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Deborah Belgum

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TV Costume Designs to be Displayed at FIDM Museum

Fashion

Exhibition will show more than 100 costumes from 22 TV shows.

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Elizabeth and James Chooses LA for First U.S. Store

Retail

Elizabeth and James store opened by the Olsen twins.

Pokémon Go Craze Luring Shoppers to Stores and Malls

Retail

The marquis sign outside the Urban Outfitters store in downtown Los Angeles carries a curious message. It says: “There’s a Pikachu in my soup.”

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Artist Collaboration Makes for Colorful Sandals and Shoes

Fashion

California footwear maker Sanuk collaborates with the "Queen of Collage" to make brightly hued sandals and boat shoe.

Forever 21 Opening in Romania With Franchisee

Forever 21, the Los Angeles–based fast-fashion retailer, is hoping to open its first store in Bucharest by this fall.

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Volcom Launches Jeans and Chinos Fit for Skateboarders

Fashion

For its Fall/Winter collection, Volcom develops a blue jeans with the help of the Cone denim mill in North Carolina.

Los Angeles Gift Show Alters Dates Next Year and Moves

Trade Shows

LAMKT, the Los Angeles gift and home market, is moving its more than 200 exhibitors from the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center to The Reef, near downtown Los Angeles.

Daytime Rates Rising to Pick Up Cargo Containers at the Ports

Import/Export

If you want to pick up your cargo containers during the day at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, it will cost you a little more.

Rosenthal & Rosenthal Launches New Division With New Hires

Finance

Rosenthal & Rosenthal, a finance company specializing in factoring and asset-based lending, announced it is starting a new division called Rosenthal Trade Capital to provide alternative inventory-financing solutions to cash-constrained companies.

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St John Knits: Searching for the Magic Formula

St John Knits

St. John, the venerable Southern California luxury label that is a staple in many well-heeled shoppers’ closets, has been on an odyssey in recent years.

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Levi's Acquires Einstein's Iconic Leather Jacket

Fashion for a Genius

For its archives, Levi Strauss & Co. garners the winning bid for Albert Einstein's brown leather Cossack jacket.

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Combat Gent Opens First Retail Store in Santa Monica

Retail

After being online for four years, Combatant Gentleman is opening its very first retail store in Santa Monica Place.

U.S. Port Traffic to be Uneven for Back-to-School and Holiday

The nation’s ports are expected to see up-and-down import cargo volumes for the rest of the year as retailers gear up for Back-to-School and Holiday sales.

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Otis Fashion Design School Moving to Westchester

Fashion

Otis fashion design department packing up and moving out of the California Market Center.

Retailers Increasingly Shifting Over to E-Commerce

Retail

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. That is becoming the popular mantra of retailers as the industry goes through a revolution, according to Marc Heller, president of CIT Commercial Services, a division of CIT Group Inc. in New York.

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Footaction Coming to DTLA

Retail

Footaction building out a new retail spot on South Broadway.

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Getting Energized With Vitamin A by Amahlia Stevens

Swim/Surf

Designer Amahlia Stevens’ swim collection is designed, sourced and produced in Southern California with an eye toward fit, fashion and sustainability.

Mid-Year Financial Review: Retailers Take on a New Attitude as Economy Slows

Finance

As consumers continue to adjust their buying habits and purchase less on apparel, retailers are tweaking their business models to keep shoppers coming through the doors.

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Aussie Bridal Store Opens First U.S. Flagship in LA

Retail

Grace Loves Lace opens first U.S. flagship store in Los Angeles.

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Bike Share Program Coming to Fashion District

Transportation

Several bike share docking stations are being set up in the Los Angeles Fashion District.

Belk’s New CEO Has a California Connection

Retail

Lisa Harper, who has been named the new chief executive of Belk department stores, starts her new job on July 5. She was most recently the chief executive of Hot Topic Inc.

VF Corp. Sells 7 For All Mankind, Splendid and Ella Moss to Delta Galil

Manufacturing

VF Corp. is selling two of its top contemporary brands to Delta Galil, an Israeli apparel manufacturer that is more than 40 years old.

Retailers Need to Move from Omnichannel 1.0 to Omnichannel 2.0 to Stay Relevant

Retail

Retailers scrambling to enter the omni-channel world may already be behind their competitors.

LA Streetwear Company Buys Women’s Online Clothing Site

Manufacturing

Stikeleather Apparel recently announced it acquired the online women’s clothing retailer White Plum, based in Modesto, Calif.

Interim Director Named for Fashion District BID

Retail

While the Los Angeles Fashion District Business Improvement District searches for a new executive director, the BID’s managing director will step in on an interim basis.

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Jeremy Scott Coming to Palm Springs

Fashion

Fashion designer Jeremy Scott buys house in Palm Springs.

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Nordstrom Closing Horton Plaza Store in San Diego

Retail

Nordstrom says after 31 years it is shuttering its store at Horton Plaza in San Diego.

Forever 21 Is Downsizing Its U.K. Retail Footprint

Retail

Forever 21, which launched a small fleet of stores in Great Britain six years ago, is taking another look at its retail portfolio after losing millions of dollars.

Importers Brace for New Disruptions at Worldwide Ports


Import/Export

Last year, apparel and textile importers saw millions of dollars in profits sink as congestion at the West Coast ports kept merchandise stuck on boats for weeks.

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La Jolla Group Making Hang Ten Clothing for US Market

Manufacturing

An old California brand comes back.

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Danish Brand Opening Store on Broadway in DTLA

Retail

Han Kjobenhavn coming to the space next to Mykita.

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Tadashi Shoji Opens New Concept Store at Glendale Galleria

Retail

New store opened with help from Woodbury University students.

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Hex Opens First Store on Broadway Near Tower Theatre in DTLA

Retail

Small is beautiful at this Hex store.

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Sue Wong Having a Huge Sale on Samples and Furniture

Fashion

Designer Sue Wong moving her corporate offices after transitioning into licensing deals.

California Consumers Plan to Buy More Big-Ticket Items

Finance

California consumers might be feeling a little more pessimistic about the economy right now, but the future looks a bit brighter.

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OC.Mix Show: New Orange County Trade Show Hopes to Expand

OCMix

Usually Southern California retailers in Orange County and San Diego drive long distances to check out the new styles at the various showrooms located in the Los Angeles Fashion District in downtown Los Angeles.

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Fashion Photographer Peter Lindbergh Getting Major Retrospective

Fashion

In September, a new exhibit opens to highlight decades of work by German fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh.

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The Bloc Celebrating New Open-Air Space

Retail

The Bloc, the downtown LA mall under renovation, is celebrating even though no new stores are open yet.

New CEO Appointed at NYDJ Apparel

Manufacturing

Los Angeles blue jeans company NYDJ Apparel, formerly known as Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, has appointed Lisa Collier to take over the top job at the company.

National Jewish Health Honorees Nunnari and Savoy Help Raise Nearly $500K

Events

A sold-out crowd of 500 people packed Herscher Hall at the Skirball Cultural Center for the annual Black and White Ball, a fund-raising event for National Jewish Health that is hosted by the Los Angeles Professional Services.

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LA Market Draws Western Retailers Looking for Everything from Immediates to Resort

LA Market

Business was surprisingly good during the June 6–9 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market despite a schedule that overlapped with several other regional markets as well as the California primary election.

Rents Keep Rising for Retail Space in Hot Los Angeles Neighborhoods

Retail

Stories abound about the death of bricks-and-mortar stores, but retailers in Los Angeles keep setting up outposts and rents keep going up.

California’s Economy Charts Positive Growth Through 2018

Finance

Job gains and slow steady growth are the path for the country and California for the next few years, according to economists at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

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Mykita Eyewear Opening Soon in DTLA

Retail

German eyewear company has a sing out front of its soon-to-open location.

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Aussie Store Opens Doors in LA to First U.S. Store

Retail

The Local.132 by General Pants Co. opens an outpost on La Brea Avenue.

Showroom Profile: Salt & Pepper Sales

New Lines

Moving to a new showroom has been an energizing experience for Emmalena Bland and Bea Gorman, who make up the Salt & Pepper Sales showroom.

Showroom Profile: Mattson Showroom

New Lines

For three years, Mattson Global has had a large showroom at the Academy Awards Clothing building at 817 S. Los Angeles St. But when more room was needed to show its collections, the company turned to the California Market Center to set up a secondary showroom.

China Brand Show Coming to Los Angeles

Trade Shows

For the first time in more than a decade, the China Brand Show will be exhibiting at semiannual gift and home show LAMKT, which will be held July 22–25 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Cherokee Signs Deal to Create Footwear for Everyday California Brand

Manufacturing

Cherokee Global Brands—whose labels include Cherokee, Carole Little, Tony Hawk and Sideout—has signed a deal with Saliluz to create a collection of men’s and women’s casual footwear and flip-flops under Cherokee’s Everyday California label.

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Speedo USA Introducing New Line Designed with Olympian Missy Franklin

Fashion

Five-time Olympic medalist Missy Franklin helps design new line of performance swimwear for Speedo USA.

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