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March 27, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Potter and home furnishings designer Jonathan Adler is bringing his signature brand of “happy chic” to the world of fashion, with a new line of men's and women's accessories landing now in his boutiques, including the ones in L.A. and Orange County. Colorful scarves, ties, hats, bags and belts, priced from $38 to $398, incorporate whimsical design motifs such as birds and Greek keys taken from his home accessories line and have the pimped-out preppy vibe of his interiors at the Parker Palm Springs Hotel and elsewhere.
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March 24, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
The pocket square, that flourish of breast-pocket plumage that once belonged to the old school, has become a sartorial signature for a whole new generation of men, from the Hollywood celebrities and folk rock musicians who walk red carpets and grace magazine covers, to NFL players and the average guy on the street. At a pre-Super Bowl news conference in New Orleans, it was Baltimore Ravens' linebacker Terrell Suggs' suit, tie and pocket square ensemble that earned honorable mention in media reports.
BUSINESS
February 16, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Magnus Walker steps between the scarred carcasses of Porsche 911s lining his garage wall. He pauses and points to a gaping hole where the car's front hood should be. "Cars in here have to die," he says, "so others can live. " With a chest-length beard and finger-thick dreadlocks, the 45-year-old English immigrant doesn't look like a prototypical buttoned-down Porsche collector. But for more than a decade, Walker has worked in downtown L.A.'s arts district, transforming scrap heaps into one-off custom 911s, earning him the nickname "Urban Outlaw.
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February 6, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Nordstrom at the Grove is one of six Nordstrom stores nationwide that are opening pop-up shops to showcase and sell a curated selection of items by finalists in the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards, which help talented clothing, jewelry and accessories designers advance their businesses.  The Grove's Nordstrom pop-up is slated to open Monday. The top award winner was Greg Chait's Los Angeles-based The Elder Statesman , which makes cashmere clothing, accessories, blankets and quilts.
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January 14, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
One of the most noticeable men's trends at Sunday night's 2013 Golden Globes was the abundance of facial hair, from presenter Jeremy Renner's barely there smudge of a 'stache to Bill Murray's full-walrus mustache with connected sideburns. Some of the other bearded and mustachioed men in attendance were producers Grant Heslov and Judd Apatow, actors Jason Statham and Will Ferrell and, if you include Bradley Cooper's scruffy visage, all five nominees for lead actor in a comedy or musical film, with facial fuzz gracing the grizzled chins of Ewan McGregor, Jack Black, Bill Murray and winner Hugh Jackman.
BUSINESS
November 23, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas claims he's got an accessory that'll turn an iPhone "smartphone into a genius-phone. " The musician told the Daily Telegraph that next week he will formally announce a camera that attaches to the Apple device and boosts its 8-megapixel camera into a 14-megapixel camera. The report says that should lead to pictures with more clarity and higher definition. "We have our own sensor and a better flash," will.i.am told the Telegraph. "You dock you phone into our device and it turns you smartphone into a genius-phone.
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October 14, 2012 | By Tracy Brown, Los Angeles Times
Johnny Cupcakes' Cupcakes From the Crypt national tour is scheduled to make a stop at the fast-growing brand's Los Angeles store at 7 p.m. Wednesday, offering fans limited-edition merchandise sold from coffins and the opportunity to meet founder Johnny "Cupcakes" Earle. Earle - a college dropout from Hull, Mass. - started the cupcake-themed clothing and accessories line as a joke in 2001, initially selling T-shirts and pins from the trunk of his 1989 Camry. Since then he's won accolades - Business Week named him to its list of best entrepreneurs 25 and under in 2008, and the Boston Globe named him the most innovative retail leader in Massachusetts in 2011.
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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,...
BUSINESS
September 13, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It's not even out, but Apple fans are already upset at Apple's decision to go with a new dock connector for the iPhone 5. That's because a new connector means buyers of the new smartphone may have to get a whole new set of accessories and that could add up. During Apple's keynote Wednesday, the company said the iPhone was losing the 30-pin connector that's been the standard for all its devices since at least 2003. It's adopting a new eight-pin connector called the Lightning. PHOTOS: Apple iPhone 5 Apple's marketing chief Phil Schiller told All Things D that a smaller connector was necessary to keep making thinner devices.
BUSINESS
September 13, 2012 | By Andrea Chang and Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
CUPERTINO, Calif. - A dock connector may not seem like a controversial feature, but for some consumers it could be the difference between buying the new iPhone 5 or not. Apple Inc. unveiled the new iPhone on Wednesday and said it was losing the 30-pin connector that has been the standard on the smartphone since the original iPhone was introduced five years ago. It's adopting a new eight-pin connector called Lightning, saying a smaller connector is...
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