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Andrew Asch

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Karmaloop’s Selkoe Unveils Wanderset

Retail

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

Retail

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

Manufacturing

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

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Dunyah Takes the Runway at NYFW

Dunyah

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

Retail

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

After Tough Times, Gap Announces New Stores

Retail

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

Technology

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

Retail

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

Runway

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

Manufacturing

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

Manufacturing

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.

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Abercrombie & Fitch's New Concept Store

Abercrombie & Fitch's new concept store took a bow at Westfield Century City mall on Aug. 25. A&F promises that it will be more fashion in a smaller space.

Pool Provides a Showcase for Up-and-Comers and Indies

Trade Shows

UBM’s Pooltradeshow has always been a venue for independent and up-and-coming apparel and accessories brands. The Aug. 14–16 show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center returned to its prime location next to Project near the shuttle bus drop-off.

Project: Big Show Drives Biz Through Small “Neighborhoods”

Trade Shows

During a time of great change for retail, Project continued to be a big show.

Liberty Expands Quest Section

Trade Shows

Change was on the mind of Sam Ben-Avraham, founder of Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs.

Capsule; New Styles, New Floor Layout

Trade Shows

High-end streetwear, fashion, denim and environmentally sustainable fashions for men and women were among the categories on display at the Aug. 14–16 run of Capsule at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Agenda: Show Floor Debuts & With Look To Future

Trade Shows

The Aug. 14–16 run of Agenda at the Sands Expo and Convention Center featured debuts and some new fashion styles. There also was a promise of change, said Aaron Levant, the show founder.

E-Com Exec to Run Macy’s Stores, 100 Jobs Cut

Retail

A desire to make Macy’s department stores even more tech-friendly led to the hire of its new chief.

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Footwear Brand Sanuk Slides Into Apparel

Sanuk

After more than two decades of making flip-flops and footwear for the surf and beach crowd, the Sanuk brand is trying apparel.

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Beverly Hills Tells Shops to Stay Open Late

Retail

The city of Beverly Hills has been encouraging boutiques to keep doors open after most stores call it quits for the night.

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Costume Designers Talk at Beverly Center

Red carpets are scheduled to be rolled out Sept. 17 for the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Beverly Center held a panel of nominated costume designers Aug. 16.

E-Com Exec to Run Macy’s Stores, 100 Jobs Cut

A desire to make Macy’s department stores even more tech-friendly informed the hire of its new chief.

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Michael Costello’s Boutique Takes A Bow

After a career of dressing the likes of Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, and starring on Project Runway in 2010, Michael Costello put his name in concrete...with a L.A. Fashion District store.

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Olivia Culpo’s PrettyLittleThing Party

UK brand PrettyLittleThing’s mission is to bring runway and celeb fashions to women at a low price. On Aug. 17, it produced a Los Angeles party for its capsule line PrettyLittleThing X Olivia Culpo.

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Magic Kingdom Takes Best Fashion Picture at LJIFFF

La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival has maintained its independence since it was founded in 2010. Last month, more than 700 people attended the event’s parties and film festival. The Best Picture Award was handed to Magic Kingdom.

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LA Swim Week Starts on Irreverent Note

LA Swim Week

For its second run at the Skirball Cultural Center in West LA, the Los Angeles Swim Week fashion shows started on an irreverent note.

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Orders Despite Uncertainty at Las Vegas Trade Shows

LV Trade Shows

The apparel industry headed to Las Vegas on the hunt for new trends and new business at the many apparel and sourcing trade shows spread across the city.

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Rodd & Gunn Takes a Bow at Westfield Century City

New Zealand’s Rodd & Gunn clothiers are taking a wider gamble on California. The third Rodd & Gunn store in California opened Aug. 10 at the Westfield Century City mall, which neighbors affluent enclaves such as Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles.

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Debbie Harry X Obey Comes to Melrose

The Debbie Harry X Obey Collection lands in a pop-up shop on Los Angeles' Melrose Avenue.

Bread Gets Money for E-commerce Payment Program

Technology

Bread is a New York–headquartered finance technology company that lets merchants give their customers the option to pay for items in several installments over time.