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Exhbit on South Coast Plaza Founder Opens Soon

Retail

An exhibit that chronicles the life of Harry Segerstrom, founder of South Coast Plaza and other major Orange County landmarks, opens on May 8.

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Ron Robinson at the Fights

Every major city has its legendary stadiums for sports and music events. But one Los Angeles venue fitting this bill also has an untold story. It’s the Olympic Auditorium. It hosted Muhammad Ali fights, wrestling matches, Lucha Libre, and punk rock concerts. A group of documentary filmmakers held a launch party for their movie on the Olympic. It was held April 30 at the peaceful and civilized Ron Robinson boutique in Santa Monica.

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Kelly Slater: Shredding the Sheets

Here’s a look at the expanding biz for surfing wizard Kelly Slater. After announcing his clothing line Outerknown last year, he introduced Kelly Slater for PBteen. The bedding and homewares line for teens feature sustainable and recyclable materials.

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Peter Copping’s Collection Gets its West Coast Debut at The Colleagues

Oscar de la Renta

The well-dressed ladies (as well as a smattering of men) of The Colleagues paid tribute to the late designer Oscar de la Renta and welcomed his successor, Peter Copping.

Eddie Bauer Taps Longtime Nike Exec and Advertising Veteran as VP and Brand Creative Director

Manufacturing

Eddie Bauer named José Cabaço vice president and brand creative director of the Bellevue, Wash.–based outdoor lifestyle brand.

Raj to Make Women’s Swim for Oakley

Swim

Raj Manufacturing—which produces swimwear under brands such as Ella Moss, Splendid, Hurley, Nautica and Reef—will add Oakley to its roster of licensed brands.

Baccus Named SVP of Caruso Affiliated

Retail

Chris Baccus was appointed to be the senior vice president of digital marketing for Caruso Affiliated.

Multi-Million Dollar Project for South L.A.

Retail

Ground was broken on a major retail development, Vermont Entertainment Village, in a formerly blighted area of South Los Angeles on April 29.

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Moda 360 Bows Alternative Trade Show

Trade Show

Moda 360 took a bow at The New Mart showroom building in downtown Los Angeles on April 25.

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Launching New Made-in-USA Capsule Line

Chip Foster

The Los Angeles area–based Foster seeks to source domestically everything from the rivets to the fabric in his capsule collection, Chip Foster Made In America, which he is aiming to ship on July 4.

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Lawsuit Claims Hedge Fund Benefits if American Apparel Goes Bankrupt

Manufacturing

An American Apparel class-action shareholder lawsuit filed April 29 claims that the apparel company is being held hostage by Standard General, the New York hedge fund that is a controlling stockholder, and that the hedge fund would reap enormous profits if American Apparel declares bankruptcy.

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Mezon Travels the Tie-Dye Route


Made in LA

For nearly 25 years, Feri Sayyah has manufactured her intricately embroidered and ruched tops and dresses in Los Angeles even when many of her competitors searched for cheaper factories overseas.

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Consolidating Sales Data to Drive Growth for Retailers

Technology

42 Technologies is a cloud-based tool designed to assist apparel retailers to sort through raw sales data from all vertical channels to help grow revenue.

Investigators Raise Tally to $140 Million in Fashion District Cartel Money-Laundering Scheme


Manufacturing | Legal

After 1,000 federal and state agents fanned out across the Los Angeles Fashion District last fall to crack down on a long-running money-laundering scheme benefiting two drug cartels in Mexico.

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Port Truckers Strike for Better Wages and Full-Time Employee Status


Import & Export

More than 200 truckers tired of being classified as independent contractors rather than full-time employees walked off the job and have been picketing around port terminals, rail yards and customer warehouses.

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Brandblack to American Rag Cie

Brandblack, a sports lifestyle and performance brand headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., placed its latest looks in the window of the American Rag Cie boutique in Los Angeles on April 29.Dubbed Future Legends, the collection imagines what basketball styles might look like in the year 2050.

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Kelly Wearstler Party

Kelly Wearstler threw a party at her self-named Kelly Wearstler flagship boutique in West Hollywood April 29. The event celebrated the debut of fragrance Régime des Fleurs. It also showed a new look for the boutique. Take a look.

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American Apparel Hits the Charitable Campaign Route

Manufacturing

American Apparel selling a new T-shirt that will help immigrant causes.

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Kitson Sale Keeps Going

Kitson was going to close its Now or Never Warehouse Sale on April 24. Instead the boutique chain added thousands of items to the sale and extended the sale to 7PM, April 30.

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Robert Talbott Takes San Francisco

Over the past year, the Robert Talbott a neckwear, shirting and lifestyle company headquartered in Monterey, Calif., started rolling out shop-in-shops in towns such as Beverly Hills, La Jolla, and Highland Park, Ill. Recently it opened a shop-in-shop just a relative short drive from its headquarters. The largest Robert Talbott shop-in-shop took about at The Hound Clothiers in San Francisco.

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