Chinese New Year has always been a big deal in California, but now retail centers are celebrating in a big way.
There was a new venue and high energy for the second edition of the Venue trade show, which ran Jan. 29–30 on the 11th floor of the Cooper Design Space in downtown Los Angeles.
In the 2014 State of the Union address, which was given Jan. 28, President Barack Obama issued a call to business leaders and politicians at the state and local level to boost the minimum wage in order to strengthen the economy.
The Lauren Moshi brand of T-shirts was touched by a beginner’s luck that never faded.
Trade Show Report
SAN MATEO, Calif.—The first Fashion Market Northern California trade show of 2014 buzzed with business during its Jan. 26–28 run at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, Calif., which is a 20-minute drive south of San Francisco.
Styles from 70-years ago are at the height of current fashion. It got me scratching my head. Is there a poverty of new ideas among designers? Is it a protest against a society that is changing too quickly? Or is that you don't try to improve on perfection?
Japanese brand Azul by Moussy is sold at more than 99 shops in Japan. It will make its American debut at MAGIC MARKET WEEK shows Project and Magic.
A Bit of Weekend Offender
Modern Archives line makes 1980s and mid-century inspired basics fashions, we also loved their blog on unconventional wedding dresses.
Craig Nomura is moving from Williams-Sonoma Inc. to Levi Strauss & Co. as the new executive vice president and head of global retail.
The retail lineup at the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, Calif., is starting to look a lot like musical chairs. At the end of the month, boutiques will begin relocating to other areas of the mall so construction can begin on a new two-level section of the north mall.
Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Corvus +Crux label wonRAW:natural born artists Fashion Designer of the Year.
The debut of Alternative’s new boutique in San Francisco’s stylish Hayes Valley last week was a Bay Area foodie event.
Kitson to Las Vegas
Kitson, the trendy Los Angeles boutique, is gambling that Las Vegas will be a big winner for the retail chain.
Christopher Lane was named director of marketing and business development for Fashion Valley, the Simon Property Group’s regional mall in San Diego.
For much of its more than 20 years in business, Etnies mostly sold footwear for skateboarding.
LA Fashion Market
The recent January market exceeded expectations for many showroom owners and reps.
Another year, another fashion reality series. In 2014, the reality series is Under The Gunn, and former L.A. shopkeeper Isabelle Donola will be among the show’s competitors striving for fashion glory.
Wahoo's Fish Taco is one of the surf industry's favorite places to chow down, but its first restaurant also serves as one of the surf industry's most unique musuems.
From Toupy: Expect prints, bold prints.
Popkiller has been selling fashions with a rock 'n' roll and Japanese pop culture look. Get ready for its new brand, naturally called "Pop."
Ace Hotel had a soft opening on Jan. 6 that was too mild for one of the most highly anticipated projects in the fashion district. The hipster hotel made amends on Jan. 11 with a rager of a dance party.
Filmmaker Matthew Miele will illuminate the world of Tiffany & Co., starting with a documentary on company founder Charles Lewis Tiffany.
The Los Angeles Fashion District has a new haute spot.
Nestled on the 10th floor of the Cooper Design Space, Core Showroom is stepping out on its own, moving to suite 1014 after sharing space in suite 1008 for a few years, said Jillian Kirk, Core’s owner.
While business headlines for the 2013 Christmas holiday season have been mostly downbeat, the 2013 holiday season beat forecasts, according to prominent market-research company ShopperTrak.
The 2013 holiday retail season was tough, but that’s the only thing the industry can agree on.
The Capsule trade show has joined Reed Exhibitions’ portfolio of more than 500 events around the world, including the Agenda trade show, in which Reed acquired a stake in 2012.
Agenda Trade Show
Agenda, the first trade show of the year, started on a robust note.
Michael Natenshon switched careers and revved up what may be a new wave in T-shirts.
Fashion District denizens have been long anticipating the debut of the Ace Hotel at 929 S. Broadway, and on Jan. 6, the newest location in the hipster hotel chain had a soft opening. Ace welcomed passersby into a hipster world that was both wonderful and a bit weird.
At its every show, Agenda works on limited edition caps with its vendors. Here's a look at the new caps, which will be given to Agenda VIPs.
Beverly Hills pop-up shop, The DL, is selling more than 30,000 designer garments that it acquired from a foreclosure sale. The crew working at The DL is only now finding out what they got.
It was announced on Jan. 6 that top women’s beach and surfwear designers Mandy Fry and Summer Rapp will partner with Paul Naude, former president of the Americas division of Billabong International LTD., to develop as yet unnamed women’s lifestyle brand.
Add the Capsule trade show to Reed Exhibitions’ portfolio of more than 500 events around the world, including the Agenda trade show, in which Reed acquired a stake in 2012.
Talk about interesting mixes. Snob Shack, a newish store on Los Angeles’ Melrose Avenue sells “pre-loved” designer bags and new designer eyewear frames for a discount.
In Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach, Calif., swimwear is a year-round business.
Consumers waited until the last minute to shop for holiday gifts. The surge of consumer traffic created a 1 percent sales increase for the final week of December over the previous week, ending Dec. 21, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index. The index was released on Dec. 31.
The Store of the Future
Industry insiders weigh in on the future look—and function—of bricks-and-mortar stores.
For years, Agenda trade show has collaborated with its vendors on special caps for each of its individual trade show. Now the prominent trade show is doing collaborations on hoodies.
Bebe Stores Inc. opened 2013 by naming Steve Birkhold as chief executive officer and announcing a turnaround strategy for the retail chain, which runs a fleet of 235 stores.
Once the domain of major retailers and e-tailers such as Wal-Mart and Target, price matching is helping small retailers and e-tailers compete in a tough marketplace.
There is no room on Rodeo Drive. It is the first time in recent memory that there is no vacancy on the iconic shopping street.
“Life is very boring if you wear regular clothes,” said Janna Lee, partner and designer for the Ms. Scandal clothing label. Could be the slogan for Ms. Scandal's new pop-up store.
Independent Hip hop musician Young Cory rocks his own music...and his own merch.
In warehouses and lots across the city, Creative Warrior Guerilla Marketplace seeks to bring fashion minds together in a space that is brings it all back home.
Image, a fast fashion retailer, debuted a bigger store in the Moreno Valley Mall.
A highly anticipated Urban Outfitters opened at 810 S. Broadway Dec. 19, and some executives for the hipster emporium dropped by the new shop at a debut party on Dec. 18.
After more than two decades of being a public company, The Wet Seal Inc., based in Foothill Ranch, Calif., might go private.
2013 was a good year for major retailers and off-pricers.