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Andrew Asch

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Social Marketplace Depop Opens First Physical store in L.A.

Bet on the jeans obsessive to know where to find the best denim. Rely on a high fashion fanatic to point you to where to find the most unique gown. If you think like Simon Beckerman, don’t stop until you can make a purchase from an inspired fashion nerd’s well curated collection.

NuOrder Extends Online Trade Show

Technology

At the beginning of the year, the NuOrder business-to-business e-commerce platform worked with the Agenda trade show to produce a digital extension of the event.

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Lira Finds More Business In the Wash

Creative T-shirts

Novelty has always been important to the T-shirt market, but in the past 12 months the Lira brand has been focusing more on the concept.

TalkShopLive Retails Through Live Streaming Video

Retail

The days of selling clothing on e-commerce with still photographs are considered boring to Tina and Bryan Moore, who recently launched the e-platform TalkShopLive.

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New Boutiques for Santa Monica

Main Street in Santa Monica, Calif. is a fashion boutique street. Some new boutiques have moved in.

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Sue Wong’s Career – On the Runway

After a career of making gowns inspired by empresses and gypsies, Los Angeles fashion veteran Sue Wong was honored with a lifetime achievement award from Art Hearts Fashion Week on March 16.

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HelpJess Unveils App at DTLA Event

The period of beta testing for the app of e-tailer HelpJess.com officially wrapped up on March 17. HelpJess founder Simon La Barrie produced a demonstration of his site’s ‘show & sell’ retail.

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Beverly Center Remodel Continues With Farmhouse

Driving a Kubota tractor to the 3rd Street entrance of Los Angeles’ Beverly Center, Nathan Peitso signaled the March 15 opening of Farmhouse, his seed-to-farm restaurant.

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LA Market Sees Showrooms and Stores Adjusting to the ‘New Normal’ in Retail

LA Fashion Market

Buyers fanned out to the various showroom buildings in the Los Angeles Fashion District for the March 12–14 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market, which was highlighting the fashions for Fall/Winter 2018.

Trend Forecaster WGSN Paints a Picture of the Future Consumer

Retail

In 2020, consumers will increasingly be doing business by smartphone while retailers will depend more on artificial intelligence and virtual reality to produce retail experiences. Young consumers will be more likely to support businesses imbued with a sense of activism, such as Patagonia.

Allen Schwartz Closes Flagship Store

Retail

After a 30-year run in Santa Monica, Calif., the flagship store for the Allen Schwartz label has closed its doors.

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Hale Bob’s F/W 2018 Styles at Art Hearts

Hale Bob went glam for its F/W 2018 collection.

Ross’ Fourth-Quarter Sales Climb

Retail

Off-price retailer Ross Stores Inc. reported a very good fourth quarter in fiscal 2017.

Westside Pavilion to be Remodeled Into Offices

Retail

Facing a future as a mall with no traditional anchors, Los Angeles’ Westside Pavilion will be undergoing a major revamp to turn it into creative offices.

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Marine Layer Suits Up With Activewear Line Weekend Sport

Weekend Sport

Anyone can see that the San Francisco label Marine Layer emphasizes comfort with a carefree California lifestyle in mind.

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Skechers Makes First Wholesale Apparel Line

Skechers’ Apparel Line

With more than $4 billion in net sales in 2017 and a fleet of 2,750 stores aross the world—645 of them are company owned—Skechers USA Inc. has been ranked as the second-best-selling sneaker brand in America

Trade Showroom

Manufacturing

When Diana Oh gave birth to her daughter, Mila, in late 2016, she wanted to make some changes to the way she worked.

Lenchner & Kane Sales

Manufacturing

Since 1987 Lisa Lenchner Sales had been a constant presence in the California Market Center showroom building.

Methven Brings Lingerie Manufacturing to Los Angeles

Manufacturing

Los Angeles is known as the place where high-end blue jeans are made. But design newcomer Kaila Methven is setting her sights on manufacturing high-end lingerie in the nation’s apparel-manufacturing hub.

Retail Sales Up in February

Retail

February was a very good month for retailers, who reported strong sales across the board.

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Hudson Jeans Unveils Billboard for The Bad and Beautiful

We saw a preview of Hudson Jeans’ The Bad and Beautiful Spring/Summer ’18 campaign in Las Vegas. A billboard for the campaign was recently unveiled in West Hollywood.

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Project Social T and Make March Matter

Los Angeles’ Project Social T raises funds for non-profits with the sales of the brand’s t-shirts. Recently, it partnered with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Make March Matter campaign.

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Moods of Norway Shutters Melrose Store

For 14-years, Moods of Norway has been on a mission to push the borders of menswear. But on March 1, it shut down its Los Angeles store.

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The Hundreds Moves Fairfax Flagship

After more than eight of years of running a store a little off of Los Angeles’ Fairfax Avenue, The Hundreds moved onto the street, which has been called the Rodeo Drive of streetwear.

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Janelle Carothers’ Stylist Mixtape

For view on how stylists do what they do, Janelle Carothers suggests you check out her mixtape.

Tax Survey Finds More Consumers Will Save Their Refund

Retail

The savings from the recently passed federal tax relief bill won’t necessarily turn into retail sales this year.

Levi’s To Roll Out More Efficient, Eco-Friendly Process

Manufacturing

Levi Strauss & Co. unveiled Project F.L.X. (Future Lead Execution), which the San Francisco denim giant described as a new operational model that will make the company more efficient and more eco-friendly

Boardriders Chief Eulogized With Paddle-Outs

Manufacturing

The life of Pierre Agnes, chief executive officer of surfwear company Boardriders Inc., will be memorialized with a number of paddle-outs at sea.

Former Nike Executive to Helm Agenda Show

Trade Shows

Reed Exhibitions named Ron Walden as its group vice president and head of the trade-show giant’s fashion and festival portfolio.

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7Diamonds Unveils First T-shirt Line

7Diamonds

Orange County, Calif., is the home to scores of action-sports brands that made their fortunes selling T-shirts, but 7Diamonds cut a different path from its neighbors.

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Sanuk Parties for its Chapter 2

Sanuk made a splash with its irreverent humor and comfortable footwear. On Feb. 27, it partied for its 'Chapter 2' in a faux Hollywood dive restaurant.

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DSTLD Pops on Melrose

Direct-to-consumer brand DSTLD recently opened a pop-up shop at 8406 Melrose Ave.

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Please Do Not Enter Unveils /The Lab/

Buying toothpaste may never be the same.

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DTLA Boutique Pioneer The Well Says Goodbye

Downtown Los Angeles boutique pioneer, The Well, bid retail adieu on Feb. 24 with a splash.

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Kate Moss’ Half Sister Does PacSun Line

It goes without saying that Kate Moss has been influential in fashion. But does fashion savvy run in her family?

Growth Slows in Key Fashion Categories

Retail

Business driven by millennials, athleisure styles and e-commerce resulted in $215 billion in U.S. apparel sales in 2017, according to market-research firm The NPD Group.

Exhibitors See Mixed Results at Agenda

Trade Shows

Vendors at the Feb. 12–14 run of the Agenda trade show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center reported mixed results for the three-day event.

Liberty Moves in New Direction to Expand

Trade Shows

In 2013, Sam Ben-Avraham introduced Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs to fill a hole in the trade-show market.

OffPrice Unveils a New E-trade Show

Trade Shows

At its recent Feb. 10–13 event, the Offprice show reported a slight dip in exhibitors for the organization’s 47th show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, but vendors said that didn’t affect business, which was booming.

Project and The Collective Run Giant Shows

Trade Shows

Spreading over the sprawling show floor of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, a wide variety of menswear brands exhibited their Fall ’18 looks at Project and The Collective during the shows’ Feb. 12–14 run in Las Vegas.

Gap Brand President Steps Down

Manufacturing

Jeff Kirwan, the president and chief executive officer of Gap Inc.’s namesake Gap brand, will leave the company, it was announced on Feb. 20.

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Selling Clothes With Comedy

Retailers have to find every opportunity to sell clothes. For Neely Shearer of the In Heroes We Trust boutique, it’s a comedy nightclub.

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Express at NBA All-Star: Or Remembering NBA Fashion Past

Express put its take on suiting on display at NBA All-Stars Weekend.

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Mitchell & Ness Parties with the Jocks at All-Star Weekend

The Mitchell & Ness brand has spent decades making caps with sports team logos and jerseys with a nostalgic feel. During the recent NBA All-Star weekend in Los Angeles, it pulled in a number of jocks to its various events.

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Kith and A Bathing Ape Take L.A. Bows

More about the stores which opened during the NBA All Star Weekend in Los Angeles.

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Mansur Gavriel Takes a Melrose Place Bow

There’s a new designer on Melrose Place.

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Bodega Kicks Off NBA All Star Weekend

Bodega started NBA All Star Weekend with an after hours party featuring samba dancers and DJs. It's only the beginning of a weekend of store openings and parties.

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Jila Atelier's DTLA Show

Perched on the aeries of OUE Skyspace, Jila Atelier showed its gowns Feb. 10.

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Bachelors Ball Goes For the Serious Costume

The 113th annual Bachelors Ball Went Down on Feb. 9. Costumes were a big deal at the shindig at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

Freede Named MadaLuxe Group’s CEO

Retail

MadaLuxe Group, the Seal Beach, Calif.–headquartered company that distributes luxury goods in off-price and full-line channels, has named Adam Freede its chief executive officer. He was previously president of the company.