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In the summer, the complexities of throwing a party melt away like ice in a pina colada. The setting? No sweat. Your backyard, lit romantically with lanterns and tea lights. The food? Dishes you've made in advance and serve cold or at room temperature. Or even easier: a gourmet-to-go picnic. The attire? Flip-flops optional. This season, stores are filled with things to make your party-giving even easier.
February 14, 2010 | Max Padilla, For the Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles is a luxury testing ground where brands such as Prada and Chanel try out new retail concepts influenced by Southern California's acclaimed modern architecture, sunlight and indoor-outdoor lifestyle. With the debut of its Beverly Hills flagship, Missoni also takes advantage of the location to bathe the fashion house's seasonal collections, accessories and housewares in natural light. The Missoni store is a glass, steel and concrete box wrapped in woven aluminum bands (inspired by the house's signature knitwear)
November 22, 2009 | By Nora Zelevansky
Henri Bendel -- a milliner from New Orleans in the late 19th century -- probably never imagined that his hatboxes, instead of the hats themselves, would one day become symbols of his legacy. By 1895, he was making debutante gowns and had opened his eponymous Manhattan department store. Earlier this year, the tony retailer announced that it would stop selling clothing and instead focus on accessories and beauty products. And it would spread into new areas of the country, seeking to conquer far-away realms like Los Angeles.
October 24, 2010 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times
Red was a distinct note on the fall runways, and plenty of red accessories are turning up in stores this season, adding a punch of color to wardrobe staples. It's a longtime "power" color (remember the power tie? Nancy Reagan red?) and is traditionally believed to be stimulating and energizing. It's a hue associated with anger, sin, sex and virility. (Red-blooded anyone?) Red is especially complementary to all of the camel hues and leopard prints seen in stores at almost every price this season.
November 22, 2009 | By Max Padilla
Ooga Booga is a retail apparel store that doubles as an affordable art gallery, carrying items including clothing and accessories by Opening Ceremony and Slow and Steady Wins the Race, as well as pieces from well-known artists such as Mike Kelley, Ed Templeton and Terence Koh. The shop, open for almost six years, has become a beloved Chinatown destination known for its quirky merchandise and ongoing roster of events. To reach out to those who don't cross the 110 Freeway too often, Ooga Booga heads west to Fairfax Avenue, where proprietor Wendy Yao has opened a temporary mini-shop inside Keep Co.'s shoe store on Fairfax Avenue in time for holiday gifting, with most merchandise priced at less than $100.
October 14, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
When Eugene, Ore.-based Will Leather Goods opened the doors of its first flagship store on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in late September, 60-year-old founder and Chief Executive Bill Adler found himself barely a belt buckle's toss from the Venice Beach boardwalk where he started his career hawking belts three decades ago. "It was 1981, our first child had been born and there was a Screen Actors Guild strike that was going on for months," recalls Adler,...
April 22, 2014 | By Andrea Chang and Tiffany Hsu
Wearable fitness trackers are in survival-of-the-fittest mode. Touted as the next big thing in technology, wearable tech has spawned a dizzying array of Internet-connected wristwatches and head-mounted devices. Leading the fledgling industry are fitness gadgets that count steps taken, calories burned and other measurements of activity. But in racing to meet the hype, many companies may have outpaced demand and rushed out products too soon. Nike said Monday that it plans to lay off a small number of employees who work on its line of FuelBand fitness accessories to "align resources with business priorities," signaling that the sporting equipment giant is scaling back its wearable hardware efforts.
December 1, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
A good pair of jeans lasts a long time - sometimes longer than the companies that make them. That's what makes the longevity of Guess Inc. a bit of an anomaly. Founded in 1981, the Los Angeles fashion company is in its fourth decade, largely because it moved beyond the jeans that were fashionable in the 1980s and 1990s. The company sells skirts, dresses, shorts, shirts, jackets, knitwear and intimate apparel. It also licenses eyewear, watches, handbags, footwear, jewelry and other fashion accessories.
November 21, 2010 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
When Google took the wraps off its foray into online fashion retail a few days ago, anyone who hadn't sat through one of the nearly hour-long Web demonstrations couldn't have been faulted for thinking was just another in an increasingly crowded field of "curated retail" sites. (At launch, the site focused on women's clothing and accessories only ? with the goal of eventually expanding into menswear.) It is ? and it isn't. Aiming to serve up clothing and accessories based on personal preferences (the way Pandora suggests new music based on the music you like)
July 21, 2012 | By Laura Hautala, Los Angeles Times
It's official: The boat industry is no longer sinking. For the first time since 2006, sales of new boats and boating accessories were up last year, according to a report by the National Marine Manufacturing Assn. Industrywide sales were up 6%. That was mostly due to the upswing in purchases of equipment and other accessories - new boat sales were up just 1.8%. But after several disastrous years, the industry was more than willing to embrace any positive news. "With the recession, it was just like sales fell of a cliff and just kept going," said Mike Davin of Boating Industry magazine.
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