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Getty Heir Takes Retail to Rodeo Drive

Getty Store to Beverly Hills

August Getty first launched his collection of red-carpet gowns and women’s eveningwear with his Spring/Summer 2015 collection.

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Lynette Tyner's Return

Back in Los Angeles, Lynette Tyner conceded that she missed designing clothes. So she put together a capsule collection inspired by the streetwear of her former home city and L.A.

Year in Review: The Retail News of 2017


The retail realm has seen a dramatic change this year, with more than 6,000 outposts shutting their doors and shopping malls blowing up their footprints to redesign their centers in an effort to appeal to millennial shoppers.

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Raised in Los Angeles Takes Root in Downtown

Raised in Los Angeles

Raised in Los Angeles hopes to build a lifestyle brand starting with a unique logo and an array of T-shirts, hoodies, caps and sweatpants with a different vibe.

Shopping Center Developer Caruso Names a New CFO


Peter Wilhelm, the recently named chief financial officer of Caruso, has seen his career go from the realm of sports to the world of shopping centers.

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MadaLuxe Vault Says It Offers New Kind Of Luxe

Off-Price Luxury

There are two retail sectors outperforming every other category in retail: luxury and off-price.

Turkey’s Calik Denim Shows New Angle on Jeans


Calik Denim has supplied fabric to famous blue-jeans labels such as Joe’s Jeans, Frame, Guess, Tommy Hilfiger and McGuire Denim, but on Dec. 6 the Turkish-based label made its own statement with a gallery show called “Denim Loves Art,” which opened for one night in downtown Los Angeles.

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Jen Awad’s Rock ‘N’ Roll

Jen Awad showed her eponymous, rock ‘n’ roll style fashion line at past Los Angeles Fashion Weeks and various trade shows. But what we haven’t seen is Jen picking up the microphone or playing a badass guitar riff….until Dec.19.

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Holiday at Handcrafted LA

Handcrafted LA produced the Holiday edition of its Meet the Makers party on Dec. 15. If you didn't make it, check this out.

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Lola Rose Thompson + Gorman Takes A Bow

Aussie fashion brand Gorman opened its first U.S. shop in West Hollywood in July. And just before the year ended, Gorman unveiled a collaboration collection with Los Angeles-based artists Lola Rose Thompson.

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The Latest for Bohemian Society’s Victor Wilde: An Art Show

A fashion designer’s toolbox typically includes scissors and sewing machines, but if you are Victor Wilde of the Bohemian Society; shotguns and blowtorches are also in use.

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Active Raises Funds for Fire Victims

Fires ravaging parts of Southern California recently displaced thousands of people. This weekend, retailer Active is hosting clothing drives and fundraisers to help those displaced by fires.

Southern California Retailers Grapple With Damage from Recent Fires


Retailers in Ventura, Santa Barbara and parts of Los Angeles counties were spared significant property damage from major fires ravaging the areas. However, some had to temporarily close stores and cut business hours due to poor air quality and shoppers not being able to travel.

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EYSOM: Riding the New Fitness Wave

High-end Activewear

People told Stan Cheung that no man would pay $180 for a pair of athletic shorts, but the activewear maker begs to differ.

2017 Retrospective: Gap: Growth in Value & Active, L Brands: Tremors from Swim Exit


Gap Inc. has been on shaky ground in the past, but the company has seen four consecutive quarters of positive same-store sales as executives redefine the retailer’s merchandise and strategies.

2017 Retrospective: Macy’s Faces Changes, Nordstrom Remains Public


The retirement of Terry J. Lundgren marked the end of a tumultuous year for department-store giant Macy’s Inc.

Net Neutrality Repeal Expected To Drive Up E-Tail Costs


The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to overturn the current “net neutrality” regulations. Opponents of the Dec. 14 vote said it could spell disaster for small businesses that might be charged higher prices to access the Internet.

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Haute Healing’s Beauty Drive for Terminally Ill Kids

For the past two years, Haute Healing has presented the gift of glam to terminally ill kids, hospital patients, homeless and disadvantaged youth. Haute Healing is wrapping up a clothing drive for its second annual event at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on Dec. 17

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Aaron Levant Goes Foodie

We know Aaron Levant for the Agenda trade show and ComplexCon. Are we ready for Aaron Levant the foodie?

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Erica Tanov Opens L.A. Store

Erica Tanov began a return engagement in Los Angeles

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Taylor Swift Reputation Pop-Up Opens

Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour is scheduled to hit California in May 2018, but for those who want the Taylor experience now, the Reputation pop-up shop has opened at Third Street Promenade

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Westfield Shopping Malls Sold to European Entity

Westfield Corp. sold

Westfield Corp. sells off its malls in billion-dollar deal.

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Beer Savage Clothes for Craft Beers

For years, people knew Tyler Bochenek as the vice president for retail operations of skate/streetwear chain Active, then he unveiled Beer Savage.

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Fashion People Making Food To Fight Fires

Eli Pirian of the Baciano company traveled with a group of Los Angeles fashion biz people on Dec. 9 to volunteer for L.A. Kitche

Macy’s Lundgren Announces Retirement as Chairman


Terry Lungren will be stepping down as chairman of the board of Macy's next year as his successor steps in.

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Skingraft Takes A Holiday Party

Make it a Goth holiday.

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Agenda Introduces Digital Marketplace

Agenda Going Digital

The Agenda trade show is going digital.

2017 Newsmaker: After Bankruptcy, Quiksilver Changes Name and Goes on the Offense

2017 Newsmaker

About a year after emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Quiksilver Inc., which had been one of the world’s dominant surf brands since the late 1970s, changed its corporate name.

2017 Newsmaker: Frances Harder Starts Fashion For Profit

Fashion News

After 18 years of teaching fashion executives how to make money, Frances Harder turned around and took some of her own advice.

2017 Newsmaker: The Wraps Come Off Westfield’s $1 Billion Revamp of Century City


An Italian food hall that is packed with customers. A slate of unique stores. Furniture that looks like it should be in an interior designer’s living room.

2017 Newsmaker: After Gordon Bros Bid, Wet Seal Reemerges


After a tumultuous period of proxy fights and bankruptcies, teen retailer The Wet Seal seemed to be about to call it quits.

2017 Newsmaker: Agenda Seeks New Format for Trade Shows

Trade Shows

The fashion business has gone through major changes, but the basic model for fashion trade shows has not budged, said Aaron Levant, founder of the Agenda trade show and senior vice president of trade-show producer Reed Exhibitions.

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Zegna Bows XXX Line with L.A. Dance Project

Italian fashion house Zegna showed some moves.

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Patagonia Sues Trump

Patagonia Inc. joined conservation groups to sue the Trump Administration over its decision to reduce the acreage of Bears Ears national monument in Utah.

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South Coast Plaza's 50th Anniversary Book

The 50th anniversary celebration of South Coast Plaza continues.

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Brooks Bros Parties for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Brooks Bros., a clothier to Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, produced its annual holiday party Dec. 2 at its Rodeo Drive flagship. Beside holiday fun, the aim of party was to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Gudetama Santa Takes a Bow

We’ve seen our share of celebrities while blogging for California Apparel News.

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Beverly Ctr Unveils Cal Mare

Cal Mare held a debut party on Nov. 30. The star chef driven restaurant is part of Beverly Center's $500 million renovation.

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The Veranda: New Mall Takes a Bow

The Veranda

In a market when mall development seems to be mostly focused on remodeling existing sites, CenterCal Properties is scheduled to mark the grand opening of a new shopping center later this month in the San Francisco Bay Area town of Concord, Calif.

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Defyant’s Dare to Be Different


After running a basics apparel company and working on music documentary projects, Joe Jihoon got the opportunity to take over the streetwear line Defyant<. He hesitated because he didn’t know where he could take the brand. Then he took inspiration from the brand’s name.

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Wool & Thimble Debuts at Bloomies’ Top of the List

Contemporary men’s brand Wool & Thimble made its debut at Bloomingdale’s in Westfield Fashion Square.

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Holiday Season Business Off to a Good Start


The 2017 holiday season is off to a strong start after consumers beat forecasts for shopping during the Black Friday Weekend and Cyber Monday, the traditional beginning of the holiday shopping season.

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New Era + Fred Segal's Sunset Collection Goes Down Home L.A.

New Era collaborated with Fred Segal to make Sunset Collection. It's very Los Angeles. How Los Angeles? The collection features caps for prominent L.A. area high school sports teams. Go Hamilton High School Yankees!

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Junk Food and Levi’s Team Up for Tees + Jeans

Tees + Jeans

After a four-year run, Junk Food Clothing has revamped its flagship store in Los Angeles’ Venice district and relaunched as a collaboration with Levi Strauss &amp; Co. called Tees + Jeans, a boutique devoted to Junk Food’s blank T-shirts and Levi’s jeans.

Brazilian-L.A.Connection at Fashion Panel


It was a call that every American red carpet–gown label in America is waiting for: a personal request from an A-list star. But in this case, Sofia Vergara was calling a Brazilian label.

Stitch Fix Files IPO


San Francisco–headquartered fashion company Stitch Fix filed an initial public offering on Nov. 16, releasing 8 million shares of Class A common stock at a price of $15 per share.

Shopify Embeds UPS Services


Shopify recently embedded a suite of UPS services on its platform.

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Lakers Star Invests In New Men's Brand

Butter Cloth

Former Los Angeles Lakers star Metta World Peace made sports headlines in October when he took a coaching job with the South Bay Lakers, the development team for the NBA organization.

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Tradesy Unveils First Showroom

Peer-to-peer luxe marketplace Tradesy unveiled its first physical showroom in Santa Monica.

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Cherner Memorialized with Tree Planting

Henry Cherner spent more than two-decades of his career placing a focus on educating fashion entrepreneurs and workers in the growing world of technology. Earlier this month, a tree was planted in his honor on the campus of California Polytechnic University, Pomona