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Andrew Asch

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PacSun Reports Decline For First Qtr of 2015

Retail

Pacific Sunwear of California, the casualwear retailer whose customers are teenagers and young adults, reported its first decline in quarterly sales in more than three years.

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Long Career Based on a Small Machine

Fernando’s

In a world where retailers are increasingly relying on complex technology, Fernando Adames believes that a simple, mid-20th-century machine is all that is needed to give a boutique an added edge.

Seafolly to Open in La Jolla

Retail | Swim-Surf

Australian swimwear brand Seafolly is increasing its bid for the U.S. market. It is scheduled to open its second American store on May 30. It will be located at Westfield UTC retail center in La Jolla, Calif.

Former Agenda Head to Run Karmaloop

Retail | Trade Show

Seth Haber, a former partner with Agenda trade show, headquartered in Los Angeles, is heading to the retail side of the streetwear business.

Hot Topic to Acquire Geeknet

Retail

On May 26, the Los Angeles–based retailer announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire Geeknet Inc., an online retailer and wholesaler of merchandise licensed from TV shows, movies and other media with science-fiction, superhero and fantasy themes. Geeknet is headquartered in Fairfax, Va.

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Onyx Creative Looks for New Brands Around The World

Retail

The site www.onyx-creative.com curates fashion, jewelry and homeware brands from around the world. Some brands are Nüera, a California swim brand; Handsome Me, an Australian men’s brand; and Pulse, a Romanian womenswear brand.

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Daniel Patrick ’s Denim

Going Beyond the Five-Pocket

After four years of not wearing jeans, Daniel Patrick Jarvis, the founder of downtown Los Angeles–based brand Daniel Patrick, found himself wanting to put on a pair of denim earlier this year.

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Luxe Hotel Suite That Punk Rock Built

Call it the suite that punk rock built. Vivienne Westwood, generally credited for outfitting the Sex Pistols with the safety pins and bondage looks in the mid-1970s, helped design a $25,000 a night suite at The London West Hollywood hotel, located in West Hollywood, Calif.

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Gypsy05 Sets Up Camp in Vegas

Following the inspiration of its name, the Gypsy05 brand is on the move. After opening branded boutiques off of Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles and in Malibu, the Los Angeles-area eco-label opened a store early this month in the home of the big jackpot, Las Vegas.

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Courage of Imagination Lives On

Henry T. Segerstrom, founder of South Coast Plaza, was remembered with an installation called Courage of Imagination at South Coast Plaza. The installation will run until May 31.

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Downtown LA Retail Holds Promise, But No Guarantees for Success

Retail

Almost every night, bars and restaurants are hopping in downtown Los Angeles, a once-blighted area that is going through an unparalleled boom, but boutique retailers don’t feel like they entirely share in the city’s new prosperity.

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Bigger Brands, Bigger Venue

Venue

Venue, a trade show that started as a platform for emerging streetwear brands, went on a growth spurt for its May 19–20 run.

Salon Allure to Expand and Rename Itself Hammock, Runway Shows Planned for Miami

Trade Show

After five years producing the boutique swim trade event Salon Allure, Rick Fatzinger, the event’s managing partner, announced that his team will double the size of the event and rename it Hammock.

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Historic Building to Be New WSS Flagship

Footwear Flagship

The new flagship for WSS was a real fixer-upper, but the end result is a historic showplace for the Los Angeles–headquartered footwear retailer.

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American Rag’s Chinese Fashion Diplomacy

Retail

This summer, American Rag Cie is scheduled to open its first shop in China, and it will be stocked with many of the brands currently sold in American Rag’s high-profile shops in Los Angeles and Newport Beach, Calif.

Salon Allure Trade Show to Expand and Rename Itself Hammock

After five years producing the boutique swim trade event Salon Allure, Rick Fatzinger, the event’s managing partner, announced that his team will double the size of the event and rename it Hammock.

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Planet Blue To Pop in East Hampton

A mention of the town of East Hampton brings to mind images of playgrounds of Wall Street titans and artist colonies. It’s also going to be the first East Coast address for Planet Blue; a boutique which outfits California’s beach women in contemporary and boho-chic clothes. Planet Blue announced that it will open a pop-up boutique, called PB Guest House, in East Hampton on May 21.

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From Shanghai With Love: American Rag’s Chinese Designers

China became the manufacturer to the world this century, but the country also produces many innovative fashion designers. But Americans know nothing about them, This situation may be changing. On May 14, American Rag unveiled a shop-in-shop of Chinese fashion designers at its Los Angeles emporium.

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Jewel Toned: Taking It On the Road

What do you do when you are a hot, new shapewear brand that recently received some venture seed funding? If you are the folks at Jewel Toned, a West Hollywood, Calif.-based brand which fits the previous description, you take your act on the road. On May 19, they will take it the beaches of Los Angeles’s Venice district to show the lovely women of the area their new brand, and perhaps make a few sales.

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TyLynn Nguyen: "Inspired by All Things Minimal and Womanly"

Lingerie has become a bigger fashion obsession over the past decade or so, and designer TyLynn Nguyen threw her proverbial hat in the ring May 14. It’s when she held a trunk show for her TyLynn Nguyen Intimates line.

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Never mind the rain storm; Here’s Chase on Abbot Kinney

Never mind a giant rain storm on May 15, Abbot Kinney’s World Wide Mind Gallery was packed that night for a reception for street artist Chase.

Caruso to Start Campaign for Carlsbad Project

Retail

Rick Caruso, the founder and chief executive officer of Caruso Affiliated, laid his cards on the table on May 12. He held a press conference outlining his plans for a Caruso project in Carlsbad.

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New Retail Center Bows in L.A. County

The Point

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.

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Shop & Dine

Shop & Dine

Here are a few suggestions on the new restaurants and up-and-coming boutiques found in some of the major cities on the trade-show circuit.

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Clade & Styleloftz…Out In the Streets

It was time to bring fashion out of the studio and onto the streets, said Maya Reynolds, founder/designer of downtown Los Angeles men’s line Clade.

Miami’s SwimWeek Fashion Shows in July on Hiatus, but Trade Shows Will Continue

Trade Shows

IMG, which used to organize the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim runway shows, puts the Miami Beach event on hold.

Gardner to Helm Glendale Galleria

When looking for a new senior general manager for its high-profile Glendale Galleria retail center in Glendale, Calif., General Growth Properties picked a man working for its rival Simon.

Downbeat April Sales Affected by Weather, Port Delays

Retail

L Brands, the parent company to Victoria’s Secret and Bed, Bath and Beyond, and Steinmart, an off-pricer, reported same-store declines of 1 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively. Gap Inc. will report its April sales on May 11.

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Turk, Schoenfeld, Alberini Honored

Otis’ Big Show

Fashion students got the opportunity to show their styles at the annual Otis gala runway event.

California Manufacturers Look for Ways to Beat Drought

Manufacturing

California’s State Water Resources Control Board took emergency measures to act on California’s harsh drought last month, ranging from restaurants not serving water unless requested to prohibitions against using potable water to wash down driveways and sidewalks.

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Ron Robinson’s Mother’s Day Fundraiser

For the lead-up to Mother’s Day at the Ron Robinson flagship store, the stylish boutique will hold a shopping party from 4 to 7 PM on May 7 for the Westside Family Health Center, which has been providing a wide range of low-cost health care services in Santa Monica for 41-years.

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Ron Robinson at the Fights

Every major city has its legendary stadiums for sports and music events. But one Los Angeles venue fitting this bill also has an untold story. It’s the Olympic Auditorium. It hosted Muhammad Ali fights, wrestling matches, Lucha Libre, and punk rock concerts. A group of documentary filmmakers held a launch party for their movie on the Olympic. It was held April 30 at the peaceful and civilized Ron Robinson boutique in Santa Monica.

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Kelly Slater: Shredding the Sheets

Here’s a look at the expanding biz for surfing wizard Kelly Slater. After announcing his clothing line Outerknown last year, he introduced Kelly Slater for PBteen. The bedding and homewares line for teens feature sustainable and recyclable materials.

Raj to Make Women’s Swim for Oakley

Swim

Raj Manufacturing—which produces swimwear under brands such as Ella Moss, Splendid, Hurley, Nautica and Reef—will add Oakley to its roster of licensed brands.

Baccus Named SVP of Caruso Affiliated

Retail

Chris Baccus was appointed to be the senior vice president of digital marketing for Caruso Affiliated.

Multi-Million Dollar Project for South L.A.

Retail

Ground was broken on a major retail development, Vermont Entertainment Village, in a formerly blighted area of South Los Angeles on April 29.

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Moda 360 Bows Alternative Trade Show

Trade Show

Moda 360 took a bow at The New Mart showroom building in downtown Los Angeles on April 25.

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Launching New Made-in-USA Capsule Line

Chip Foster

The Los Angeles area–based Foster seeks to source domestically everything from the rivets to the fabric in his capsule collection, Chip Foster Made In America, which he is aiming to ship on July 4.

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Brandblack to American Rag Cie

Brandblack, a sports lifestyle and performance brand headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., placed its latest looks in the window of the American Rag Cie boutique in Los Angeles on April 29.Dubbed Future Legends, the collection imagines what basketball styles might look like in the year 2050.

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Kelly Wearstler Party

Kelly Wearstler threw a party at her self-named Kelly Wearstler flagship boutique in West Hollywood April 29. The event celebrated the debut of fragrance Régime des Fleurs. It also showed a new look for the boutique. Take a look.

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Kitson Sale Keeps Going

Kitson was going to close its Now or Never Warehouse Sale on April 24. Instead the boutique chain added thousands of items to the sale and extended the sale to 7PM, April 30.

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Robert Talbott Takes San Francisco

Over the past year, the Robert Talbott a neckwear, shirting and lifestyle company headquartered in Monterey, Calif., started rolling out shop-in-shops in towns such as Beverly Hills, La Jolla, and Highland Park, Ill. Recently it opened a shop-in-shop just a relative short drive from its headquarters. The largest Robert Talbott shop-in-shop took about at The Hound Clothiers in San Francisco.

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Azul By Moussy: Int’l Fashion Wave

Headlines have called to attention new international fashion brands coming to America. There’s BNKR from Australia, which is scheduled to open a downtown Los Angeles shop in July. There’s also Azul by Moussy, a Japanese brand which has reportedly sold at American Rag and Fred Segal. Recently Azul by Moussy was picked up by Nordstrom.

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Chagoury Blooms on Melrose

Sure, it’s spring, but the cherry blossoms in the windows of the Chagoury boutique at 8378 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood are not entirely about April flowers or spring showers. They represent a reopening of the Chagoury boutique and a new direction for the label.

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Oakley’s Art Dump

It’s called the Art Dump, a collective of artists who work for Girl Skateboards, doing some extra curricular trouble making. But there are fans who prize their Art Dump’s scrawlings. One major fan is the high profile Oakley sports performance and lifestyle label, which produced Oakley in Residence: Los Angeles. There was an event for The Art Dump's work at the Oakley in Residence creative space April 23 at 7763 Melrose Avenue. Check it out.

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Katin Pops at Conveyor@ Fred Segal

Katin, one of the originators of this thing we call surfwear, threw a big party April 23 to celebrate the label’s Spring 2015 looks. The looks were curated in a pop-up shop at Conveyor @ Fred Segal in Santa Monica. The Pop-up shop will be in biz until May 11.

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South Coast Plaza Opens 9,000 S.F. Chanel Boutique

Inspired by Coco

South Coast Plaza redesigned Chanel boutique is intended to feel like the Paris apartment of Coco Chanel, the legendary founder of the Chanel fashion house.

Lyon + Post: Don’t Pay Up Front for Fashion

Technology | Retail

Start-up e-commerce site Lyon + Post, headquartered in San Francisco’s Financial District, is one of a number of companies that offers a don’t-pay-upfront deal to its shoppers.

Streddo; E-commerce & Fashion Incubator Takes A Bow

Technology | Retail

Headquartered in Los Angeles, Streddo said it will work with new designers, emerging designers and even some proven fashion brands looking to become more-fierce competitors.

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Coast Modern: Bullish on the Small Brands

Retail

Bryce and Cecilia Cole opened independent boutique Coast Modern at 219 Main St. in Seal Beach, Calif., which is sandwiched between the port city of Long Beach and Huntington Beach, and gave itself the name Surf City.

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