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Andrew Asch

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Retailers: If FCC Changes Net Neutrality, There Will Be Turmoil

E-commerce

E-commerce executives see big road blocks to their booming business if the Federal Communications Commission changes rules on net neutrality Thursday.

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Meet Nick Fouquet

Nick Fouquet is a nature boy with a fashion model's looks. He is the inspiration behind a burgeoning Los Angeles brand.

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For Love & Business

The Piece Collective

Leran Hadar and Marine Azria are partners in love and in business, and they recently opened a new boutique, The Piece Collective, on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, which has become one of Los Angeles’ most sought-after places to open a shop.

Ross Names Barbara Rentler as New CEO

Retail

Ross Stores Inc., one of America’s dominant off-price apparel and home-fashion chains, announced a succession plan May 7 to replace Michael Balmuth, the Dublin, Calif.–based retailer’s vice chairman and chief executive officer, who has led the company since 1996.

April Sales Fueled by Easter & Pent-up Demand

Retail

April retail sales increased 6 percent, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers, a New York–headquartered trade group for retail centers.

Billabong Names New COO

Swim/Surf

Jeff Streader was recently named global chief operating officer for surf giant Billabong. Streader will be based in the Irvine, Calif., offices of the Australia-headquartered surf giant.

Volcom Names New Global Creative Director

Swim/Surf

Volcom, one of the surf/skate and lifestyle world’s most prominent labels, recently named Mike Aho, a veteran graphic designer and filmmaker for Volcom, its new global creative director.

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Boutiques Ordered to Vacate Fred Segal Santa Monica

Retail

The 500 Broadway building of landmark retailer Fred Segal in Santa Monica, Calif., is closing to make way for the construction of a new structure, and the 500 Broadway boutique owners in the building were recently notified that they must vacate by the end of May.

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New Mall With a Civic Angle Hopes to Lift Economy in South Gate, Calif.

Azalea

One of Los Angeles County’s new retail hot spots is South Gate, a blue-collar, predominantly Latino city with a high unemployment rate.

Boutiques Ordered to Vacate Fred Segal Santa Monica

Boutique owners of the 500 Broadway building of landmark retailer Fred Segal in Santa Monica, Calif., were recently notified that they must vacate by the end of May to make way for the construction of a new building.

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Unique LA’s Local Fashions

Unique LA is a market/fair/meeting of creative minds is to celebrate local and Made in America fashions. Here's what we saw when it ran on May 4-5.

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Big Crowds for H&M Debut

If one thing was proven on May 1, it was that H&M is really popular.

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LA Galaxy X UNDFTD: Kicking Off an MLS Capsule

Designer Profile

In the colorful world of sports logos, the LA Galaxy soccer team has one of those commanding emblems—it’s a shield, a quasar star and the words “LA Galaxy.”

See You Monday: High- and Low-Fashion Mix

Designer Profile

Los Angeles–headquartered See You Monday embraces high and low fashion.

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Rodeo Celebrates 100 Years

Retail

Rodeo Drive, one of Los Angeles County’s top shopping streets, became party central on April 27, when the City of Beverly Hills celebrated its centennial.

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Showcasing 25-Year History

BCBG

After 25 years of designing an idiosyncratic mix of “Paris chic with LA cool,” the fashion house BCBGMaxAzriaGroup turned part of its warehouse in Vernon, Calif., into an exhibition space on April 29. The center of attention was “Living the Bon Chic Life,” a retrospective of the fashion house’s quarter century in business.

Planet Blue Opening in Palo Alto, Calif.

Retail

Approaching its 20th anniversary, Santa Monica, Calif.–headquartered contemporary chain Planet Blue is scheduled to open its first Northern California store on May 23.

Alice + Olivia leaving Robertson to Open on Melrose

Retail

Contemporary retailer Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet is on the move. It is scheduled to open a new shop at 8501 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood, Calif., this summer and shutter its store at 134 S. Robertson Blvd.

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Gypsy05 to Begin Retail Rollout With Robertson

Gypsy05

Los Angeles fashion label Gypsy05 made waves with its eco-friendly clothes and production methods, and, after nearly 10 years selling its clothes at retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, American Rag and Revolve Clothing, Gypsy05 will be rolling out its own branded stores.

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Storefront.com’s Big Party

Thestorefront.com wants to be a Craigslist for listings and real estate opportunities for pop-up shops and other bricks-and-mortar ventures. This dot com had fashion party for itself in downtown Los Angeles on April 30.

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Trina Turk’s Spring Affaire

Trina Turk, one of Southern California’s high profile designers, will produce a runway show and a trunk show for cause on May 3 for A Spring Affaire, a fundraiser for Operation School Bell, which supplies new clothes to impoverished kids from the Los Angeles Unified School District. The event starts 10:30AM at Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.

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Insight X Komono Party

Temperatures started dipping and it started raining on the night of April 25, perfect time to have a party at the Insight boutique in Venice.

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Beautiful Fül’s New Line

Beautiful Fül celebrated one year of running its flagship store in downtown Los Angeles on April 24 with what else, a new line.

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B:Scott x MSTR

Sometimes, the T-shirt must match the watch. Enter MSTR Watches and B: Scott.

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Madewell X Vans Party

Vans classic slip-ons skate into Madewell!

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New Fabric for Casual Luxury

Beyond Black & White

Casual luxury is a signature California look, and veteran fashion executive Derek Tucker thought he could up the ante on this style with a fabric that he developed. It’s called Luxmere.

Oak To Open 2nd LA Boutique, on Beverly Blvd

Retail

Oak, the American Apparel–owned high-fashion chain of boutiques, is on the move and will open a second Los Angeles boutique in the next few weeks. However, a specific date has not been announced, said Conor Riley, Oak’s social-media director.

Robert Talbott’s Shop-in-shop Roll Out

Retail

After more than 50 years making neckwear and shirting with roots in Monterey, Calif., the Robert Talbott label will be rolling out a number of shops-in-shop at high-end menswear boutiques across America.

New Era Bows Dodger Stadium Shop

News

A few years after it opened a Los Angeles flagship, Buffalo, N.Y.–headquartered New Era introduced a New Era Team Store at Los Angeles’ landmark Dodger Stadium.

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Desert Hills Premium Outlets

Bringing More Bling To Desert

Desert Hills Premium Outlets, known as a Rodeo Drive for discount designer clothes, unveiled the biggest expansion in its more than two decades in business.

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Parke & Ronen Party

Spring is here, and the Parke & Ronen label kicked it off with a party celebrating its seasonal store on Los Angeles' Melrose Avenue.

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Mina + Olya

Finding A Sustainable Luxe

Designers Mina Yazdi and Olya Dzilikhova believe that they have found a way to connect fabulous, luxe style with environment-loving materials.

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Undefeated Takes on Galaxy

It's an alternative look for the logo of one of Los Angeles' great sports teams; the LA Galaxy. Streetwear, fashion brand Undefeated developed new logo for the Galaxy emblem in capsule collection LA Galaxy x Undefeated.

March Sales Mark a Soft Rebound

Retail

March retail sales beat Wall Street expectations with a 3.6 percent gain on a year-over-year basis, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers, a leading trade group for the mall industry, but things are still tough for retailers, economists and analysts said.

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Klein Named Fashion Icon at L.A. Fashion Awards

Events

Lloyd Klein made his first public appearance since undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma at the Second Annual LA Fashion Awards at Sunset Gower Studios, held April 5 in Los Angeles.

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Fashioning a New La Brea: District La Brea Complex Adds New Retail

Retail

Boutiques for online clothier Bonobos, fashion line Gant Rugger and Undefeated, a streetwear emporium, will open at the District La Brea compound in the next few months. The new shops could bring more retail attention to Los Angeles’ La Brea Avenue.

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Retailers Bring More Competitive Business to Majors Market

L.A. Majors Market

From technology to real estate, the way that major retailers do business is changing, and some of those changes were reflected in the Los Angeles Majors Market, a department store–focused event that ran April 7–9 at the California Market Center.

Bronstein Resigns From Wet Seal Board

Executive Moves

Kathy Bronstein resigned from the board of directors of The Wet Seal Inc., according to a company announcement on April 7. She had served on the board for the beleaguered company since September 2012 and also served as its chief executive officer and vice chair from 1995 to 2003.

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Dickinson Cameron Builds Burberry, Renovates Barneys in Beverly Hills

Dickinson Cameron is on the move on Rodeo Drive; building the Burberry flagship and renovating Barneys in Beverly Hills.

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Fall 2014 Forecast: Marled Yarns, Houndstooth and Ugly Xmas Sweaters

Barbara Fields

The ugly Christmas sweater was one of several Fall 14 trends featured by trend forecaster Barbara Fields of the Barbara Fields Buying Office.

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Bonobos, Gant Rugger, Undefeated to District La Brea

Retail Spotlight

Boutiques for online clothier Bonobos, fashion line Gant Rugger and Undefeated, a streetwear emporium, will open at the District La Brea compound in the next two months.

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Alternative’s Summer Party

It was a time for new looks for the Alternative label. Its Summer and Fall looks were previewed at a party at Alternative's Larchmont Village boutique.

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Kitson’s Giant Vegas Shop

Kitson debuts its biggest shop. It's a 12,000-square-foot emporium at The Linq in Las Vegas. " In Vegas; the bigger the better," Kitson Founder Fraser Ross said.

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Vera Wang Opens On Rodeo Drive

After a long wait, Vera Wang opened a flagship at 428 N. Rodeo Dr. on April 3.

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Obituary: Hobie Alter, 80

Swim/Surf

Hobart “Hobie” Alter, 80, passed away March 29 in Palm Desert, Calif. He was one of the innovators of the sport of surfing and also opened one of California’s first surf shops.

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MLV by Mayren Lee Viray

Her POV

With her new line, MLV by Mayren Lee Viray, the fashion designer hopes to shine a spotlight on her own views of women’s contemporary fashion.

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Caruso’s Main Street Gamble

Retail

Real estate developer Rick J. Caruso has Main Street America in his sights with plans to redevelop “street-front” retail in various Southern California neighborhoods.

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Slater Leaves Quiksilver

Surf Moves

After more than 20 years as the public face of Huntington Beach, Calif-based surf giant Quiksilver, Kelly Slater is changing teams.

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Domenico Vacca’s Bespoke Party

After outfitting Jeremy Piven for the upcoming Entourage movie, Designer Domenico Vacca partied at his self named boutique in Beverly Hills' Montage hotel.

Developer Rick Caruso Names New Marketing Communications Officer

Public-relations veteran Judy Johnson was named as the chief marketing and communications officer for Caruso Affiliated, the Los Angeles real estate development company that owns, manages and develops such shopping centers as The Grove in Los Angeles and The Americana at Brand in Glendale, Calif.