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.
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.
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.
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.
Back to the nature means neutral colors, right? Not according to Fronteer's Jon Tang.
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.
In the fast-moving world of mobile apps, San Francisco Bay area–headquartered PredictSpring is betting on speed.
The third annual Techday LA ran on Sept. 14 at The Reef showroom and exhibition building near downtown Los Angeles.
Los Angeles–headquartered Liverpool Jeans Company is on the move.
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.
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.
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?!
Adrienne D. Williams wants to show the world that skateboarding is not just for men.
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.
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.
Sof for Lolli, a capsule collection from swimwear brand Lolli takes a bow.
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.
The U.S. economy was good in August, but retail sales ranged from solid to soft.
After a long period of restructuring, Gap Inc., often described as the world’s largest specialty retailer, is charting a course for growth.
For many, shopping online feels like navigating a tsunami of choices and information.
The competition is just beginning.
In 2012, Melanie Michaud opened indie fashion shop Graffiti Beach in San Diego. Over the recent Labor Day weekend, Michaud opened Thread + Seed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Nifty Genius menswear label takes the term “lifestyle brand” very seriously.
In a rapidly changing fashion market, Matt Boelk and Rob Lohman basically want to build a new segment from the ground up.
At an Aug. 28 party for its Fall 2017 collection, the AG brand decamped to Skybar in West Hollywood.
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.
An independent boutique, Enze, recently opened on high end retail street Abbot Kinney.
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.
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.
During a time of great change for retail, Project continued to be a big show.
Change was on the mind of Sam Ben-Avraham, founder of Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs.
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.
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.
A desire to make Macy’s department stores even more tech-friendly led to the hire of its new chief.
After more than two decades of making flip-flops and footwear for the surf and beach crowd, the Sanuk brand is trying apparel.
The city of Beverly Hills has been encouraging boutiques to keep doors open after most stores call it quits for the night.
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.
A desire to make Macy’s department stores even more tech-friendly informed the hire of its new chief.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Debbie Harry X Obey Collection lands in a pop-up shop on Los Angeles' Melrose Avenue.
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.