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The Veranda: New Mall Takes a Bow

The Veranda

In a market when mall development seems to be mostly focused on remodeling existing sites, CenterCal Properties is scheduled to mark the grand opening of a new shopping center later this month in the San Francisco Bay Area town of Concord, Calif.

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Defyant’s Dare to Be Different

Defyant

After running a basics apparel company and working on music documentary projects, Joe Jihoon got the opportunity to take over the streetwear line Defyant<. He hesitated because he didn’t know where he could take the brand. Then he took inspiration from the brand’s name.

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Wool & Thimble Debuts at Bloomies’ Top of the List

Contemporary men’s brand Wool & Thimble made its debut at Bloomingdale’s in Westfield Fashion Square.

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Holiday Season Business Off to a Good Start

Retail

The 2017 holiday season is off to a strong start after consumers beat forecasts for shopping during the Black Friday Weekend and Cyber Monday, the traditional beginning of the holiday shopping season.

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New Era + Fred Segal's Sunset Collection Goes Down Home L.A.

New Era collaborated with Fred Segal to make Sunset Collection. It's very Los Angeles. How Los Angeles? The collection features caps for prominent L.A. area high school sports teams. Go Hamilton High School Yankees!

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Junk Food and Levi’s Team Up for Tees + Jeans

Tees + Jeans

After a four-year run, Junk Food Clothing has revamped its flagship store in Los Angeles’ Venice district and relaunched as a collaboration with Levi Strauss &amp; Co. called Tees + Jeans, a boutique devoted to Junk Food’s blank T-shirts and Levi’s jeans.

Brazilian-L.A.Connection at Fashion Panel

Manufacturing

It was a call that every American red carpet–gown label in America is waiting for: a personal request from an A-list star. But in this case, Sofia Vergara was calling a Brazilian label.

Stitch Fix Files IPO

Technology

San Francisco–headquartered fashion company Stitch Fix filed an initial public offering on Nov. 16, releasing 8 million shares of Class A common stock at a price of $15 per share.

Shopify Embeds UPS Services

Retail

Shopify recently embedded a suite of UPS services on its platform.

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Lakers Star Invests In New Men's Brand

Butter Cloth

Former Los Angeles Lakers star Metta World Peace made sports headlines in October when he took a coaching job with the South Bay Lakers, the development team for the NBA organization.

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Tradesy Unveils First Showroom

Peer-to-peer luxe marketplace Tradesy unveiled its first physical showroom in Santa Monica.

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Cherner Memorialized with Tree Planting

Henry Cherner spent more than two-decades of his career placing a focus on educating fashion entrepreneurs and workers in the growing world of technology. Earlier this month, a tree was planted in his honor on the campus of California Polytechnic University, Pomona

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Soho Style, A Hair Extension Biz, Opens in Fashion District

Soho Style, a retailer of hair accessories and hair extensions, opened in L.A.'s Fashion District Nov. 18.

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Rodeo's Big Tree Lighting

By the end of this week, Christmas lights went up all over retail districts in Southern California.Beverly Hills produced its Annual Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Celebration on Nov. 16.

Cult Gaia Opens Melrose Place Pop-up

Retail

A hobby of making floral crowns for friends gained momentum for Jasmin Larian, and she later parlayed it into a fashion label called Cult Gaia.

HOFB to Start E-Marketplace for New Designers

Technology

For many independent designers and brands, the goal of selling to department stores and major specialty retailers is out of reach because of the challenge of finding the right retail contacts and the manufacturers who can produce in volume for major retailers.

Westside Pavilion Soon to Be Mall With No Anchors

Retail

Nordstrom closed on Sept. 30, then on Nov. 9 Macy’s stated that it was going to close its store at Los Angeles’ Westside Pavilion.

Buck Mason Opens in NYC

Retail

Downtown Los Angeles–headquartered California basics brand Buck Mason opened a New York boutique on Nov. 11. Buck Mason has been expanding from its roots as a pure-play e-tailer by opening one bricks-and-mortar store each year since 2015.

Hermèsmatic, C Magazine Open Pop-ups at Westfield Century City

Retail

Paris fashion house Hermès will be taking a headlong dive into color at the Hermèsmatic pop-up, which opened Nov. 10 at Westfield Century City and is scheduled to remain open until Nov. 19.

Robertson Plaza Opens

Retail

Once one of the top retail streets in Los Angeles, Robertson Boulevard is lined with both high-end boutiques and vacancies—around eight between Alden Drive and Beverly Boulevard.

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Mercado Sagrado: Into the Organic

A Wild West town became the address for Mercado Sagrado's handmade and artisanal goods and fashion.

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Musika Frère: Bespoke from Old, Old School

We live in an age besotted with anything tech. So it’s a unique experience to meet people and businesses who prefer the way it was before 1990. New York’s Musika Frère is one such business.

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EFM Takes A Bow at Universal Body

Engineered for Motion makes luxe, fashion looks for a man on the move. On Veterans Day Weekend, it launched at Universal Body, an "athletic glam" boutique.

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Robin Wright’s Pour Les Femmes at Nordstrom in Westfield Century City

Sleepwear can change the world. That’s the point-of-view of Pour Les Femmes, a luxe sleepwear line. Robin Wright, the brand co-founder, made an appearance at the Westfield Century City Nordstrom on Nov. 11

Avattire: Avatars Step Into the Dressing Room

Technology

Video and online gamers are familiar with avatars, the fantasy characters they use to represent themselves in online forums and games. A Santa Monica, Calif.­–based startup company wants to bring the avatar concept to fashion retail.

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The Leverage Releases Karter Collection

Karter Collection

After developing a host of brands for jeans and shorts, The Leverage recently introduced the Karter Collection, a men’s brand focusing on jackets, hoods and tops.

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Le Club Comes to Lacoste Rodeo

Lacoste

French sportswear brand Lacoste unveiled its “Le Club” design concept at its Rodeo Drive boutique, which is scheduled to reopen on Nov. 16.

Traffic Remodels and Expands Beverly Center Stores

Retail

Traffic holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating tenant in the Beverly Center. It’s been selling designer looks to Los Angeles’ stylish men and women since 1984, but change is coming to the boutique.

Commonwealth Opens in DTLA

Retail

After 13 years of running high-end streetwear shops in Washington, D.C., and Virginia Beach, Va., Commonwealth is scheduled to open a boutique at 2008 E. Seventh St. in downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District.

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Complexcon’s ‘Concert for Clothes’ Makes Over $20 Million

Complexcon

Exclusive skateboard decks, rare screen-printed T-shirts crafted by design hero Virgil Abloh, appearances by VIPs such as former Lakers star Kobe Bryant.

Shop & Dine

Trade Show

New restaurants and shops are popping up all the time, but here’s a selection of some of the latest hot spots that will help you make your trade-show foray in the nation’s major cities even more of an adventure.

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Scandinavian Man Wraps Up Tour at Sand

Scandinavian Man magazine wrapped up a tour for its inaugural issue at Sand Copenhagen boutique in West Hollywood Nov. 8.

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Please Do Not Enter Curates Arik Levy Gallery Show

Please Do Not Enter boutique’s temporary space in West Hollywood will become an art gallery. On Nov. 8, it will host the debut of a show of Arik Levy's sculptures.

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Lou & Grey Pops at The Grove

It's chilly in Los Angeles. Sweater loving brand Lou & Grey produced a pop-up shop at The Grove.

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Fashion For Profit Makes A Debut

Frances Harder ushered in the debut of her new group Fashion For Profit.

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ADIFF's Design for Refugees

The global refugee crisis continues. American clothing company ADIFF hoped to help out by making something that could both clothe and give shelter.

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Poketo Pops at MOCA

Poketo opened permanent stores over the past few years in Culver City, Calif., Los Angeles' Koreatown and Little Tokyo districts. On Nov. 2, it opened a pop-up shop at Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles.

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Ron Robinson: Innovators & Creatives

Ron Robinson unveiled the Innovators & Creatives event.

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Superdry Parties for New Flagship

Superdry produced a super, big party for the Nov. 1 opening of its Westfield Century City flagship.

October Sales Strong

Retail

Cash registers were ringing during October, and retailers reported good sales.

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Cotton Citizen to Bring Burst of Color to Jeans

Manufacturing

Since 2012, the Los Angeles–based Cotton Citizen brand has made a business of dyeing T-shirts and other high-end basics in bright and unique colors. Now the company will extend that color palette to jeans.

Vimmia Opens First Shop

Retail

Featuring mannequins cast in yoga poses, the first boutique for the activewear brand Vimmia recently opened in Los Angeles’ exclusive Brentwood neighborhood.

Arts District Shops Hit Roadblock

Retail

Guerilla Atelier, Apolis and Poketo are among the retailers who have closed or relocated recently.

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Astrneme’s Coach’s Shirt

The coach's jacket has made a few laps around the fashion world. It seems like this look continues to have possibilities. Check out Astrneme brand's coach's shirt.

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Merakai’s Mohair Hoodie

Hoodies are a uniform at hip hop gigs, college campuses, and yes gyms. But even ubiquitous designs are open for tune-ups, said designer Sebastien Amisial.

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Fields’ Top Five T-shirt Trends for Spring/Summer ‘18

T-shirt Trends

Spring ’18 will be a time for bold-statement in details and trims.

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Nordstrom Rack Takes a DTLA Bow

Retail

Nordstrom Rack opened a 27,000-square-foot space at the Fig­at7th retail center in downtown Los Angeles’ Financial District on Oct. 26.

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Reformation’s New Denim Line

Manufacturing

After eight years of mostly making contemporary clothes with an ecologically sustainable edge, Los Angeles–headquartered Reformation recently introduced a denim collection; it will offer the same environmental ethos as its original label.

Crooks & Castles’ Calvero Plans Rebound

Manufacturing

Crooks & Castles cofounder Dennis Calvero is aiming to get back in business.

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South Coast Plaza & Mariinsky Theatre

South Coast Plaza’s 50th Anniversary party continues.