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Andrew Asch

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Robin Wright’s Pour Les Femmes at Nordstrom in Westfield Century City

Sleepwear can change the world. That’s the point-of-view of Pour Les Femmes, a luxe sleepwear line. Robin Wright, the brand co-founder, made an appearance at the Westfield Century City Nordstrom on Nov. 11

Avattire: Avatars Step Into the Dressing Room

Technology

Video and online gamers are familiar with avatars, the fantasy characters they use to represent themselves in online forums and games. A Santa Monica, Calif.­–based startup company wants to bring the avatar concept to fashion retail.

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The Leverage Releases Karter Collection

Karter Collection

After developing a host of brands for jeans and shorts, The Leverage recently introduced the Karter Collection, a men’s brand focusing on jackets, hoods and tops.

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Le Club Comes to Lacoste Rodeo

Lacoste

French sportswear brand Lacoste unveiled its “Le Club” design concept at its Rodeo Drive boutique, which is scheduled to reopen on Nov. 16.

Traffic Remodels and Expands Beverly Center Stores

Retail

Traffic holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating tenant in the Beverly Center. It’s been selling designer looks to Los Angeles’ stylish men and women since 1984, but change is coming to the boutique.

Commonwealth Opens in DTLA

Retail

After 13 years of running high-end streetwear shops in Washington, D.C., and Virginia Beach, Va., Commonwealth is scheduled to open a boutique at 2008 E. Seventh St. in downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District.

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Complexcon’s ‘Concert for Clothes’ Makes Over $20 Million

Complexcon

Exclusive skateboard decks, rare screen-printed T-shirts crafted by design hero Virgil Abloh, appearances by VIPs such as former Lakers star Kobe Bryant.

Shop & Dine

Trade Show

New restaurants and shops are popping up all the time, but here’s a selection of some of the latest hot spots that will help you make your trade-show foray in the nation’s major cities even more of an adventure.

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Scandinavian Man Wraps Up Tour at Sand

Scandinavian Man magazine wrapped up a tour for its inaugural issue at Sand Copenhagen boutique in West Hollywood Nov. 8.

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Please Do Not Enter Curates Arik Levy Gallery Show

Please Do Not Enter boutique’s temporary space in West Hollywood will become an art gallery. On Nov. 8, it will host the debut of a show of Arik Levy's sculptures.

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Lou & Grey Pops at The Grove

It's chilly in Los Angeles. Sweater loving brand Lou & Grey produced a pop-up shop at The Grove.

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Fashion For Profit Makes A Debut

Frances Harder ushered in the debut of her new group Fashion For Profit.

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ADIFF's Design for Refugees

The global refugee crisis continues. American clothing company ADIFF hoped to help out by making something that could both clothe and give shelter.

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Poketo Pops at MOCA

Poketo opened permanent stores over the past few years in Culver City, Calif., Los Angeles' Koreatown and Little Tokyo districts. On Nov. 2, it opened a pop-up shop at Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles.

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Ron Robinson: Innovators & Creatives

Ron Robinson unveiled the Innovators & Creatives event.

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Superdry Parties for New Flagship

Superdry produced a super, big party for the Nov. 1 opening of its Westfield Century City flagship.

October Sales Strong

Retail

Cash registers were ringing during October, and retailers reported good sales.

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Cotton Citizen to Bring Burst of Color to Jeans

Manufacturing

Since 2012, the Los Angeles–based Cotton Citizen brand has made a business of dyeing T-shirts and other high-end basics in bright and unique colors. Now the company will extend that color palette to jeans.

Vimmia Opens First Shop

Retail

Featuring mannequins cast in yoga poses, the first boutique for the activewear brand Vimmia recently opened in Los Angeles’ exclusive Brentwood neighborhood.

Arts District Shops Hit Roadblock

Retail

Guerilla Atelier, Apolis and Poketo are among the retailers who have closed or relocated recently.

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Astrneme’s Coach’s Shirt

The coach's jacket has made a few laps around the fashion world. It seems like this look continues to have possibilities. Check out Astrneme brand's coach's shirt.

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Merakai’s Mohair Hoodie

Hoodies are a uniform at hip hop gigs, college campuses, and yes gyms. But even ubiquitous designs are open for tune-ups, said designer Sebastien Amisial.

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Fields’ Top Five T-shirt Trends for Spring/Summer ‘18

T-shirt Trends

Spring ’18 will be a time for bold-statement in details and trims.

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Nordstrom Rack Takes a DTLA Bow

Retail

Nordstrom Rack opened a 27,000-square-foot space at the Fig­at7th retail center in downtown Los Angeles’ Financial District on Oct. 26.

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Reformation’s New Denim Line

Manufacturing

After eight years of mostly making contemporary clothes with an ecologically sustainable edge, Los Angeles–headquartered Reformation recently introduced a denim collection; it will offer the same environmental ethos as its original label.

Crooks & Castles’ Calvero Plans Rebound

Manufacturing

Crooks & Castles cofounder Dennis Calvero is aiming to get back in business.

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South Coast Plaza & Mariinsky Theatre

South Coast Plaza’s 50th Anniversary party continues.

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Maria Cornejo Signs Books at Melrose Place Shop

To celebrate book Maria Cornejo: Zero 1997-2017+, Maria Cornejo dropped by her Melrose Place boutique for a book signing.

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MeUndies Gets Physical

MeUndies made a debut in 2011 as an online retailer for its brand of underwear made out of micromodal fabric and a blend of Italian fibers. On Oct. 25, MeUndies went physical. It opened its first pop-up shop at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, Calif.

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Carole Yu Says Boutique Future is in Multi-brand

Boutique owner Carole Yu gave a vote of confidence to multibrand retail recently. She took her monobrand shop M0851 on 1426 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica, Calif., and reintroduced it as a multi-brand shop. The new name is momo Los Angeles.

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Lewis Scott Goes for Some Firsts

After making a trade show debut at Capsule in downtown Los Angeles, designer Lewis Scott decamped to just south of the Fairfax District to unveil another first.

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DTLA’s Please Do Not Enter Opens in WeHo

Retail

After a venturing into Los Angeles’ Westside with a pop-up shop, downtown Los Angeles’ Please Do Not Enter boutique made its bid for the Westside market permanent.

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ADBD Unveils Winter '17 Styles

Inspiration for fashion styles is wide ranging. But for ADBD's Adam Derry, inspiration can go back; waaay back.

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Merlin Castell at Style Fashion Week

Veteran L.A. designer Merlin Castell took the runway at Style Fashion Week on Oct. 12. Take a look.

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David Tupaz at Style Fashion Week

Los Angeles-David Tupaz placed its Spring 2018 collection on the runway at Style Fashion Week at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, Calif. on Oct. 14.

LAEDC Files Amazon HQ Bid

Retail

Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. has put in a formal bid to e-commerce giant Amazon.com to build its second corporate headquarters in Los Angeles County.

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Jomo Harajuku: Tailoring Suits for Millennials

Jomo Harajuku

The basic ingredients for the men’s suit have stayed the same since the late 19th century through the mid-1960s and on to the power suits of the Reagan era and present day.

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1denim Hopes to Make Jeans for All

1denim

People come in all shapes and sizes, but all too often denim brands do not outfit them all. That was what designer Elizabeth Bae thought when she decided to launch the 1denim brand with a mission to offer a wide and an inclusive range of sizes for men and women.

Hanes Acquires Alternative Apparel

Manufacturing

HanesBrands—the Winston-Salem, N.C.–headquartered owner of basics brand Hanes, athletic band Champion and lingerie brand Maidenform—acquired better basics brand Alternative Apparel, headquartered in Norcross, Ga., it was formally announced on Oct. 18.

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At Fashion Market Northern California, Business Continues Despite California Fires

Trade Show

It didn’t look like a good day to go to a trade show.

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Sonija Williams at Style Fashion Week

Sonija Williams, a contestant on Season 10 of Project Runway, took the stage at Style Fashion Week on Oct. 13

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Marco Marco at Style Fashion Week

Making costumes for Katy Perry and Britney Spears helped put the Los Angeles-headquartered Marco Marco brand in motion. The brand’s design of underwear with a dramatic edge made a splash, and on Oct. 15 at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, Marco Marco made a return to the Style Fashion Week runway.

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Moods of Norway at Style Fashion Week

Moods of Norway's Style Fashion Week runway show was on Oct. 13. Yes, that's Friday the 13th. Moods chief Stefan Dahlkvist thought it was time to put things in a 'killer mood.'

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Mario De La Torre’s City of Angels at SFW

For the 9th appearance of Mario De La Torre at Style Fashion Week, the Los Angeles-headquartered brand did a 180 turn.

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Galia Lahav’s Preview of F/W 2018 Bridal

Designer Galia Lahav came to Los Angeles Oct. 12 for a preview of her Fall/Winter 2018 Bridal Collection.

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Buyers Navigate Sprawling LA Market

LA Market

The recent Los Angeles Fashion Market was a sprawling affair with permanent showrooms and temporary exhibitors showing at trade shows showcasing everything from Immediate goods to Spring merchandise to a group of buyers that were predominantly local.

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Kent Woman: Don't Compete With the Female Form

Kent Woman

When she was going to fashion school in London, Stacy Anderson thought most lingerie had a hollow sex appeal. She wanted something different: underwear that felt special, that looked good but did not embrace a body shape that she thought was unattainable for most women.

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Style Fashion Week Kick Off

Style Fashion Week took a bow last night with a gala party at the sumptuous Hollywood nightclub Avenue LA. Toasts were raised to a full schedule of runway shows, musical performances, art shows, and a celebration of giving back, the fashion week stretches from Oct. 12 to Oct. 15.

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Joken Style Debuts Larger Showroom

New showroom for Joken Style. The veteran showroom needed extra space for its product development services department.

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LA Market Week in K-Town

While LA Market Week exhibits Spring/Summer 2018 styles in downtown Los Angeles, two groups are prospecting exhibiting fashions a few miles away in the megalopolis’s Koreatown district.