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Miami Swim Week 2019 Offers Fresh Takes on Swimwear—and Everything Else

Miami Swim Week

As designers, brands, buyers and influencers descended upon south Florida for Miami Swim Week, there was much competition for business on the trade-event circuit plus newcomers making it to the runway.

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ba&sh Moves to Malibu Country Mart

Paris-headquartered women’s brand ba&sh is on the move.

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Cabana Makes a Big Move at This Year’s Miami Swim Week

Trade Shows

Now celebrating its fifth year at Miami Swim Week, Cabana debuted in a new location during its 2019 run July 13–14.

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Riding the Wave of Experiential Retail, Skingraft Grows Up and Free Market Expands

Experiential Retail

The Skingraft brand was one of the pioneers of high-end fashion retail in downtown Los Angeles, but, after a decade of running the brand’s boutique, co-founders Chris and Jonny Cota closed their shop in March.

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SwimShow Launches New Features While Remaining a Trusted Resource

Trade Shows

This year’s SwimShow, which took place July 13–16 at the newly revamped Miami Beach Convention Center, demonstrated the show’s stature among legacy brands.

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Hammock Creates a Swim-Week Space for High-End and Emerging Brands

Trade Shows

Marking its second year at the 1 Hotel, Hammock’s decision to host its event at the eco-conscious space on Miami’s Collins Avenue may have had something to do with an industrywide shift toward sustainability.

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Destination: Miami Creates a Customized Experience for Fresh, International Brands

Trade Shows

Hosted at the Faena Bazaar during Miami Swim Week July 13–16, Destination: Miami made a colorful debut in a space that has welcomed pop-up museums, galleries and fashion retailers.

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Paraiso Offers Distinctive Brand Experiences in Prime Miami Beach Locations

Runway

Now celebrating its second year, Paraiso Miami Beach boasted more than 30 runway shows and a new pop-up-shopping experience, the Paraiso Bungalow, during its July 11–14 run.

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Nu Wave Unveils a New Approach to Miami Swim Week Runway Shows

Runway

Debuting July 11 and closing July 14, Nu Wave Swim served as SwimShow’s runway-event foray at Miami Swim Week.

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Mega Fashion Club Says Its Mega Wrap Will Live Large

Mega Active

The activewear market continues to grow on a foundation of well-known styles such as leggings, sweats, racer-back tops and track jackets.

Swim Week’s Swim the Globe Gains a Sustainable Component

Sustainability

During its third installment, Swim the Globe, which was held at the Sagamore South Beach July 11–14, hosted an eco-friendly component during Miami Swim Week.

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Gerber Technology Announces New Executive Appointments

Technology

Moving forward with a more customer-centric strategy as it continues to build its position as a leader in innovative integrated technologies and services, Tolland, Conn.’s Gerber Technology announced the promotion and hire of new executives.

Amazon Prime Day Breaks Company Records

Retail

Amazon said that it broke its records during the retail giant’s recent Prime Day 2019, which was held during a 48-hour period from July 15 to 16.

U.S. Unemployment Is Up, But Wages Are Up Too

Finance

The U.S. economy got some mixed news this week. First-time unemployment claims rose this week, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. But median weekly earnings of full-time, salaried workers also increased, according to a statement from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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UK’s #FashionIsGREAT at Fred Segal

Los Angeles is the address to neighborhoods such as Koreatown, Little Tokyo and Little Ethiopia, but a bit of the United Kingdom moved into the Fred Segal flagship July 15.

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SuitKits to Outfit The L.A. Sparks

When you think of the Los Angeles Sparks WNBA team, you may think of purple and gold basketball jerseys, but Sierra E., founder of made-to-measure suiting brand SuitKits by Sierra E, saw an opportunity to put athletes in suits.

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Alexis Monsanto Shows Beautés des Champs

Inspired by the French countryside, West Hollywood, Calif.-headquartered designer Alexis Monsanto presented his Beautés des Champs collection.

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Odaingerous Boutique Reopens in Downtown Los Angeles

RETAIL

Odain Watson missed the free-form pace of bricks-and-mortar retail. On July 13, he reopened the Odaingerous boutique in downtown Los Angeles.

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Farm Rio Launches L.A. Presence With Pop-up Shop at Westfield Century City

RETAIL

Expanding to the West Coast of the United States for the first time, Brazilian brand Farm Rio launched a summer pop-up shop at Westfield Century City.

L.A. Fashion District Fire Destroys Three Storefronts

Retail

An all-encompassing blaze that broke out at 4:20 a.m. on July 11 destroyed two stores that occupied three spaces on Wall Street in the Los Angeles Fashion District.

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