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Former Nike Executive to Helm Agenda Show

Trade Shows

Reed Exhibitions named Ron Walden as its group vice president and head of the trade-show giant’s fashion and festival portfolio.

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7Diamonds Unveils First T-shirt Line


Orange County, Calif., is the home to scores of action-sports brands that made their fortunes selling T-shirts, but 7Diamonds cut a different path from its neighbors.

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Sanuk Parties for its Chapter 2

Sanuk made a splash with its irreverent humor and comfortable footwear. On Feb. 27, it partied for its 'Chapter 2' in a faux Hollywood dive restaurant.

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DSTLD Pops on Melrose

Direct-to-consumer brand DSTLD recently opened a pop-up shop at 8406 Melrose Ave.

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Please Do Not Enter Unveils /The Lab/

Buying toothpaste may never be the same.

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DTLA Boutique Pioneer The Well Says Goodbye

Downtown Los Angeles boutique pioneer, The Well, bid retail adieu on Feb. 24 with a splash.

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Kate Moss’ Half Sister Does PacSun Line

It goes without saying that Kate Moss has been influential in fashion. But does fashion savvy run in her family?

Growth Slows in Key Fashion Categories


Business driven by millennials, athleisure styles and e-commerce resulted in $215 billion in U.S. apparel sales in 2017, according to market-research firm The NPD Group.

Exhibitors See Mixed Results at Agenda

Trade Shows

Vendors at the Feb. 12–14 run of the Agenda trade show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center reported mixed results for the three-day event.

Liberty Moves in New Direction to Expand

Trade Shows

In 2013, Sam Ben-Avraham introduced Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs to fill a hole in the trade-show market.

OffPrice Unveils a New E-trade Show

Trade Shows

At its recent Feb. 10–13 event, the Offprice show reported a slight dip in exhibitors for the organization’s 47th show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, but vendors said that didn’t affect business, which was booming.

Project and The Collective Run Giant Shows

Trade Shows

Spreading over the sprawling show floor of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, a wide variety of menswear brands exhibited their Fall ’18 looks at Project and The Collective during the shows’ Feb. 12–14 run in Las Vegas.

Gap Brand President Steps Down


Jeff Kirwan, the president and chief executive officer of Gap Inc.’s namesake Gap brand, will leave the company, it was announced on Feb. 20.

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Selling Clothes With Comedy

Retailers have to find every opportunity to sell clothes. For Neely Shearer of the In Heroes We Trust boutique, it’s a comedy nightclub.

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Express at NBA All-Star: Or Remembering NBA Fashion Past

Express put its take on suiting on display at NBA All-Stars Weekend.

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Mitchell & Ness Parties with the Jocks at All-Star Weekend

The Mitchell & Ness brand has spent decades making caps with sports team logos and jerseys with a nostalgic feel. During the recent NBA All-Star weekend in Los Angeles, it pulled in a number of jocks to its various events.

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Kith and A Bathing Ape Take L.A. Bows

More about the stores which opened during the NBA All Star Weekend in Los Angeles.

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Mansur Gavriel Takes a Melrose Place Bow

There’s a new designer on Melrose Place.

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Bodega Kicks Off NBA All Star Weekend

Bodega started NBA All Star Weekend with an after hours party featuring samba dancers and DJs. It's only the beginning of a weekend of store openings and parties.

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Jila Atelier's DTLA Show

Perched on the aeries of OUE Skyspace, Jila Atelier showed its gowns Feb. 10.

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Bachelors Ball Goes For the Serious Costume

The 113th annual Bachelors Ball Went Down on Feb. 9. Costumes were a big deal at the shindig at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

Freede Named MadaLuxe Group’s CEO


MadaLuxe Group, the Seal Beach, Calif.–headquartered company that distributes luxury goods in off-price and full-line channels, has named Adam Freede its chief executive officer. He was previously president of the company.

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A Successful Holiday Season Reaps Benefits in Las Vegas

Feel the MAGIC

An air of optimism blew through the various trade shows held Feb. 10–14 in Las Vegas as many retailers were encountering empty shelves in their warehouses from a robust holiday season, which set up a willingness to place orders and stock up for the upcoming seasons.

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Outerknown Settles Into Sustainability


When John Moore started a new gig at Outerknown, he didn’t think he was going to have to rethink all of his assumptions about design.

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Z Supply Pops at Fashion Island

Z Supply unveiled a Fashion Island pop-up.

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Band of Outsiders Pops at Fred Segal

Last year Band of Outsiders got a new headquarters, new creative team and a new direction. With the help of Liberty Fairs trade show, it produced a pop-up shop at Fred Segal.

Retail Sales Push Year To Good Start


For U.S. retailers, 2018 started out on a positive note.

National Retail Federation Bullish on Business in 2018


Expect a good business year in 2018.

Retailers Dabble in Selling With Bitcoin


Since August, designer Maya Reynolds, whose brands include Clade and Uncommon Thrds, has ventured into the cryptocurrency world by doing a handful of sales in bitcoin.

What’s Checking: An Independent Boutique District Grows at Row DTLA


After six years of running a boutique in an established retail neighborhood in Los Angeles’ Echo Park area, Whitney Bickers rolled the dice and moved her shop, Myrtle, to a new neighborhood that has yet to register on many fashion-savvy people’s radars.

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Uprisal: Introduction to Patagonia’s Activism

Environmentally Fit

Patagonia has made headlines with its unique mission of being an activist company.

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Project’s Gallery Show Before Vegas

A week before the production of its Las Vegas trade show, Project made a presentation at New York Fashion Week.

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Six:02 Takes A Bow At Hollywood & Highland

Sneakerhead styles for men have been a giant fashion news story for more than 10-years. But women’s sneaker fashion market remains underserved said Karla Welch at the Feb. 6 opening of Six:02. It's a store devoted to women's fashions and sneakers at Hollywood & Highland retail center.

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Wahoo’s Fish Taco Celebrates 30th in Surf Industry Style

If you follow the surf biz, you know Wahoo’s Fish Taco. Get ready for its 30th anniversary party.

Oeko-Tex, a Certification Group, Updates Its Programs


Since the 1990s, the Oeko-Tex Association has set standards for consumer protection and sustainability in textiles.

Polartec Introduces Less Bulky, Insulation Fabric


Polartec was introduced on the fabric scene more than 30 years ago as an alternative to wool. It offers wool’s warmth but is not as heavy and is machine washable.

Grosso Moda Invests Deeper into Gerber Technology’s Software


The Netherlands’ Grosso Moda works with a network of apparel factories based around the globe.

Guess Inc.’s Paul Marciano Accused of Sexual Harassment


Weeks after fashion and celebrity photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber were accused of sexual harassment, another fashion figure, Paul Marciano, was accused of similar misconduct.

Search Called Off for Boardriders CEO Missing at Sea


Rescue operations in the south of France were called off in the search for Pierre Agnes, the 54-year-old chief executive of Boardriders Inc., the parent company of Quiksilver, Roxy and DC Shoes in Huntington Beach, Calif.

A Wave of High-End Streetwear Shops Skates into DTLA


Downtown Los Angeles has experienced an unprecedented revival over the past five years with big swatches of the district being transformed from blighted streets to neighborhoods buzzing with new restaurants, boutique hotels and now an onslaught of high-end streetwear stores.

Nayali Seeks Activewear Alternative


It’s a boom time for women’s activewear, but while more designers are getting into the activewear game, a major group of women have been ignored, said Shilpa Rajpara, designer of the Nayali brand.

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After Focusing on Cottage Biz, Haley Solar Branches Out With New Label

Sustainable Fashion

Los Angeles designer Haley Solar has been behind a sewing machine since she was 7 years old, a skill she continues to use today for the clothes she makes for her Junim Los Angeles boutique, located in Los Angeles’ Eagle Rock neighborhood.

Pierre Agnes, CEO of Boardriders, Missing at Sea

Authorities send search helicopters and boats to find missing CEO off the coast of France.

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Mario De La Torre Debuts Mad for Me

Mario De La Torre and Evette Smith of the fashion line Mario De La Torre, have produced colorful runway shows on the open air stages of Style Fashion Week in West Hollywood, Calif. But recently, they put together a production meant to be experienced as an interior.

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Valerj Pobega Unveils L.A. Spleen

David Bowie has been a longtime muse for Valerj Pobega’s self-named art inspired line. But for her L.A. Spleen collection, she went farther back than Bowie’s Thin White Duke or Ziggy Stardust periods. She went positively Victorian.

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True Religion's Void Tactics

During the zenith of True Religion’s popularity, you were a nobody if you did not have a True Religion logo somewhere on your body. Now True Religion is celebrating nobodies.

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Gap’s Logo Remix

Back when buying music at brick-and-mortar record stores was a big thing, I diverted untold sums of money into a remix of this tune or that song. Well, it’s a new world and Gap is remixing fashion.

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Alchemē Mixes In Fashion

From San Diego's Little Italy, Alchemē offers wellness...and fashion.

National Stores Discloses Data Breach


National Stores Inc., the parent company of more than 300 value stores, disclosed Jan. 22 that its computers had been the subject of a malware attack.

Improvisation Leads to Polymer


Eric Basangan was short of room in his house in Long Beach, Calif., when relatives showed up to attend his daughter’s high-school graduation last year.