Los Angeles Business Journal

Forever 21’s Exclusive Shipper Breaks Ties with Fashion Retailer

Fast fashion retailer Forever 21 appears to be falling victim to the recent slowdown seen by cohorts H&M, Urban Outfitters, and even larger retailers such as Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.

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Kit Maker Aims for Target Boost

DIY business MakersKit hopes industry giant Target’s accelerator will help it think outside boxes.

Labels Stick It To Oenophiles

Delicate Estates offers humorous twist on vintage greeting cards.

Delicate Estates adheres to a humorous spirit with its joke labels that fit on real bottles.

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Restaurant Chain Pushes on Prices

DINING: Lemonade sees bigger bills helping to feed expansion.

Investor Butterfly Enterprises is helping get fast-casual chain Lemonade’s expansion up to speed.

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Pop Culture Not a Stretch For Condoms

Graphic Armor looks to customized designs to attract customers.

Customized condom maker Graphic Armor turns to crowdfunding to get in bed with investors.

Neighbor Shells Out $200 Million to Hop Into Playboy Mansion

The Playboy Mansion has received some neighborly love.

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Cutting In

CLOTHING: American Made Supply aims for middle with apparel.

American Made Supply hopes its online focus will help it sew up American Apparel’s former market position.

Tribune Publishing Shareholders File Lawsuit

San Diego commercial real estate developer Capital Structures Realty Advistors filed a shareholder lawsuit Thursday against Tribune Chairman Michael Ferro Jr. and the rest of the board claiming they breached their fiduciary duty, The Los Angeles Business Journal reports. The lawsuit claims that they breached their contract by failing to consider Gannett’s $864 million offer and instead accepting a similarly priced one from billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong for far fewer shares.

SPECIAL REPORT: Katelyn O’Shaughnessy

TripScope, a mobile app connecting live travel agents with consumers

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Tribune Publishing Shareholders File Lawsuit Against Board

Gannett Co.’s quest to purchase beleaguered Los Angeles Times owner Tribune Publishing has now reached the courts.

Gallery Influx Could Squeeze Veteran Operators

EXHIBITION: Competitive new arrivals draw mixed reaction from old guard.

Influx of new galleries complicates the picture for longtime operators.

Denim Execs Get Hang of Flying Yoga

James Jeans founders form D&A studio to give discipline a lift.

The future of D&A Flying Yoga studio is up in the air.

Subscription Box Business Set to Ship Out Again

INTERNET: Need for more space spurs FabFitFun into second move in three years.

FabFitFun is on the move again as its growing subscription lifestyle box business requires a bigger home.

Activewear Line Fashions Home in Santa Monica

APPAREL: Varley to put down permanent roots in city that inspired label.

Londoners Ben and Lara Mead see Santa Monica as a better fit for the HQ of their SoCal-inspired fashion firm.

Bike Maker Adds Chains For Peddling

Durban expands deals with Target, Dick’s for foldable transport.

Durban Bikes aims to ride new distribution deals to more sales for its foldable products.

Brand’s Revival Apparent To Furniture Firm’s Heir

RETAIL: Loren Kreiss moves to resurrect family business after bankruptcy.

Back from bankruptcy, old-time Los Angeles furniture brand Kreiss seeks to retake its seat at the table.

Denim Vets Button Up New Look

APPAREL: Former Guess trio sees future in retro inspiration.

Two of the Marciano brothers from Guess look to try on a new vintage style with GM Studio.

Los Angeles a Top Site for Down Under Fashion

APPAREL: Beach lifestyle draws Australian brands looking to shore up sales.

Some Australian labels say a similar coastal culture makes Los Angeles a good beachhead for cracking the U.S. market.

Z Gallerie Pays $15 Million After Allegedly Misleading Customs Officials

Specialty furniture retailer Z Gallerie has agreed to pay $15 million following allegations by the U.S. Attorney’s Office that the company tried to mislead customs officials in order to import furniture from China at a cheaper price.

Deal For PR Firm Communicates Need For Range of Skills

West L.A. public relations company S+L Communications has been given a huge leg up in the highly competitive world of marketing and PR.

E-Tailer Hopes ‘Store’ Clicks With VIPs

Revolve looks to turn heads with exclusive promotional space.

Clothing e-tailer Revolve has set up shop exclusively to draw the in-person favor of fashion influencers.

Ex-Craft Beer Maker Tees Up Kombucha Future

BEVERAGE: Vet executive to tap years at Coca-Cola to try and conquer market.

Former beer brewer looks to craft a new strategy around tea drink kombucha.

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Not on Easy Street

Rising rents on Abbot Kinney Boulevard make it tough go for smaller businesses.

High rents along Abbot Kinney Boulevard have some shop owners hitting the road out of Venice.

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Eatery Owner Game for Retail

Maire Byrne adds to her ownership plate by opening toy store Quinnie & B.

Restaurateur Maire Byrne makes a play for another sector with her new toyshop, Quinnie & B.

Vet PR Exec Carl Terzian, 80, is Dead

Namesake firm, to shut at end of month, known for networking events.

Carl Terzian, a veteran executive known for his networking events, has died at age 80.

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Testing Water

Bikini maker Cocodune joins other e-tailers in letting customers try on items at home

Online bikini vendor Cocodune hopes to make waves by letting customers try on items at home before purchasing.

PR Veteran Carl Terzian Dies

Carl Terzian, founder and chairman of Westwood public relations firm Carl Terzian Associates, died Saturday.

American Apparel Partners With Postmates for One-Hour Delivery

American Apparel Inc. customers will now get the instant gratification of receiving their online orders within an hour.

Plane Means High Times For Students

Financial exec donates craft to youth program that taught him to fly.

Youth flight program lands another plane with help from financial exec Barak Raviv, a former student.

Furniture Designer Finds Seat in West Hollywood

RELOCATION: Larger shop touted as turning point by Alexandra von Furstenberg.

L.A. furniture designer Alexandra von Furstenberg unveiled a new look last week with the opening of her flagship store in West Hollywood.

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Facing Future

Next Health hopes genetic, cryo services help medical spa stand out in crowded market.

Medical spa Health Next looks to put its best face forward by pairing traditional and cutting-edge services.

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Sale on Data

RETAIL: Alter Agents launches lower-cost service to provide new clients with information on shoppers’ spending habits.

Alter Agents is shopping around a lower-cost version of its data service that tracks consumer spending.

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Paper Pusher

Erin Condren Design still booking business with its daily planners despite digital options.

Customers are still making time for Erin Condren Designs’ paper planners in this digital age.

Therapy Firm Wades Into Deprivation

Just Float intends to get together with fans of isolation tanks.

Therapy center Just Float aims to not make waves with its saltwater sensory deprivation tanks.

Surf Wear Maker Dives Into Subscription Offer

CLOTHING: Laird’s $175 quarterly service will limit membership to 100 clients.

Big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton made a splash when he launched his own clothing line in October at Santa Monica retailer Ron Robinson, with celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Orlando Bloom and record producer Rick Rubin showing up to catch a peek.

Denim Maker Fashions Plan For Startups

M. Anthony’s program will also offer tips on making it in industry.

Denim maker M. Anthony has launched a program to help startups join the clothing industry’s fold.

Footwear Maker Steps It Up for Italian Runway

FASHION: Malibu Sandals saw luxury label Missoni as shoo-in for collaboration.

Milan received a taste of Malibu on the runway during its Men’s Fashion Week.

Review Sites Pass Muster With Film-Ticket Seller

ONLINE: Fandago acquires Rotten Tomatoes, Flixster in bid to reach moviegoers.

Movie-ticket seller Fandango hopes to rate as a bigger Internet presence with the pickup of two film review sites.

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Boutique Chain Hopes to Rise Beyond Star Clients

RETAIL: Kin Los Angeles looks to niche brands for splash outside mainstream.

Clothing boutique Kin Los Angeles tries on a new strategy with a focus on labels outside the mainstream.

SEC: Tip at Super Bowl Led to Insider Trading

INVESTMENT: Wedbush broker, two others accused in sale of marketing firm.

Federal regulators accuse broker and two others of insider trading in deal for marketing firm.

Stylist Aims for More in Store With Pop-Up Shop

RETAIL: Rachel Zoe looks to brick-mortar location to expand celeb-fueled status.

L.A. designer and stylist Rachel Zoe is taking on a new project this month.

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Stepping Out

FOOTWEAR: Shoes of Prey puts design decisions in hands of consumers while taming added costs of custom-made products.

Shoes of Prey touts its customer-designed products as the next step in connecting with consumers.

Toymaker’s Tablet Deal Plays Well on Wall Street

MANUFACTURING: New line of Barbies may also lift struggling Mattel’s stock.

Mattel’s pickup of tablet maker Fuhu pushes the right buttons with investors.

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Hanging in There

L.A. denim makers still look to button up future in jeans despite rise of athletic wear.

Denim makers remain confident in a future thick with jeans despite the surging popularity of athletic wear.

Nail Care Firm Gets Dramatic With Partnership

BEAUTY: OPI taps actress Kerry Washington for hand in creating names, shades.

OPI Products Inc., a North Hollywood nail products firm, is getting the celebrity treatment.

Yoga Studio Bends Rules On Music

New venture’s classes cue up range of tunes, including pop hits.

Playlist Yoga doesn’t see modern tunes as too much of a stretch for its classes.

Four Held in Embezzlement of Industrial Laundry

FASHION: Complaint says CM lost over $8 million in years of fraudulent billing.

The seams have unraveled for four Southern California men arrested on charges of embezzling more than $8 million from CM Laundry, a Gardena launderer owned by denim maker Citizens of Humanity.

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Vintage Makeup Finds New Life in Distribution

BEAUTY: Niche strategy of looking toward past pays off for Besame Cosmetics.

Besame Cosmetics’ future is looking brighter after scoring distribution deals for its vintage-styled products.

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In It to Win It

Founder left retirement to revive eHarmony

Founder Neil Clark Warren’s dating website eHarmony has turned into a longtime commitment.

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Bow-Tie Maker Hanging Loose

Victor Becerril turns to Kickstarter to raise money for his chained neckwear.

Victor Becerril hopes to collar Kickstarter contributors to launch his bow-tie business.


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