July 21, 2012 |
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.
November 22, 2009 |
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.
December 20, 2002 |
Leave it to teenage girls to try to take the Scrooge out of Christmas. Snapping up purses, beanies, toe socks and even men's ties to wear as belts, girls are adding a little life to a ho-hum shopping season. Linda Le, 16, of Santa Ana was doing some Christmas shopping Thursday at South Coast Plaza. She had just bought an $8 pair of white socks with purple flowers for one friend at Quiksilver Inc.'s Roxy store and was heading toGap and Wet Seal for other gifts: a scarf and some low-cost earrings.
June 27, 2001 |
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.
October 24, 2010 |
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 |
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.
December 27, 2010 |
You don't need to be a Mayo Clinic researcher to figure out that being glued to an office chair all day makes people fat, but that's what it took to start a revolution. A few years ago, the clinic's Dr. James Levine theorized that raising one's metabolism through low-level, daylong movement could burn at least as many calories as a conventional workout at the end of an inactive day. He proved it by grafting a treadmill to a desk ? his test subjects got healthier and walked off dozens of pounds without breaking a sweat at a 1 mph pace.
November 21, 2010 |
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 Boutiques.com 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)
August 16, 2011 |
Looking to profit from the lucrative sports market, apparel chain Old Navy will open Superfan Nation, an in-store shop featuring licensed sports gear, at its U.S. stores this month. Beginning Thursday, Old Navy will sell apparel and accessories from NFL and select collegiate sports teams at about 1,000 stores, with each catering to the local community's favorite teams. Merchandise from 32 NFL teams and 71 schools will be represented across several product categories: men, women, kids, baby and accessories, the company said.
April 25, 2010 |
For almost a year, Sheena Matheiken has lived her life as a calendar girl for sustainable fashion. A New Yorker who is originally from India, she is the creator of the Uniform Project, a fashion blog that has steadily gained followers worldwide. The blog features the pixie-like Matheiken wearing one of seven identical little black dresses every day of the year, transforming the simple garment into a year's worth of eclectic looks by inventive accessorizing. She never repeats an ensemble.