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Andrew Asch

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Snake Oil Provision’s Long Beach Reopening

After trying different sites in Long Beach, Calif., Ben Neuhaus and Miranda Malloy think they have found the right spot for Snake Oil Provisions. It’s in the historic Lafayette building in Long Beach’s East Village Arts District.

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RVCA Returns to Ron Robinson

Fifteen years ago, Ron Robinson was one of the first boutiques to take a chance on RVCA. On July 27, RVCA made a return to Ron Robinson with its limited collaboration line RVCA + Moblow.

Intermezzo Unveils Consumer-Friendly Vintage Show

Trade Shows

Trade-show giant UBM is getting in on the consumer-facing show action this August when its Intermezzo Collections unveils its Vintage@Intermezzo. The New York show, set to bow during the Aug. 6–8 run of Intermezzo, will be UBM’s first market open to consumers.

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Alternative Apparel & An Inconvenient Sequel

Alternative Apparel is stating its case in the climate change crisis.

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Blast Cult’s Merch Lifts Off

Fashion’s festival styles have been featuring band T-shirts for years. Here’s a new angle; how about T-shirts from musical instrument makers?

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Angel Biotek On Abbot Kinney

Venice’s Abbot Kinney Boulevard has changed greatly over the past decade, causing many to complain that the street doesn’t have any more room for new brands or even the secret sauce that made it special in the first place. Venice area designer Angel Biotek hopes to prove those people wrong.

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Balmain to Melrose Place

French fashion house Balmain opened its first West Coast flagship on Melrose Place in West Hollywood, Calif. this month.

ChicCartel Launches ‘Shop Locally’ Site

Technology

The slogan “grown locally/buy locally” resonates for fashion, said the cofounders of e-commerce platform ChicCartel, a new market that promises to connect savvy fashion consumers with independent designers from their city and region.

Shopify’s Frenzy App Powers Sale at Capsule and Liberty Fairs in NY

Technology

Trade shows and runway shows have been looking to produce extra revenue streams for their vendors.

Agenda Juggles Trade and Consumer Days

Trade Shows

After 14 years of being a trade-only show, Agenda unveiled a consumer day at the recent run of its Long Beach, Calif., event.

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1 Man’s Ring Around the Collar, 1 Woman’s Art

Fashion designers argue that clothing is art. Lun*na Menoh gives the argument surreal support with her show A Ring Around the Collar, currently at Art Exchange Gallery near downtown Long Beach.

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Waraire Boswell's Refined from the Raw Challenge

Waraire Boswell has been cutting up Los Angeles’ custom clothing scene for some time. The NBA-sized clothier made a splash at the ESPY awards show July 12 when D’Angelo Russel l of the Brooklyn Nets came to the ESPYS in Los Angeles wearing a suit Boswell made as part of a challenge.

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HollyRod’s DesignCare Gala

The non-profit HollyRod foundation is devoted to giving care to those living with autism and Parkinson’s Disease. On July 15, the foundation spread the word on its mission in a stylish way.

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Vuori’s Performance Clothes Are made with Versatility and Comfort

Vuori

Football, lacrosse, yoga. Joe Kudla was game for almost any sport and fitness regimen.

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Edgemine Goes Premium with Evidnt Los Angeles

Edgemine

After more than 20 years in fashion, the Edgemine company launched its first denim line intended for a women’s premium-denim market.

Back-to-School Spending Forecast to Increase

Retail

Retailers might give the 2017 Back-to-School season an “A.”

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Arts District; L.A.’s Next Big Retail Area?

Arts District

Every major city has an “anti-downtown,” said Sam Brownell, principal and partner of property developers Blatteis & Schnur Inc.

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Witchsy’s 1st!

Since pen touched paper and paint touched canvas, artists have groused about censorship. Artistic online community/ e-boutique Witchsy aims to take the muzzle off of artists, all while selling T-shirts, hats, fashions, jewelry, pins, prints and you-name-it. They celebrated it with a first year party shindig.

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Vans Unveils New HQ

Vans Moves In

Footwear and apparel titan Vans recently unveiled a new headquarters in Costa Mesa, Calif.

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Late-Night Crowd Closes Louis Vuitton Pop-up in DTLA

Retail

A pop-up shop for a highly anticipated Louis Vuitton X Supreme capsule collection has shuttered after Los Angeles Police dispersed a large crowd in front of the pop-up shop at 4:30 a.m. on July 7.

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Swimming in a New Direction

Tori Praver

Tori Praver modeled for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition in far-flung locales such as the Canary Islands off of Spain, her home island of Maui, and Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean. This year she is going to be modeling for her own brand.

Old Bull Lee: After Walk Shorts, Try Surf

Swim/Surf

Rent a Manhattan Beach address, and it might only be a matter of time before you are in the surf business.

Raj & Sports Illustrated Team for Swim Brand

Manufacturing

For more than 50 years, the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue has been making headlines with its pictorials of supermodels posing in fashion’s most stylish swimwear in exotic locales.

June Sales Sunny for Some Retailers

Retail

Some retailers saw June gloom. Some experienced a positively sunny June.

Action Sports Vet Smith Joins Boardriders

Manufacturing

Nate Smith was named president of the Americas region for Boardriders Inc., the Huntington Beach, Calif., parent company of Quiksilver, Roxy and DC Shoes.

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Vuori Pops at Malibu Country Mart

The Vuori brand makes performance apparel for yoga, CrossFit and other activities. It recently opened a pop-up at Malibu Country Mart.

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Latitude 10 Finds ‘In Between’ Niche

Latitude 10

There is a time in a woman’s life where she wants to wear juniors styles and trends but she is looking for silhouettes and clothes that an adult woman would wear, said Leslie Gardner, a career designer.

Aussie Brand Gorman Opens in West Hollywood

Retail

After 18 years selling contemporary women’s fashion in Australia and New Zealand, the Gorman brand opened its first U.S. store in West Hollywood, Calif., recently.

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Cross Colours X MeUndies

Pioneering brand Cross Colours is going way beyond basics. On July 6, it will launch an underwear line with MeUndies.

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Streetwear: The Movie

Bobby Hundreds leads a tour through the rise, fall and subsequent rise of streetwear in new documentary Built To Fail

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Louis Vuitton X Supreme Skates in DTLA

Around the turn of the century, skate/streetwear brand Supreme made a skateboard deck design that mixed its logo with the gilded tag of Louis Vuitton. A cease and desist order later, the collaboration became part of fashion legend. Until now.

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Cavalli, Tom Ford & Others to Desert Hills

More designer boutiques to the desert!

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LTH JKT Takes a Bow

Meet LTH JKT, a Venice, Calif. headquartered brand which says that it found a way to offer leather jackets one-third off of typical retail prices.

ThirdLove Seeks Best Bra Fit with FitFinder 2.0

Manufacturing

Tech-enabled bra company ThirdLove recently introduced its Fit Finder 2.0 program, a new version of the San Francisco’s company proprietary sizing program.

The Hundreds.com’s Tech Revamp With Shopify Plus

Technology

Bobby Kim built a community with blogs featuring a running commentary on the state of streetwear, hip-hop, rock, politics, travel, food and whatever else grabbed his attention.

Handcrafted LA to Open at The Bloc

Retail

After a career of producing outdoor markets and festivals, the husband-and-wife team of Phillip and Shelly Dane will be opening their first permanent boutique in downtown Los Angeles.

TenOverSix to Move to Miami

Retail

After a nine-year run in Southern California, the TenOverSix boutique will be closing its multi-brand, independent Melrose Avenue store and reopening in Miami, said Kristen Lee, the boutique’s co-owner and creative director.

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B.James Tells L.A. Story With Emerging Label

B.James

In Brandon James’ tough South Los Angeles neighborhood in the 1990s, the people who dressed well and had money were known as hustlers according to James, now a designer.

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Puma X Minions…at Bait

Yes, Despicable Me 3 is on its way to being a blockbuster movie. But did you know that it’s a clothing line too?

Charney’s Los Angeles Apparel Factory Staffs Up, Looks for Growth

Manufacturing

With little fanfare, Dov Charney, perhaps the basics industry’s most flamboyant entrepreneur, unveiled his latest project.

Alternative Founder Returns with M/f people Brand

Manufacturing

Greg Alterman founded blank-T-shirt company Alternative Apparel in 1996, and he had grown it into a $74 million enterprise when he left it in early 2013. His latest venture brings him back to the apparel industry. His new lifestyle brand, M/f people, is scheduled to take a bow June 23.

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Maggie Barry, Kunst NYC and Band of Gypsies Take The Runway

Brigade LA

Downtown Los Angeles’ Brigade LA boutique turned itself into a runway on June 18 with a fashion show that served as a platform for an emerging brand with a performance-art angle, a new line meant for the international music-festival circuit and a contemporary brand with looks inspired by the 1960s.

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Talking Costumes With Mindy Kaling at Beverly Center

For a celebration to mark the completion of Phase One of an extensive remodel, Beverly Center hosted a talk on costuming with actress/producer/creative hyphenate Mindy Kaling and costumer Salvador Perez.

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After Standing Rock Protest, B. Yellowtail Brings Style With Indigenous Angle to L.A.

Shailene Woodley is a fan of B. Yellowtail, a Los Angeles-headquartered label inspired by Native American art, that has made clothes at the Standing Rock protest, and in an area the label calls Occupied Tongva Territory.

Fashion Robot Company Gets $4.5 Million Investment

Technology

SoftWear Automation Inc. is an Atlanta-based company that forecasts a future where apparel is going to be sewn by machines or “sewbots,” robots that sew.

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Shopify’s Frenzy Makes 1st L.A. Drop Zone

There have been plenty of forecasts on the merger between physical and online retail, Toronto’s Shopify may have found a merger between the sometimes exclusive realms with its Frenzy mobile app.

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Made LA Festival Takes the Runway With Opening Ceremony, Snoop Dogg

Made LA

The runways featured brands such as Opening Ceremony, the soundtrack was mostly hip-hop, and the backdrop was a market of trade show–like booths selling everything from T-shirts to expensive footwear.

Sears to Cut 400 Jobs

Retail

Sears Holding Corp. announced this week that it would eliminate 400 jobs in its corporate headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Ill., located in the suburbs of Chicago.

Made LA, Others Try New Fashion Show Format

Retail

The Made LA festival mixed runway shows, music performances and fashion vendors selling everything from boots to T-shirts when the event held its sophomore run over the weekend of June 10.

Boutiques Try Co-Retailing

Retail

Independent boutiques in popular retail neighborhoods are embracing a new revenue model, said Syama Meagher, chief executive officer of the consultancy Scaling Retail.