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2015 In Review: The Retail News of 2015


The Retail News of 2015

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Wolf & Man’s Big Howl

We’ve written about the coffee division for men’s clothing brand Wolf & Man. the Whittier, Calif. brand is shifting more attention to different kinds of sales.

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Merican Made to Abbot Kinney

The newest store on high profile retail street Abbot Kinney Boulevard is Merican Made.

2015 RETROSPECTIVE: Gap Initiative Aims to Cut U.S. Stores, Increase Overseas Stores


Gap Inc.’s operations are impressive. The San Francisco–headquartered retailer says that its product is sold in 3,300 company-owned stores across the globe. In 2014, its net sales were $16.4 billion.

2015 RETROSPECTIVE: Macy’s Inc Tries Off-price, Nordstrom Tries More Stores


Nordstrom Inc. has been hard at work in Southern California in 2015. Nordstrom opened a new full-line shop at Del Amo Fashion Center this year and announced two other new full-line stores.

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Darner: L.A. Company Seeks to Build a Better Sock From Scratch


Los Angeles is known as a denim and T-shirts town, but when a handful of well-connected manufacturers were asked about producing socks in Los Angeles, most said that they knew little and/or had not heard much about the manufacturing of socks in their hometown, which is one of the bigger manufacturing centers in the United States.

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Bringing in the Holidays With Kin

West Hollywood boutique Kin kicked off the holidays with a shopping event on Dec. 10. The staff gave some time for a photo.

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Guerilla Atelier: Kicking off the Holidays With Bromley

Carl Louisville didn’t need this before the holidays.

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Kitson Announces Closure of All Stores


Kitson, the boutique chain that pioneered high-end shopping on Los Angeles’ Robertson Boulevard and pop-culture retailing, is going out of business, according to a statement sent by the retailer’s public-relations representative.

Newsmakers 2015: The Return of Mall Construction


made a debut during the year.

Newsmakers 2015: Payments Industry Fights off Credit Card Fraud


The era of the computer-chip card was formally started on Oct. 1. On that day, banks and credit-card companies notified retailers that they would only be responsible for fraud losses on EMV computer-chip cards, which cannot be hacked by fraudsters, according to supporters of the technology.

Newsmakers 2015: Wet Seal Goes Private


2015 was the year of new beginnings for Wet Seal. After more than 20 years of acting as a public company, the Foothill Ranch, Calif.–headquartered juniors retailer went private.

Newsmakers 2015: Retail Tech In-Store and Online


Omni-channel was the tech buzzword of 2012. In 2015, the retail tech world was focused on “Big Data,” or through feeding extremely large sets of data into computer algorithms, then finding trends and patterns, which might forecast what kind of denim consumers will purchase.

Newsmakers 2015: Quiksilver Reorganizes


One of the innovators and major companies of the surf business, Quiksilver Inc., wiped out this year.

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Linden: Keep It Small, Don’t Waste


For the next couple weeks, until Christmas, Jennifer Lynn Krischer is working overtime at the Los Angeles Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.”

Consultants Offer Tips to Boost Holiday Sales


Retail sales are forecast to spike a week before Christmas, but until then many retailers face a period of doldrums waiting for consumers to show up at physical stores or online.

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Christy Dawn, Meet Emily

Some of the stylish might know the Christy Dawn label’s Audrey dress. On Dec. 7, the line held a party for its Emily dress at the Christy Dawn boutique in Los Angeles’ Venice section.

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Barbie X Andy Warhol at Ron Robinson

Is the world ready for Andy Warhol Barbie? Such a doll took a bow at the Ron Robinson boutique on Dec. 3.

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Get Ready for your Close-Up Sue Wong: Beverly Hills Christmas

Los Angeles fashion people might have seen designer Sue Wong at one of her gala Los Angeles Fashion Week runway shows. But she’s going to be on film. The eveningwear designer will make a cameo in the film Beverly Hills Christmas. The independent film will make a debut Dec. 6 on the UP television network.

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Ready For Designer Star Wars?

We’ve seen the Star War T-shirts, hats and the onslaught of marketing gizmos for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will be released on Dec. 18. But how about designer Star Wars?

November Sales Tough


L Brands Inc. posted great sales on November, the start of the holiday retail season.

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Original Chuck Taps Mark McNairy for First Full Collection

Original Chuck

After four years of designing almost every kind of top to put on a head—think baseball caps, broad-brimmed hats and beanies for the Original Chuck brand—John Putnam, the Los Angeles–area label’s founder, is going for an expansion.

PacSun Announces Line With Fear of God’s Jerry Lorenzo


Pacific Sunwear’s next high-profile line has almost nothing to do with surfboarding, skateboarding or action sports, which have been a focus for the Anaheim, Calif.–headquartered retailer with a fleet of 605 stores.

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On Rodeo: IWC Schaffhausen Opens A Shop

Emily Ratajkowski, Emily Moss and Patrick Stewart were among the stars who partied at the Dec. 1 debut of the Rodeo Drive boutique for timepiece company IWC Schaffhausen.

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Black Friday Weekend: E-Commerce Up, In-Store Sales Down

Holiday 2015

The first major shopping event for the 2015 holiday retail season is over and analysts say business was great for e-commerce, however it declined for bricks-and-mortar retail.

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Sweaty Betty To Abbot Kinney

UK fitness brand Sweaty Betty recently opened its first West Coast boutique on Venice Beach's Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

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Cindy Crawford & Brian Grazer at Giving Tuesday at Ron Robinson

Dec. 1 Is Giving Tuesday at Ron Robinson in Santa Monica. Cindy Crawford and Brian Grazer will be signing the recent books at the shopping event with a charity edge.

Millions Expected to Shop on Cyber Monday

On Cyber Monday, the day American shoppers are expected to formally order Winter Holiday presents online, forecasts predict a dip in sales.

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From Paris to LA – Vision LA’s Party & Arts on Climate Change

After Thanksgiving, world leaders will convene in Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. In Los Angeles, artists and activists with Vision LA '15 will produce a series of arts, theater, talks on climate change. On Nov. 30, it will produce a kick-off party in Santa Monica.

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Stance Opens Shop in Soho

Just a couple of years ago, socks were something that you just put on your feet. But San Clemente, Calif.-headquartered Stance pushed socks to the forefront of youth fashion. Media reports said that Stance opened its first branded boutique this week in New York City.

Kitson Sued By Westwood, Gets Lifeline from Spencers


Prominent Los Angeles–headquartered boutique Kitson was sued by Vivienne Westwood on Oct. 2.

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Broken Homme Aims To Crack Tough Made-in-L.A. Niche: Footwear

Broken Homme

Southern California is a center for the design of casual footwear—think slip-ons and flip-flops—but Broken Homme, an emerging label headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., is waiting to see if the region is ready for manufacturing for a more complex footwear: work boots with a fashion edge.

RVCA’s New Santa Monica Shop


For more than five years, the RVCA brand has handled its urban side with a retail store on Fairfax Avenue close to Los Angeles’ Mid-City neighborhood. The Costa Mesa, Calif.–based company recently opened a boutique for its beach culture side in Santa Monica, Calif. On Nov. 24, the company held a grand-opening party for its boutique at 2625 Main St. It is located a few blocks away from the Pacific Ocean, said Brian Cassaro, RVCA’s vice president of marketing.

Combatant Gentlemen’s New Suit: The Summit Collection


Combatant Gentlemen built a more-than- $10-million company on the cheap suit. The Irvine, Calif.–headquartered label’s point of difference was that it owned the entire supply chain for its suits and its collection of men’s clothing.

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Christy Dawn Grows a Business From Vintage Styles

Christy Dawn

Christy Dawn’s “Audrey” dress recently hit the racks at Free People, a division of Urban Outfitters Inc. But the Made–in–Los Angeles label also is looking to build a higher profile for its vintage-inspired styles by opening a boutique in a burgeoning retail neighborhood.

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Norwegian Rain to H Lorenzo

It’s a week or so before Thanksgiving, and it feels like August in Los Angeles. But rains from the El Niño weather pattern are forecast to soak California in the upcoming months. The H. Lorenzo Men’s shop in West Hollywood’s Sunset Plaza retail district is betting that people will be thinking about monsoon-style rains soon.

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Acustom Apparel Takes A Bow in West Hollywood

The bespoke experience is going digital. Acustom Apparel recently opened a West Hollywood boutique based on digital bespoke.

Venue' s Canares Announces New Trade Show

Silk Show

Venue Trade Show founder Miles Canares announced Silk Show, a new event that will take a bow at the sprawling Asian American Expo, which is scheduled to run Jan. 16–17 at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.

Macy’s Reopens DTLA Location


In California, Macy’s will be unveiling huge remodels of some of its stores.

Petri Joins …Lost Holdings


Leading surfwear and fashion company …Lost Holdings announced that Rick Petri, a surf-industry veteran, will join the company as its president on Dec. 1.

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Holiday & Fantasy Looks with Fashion Speaks Show

Holiday & Fantasy

After months of blazing temperatures, Southern California finally became chilly on Nov. 15. The cold was appropriate weather for Los Angeles–based label Want My Look’s holiday styles, which were part of the debut of the Fashion Speaks event at the Le Meridien Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif.

Holiday 2015: Decent Economy, Weak Christmas Forecasts


Solid growth is forecast for the upcoming holiday season, but don’t count on seasonal cheer coming from retail economists and analysts.

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LASC Honors Paris Victims

The pain is still raw from the terror attacks on Paris. Alfredo Izaguirre, a partner and buyer from LASC, a West Hollywood boutique, wanted to honor the victims of the terror attacks with a window which looks out onto Santa Monica Boulevard. Take a look.

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Elyse Walker & CFDA's Gala For Mentorship Program

CFDA's Emerging Designers

They all earned their stripes as designers. But Council of Fashion Designers of America and FORWARD by Elyse Walker arranged a master class for a handful of emerging designers in developing a luxury brand business. A swank party was held for the designers on Nov. 17.

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The Park's New Look With Creative Offices

Once a traditional showroom space, The Park in the Los Angeles Fashion District’s Lady Liberty building has shifted gears into something new.

Macy’s Looks to Future After 3rd Quarter Stumble


On. Nov. 11, Macy’s Inc. reported a 3.6 percent decline in same-store sales for its third quarter. As a result the giant retailer revised its sales and profit forecast for its Winter Holiday sales in the fourth quarter, which sent retail stocks reeling. Sales for the retail giant’s third quarter were $5.874 billion.

SIMA Image Award Nominees Announced


Surf Industry Manufacturers Association has presented its SIMA Image Awards for 13 years, and on Nov. 11, it announced its slate of award nominees for work done in the past year. Winners will be announced Feb. 11.

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New Resource: Mario De La Torre: “For All Women”

“For All Women”

A decade after quitting a lucrative banking job to learn the basics of fashion design, Mario De La Torre plans to introduce his namesake women’s contemporary line under the glamour of spotlights.

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New Resource: Betro Simone

Betro Simone

Stefanie Betro is on the move. In late 2014, she started working on the women’s contemporary clothing collection Betro Simone with Daniel Guez, founder and chief executive officer of BLVD Brands. Before the line was exhibited on the trade-show circuit, the Los Angeles–made line was picked up by select Nordstrom doors and Nordstrom’s e-commerce site, where it continues to be sold.

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At 10, Tokidoki Finds Business in Collaboration

Cartoon Collaboration

There’s Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Hello Kitty and a world of superheroes competing for spaces in our imaginations and on our T-shirts. Los Angeles–based brand Tokidoki recently celebrated its 10th anniversary of carving its own niche in this animated crowd, and the small, private company is looking to grow through a wide arena of collaboration and retail.