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Elyse Walker's New Boutique

Elyse Walker is on the move. She recently announced that she will open a second of her self named Elyse Walker boutique. It will be located in the Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach, Calif.

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Volcom's New Boardshorts

Check out Volcom's SS16 boardshorts styles.

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Altamont Goes 90s

The Sub Pop music label drove the 1990s indie rock scene. At Agenda trade show in Long Beach, Calif., the Altamont clothing line introduced a capsule clothing line Altamont x Sub Pop. Check it out.

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Robin’s Jean Boutique Opens at Beverly Center

Robin’s Jean Boutique

High-end denim brand Robin’s Jean is on the move.

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Surf Expo: Biggest Show, Trade Show Director Says

40 Years of Swim/Surf

It was the 40th anniversary of the Surf Expo trade show, and during its most recent run, Jan. 14–16 in Orlando, Fla., the sprawling trade show for swim, surfwear and beach culture reported an increase in vendors.

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Focused Buyers Turn Out

LA Market

January market in Los Angeles is typically a low-key affair with retailers looking to fill in depleted inventories after the holiday season or buyers looking to review lines in a more-relaxed setting before the crush of the Las Vegas trade shows in February.

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Element's Ray Barbee Collection

Ray Barbee is an action sports renaissance man. Maybe that's why the Element recently devoted a capsule collection honoring everything that is Ray Barbee.

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Fashion District Favorite Takes A Bow at New Mart

Express Presto café took a bow at the lobby of the New Mart on Jan. 18. Its sister café, L'Express Presto, has been serving treats and coffee drinks at the California Market Center for more than 25-years.

Holiday Sales Not as Robust as Expected


The results are in. Holiday sales are up 3 percent over last year.

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Zhivago At Cooper Design Space's Room

Aussie brand Zhivago will take a January LA Fashion Market bow at the Room showroom at Cooper Design Space. The LA Fashion Market begins Jan. 17. Take a look.

Showroom Profile: The NTWRK Agency

Showroom Profile

The NTWRK Agency is on the move. In December, the showroom started a massive remodel of its space in the “B” wing of the California Market Center. It also embarked on an expansion. A wall of the adjacent showroom, B-405, was knocked down and The NTWRK added additional real estate.

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Patagonia - Say Goodbye to Neoprene

Patagonia's new wetsuit line - first exhibited at Agenda trade show last week - aims to be a wet suit with a big difference. It's not made with neoprene.

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T-Shirts: Life Clothing Co.

Life Clothing Co.

After a gig selling lingerie, Bobby Banafsheian shifted fashion gears. He started T-shirt and basics line Life Clothing Co. Since its 2009 debut, some of his styles have sold at Urban Outfitters, Topshop, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s.

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T-Shirts: Linda Carmello Sibio

Linda Carmello Sibio

Linda Carmello Sibio got into the T-shirt business through teaching art to homeless and mentally ill people. “What I’m trying to do is make mental-health issues palatable to the public,” said Sibio, a fine artist based in the high-desert town of Twentynine Palms, Calif. “How can I get this message across and make it playful? By making the T-shirts.”

Manufacturer Starts Rent-a-Desk Program in L.A. Fashion District


A block or two from Santee Alley in downtown Los Angeles, Michael Harb believes that he can build an incubator and a post-college program for beginning manufacturers.

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Agenda Attendance Up

Attendance Up

Attendance increased 6 percent at streetwear and action sports–focused trade show Agenda, held Jan. 7–8 at the sprawling Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif.

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Nicolas Felizola Takes L.A. Bow

The gowns and red carpet looks of the Nicolas Felizola Collection have graced the runways of Miami Fashion Week and the Latin Grammys in the past, designer Nicolas Felizola held the first Los Angeles area viewing of his styles Jan. 9 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Take a look.

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For Love & Lemons: Contemporary Swimwear With Lingerie-like Details

Swim New Resource

Sexy, low-cut dresses have been a specialty of Los Angeles–based brand For Love & Lemons, said Laura Hall, one of the designers for the brand, which has been sold at high-end specialty stores such as American Rag Cie, Elyse Walker and Planet Blue.

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Gala Opening for Mark Zunino Atelier

It was Mark Zunino's dream to give Los Angeles a grand, full service atelier for red carpet gowns and eveningwear. On Jan. 7, he unveiled his dream with a gala event at the Mark Zunino Atelier at 181 N. Robertson Blvd.

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Agenda & Merchant Factors Talk Scholarships

Last year Merchant Factors endowed a scholarship for Agenda trade show. Agenda and Merchant Factors extended its scholarship program for Agenda’s upcoming trade show in Miami, Fla. It was announced recently that the winners of the program were the Valley High women’s streetwear label and Oscar x Frank.

Macy’s Reports Soft Holiday, Announces Closing Irvine and Sacramento Stores


Department-store giant Macy’s Inc. reported a soft holiday sales season.

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Headwear Brand Opens on Melrose

Official Opening

Official opened a branded boutique in Los Angeles.

Is Culver City Ready for High-End Boutiques?


When the luxe mixed-use development Platform makes a formal debut in April, it hopes to shake up the area around the bustling restaurant and art-gallery neighborhood of downtown Culver City, Calif.

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Sue Wong’s Lavish New Year’s Eve

2016 looked more like the 1920s at designer Sue Wong’s lavish New Year’s Eve Party in Los Angeles.

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Paul Smith Photo Day

They say L.A. is a place where no one gets out of their cars. It means that there are few public spaces where people actually gather and mingle in the metropolis. The bright pink Paul Smith boutique in West Hollywood has presented an alternative. There's an occasional street scene in the parking lot where people take selfies.

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Agenda Emerge Talks New Ideas In Street & Action Sports

At the end of a trade show, booths are torn down and dinner plans are made, but when Agenda trade show wraps up on Jan. 8, trade show management got one more thing on the itinerary. Call it inspiration. Project Cobalt will present Agenda Emerge at the Center Theater at the Long Beach Convention Center from 7 to 10PM Jan. 8.

Dollar T Thrift Goes E-commerce


Derek Wong started a fashion career printing T-shirts. But when it came time to move on to his next project, Wong didn’t feel like going high-end or designer. He saw opportunity in thrift.

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L.A. Made Line Takes New Look to High End Shop Traffic

ADBD at Traffic

After a few years of selling streetwear on Los Angeles’s Fairfax Avenue, Adam Derry of the ADBD label is taking his line a few streets and a world beyond from Fairfax’s streetwear sizzle.

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Avocado Activewear

Open on Abbot Kinney

As many boutiques were anticipating the winter holiday retail season winding down, made-in-Los Angeles brand Avocado was just getting started. It opened its first store on Dec. 22.

Contenders: Clothing Line Looking for Bigger Forum


Skateboarding and surfing have launched hundreds of brands, but for John Anderson, the inspiration for the new Contenders clothing line came from one of the oldest of sports: boxing.

Holiday’s Mixed Review: MasterCard Reports Increased Sales, Others Call it a Tough Season


The reports for the 2016 holiday retail season are in, and the news is mixed.

Apparel Sales Rise During Christmas

The holiday retail season ended up being good for the apparel business, according to a statement released by MasterCard Spending Pulse on Dec. 28, the market research group tracks spending in the MasterCard payments network.

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Rodeo Drive’s Xmas Lights

The Winter Holiday season is about lights and decorations. Rodeo Drive does one of the best Christmas light shows in Southern California. Take a look!

2015 In Review: The Retail News of 2015


The Retail News of 2015

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Wolf & Man’s Big Howl

We’ve written about the coffee division for men’s clothing brand Wolf & Man. the Whittier, Calif. brand is shifting more attention to different kinds of sales.

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Merican Made to Abbot Kinney

The newest store on high profile retail street Abbot Kinney Boulevard is Merican Made.

2015 RETROSPECTIVE: Gap Initiative Aims to Cut U.S. Stores, Increase Overseas Stores


Gap Inc.’s operations are impressive. The San Francisco–headquartered retailer says that its product is sold in 3,300 company-owned stores across the globe. In 2014, its net sales were $16.4 billion.

2015 RETROSPECTIVE: Macy’s Inc Tries Off-price, Nordstrom Tries More Stores


Nordstrom Inc. has been hard at work in Southern California in 2015. Nordstrom opened a new full-line shop at Del Amo Fashion Center this year and announced two other new full-line stores.

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Darner: L.A. Company Seeks to Build a Better Sock From Scratch


Los Angeles is known as a denim and T-shirts town, but when a handful of well-connected manufacturers were asked about producing socks in Los Angeles, most said that they knew little and/or had not heard much about the manufacturing of socks in their hometown, which is one of the bigger manufacturing centers in the United States.

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Bringing in the Holidays With Kin

West Hollywood boutique Kin kicked off the holidays with a shopping event on Dec. 10. The staff gave some time for a photo.

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Guerilla Atelier: Kicking off the Holidays With Bromley

Carl Louisville didn’t need this before the holidays.

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Kitson Announces Closure of All Stores


Kitson, the boutique chain that pioneered high-end shopping on Los Angeles’ Robertson Boulevard and pop-culture retailing, is going out of business, according to a statement sent by the retailer’s public-relations representative.

Newsmakers 2015: The Return of Mall Construction


made a debut during the year.

Newsmakers 2015: Payments Industry Fights off Credit Card Fraud


The era of the computer-chip card was formally started on Oct. 1. On that day, banks and credit-card companies notified retailers that they would only be responsible for fraud losses on EMV computer-chip cards, which cannot be hacked by fraudsters, according to supporters of the technology.

Newsmakers 2015: Wet Seal Goes Private


2015 was the year of new beginnings for Wet Seal. After more than 20 years of acting as a public company, the Foothill Ranch, Calif.–headquartered juniors retailer went private.

Newsmakers 2015: Retail Tech In-Store and Online


Omni-channel was the tech buzzword of 2012. In 2015, the retail tech world was focused on “Big Data,” or through feeding extremely large sets of data into computer algorithms, then finding trends and patterns, which might forecast what kind of denim consumers will purchase.

Newsmakers 2015: Quiksilver Reorganizes


One of the innovators and major companies of the surf business, Quiksilver Inc., wiped out this year.

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Linden: Keep It Small, Don’t Waste


For the next couple weeks, until Christmas, Jennifer Lynn Krischer is working overtime at the Los Angeles Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.”

Consultants Offer Tips to Boost Holiday Sales


Retail sales are forecast to spike a week before Christmas, but until then many retailers face a period of doldrums waiting for consumers to show up at physical stores or online.

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Christy Dawn, Meet Emily

Some of the stylish might know the Christy Dawn label’s Audrey dress. On Dec. 7, the line held a party for its Emily dress at the Christy Dawn boutique in Los Angeles’ Venice section.