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Rodeo Gucci In Store for a Big Remodel

The Gucci flagship on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Calif. unveiled a major remodel in 2014. Looks like the flagship is going for another round.

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Theory and Vans To Open in DTLA This Fall

More brands are betting on downtown Los Angeles. Theory and Vans are slated to open stores in the neighborhood by Fall.

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Surf Is Dead Pops at Bodega

Surf Is Dead started more than one year ago to tweek surfwear back to its rebellious, experimental spirit. Recently, it unveiled a pop-up at Bodega in Row DTLA in Los Angeles.

Maui and Sons Announces American Eagle Collaboration Line

Manufacturing

With the help of Maui and Sons, American Eagle Outfitters is going surf.

Oak NYC Moves to Row DTLA

Retail

After a four-year run in the Beverly Boulevard shopping district of Los Angeles, Oak NYC closed its 4,500-square-foot boutique earlier this month and relocated to the Row DTLA enclave in downtown Los Angeles.

Orange Coast College Launches an Apparel Sustainability Program

Manufacturing

The future of the fashion job market is green, said Lauren Becker, the fashion department coordinator at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif.

American Rag Talks About Its New Path at Marcum Symposium

Retail

American Rag Cie is going to the Persian Gulf and possibly points beyond.

Kardashians’ Dash Stores Close Raising Questions on Family’s Relevance

Retail

After a 12-year run, the Kardashians are closing up shop and getting out of the retail-store business.

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After Coachella, It’s Agenda Festival

Hip hop collective Brockhampton played a critically lauded set at Coachella this month. On June 30, the Los Angeles-based group is going to headline the Agenda Festival, it was recently announced.

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The Fashion Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Earth Day 2018 has come and gone, but a bunch of sustainable clothing designers are hosting events on what’s new in the sustainable clothing market during Fashion Revolution Week.

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Rebecca Taylor: Fashion Is More Local Than People Think

“You get to see how regional fashion can be,” Taylor said.

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It’s a Book. It’s a T-shirt Line. It’s A.F. Vandevorst x B Åkerlund

After 20 years or so in fashion, Belgian designers An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx published a book about their work....and teamed up with outre designer B Åkerlund for a T-shirt line, which was introduced at Opening Ceremony in Los Angeles and New York City.

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Fashion Market Northern California Reports Good Biz Despite Snow

FMNC Busy Despite Snow

Snow and hail fell on parts of the San Francisco Bay Area on April 16, but it didn’t put much of a damper on business at the Fashion Market Northern California trade show, vendors and show management said.

Kore Collective Develops Activewear Biz On Many Fronts

Retail

Last year, Kore Collective formally launched its business with a website that focused on emerging and established activewear brands for the fitness buff who wants everything cool in workout gear.

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Revolve Parties at Coachella with the Famous & Beautiful

E-emporium Revolve threw the Revolve Festival with Moët & Chandon party outside of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this weekend.

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MannyJStyle Takes Sixhundred boutique

During the bustling Art Walk in Downtown Los Angeles on April 12, Manuel Jackson turned the SixHundred boutique into Past Present Future.

LA Apparel Contractor Ships ‘Hot Goods’ to Charlotte Russe Prompting Restraining Order

Apparel subcontractor cited for not paying minimum wage for goods destined for Charlotte Russe.

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Cynthia Rowley at Malibu Lumber Yard

Designer Cynthia Rowley traveled to Malibu, Calif. recently for the opening of her self-named Cynthia Rowley store in the Malibu Lumber Yard retail center.

Liberty Acquires Capsule Trade Show

Trade Shows

Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs announced it acquired the Capsule trade show from Reed Exhibitions for an undisclosed amount.

Easter Shopping Boosted March Sales

Retail

Retail sales for March faced some obstacles this year, but they came in better than expected.

One Round of Surf M&A, Round Two Begins

Swim/Surf

Billabong International’s last day of trading on the Australian Securities Exchange was April 9, bringing an end to a major round of acquisitions in the surfwear market.

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Rodeo Drive Keeps Its Retail Luster With Recent Deal

LVMH Buys on Rodeo

Vacancy is common for most retail streets under attack from e-commerce competitors, but not Rodeo Drive. There is hardly a vacant space on the hoity-toity retail shopping district in Beverly Hills, Calif. When real-estate news is made on the street, it makes a splash.

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First Boardriders Flagship Surfs Into Malibu

After Quiksilver Inc. emerged from bankruptcy and changed its corporate name to Boardriders Inc last year, it promised a Boardriders flagship store in Malibu, Calif. We waited, we waited, and waited…until late March

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De La Torre Asks Girlfriend to Marry at His Style Fashion Week Show

Mario De La Torre introduced Purpose, the Fall/Winter 2018 collection from his self-named Mario De La Torre label at Style Fashion Week Palm Springs April 7. But he could have called the show Proposal.

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OC Fashion Week Takes The Runway

OC Fashion Week ran last week in different venues in the Orange County towns of Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Irvine.

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Style Fashion Week Marks Return to Palm Springs

With an opening night concert from 1980s pop wonders Missing Persons tonight, Style Fashion Week will mark a return to Palm Springs.

Haggar Acquires Louis Raphael

Manufacturing

Men’s clothier Haggar Clothing Co. announced it purchased certain assets of San Francisco Bay Area menswear company Kizan International Inc., whose label is Louis Raphael.

Discounts for U.S. Retail in 2018

Retail

For retailers, 2018 is going to be another year for big discounts as consumers see their wallets shrink from rising healthcare costs that are eating into their discretionary income.

Major Partner Exits The Bloc Shopping Center

Retail

After five years of working to rehab The Bloc retail center in downtown Los Angeles, The Ratkovich Co. has sold its interest in the venture to its partner, National Real Estate Advisors, for an unspecified amount. Blue Vista Capital remains on board.

Fields Predicts Spring 2019 Trends

Manufacturing

On the fashion radar for juniors next year will be brightly colored T-shirts, pops of Glen-plaid designs printed on key items and more distressed denim.

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Socialite Introduces Denim Line

New Denim Line

With little fanfare, veteran denim designer Eero Gathers recently joined the Los Angeles label Socialite and was given the job to create a denim line for the 8-year-old womenswear collection.

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Tomas Maier Opens Temporary Shop in L.A.

The Tomas Maier label runs two New York City stores, it recently opened a temporary shop at 8379 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles

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Champion Brand Store To La Brea

The Champion brand has been stretching its proverbial feet lately.

Australia’s Honey Birdette Rolling Out a Chain of U.S. Lingerie Stores

Retail

The lingerie label Honey Birdette started out in Australia in 2006 as a tiny boutique in Brisbane’s West End—a hip area known for its bars and ethnic restaurants. Over time, the label grabbed people’s attention by selling to bachelorette parties that visited the store.

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Booth Space Goes Quickly at the LA Men’s Market

LAMM

Vendor space was sold out at the LA Men’s Market for its March 27–28 run at the California Market Center.

Billabong Shareholders Agree to Boardriders Merger

Manufacturing

Shareholders of Billabong International Limited approved a merger with rival Boardriders Inc., putting an end to protests by Billabong’s dissident shareholders.

Desert Hills Premium Outlets Announces Expansion

Retail

Desert Hills Premium Outlets, the gargantuan outlet mall between Los Angeles and Palm Springs, recently announced it would be adding 5,000 square feet of retail space at its shopping center in Cabazon, Calif.

Centric Aims to Innovate PLM With Mobile Apps

Technology

Product Lifecycle Management is considered a way to get different teams of people to work on a project through one software program. Centric Software, headquartered in California’s Silicon Valley, is aiming to allow many more people to get involved in a project.

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Z.Cavaricci Invests Deeper Into Comeback

Z.Cavaricci

When you think of fashion from the 1980s and 1990s, the Z.Cavaricci brand might come to mind.

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HHLA Puts On Art Show for Remodel

‘Tis the season for major mall renovations. HHLA - formerly known as Promenade at Howard Hughes Center - is doing an art show along with its $30 million remodel

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Elyse Walker Announces Towne by ElyseWalker

Towne by ElyseWalker will debut in September at the upcoming Palisades Village district in Los Angeles' Pacific Palisades neighborhood.

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Clothes by Anwar Carrots…and LA Men’s Market

Brands making cool clothes for staff at trade shows. Seen it. Trade shows selling the cool clothes to the public. That’s unique, and that’s the way LA Men’s Market will start its run on March 27-28 at the California Market Center.

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On 80th Anniversary, Candiani Vows To Make A More Sustainable Denim Market

Candiani says it is the "greenest textile company in the Blue World." It held an 80th birthday party in L.A.

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Social Marketplace Depop Opens First Physical store in L.A.

Bet on the jeans obsessive to know where to find the best denim. Rely on a high fashion fanatic to point you to where to find the most unique gown. If you think like Simon Beckerman, don’t stop until you can make a purchase from an inspired fashion nerd’s well curated collection.

NuOrder Extends Online Trade Show

Technology

At the beginning of the year, the NuOrder business-to-business e-commerce platform worked with the Agenda trade show to produce a digital extension of the event.

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Lira Finds More Business In the Wash

Creative T-shirts

Novelty has always been important to the T-shirt market, but in the past 12 months the Lira brand has been focusing more on the concept.

TalkShopLive Retails Through Live Streaming Video

Retail

The days of selling clothing on e-commerce with still photographs are considered boring to Tina and Bryan Moore, who recently launched the e-platform TalkShopLive.

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New Boutiques for Santa Monica

Main Street in Santa Monica, Calif. is a fashion boutique street. Some new boutiques have moved in.

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Sue Wong’s Career – On the Runway

After a career of making gowns inspired by empresses and gypsies, Los Angeles fashion veteran Sue Wong was honored with a lifetime achievement award from Art Hearts Fashion Week on March 16.

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HelpJess Unveils App at DTLA Event

The period of beta testing for the app of e-tailer HelpJess.com officially wrapped up on March 17. HelpJess founder Simon La Barrie produced a demonstration of his site’s ‘show & sell’ retail.