BEAUTY: Skin Laundry sees low-cost service as opportunity to clean up.
Skin Laundry has fleshed out a business strategy with a focus on low-cost laser facials.
Paula Schneider, chief executive of American Apparel, will reportedly step down from her post next month less than two years after taking the job.
Russell Simmons hopes to get people bent into shape with yoga studio Tantris.
Music giant Russell Simmons has thrown a twist into his business portfolio with yoga studio Tantris.
ART: Investment could lift Carlyle’s business but firm faces online sales risks.
Auctioneer Carlyle Galleries International is bidding on going public to boost its business prospects.
RETAIL: Dogeared forges $25 million in yearly sales with simple necklaces.
Jewelry wholesaler Dogeared’s efforts to polish its line’s prospects include a brick-and-mortar outpost.
The smell of soft baked pretzels by Pasadena chain Wetzel’s Pretzels has made its way to Dallas-based private equity firm CenterOak Partners.
MARKETING: Galore links female social media stars, brands in long-term deals.
Galore Media thinks long term in its efforts to link female social media influencers with brands.
FOOTWEAR: Sole Society looks to global expansion as part of Camuto Group.
Online retailer Sole Society of Culver City is fashioning a bigger footprint with the help of footwear powerhouse Camuto Group.
Online retailer Sole Society in Culver City is fashioning a bigger footprint with the help of footwear powerhouse Camuto Group in Greenwich, Conn.
EXERCISE: Boutique Barry’s scales up offerings at studio.
Barry’s Bootcamp looks to step up in the boutique fitness space with added amenities.
Chad Muska’s role includes serving as curator at space backed by Supra brand.
Skateboarder Chad Muska rolls into a pop-up creative space in collaboration with Supra brand.
El Monte-based company Driftwood Dairy, one of California’s largest processors of milk and dairy products, was snapped up Tuesday by Vietnam Dairy Products Corp., known as Vinamilk, located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The dust has yet to settle around the closing of the once trendy West Hollywood boutique Kitson, which closed its doors in December.
FASHION: Toni Ko hopes low price point fits with sunglasses.
Former makeup exec Toni Ko sees sunglasses as a ripe sector for her low price-point approach.
DINING: Everytable seeks to bring health, equity to fast food in poorer locales.
Startup Everytable wants to deliver on its promise of meals priced according to neighborhood income levels.
Tobacco company wedded to line of custom marriage- related smokes.
Custom Tobacco’s cigar rolling service is booming during summer wedding season.
MARKETING: Index sees sites as major attractions for toy sales.
Index Promotions looks to ride the theme park boom into more custom merchandise orders.
RETAIL: Ross Fraser goes after former representation for collapse of his Kitson.
Kitson founder Fraser Ross says his former lawyers and chain’s ex-CEO busted his business and cost him millions.
Duo pours themselves into developing unique take on Absolut Co.’s Our/Vodka.
Steven Ocheltree and Tyler Simmons seek to bottle L.A.’s spirit with their venture for Our/Vodka.
CLOTHING: Hale Bob drops calendar for see now, buy now.
Hale Bob has decided it’s time to ditch seasonal apparel rollouts for a see now, buy now approach.
PCL Construction renovates restroom for Skid Row institution.
PCL Construction gives, and Los Angeles Mission receives, a new restroom.
COSMETICS: Acquisition of Nude by Beautycounter hinged on nontoxic ethos.
Santa Monica skin care and cosmetics brand Beautycounter is making more room on its shelf.
MARKETING: Ad agency touts low-cost pluses of partnerships.
High Wide & Handsome plays matchmaker for brands seeking social media hookups.
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.
DIY business MakersKit hopes industry giant Target’s accelerator will help it think outside boxes.
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.
DINING: Lemonade sees bigger bills helping to feed expansion.
Investor Butterfly Enterprises is helping get fast-casual chain Lemonade’s expansion up to speed.
Graphic Armor looks to customized designs to attract customers.
Customized condom maker Graphic Armor turns to crowdfunding to get in bed with investors.
The Playboy Mansion has received some neighborly love.
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.
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.
TripScope, a mobile app connecting live travel agents with consumers
Gannett Co.’s quest to purchase beleaguered Los Angeles Times owner Tribune Publishing has now reached the courts.
EXHIBITION: Competitive new arrivals draw mixed reaction from old guard.
Influx of new galleries complicates the picture for longtime operators.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carl Terzian, founder and chairman of Westwood public relations firm Carl Terzian Associates, died Saturday.
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