Retail | Manufacturing
Internet clothier Revolve recently announced that it has acquired Alliance Apparel Group, headquartered in downtown Los Angeles.
Nasty Gal is scheduled to open in its second physical shop on March 27. The store will be located at 1254 Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Calif. The Nasty Gal herself, Sophia Amoruso - the retailer's founder, will be making appearances at the Santa Monica store this weekend.
Amour Vert opened a permanent store in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley last year. Earlier this month, the brand opened a pop-up shop at 441 University Ave. in Palo Alto. Amour Vert's CEO said that the company intends to roll out a handful of boutiques by the end of the year.
360Cashmere, a Los Angeles-based premium knitwear company, opened its first retail store earlier this month at Malibu Lumberyard.
20th Anniversary Capsule Collection
Trina Turk, the California contemporary brand with the Mid-Century, Palm Springs aesthetic, is turning 20 this year. To celebrate, designer Trina Turk launched a 20th Anniversary collection of dresses, sportswear, swimwear, accessories and jewelry featuring Turk’s signature original prints.
The Insight brand unveiled the new look for its Venice flagship with a rock ‘n’ roll party on March 19. Performing was buzz worthy band La Sera. Rivers Cuomo of Weezer made an appearance too.
The Los Angeles brand Nouveau Riche made a debut this month at the Art Hearts Fashion Show. Nouveau Riche’s first line is called Melrose Meets Robertson, and it was designed by a guy who made his fashion chops in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Opera has a ton of costumes for sale on March 28.
Hot Topic has developed a limited clothing collection inspired by the TV thriller "Orphan Black."
Consider the Ashton Michael Fall 2015 line, Blood, Sweat & Tears, one of the most brash looks of the Los Angeles-headquartered label, which made its runway debut at Style Fashion Week on March 20.
Streetwear kings Crooks & Castles honored car club culture with a collaboration with Chain Gang LA. The outfit is one of a handful that makes iconic traditional chain-stitch embroideries for car clubs. They held a debut for the collaboration at Crooks' Los Angeles flagship store on March 20.
A cute doodle can go a long way. In the case of Japanese pop-art brands, clothing lines and business empires can be made out of them. For Elisabeth Rosenwasser, cute scribbles she made in college turned into Squibblez, a proto-collection. Squibblez showed a preview of its line March 22 at the Astroetic Studio in downtown Los Angeles.
Athletic giant Nike teamed up with designer Chitose Abe, founder of the Japanese brand Sacai, to launch Nike x Sacai, a new collaboration that adds a fashionable twist to athletic apparel.
In 2010, The Stylist Project art series by Kimberly Brooks made a debut. It piqued the interest of a lot of L.A. fashion people because it offered portraits of some denizens of the Los Angeles fashion scene such as Rose Apodaca and Rachel Zoe. Five years later, Brooks is back to fashion. On March 19, she dropped by the Cooper Design Space which held a reception for her Thread & Bone art installation for the showroom building’s Gateway Gallery.
Traffic appeared lighter than usual for March at the recent run of Los Angeles Fashion Week, but exhibitors said traffic was steady and reported landing orders from local and out-of town retailers.
Manufacturing | Legal
Georges Marciano, who founded Guess 35 years ago, filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles clothing company run by his brothers to be able to use his name for new clothing labels he wants to develop.
Moda 360, a trade show for independent designers, will make its debut at The New Mart showroom building in downtown Los Angeles April 24–25, said Debora Pokallus, the founder and chief executive officer of the show.
Manufacturing | Legal
Months after firing Dov Charney, two lawsuits against the founder and former chief executive of American Apparel have been settled.
There is an issue of data vs. substance, and clarity continues to be required when gathering and reporting on the diverse industry that is called “fashion.”
The board of directors for the Macerich Co. unanimously rejected an unsolicited bid from mall giant Simon Property Group Inc. on March 17. Simon made its "best and final" offer for Macerich on March 20.