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Andrew Asch

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GGeisha Is Back

After a year-long hiatus, GGeisha produced one of her Dripped Fashion Soiree parties for independent fashion.

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Fred Segal to Open New West Hollywood Compound

Fred Segal

A new Fred Segal is coming to the Los Angeles area.

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The Hundreds: Break Out The Aprons

Nothing says domesticity like streetwear brand The Hundreds!

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Caruso’s Name Change

If the company name Caruso Affiliated sounded like a mouthful, the developer of The Grove and Americana at Brand retail centers introduced a new brand name. It's the one word moniker Caruso.

2016 Retrospective: 2016 Rough Ride for Buckle, Rally for Zumiez

Retail

On Dec. 13, The Buckle Inc. announced a deal with Affliction, the Seal Beach, Calif.–based brand, to be the exclusive retailer for the brand’s collection inspired by the “Fast and Furious” film franchise. The announcement might be a good way to end 2016. It’s been a rough ride for the Kearney, Neb.–headquartered retailer.

2016 Retrospective: Off-Pricers Ross, TJX Sales Surge

Retail

For the past seven years, sales for off-price retail have been surging. These retailers typically offer goods at 20 percent to 60 percent off the retail price, and 2016 was another banner year for two of the biggest retailers in the market: Ross Stores Inc. and The TJX Companies.

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Haute Holiday: The New Hollywood at Fashion Speaks

Haute Holiday

For designer Adolfo Sanchez, it was time to show how streetwear could meet eveningwear.

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Canadian Retailer Aritzia Opens in Los Angeles

Aritzia

Canadian retailer Aritzia is giving Los Angeles a preview of its contemporary looks.

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Kozm: Yoga Is for Real Men

Yoga Is for Real Men

After years of attacking powerful waves and wiping out on concrete and in the snow, the founders of the Kozm brand turned their careers to yoga mats.

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Ron Herman's Jeffrey Rüdes Shop-In-Shop

You can take the designer out of Los Angeles, but you can’t take the L.A. out of the designer.

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Stalyon’s Xmas Mission

The mission of the Stalyon brand: give sick kids the gift of the wilderness.

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Pobega’s Goodbye Berlin

For her Goodbye Berlin collection, Valerj Pobega said 'no thanks' to runways and installations.

2016 Newsmakers: FBI Helps Businesses Start—and Grow

Manufacturing

When Frances Harder left a university-level teaching position in the late 1990s, she believed that there was something missing from instruction in fashion education. There was a lack of educators addressing the latest in technology and business practices. In 1999, she founded Fashion Business Inc. as an educational nonprofit for new entrepreneurs. Its mission would be to bring the latest techniques to those looking for a foothold in the business.

2016 Newsmakers: Capsule and Axis Launch in Los Angeles

Trade Shows

The Capsule trade show was deemed a success after 175 vendors exhibited at its inaugural Los Angeles show in October. Cofounder Deirdre Maloney confirmed that the 9-year-old, high-end contemporary show will be in Los Angeles to stay.

2016 Newsmakers: Mall Development Returns

Retail

Two years ago, retail was buzzing with talk that the mall was dead. At the National Retail Federation’s Big Show, Rick J. Caruso, founder of The Grove retail center in Los Angeles, said that the mall was doomed.

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Shaun White: Make Room for WHT Space

For sports star and entrepreneur Shaun White, it was the comment that could not be ignored.

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Brooks Bros Big Holiday

Brooks Brothers made clothes for Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. On Dec. 3, the venerable label held a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at its Rodeo Drive emporium.

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Man & Wolf Revs Up Pop-up Shop

We've seen the Wolf & Man brand at a host of trade shows such as Capsule. But on Dec. 2, the independent menswear brand produced its first pop-up.

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Citizens of Humanity's Open Studio

It's Open Studio time at Citizens of Humanity's Downtown Los Angeles showroom.

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Popkiller’s Happy 13th

Ricky Takizawa spent 13 years putting a Little Tokyo edge on pop art at his Pop and Popkiller stores. He celebrated his Lucky 13 anniversary on Dec. 1.

Wild Ride for Retailers in November

Retail

Retailers reported mixed sales after a rollercoaster ride for business in November.

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Rachel Zoe’s Winter Box

Rachel Zoe brought in the holiday season Nov. 30 with an exclusive dinner party at the historic Chateau Marmont hotel. The guest of honor? The winter edition for her Box of Style subscription service.

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Lily Ashwell Tries Outerwear & Bridal

Lily Ashwell

First it was her version of workwear. Now designer Lily Ashwell is going formal.

Black Friday Shopping Up, Deals Abound

Retail

More people shopped on Black Friday, but spending per person was down, according to the National Retail Federation trade group, headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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Black Friday Shopping Up, Deals Abound

More people shopped on Black Friday, but spending per person was down, according to the National Retail Federation trade group, headquartered in Washington D.C.

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Super DJ Aoki’s Garmento Heart

DJ Aoki

Steve Aoki makes a mint every time he deejays at a Las Vegas mega-club or at a giant concert, but the guy has demonstrated that he has a garmento’s heart, and he’s upping his ante for the fashion game.

See It Buy It Plans To Cut M-Commerce Clutter

Technology

Joe Monastiero wants to clean up online shopping.

Alice + Olivia, AG Opening at Fashion Island

Retail

A 2,000-square-foot boutique for Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet opened its doors for business Nov. 18 at the Fashion Island retail center in Newport Beach, Calif.

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Phase 1 for Westfield Century City Remodel: Bloomingdale’s

Bloomingdale’s

Construction on the more than $955 million remodel of Westfield Century City in Los Angeles’ Century City neighborhood has been underway since 2013, but the luxe center recently observed a low-key debut that will be key to the center’s new look, said William Hecht, Westfield’s chief operating officer.

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Santa's Flight Academy Takes Off at Taubman

Last week, an amusement park style installation, Santa’s Flight Academy, took a bow at 12 Taubman shopping centers across the country.

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Crooks & Castles Revs Up Holiday 2016 Collection

Adventure was mixed into the design for the recently released Crooks & Castles' Holiday 2016 collection. On the label for a woman’s beanie “Down for Whatever.”

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Reynaldo Aquino’s Ninja Style

For L.A. area indie designer Reynaldo Aquino, warriors don’t come in camouflage or olive green.

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Vans, Dior Homme, Stella McCartney to South Coast Plaza

Vans, Dior Homme and Stella McCartney are on their way to opening boutiques at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Department of Labor Blasts So Cal Factories for Wage Theft

Manufacturing

Eighty-five percent of Southern California garment contractors operated in violation of wage laws and were guilty of wage theft in the 2016 fiscal year, according to an investigation of the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division.

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Wolk Morais: Always Independent

Wolk Morais

Wolk Morais designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais explored 1930s Hollywood in their latest collection, which recently bowed in West Hollywood, Calif.

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Meet The Lemonade Millionaires

Until recently, it was blazing hot in Southern California, and a week before Thanksgiving, it is still warm, good weather for lemonade. Enter the Lemonade Millionaires.

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Taco Bell's Fashion

Want to represent your favorite fast food taqueria? Taco Bell has a look for you.

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Runway Show Raises $2.1 Million for Down Syndrome

With the help of Oscar winners Jamie Foxx and Hilary Swank, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation produced the 2016 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion show in Denver Saturday. The event raised awareness and funds for medical research for people with Down Syndrome.

American Apparel Files 2nd Bankruptcy, Seeking Acquisition

Manufacturing

American Apparel LLC has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in just over a year.

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Shearer’s Heroic New Book

There’s heroism even in the most grittiest corners. It’s a theme that boutique owner and fashion designer Neely Shearer puts forth in her new book “In Heroes We Trust: Street Artists and Their Heroes.”

Trade Show: Shop&Dine

Trade Shows

Traveling to trade shows means three things: making big sales, eating out and discovering a new store to provide a nice pick-me-up. Here are a few suggestions on some of the newer restaurants and fashionable boutiques found in the major cities on the trade-show circuit.

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Cuater: Putting Design Sizzle In Belts

Cuater

The belt has been the wallflower of most people’s wardrobes, said Robbie McKnight, but the humble accessory has design possibilities that few have seen.

Gap’s October Sales Dip

Retail

A fire in Gap Inc.’s Fishkill, N.Y., distribution center proved devastating to the retail giant. Because of the Aug. 29 fire, Gap’s October 2016 same-store sales declined 1 percent, according to a statement from the San Francisco–headquartered company.

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Unexpected Biz at ComplexCon

ComplexCon

The inaugural ComplexCon event in Long Beach, Calif., mixed fashion trade-show exhibition business with comic-convention fandom during its Nov. 5–6 run, when the novel arrangement made some of the event’s vendors wonder if this angle on a trade show could turn into a new revenue center.

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Style Fashion Week to Palm Springs

Just a few weeks after producing a week of shows in West Hollywood, Calif., Style Fashion Week is off to the desert playground Palm Springs to produce a set of shows which starts Nov. 9 and ends Nov. 12.

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Poketo To Platform

Years ago, Poketo made a splash on the fashion scene with the brand’s art-inspired T-shirts and wallets. On Nov. 5, the Los Angeles-headquartered company opened its third flagship, this one took a bow at Platform, a boutique retail center in Culver City, Calif.

Lin Exits American Rag

Retail

Caleb Lin, the executive vice president, buying director, and men’s buyer of prominent retailer American Rag Cie, announced in a Nov. 4 email that he will be leaving the high-end, influential fashion company.

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ComplexCon’s First Splash

Reed Pop, a division of the company that produces the Agenda trade show, will run the debut of ComplexCon Nov. 5-6. in Long Beach, Calif. It will be a consumer event featuring major streetwear and sneaker brands and concerts by the likes of Snoop Dogg and Scrillex.

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Lucky Brand’s Spring/Summer 2017 Preview

Preview of Lucky Brand's Spring Summer 2017 styles Nov. 3 at SmogShoppe in Culver City, Calif.

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Green Light for The Reef’s Expansion

The Reef Expands

The Reef Project, formerly known as the LA Mart showroom building, plans on a major expansion.