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Axis Trade Show Planning L.A. Event in October

Trade Shows

Axis, a lifestyle trade show for millennial women’s brands, is coming to Los Angeles.

PLM Helps Moods of Norway do Biz ‘In Season’

Technology

On runways in Oslo and Los Angeles, the Moods of Norway fashion label has been busy, having displayed looks from its Autumn/Winter 2016/2017 season in the past four weeks.

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Fall ’16 Market Draws Mixed Reviews

Fall ’16 Market

For some at the recent Los Angeles Fashion Market, it was an opportunity to place Fall 2016 orders. For others, it was a chance to replenish depleted inventory.

Wet Seal Maps Its Rebound

Retail

New offices, new staff and new merchandise, Wet Seal put its rebound on display.

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Shawmut’s New Look

Shawmut Design & Construction puts its imprint on Rodeo Drive by remodeling flagship stores for retailers such as Tory Burch, Tom Ford and Jimmy Choo among others. Recently, it focused its construction work on itself.

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Puma’s Blaze of Glory at The Well

Puma invited groups of VIPs and partiers to check out its new Blaze of Glory high end sneaker line on March 11 at The Well, it's a boutique and events space in downtown Los Angeles.

Changing Venues for LA Fashion Week Events

Runway

After six years in downtown Los Angeles, Style Fashion Week is moving its runways to West Hollywood, Calif., said Veronica Welch Kerzner, founder and chief executive officer of the fashion-show producer.

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OnePiece to West Third Street

After years of representing its one piece casual wear as well as other items such as sweats on Los Angeles’ Robertson Boulevard, Norwegian brand OnePiece recently moved its L.A. store to the city’s stylish West 3rd Street neighborhood.

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The Dreslyn, Citizens of Humanity’s Eatery Collab

Fashion blogs reportedly obsessed over the coats bakers wore at Gjusta – a bakery, deli and café in Los Angeles’ Venice neighborhood. Downtown Los Angeles-e-tailer The Dreslyn partnered with denim brand Citizens of Humanity in a Gjusta project to go beyond bakers’ coats.

Showroom Profile: The Park Showroom

New Lines

Showroom Profile: The Park Showroom

True Religion’s App Brings Science Fiction Tech to Retail Reality

Technology

To find True Religion Brand Jeans’ next tech innovation, look no further than its bricks-and-mortar stores.

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Beverly Center to Get Multi-Million Renovation

Retail Renovation

Beverly Center, one of Los Angeles’ prominent retail centers, is scheduled to undergo a $500 million renovation.

Style Fashion Week Moving to West Hollywood

Los Angeles Fashion Week

After six years in downtown Los Angeles, Style Fashion Week is moving its runways to West Hollywood, Calif. said Veronica Welch Kerzner, the founder and the chief executive officer of the fashion show producer.

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Under Armour to Americana

Performance clothing and footwear company Under Armour opened its first branded boutique this week. It’s at Caruso Affiliated’s Americana at Brand retail center in Glendale, Calif.

February Sales Mixed

Retail

L Brands—the parent company of Victoria’s Secret, Pink, Bath & Body Works, and Henri Bendel—reported a strong February.

DTLA Pioneer Daniel Patrick Moving to Crescent Heights

Retail

Before downtown Los Angeles got hip, designer label Daniel Patrick pioneered the neighborhood with a sprawling shop at 1039 S. Broadway, which is a short walk from the main drag of the Los Angeles Fashion District.

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Next World Sound – at 101Apparel

In addition to producing one of my favorite hip hop and music shows “Adventures In Stereo,” on KPFK, J.Rocc found time to do some music with Orange County clothing label 101 Apparel.

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FBI’s Fashion Next Show & More

Fashion Business Inc has been a flurry of activity this week. It produced seminars and panels at Factory Direct and L.A. Textile shows this week. It also produced the Fashion Next runway show.

After Four-Year PR Battle, Caruso Concedes Defeat in Carlsbad Development Deal

Retail

In a hotly contested special election, voters in Carlsbad, Calif. rejected a retail center proposed by Caruso Affiliated, the developer of the prominent retail centers The Grove and The Americana at Brand. A statement from Rick J. Caruso, the founder of the Los Angeles–headquartered Caruso Affiliated, was released.

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Uniqlo’s Made In LA Jean

Last week, Uniqlo, the Japanese casual wear designer, manufacturer and retailer, introduced its Made In LA jeans.

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Flagship’s Big Debut Party

After moving into a sprawling, street-level showroom in downtown Los Angeles' Fashion District, Flagship Agency put on a big debut party on Feb. 26

Carlsbad Voters Give Thumbs Down to Caruso Mall

Retail

In a tightly contested special election, voters in Carlsbad, Calif., rejected a retail center proposed by Caruso Affiliated, the developer of the prominent retail centers The Grove and The Americana at Brand, located in Los Angeles and Glendale, Calif., respectively.

Capsule: Forum for Emerging Style

Trade Shows

Before the Capsule trade show started its run Feb. 15–17 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, two of the show’s vendors gained some fashion-industry buzz.

Offprice Busy

Trade Shows

Activewear styles, plus sizes and medical scrubs were important categories at the 43rd Offprice show, which was held on the first level of the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

Good Biz at Curated Liberty Show

Trade Shows

The Diesel and Will Leather Goods brands made their debut at the recent run of the Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs trade show, which ran Feb. 15–17 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Agenda: Streetwear Rebound

Trade Shows

Streetwear and art brand 7th Letter made a return to Agenda after a three-year hiatus. In 2013, the brand opened the 7th Letter Gallery on Los Angeles’ Fairfax Avenue, where it also exhibits art.

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SIMA Image Awards Names Roark Revival ‘Breakout Brand’

SIMA Image Awards

Roark Revival was named the Breakout Brand of the Year at the SIMA Image Awards.

Fred Segal, Barnabas to Move Into New Tech Enclave in Playa Vista

Retail

Major tech companies such as Facebook and Google already have offices in Los Angeles’ Playa Vista district. Now it is time for fashion boutiques.

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Etnies 30th Anniversary

2016 is 30th anniversary of Etnies. Etnies is said to be the first skateboarder-owned sneaker brand. The Orange County-headquartered brand is planning some 30th anniversary celebrations.

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Pobega’s Bowie Inspired Heroes Collection

When David Bowie died last month, the fashion world seemed to be the most shaken. On Feb. 18, designer Valerj Pobega introduced a capsule collection honoring the influential performer, composer and artist.

Mashouf Rejoins Bebe, Announces Restructuring

Retail

Bebe Stores Inc. Founder Manny Mashouf is taking the reins of the struggling mall-based women’s retailer, it was announced on Feb. 19. He also announced a 14.6 percent job cut in the company’s design, merchandising and production division.

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Miss Me Vintage Takes Bow at WWDMAGIC

Denim veteran Philippe Naouri and Ayumi Shibata, a designer who won WWDMAGIC’s Crème de la Crème contest in August 2015, dropped by the trade show this week to introduce a new fashion line, Miss Me Vintage.

Wynn to Develop Retail on Las Vegas Strip

Retail

Casino magnate Steve Wynn announced new retail development Wynn Plaza, a 75,518-square-foot retail center scheduled to make its debut on the Las Vegas Strip by Fall 2017.

Saks Opens Canada Store

Retail

Saks Fifth Avenue opened its first store in Canada on Feb. 18.

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Trunkettes Swimwear Makes Splash in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 Issue

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 issue is on newsstands, and Los Angeles brand Trunkettes Swimwear made a splash in the highly anticipated issue.

Diane Merrick Looks Back on 50 Years in Fashion

Retail

Call it the end of an era for Los Angeles boutique retail. Diane Merrick announced last month that she was closing her 45-year-old, self-named Diane Merrick boutique. Most likely, she is the last of her pioneering generation of boutique retailers to close operations.

Wolves + Wildflowers: T-shirts for the Bad Girl

Manufacturing

The Wolves + Wildflowers young contemporary brand, which will roll out later this year, was inspired by the girl who likes bad boys, said Tina Rani, a cofounder of the Huntington Beach, Calif.–based label.

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Buyers Navigate Multiple Venues, Categories at Las Vegas Shows

L.V. Trade Shows

When visitors arrived at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas for the Feb. 16–18 run of Project, Project Womens, Pooltradeshow, Collective and The Tents, the registration line snaked around the lobby, forcing buyers to wait up to 30 minutes to get their badges and enter the trade show.

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Talking caps with Hall of Fame & Original Chuck

After more than 100-years of style in baseball cap, one may think that there are no more new looks for the iconic headwear. But headwear gurus Hall of Fame and Original Chuck said cap style is ready for a shakeup.

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Bohemian Society Debuts Black Rose

Victor Wilde, the downtown Los Angeles fashion provocateur and founder of the Bohemian Society fashion label, recently debuted a new Bohemian Society collection. It’s called Black Rose. Take a look.

True&Co. Lingerie Store Hits the Road

Retail

Michelle Lam calls it “nomadic retail.” A trailer outfitted with a boutique will bring her e-commerce lingerie brand True&Co. to cities across the United States this year.

Fashion Biz Veteran Joins RMSA Tech Firm

Technology

After three decades in the apparel industry, Donald Reichman, who has represented various womenswear brands, has joined technology company RMSA Retail Solutions.

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New York Designer B Michael Sparkles on the Runway

Dressing Up

New York designer B Michael recently had his first Los Angeles runway show, which was part of the 47th Annual NAACP Image Awards luncheon, honoring people of color in film and television.

E-Commerce Showing More Interest in Bricks-and-Mortar

Retail

For 18 months, People’s Project LA has been selling its sweaters, dresses, dusters, rompers and everything fashionable through its website.

Saltwater Luxe; For Beach & Evening

Manufacturing

After a decade of designing for some of the biggest surfwear designers, including Billabong and Rip Curl, Christa Bischofberger and Kristy Kalsman started their own brand, Saltwater Luxe, which is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.

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Olsen Twins' Elizabeth & James To The Grove

Olsen Twins' Elizabeth & James brand will open its first bricks-and-mortar store at The Grove this summer, according to a statement from the popular Los Angeles area retail center.

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Chinese New Year Rolls Into SoCal Malls

Southern California malls have embraced the Chinese New Year. In case you have not heard, it is the Chinese Year of the Monkey.

January Sales Slow

Retail

Retailers typically regard January as a clearance month, a period of time to slog through while focusing on the important business of upcoming Spring fashion. However, January did not start the year with much cheer.

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Westfield’s Mall at LAX

It was the official grand opening of the dining and retail section at Terminal 2 at LAX recently. Developed by Westfield, the shopping center company made a statement that its dining and retail section in the would have projected annual sales of $41 million.

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Levi’s Clothes for Superbowl 50

Wanna cheer the Superbowl in a denim style? Levi Strauss & Co. announced that it had expanded its Levi's NFL Collection.