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Steady Traffic at Typically Small January Market

Trade Shows

The January LA Fashion Market ran Jan. 15–17 and is typically one of the smaller of the five LA Fashion Markets, which take place in downtown Los Angeles.

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Banner Day: A T-Shirt Alternative

Alternative Tees

Plenty of first dates never turn into second dates, but Kate Ciepluch’s first date with Grahm Sisson in July 2014 was the start of much more than dinner and a movie.

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Swim Collective and Active Collective Unveil New Home

New Swim/Active Location

After eight years of exhibiting in Huntington Beach, Calif., across the street from the Pacific Ocean, Swim Collective and its sibling show, the 4-year-old Active Collective, moved their digs to the Anaheim Convention Center, not far from Disneyland.

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Ashton Michael Closes off Street for Mercy Collection

The Ashton Michael does runway shows guerrilla style; just add flower petals and motorcycles

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Tech Company’s Show & Sell E-com

HelpJess recently unveiled its Show & Sell e-commerce. HelpJess' Simon La Barrie says the app will help people shop across the globe with the app's real time video chat.

What’s Next for Boardriders?


With the announcement of Boardriders Inc.’s purchase of Billabong International, the surf business’s two biggest rivals are now on the same team, which means people in the surf industry are asking whether the deal is going to be a wave that lifts all boats or if it is going to be a wipeout.

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Rener Gracie Makes Hoodie/Backpack

You may have trained in jiu jitsu and picked up a few bruises at Gracie Jiu Jitsu University. But Rener Gracie of Gracie U is flexing his design creativity with Hoodie Hero.

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Wildfang X Obey

It's a New Year and Obey introduced collaboration line Wildfang X Obey.

Boardriders Acquires Billabong

Two big surfwear companies will be riding the waves together.

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Candice Cuoco Talks Project Runway All Stars

After placing fourth in season 14 of Project Runway in 2011, Candice Cuoco went for another round of the designer reality show. She appears in Project Runway All Stars. She talks about what she did different for the All Stars run.

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Disruption by Brandblack x Commonwealth Touches Down

Jan. 3 was the night that Disruption by Brandblack x Commonwealth touched down at Commonwealth's boutique in Los Angeles' Arts District.

Holiday Retail Sales End on a High Note


Good news about December’s business rolled in as retailers reported sales for the last month of 2017 as well as earnings from their holiday sales, which also included November.

First-Time Designer Makes a Splash with Paradise Ranch Designs


Kristyn Goddard, the designer and owner of Paradise Ranch Designs, dreamed of buying swimwear that could be as alluring as a Hollywood starlet’s portrait from the 1940s and 1950s yet not reveal too much of a woman’s body.

B.Swim Charts a New Course


When Sunsets Inc. wanted to take its B.Swim brand in a different direction, it hired Stephanie Graves to set the course for the label.

Lost Finds Territory for New Stores


Lost, a surf brand that’s about 25 years old, initially defined itself as a company that makes world-class surfboards bearing the logo …Lost. But over the last few decades, the brand has evolved beyond surfboards to surfwear with plans for retail expansion.

Agenda Founder Leaving Trade Show

Trade Shows

Agenda founder Aaron Levant is leaving the trade show to work on other projects.

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Jazz Is Not Dead, Says Indie T-shirt Line

Jazz Is Not Dead. It shouldn't even be thought of as the soundtrack for music snobs, said Nick Hill.

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DTLA Pioneer Sixhundred LA Changes It Up

After almost eight years of pioneering retail in downtown Los Angeles, the Sixhundred LA boutique is changing directions.

Outdoor Voices Opens Shops in San Francisco and LA


Austin, TX.–headquartered Outdoor Voices has been in a California mood lately.

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Holiday Rings in Good Sales

Shopping Spree

Shoppers this season did their research before hitting the malls and retail streets such as Rodeo Drive, in Beverly Hills. The result was that holiday sales were the best since 2011.

Acne Studios to Melrose


Swedish label Acne Studios made headlines in 2013 for placing a risky bet on downtown Los Angeles when it opened a 5,000-square-foot emporium on the corner of Ninth Street and Broadway in the Fashion District.

French Label Ba & Sh Coming to Beverly Hills


Last fall, Paris-headquartered womenswear brand Ba & Sh opened a handful of boutiques on the East Coast. Now it is getting ready to unveil a new store in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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Getty Heir Takes Retail to Rodeo Drive

Getty Store to Beverly Hills

August Getty first launched his collection of red-carpet gowns and women’s eveningwear with his Spring/Summer 2015 collection.

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Lynette Tyner's Return

Back in Los Angeles, Lynette Tyner conceded that she missed designing clothes. So she put together a capsule collection inspired by the streetwear of her former home city and L.A.

Year in Review: The Retail News of 2017


The retail realm has seen a dramatic change this year, with more than 6,000 outposts shutting their doors and shopping malls blowing up their footprints to redesign their centers in an effort to appeal to millennial shoppers.

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Raised in Los Angeles Takes Root in Downtown

Raised in Los Angeles

Raised in Los Angeles hopes to build a lifestyle brand starting with a unique logo and an array of T-shirts, hoodies, caps and sweatpants with a different vibe.

Shopping Center Developer Caruso Names a New CFO


Peter Wilhelm, the recently named chief financial officer of Caruso, has seen his career go from the realm of sports to the world of shopping centers.

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MadaLuxe Vault Says It Offers New Kind Of Luxe

Off-Price Luxury

There are two retail sectors outperforming every other category in retail: luxury and off-price.

Turkey’s Calik Denim Shows New Angle on Jeans


Calik Denim has supplied fabric to famous blue-jeans labels such as Joe’s Jeans, Frame, Guess, Tommy Hilfiger and McGuire Denim, but on Dec. 6 the Turkish-based label made its own statement with a gallery show called “Denim Loves Art,” which opened for one night in downtown Los Angeles.

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Jen Awad’s Rock ‘N’ Roll

Jen Awad showed her eponymous, rock ‘n’ roll style fashion line at past Los Angeles Fashion Weeks and various trade shows. But what we haven’t seen is Jen picking up the microphone or playing a badass guitar riff….until Dec.19.

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Holiday at Handcrafted LA

Handcrafted LA produced the Holiday edition of its Meet the Makers party on Dec. 15. If you didn't make it, check this out.

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Lola Rose Thompson + Gorman Takes A Bow

Aussie fashion brand Gorman opened its first U.S. shop in West Hollywood in July. And just before the year ended, Gorman unveiled a collaboration collection with Los Angeles-based artists Lola Rose Thompson.

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The Latest for Bohemian Society’s Victor Wilde: An Art Show

A fashion designer’s toolbox typically includes scissors and sewing machines, but if you are Victor Wilde of the Bohemian Society; shotguns and blowtorches are also in use.

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Active Raises Funds for Fire Victims

Fires ravaging parts of Southern California recently displaced thousands of people. This weekend, retailer Active is hosting clothing drives and fundraisers to help those displaced by fires.

Southern California Retailers Grapple With Damage from Recent Fires


Retailers in Ventura, Santa Barbara and parts of Los Angeles counties were spared significant property damage from major fires ravaging the areas. However, some had to temporarily close stores and cut business hours due to poor air quality and shoppers not being able to travel.

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EYSOM: Riding the New Fitness Wave

High-end Activewear

People told Stan Cheung that no man would pay $180 for a pair of athletic shorts, but the activewear maker begs to differ.

2017 Retrospective: Gap: Growth in Value & Active, L Brands: Tremors from Swim Exit


Gap Inc. has been on shaky ground in the past, but the company has seen four consecutive quarters of positive same-store sales as executives redefine the retailer’s merchandise and strategies.

2017 Retrospective: Macy’s Faces Changes, Nordstrom Remains Public


The retirement of Terry J. Lundgren marked the end of a tumultuous year for department-store giant Macy’s Inc.

Net Neutrality Repeal Expected To Drive Up E-Tail Costs


The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to overturn the current “net neutrality” regulations. Opponents of the Dec. 14 vote said it could spell disaster for small businesses that might be charged higher prices to access the Internet.

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Haute Healing’s Beauty Drive for Terminally Ill Kids

For the past two years, Haute Healing has presented the gift of glam to terminally ill kids, hospital patients, homeless and disadvantaged youth. Haute Healing is wrapping up a clothing drive for its second annual event at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on Dec. 17

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Aaron Levant Goes Foodie

We know Aaron Levant for the Agenda trade show and ComplexCon. Are we ready for Aaron Levant the foodie?

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Erica Tanov Opens L.A. Store

Erica Tanov began a return engagement in Los Angeles

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Taylor Swift Reputation Pop-Up Opens

Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour is scheduled to hit California in May 2018, but for those who want the Taylor experience now, the Reputation pop-up shop has opened at Third Street Promenade

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Westfield Shopping Malls Sold to European Entity

Westfield Corp. sold

Westfield Corp. sells off its malls in billion-dollar deal.

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Beer Savage Clothes for Craft Beers

For years, people knew Tyler Bochenek as the vice president for retail operations of skate/streetwear chain Active, then he unveiled Beer Savage.

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Fashion People Making Food To Fight Fires

Eli Pirian of the Baciano company traveled with a group of Los Angeles fashion biz people on Dec. 9 to volunteer for L.A. Kitche

Macy’s Lundgren Announces Retirement as Chairman


Terry Lungren will be stepping down as chairman of the board of Macy's next year as his successor steps in.

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Skingraft Takes A Holiday Party

Make it a Goth holiday.

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Agenda Introduces Digital Marketplace

Agenda Going Digital

The Agenda trade show is going digital.

2017 Newsmaker: After Bankruptcy, Quiksilver Changes Name and Goes on the Offense

2017 Newsmaker

About a year after emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Quiksilver Inc., which had been one of the world’s dominant surf brands since the late 1970s, changed its corporate name.