Elle Mer Swim
Keri Ogden, a surfer and a graduate of the University of Hawaii’s law school, wanted to do something to bridge the gap between the bikini’s style and function.
Sheikh Shoes opened its Legacy Level store in downtown Los Angeles on July9. Sheikh President Matt Fine forecast that the store would sell more apparel than the others in Sheikh's 140 store fleet. Take a look.
When Black Flys made its Agenda trade show debut on July 7-8, it went way back for inspiration; think the black and yellow California license plates of the 1960s.
Aisles and booths were buzzing with buyers at the Agenda trade show, which ran July 8–9 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.
Retailers such as The Buckle Inc. and Steinmart Inc. reported what some analysts believed were surprise performances, and their respective same-store sales increased 2.4 percent and 1.9 percent.
The Outlets at San Clemente, a more than 325,000-square-foot project in San Clemente, Calif., is scheduled to open in October. It is the first major retail project to be built in more than a decade in San Clemente, a well-to-do hub of South Orange County.
Last month, CGS introduced new features for its BlueCherry PLM product lifecycle management software.
Sure, RVCA is leading lifestyle brand, but its founder, PM Tenore, also intended RVCA to be a cultural force. After a two-year hiatus, the designer is going to flex a little arts muscle.
The Anil Arjandas Jewels flagship boutique took a bow in West Hollywood's Sunset Plaza retail district last week. Take a look.
Nearly a month after it acquired Frederick’s of Hollywood, Authentic Brands Group (ABG), announced it completed the purchase of Tretorn, a 124-year-old outdoor-lifestyle brand reportedly favored by tennis stars Bjorn Borg and Martina Navratilova.
Matiere, a menswear brand headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif., announced July 1 that Matt Feniger would join the company as a brand marketing manager for its Matiere and Strand collections.
Craig Realty Group, which developed and manages the Desert Hills Premium Outlets and Citadel Outlets in Southern California, recently announced it would build an outlet retail center in San Clemente, Calif., devoted to off-price goods from well-known brands.
The Men’s Wearhouse, a specialty men’s apparel retailer headquartered in Fremont, Calif., announced on July 1 that Bruce K. Thorn was named executive vice president, chief operating officer.
The Los Angeles area will get a second helping of Zimmermann, the Australian luxury ready-to-wear and swim brand.
The Stronghold, which bills itself as Los Angeles’ oldest clothing label, will be making some new moves.
After serving as one of the first tenants of the renovated Lady Liberty Building in Los Angeles’ fashion district in 2007, The Park Showroom will be moving the operations for its men’s brands a block away to Area 4.
After nine years of working out of a renovated kung fu cinema at the edge of downtown Los Angeles’ Chinatown, Flagship, a multi-channel showroom, will open a 3,000-square-foot satellite office located in the city’s Fashion District, said Christopher Josol, a Flagship partner.
Aussie brand BNKR is scheduled to open a flagship later this year on the grounds of the former Blackstone Gallery in downtown Los Angeles . Here’s a postscript on one of the big wheels at Blackstone; Alex Schaefer. The artist frequently displayed his landscapes of downtown Los Angeles and other paintings at Blackstone.
The Virgo boutique in Los Angeles’ Fashion District has been serving vintage styles and women’s fashions and accessories with an edge since 2009. But on June 26, the unique boutique embarked on a first. It produced its first footwear focused pop-up shop. The star of that show was the brand Intentionally Blank.
Some people unwind with a little get together after wrapping up a day’s work. But for the folks at Juice Served Here, a cold pressed juice company founded by fashion business entrepreneurs, they produced a big party after unveiling of a few big projects on June 26.
The BET Awards show will take place June 28 at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. There are scores of events around town this weekend to celebrate the awards. The Beauty & Brains fashion show and gifting suite was one of those events. It took place at the California Market Center on June 25.
The young couture and eveningwear designer threw a gala party on June 24 for the opening of his first physical atelier, the Walter Mendez Collection Store.
When CALA San Francisco returned to Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion in San Francisco for its second run June 16–17, it also was the second time for the show’s new open-booth format.
After working as a stylist, Manuel Jackson, pictured on the couch, opened up a retail space called The Gents Closet earlier this month.
For recent German transplants Daniel Thies and Eva Napp, California manufacturing seems wide open with opportunity.
Ace Hotel has worked on a lot of fashion collaborations with L.A. brands; Undefeated, Tanner Goods, which runs a downtown Los Angeles flagship, and now Apolis.
Guess what fashion fans; bloggers still matter. Digital style search engine ShopStyle, headquartered in San Francisco, announced a partnership on June 23 with a gaggle of fashion bloggers, a London retailer called FarFetch, and Snapchat, the video messaging app for a special e-shopping shindig that they call Style Snaps.
The maker of the Me-Ality body-scanning technology announced the completion of an investment of $15 million in equity that was co-led by its largest institutional investor, Northwater Capital Management Inc.
The Tadashi Experience
The Tadashi Shoji boutique in South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., is scheduled to unveil a high-tech remodel on June 20. The 1,175-square-foot store will keep its location on South Coast Plaza’s level 2, adjacent to Bloomingdale’s. Yet the store will offer an entirely new experience.
More than 200 tech start-ups set up physical shops at the Penthouse for California Market Center, a downtown Los Angeles showroom building on June 18 for Techday Los Angeles. We dropped by to check out the handful of fashion and beauty tech startups, and listened to the latest in e-business ideas.
Locally Made Jeans & Tees
The Los Angeles–headquartered Buck Mason brand has found success in every forum that uses electricity and screens. But the next step for the brand is based on concrete. It will open a Buck Mason bricks-and-mortar location.
Katin's Summer kickoff party made a splash at BLVD clothing in Manhattan Beach.
Planet Blue celebrated its 20th anniversary earlier this month with a Full Moon Bazaar party at Skybar ath the Mondrian hotel in West Hollywood. The crowd was filled with beautiful people and some of Planet Blue’s favorite brands dropped by to open a mini-market at the chi-chi club. Check it out.
Gap Inc. will close 175 stores, mostly in North America, including 140 stores which will shutter this year. A limited number of stores will be closed in Europe.
Call it a community service. The City of West Hollywood is the site of a giant Pride Celebration which attracts thousands of people. For the sixth year, West Hollywood’s LASC boutique added to the city’s festivities by producing its own gala Pride party. Check out pictures of LASC's 2015 Pride Party which took place on June 14. Check it out.
“We Are The Future of T-shirt” Blanks exclaims a message of the Rich Honey website. The label’s future should include a store. A sign bearing the label’s logo was posted over the former atelier for Nicholas Bowes, at 210 W. 8th St., at the corner of Spring Street and W. 8th Street.
Andy Warhol’s memory will continue to burn bright if Karen Bystedt has anything to do with it. Her intimate portraits of the influential artist were displayed at Guerilla Atelier boutique in downtown Los Angeles. A reception was held for the show Los Warhols: The Bare Images on June 11.
Last month a campaign commenced for a land-use change for 203 acres of waterfront real estate in Carlsbad, Calif., but lobbying for the campaign recently a high pitch.
After starting an interesting experiment in retail real estate on Los Angeles’ high-profile Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Paulina Castelli moved her men’s fashion and gifts boutique off of the street to another part of Los Angeles’ Venice section
LA Fashion Market
It looked like a typically lightly trafficked June market, but exhibitors reported seeing committed buyers from across the state and across the country—as well as a few from Japan—during the June 8–11 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market.
The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association announced last week that Stephanie Gilmore, a six-time winner of the Association of Surfing Professionals’ women’s tour, will be honored with its Waterman of the Year award.
The name may have sounded unintelligible to many Los Angelenos, but Weltenbuerger strived to represent elegant, avant-garde fashion in Los Angeles, famously a jeans, T-shirt and casual-fashion town.
Look, behind the plastic case – the costumes for Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, scheduled to hit cinemas March 25, 2016. The costumes were previewed at Las Vegas Licensing Expo, which is scheduled to wrap up on June 11.
Swim/Surf | Finance | Manufacturing
Quiksilver Inc. reported results for its second fiscal quarter of 2015 and rescinded its previously stated financial guidance for the fiscal year, the surf giant noted that it would not provide an outlook for the rest of fiscal year, according to a company statement, which was released on June 9.
The contessas of cuteness are returning to the L.A. area. It’s the Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival, which will be held at The Forum in the Inglewood, Calif. , which runs June 12-14. Check out pics the Hello Kitty costumes.
Elizabeth G. Dolan, the sole female director on the board for surf giant Quiksilver Inc., resigned because she had been ignored and left out of important meetings, according to her note, which was reported by Quiksilver on June 3.
K-Swiss Global Brands—the sports-focused footwear, apparel and lifestyle company headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif.—is going street.
A brief hint of summer weather helped lift May retail sales, but, overall, most apparel retailers reported lackluster results for the month.
The Jackie B Showroom is on the move. In the past year, Jackie Bartolo, the showroom’s founder, hired two more salespeople to complete her current staff of six. She also added several more lines to her showroom’s client list.
For Donald Reichman, the founder of Reichman Associates, the modern woman is aged 30 and up, she knows who she is, what she wants, and there is a big market to serve these women.