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November 24, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
For menswear aficionados, Italian luxury label Ermenegildo Zegna has long stood for a high-quality yet understated gray-flannel sensibility. But for colorful, personality-driven runway fashion? Not so much. Which is why it's significant that, after 103 years, the brand has decided to put a face with its name for the first time in a branding initiative that was unveiled earlier this month in the razzle-dazzle capital of the world, Los Angeles. The new star is Stefano Pilati, who spent eight years as creative director of Yves Saint Laurent and who joined the Zegna Group in January as head of design for the Ermenegildo Zegna brand and designer of Couture, its premium menswear line of handmade suits, shirts, outerwear and accessories, which was shown on the runway for the first time during Milan fashion week in June.
November 22, 2013 | By David Pierson
Prepare for the onslaught of Wonderful Halos. Roll Global and its subsidiary, Paramount Citrus, have launched a $100-million advertising blitz to promote their brand of seedless mandarin oranges. The Halos come months after the company sold its share of the popular Cuties brand of mini, easy-to-peel oranges. Paramount plans to spend one-fifth of its $100-million budget this year on a national ad campaign that includes television commercials and a mobile app called Halos Fun (think of Angry Birds but with clementine oranges being flung instead of birds and you get the idea)
November 20, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Names like Porsche, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and Lincoln bring to mind flashy cars with formidable pedigrees and even more formidable price tags. But for the first time, all these storied luxury brands are focused on - of all things - compact crossover vehicles. Each is rolling out a new one at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens this week. It's not hard to figure out why: The segment's market share has quadrupled in the last five years and is forecast to keep growing for the next five years.
November 19, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
Here's something to celebrate for New Year's Day 2013: The city of L.A.  is finally banning plastic bags . Goodbye, and high time too, to those wispy, blow-away plastic bags that wind up in all the wrong places, from treetops to sea turtles' bellies. Happily, the trope that is “paper or plastic?” will become as meaningless as “23 skidoo.” But dear city fathers (and our one city mother, there being only one female elected official in City Hall), can we please, please, not blow this fantastic marketing opportunity and wind up looking lame once again?
November 19, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Carpinteria-based CKE Inc., known for the raunchy commercials and juicy burgers from its Carl's Jr. chain, will be sold to the owner of decidedly G-rated brands Cinnabon and Auntie Anne's. CKE, currently controlled by affiliates of New York private equity firm Apollo Global Management, will change hands to an affiliate of Roark Capital Group, a private equity firm in Atlanta. Roark's portfolio is stuffed with popular food brands such as Wingstop, Corner Bakery Cafe, Seattle's Best Coffee and Arby's.
November 18, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Redondo, Windward and Loyola, all sponsored by Jordan Brand, got to scrimmage each other on Saturday on a court outside Staples Center. Windward Coach Miguel Villegas said the games were competitive. Teams played one half against each other. Redond Coach Reggie Morris said Loyola's depth will make the Cubs very tough to beat.  
November 15, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
Three years ago Polaris Industries bought the historic Indian motorcycle brand and vowed to make it roar again. The results of that boast have hit the streets, in the form of three mighty machines - the Indian Chief Classic, the Indian Chief Vintage and the Indian Chieftain. The rollout represents a roll of the dice for the successful powersports company, which has managed to bring the three entirely new motorcycles to market in 27 months from concept to showroom - about half the time most companies take to develop a new bike.
November 9, 2013
Lian Murray Surf clothing designer Lian Murray, 54, an innovator in surfwear design who helped build the Hurley brand to prominence in the field, died Nov. 3 at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, several days after suffering an acute asthma attack, said her mother, Elyse Lewin. Murray had suffered from asthma since she was a child, Lewin said. "She created trends and avoided fads," said Bob Hurley, founder of the company, in a statement. He said that her designs included low-rise pants and unfinished hems.
November 9, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Since its introduction in 2003, the Cadillac CTS has been working two jobs. General Motors Co. has used the sedan to straddle the space between the compact and mid-size luxury segments. Nearly every other upscale brand has one of each. Yet this all-purpose Caddy has pulled off the stretch surprisingly well. The first two generations of the CTS, the brand's only rear-wheel-drive sports sedan, are among Cadillac's bestsellers, often outpacing the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5-Series.
November 8, 2013 | By Chris Lee, This post has been updated, as indicated below
When Madonna declared herself fed up over the "death of creativity" after a world tour in which religious conservatives protested her concert in Poland, fascist skinheads heckled her in France and she received terrorist threats in Russia, the pop provocateur decided she needed to do more to inspire her followers to fight oppression and stand up for human rights. She wanted to start a revolution. And she knew she'd need help spreading her message. So the superstar's longtime manager Guy Oseary made one call - to Vice Media.
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