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October 13, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS - After 16 years at the helm of Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs showed his last collection for the French fashion house early this month. Charged during his tenure with designing accessories in addition to clothes, he helped create the phenomenon of It bags with his luscious designs that layered lace, sequins, feathers and contemporary artists' work onto those iconic LVs, twisting and recontextualizing their meaning as a status symbol. At the same time, he transformed a fusty leathergoods brand into a global force.
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October 1, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
It was a Scottish team with a French name racing British cars. In the 1950s and early 1960s Ecurie Ecosse (French for Team Scotland) was a small private racing team that took on some of the world's largest professional powerhouses -- and won. Now a collection of cars from this historic effort is headed to auction at the end of the year. PHOTOS: Ecurie Ecosse collection headed to auction Bonhams announced it would offer seven of the team's cars and one transport truck in a London auction  Dec. 1. The collection is a "definitive representation of perhaps Britain's best-loved motor racing team," James Knight, Bonhams' group motoring director said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2013 | By David Ng
A trove of approximately 90,000 pieces of personal war correspondence dating from the American Revolution to the war in Afghanistan is set to open at Chapman University in Orange County in November, thanks to a donation from collector, historian and author Andrew Carroll. As the Los Angeles Times reported in December, the university will allow students and members of the public greater access to the letters, as well as assist in the preservation of the documents. A Chapman spokeswoman said this week that the opening ceremony has been scheduled for Veteran's Day, Nov. 11.  The letters will be housed at the new Center for American War Letters, which will occupy a historic building on the perimeter of the Orange campus, said the spokeswoman.
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March 9, 2014 | By Melissa Magsaysay
We've seen supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio posing in bejeweled bikinis and gigantic feather wings. Now she's crossing over to the other side of the camera, creating a line of beachy, bohemian clothing called ále by Alessandra. The longtime Victoria's Secret Angel draws on her Brazilian heritage and Southern California lifestyle for the collection, which is scheduled to debut at Planet Blue stores and www.shopplanetblue.com on March 15. "It reflects my everyday life," Ambrosio says of the collection, whose pieces sell for $60 to $260.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2010 | By Karen E. Klein
Dear Karen: How do I choose a collection service for my unpaid invoices? Answer: Ask agencies about their recovery percentages, their rates and whether they have experience with your industry. Balance their commissions with their success rates, said Tony Reisz, chief of Ontario Systems of Muncie, Ind., which sells collections software. "Carefully consider and evaluate how an agency will reduce your costs while improving efficiency," he said. Check references with other firms in your industry.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that it had closed its investigation into Google Inc.'s collection of data over unsecured wireless networks after the Internet giant pledged to strengthen privacy controls. The agency also said the Mountain View, Calif., company agreed not to use the data it says it inadvertently collected while operating a fleet of vehicles for its Street View mapping service, according to a letter from David Vladeck, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, to Albert Gidari, a Google attorney.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 2010 | By Megan Doll
Institutionalized for the last 27 years of his life, Swiss modernist Robert Walser achieved a literary rebirth when a vast collection of paper strips, covered with tiny, cryptic pencil markings, was discovered after his death in 1956. First thought to be in secret code, Walser's prose fragments turned out to be composed in Kurrent, a script style dating to the Middle Ages. The 25 short pieces that make up "The Microscripts" (New Directions: 160 pp., $24.95) have been culled from a six-volume German collection of these writings.
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March 7, 2010 | By Max Padilla, Special to the Los Angeles Times
After two years in New York, designers Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos are returning to L.A. to meet and greet customers as they launch their new spring collection at Confederacy on March 18. "It's fun coming back to L.A.," Halmos says. "I've been back only once for a quick weekend trip. We can listen to LL Cool J's ‘Going Back to Cali' on the way." Along with John Whitledge and Josia Lamberto-Egan, Halmos and Shipley founded Trovata eight years ago in Newport Beach. After winning the CFDA Swarovski Perris Ellis award for menswear in 2006, the duo left the label — now designed by Whitledge — but they retain an ownership stake in Trovata in addition to designing the Shipley & Halmos line.
NEWS
March 5, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker is scheduled to show off her new shoe collection in L.A. on Thursday. The fashion-savvy Parker teamed with Manolo Blahnik Chief Executive Officer George Malkemus to develop the much-anticipated SJP collection, which launched exclusively at Nordstrom on Friday. It includes 25 made-in-Italy shoe styles ($195-$485), three handbags ($245-$375) and one trench coat ($495), as writer Ingrid Schmidt explained in a Q&A with Parker on All the Rage on Tuesday.
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February 27, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Karl Lagerfeld's highly anticipated collection of watches for Fossil is scheduled to launch Thursday.  The collection includes seven styles for men and women, priced at $150 to $595. One style, the Zip, has a wristband that can be widened by adding zip-on sections. Other styles include studs, metallic leather, chains and other embellishments. Locally, the collection is available at Gregory's , 147 N. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills. Other launches Los Angeles-based sportswear label Feel the Piece has launched a new line, Tyler Jacobs for Feel the Piece, that is designed to showcase work by up-and-coming street artists.
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