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T-Shirts: Linda Carmello Sibio

Linda Carmello Sibio

Linda Carmello Sibio got into the T-shirt business through teaching art to homeless and mentally ill people. “What I’m trying to do is make mental-health issues palatable to the public,” said Sibio, a fine artist based in the high-desert town of Twentynine Palms, Calif. “How can I get this message across and make it playful? By making the T-shirts.”

Manufacturer Starts Rent-a-Desk Program in L.A. Fashion District


A block or two from Santee Alley in downtown Los Angeles, Michael Harb believes that he can build an incubator and a post-college program for beginning manufacturers.

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Agenda Attendance Up

Attendance Up

Attendance increased 6 percent at streetwear and action sports–focused trade show Agenda, held Jan. 7–8 at the sprawling Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.

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Nicolas Felizola Takes L.A. Bow

The gowns and red carpet looks of the Nicolas Felizola Collection have graced the runways of Miami Fashion Week and the Latin Grammys in the past, designer Nicolas Felizola held the first Los Angeles area viewing of his styles Jan. 9 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Take a look.

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For Love & Lemons: Contemporary Swimwear With Lingerie-like Details

Swim New Resource

Sexy, low-cut dresses have been a specialty of Los Angeles–based brand For Love & Lemons, said Laura Hall, one of the designers for the brand, which has been sold at high-end specialty stores such as American Rag Cie, Elyse Walker and Planet Blue.

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Gala Opening for Mark Zunino Atelier

It was Mark Zunino's dream to give Los Angeles a grand, full service atelier for red carpet gowns and eveningwear. On Jan. 7, he unveiled his dream with a gala event at the Mark Zunino Atelier at 181 N. Robertson Blvd.

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Agenda & Merchant Factors Talk Scholarships

Last year Merchant Factors endowed a scholarship for Agenda trade show. Agenda and Merchant Factors extended its scholarship program for Agenda’s upcoming trade show in Miami, Fla. It was announced recently that the winners of the program were the Valley High women’s streetwear label and Oscar x Frank.

Macy’s Reports Soft Holiday, Announces Closing Irvine and Sacramento Stores


Department-store giant Macy’s Inc. reported a soft holiday sales season.

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Headwear Brand Opens on Melrose

Official Opening

Official opened a branded boutique in Los Angeles.

Is Culver City Ready for High-End Boutiques?


When the luxe mixed-use development Platform makes a formal debut in April, it hopes to shake up the area around the bustling restaurant and art-gallery neighborhood of downtown Culver City, Calif.

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Sue Wong’s Lavish New Year’s Eve

2016 looked more like the 1920s at designer Sue Wong’s lavish New Year’s Eve Party in Los Angeles.

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Paul Smith Photo Day

They say L.A. is a place where no one gets out of their cars. It means that there are few public spaces where people actually gather and mingle in the metropolis. The bright pink Paul Smith boutique in West Hollywood has presented an alternative. There's an occasional street scene in the parking lot where people take selfies.

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Agenda Emerge Talks New Ideas In Street & Action Sports

At the end of a trade show, booths are torn down and dinner plans are made, but when Agenda trade show wraps up on Jan. 8, trade show management got one more thing on the itinerary. Call it inspiration. Project Cobalt will present Agenda Emerge at the Center Theater at the Long Beach Convention Center from 7 to 10PM Jan. 8.

Dollar T Thrift Goes E-commerce


Derek Wong started a fashion career printing T-shirts. But when it came time to move on to his next project, Wong didn’t feel like going high-end or designer. He saw opportunity in thrift.

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L.A. Made Line Takes New Look to High End Shop Traffic

ADBD at Traffic

After a few years of selling streetwear on Los Angeles’s Fairfax Avenue, Adam Derry of the ADBD label is taking his line a few streets and a world beyond from Fairfax’s streetwear sizzle.

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Avocado Activewear

Open on Abbot Kinney

As many boutiques were anticipating the winter holiday retail season winding down, made-in-Los Angeles brand Avocado was just getting started. It opened its first store on Dec. 22.

Contenders: Clothing Line Looking for Bigger Forum


Skateboarding and surfing have launched hundreds of brands, but for John Anderson, the inspiration for the new Contenders clothing line came from one of the oldest of sports: boxing.

Holiday’s Mixed Review: MasterCard Reports Increased Sales, Others Call it a Tough Season


The reports for the 2016 holiday retail season are in, and the news is mixed.

Apparel Sales Rise During Christmas

The holiday retail season ended up being good for the apparel business, according to a statement released by MasterCard Spending Pulse on Dec. 28, the market research group tracks spending in the MasterCard payments network.

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Rodeo Drive’s Xmas Lights

The Winter Holiday season is about lights and decorations. Rodeo Drive does one of the best Christmas light shows in Southern California. Take a look!

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.