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Forever 21 to Desert Hills Premium Outlets

Desert Hills Premium Outlets is the address to outlet stores for Prada, Alexander McQueen, Barneys New York, and on March 7, it will welcome a 7,000 square foot Forever 21.

Stance Raises $50 million in VC Funding

Manufacturing

Stance, a San Clemente, Calif.­–based company that helped build a market for fashion socks at streetwear and surf and skate retailers, raised $50 million in venture capital funding, according to media reports.

February Business Toughs Out Pressures

Retail

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.

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The GIG Showroom

Showroom Profile

After representing high-profile underwear Spanx and Calvin Klein, GIG co-owners Stacey and Joel Gossman recently took on some denim and activewear clients. The additional clients demanded more space. GIG moved to a bigger showroom in the building.

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Fighting for Greater Market Share

Premium Denim

Premium denim is a staple at LASC, but the West Hollywood, Calif., men’s boutique kept its offerings fairly narrow until recently, when the retailer began adding new labels to its mix.

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Lacoste: New Racquet, New Capsule Collection

Lacoste is getting ready to introduce a performance tennis racquet called the LT12. Get ready for the capsule clothing collection that will accompany it.

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Revolveman's New Catalog: Carmen Crest Drive

After a redesign in 2014, the Revolve e-commerce emporium, based outside of Los Angeles, wanted to give its menswear section, REVOLVEman, a higher profile. Looks like plans to add an extra spotlight on REVOLVEman are going full steam ahead. On March 3, REVOLVEman will release its first editorial shoot of brands sold on its website.

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Las Vegas Trade Shows

February 2015

Coverage the recent trade shows in Las Vegas

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Pool: New Brands

Trade Show

For more than a decade, Pooltradeshow has considered itself as the first place where new brands exhibit and experiment until they are assured enough to exhibit at a larger trade show.

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Tents Covers Luxe Men’s Looks

Trade Show

Designer trade event The Tents ran Feb. 17–19 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center with a theme of “elevation.”

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Liberty Fairs: To the Moon and Global

Trade Show

Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs, a high-end contemporary menswear show, used the theme “To The Moon” for its fourth run in Las Vegas.

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Agenda: Showtime for Emerging Street Labels

Trade Show

Agenda made its fourth run in Las Vegas Feb. 16–18 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, and for Alfredo Izaguirre, general manager and buyer for LASC boutique in West Hollywood, Calif.

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ENKVegas Displays Its Conscious Side

Trade Show

ENKVegas—a show devoted to women’s contemporary fashions, denim and accessories—unveiled its Conscious Collections section during its most recent run, Feb. 17–19 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

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Project: Big Show Might Get Bigger

Trade Show

Project proved itself to be one of the big players in the fashion trade show business when it ran Feb. 17–19 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Macbeth Introduces Apparel

Manufacturing

Saban Brands announced this month that its Macbeth property, which is headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., has struck two new licensing deals.

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RVCA Pops in Manhattan

Women’s contemporary show Axis wrapped up in New York City on Feb. 24, and RVCA, the Orange County, Calif. headquartered label, celebrated by opening a pop-up shop in Manhattan.

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Lisa Kline Back – On TV

Lisa Kline is back. On Feb. 23, she introduced an 11-piece line which bears her name Lisa Kline. The line is loungewear, and it is exclusive to HSN, the Home Shopping Network.

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Kith Pops on Abbot Kinney

New York sneakerhead boutique Kith took its high-end shoes and streetwear looks out west on Feb. 20. It opened a pop-up shop at Venice Beach’s stylish Abbot Kinney Boulevard with a party, which was attended by the chiefs of the Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs trade show, which wrapped up its big Las Vegas show only a few days before.

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Moods of Norway's Oscar Night

It was Oscar night at the Moods of Norway boutique at 7964 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles. Norwegian expats gathered to cheer for Norwegian director Morten Tyldum, who helmed The Imitation Game, and Me and My Moulton, a Canadian-Norwegian production nominated for best short animated film.

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

Obituary

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.

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Insight’s Fall ’15 Shows New Way for Brand

Manufacturing

The surf and street brand, founded in Australia in 1999, introduced its Fall ’15 line at the Agenda trade show in Las Vegas Feb. 16–18 and at Axis.

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Good International Turnout and Strong Interest in Immediates

Vegas Trade Shows

International buyers and retailers looking to restock diminished inventories circulated around the more than 20 apparel, accessories and sourcing trade shows in Las Vegas

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Chip & Pepper: Smile Now, Twisted Sister Later

Chip and Pepper Foster, twin designers reported doing great business at Project with the brand Monkey Apparel. But then Dee Snider of rock band Twisted Sister (remember their hit “We’re Not Gonna Take It?) showed up. Check out what it looked like

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Werewolves of Whittier: Wolf & Man Introduces Java

They never said that coffee puts hair on your chest. But menswear brand Wolf & Man introduced its lines of coffees at the Feb. 16 to 18 run of Capsule trade show in Las Vegas, said Brian Chan, founder of Wolf & Man. “It’s a menswear thing,” Chan said. “It’s like having a beer, but it’s more acceptable.”

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Core Surf Shops Honored

SIMA Image Awards

The SIMA Image Awards honor achievements in the surf business, and the big winner for the SIMA Image Awards was the core surf shop.

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In Heroes We Trust

First Retail, then Tees

Shearer recently introduced the T-shirt line In Heroes We Trust, which shares a name with the boutique she opened in July 2014, just off of Los Angeles’ high-profile Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

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After Decades as a Shirt Maker, Kennington Tries on Pants

Manufacturing

In January, at the Agenda trade show in Long Beach, Calif., Kennington introduced a line of men’s pants.

January Sales Considered Strong Start for 2015

Retail Sales

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.

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Free Movement Finds Bespoke Tailoring in Tees

Manufacturing

Years ago, blue jeans made the unlikely leap from work pants to the realm of contemporary fashion. For Free Movement’s Andrew Suttner, it’s time for plain T-shirts to make the same leap.

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What’s Next for Elyse Walker

Designer Looks

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.

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

Retail | Technology

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.

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US Blanks: The Recycled T-shirt

Manufacturing | Made in America

The apparel industry has been criticized for wasteful manufacturing practices and fouling the environment with dyes to color clothes. This year US Blanks, a basics manufacturer headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, believes that it can offer an alternative.

NRF Forecasts A Strong 2015, But January Results Mixed

Retail

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.

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Harlem’s Fashion Row Comes West

Fashion Row

Fashion Row, a group that advocates for fashion designers of color, came west to make its Los Angeles debut on Feb. 6. The show was in town just in time for the Grammy Awards and the NAACP Image Awards, which took place the same weekend.

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FIDM Displays Oscar-Nominated Costumes for This Year’s Academy Awards

Fashion | Events

Showcasing Hollywood characters and their garb, the Costume Designers Guild curated 100 costumes from more than 20 Hollywood films, including five Academy Award nominees, for the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s 23rd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition.

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MAGIC U Gets Ready For Class

Las Vegas is all about partying and making deals, right? Well, as MAGIC gets ready for its February run from Feb. 17-19 in Las Vegas, the sprawling trade show also introducing MAGIC University, a free, online educational resource on retail, social media, trend forecasting, consumer demographics and sustainability.

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A Look at Louis Vuitton's Rodeo Flagship

Louis Vuitton is taking a spotlight in Los Angeles. The heritage brand’s Series 2 exhibition took a bow at 1135 N. Highland Ave. in Los Angeles’ Hollywood section, and the highly anticipated Louis Vuitton emporium on Rodeo Drive made its debut this month. We just liked the guitar case on display at the Vuitton flagship.

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Alex Matthews: From Fashion To Juice & Back

Almost everyone in L.A. fashion in the past eight to nine years crossed paths with Alex Matthews. He served as the national retail director for denim line G-Star, he was a man about town, but in 2008, he wanted to do something different. In fact, it was a far leap from denim. He opened a Juice Served Here location at 833 S. Spring St., a half block away from the Fashion District.

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Popkiller Shutters First Shop Started in Retail Chain 


This Man Goes Pop

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.

Men’s Gets Its Own New York Fashion Week

Fashion

After many years of womenswear getting its place on the runway, menswear is now getting its own chance to walk down the catwalk.

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Chinese New Year Starts at Malls

Here’s more proof of the growing importance of dollars from Chinese tourists, as well as Americans of Chinese heritage. Some of Southern California’s big malls are holding major events to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year.

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Sex Tape – The Fragrance

For the past decade or so, Bohemian Society label concerned itself with dressing stylish outsiders, now the downtown Los Angeles label is jumping into a game that is often the domain of mature lifestyle collections; fragrance.

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A List Sample Sales’ New Home

After more than a decade of doing pop-up shops and fashion events in backyards, Caroline Bray’s A List Sample Sale has found a permanent home.

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Bringing Back Broadway’s Boutique Connection

Crowds of people took to downtown Los Angeles’ Broadway thoroughfare Jan. 31, all to watch acrobats, magic shows and short films at the up-and-coming thoroughfare’s ornate 1920s movie palaces during the Bringing Back Broadway street fair. For the boutiques on the formerly blighted street, it was a chance to show their stuff.

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Mall Rats + Gym Rats Unite - Does It Motivate Ya?

Here’s a manifesto from Tracy Anderson, star fitness trainer and Gwyneth Paltrow pal. “ Mall Rats + Gym Rats Unite!” It was on a T-shirt for Anderson's Mass Workout Classes at the Westfield Century City and Westfield Topanga on Jan. 28.

Sears to Close at Westfield Topanga

Retail

In December, Sears announced that it will close 235 locations around the country.

Nordstrom Rack to Open Two Stores in Long Beach Area

Retail

Nordstrom Rack, the off-price division of Nordstrom Inc., will be doubling its efforts in the area of Long Beach, Calif.

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Crooks & Castles Spring 15 Sprung

Crooks & Castles is one of the high profile brands of streetwear, and in the past year, the brand has held events, such as debuts and parties, close to its flagship store on Los Angeles’ Fairfax Avenue. For the shoot for its Spring 2015 lookbook, Photographer Ja Tecson took models to a leafy, Downton Abbey style estate where they displayed the “castle” side of the Crooks & Castles vision. Take a look.

2014 Best Holiday, Retail Analyst Says

Retail Sales

When retail sales for the 2014 holiday season fell short of forecasts, many industry watchers declared the crucial shopping season a disappointment, but recent research indicates the season may have been better than first reported—and more good news may be on the way.

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Psycho Bunny Hops Into New Categories

The Psycho Bunny label might have a crazy name, but it intends to chase some serious business. The fashion label with the logo of a rabbig skull over crossbones announced new partners and is scheduled to show new looks at Project.

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