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Ron Herman's Next Step Is More Japan

By Andrew Asch | August 9, 2018

Ron Herman has spent his career introducing some of the world’s most famous denim brands from his self-named Ron Herman store, which for decades has been a pioneer in the Los Angeles boutique business.

Levi Strauss Expects Revenues This Year to Be Up Almost 10 Percent

Levi Strauss & Co. has been having a very good year, reflected by the fact that it now has 53 more company-operated stores than last year and plans to add approximately 50 more retail outposts by the end of this year.

Guess Partnering With Alibaba to Test Artificial Intelligence in Stores

The realm of artificial intelligence has become reality in the retail world with the new Guess? Inc. store in Hong Kong partnering with Alibaba’s FashionAI project to give shoppers a glimpse into the future.

An Optimistic Outlook as Fabletics Celebrates Five Years in Business

During its first five years in business, Fabletics said it has grown to become e-commerce’s fastest-growing activewear label.

More Luxe Fashion Stores to Open at South Coast Plaza

South Coast Plaza, one of the longest-surviving malls in Southern California, keeps adding stores.

Gordon Brothers Buys Streetwear Retail Brand

Gordon Brothers, the Los Angeles restructuring and investment firm, announced it has acquired the Bench brand and all its related intellectual-property assets.

Online Retailer Acquires Wellen Surf Brand

Huckberry, the online men’s retailer based in San Francisco, has acquired the LA premium men’s apparel brand Wellen, which gives a sophisticated look to casual surfwear.

The North Face Gets New Top Exec

The North Face, the outdoor apparel company based in Northern California, has a new vice president.

New Executive Appointments at PacSun

Following the formation of PSEB, the new operating company formed from the Eddie Bauer and PacSun merger, the teen and young-adult clothing manufacturer named Alfred Chang as the new president of PacSun.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules E-Tailers Must Collect Sales Taxes

Retail trade organizations cheered a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that would require online retailers to collect sales taxes in areas where they do not have offices, warehouses or bricks-and-mortar stores.

University of California, Irvine, to Offer Two-Week Fashion Course

Popular majors at University of California, Irvine, include biology and business, but to further its business range the school’s Division of Continuing Education recently announced it will offer a course in fashion design management.

Gap Inc. Names New Head of Gap Brand

Neil Fiske, who has held top executive positions at Billabong International and Eddie Bauer, has been named the new president and chief executive officer of the Gap brand, a role he will assume at the San Francisco company on June 20.

CBRE Named as Property Manager at The Bloc

CBRE Named as Property Manager at The Bloc

CBRE’s portfolio at The Bloc mixed-use retail and business center in downtown Los Angeles has expanded.

Digital Commerce Looks For Clearer View in Net-Neutrality Fight

Obama-era net-neutrality Internet rules have been officially repealed, leaving businesses and average Internet users wondering what will happen next when they go online.

High-end Stores Opening on Robertson Boulevard

Robertson Boulevard used to be one of Los Angeles’ high-flying retail corridors but started to suffer once the economy took a tumble in 2008. But a couple of high-end stores have recently signed leases for space on the street.

Eddie Bauer and PacSun Tie the Knot

Rumors of a merger between outdoor retailer Eddie Bauer and surfwear and streetwear retailer Pacific Sunwear of California have been circulating for the last few weeks.