Los Angeles Business Journal

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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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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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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.

Investors Step Into Customizable Footwear Firm

FASHION: Shoes of Prey’s $15.5 million Series B to go to boosting production.

Santa Monica footwear company Shoes of Prey is turning out to be a pretty good fit for investors.

Kitson Closing All Stores

The curtains are drawing to a close for iconic West Hollywood boutique Kitson.

Tourism Chief Dies

Brad Burlingame, chief executive of Visit West Hollywood, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer.

Casino Sees Added Hotel As Good Bet for Business

GAMBLING: Bell Gardens’ Bicycle looks to get in gear as luxury destination.

Bicycle Casino puts its money on hospitality with the addition of a seven-story luxury boutique hotel.

Manufacturer Turns Light on Line of Safety Gear

CLOTHING: Outdoor Tech hopes to button up funds with Kickstarter campaign.

This story has been updated from a previous version. Cyclists sharing the road with cars can be a dangerous mix, particularly at night, but one L.A. apparel company hopes to increase safety with a new range of high-tech gear.

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Firm Hopes to Have Lots In Store for Home Décor

INTERIOR DESIGN: Consort sets up shop in keeping with open approach to business.

Consort’s successful Internet strategy led the firm to open its first brick-and-mortar shop.

Dodgers Pitch Accelerator as Crucial to Evolution

SPORTS: Team says first round of participants has already fielded benefits.

Los Angeles Dodgers say the team has already scored benefits from its first field of accelerator participants.

Tech Billionaire Looks to Stand Out in Crowd

INVESTMENT: Aubrey Chernick venture to offer funding guidance.

Billionaire Aubrey Chernick is now putting his money on advising consumers and startups on crowdfunding.

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Ringing Up VIPs

RETAIL: Luxury brands say exclusive lounges sit well with high-net-worth, celebrity customers who need their space.

Exclusive lounges for deep-pocketed customers have become big selling points for luxury brands’ spaces.

Apparel Firm Takes Aim at Friendly Fire

Clothing lets off-duty police quickly identify, arm themselves.

Cherries Covert Ops Apparel comes loaded with safety features for off-duty law enforcement officials.

SPECIAL REPORT: Fast Pizza Chain Delivers

Pretzel purveyors Rick, Elise Wetzel’s twist on fast casual paces field of fastest growing private companies.

Blaze Pizza put together all the ingredients to become No. 1 on the list of fastest growing private companies.

Curly Hair Salon Puts Roots Down in Culver City

BEAUTY: Devachan plans to turn training outpost into flagship facility for brand.

New York’s famed Devachan Salon, known for taming curly tresses and as the birthplace of hair care line Devacurl, is transforming its Culver City training facility into a flagship salon.

Special Tour Offers Dose of (Un)Reality

LA Insider’s package lets customers record trip as TV show star.

LA Insider Tours offers a fictionalized package that will cast customers as stars of a reality TV show.

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Surfer Aims to Shore Up Sand, Sun Clothing Sector

APPAREL: Laird Hamilton launches line despite other brands taking on water.

Laird Hamilton hopes to reverse the tide of the struggling surfwear sector with his new clothing line.

Eco-Minded Trade Show Receives Green Light

ECOLOGY: Curated Events’ Conscious Biz LA aims to sell shops on products.

Going green could get even easier for retail buyers next year with the debut of an eco-friendly trade show.

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Waste Remover At Your Disposal

HazAwayToday.com offers home-pickup service for hazardous materials.

HazAwayToday.com looks to clean up with its home-pickup service for removing hazardous waste.

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Sold on Future

Retailer American Rag hopes to fashion e-commerce site that will click online.

American Rag Cie hopes to tailor its new e-commerce site to convey the boutique’s unique style.


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