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Andrew Asch

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L.A. Boutique Veterans Alisa Loftin and Neely Shearer Return to Retail With In Heroes We Trust

Retail

After a long break, two stars of Los Angeles’ boutique scene, Neely Shearer and Alisa Loftin, will open a new store near booming Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

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Surging Retail Traffic & New Lines Debuts

Agenda

Agenda has always staked a claim to being the go-to place for streetwear and action-sports clothing, and it defended that position this year by attracting a host of big-name retailers and a wide array of apparel outposts.

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New Boots for Palladium

Palladium used to march to a military beat when it made boots for the French Foreign Legion. With its upcoming collaboration with Alpha Industries, it is marching to the beat of a different drummer.

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No Surf? Here’s Seventh Wave & Endless Summer!

There are no waves in Long Beach. But there's the Seventh Wave Surf Shop and the Art Theatre. It just enough for a 50th anniversary screening of The Endless Summer - the flick that put surf culture on the world's radar screens.

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Akai Ito's New Store

Akai Ito opened in 2012 with the mission of bringing high end avant garde fashions to Los Angeles' Arts District. But it recently moved to the Old Bank District, and its new space will offer an art gallery and a shop.

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The Cooper’s Eternal Sunshine of the Contemporary Mind

During the World Cup, Cooper Design Space screened the soccer event’s highly anticipated games in its lobby, now it’s back to art with a gallery show by artist Jess Black.

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SLVDR: Taking the Boardshort in a Different Direction

Manufacturing

Technical boardshorts have ruled the action-sports swim game for years. But Rob Myers, president and creative director of the Santa Ana, Calif.–based men’s collection SLVDR, wants to challenge swim fashion with his label’s new “Water Short,” which debuted at the Agenda trade show in Long Beach, Calif., on July 10.

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Venue Makes Its Third Appearance

The Place to Be

For the owners of the Casablank streetwear label, business can be a transcontinental road trip.

June Sales Better Than Expected

Retail

A month of warm weather melted some of the winter blues held by some retailers, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers, a New York trade group for the shopping-center business.

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Tough Times in Retail Lead to Complex Ways to Thrive

Retail

After a decade of solid growth, Ricky Takizawa’s Popkiller chain of stores will experience its first big setback. Its long-running boutique at The Lab, an upscale and hip specialty retail center in Costa Mesa, Calif., is scheduled to close at the end of July.

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Cambiami Says Change Me

Summer’s here, and it’s time to treat sandals like accessories...

Bebe Announces New Board Members

Retail

Last month Bebe Stores Inc. named Jim Wiggett as its interim chief executive officer. Now the beleaguered contemporary retailer has revamped its board of directors.

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What’s Next For USC’s University Village

For decades The University Village Shopping Center across the street from University of Southern California has been kind of a sad sack mall. There have been no boutiques or restaurants which captured the collective attention or dollars of the hundreds of thousands of relatively well-off students at USC. But that might be changing. Construction fences were placed, and renovation might begin in the Fall.

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Agenda Unveils Caps

Agenda, the streetwear, action sports, and lifestyle trade show, starts July 10 in Long Beach, and it is all about the cap. Take a look at this show's caps.

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A Hard Day’s Varvatos

After spending years convincing famous rockers to model his self -named line, John Varvatos finally got a Beatle.

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Baciano by Bacci Takes It To The Street

The Baciano by Bacci contemporary label is planning its Spring 2015 looks, and a higher profile. The new profile started with a move to a street level boutique space at 1316 Santee St. in downtown Los Angeles.

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An Activewear Line That Goes From Working Out to Working

Fashion

With a new shop at the prominent Fashion Island retail center in Newport Beach, Calif., Out Incorporated plans to introduce activewear that can be worn to the gym or the office.

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Sport Chalet Acquired by East Coast Retail Group

Sport Chalet

Sport Chalet Inc., a prominent West Coast retailer of sporting goods for more than 50 years, was acquired by Vestis Retail Group,which runs Bob’s Stores and Eastern Mountain Sports.

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Party in L.A.

Made in LA

Here’s a typical timeline for designers: Toil through the process of making a debut line, produce a big party, and then hope buyers take a look at the line. The Well, a downtown Los Angeles creative company, flipped the typical timeline.

Le Tote: Finding A Stylist In The Machine

Technology

Le Tote is riding the wave that has spawned other rental e-commerce rental sites such as Rent the Runway and Bag Borrow & Steal. But the San Francisco e-retailer has carved out a unique niche for itself.

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Brookfield’s Hogan: Why FIGat7th Retail Center Paid Off, What DTLA Needs To Do To Keep Retail Booming

Retail

Downtown Los Angeles is a hot retail spot now, but eight years ago, it was a dead zone for high-end mall-style retail.

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Soko: From Kenya to S.F. Through M-commerce

Soko, a San Francisco, headquartered company, will ship jewelry from rural and urban slum artisans in Kenya, and place them in top retailers such as Anthropologie.Gwendolyn Floyd, co-founder and president of Soko, runs the company and pays artisans, often living in isolated places in Kenya, through m-commerce.

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The Morning After Mess

It’s Fourth of July this week. Do you know what that means? Beach cleanups! At least if you are in San Diego. Here's a list of some of them...now start cleaning!

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Vision Street Wear’s Double Hit

Call it double vision. Vision Street Wear, the recently relaunched heritage streetwear brand, debuted, count ‘em, two new limited edition capsule brands on June 27 at the ever-so-hip Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles.

Bebe to Shutter 2b Bebe

Retail

Bebe Stores Inc. announced June 27 that it will shutter its 2b Bebe division in a cost cutting effort that will eventually save the retailer $9 to $10 million annually.

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Superbad: Crooks & Castles X James Brown

Call the Crooks & Castles label superbad. It's capsule collection for James Brown biopic Get On Up - The James Brown Story took a bow June 26.

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Eyes Wide Open With Ricoh Theta

It was a party for Ricoh Theta cameras at the Kim Sing Theatre June 25. But revelers also took in performances by Taiko Project, Omodaka and munched on food from Ford's Filling Station.

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Crooks & Castles: After Friend’s Shocking Death, a Collection

Fashion/Designer Profiles

The Spring ’15 looks of Crooks & Castles are in stores, and the streetwear brand’s Fall ’14 styles will be previewed at the upcoming Agenda trade show in Long Beach, Calif., but the Crooks label made one of its most heartfelt statements on June 19.

Vince Announced 2nd Public Offering

News

Vince Holding Corp. received $177 million in an initial public offering in November 2013, and, on June 24, it announced a second public offering.

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Hybrid E-Commerce Opens in Los Angeles

Bonobos

Bonobos, a New York–headquartered men’s clothing brand, helped introduce a new retail model when its Guideshops opened in 2011. Bonobos would deliver one-on-one service to those who wanted a bricks-and-mortar store experience, then ship the clothes to the consumer just like other e-commerce stores do.

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O’Neill Fall ’14 Looks

Party for O'Neill Women's Fall '14 looks. Yow!

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New Look at Original Kitson

Storefront remodeled. Time to party with Brian Lichtenberg at the original Kitson flagship.

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For the Loud: Marshall Headphones and J.Mascis

There's a tradition of loud rock 'n' roll behind Marshall Headphones. The line of personal electronics lived up to its reputation by producing a June 24 concert by alt rock/stoner rock legend J.Mascis at Hollywood's No Vacancy club.

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Carlo Pazolini – Global Citizen

Trademarked as an Italian venture, founded by a man from Eastern Europe, the Carlo Pazolini company calls itself a global company, and on June 24, it opened its first West Coast boutique at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles.

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After Friend’s Shocking Death, A Collection

Crooks & Castles

Crooks & Castles' Spring '15 styles will bow at the upcoming Agenda trade show in Long Beach, Calif., but the label made one of its most heartfelt statements on June 19.

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Pajama Game

Love + Grace

After more than 20 years in the loungewear business, Julie Zipperer wanted to make comfortable pajamas for women, but she did not want to make another “boyfriend” look.

Stitch Labs: Fashion Advice from a Nuclear Scientist

Technology

Levey’s company, Stitch Labs Inc., headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, recently released a new platform for its online inventory program that has a focus on the fashion business.

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Glendale Galleria’s Same Day Splash

Same day delivery service is something that many companies are scrambling to offer, and General Growth Properties Glendale Galleria recently debuted its own same day service.

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Pickett Takes A Bow

Many Californians have not seen San Diego-headquartered line Pickett yet, but the line's founder Jennifer Pickett hopes to build a bigger profile to the line. She held a preview of the line at Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood on June 12.

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Save This Dance!: Diesel’s Jogg Jeans

Diesel wants to prove that you can dance in jeans. Give a welcome to Diesel's Jogg Jeans

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Party for Stance’s New HQ

Stance opened a new headquarters in San Clemente, Calif. The beautiful and dangerous of the surf and skate set dropped by a debut party to welcome the new Stance HQ.

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Rebecca Taylor’s Little White Dress

Little white dresses…babies…there is a connection.

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Immediates and Final Fall Orders at LA Fashion Market

Trade Shows

Los Angeles Fashion Market was busier than expected for many showing at the California Market Center, The New Mart, the Cooper Design Space, the Gerry Building and the Lady Liberty Building, as well as exhibitors showing at Designers and Agents, Brand Assembly and Select.

Birkhold Leaves Bebe

Retail

Steve Birkhold resigned as chief executive officer from Bebe Stores Inc. after spending 18-months trying to turn the mall-based contemporary retailer around, according to a company statement released June 12.

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True & Co’s New Science of Bra Sizing

Technology

The quest to make a better bra is never ending, and San Francisco fashion tech company True & Co. believes that it has designed the big data way of making a bra with a spectacular fit.

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“More Urban…Fashion Forward” Phenomenal Threadz Opens in Inglewood

Retail

When Marena Downs bought a building in the 2600 block of West Manchester Boulevard in Inglewood, Calif., being a property owner had not been the first item on her list of things to do.

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Inside the New Shop

JET John Eshaya

The John Eshaya brand got a little bigger when he recently opened a boutique for JET John Eshaya at 8369 Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles, near the city’s Fairfax District, where the designer grew up.

Huf Skates Back To Fairfax

Update

Prominent Los Angeles–headquartered skate lifestyle brand Huf will revive its retail operations and open a flagship store at 451 N. Fairfax Blvd.

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Bloggers' Soiree at Seven Points

It was a bloggers night out at Seven Points boutique and Park Showroom in downtown Los Angeles on June 11.

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Project’s Party for Todd Snyder

A couple of months before its big show in Las Vegas, Project produced a dinner for star designer Todd Snyder at the Fiore Gardens in Pacific Palisades. The dinner’s cocktails were inspired by Todd’s journey as a designer who started work in Iowa, but made it in New York City, the menu was inspired by locally sourced California cuisine and the dinner conversation was of course, all about fashion.