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Andrew Asch

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Gap’s October Sales Dip


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.

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Unexpected Biz at ComplexCon


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.

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Style Fashion Week to Palm Springs

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.

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Poketo To Platform

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.

Lin Exits American Rag


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.

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ComplexCon’s First Splash

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.

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Lucky Brand’s Spring/Summer 2017 Preview

Preview of Lucky Brand's Spring Summer 2017 styles Nov. 3 at SmogShoppe in Culver City, Calif.

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Green Light for The Reef’s Expansion

The Reef Expands

The Reef Project, formerly known as the LA Mart showroom building, plans on a major expansion.

Hot Topic Acquires Her Universe


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.

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SQN Sport at Malibu Country Mart

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.

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Schott’s SoCal Season

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.

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Cotton Citizen: “Don’t Fear Color”

Cotton Citizen

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.

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Party at Poet Bovtique

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.

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Androids in L.A.

High end T-shirt brand Hiro Clark made its most recent collaboration for an elusive demographic; androids.

Halloween Spending Boost Forecast to Kick Off Solid Holiday Sales Season Follow Election Slump


Halloween will be sweet, not spooky, according to a survey from the National Retail Federation, the trade group headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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Arcady: Classic Design Meets Individual Style


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.

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Garment Workers Group March in Downtown Los Angeles

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.

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Marco Marco: Runway Goes Trans, Drag and Go Go

At Marco Marco's Oct. 21 show, the nightclub crowd was promised one of the most ribald shows in fashion.

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Sav Noir “I’m With The Band”

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.

Crowded Schedule at LA Market

LA Market

The Los Angeles Fashion Week runway shows continued with events hosted by Style Fashion Week, Fashion Week Los Angeles and Fashion Business Inc.

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Daniel Patrick X T Raww 2016: Making Jeans With Hip-Hop Star Tyga

Daniel Patrick

When designer Daniel Patrick expanded his eponymous streetwear label to include jeans, he wanted to steer clear of the traditional five-pocket style.

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Tavik: World After Boardshorts


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.

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World’s Tallest Xmas Tree at Citadel

It’s 90 degrees in Los Angeles and Christmas seems far away. But not at the Citadel Outlets near downtown Los Angeles.

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Robin’s Jean’s New Store

There’s business in high end jeans.

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Mario De La Torre’s Style Fashion Week Surprise

Those expecting a repeat of Mario De La Torre’s New York Fashion Week show were in for a surprise.

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Siwy at Art Hearts Fashion

For its Spring/Summer 2017 season, the Siwy brand mixed London streetwear savvy and traditional American denim looks.

Fred Segal Sign Center of Lawsuit


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.

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Rodd & Gunn to Fashion Island

New Zealand menswear label Rodd & Gunn recently opened its first U.S. shop.

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Willfredo Gerardo at Art Hearts Fashion

There was a double helping of Wilfredo Gerardo at the Art Hearts Fashion event on Oct. 10

Langly Supply: Indie Label Takes On Elements and Fashion


Evan Lane hated carrying camera bags on his professional photography gigs in locales such as Nicaragua and Canada’s Vancouver Island.

Lido Marina Village Opens in Newport Beach


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.

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Row DTLA Takes A Risk in Gritty Area


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.

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Hale Bob at Art Hearts Fashion

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.

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Nifty Genius Debuts at Ron Robinson

Los Angeles brand Nifty Genius celebrated its debut collection with a trunk show at the Ron Robinson lifestyle concept store in Santa Monica.

Upbra: Building a Better Push-Up


Equipped with elastic and a tack stitch, Ron Redenius figures that he can manufacture the world’s best push-up bra.

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La Vie de Rebecca Taylor

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.

Retail Sales Mixed for September


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.

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Ashton Michael’s LAFW Surprise

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.

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Bristol Los Angeles Pops

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.

Forecast: Holiday Sales to Increase 3.6 Percent


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.

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PoshFest, an E-Retail Extravaganza, To CMC

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.

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Cops Bust Lingerie Thief

Los Angeles Police Department arrested Carlos Olivas Sept. 28, they charged him with burglarizing a string of lingerie boutiques in the San Fernando Valley.

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Parking Lots Full, At Once Orders at LA Majors Market

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.

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Camo, Bomber Jackets Spring ’17 Favorites, Fields Forecasts

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.

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Samsara Collections Takes Runway

Los Angeles indie fashion label Samsara Collections produced a fashion show Sept. 26 called No Body No Mind.

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Majors Market at California Market Center

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.

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Style Barre Showroom Debuts

Style Barre Showroom celebrated its debut last week with a party at The Lash club in downtown Los Angeles.

Nordstrom Exec. Changes Bolster Online Biz


Nordstrom Inc. named Ken Worzel president of in an effort to strengthen Nordstrom’s online and m-commerce business.

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Retail Industry Focus: Southern California Retail’s New Streets

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.

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Mykita To DTLA

High end eyewear designer Mykita opened in downtown Los Angeles on Sept. 20.