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Andrew Asch

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Pink Saves at Citadel Outlets

Breast Cancer Awareness is a big deal at Citadel Outlets retail center south of downtown Los Angeles.

September Sales Good


September delivered good news to retailers, according to Kevin Perkins of market-research firm Retail Metrics.

Retailer Mona Moore to Help Pioneer Lincoln in Venice


For more than seven years, fashion retailers have been prospecting the occasional gritty environs of Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica, Calif., and the neighboring Venice area of Los Angeles. Lisa Bush, owner of the Mona Moore boutique, says that the thoroughfare is ready for fashion.

NRF: Solid Holiday Season Forecast


U.S sales for the holiday 2017 season will increase 3.6 percent to 4 percent over last year. Excluding autos, gas and restaurants, U.S. retailers stand to rack up $678.75 billion in sales during the upcoming holiday season, according to a forecast from the National Retail Federation.

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Fields: Spring/Summer 2018 Juniors’ Forecasts

2018 Juniors' Forecasts

For the Spring/Summer 2018 season, juniors will be wearing embroidered jeans, T-shirts with sequins and plaid blazers, forecast Barbara Fields of the Barbara Fields Buying Office.

Majors Market Busy Despite Big Changes in Retail Industry

Trade Shows

Department stores and big-box retailers are going through a time of incredible change, but salespeople working at the LA Majors Market, which is devoted to department stores and mass retailers, reported a busy pace during the Oct. 2–4 market at the California Market Center.

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Westfield Unveils $1 Billion Remodel in Century City


Westfield Corp. marked the finish of a $1 billion remodel of its Westfield Century City retail center in Los Angeles with a gala event Oct. 3, featuring appearances by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and 1970s hitmakers The Village People. The event took place at a new performance space called The Atrium, located by the center’s full-line Nordstrom, which also opened for business on Oct. 3.

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LAMM Goes Sky High

To celebrate its 10th show, LA Men’s Market will go sky high.

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COS Parties for DTLA Store

As if the opening an emporium and renovating a grand, but once-derelict building in downtown Los Angeles was not enough. Retailer COS had to produce a gala party for the event too.

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After 25-Years, Mindy Lubell & Romy M Move

Since 1992, presidential administrations have come and gone, the retail market has gone through majors, and after a 25-year-haul on the 10th floor of the California Market Center, Mindy Lubell and Romy M showrooms moved from their longtime digs

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With the star power of Tyra Banks and Kobe Bryant making speeches, National Retail Federation’s convention made the case that digital commerce was on a course to grow even more prominent with the help of burgeoning technologies such as voice technology, artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

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A New Fred Segal Takes a Bow

Fred Segal

A Fred Segal boutique emporium opened for business Sept. 26 at the edge of the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, Calif.

PacSun’s Schoenfeld, Macerich’s Coppola Talk Retail’s Fall and Possible Rise


Headlines say that fashion retail is being pummeled. Others believe a bright future is coming into focus.

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Skingraft Goes For Wearable, Yet Extreme with Arrowhead

After a decade of working in the once blighted, now gentrifying downtown Los Angeles, Jonny Cota, creative director of the Skingraft label, was ready to talk about extremes.

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Elyse Walker Spotlights Fall Trends

Elyse Walker

After more than 18 years of running an influential boutique on Los Angeles’ Westside, and dressing Los Angeles’ women in designers such as Balenciaga, Balmain and Bottega Veneta, among other labels, Elyse Walker produced her first presentation of Fall looks on Sept. 21.

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Fred Segal’s West Hollywood Shop Opens

Fred Segal opened a 13,000-square-foot emporium in West Hollywood on Sept. 26.

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Handcrafted LA Takes A Bow

Indie designers and labels get a platform at Handcrafted LA, it held a grand opening party Sept. 22 at The Bloc.

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Michael Kors Outfits Artists for Trauma

Artists for Trauma helps people recovering from traumatic injuries. On Sept. 17, the group produced a runway show at Macy’s department store at Westfield Topanga,

Merged Mojix and CXignited Hope to Digitize Stores


Bricks-and-mortar stores can gain the same technology advantages as e-commerce. They just have to use more RFID, or radio frequency identification technology, said Dan Doles, president and chief executive of Los Angeles–headquartered tech company Mojix.

Karmaloop’s Selkoe Unveils Wanderset


In 2015, entrepreneur Greg Selkoe left the Boston-headquartered Karmaloop, the online emporium for streetwear he founded in 2000. Relocated to the Los Angeles area, Selkoe announced Sept. 21 that he was going to unveil the e-commerce and content site Wanderset.

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Los Angeles Boutique Streets Undergo Change to Survive

Boutique Streets Seek Change

The shopping mall—once considered mini–town centers that attracted after-school teens and early-morning exercising seniors—has struggled to stay competitive after consumers did an about-face and altered their shopping habits.

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South Coast Plaza's Exclusive 50th Anniversary Collection

South Coast Plaza has been celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with events that require invites. But throughout the 50th anniversary year, the luxe Costa Mesa, Calif.-retail center is offering ways to celebrate its golden anniversary open to anyone with a comfortable credit card account.

Uniqlo to Open Denim Concept Shop in DTLA


Fast Retailing Co. LTD opened a Uniqlo emporium at Westfield Santa Anita, about 30 minutes east of downtown Los Angeles Sept. 9, but the Japanese fast-fashion company announced it was going to open another unique store in Los Angeles.

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Fronteer Takes A Hike at Hatchet Outdoor Supply Co.

Back to the nature means neutral colors, right? Not according to Fronteer's Jon Tang.

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Skid Row Denim & Apparel's Debut Party

Call it stylish activism. Skid Row Denim & Apparel is a clothing line and a project of the Skid Row Housing Trust, which has been building housing for homeless people in Los Angeles County since 1989. On Sept. 14, Skid Row Denim & Apparel made an official introduction of its premium denim line.

Need for Speed in PredictSpring New App for PacSun

In the fast-moving world of mobile apps, San Francisco Bay area–headquartered PredictSpring is betting on speed.

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Techday at The Reef

The third annual Techday LA ran on Sept. 14 at The Reef showroom and exhibition building near downtown Los Angeles.

Liverpool Jeans Debuts Higher-Priced Women’s Line


Los Angeles–headquartered Liverpool Jeans Company is on the move.

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Dunyah Takes the Runway at NYFW


Mustafa Wafa produced his second runway show for New York Fashion Week, unveiling his Spring/Summer 2018 collection for his Los Angeles–headquartered brand called Dunyah.

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Nordstrom to Open Omnichannel Concept on Melrose Place

Nordstrom Gets Compact

For the past decade, Melrose Place has been an exclusive Los Angeles address for high-end designer boutiques. Now Nordstrom plans to join the crowd.

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Snoopy’s Fashion Tour

The world knows about last week’s New York Fashion Week for stylish people. But what about a fashion event for the discerning cartoon character?!

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MS.RPRSNTD: A Different View of Skateboarding

Adrienne D. Williams wants to show the world that skateboarding is not just for men.

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Local Boogeyman Slips into Echo Park

It may be a little early to think about Halloween, but not for Local Boogeyman House of Horror, which recently opened in Los Angeles' Echo Park section.

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Swaggy P’s Most Hated at American Rag

You could accuse the Most Hated label with false advertising. Scores of people demonstrated that they, in fact, liked the Los Angeles-headquartered label, when they lined up Sept. 9 at Los Angeles’ American Rag to buy the brand's new looks.

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Sof for Lolli Debuts

Sof for Lolli, a capsule collection from swimwear brand Lolli takes a bow.

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Rosie HW X Paige – Style for the “On-Duty” Model

Rosie HW X Paige

For their Fall/Winter ’17 collection, Paige Adams-Geller and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley let their imaginations roam wild for their Rosie HW X Paige collection.

August Business Mixed


The U.S. economy was good in August, but retail sales ranged from solid to soft.

After Tough Times, Gap Announces New Stores


After a long period of restructuring, Gap Inc., often described as the world’s largest specialty retailer, is charting a course for growth.

Everystore Packages Universe of E-Retail


For many, shopping online feels like navigating a tsunami of choices and information.

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J!nx’s Clothes for the Nerd Goes Pro-Sports

J!nx’s Clothes

The competition is just beginning.

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Michaud Opens Thread + Seed

In 2012, Melanie Michaud opened indie fashion shop Graffiti Beach in San Diego. Over the recent Labor Day weekend, Michaud opened Thread + Seed.

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FBI Says Farewell with a Party

Since 1999, Fashion Business Inc has been an educational source for fashion entrepreneurs that also produced runway shows and events. It announced that it was shuttering in July. On Aug. 31, a farewell party was produced at the Fathom Gallery in California Market Center.

Retail Healthier than Many Think, Research Group Says


IHL Group, a partner of National Retail Federation, the Washington, D.C.–based trade group, released a paper on Aug. 30 that said that tough times for retail have been greatly exaggerated.

OC Fashion Week Starts


Orange County Fashion Week will aim to balance trade, consumer and glitz when the biannual fashion event unveils a series of shows Sept. 5–9. OC Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2018 shows will be held in venues around Newport Beach, Calif.

Shafer Exits Agave


Jeff Shafer, the founder of Agave, a premium-denim line that has been sold at retailers such as Nordstrom, recently announced that he was leaving the label after a 15-year run.

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Nifty Genius: Menswear and Retail for All Seasons

Nifty Genius

The Nifty Genius menswear label takes the term “lifestyle brand” very seriously.

Groceries Apparel Looks to Build a Natural Dyehouse in Southern California


In a rapidly changing fashion market, Matt Boelk and Rob Lohman basically want to build a new segment from the ground up.

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AG Parties for its Fall 2017 Looks

At an Aug. 28 party for its Fall 2017 collection, the AG brand decamped to Skybar in West Hollywood.

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ComplexCon Announces N.E.R.D & Gucci Mane in Concert

ComplexCon returns the weekend of Nov. 4 – 5 in Long Beach, festival goers will be treated to sounds from hitmakers such as Pharrell Williams' N.E.R.D and Gucci Mane.

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Enze To Abbot Kinney

An independent boutique, Enze, recently opened on high end retail street Abbot Kinney.