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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Preview of Lucky Brand's Spring Summer 2017 styles Nov. 3 at SmogShoppe in Culver City, Calif.
The Reef Expands
The Reef Project, formerly known as the LA Mart showroom building, plans on a major expansion.
Hot Topic Inc., the mall retailer known as a purveyor of music and pop-culture clothes and gifts, announced that it acquired Her Universe, a brand specializing in fashion and accessories for female science fiction and fantasy fans.
Activewear continues to be in high demand. Activewear brand SQN Sport recently opened a store at the Malibu Country Mart by the beach in Malibu, Calif.
Schott NYC has crafted some of America’s most iconic leather jackets, but the venerable New York headquartered outerwear brand must have Southern California on the mind.
Los Angeles–headquartered label Cotton Citizen is aiming to go beyond the basic look of a plain top. It plans to accomplish its goal with unique colors and finishes, luxe fabrics, and fashion silhouettes.
Poet Bovtique and the A One Plus L.A. showroom threw a party at Poet’s Hollywood space on Oct. 26. The honored guests were fashion lines Odaingerous and Queen of Noise.
High end T-shirt brand Hiro Clark made its most recent collaboration for an elusive demographic; androids.
Halloween will be sweet, not spooky, according to a survey from the National Retail Federation, the trade group headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Men’s fashion line Arcady was introduced with a big splash recently—the label founders produced a party attended by actors, models and musicians at the Los Angeles landmark Chateau Marmont—but the show of glamour was not necessarily the aim of the new line. Founders Billy and Christopher Hines hope that the line will mix in seamlessly with whatever someone is wearing.
The Garment Worker Center held a march and rally Oct. 25 in downtown Los Angeles' Fashion District, up to the Ross Dress for Less store on 719 S. Broadway and to City Hall.
At Marco Marco's Oct. 21 show, the nightclub crowd was promised one of the most ribald shows in fashion.
The days of epic rock tours à la Led Zeppelin seem long over in this age of digital download music, but rocker fashion is still strong, says Edwin Haynes of indie brand Sav Noir.
The Los Angeles Fashion Week runway shows continued with events hosted by Style Fashion Week, Fashion Week Los Angeles and Fashion Business Inc.
When designer Daniel Patrick expanded his eponymous streetwear label to include jeans, he wanted to steer clear of the traditional five-pocket style.
Designers at the Tavik brand thought that there was no reason to make yet another boardshort in Orange County, Calif.—the center of the surf industry and a place where scores of companies make boardshorts.
It’s 90 degrees in Los Angeles and Christmas seems far away. But not at the Citadel Outlets near downtown Los Angeles.
There’s business in high end jeans.
Those expecting a repeat of Mario De La Torre’s New York Fashion Week show were in for a surprise.
For its Spring/Summer 2017 season, the Siwy brand mixed London streetwear savvy and traditional American denim looks.
In the fast-changing world of Los Angeles boutique retail, the red, white and blue logo of Fred Segal has been an icon for decades, but a recently filed lawsuit might decide whether the famous sign can stay or must go at the first Fred Segal store opened on Melrose Avenue.
New Zealand menswear label Rodd & Gunn recently opened its first U.S. shop.
There was a double helping of Wilfredo Gerardo at the Art Hearts Fashion event on Oct. 10
Evan Lane hated carrying camera bags on his professional photography gigs in locales such as Nicaragua and Canada’s Vancouver Island.
Lido Marina Village observed its soft opening recently by serving free artisanal ice cream while children played with toy boats on one of the decks of the Newport Beach, Calif., retail center.
The area looks gritty, located in the industrial district of downtown Los Angeles, but in one year the 700 block of South Alameda Street will be the center of a unique, high-end restaurant and boutique retail district if things go according to the plans of developer Runyon Group.
Hale Bob’s Cruise 2017 season was inspired by the romance of the Greek island Mykonos, said Daniel Bohbot, the label’s founder and owner.
Los Angeles brand Nifty Genius celebrated its debut collection with a trunk show at the Ron Robinson lifestyle concept store in Santa Monica.
Equipped with elastic and a tack stitch, Ron Redenius figures that he can manufacture the world’s best push-up bra.
Designer Rebecca Taylor came into town Oct. 6 for an exclusive engagement to celebrate the launch of LA VIE Rebecca Taylor, a denim and casual collection from the New York headquartered Taylor.
Zumiez Inc. was one of the lucky retailers who beat pessimistic forecasts predicting that the retailer would see a decline in its same-store sales results.
The generator gave up one-third of the way into Ashton Michael’s The Ritual Collection runway show the night of Oct 1. But the show had to go on.
The Bristol Los Angeles brand has been making a splash. This Summer, it produced its first runway show at the Gen Art Fresh Faces gala in downtown Los Angeles. On Sept. 30, it produced its first pop-up shop at the Platform retail center in Culver City, Calif.
The first forecasts for the upcoming 2016 holiday season have been released, and they predict that retailers will enjoy solid sales during the crucial season which can comprise more than 20 percent of a retailer’s annual business, according to the National Retail Federation, a Washington D.C. retail trade organization.
PoshFest will touch down at the California Market Center on Oct. 1 and 2. PoshFest will feature seminars on selling on Poshmark, using data on build retail strategies and a keynote address from the brand’s founder Manish Chandra.
Los Angeles Police Department arrested Carlos Olivas Sept. 28, they charged him with burglarizing a string of lingerie boutiques in the San Fernando Valley.
LA Majors Market
The Sept. 26–28 Spring ’17 edition of the LA Majors Market ran at the same time as the LA Textile show, and it brought in a crowd to the California Market Center.
Spring ’17 Favorites
Spring ’17 styles might have a feeling of déjà vu since perennially popular looks such as camouflage fabric and distressed jeans will be among the season’s prominent styles.
Los Angeles indie fashion label Samsara Collections produced a fashion show Sept. 26 called No Body No Mind.
Parking lots were full, and lobbies and showrooms seemed crowded as the Majors Market started at the California Market Center showroom building on Sept. 26.
Style Barre Showroom celebrated its debut last week with a party at The Lash club in downtown Los Angeles.
Nordstrom Inc. named Ken Worzel president of Nordstrom.com in an effort to strengthen Nordstrom’s online and m-commerce business.
Retail’s New Streets
Even in a challenging retail market, opportunity knocks for Los Angeles’ shop owners. Entrepreneurs continue to open in the megalopolis’s established retail neighborhoods, but they’re also pioneering newer enclaves.
High end eyewear designer Mykita opened in downtown Los Angeles on Sept. 20.