It’s a new year, and for the notorious GGeisha, flipping the calendar means a new party. Welcome to the new monthly, Underbelly.
Juniors retailer The Wet Seal Inc. announced Jan. 16 that it has filed a voluntary petition for chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
The trade show season’s major surf friendly trade shows; Agenda and Surf Expo, have already wrapped up successful events. But we still have surf on the mind. And look what popped up! A comb made out of surfboard fins by grooming company Byrd and boarding company Futures Fins. Cowabunga!
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s website encourages people to share their ideas to create jobs and deliver better city services for the City of Angels, but Fraser Ross, founder of the Los Angeles–based boutique chain Kitson, said he has been unable to speak with the mayor about L.A. retail.
While much of the Eastern Seaboard suffered under a cold snap Jan. 8–10, weather in Orlando, Fla. was a good backdrop to Surf Expo, the veteran trade show for surfing and other water sports.
The black walls and tinted windows of the store on Los Angeles' La Brea Avenue look foreboding. The shop’s name only brings up more vexing questions. I Love Ugly
Sales for the winter holiday season increased 4 percent to $616.1 billion, according to the National Retail Federation, slightly missing forecasts.
Anguish and outrage over the assassinations of the editorial staff at Charlie Hebdo on Jan. 7 has become the cri de coeur for those who love freedom of expression.The hashtag Je Suis Charlie proclaiming solidarity with the assassinated journalists has covered Twitter and Facebook, and the statement has taken root beyond the online world, including T-shirts. Kitson's Fraser Ross talks about making a T that expresses solidarity with freedom of speech, but also avoids appearing that it is capitalizing on tragedy.
Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso named Sheree Waterston the new chief executive officer of the Los Angeles–headquartered retailer.
Donald Robertson has an alter-ego; Donald Drawbertson, a pop artist who makes whimsical, chic doodles, and brings them to the fashion masses.Drawbertson continues to make pop art, and a Cadillac bearing his art, and lipstick, will drive by Cooper Design Space building in L.A.’s Fashion District noon, Monday, Jan. 12.
A cold winter helped produce a hot show at Agenda, the first trade show of the 2015 trade-show season, which ran Jan. 5–6 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.
December retail sales results were described by analysts as good but modest.
Macy’s Inc. announced Dec. 8 that it would build two stores in California and that it would close a few under performing stores in the state. The news was part of an announcement of sweeping changes at the department-store giant.
There’s another world, hidden in plain sight, said Lily Chehrazi and Benedict Barrett, owners and designers of the fashion brand Together California.
Constellation is upping the ante for marketing the popular beer, and its next step will be rolling out a women’s swimwear line bearing the Corona logo produced by Ingear Fashions Inc.
What makes the founders of storied brands such as Nike, Hurley and Obey tick? Bob Hurley, Shepard Fairey of Obey and Tinker Hatfield of Nike gave a few clues at Agenda Emerge on Jan. 6.
Beleaguered retailer The Wet Seal Inc. announced on Jan. 7 that it will close two-thirds of its fleet of more than 500 stores after being unable to negotiate favorable terms with its landlords, it also cut the jobs of thousands of its workers.
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The NRF Foundation, the non-profit division of National Retail Federation, the largest trade group for U.S. retail, will feature Rick J. Caruso, developer of The Grove and The Americana at Brand, in “The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future.”
Streetwear and action sports brands love caps, and Agenda trade show is all about streetwear, action sports and fashion. So being good trade show producers, Agenda will give its VIP streetwear and action sports people what they want. Caps! Think caps from Hurley, Herschel Supply Co., and DeathWish Skateboards, which will be given to VIPs at the Agenda trade show in Long Beach, CA., which starts today.
YG x RVCA
The music of tattooed rapper YG shot up Billboard charts in 2013. In 2015, he’s starting on a fashionable note thanks to a partnership with RVCA, one of the leading lifestyle, fashion and action-sports brands to come out of Orange County, Calif., in the past decade.
Eventually, Sunset.Vintage.Flex will offer all categories of clothes, said Rico Curry, the Los Angeles–area line’s founder. Yet since it started in 2013, the nascent brand’s focus is on headwear.
In a business where the remodel of a flagship store can take more than a year, The Hundreds, a high-profile streetwear brand, wasted no time in getting its flagship back in the game.
Ace Hotel takes a bow in downtown Los Angeles. Many hope the boutique hotel will be the catalyst to bring high-end retail to downtown’s Fashion District.
Altamont Capital Partners finished the year with the announcement that it made an investment in another clothing business.
On the heels of performing at the Karl Kani 25th anniversary party on Dec. 13, DJ Mustard dropped by Crooks & Castles Fairfax Avenue flagship in Los Angeles Dec. 21, to celebrate his album Ten Summers.
L.A. foodies have been salivating over the debut of Chef Brett Thompson’s newest restaurant Pez Cantina for about a year. California Apparel News uncovered the high end Mexican seafood restaurant's Fashion District edge.
As 2014 came to a close, Target Corp. was still dealing with the massive data breach of 2013 and taking steps to bring back the Minneapolis-headquartered company’s cheap chic glory days of the 1990s.
2014 has been a year of headlines for Urban Outfitters Inc and business seems to have been particularly tough at The Wet Seal Inc.
Alexander Khater,owner/creative director of the 2-year-old downtown Los Angeles brand LAEX, planned to turn conventional wisdom on its head with the firstLAEX flagship, which opened Dec. 8 at 218 W. Eighth St., on the corner of Broadway, in downtown Los Angeles.
Shawmut Design & Construction has worked on many high-marquee projects on Rodeo Drive and has also done work on the Saint Laurent flagship on Rodeo and Louis Vuitton, which is scheduled to take a bow in the first quarter of 2015.
Miles Canares, Venue’s founder, recently announced major changes to the biannual show’s schedule and a new location for the show. However, the event willcontinue to mostly be devoted to men’s streetwear and emerging brands.
Agenda Emerge is something like TED Talks for the streetwear, action sports and fashion crowds. At the upcoming Agenda Emerge, Shepard Fairey of Obey and Bob Hurley of Hurley will take the stage.
For months, shop-owners around the District La Brea compound in Los Angeles heard gossip that will.i.am, Grammy award winner and entrepreneur, was going to open a shop in the compound, which is located across the street from pioneering specialty store American Rag. The music star’s shop opened today.
Karl Kani, one of the heavyweights of urban fashion stepped back into the ring on Dec. 13.
Jim Wiggett was named as the permanent chief executive officer for Bebe Stores Inc.
The hard work is over for Coach, and Dec. 11 was the time to party.
Men’s fashion labels don’t come more mysterious than Los Vladimirovich. California Apparel News investigates.
In November, the Palo Alto, Calif.–headquartered private-equity firm announced that it had made significant investments in action-sports brands Huf Worldwide Inc. of Los Angeles and Brixton, which is headquartered in Oceanside, Calif.
High-end shopping has been part of the Las Vegas Strip experience for years, but 2014 was the first time Los Angeles retail came to the strip.
This was a big year for remodels and construction of new buildings on Rodeo Drive, often considered the most exclusive of luxury shopping districts in Southern California.
On the heels of the Nov. 21 debut of the hip e-commerce emporium’s debut of its first physical shop at 8115 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles, it’s getting ready to open another boutique. The second shop will be located at 1254 Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Calif. It was the former site of a MNG by Mango.
The Ace Hotel was one of the most highly anticipated projects to open in the Los Angeles Fashion District.
Twice a year, more than 5,000 brands and more than 65,000 attendees decamp to Las Vegas to show their latest wares at the sprawling über trade show MAGIC and its sub shows, which include WWDMAGIC, Project, ENKVegas, Pooltradeshow and Sourcing at MAGIC.
Carl Louisville, founder of the Guerilla Atelier boutique at the edge of downtown Los Angeles, mixes a Californian sense of refinement with an Arts District sense of adventure at his shop, and Dec. 10 was the atelier’s night for giving back with a photographic series called The Lost Warhols.
During a conference call on Dec. 10, executives of The Wet Seal Inc., discussing third-quarter results, raised the possibility of a company bankruptcy.
After opening a bunch of emporiums in Southern California, Uniqlo planned to give away some holiday freebies around Dec. 13. Check it out.
After making her L.A. debut with a Style Fashion Week runway show in October, Kaye Morales returned to the Philippines to work on her self-named collection's fall/winter 2015 line called Samurai.
Artist Rachel Tribble made some paintings inspired by meditation and peace, but the art was placed on something known to disrupt order on sidewalks all over the world; the skateboard.
Reviving a long-gone movie theater, introducing unique, boutique retail, building a park; these are some of the new features that Rick J. Caruso plans to bring to his proposed Palisades Village development in Los Angeles’ exclusive Pacific Palisades enclave.
Venice boutique In Heroes We Trust threw a party dubbed Theatre on Dec. 5, and in a case of a party living up to its name, it was visited by Venice-style agitprop; the Tree Man of Venice planted his feet at the party.