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Andrew Asch

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August Business Mixed

Retail

The U.S. economy was good in August, but retail sales ranged from solid to soft.

After Tough Times, Gap Announces New Stores

Retail

After a long period of restructuring, Gap Inc., often described as the world’s largest specialty retailer, is charting a course for growth.

Everystore Packages Universe of E-Retail

Technology

For many, shopping online feels like navigating a tsunami of choices and information.

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J!nx’s Clothes for the Nerd Goes Pro-Sports

J!nx’s Clothes

The competition is just beginning.

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Michaud Opens Thread + Seed

In 2012, Melanie Michaud opened indie fashion shop Graffiti Beach in San Diego. Over the recent Labor Day weekend, Michaud opened Thread + Seed.

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FBI Says Farewell with a Party

Since 1999, Fashion Business Inc has been an educational source for fashion entrepreneurs that also produced runway shows and events. It announced that it was shuttering in July. On Aug. 31, a farewell party was produced at the Fathom Gallery in California Market Center.

Retail Healthier than Many Think, Research Group Says

Retail

IHL Group, a partner of National Retail Federation, the Washington, D.C.–based trade group, released a paper on Aug. 30 that said that tough times for retail have been greatly exaggerated.

OC Fashion Week Starts

Runway

Orange County Fashion Week will aim to balance trade, consumer and glitz when the biannual fashion event unveils a series of shows Sept. 5–9. OC Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2018 shows will be held in venues around Newport Beach, Calif.

Shafer Exits Agave

Manufacturing

Jeff Shafer, the founder of Agave, a premium-denim line that has been sold at retailers such as Nordstrom, recently announced that he was leaving the label after a 15-year run.

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Nifty Genius: Menswear and Retail for All Seasons

Nifty Genius

The Nifty Genius menswear label takes the term “lifestyle brand” very seriously.

Groceries Apparel Looks to Build a Natural Dyehouse in Southern California

Manufacturing

In a rapidly changing fashion market, Matt Boelk and Rob Lohman basically want to build a new segment from the ground up.

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AG Parties for its Fall 2017 Looks

At an Aug. 28 party for its Fall 2017 collection, the AG brand decamped to Skybar in West Hollywood.

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ComplexCon Announces N.E.R.D & Gucci Mane in Concert

ComplexCon returns the weekend of Nov. 4 – 5 in Long Beach, festival goers will be treated to sounds from hitmakers such as Pharrell Williams' N.E.R.D and Gucci Mane.

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Enze To Abbot Kinney

An independent boutique, Enze, recently opened on high end retail street Abbot Kinney.

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Abercrombie & Fitch's New Concept Store

Abercrombie & Fitch's new concept store took a bow at Westfield Century City mall on Aug. 25. A&F promises that it will be more fashion in a smaller space.

Pool Provides a Showcase for Up-and-Comers and Indies

Trade Shows

UBM’s Pooltradeshow has always been a venue for independent and up-and-coming apparel and accessories brands. The Aug. 14–16 show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center returned to its prime location next to Project near the shuttle bus drop-off.

Project: Big Show Drives Biz Through Small “Neighborhoods”

Trade Shows

During a time of great change for retail, Project continued to be a big show.

Liberty Expands Quest Section

Trade Shows

Change was on the mind of Sam Ben-Avraham, founder of Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs.

Capsule; New Styles, New Floor Layout

Trade Shows

High-end streetwear, fashion, denim and environmentally sustainable fashions for men and women were among the categories on display at the Aug. 14–16 run of Capsule at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Agenda: Show Floor Debuts & With Look To Future

Trade Shows

The Aug. 14–16 run of Agenda at the Sands Expo and Convention Center featured debuts and some new fashion styles. There also was a promise of change, said Aaron Levant, the show founder.

E-Com Exec to Run Macy’s Stores, 100 Jobs Cut

Retail

A desire to make Macy’s department stores even more tech-friendly led to the hire of its new chief.

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Footwear Brand Sanuk Slides Into Apparel

Sanuk

After more than two decades of making flip-flops and footwear for the surf and beach crowd, the Sanuk brand is trying apparel.

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Beverly Hills Tells Shops to Stay Open Late

Retail

The city of Beverly Hills has been encouraging boutiques to keep doors open after most stores call it quits for the night.

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Costume Designers Talk at Beverly Center

Red carpets are scheduled to be rolled out Sept. 17 for the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Beverly Center held a panel of nominated costume designers Aug. 16.

E-Com Exec to Run Macy’s Stores, 100 Jobs Cut

A desire to make Macy’s department stores even more tech-friendly informed the hire of its new chief.

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Michael Costello’s Boutique Takes A Bow

After a career of dressing the likes of Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, and starring on Project Runway in 2010, Michael Costello put his name in concrete...with a L.A. Fashion District store.

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Olivia Culpo’s PrettyLittleThing Party

UK brand PrettyLittleThing’s mission is to bring runway and celeb fashions to women at a low price. On Aug. 17, it produced a Los Angeles party for its capsule line PrettyLittleThing X Olivia Culpo.

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Magic Kingdom Takes Best Fashion Picture at LJIFFF

La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival has maintained its independence since it was founded in 2010. Last month, more than 700 people attended the event’s parties and film festival. The Best Picture Award was handed to Magic Kingdom.

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LA Swim Week Starts on Irreverent Note

LA Swim Week

For its second run at the Skirball Cultural Center in West LA, the Los Angeles Swim Week fashion shows started on an irreverent note.

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Orders Despite Uncertainty at Las Vegas Trade Shows

LV Trade Shows

The apparel industry headed to Las Vegas on the hunt for new trends and new business at the many apparel and sourcing trade shows spread across the city.

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Rodd & Gunn Takes a Bow at Westfield Century City

New Zealand’s Rodd & Gunn clothiers are taking a wider gamble on California. The third Rodd & Gunn store in California opened Aug. 10 at the Westfield Century City mall, which neighbors affluent enclaves such as Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles.

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Debbie Harry X Obey Comes to Melrose

The Debbie Harry X Obey Collection lands in a pop-up shop on Los Angeles' Melrose Avenue.

Bread Gets Money for E-commerce Payment Program

Technology

Bread is a New York–headquartered finance technology company that lets merchants give their customers the option to pay for items in several installments over time.

Le Box Blanc’s Neighborhood Store in DTLA

Retail

For the past two years, Le Box Blanc has been delivering contemporary fashions to people all over America from its e-commerce shop .

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Reef Founder Aguerre Brings Wild Style to Waterman’s

Waterman’s

Reef brand founder Fernando Aguerre ushered in the irreverent sartorial style of the annual Waterman’s when he arrived at the inaugural event in 1993 wearing a sarong and a 1920s-era vintage dinner jacket.

Agenda Festival to Return

Trade Shows

Agenda Festival, the consumer day of the streetwear-focused Agenda trade show, made an inaugural run last month.

Westfield Century City Announces New Stores

Retail

Westfield Century City recently announced another slate of retailers scheduled to join the sprawling mall, which is undergoing a $1 billion remodel.

Odain Brand Opens 1st Shop

Retail

Odain Watson relaunched his Odaingerous brand in 2016, and on Aug. 17 he is scheduled to open a shop, also called Odaingerous, at 719 S. Main St. in downtown Los Angeles. It will be the emerging brand’s first shop.

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Japan’s Edwin Denim brand to Unveil Adriano Goldschmied Line for US

Edwin Denim

In its 70th anniversary year, Japanese denim powerhouse Edwin Co. Ltd. opened a U.S. creative studio and is bringing in jeans legend Adriano Goldschmied to design a collection for the U.S. market.

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Patrick DiLascia Launches Patrick Brand

Patrick Brand

A new bricks-and-mortar store is the center of Patrick DiLascia’s new fashion venture.

Callaway Hopes for Hole-in-1 With TravisMathew

Manufacturing

Callaway Golf Co. recently announced that it had acquired Huntington Beach, Calif.–headquartered apparel brand TravisMathew, LLC for $125.5 million in an all-cash transaction.

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Selectiv: Post-Corporate Business Casual

Selectiv

After spending years working in corporate environments, specifically digital departments for entertainment companies, Daniel Sakai and Calvin Lim came to a conclusion: Men’s office clothes had become a dull uniform, even in the era of business casual.

Wvs Brgde: Minimalistic Action Sports Aesthetic

Manufacturing

Pastels and neon colors might as well be white noise to Brian Boles.

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Menoh's Sewing Machine Music

Ask Lun*na Menoh, there’s a rock ‘n’ roll song in the sound of the sewing machine.

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Wool & Thimble’s Summer Launch party

Made in Los Angeles, Wool & Thimble constructs high end T-shirts, wovens and sweats for men. Reggie Marshall, the brand’s founder and creative director, produced a launch party for its Summer ’17 collection on Aug. 8.

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Bathing Ape to make a Los Angeles Comeback

High end Japanese streetwear brand Bathing Ape is making a return to Los Angeles after closing down an emporium near Melrose and Fairfax avenues in July 2010.

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J!nx for Gamers

J!nx is a San Diego-headquartered brand that makes clothes for gamers; the people who can’t be pried away from their video, Internet, X-Box, you name it-games.

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Fred Segal Announces Flagship Shop-in-Shops

Retail

Fred Segal is moving along toward a fall 2017 opening—perhaps in mid-September—for its new flagship in West Hollywood, Calif., located near the Sunset Plaza high-end retail enclave.

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69 Brand Pops

Gender neutral fashions are having a moment. Los Angeles brand 69 is making a statement for the look at a pop-up shop

July Sales Up, But Results Mixed

Retail

July sales beat forecasts, according to market-research firm Retail Metrics.