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Andrew Asch

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Chinese New Year: Retail Centers Celebrate In A Big Way

Chinese New Year has always been a big deal in California, but now retail centers are celebrating in a big way.

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Venue Finds New Home at the Cooper Design Space

Trade Show

There was a new venue and high energy for the second edition of the Venue trade show, which ran Jan. 29–30 on the 11th floor of the Cooper Design Space in downtown Los Angeles.

NRF Says No to Obama’s Call for Minimum Wage Increase

News

In the 2014 State of the Union address, which was given Jan. 28, President Barack Obama issued a call to business leaders and politicians at the state and local level to boost the minimum wage in order to strengthen the economy.

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Lauren Moshi Marks 10 Years of Fashion

Lauren Moshi

The Lauren Moshi brand of T-shirts was touched by a beginner’s luck that never faded.

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Fashion Market Northern California Starts 2014 with A Big Buzz

Trade Show Report

SAN MATEO, Calif.—The first Fashion Market Northern California trade show of 2014 buzzed with business during its Jan. 26–28 run at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, Calif., which is a 20-minute drive south of San Francisco.

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Now is So 70-Years Ago, Just Ask Pete Seeger

Styles from 70-years ago are at the height of current fashion. It got me scratching my head. Is there a poverty of new ideas among designers? Is it a protest against a society that is changing too quickly? Or is that you don't try to improve on perfection?

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Azul by Moussy in U.S.A.

Japanese brand Azul by Moussy is sold at more than 99 shops in Japan. It will make its American debut at MAGIC MARKET WEEK shows Project and Magic.

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A Bit of Weekend Offender

A Bit of Weekend Offender

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Modern Archives vs the Basics

Modern Archives line makes 1980s and mid-century inspired basics fashions, we also loved their blog on unconventional wedding dresses.

New Exec at Levi's

Manufacturing

Craig Nomura is moving from Williams-Sonoma Inc. to Levi Strauss & Co. as the new executive vice president and head of global retail.

Del Amo Fashion Center Makes Way for New Addition

News

The retail lineup at the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, Calif., is starting to look a lot like musical chairs. At the end of the month, boutiques will begin relocating to other areas of the mall so construction can begin on a new two-level section of the north mall.

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RAW'S Designer of the Year

Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Corvus +Crux label wonRAW:natural born artists Fashion Designer of the Year.

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Alternative’s Foodie Debut

The debut of Alternative’s new boutique in San Francisco’s stylish Hayes Valley last week was a Bay Area foodie event.

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Kitson Opening in Las Vegas in May

Kitson to Las Vegas

Kitson, the trendy Los Angeles boutique, is gambling that Las Vegas will be a big winner for the retail chain.

Fashion Valley Names New Marketing Director

Retail

Christopher Lane was named director of marketing and business development for Fashion Valley, the Simon Property Group’s regional mall in San Diego.

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Etnies Next Step: Expanded Clothing Line

Etnies Apparel

For much of its more than 20 years in business, Etnies mostly sold footwear for skateboarding.

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LA Market Beats Expectation as Buyers Stock Up on Immediates and Higher-End Goods

LA Fashion Market

The recent January market exceeded expectations for many showroom owners and reps.

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Donola Under The Gunn

Another year, another fashion reality series. In 2014, the reality series is Under The Gunn, and former L.A. shopkeeper Isabelle Donola will be among the show’s competitors striving for fashion glory.

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Wahoo's Fish Taco on History: Stick It!

Wahoo's Fish Taco is one of the surf industry's favorite places to chow down, but its first restaurant also serves as one of the surf industry's most unique musuems.

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Toupy: One Parisian Look

From Toupy: Expect prints, bold prints.

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Popkiller’s New Store: Pop

Popkiller has been selling fashions with a rock 'n' roll and Japanese pop culture look. Get ready for its new brand, naturally called "Pop."

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Party On, Ace Hotel

Ace Hotel had a soft opening on Jan. 6 that was too mild for one of the most highly anticipated projects in the fashion district. The hipster hotel made amends on Jan. 11 with a rager of a dance party.

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Tiffany & Co Illuminated

Filmmaker Matthew Miele will illuminate the world of Tiffany & Co., starting with a documentary on company founder Charles Lewis Tiffany.

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First Look at Dowtown LA’s Ace Hotel

Events

The Los Angeles Fashion District has a new haute spot.

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Core Showroom

Showroom Profile

Nestled on the 10th floor of the Cooper Design Space, Core Showroom is stepping out on its own, moving to suite 1014 after sharing space in suite 1008 for a few years, said Jillian Kirk, Core’s owner.

Foot Traffic Down, but Xmas Business Beat E-Comm Forecasts, Survey Finds

Retail

While business headlines for the 2013 Christmas holiday season have been mostly downbeat, the 2013 holiday season beat forecasts, according to prominent market-research company ShopperTrak.

Disappointing December Sales Reports Brings Mixed Reactions

Retail

The 2013 holiday retail season was tough, but that’s the only thing the industry can agree on.

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Reed Exhibitions Buys Capsule

Trade Show

The Capsule trade show has joined Reed Exhibitions’ portfolio of more than 500 events around the world, including the Agenda trade show, in which Reed acquired a stake in 2012.

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Agenda Buzzes with Heavy Retail Traffic

Agenda Trade Show

Agenda, the first trade show of the year, started on a robust note.

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Marine Layer: Specialty Fabrics, Specialized Fits

Marine Layer

Michael Natenshon switched careers and revved up what may be a new wave in T-shirts.

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First Look at DTLA Ace Hotel

Fashion District denizens have been long anticipating the debut of the Ace Hotel at 929 S. Broadway, and on Jan. 6, the newest location in the hipster hotel chain had a soft opening. Ace welcomed passersby into a hipster world that was both wonderful and a bit weird.

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Meet the New Agenda Lids

At its every show, Agenda works on limited edition caps with its vendors. Here's a look at the new caps, which will be given to Agenda VIPs.

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The DL Pop-Up: Notes From a Designer Blow-out

Beverly Hills pop-up shop, The DL, is selling more than 30,000 designer garments that it acquired from a foreclosure sale. The crew working at The DL is only now finding out what they got.

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All-Star Surf Execs Naude, Fry and Rapp to Helm New Brand

It was announced on Jan. 6 that top women’s beach and surfwear designers Mandy Fry and Summer Rapp will partner with Paul Naude, former president of the Americas division of Billabong International LTD., to develop as yet unnamed women’s lifestyle brand.

Reed Buys Capsule

Acquisition

Add the Capsule trade show to Reed Exhibitions’ portfolio of more than 500 events around the world, including the Agenda trade show, in which Reed acquired a stake in 2012.

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Snob Shack's Mix

Talk about interesting mixes. Snob Shack, a newish store on Los Angeles’ Melrose Avenue sells “pre-loved” designer bags and new designer eyewear frames for a discount.

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Resort Season in Southern California's South Bay

2014 Waterwear

In Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach, Calif., swimwear is a year-round business.

Retailers See Mixed Holiday Business

Retail

Consumers waited until the last minute to shop for holiday gifts. The surge of consumer traffic created a 1 percent sales increase for the final week of December over the previous week, ending Dec. 21, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index. The index was released on Dec. 31.

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The Store of the Future

The Store of the Future

Industry insiders weigh in on the future look—and function—of bricks-and-mortar stores.

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Agenda: Get Ready for the Hoods

For years, Agenda trade show has collaborated with its vendors on special caps for each of its individual trade show. Now the prominent trade show is doing collaborations on hoodies.

2013 Year in Review: Busy Year for Well-Known and Up-and-Coming Retailers

Retail

Bebe Stores Inc. opened 2013 by naming Steve Birkhold as chief executive officer and announcing a turnaround strategy for the retail chain, which runs a fleet of 235 stores.

Small e-Tailers Test Price Matching

Technology

Once the domain of major retailers and e-tailers such as Wal-Mart and Target, price matching is helping small retailers and e-tailers compete in a tough marketplace.

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After DSquared2, Rodeo Drive Will Be Filled Up

Rodeo Drive

There is no room on Rodeo Drive. It is the first time in recent memory that there is no vacancy on the iconic shopping street.

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Ms. Scandal: Regular Clothes, How Dull

“Life is very boring if you wear regular clothes,” said Janna Lee, partner and designer for the Ms. Scandal clothing label. Could be the slogan for Ms. Scandal's new pop-up store.

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Young Cory: Indie Music, Indie Merch

Independent Hip hop musician Young Cory rocks his own music...and his own merch.

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Taking Fashion By Strategy

In warehouses and lots across the city, Creative Warrior Guerilla Marketplace seeks to bring fashion minds together in a space that is brings it all back home.

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Image's New Look

Image, a fast fashion retailer, debuted a bigger store in the Moreno Valley Mall.

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Urban Outfitters Debuts

Retail

A highly anticipated Urban Outfitters opened at 810 S. Broadway Dec. 19, and some executives for the hipster emporium dropped by the new shop at a debut party on Dec. 18.

Shareholders Group Seeks to Take Wet Seal Private

Retail

After more than two decades of being a public company, The Wet Seal Inc., based in Foothill Ranch, Calif., might go private.

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2013 RETROSPECTIVE Retail Sales: Major Retailers and Off-Pricers

Retail

2013 was a good year for major retailers and off-pricers.