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Deborah Belgum

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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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Oak Opens Outlet Store in DTLA

Retail

Oak converts one-half of its downtown LA store into an outlet.

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WithMe: Meet the Store of the Future

Store of the Future

On May 26, WithMe took the wraps off its first permanent mall-based store, housed inside Santa Monica Place in Santa Monica, Calif., where an arsenal of high-tech gadgets is used to make shopping easier for customers and retailing more efficient.

Footwear Brand EMU Australia Moving Back to California

Manufacturing

After five years in the Midwest, Emu Australia has decided to bring its U.S. headquarters back to California.

Study Finds Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Have Little Effect on Apparel Imports and Export

Import/Export

The U.S. International Trade Commission recently published an independent study of the free-trade accord and found that U.S. apparel imports would inch up 1.4 percent with a $1.9 billion increase by the year 2032 while exports would barely budge, seeing a 0.3 percent rise, or a $10 million increase.

ModCloth Names New Chief Technology Officer

Retail

ModCloth—the San Francisco–based online purveyor of its own clothing brand as well as an e-commerce site that offers an assortment of fashion, accessories, shoes and home décor from independent designers—has named Nicolas Genest as its chief technology officer.

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Sports Authority Holds Going-Out-of-Business Sale

Retail

All 450 Sports Authority stores are holding a going-out-of-business sale.

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Designer Monique Lhuillier Expands Into Stationery

Fashion

Bridal and fashion designer Monique Lhuillier launches stationery brand.

Gap Closing All Old Navy Stores in Japan, Plus Select Banana Republic Stores

After reporting dismal sales for its first quarter, Gap Inc. announced it is closing all 53 of its Old Navy stores in Japan and 75 Banana Republic stores in mostly overseas locations as it concentrates on other geographies.

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Store of the Future Opening at Santa Monica Place

Retail

WithMe debuts its first mall location with shopping lineup that changes all the time.

AAFA Names Joseph Abboud ‘Person of the Year’

Fashion

The American Apparel & Footwear Association has named Abboud the 2016 “Person of the Year.” The award is being presented to the designer at the AAFA’s 38th annual American Images Awards in New York on May 24.

Retailers Relying More on Promotions This Year to Clinch a Sale

Retail

Statistics show that during the first three months of this year, retailers were putting up more signs for special promotions than during the same period last year.

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Jovani Celebrates First U.S. Store Now on Robertson Blvd.

Retal

The evening gown label has never had a stand-alone store until it opened on Robertson Boulevard.

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Aussie Retailer Opening First U.S. Store in Los Angeles

Retail

General Pants Co. coming up from down under.

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Topshop/Topman Opening Next Week in Glendale

Retail

Topshop/Topman soon opening second Los Angeles-area store.

Trade Show: Shop & Dine

Trade Shows

Here are a few suggestions on some of the newer restaurants and fashionable boutiques found in the major cities on the trade-show circuit.

Container Cargo Imports Not as Robust as Last Year

Import/Export

Slow growth in consumer spending and high inventory levels at stores across the country are affecting import cargo volumes at the nation’s ports.

U.S. Thread Maker to Buy Second Largest Thread Maker in India

Manufacturing

American & Efird—the largest U.S. manufacturer of industrial and consumer thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles—is acquiring a majority ownership of Vardhman Yarns and Threads Ltd. from its joint-venture partner, Vardhman Textiles Ltd.

Contempo Inc USA Controller Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

Legal

Peter Suk Lee started working for Los Angeles accessories maker Contempo Inc. USA in August 2014 as the controller at the company. But one year later, the owners were alleging that the 49-year-old had embezzled nearly $1.4 million from the company, according to court documents.

Negotiations for New Port Clerks Contract Nearing Deadline

Import/Export

600 full-time port clerks and 300 temporary clerks at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach have made great strides in this year’s negotiations for a contract that expires June 30.

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French Eco-Friendly Brand Opens First Store in SF

Retail

Les Lunes, which champions the slow-fashion movement, established its first outpost in Cow Hollow.

Gap Inc. Posts Dismal April Sales in All Categories

Retail

All of Gap Inc.'s retail chains showing negative same-store sales for April.

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BNKR Celebrates Grand Opening for DTLA Store

Retail

Two big events celebrate opening of BNKR's new U.S. flagship store.

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Scoop NYC Closing All Stores, Including LA

Retail

Scoop NYC has already shut down its SoHo store and plans to shutter LA stores.

Sales in April Disappoint with Lackluster Performance

Retail

With Easter falling in March this year, retailers reported that April same-store sales dipped at many big clothing store chains that depend on the holiday to bring customers through the doors.

Levi’s Names New President of Americas Division

Manufacturing

Levi Strauss & Co. has promoted Roy Bagattini to the role of executive vice president and president of Levi Strauss Americas.

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Creativity Walks Down the Runway at Woodbury University Student Show

Creativity Walks

A fresh look at fashion was seen on the runway when the students at Woodbury University displayed their design skills at the 52nd annual Envision Fashion Show at The Reef in downtown Los Angeles.

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