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Andrew Asch

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Shiekh Shoes' Crooks & Castle's Party

The Crooks & Castles crew dropped by Shiekh Shoe's Legacy Level shop in downtown Los Angeles for an art party.

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The Bloc: Tear the Roof Off

Update - and look- at The Bloc in downtown Los Angeles. The compound's roof was torn off to make way for an open-air center which will take a bow in late 2015. Here's a look at the roofless building now.

John Eshaya Moving to The Village at Westfield Topanga


After 18 months running a JET John Eshaya specialty boutique near Los Angeles’ Fairfax District, founder John Eshaya confirmed that he will move the shop to the upcoming The Village at Westfield Topanga.

Offprice Growing

Trade Shows

This was a year of growth for the off-price market, and it was a time when more retailers wanted a piece of the market in which apparel is sold for 20 percent to 70 percent below wholesale prices.

Agenda: Wrapping Up the Season

Trade Show

The summer season for the Agenda trade show seems like a fast-paced sprint.

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Liberty: Freedom of Point of View


Attendee traffic increased 7 percent over last year at the Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs during the show’s Aug 17–19 run at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Capsule’s New America

Trade Show

It was a time for new sections at Capsule, one of the Modern Assembly shows, which ran in the Sands Expo & Convention Center and The Venetian Aug. 17–19.

Rebecca Minkoff Flagship Joins Tech & Service With a Touch


Since e-commerce business started skyrocketing nearly a decade ago, bricks-and-mortar retailers have wondered how they could inject the best of the e-commerce experience into physical stores.

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Ayumi Shibata At Emerging Designers

Ayumi Shibata's / eis / line made an appearance at the Emerging Designers section of WWDMAGIC recently. Shibata's cocoon capes look a bit avant garde, and she hand draws prints for her kimonos with Native American and Americana styles. Take a look.

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Alpha’s Gold Anniversary M-65 Field Coat

Fifty years ago, Alpha Industries made the M-65 field coat for the United States military. On the M-65's gold anniversary, Alpha designed a capsule collection celebrating the action-ready coat. Alpha displayed the capsule collection at the Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs in Las Vegas recently

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A New Retail Neighborhood in Venice?

Flowerboy Project produced a debut party for its new space at 824 Lincoln Blvd. in Los Angeles' Venice district. Flowerboy's new neighborhood might be turning into a new retail neighborhood.

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The Legend of Sato Lives On

Katin's Sato Hughes is considered one of the pioneers of boardshort style. Katin recently posted a video of Sato who continues to tailor boardshorts at the Katin surf shop in Orange County, Calif.

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Champion Gets Artsy at Agenda

Since the beginning of the Agenda trade show more than a decade ago, art has been one of the touchstones of the street, action sports and fashion show. The Champion brand booth at the show's recent Aug. 17-19 run in Las Vegas took the art challenge very seriously. The booth was lined with street art with a Jean-Michel Basquiat edge.

Change for WeHo’s Fur Ban


The city of West Hollywood, Calif., approved America’s only municipal fur ban in 2013, and the ban survived a challenge in federal court in 2014. However, the final word has not been said on the law. The West Hollywood City Council unanimously passed an amendment to the ban on Aug. 17.

Buyers Navigate Changed Format at Las Vegas Trade Shows

Trade Show

LAS VEGAS—The landscape of the Las Vegas trade shows changed again as the giant UBM Advanstar, owner of the MAGIC Marketplace and Project, re-merchandised the layout of its shows.

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Crooks & Castles Take on Luxplorer & Crooks Femme

Here’s a few looks at the Crooks & Castles brand’s Fall ’15 lines. There’s the Luxplorer outerwear collection and Crooks Femme, a streetwear line for women.

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More Fun in DTLA: Globe Re-opens

Here’s another dispatch from downtown Los Angeles’ funland. Globe Theatre, a more than 100-year-old theatre located on 740 S. Broadway, was reopened as a nightclub and events space earlier this month.

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At 26th Waterman’s Ball: A Surfing Rock Show

26th Waterman’s Ball

With surfwear executives wearing colorful, sometimes outré styles, the Surf Industry Manufacturer’s Association’s Annual Waterman’s Ball has earned a reputation as an irreverent, joyful event that raises funds for environmental causes.

LA Councilmember Price’s Youth Entrepreneur Program Draws Apparel Participation


Apparel-industry software program AIMS360 is taught to students at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, Cal State Poly Pomona, and Saddleback and Fullerton colleges in Orange County, but Henry Cherner, AIMS360’s managing partner, is considering expanding the reach of AIMS360’s education program.

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Ted Baker Gets Curious

With the backdrop of the always gracious Carondelet House near downtown Los Angeles, the Ted Baker London brand produced a party for its Autumn/Winter ’15 collection. The moniker for the collection? “Curiosities.” Take a look.

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Forever Unique Takes a Los Angeles Bow

London Fashion Brand Forever Unique made its official Los Angeles debut on Aug. 12. Take a look.

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Cake for Monarchs: Entrepreneur and Design Veteran Make RTW With Bespoke Style

Cake for Monarchs

Bespoke looks at affordable prices. That’s the promise of Los Angeles–headquartered line Cake for Monarchs, a menswear label that took its bow this month and is exhibiting at Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs in Las Vegas.

Park Named as Thomas Wylde Design Director


Thomas Wylde, the designer fashion label headquartered in Los Angeles, announced that Jene Park was named as its creative director. Since 2006, Park served as the label’s chief operating officer, said John Hanna, the label’s chief executive officer.

Stitch Fix: Big Data Comes to Fashion Retail


San Francisco–based e-commerce retailer Stitch Fix uses big data, or a computer algorithm, to pick the perfect top or pair of jeans for its thousands of clients.

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Citadel: Clean Up Commerce

Almost every city in the Good Ol’ USA sponsors a municipal clean-up. But Citadel Outlets got special notice when it produced a clean-up of Commerce, Calif.

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Ready for More John Varvatos?

John Varvatos Enterprises announced that it will open a big 3,500-square-foot boutique in Fashion Valley, a Simon-owned regional mall in San Diego.

Melanie B. Cox to Run Wet Seal


After guiding The Wet Seal LLC through a tumultuous period, Ed Thomas announced he will leave the company on Aug. 10, his successor, Melanie B. Cox, a veteran retailer and Wet Seal board member, will succeed Thomas.

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Back-to-School…at Chateau Marmont

Back-to-School Saturdays starts on Aug. 8. It invites consumers to shop for Back-to-School gear. On Aug. 5, mall giant Simon teamed up with Teen Vogue and Chateau Marmont Penthouse for a BTSS event. Young actors such as Bella Thorne, Willow Shields and Amanda Steel had a dinner at the Chateau Marmont and checked out new Back-to-School looks.

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Who Says Fashion Designers Can’t Rock?

By day, Rachel Anne Rainwater designs women’s line Sea Gypsies for Lost which has been sold at retailers such as Tilly’s. By night, she sings for the rock band His Eyes Have Fangs which features skateboarding legend Tony Alva on bass.

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Yesterday’s Shapewear Is Over

Jewel Toned

Rachael McCrary thinks shapewear’s reputation needs to be salvaged, and she believes that she has a solution with her West Hollywood, Calif.–headquartered brand, Jewel Toned.

July Sales Tough


Retail sales generally disappointed in July, at the beginning of the important Back-to-School season, said Ken Perkins of market-research group Retail Metrics.

L.A. Market Light as Showrooms, Buyers Prepare for the Big Las Vegas Shows

Trade Shows

August markets for the Holiday/Resort 2015 season are always quiet because the gigantic semiannual trade shows in Las Vegas are less than two weeks away—running Aug. 16–19. But this year, the Aug. 3–6 market seemed to be quieter than normal.

Cabana to Newport Beach for 1st West Coast Dates

Trade Show

Cabana, the high-end swim and beach lifestyle trade show, will sail into Newport Beach, Calif., for its first West Coast show, set for Aug. 13–14, said Janet Wong, the show director and co-founder of Cabana.

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The Point Takes Its Bow, Lou & Grey Opens 8th Store

The Point - a park-like retail center in El Segundo, Calif. - celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 30. Lou & Grey, a sister store to Ann Taylor and Loft - opened its 8th store at The Point. Check it out.

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Zimmermann to Melrose Place

Models Miranda Kerr and Chanel Iman graced the opening party of the Zimmermann brand flagship in the exclusive Melrose Place enclave in Los Angeles. The party took place July 29.

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Showroom Profiles: Lila Clothing Co.

Showroom Profiles

Women’s fashion label Lila Clothing Co. wanted to make a bigger splash in its hometown of Los Angeles, so in June it opened a showroom at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District, said Ricardo Lee, the company’s sales director.

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Michael Costello

Black & White World

In a new capsule collection, Michael Costello took a small detour from the colorful gowns that he had become known for since appearing on season eight of the fashion reality show “Project Runway.”

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Land of Women X The Dreslyn

Swim’s Little Black Dress

For Brooke Taylor Corcia, one thing missing from women’s swimwear was its version of the little black dress, so her pure-play e-commerce shop, The Dreslyn, headquartered in Los Angeles, worked with emerging lingerie label Land of Women to make it.

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Hemingway and Sons: Practical But Unique

Hemingway and Sons

For Toby Burke Hemingway, there are enough high-end men’s stores in Los Angeles. “We wanted stuff that was practical and affordable,” he said.

ModCloth's Next Step: Private-Label Line, Physical Retail Store


San Francisco–headquartered ModCloth has been one of the innovators in the pure-play e-commerce space, but the women’s clothing retailer announced new angles to its way of doing business.

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Maaji: Funkshion Fashion Week

Colombian brand Maaji sported an activewear look when it produced its July 19 runway show at Funkshion Fashion Week in Miami Beach. Check it out.

Cabana: Busy Show Under Punishing Sun

Trade Shows

In a couple of big tents by the Atlantic Ocean, the Cabana trade show provided a busy and easygoing forum for fashion swimwear brands during the Miami SwimShow.

Hammock Rolls Out New Format

Trade Shows

Formerly known as Salon Allure, the swimwear-centric Hammock trade show introduced a rebranding campaign that included a new name and a new format for the 5-year-old show.

Swimwear Companies Dive Into New Business at SwimShow

Trade Shows

MIAMI BEACH, Fla.—SwimShow, the biggest North American trade show devoted mostly to women’s swimwear, made a splash in the fashion world when it ran at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

National Retail Federation Revises 2015 Forecast


National Retail Federation, a retail trade group based in Washington, D.C., has lowered its 2015 retail sales forecast to 3.5 percent growth compared with a previous growth forecast of 4.1 percent.

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6 Shore Road: Funkshion Fashion Week

It was going to be her biggest fashion show, so Pooja Kharbanda started it with a prayer.

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Acacia Swimwear: Funkshion Fashion Week

When Acacia Swimwear took the stage at Funkshion Fashion Week on July 19, the Hawaiian swimwear label displayed its own take on activewear.

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We Are Handsome Brand's Moving To L.A. -With a Miami Pit Stop

The We Are Handsome swim brand announced on July 19 that it is moving to Los Angeles from Australia. Get ready Los Angeles.

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Luli Fama's Lively Funkshion Fashion Week

Luli Fama produced a lively, festive runway show at Funkshion Fashion Week on July 18 with Native American dancers, thumping classic rock...and bikinis. Take a look.

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Tori Praver: My Collection Was Ready

Yes, Tori Praver Swimwear has been gracing poolsides and beaches since 2009. Her ongoing collaboration with Target also made her prominent. But Tori decided to produce her first runway show on July 19 at Funkshion Fashion Week in Miami Beach.