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New Retail Center Bows in L.A. County

By Andrew Asch | May 14, 2015

Planet Blue, Lucky Brand and Michael Stars are scheduled to open stores at The Point, Los Angeles County’s newest retail center, which is scheduled to take a bow on July 30.

Revolve Acquires Alliance Apparel Group

Internet clothier Revolve recently announced that it has acquired Alliance Apparel Group, headquartered in downtown Los Angeles.

Simon Makes 'Best and Final' Offer for Macerich

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.

Maui & Sons Opens Flagship

Maui & Sons Opens Flagship

The Maui & Sons brand is taking on more surf in Los Angeles’ Venice neighborhood.

Starting a Nationwide Rollout

Starting a Nationwide Rollout

Planet Blue, the multi-brand boutique retailer steeped in West Coast beach culture and boho styles, will be taking its act nationwide.

February Business Toughs Out Pressures

February was tough for retailers. Freezing temperatures and winter weather kept shoppers inside their homes. There was a labor slowdown at ports on the West Coast, and after receiving a break from high gas prices during the fall, prices at the pump started climbing in February.

NRF President Calls for a Better Way to Resolve Labor Union Disputes


Noting that the retail industry is highly reliant on just-in-time delivery of goods, the head of the National Retail Federation said many retailers were economically hurt by the recent West Coast port problems and labor slowdowns that led to imported merchandise taking weeks and even months to be delivered.

Henry T. Segerstrom, Founder of South Coast Plaza, 91

Henry T. Segerstrom, developer of South Coast Plaza, the retail center which brought Rodeo Drive luxury to Orange County, Calif., died Feb. 20 at his home in Newport Beach, Calif. after a brief illness.

January Sales Considered Strong Start for 2015

ame-store sales were projected to increase 3.1 percent, according to an index maintained by Retail Metrics, a Boston-area market research company. Wall Street analysts and economists, such as Jack Kleinhenz of the National Retail Federation, believed that January’s sales performance was proof that 2015 was starting on a strong note.

What’s Next for Elyse Walker

What’s Next for Elyse Walker

Retailers do business in a world where every sale counts, but since Elyse Walker started her self-named boutique more than 15 years ago, she tried to take a different sales angle.

Bungalow Clothing Gets Funding by Mixing E-commerce With Old-School Retail

Bungalow Clothing Gets Funding by Mixing E-commerce With Old-School Retail

The executives of online shopping site Bungalow Clothing believe there is a new way of building an e-commerce business, and it means taking a page from one of the oldest playbooks in retail.

NRF Forecasts A Strong 2015, But January Results Mixed

Retail sales will increase by 4.1 percent for the 2015 year, according to a forecast released on Feb. 12 by National Retail Federation, the Washington, D.C.–based retail trade group.

BCBG Max Azria Group Gets Infusion of Cash

The ailing BCBG Max Azria Group, which has a mountain of debt, received a $135 million infusion of cash from Guggenheim Partners and other affiliated investors.

What’s Checking: Eagle Rock Caters to the Local Crowd

What’s Checking: Eagle Rock Caters to the Local Crowd

Nestled between Glendale and Pasadena, Calif., Eagle Rock’s retail scene is slowly but surely growing around the junction of Eagle Rock Boulevard and Colorado Boulevard. The community counts families and college students as the majority of its local residents, and retailers have found success in offering niche merchandising through artisan products, sourcing locally and maintaining a strong point of view.

Popkiller Shutters First Shop Started in Retail Chain 


Popkiller Shutters First Shop Started in Retail Chain 


Ricky Takizawa is starting up a new division called Popfactory, which he forecasts will serve as the back office and the business support for a creative community of artists who can upload their designs to the website.

New President at the Helm of Michael Stars


New President at the Helm of Michael Stars


After 30 years as president of contemporary clothing label Michael Stars, Michael Cohen has stepped down as the head of the company, turning the job over to his wife, Suzanne Lerner. His title is now chairman of the board.