, but Mark Zunino, a Beverly Hills, Calif., couturier, unveiled a 5,500-square-foot atelier with a staff of 40 people.
The California Market Center showroom building in the Los Angeles Fashion District reorganized its retail relations department in early January.
Los Angeles’ exclusive Brentwood neighborhood is the address to many fitness businesses, but there were no multi-line boutiques offering the best activewear styles, said Natalie Fritz, a partner and the “N” in Sweat NSK.
The Imprinted Sportswear Show, which traditionally sprawls across a large convention center ballroom every year at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, was the biggest ISS trade show produced by Emerald Expositions ever since it acquired the show in 2001, said Jeff Brown, the show’s group show director.
Over the years, Crooks & Castles has printed a Medusa’s head, a castle and the brand's name on it's labels. For Fall ’16, we’re going to see something new.
Neely Shearer of Abbot Kinney Boulevard boutique In Heroes We Trust started the year by producing the In Bowie We Trust show. It commemorated the life and art of David Bowie, with more than 30 artists riffing off of the legend and looks of the musician and pop star.
The long delayed renovation of Redondo Beach Pier might be actually on its way to becoming a reality.