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Andrew Asch

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Fashion Veteran Launches Hybrid Retail, Showroom Space

Hail Mary

Everyone in boutique retail juggles an increasing variety of tasks, ranging from traditional jobs of buying merchandise to newer jobs such as handling social media, and Marie Shaffer hopes to cover every base of the fashion industry at her shop, the Hail Mary Boutique and Denim Bar.

Boutique for Eva Franco Takes a Bow

Retail

Los Angeles–headquartered designer Eva Franco opened her first solo branded boutique Nov. 6, located at 1555 Echo Park Blvd., close to the fashion store Tavin in Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood.

BeachRiot, Vissla, Billabong Nominated for SIMA Image Awards

Swim/Surf

The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association has awarded hot new brands and veterans of the surf industry SIMA Image Awards for the past 12 years, and on Nov. 12, the trade group announced nominees for the 2014 SIMA Image awards and a new award category—the SIMA Honor Roll.

Investors See Surf, Streetwear Poised for Growth

Swim/Surf

Surf’s up for dealmaking for action-sports and streetwear brands. In the past month, private-equity companies have announced investments in the brands and retailers in this market.

First Spanx Store Opening in Southern California

Retail

Spanx is scheduled to open its first California store Nov. 16 at the Santa Monica Place retail center in Santa Monica, Calif.

Sandro, Maje Open at South Coast Plaza

Retail

French brands Sandro and Maje have opened stores at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif. Sandro’s 1,530-square-foot store features the brand’s new design concept.

Gucci to Westfield Topanga

Retail

Gucci, the Italian fashion house, opened its third Los Angeles–area store last week.

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Amuse Society’s New E-Commerce Site

Swim/Surf

Surfwear veterans Summer Rapp and Mandy Fry made a splash when they launched their Costa Mesa, Calif.–headquartered Amuse Society label in January. Since then, they have introduced their fashion beach-lifestyle label at the Miami SwimShow in Miami, Fla., and won the “breakout brand” award at the Agenda trade show in Long Beach, Calif.

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Retail at Fourth & Traction Announced

A century ago, Coca Cola ran a bottling plant at 963 East 4th St., in what is now Los Angeles’ Arts District. Earlier this month, the building’s current owners, GPI Companies and Atlas Capital, announced that the building would be renamed Fourth & Traction and the former bottling plant would get a new look, which will include some retail.

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Pale Violet's Fashion Shots

The Pale Violet boutique opened in downtown Los Angeles earlier this year, but last week, a gallery show of portraits from photographer Ian Maxion. The preferred color? Pale Violet of course.

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Max Mara’s Ballets Russes Book Party

On the heels of its soiree at South Coast Plaza, Max Mara held a gala at its Rodeo Drive boutique for the book Irina Baronova and the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, which was written by Victoria Tennant. Pictures. Plenty of Hollywood movers and shakers were there including Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions and Mike Medavoy of Phoenix Pictures. Medavoy hosted the event.

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Jungmaven’s US Made Party at Charlie’s

Venice boutique Charlie’s Los Angeles opened this summer with a mission to sell only US made apparel brands. There was a big party Nov. 7 at Charlies where hemp fashion brand Jungmaven gave out free T-shirts. Yahoo!

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Santa Makes an Early Visit to Glendale Galleria

It still feels like summer in Southern California, but that didn’t hold up Santa. The North Pole resident made an appearance at the Glendale Galleria retail center on Nov. 6. Dreamworks Animation designed a Christmas village for the Galleria called Adventure to Santa.

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It’s a DVF World in SoCal

Diane von Furstenberg has been a towering figure in fashion for four decades. This week, the queen of the iconic wrap dress rolled out boutiques at some of Los Angeles County’s most prestigious retail centers.

October Sales Results Mixed

Retail

October, the month of the popular Halloween holiday, wasn’t as scary as some expected but didn’t offer a lot of treats either.

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Alternative Takes a Bow

Levi's California Collection

Levi Strauss & Co.’s new brand, Levi’s California introduced a collection designed by Nic Rendic, Levi’s global design director.

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Aussie Brand Makes Comeback With L.A. Knowhow

Ksubi

Ksubi is preparing for an LA comeback.

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Restaurant Could Be the Missing Piece for Robertson Revival

Retail

Once the address for the most coveted commercial real estate in Los Angeles, Robertson Boulevard has seen the fashion boutiques move out and move in over the years, but since Newsroom Café closed in September, some of the street’s businesses are anxious over the prominent thoroughfare’s future.

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Opening Melrose Store

Nasty Gal

E-commerce emporium Nasty Gal is taking its show to a bricks-and-mortar store on Los Angeles’ Melrose Avenue.

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Beverly Center: Style and Chinese Dollars

Chinese tourism and business has become increasingly important to California’s economy, and retailers have been looking for ways to get more involved in that business. Beverly Center may have found a way to cultivate future Chinese business. It’s seminars and styling advice!

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Aether To District LaBrea

Performance outerwear brand Aether will open a store at District LaBrea in Los Angeles. A store sign was recently unveiled above a barricade at District LaBrea.

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The Bohemian Society Gets Wilde At Heart

Victor Wilde’s The Bohemian Society went on the lam from the last LA Fashion Week. Instead, the downtown Los Angeles fashion brand did a presentation during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo in October. Take a look!

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Revolve Pops at The Grove

E-commerce emporium Revolve Clothing opened a pop-up shop at Los Angeles’ The Grove retail center on Nov. 1. Blogger Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad dropped by the opening to give fashion people a look at her Chiara Ferragni shoe collection.

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Lillian Raven: Bring Back Sewing!

Los Angeles designer Lillian Raven hopes to do her part to bring manufacturing and the art of sewing back. She made a curriculum for youth that teaches sewing and fashion design. Raven recently started a crowdsourcing campaign on Indiegogo for her venture,” I Am therefore I Sew.”

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Rochelle Carino: Never Too Old To Play Dress Up

You’re never too old to play dress up. That was an inspiration behind Rochelle Carino’s Spring 2015 show at Los Angeles Fashion Council earlier this month.

San Clemente Retailer Killed in Murder Suicide

Retail

A day at Bliss boutique in San Clemente, Calif., turned tragic when Cynthia Jean Rosier, the owner of Bliss, was allegedly shot and killed by her husband, Patrick Dillard, on Oct. 25.

Alice + Olivia Move to Melrose

Retail

Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet has found a new Los Angeles home.

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1st US Store Opens in Beverly Hills

COS

COS—an H&M division that offers contemporary fashion for women, men and children—opened its first U.S. store Oct. 30, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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Shop Takes Bow on Rodeo

DSquared2

With fingernails painted Halloween black, twins Dean and Dan Caten of the DSquared2 designer label swept into Beverly Hills Oct. 28 for the grand opening of their first U.S. boutique, at 461 N. Rodeo Drive.

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True Religion Goes Omnichannel

Technology

John Hazen thinks a lot of shoppers are put off by various retailers’ experiments with omnichannel—in particular, the kiosks used in omnichannel-focused stores. These kiosks typically find uses ranging from viewing a brand’s full collection to completing a sale. Retailers such as Staples use kiosks.

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Boutique Retail Project Delayed

Redondo Beach

There’s going to be a yearlong wait until anything can happen with The Waterfront, a $300 million renovation of the pier area in Redondo Beach, Calif.

California’s Retail Picture Brightens

Retail

Through booms and tough times of the past decade, the Golden State’s clothiers have grown steadily, according to data from the San Francisco office of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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ADBD's Fall 2014 Party

Beats, partying and fashion were all found at one address on Oct. 29. It was at ADBD, 430 N. Fairfax Ave. in Los Angeles. There was a party for the ADBD Fall 14 collection. Check it out

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Crooks & Castles' Devils Peak Collection

For its Holiday ’14 men’s collection, Los Angeles’ Crooks & Castles label released Devil’s Peak. Check it out.

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Topshop To San Diego

After grabbing headlines last year with opening a store at The Grove in Los Angeles, UK retailer Topshop is on the move again. On Oct. 30, it will open a 17,500-square-foot store at San Diego’s Fashion Valley retail center, according to a Topshop statement.

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Soren Sand, the Suit & L.A.

Soren Sand passed through Los Angeles the past weekend. The creative director of Danish Fashion House Sand was scouting real estate for a potential second Sand boutique. He also stopped by a soiree Oct. 24 at the Sand flagship at the Sunset Plaza boutique district in West Hollywood. Check it out.

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A.P.C.’s Big Party

Kanye West, Roman Coppola and Waris Ahluwalia joined A.P.C. Founder Jean Touitou on Oct. 23 for a debut party for the French brand's Melrose Place boutique.

American Rag to Open in Shanghai

Retail

American Rag Cie is taking its show to the world. The pioneering Los Angeles retailer announced that the company recently signed off on a licensing deal that will bring American Rag to Shanghai, possibly in the first half of 2015.

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New Hires at Element

Manufacturing

Element, the Costa Mesa, Calif.–based brand owned by Billabong International Ltd., announced new hires recently.

Active: New President, Plan for Growth

Retail

Rick Mina, former chief executive officer and president of Foot Locker North America, was named president of Active Ride Shop, a 21-store chain headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., that is devoted to action-sports brands.

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Basics on a Local Mission

Groceries

When Robert Lohman and Matt Boelk started the Los Angeles–based Groceries Apparel brand in 2010, they were advised that they could not launch their type of business—a vertically manufactured eco-basics brand. Critics said it was too niche and too expensive to build. Just one mistake could cripple the whole venture. Their advisers were almost right.

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Project Ethos’ LAFW Show

Project Ethos mixed sizzle and good works at its LA Fashion Week show, all of which took a bow at the Avalon Hollywood club.

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From The Underground - Skingraft’s Flagship Party

Underground celebs and designers made their way to the Oct. 18 opening of the Skingraft designer label’s new flagship at the corner of 8th & Spring St. in downtown Los Angeles. For many it was the underground store party to be seen, but for Jonny Cota, founder of Skingraft, the new shop represented a new statement for the leather and avant garde - fashion label. “This is the brand grown-up,” Cota said of the new flagship for the label which has frequently produced runway shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, and back-in-the day when MBFW was in L.A

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The Scotch Sartorial: Start of a Movement?

We live in a casual world. Thanks to Silicon Valley, malls filled with basics brands and changing dress codes, Jeans and hoodies work in almost any situation. But the designers who appeared at The Scotch Sartorial on Oct. 19 want to present an alternative.

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Cheyann Benedict On Coastal Road

For her new collaboration, Cheyann Benedict found inspiration in Florida. Specifically, inspiration was found in the art town of Santa Rosa Beach on Florida’s Gulf Coast. It’s the headquarters of Coastal Road, an accessories label which specializes in a unique digital printing method on leather bags. At an intimate Oct. 18 gathering at the Cheyann Benedict boutique, Benedict and Coastal Roads’ Christie Casillo unveiled the collaboration where Benedict’s lava design was printed on an a Coastal Road clutch. The lava print dress and the clutch can be purchased at www.coastalroad.net and at the Cheyann Benedict boutique. Voila.

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Ministry of Supply Pops in L.A.

The Ministry of Supply brand recently moved into the Los Angeles pop-up space curated by the Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs trade show. The brand aims to mix elements of activewear and officewear into the emerging men’s brand. The pop-up is scheduled to run until Oct. 26

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Wildfox’s Wild Store Opening!

After years of producing fabulous runway shows at Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Miami, Wildfox planned to pack all of its galm in its first flagship store in the Sunset Plaza boutique district. Check out pictures of the Oct. 16 debut party.

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#CheckYourSelfie/Keep A Breast

Keep-A-Breast has partnered with various action sports fashion labels to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. On Oct. 16, it held a bowling event in Santa Monica for its #CheckYourSelfie initiative. It asks women to post a clothed selfie picture, placing three fingers to their breast to symbolize a monthly commitment to check for breast cancer.

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Nick Waterhouse…Tanner…At The Foundation

Nick Waterhouse is a pretty groovy guy. Plays a Van Morrison-esque, rockin' blue-eyed soul, got that clean-cut Buddy Holly/Marshall Crenshaw rockabilly look. GQ did a blog about him this summer. True to the fashion angle, he played The Foundation showroom at the Cooper Design Space in downtown L.A on Oct. 16. It was a celebration for a Tanner Goods/Danner Goods footwear collab.

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Shop Til You Drop, For A Cause - at The Citadel

Shop till you drop. You hear that every day. But Citadel Outlets near downtown L.A. wants you to shop till you drop for a cause. Check out the 9th Annual Shopping Extravaganza on Oct. 18.