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Department Stores and Chains Turn Out

LA Majors Market

Business for the juniors and department store–focused LA Majors Market, which ran Oct. 6-8 at the California Market Center, was brisk, according to the market’s vendors.

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Go Sports Luxe, T-shirt and Distressed

Spring 2015 Fashions

Predictions and observations on next year’s juniors fashions that came out of the Barbara Fields Spring-Summer 2015 Trend Presentation on October 6-8.

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Showroom Profile: W5 Concepts

New Lines

For Karyn Kim, the questions all designers should ask themselves can be boiled down to a few Ws.

Gap’s Murphy Resigns

Executive Moves

Glenn Murphy, Gap Inc.’s chief executive officer and chairman, announced his resignation from the company on Oct. 8.

NRF Forecasts 4.1 Percent Increase in Christmas Sales

Holiday 2014

Expect a good Holiday season, according to a National Retail Federation forecast.

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Rachel Zoe at South Coast Plaza

Rachel Zoe styled looks for high profile women such as Nicole Richie, Britney Spears and Kate Beckinsale before launching her own media vehicles such as Bravo program The Rachel Zoe Project. On Oct. 9, Zoe will be at South Coast Plaza in Orange County to helm the Live the Look Fall trend presentation runway show.

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Alternative X Art of Elysium

Alternative gained notice for designing sustainable clothing at its Los Angeles studio. Recently, Alternative designed some soft tees to raise funds for Art of Elysium

Wet Seal’s Veteran CFO Resigns

Executive Moves

Steven H. Benrubi, the long-serving chief financial officer of The Wet Seal Inc., resigned from the struggling juniors retailer.

eBay and PayPal to be Separate Companies

Retail

It was announced on Sept. 30, that eBay Inc., the pioneering e-commerce market headquartered in San Jose, Calif., that had revenues of $4.4 billion in its second quarter of 2014, intends to spin off its PayPal division, which handles one in every $6 spent online, according to a PayPal statement.

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Making Eco Fashion Stylish and Profitable

Amour Vert

San Francisco–based Amour Vert’s creative director, Linda Balti was invited to become a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America

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L.A. Company to Make CBGB Live Again

CBGB

The styles inspired by the scene at the CBGB nightclub in mid-1970s New York, one of the world’s first punk clubs, made a big impact on global fashion, but the club closed in 2006. Los Angeles–based branding and licensing company Epic Rights plans to make CBGB a notable fashion name in the current era.

Western Wear Shop Boot Barn Files IPO

Retail

Boot Barn Holdings, a western apparel and footwear retailer headquartered in Irvine, Calif., wants to go public.

Specialty Boutiques, Major Retailers Try New Mix of Specialty and E-Commerce

Ecommerce

For 15 years, Erica Dee Thomas believed that success for her series ofboutiques, came from being community fixtures, places where fashion people could gather. Now she believes the path to success goes through her clients’ doorsteps.

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Christian Azzinaro Debut

Christian Azzinaro has logged 10-years in L.A. fashion with repping his lines The Odds and Mint Currency, along with being a design consultant. His next project? His self-named line Christian Azzinaro. The first collection of the Christian Azzinaro line will be called Luna, and it is inspired by science fiction and men’s ready-to-wear

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GQ X Northern Grade in L.A.

Roving market Northern Grade will take its traveling show of Made In USA men’s fashions and products, and make a stop downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District on Oct. 4-5.

Advanstar Sold for $972 Million

Trade Show

Advanstar Communications Inc., producer of the biannual MAGIC Marketplace trade shows in Las Vegas, the biggest apparel trade show in North America, announced on Oct. 1 that it will be acquired for $972 million, by London-based media company and events producer UBM PLC.

Wet Seal Announces New Digital Czar

Executive Moves

The Wet Seal Inc. created a new position, chief digital officer, to increase its e-commerce, which is one of the brightest spots if its business.

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A Decade of G-Star on Melrose

Jeremy Steenblik and his partners have run the G-Star boutique on Los Angeles' Melrose Avenue for 10-years. He tells us a little about what got his boutique through good---and bad times.

L.A. Men’s Market at 1: New Brands, Wide Range of Styles

Trade Show

The LA Men’s Market trade show forecasts growth and filling a unique niche when it rolls out its first-anniversary show at the Area 4 section of the California Market Center Oct. 13–14.

Proposed Retail Pay Hike: Pols Campaign, Businesses Divided

Retail

Cities all over California are discussing or taking legislative steps toward raising minimum wages, which could add a few more dollars to sales staffs’ paychecks—or drive retailers out of business, depending upon whom you ask.

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Construction Ramping up For A.P.C.in DTLA

Call it a forecast come true. Since the beginning of this year, blogs and interviews with Jean Touitou noted that his highly anticipated A.P.C. boutique was scheduled to open in downtown Los Angeles. Recently, a public note confirmed that the French denim and ready-to-wear boutique will open in downtown's fashion district.

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L.A.’s Suitably Enough in Vancouver

While another Los Angeles Fashion Week is scheduled to run next month, Michaela Mendiola of the Suitably Enough fashion label in the Los Angeles area produced a runway show for her fashions in Vancouver Fashion Week in British Columbia. Here’s a couple of looks.

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In Heroes We Trust Stays Up Late

In Heroes We Trust, one of Abbot Kinney Boulevard's newest shops, stayed open late on Sept. 18 to party with the designers and artists represented in the shop. Check it out.

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50 Ways To Shop DTLA

Last year the map counted 36 stores. This year they found 50 boutique style stores in downtown Los Angeles. When they publish another edition of “50 Reasons To Shop DTLA,” probably around Black Friday, Cinnia Finfer and Kuo Yang expect to find more high end boutique shops. Meet the mapmakers of downtown Los Angeles' burgeoning boutique market.

Same-Day Service to Give Edge to Macy’s and Others

Retail

From recommendation algorithms to drones, Amazon.com and other major e-commerce sites branded themselves as the go-to places for new retail tech and convenience, but Macy’s Inc. and other big mall companies are pushing back.

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The Celect: Dramatic Style for Multi-line shop

Retail

Independent, multi-line retailer The Celect prides itself on its diversity and trying out new ideas, but some things don’t seem to change this six-month-old boutique.

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Straight Out of Austin

Stag

Abbot Kinney Boulevard has become one of Los Angeles’ top fashion streets—a place where unique brands from Los Angeles, New York and around the globe go to make a statement. But the latest boutique on Abbot Kinney hopes to give the street an Austin point of view.

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Making a Los Angeles Bow

Montreal’s M0851

Since 1987, Montreal brand M0851 has been making leather jackets and bags for men and women in a workshop in Montreal. Other than its New York shop, it had no other branded stores in the United States—until now.

Avant Garde Paris Store L’Eclaireur Opening in LA, Tranoi Heading to NY.

Retail

In 2015, the French retailer intends to open a location for his avant-garde-inspired boutique, L’Eclaireur, in Los Angeles, according to a spokesperson.

Beverly Center’s Ferragamo Scheduled to Reopen

Retail

On Oct. 10, Salvatore Ferragamo is scheduled to unveil a redesign of its boutique in Los Angeles’ Beverly Center, according to a Ferragamo statement.

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Mad Rabbit Kicking Tiger’s SUPR FELT

Shaun Nath started the Mad Rabbit Kicking Tiger accessories brand in Shanghai five years ago. He moved to Los Angeles this year. His welcome home gift? SUPR FELT.

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SIMA's 1st Stokes Me Bowl-A-Rama

Surf industry Manufacturers Association introduced the Stokes Me Bowl-A-Rama, to raise funds for the SIMA Humanitarian Fund on Sept. 16. Brands sent their best bowlers to compete. Top surfers and rock star Tré Cool of band Green Day also showed up.

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The Hundreds X Haiti

Streetwear loves satire, but that doesn't mean it is fashion for jerks. Enter The Hundreds X Haiti.

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New Market For Fashion Crafters

Described as ‘Etsy meets brick and mortar,” the Odd Market at Casa Vertigo will take a bow on Sept. 21, at Casa Vertigo at 1828 Oak Street in downtown Los Angeles.

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Cooper’s Art Above The Streets

Homeowners, businesses, aesthetes have all registered mighty complained about billboards as blocking their views, causing car crashes or being eyesores. But London-based artist Robert Montgomery sees beauty in the billboard. A show of his billboard art was curated in Cooper Design Space's Gateway Gallery.

Apple, Macy’s Debut Digital Wallets

Technology

To great fanfare, Apple introduced its digital wallet, Apple Pay, on Sept. 9. However, more retailers are getting into the mobile payments market.

West Hollywood’s Fur Ban to Be Changed

Retail

The city of West Hollywood, Calif., passed the first municipal fur ban in the United States in 2013, and since then the ban has been the subject of legal action.

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Clubbing at Macy’s Glamorama 2014

Nightclub in Hollywood

After playing at the Burning Man festival in the harsh Nevada desert over the Labor Day weekend, Paul Oakenfold performed trance music Sept. 9 at the Create Nightclub in Hollywood, Calif., for Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama 2014.

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Announcing Outerknown Brand

Kelly Slater

Kelly Slater, surf champ and former public face of Quiksilver, announced his new brand, Outerknown, which will debut for Fall 2015.

Twitter Launches the Buy Button

Retail

Twitter’s move into business has been anticipated for more than a year, and on Sept. 8, it became official. The social-media site unveiled a “buy” button, which will allow people to make online purchases without leaving the site.

Shawmut Wraps Up Rodeo Projects With Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Gucci

Retail

Boston-headquartered construction company Shawmut Design and Construction has worked on many projects on iconic shopping street Rodeo Drive over the years, including the building of shops Tory Burch, Tom Ford and Jimmy Choo.

Thomas Announces Plans to Re-merchandise Wet Seal

Retail

A week after juniors retailer Wet Seal Inc. announced that Ed Thomas would return as its chief executive officer, Thomas presided over a conference call with Wall Street analysts on Sept. 10.

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The Hundreds Gets Huger

Retail

The Hundreds’ 400-square-foot boutique was closed for renovations and expansion, said Bobby Kim, a co-founder of the popular brand. It is taking over the two adjacent storefronts and will reopen in the fall.

Kitson to Open New Stores

Retail

After opening a 15,000-square-foot Las Vegas emporium on March 28, Los Angeles–headquartered boutique chain Kitson is on the move again.

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Planning a Santa Monica Store at South Coast Plaza

Uniqlo Takes A Bow

With a performance by Taiko drummers, Larry Meyer, chief executive officer of Uniqlo USA, opened the doors of the Uniqlo emporium on Sept. 5 at South Coast Plaza retail center in Costa Mesa, Calif.

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The Game Visits Boyz NY

Hip Hop star The Game visited the storefront of streetwear brand Boyz NY on Los Angeles’ Fairfax Avenue on Sept. 6,

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Marciano’s Big 10

Marciano, a brand of Guess?, recently celebrated 10-years of biz with in-store events across the US. Here’s a look at a couple of the store parties.

Back to School’s Retail Surge

Retail

The Back-to-School season made business surge in August, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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Making Sales on Social Media Elusive, But Intriguing

Retail

After a decade of building audiences and communities, many think that social-media sites should be able to transform into a giant cash register.

Reed Plans New Trade Show Axis, Taps Agenda’s Chiu to Lead the N.Y. Event

Trade Show

After producing four Agenda Wmns sub-shows at the popular Agenda trade show, Vanessa Chiu will helm her own event, which will be called Axis, it was announced on Sept. 4.