July 22, 2012 |
Thirty-four-year-old Van de la Plante looks every bit the gentleman. Sporting a beige linen resort suit, a green Cuban guayabera cigar shirt and Cole Haan huarache sandals, De la Plante fits in well as owner of Gentlemen's Breakfast, a new boutique in Laguna Beach that sells antique eyeglasses, sunglasses and accessories. The small shop, splattered in bitter chocolate and beige tones, is decorated with manly finds and furnishings. Antique crystal decanters sit on an old desk, filled with Scotch and ready for the pour.
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.
June 22, 2012 |
Sometimes Apple becomes so wrapped up in its secrecy that it declines to release accessories that its products obviously could use. But that's what third parties are for, and right now a bunch of start-up third parties are on Kickstarter trying to get seed money for some pretty cool Apple-related projects. They range from iPhone cases and gadgets to a stand built to improve Apple's iPad Smart Cover and Smart Case. That project is the Smarter Stand , and it's a pair of clips that help you get more stand positions for your iPad out of your Smart Cover by holding together two of the cover's folds at the same time.
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May 6, 2012 |
The concrete Indian on the forklift struck a precarious pose as he moved through a crowd of rummagers scouting the remains of Bud Hurlbut's workshop in Buena Park . From behind the wheel, Lonnie Lloyd waved everyone aside as he guided the 6-foot, 6-inch statue into a U-Haul van. Its new owners shimmied it against a wall. Toys, props, tools and memorabilia at Hurlbut Amusement Co. moved fast during the recent three-day sale, and Lloyd tried not to be sentimental.
April 29, 2012 |
Judging from the plethora of eye-catching eyewear that's been getting face time over the last few years - be it on the European ready-to-wear runways or in the adjoining office cubicle - it's clear that glasses have gone from nerd necessity to chic accessory. It's a shift reflected in the current look-at-me trends - retro, vintage-inspired frames, chunky tortoise shells and geometric shapes that attract rather than deflect attention - and reinforced by the laundry list of fashion-focused brands with a presence in the eyewear arena.
February 19, 2012 |
Celebrity sightings and New York Fashion Week go together like a navy blue blazer and gold buttons, and the fall-winter 2012 shows, which officially wrapped up here on Thursday, were no exception. It's to a designer's advantage to invite high-profile potential customers - and sometimes even pay them for coming - since they attract publicity and help build buzz for the brand. So stargazers had plenty to watch, starting as soon as New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz - three days off a Super Bowl win against the New England Patriots - cut the ribbon at Lincoln Center to kick off a series of Mercedes-Benz fashion week events.
February 9, 2012 |
At the headquarters of Jakks Pacific Inc. on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Chief Executive Stephen Berman is busy playing with his toys. "Look, this is an amazing, 'toyriffic' product. Just a really magical toy," Berman said, twirling around a small plastic cylinder that is part of a new line of toys for boys. "It's truly magical. " Jakks isn't as known to consumers as nearby rival Mattel Inc., which is nearly 10 times its size in sales, but it has built itself into one of the largest second-tier U.S. toy companies mainly by bulking up on products it makes under name brands such as Disney, Nickelodeon, Cabbage Patch Kids, Hannah Montana and Pokemon.
January 15, 2012 |
The most surprising thing about West Hollywood's Gray Gallery isn't that in the 13 months since opening its doors the combination interior-design studio and jewelry boutique has emerged as a key resource for stylists looking to borrow unique jewelry to accessorize their celebrity clients. The surprise is how much of that red-carpet clientele is male. Pieces from Gray's collection of vintage cuff links, watches and rings have appeared on A-list actors including Johnny Depp, Jeremy Renner, David Boreanz and Ryan Gosling.
November 18, 2011 |
Adam Bernhard The gig: Founder and chief executive of HauteLook, an online "flash sale" marketplace where members can buy designer apparel, accessories, home décor and other products at deep discounts during a limited time period. HauteLook, with headquarters in downtown Los Angeles, was founded four years ago and was acquired in March by Nordstrom Inc. for as much as $270 million in stock. The company had revenue of more than $100 million in 2010 and expects sales to rise 50% to 60% this year.
November 1, 2011 |
Truck driver Wang Yonggang has never seen a baseball game or sung "Take Me Out to the Ballgame. " He couldn't explain a sacrifice bunt. But Wang's got a good eye for bats. His is a lightweight aluminum model with a long barrel and a sticky rubber grip. He treasures his Chinese-made club so much that he keeps it tucked under the seat of his rig. "I need it for protection," said Wang, 32, a native of Inner Mongolia who hauls heavy equipment across busy northeast highways stalked by thugs looking to steal loads and siphon fuel.