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February 13, 2012 | By John-John Williams IV
Lately, it seems you don't have to be anywhere near a garden to stop and smell the roses. Smell is the latest way that businesses are attempting to woo customers, whether it be the vanilla and cloves wafting through the air at Williams-Sonoma or the pungent smell of colognes at trendy clothing chains. Technology to spread the scents has become more elaborate and includes a device that pumps fragrances through ventilation systems. And it's all in an effort to create scent branding that helps to attract and keep customers.
April 26, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Alexander McQueen, the late British designer and high fashion's enfant terrible , wasn't the type to hang around a discount mall alongside a Riverside County freeway. But that's where his eponymous label opened its first U.S. outlet store a few days ago. In addition to McQueen - the label responsible for Kate Middleton's royal wedding dress - powerhouse brands Helmut Lang and Belstaff also launched their first North American outlets in the same mall, Desert Hills Premium Outlets.
June 17, 2010 | By Randee Dawn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" may have been off the air at Bravo for more than five years, but the highly influential series has never completely winked out over there. In fact, you could say they've built their network around a show that no longer exists. "The five genres that ["Queer Eye"] embodied — beauty, fashion, food, design, pop culture — those are the tenets of what we are structuring the network and basing our content on," says network general manager Frances Berwick.
April 21, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Hillshire Brands Co., the maker of Jimmy Dean sausage links and Ball Park franks, said Monday it will pay $165 million to buy Van's Natural Foods from Catterton Partners, a private equity firm. The deal will add a line of healthful, frozen breakfast and snack foods to Hillshire's existing brands, which also includes Sara Lee foods. The addition is expected to generate net revenue of $60 million in 2014, the company said in a statement. Van's Natural Foods, based in Phoenix, makes gluten-free pancakes and whole-grain waffles.
June 13, 2002
"Ranchers Feeling the Heat" (June 8), about animal-rights activists and restaurant and grocery chains urging ranchers in the U.S. to stop the practice of branding their cattle because it is cruel to the cows, misses the obvious. These are beef cattle; their ultimate destination is dinner plates across America. Are restaurants and grocery stores going to eventually stop selling beef altogether? Are the milking machines next? Will it be "humiliating" to the cows if we milk them? If you follow the logic of animal-rights activists, is their next step to eliminate beef and dairy products altogether?
June 10, 1998 | WASHINGTON POST
Keith Alexander, a guitar player for the hard rock band Dee Snider, and owner and senior piercer at Modern American Body Arts in Brooklyn, N.Y., says he won't brand just anybody. Alexander, who writes a monthly column for Tattoo Savage magazine, has been branding since the early 1990s and calls the practice "spiritual." "I turn down a lot of people if I don't like the symbol," Alexander says.
December 16, 2010 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Corporate sponsors could soon be adding their names to L.A. school athletic fields, auditoriums and other campus properties. The Los Angeles Unified School District board moved forward Tuesday with plans to seek corporate sponsors as a means of generating revenue. Under the approved rules, the superintendent could sign agreements worth up to $500,000, with school board approval required for larger amounts. Sponsors would not be able to sell or market specific products to children; instead, they would have "branding" opportunities.
July 10, 2010 | James Rainey
Now that King James has set the table, gentle celebrity subjects, what's the holdup? Newsmakers, can't you plainly see from ESPN's LeBronapalooza that media entities are ready to deal away control of their programming? You have a brand. They have the channels. Let the feast begin! Lindsay Lohan, you don't have to go to that lockup in Lynwood all by your lonesome. Bring TMZ or E! along. Maybe stodgy L.A. County usually won't allow cameras inside its jails. But LeBron James scooped up the ad revenue from Thursday night's ESPN special for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
August 11, 2009 | DAN NEIL
One of my many undistinguished postings was a summer job as an assistant manager of a Radio Shack (then spelled as two words) in a strip mall in Rock Springs, Wyo. Dante couldn't think of a better description of hell. This was in 1982, and Radio Shack was actually a pretty happening electronics retailer, selling cordless phones, turntables, circuit boards, resistors and a magical something called a TRS-80 Color Computer, with which one could glimpse the future's horizons in a game called Starfire.
April 19, 2005
Regarding "Alpha Angler Meets His Match" [April 12]: Although I disrespect the arrogance of Ross Bell, I'm glad he had his lesson with a grizzly seared into his being without physical damage. His branding will be worn with a subtle presence, unmistakable to any of us. Bill Eckles Irvine
April 18, 2014 | By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz
Between the bouncy music and the stacks of colorful jeans, visitors to the Benetton store on Chicago's Michigan Avenue might catch a whiff of a growing marketing trend. Mounted high in the corner beside the store entrance, a scent diffuser, installed in November, spreads a bright spring fragrance modeled after Benetton's Verde cologne. "It finishes the emotion we are trying to create in the store," said Robert Argueta, director of visual merchandising for the United Colors of Benetton, who also is testing the scent in Benetton's New York flagship store.
April 16, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
L.A. is a place of new beginnings. So it's appropriate that British luxury brand Jimmy Choo should put its best foot forward here now. A new store design concept on Rodeo Drive, a star-studded Hollywood bash at the home of art collector Eugenio Lopez Alonso featuring a performance by pop band Bastille, and the launch of a youthful new rock 'n' roll-themed shoe collection are all part of a bold, new direction for the label and its creative director...
April 9, 2014 | By Jessica Wohl
CHICAGO - Wal-Mart is trying to make organic food more accessible to its budget-conscious shoppers. The retailer is making a bigger bet on the fast-growing category, teaming with Wild Oats to sell organic packaged food priced in line with conventional foods and at least 25% cheaper than other organic brands it currently carries. The effort by Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer and the largest single seller of food in the United States, could have a ripple effect in the grocery industry.
April 9, 2014 | By Shan Li
Confectionary giant Mars Inc. is buying most of Procter & Gamble's pet food business for $2.9 billion, a move that will shore up the company's growing pet care business. The all-cash deal will add the Iams, Eukanuba and Natura brands in North America and Latin America to Mars' pet food lineup. Tom Lachman, the global president of Mars Petcare, said he viewed the acquisitions as “exceptionally strategic.” PHOTOS: World's most expensive cities “The deal reinforces our leadership in pet nutrition and veterinary science,” he said in a Wednesday statement.
March 29, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
VANCOUVER, Canada - First place in the Pacific Division became the Ducks' again Saturday night, when they returned to the brand of play that put them there in the first place. "It's a goal" to win the division, said center Saku Koivu, one of five Ducks players who scored in a 5-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. "We're more trying to pay attention to our game, the way we want to play, the way it has to be," Koivu said. Ducks rookie goalie Frederik Andersen stopped 31 of 32 shots as Anaheim established a new team record for most road wins (23)
March 27, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
It's not only biblical prophets who have visions, movie directors have them too. And when a filmmaker like Darren Aronofsky bring his very personal perspective to the ancient story of Noah and the flood, moviegoers will have to hang on tight to avoid getting washed overboard. Grandiose, improbable, outlandish and overwrought, "Noah" is the kind of simultaneously preposterous and dead serious movie that has become Aronofsky's specialty. As much a fantasia inspired by the Old Testament as a literal retelling of that tale, "Noah" manages to blend the expected with the unexpected and does it with so much gusto and cinematic energy you won't want to divert your eyes from the screen.
August 8, 2002
"Running the Risk of a Run as a 'Businessman' " (Aug. 5) indicates how candidates try to enhance their images with sometimes even misleading ballot designations. I'd be inclined to vote for someone who epitomizes "truth in advertising" by branding himself or herself simply as "politician." Shelley Martin San Pedro
September 2, 2001 | Steven H. Gold and Chair, Executive Committee and Anti-Defamation League and Los Angeles and * and I can't help but wonder. Does the United States want to avoid the United Nations Conference on Racism in South Africa (Aug. 26) for the same reasons that China and Russia typically sidestep human-rights conferences? and Randall Freeman and Canoga Park and
Hussein Ibish unfortunately uses the Durban conference as an opportunity to further an anti-Israel political agenda ("Old Slogan Isn't the Full Story," Commentary, Aug. 24). Singling out Israel for attack and politicizing the U.N. Conference undermine the conference's worthy humanitarian mission and deprive the most vulnerable victims of racism of an important opportunity to voice their concerns. It would be tragic to squander the hope and promise of progress in the fight against racism for the sake of a one-sided debate on just one of the world's many political conflicts.
March 26, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Eco-fashion brand Reformation plans to launch its first bridal collection on Thursday. The collection, to be sold in stores and online, consists of eight styles, each available in a choice of seven colors. Ivory silk wedding dresses range from $518 to $588. Bridesmaids dresses are $198-$368. The dresses were all made according to sustainable fashion practices, Reformation says in a news release, "so girls can get into these guilt-free. " The dresses were also designed with an eye toward styles that could be reworn for other occasions  -- a much more sustainable idea than the wear-once-and-toss protocol for most bridesmaids' gear.
March 17, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
A black sleeveless top with pleated ruffle sides, a red rose print silk georgette asymmetrical skirt, a black cape minidress and a mink baseball jacket, all priced from $625 to $5,250. Those are the dressed-up classics that will carry you through the fall season, according to Justin Kern and Stephanie Danan, Los Angeles-based designers of the label Co . “You can own a couple of these things, and that's all you need. You can go to work in them, go to drinks and socialize in them - and still have money in your bank account,” Danan says during a recent visit to the Co design studio in the downtown arts district, summing up the philosophy of the brand.
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