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Andrew Asch

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Samsara Collections Takes Runway

Los Angeles indie fashion label Samsara Collections produced a fashion show Sept. 26 called No Body No Mind.

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Majors Market at California Market Center

Parking lots were full, and lobbies and showrooms seemed crowded as the Majors Market started at the California Market Center showroom building on Sept. 26.

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Style Barre Showroom Debuts

Style Barre Showroom celebrated its debut last week with a party at The Lash club in downtown Los Angeles.

Nordstrom Exec. Changes Bolster Online Biz

Retail

Nordstrom Inc. named Ken Worzel president of Nordstrom.com in an effort to strengthen Nordstrom’s online and m-commerce business.

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Retail Industry Focus: Southern California Retail’s New Streets

Retail’s New Streets

Even in a challenging retail market, opportunity knocks for Los Angeles’ shop owners. Entrepreneurs continue to open in the megalopolis’s established retail neighborhoods, but they’re also pioneering newer enclaves.

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Mykita To DTLA

High end eyewear designer Mykita opened in downtown Los Angeles on Sept. 20.

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Earl Sweatshirt at Space15 Twenty’s UO

Earl Sweatshirt performed at the Urban Outfitters at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood, and who do you think showed up?

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Mr. De La Torre Goes to N.Y.

Mario De La Torre has been showing his self-named line at Los Angeles Fashion Week since 2014. But Manhattan’s fashion crowd saw the 1970s accented Mario De La Torre line Sept. 9 at the Style Week runway shows New York’s Fashion Week.

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Zanerobe Goes Hip Hop

Australian-founded brand Zanerobe started its Los Angeles pop-up shop with a hip hop beat.

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Combatant Gentlemen Pops at Bloomies

Combatant Gentlemen

Internet suit shop Combatant Gentlemen is exploring all types of bricks-and-mortar.

Attendance Up At Surf Expo

Trade Shows

The surfing life has always been about the endless summer. However, the most recent run of the Surf Expo trade show, held Sept. 8–10 in Orlando, Fla., was the place to unveil Summer ’17 looks for action-sports and beach-lifestyle brands, such as Lira, headquartered in Anaheim, Calif.

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RVCA, Tokidoki Close Fairfax Area Shops

After 6-year-runs, RVCA and Tokidoki are closing their Fairfax Avenue shops in Los Angeles.

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Beverly Center Shows A Little Skirt

Beverly Center recently unveiled Girl Lifting Skirt 2 by Geoff McFetridge. It’s a 70-foot tall art piece of a woman lifting her skirts.

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Hippe BeachBum: Life of the Beach Party

Hippe BeachBum

Beaches and beach lifestyle are geared toward fun, said designer Norma Morrow, and someone needed to inject more of a sense of fun into the scene.

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Goodbye Skinny Jeans

Last month no less a fashion authority than GQ dropped the bomb on skinny jeans. They’re over, kaput, finito.

CALA Show Sees Upswing in Retailers in San Francisco

Trade Shows

For Kenny Gandalfo, the San Francisco Bay Area trade show CALA was busy. He saw 24 accounts in two days at the most recent Aug. 30–31 run of the event.

The Great Outdoors Sets Up Camp in LA’s Arts District

Retail

While contemporary and designer boutiques are finding new homes in downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District, retailer Gene Han is gambling that the bohemian enclave will embrace a new style of high-end camping.

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Back-To-School Might Go On…and On

Back-To-School

The back-to-school season is considered a crucial time for many retailers. For teen retailers, it can make up more than 41 percent of sales for the third quarter, according to Adrienne Yih Tennant, a Wall Street analyst.

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A.P.C. X O.V. Party

Ping Pong? Cornhole? A.P.C. has a party for you!

August Business Tough for Many

Retail

August is considered one of the crucial months for the Back-to-School season, and it was tough for many retailers.

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Courtney Allegra Opens on Melrose

Courtney Allegra

Courtney Allegra started showing her self-named line as a 15 year old showing her collection at LA Fashion Week events and later, in July, at Miami’s Funkshion runway shows.

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QVC: Living Large With First West Coast Distribution Center

QVC

Everything about QVC Inc.’s first West Coast distribution center in Ontario, Calif., seems big.

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Suit Up LA Galaxy

It may not be the best season for the LA Galaxy soccer team, but they are gonna look good!

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Nickleodeon's, Junk Food’s ‘90s Worship

‘90s looks are back in. Nickleodeon will unveil a T-shirt capsule collection bearing its logos and characters from its '90s hits at the Junk Food Clothing flagship on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Los Angeles’ Venice enclave on Aug. 30.

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Record For Rodeo Real Estate

The House of Bijan building, located at 420 N. Rodeo Dr. in Beverly Hills, Calif., was purchased for $122 million recently,

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RuPaul’s LASC Dragnet

LASC's store windows go RuPaul.

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Satine Posts Going Out of Biz Signs

When Satine opened 13-years ago on Los Angeles’ fashion thoroughfare West Third Street, it made an immediate splash. Unfortunately, looks like the run is over.

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Elyse Walker Opens Orange County Shop

Elyse Walker

Los Angeles retailer Elyse Walker has a new address.

Pooltradeshow: Show Floor Becomes Eclectic

Trade Shows

More than a decade ago, Pooltradeshow started as a venue for new brands to gain a toehold in fashion, and during its most recent run at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center Aug. 15–17 in Las Vegas it remained as a place for brands making their first run as well as those with eclectic style ideas.

Project: Business Good: Traffic Even, Vendors Say

Trade Shows

For Eric Martin, the most recent run of Project, held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, was highly profitable.

Debuts at Capsule

Trade Shows

After more than a decade of exhibiting at Pooltradeshow, Freddie Rojas moved to Capsule and made his debut at the high-end show for independent and progressive designers. The show ran at The Venetian ballroom Aug. 15–17 in Las Vegas.

Reaction To Liberty Traffic Mixed

Trade Shows

This year’s announcements that top retailers such as Nordstrom Inc. and Macy’s Inc. would close stores gave the fashion industry little to cheer about, and Ben De Luca went to Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs feeling nervous for the show’s Aug. 15–17 run at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.

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Cotton Citizen Opens on Melrose Place

Cotton Citizen

Just off of luxury shopping street Melrose Place in West Hollywood, Calif., high-end T-shirt brand Cotton Citizen is putting down its stake in the retail market.

Agenda: 1990s Inspiration

Trade Shows

Hip-hop star 2 Chainz was being followed by a coterie of camera people and fans when he settled at his booth at the Agenda trade show in Las Vegas, which ran Aug. 15–17 at the Sands Expo.

Vegas is a One-Stop Shop—Spread Out Across Multiple Categories and Venues

Trade Shows

The recent Las Vegas apparel, accessories and sourcing trade shows offered a comprehensive overview of the apparel market for buyers who zipped between the many shows and venues.

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Me.n.u Pops In Beverly Hills

Last week kids contemporary brand me.n.u opened a Beverly Hills pop-up shop.

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Objects Without Meaning’s 1st Store

Objects Without Meaning. You have to take notice of the name. The L.A. based line opened its first pop-up shop Aug. 18.

Mawjee Joining Sole Technology

Manufacturing

Sole Technology Inc., the Orange County, Calif., manufacturer of action-sports footwear and apparel for brands such as Etnies, Altamont, És, Emerica and ThirtyTwo recently named Esmail Mawjee as the interim president of the 30-year-old company.

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Waterman’s Ball Goes Informal

Waterman’s Ball

The venerable Waterman’s Ball has been the backdrop to a wild style of surf looks for much of its 26-year history. But in 2016, it changed venues and took on an informal look.

Apolis Heads to New York

Retail

Los Angeles–headquartered Apolis Holdings LLC helped pioneer the city’s Arts District, where it opened a flagship in 2011.

Kitson’s Fraser Ross Sues Former Business Partner

Legal

In 2011, Fraser Ross hired Chris Lee to turn the Kitson chain of boutiques into a global brand.

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Rock Style a la John Varvatos X GNR

Maybe it was you cheering your lungs out when Guns N’ Roses performed their hits like “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Welcome to the Jungle” in 1987. OK, if it wasn’t you, John Varvatos will give you a chance to look like you were at there at the beginning.

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The Hundreds’ Boys Get Into Restaurant Biz

Ah, to be young, talented…and to be branching out into new gigs.

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Macy's: Welcome Visitor!

Aug.11 was a tough day for Macy's Inc. However, there was some good news too.

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American Rag Parties For The Brand & The Book

Sometimes you have to make up a good reason to have a party. In the case of a big gathering Aug. 10 at American Rag Cie in Los Angeles, there were a couple of good reasons.

Robert Talbott Opening Stores

Retail

Suiting and lifestyle brand Robert Talbott recently announced that it would open two new boutiques, one in Manhattan and the other at The Shops in Buckhead in Atlanta.

July Sales Slow

Retail

Searching for Pokémon Go creatures may have lured some potential shoppers into stores last month, but it probably didn’t translate into sales, said Wall Street analysts such as Ken Perkins, president of Retail Metrics Inc.

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Independent Designers Fight for Market Space

Independent Designers

The Great Recession and its slow recovery generally were blamed for wiping out a generation of independent designers.

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Gen Art’s Fresh Faces Comeback

Fresh Faces

After a three-year absence from LA’s runways, Gen Art’s Fresh Faces in Fashion program raised the standard for mostly men’s styles Aug. 4 at Willow Studios, located in a gentrifying but still tough-looking section of the Los Angeles Arts District.

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Thai X U.S. Style Mash-Up

Thai designer mixes U.S. and Thai classics - and finds something new.

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