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September 7, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
H&R Block Inc. shareholders elected hedge fund manager Richard Breeden to the board, putting more pressure on the company to shut its sub-prime mortgage unit and sell others not tied to the business of preparing tax returns. Breeden, a former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and two of his candidates won a majority of the vote Thursday. Results were released at the annual meeting in Kansas City, Mo., where H&R Block, the nation's biggest tax-preparation company, is based.
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April 8, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
As the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival expands from one weekend to two, so do the fashion and music marketing opportunities in Southern California. Labels such as Levi's, H&M, Lacoste, Armani A|X, Mulberry and Madewell (J. Crew's little sister) not only will be targeting the boho masses with free watches and sunglasses, they will also be courting the performers in the hope that they will attend their high-profile events. The labels are leveraging both festival weekends (April 13-15 and 20-22)
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August 28, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Activist investor Richard Breeden's quest for seats on H&R Block Inc.'s board got a boost Monday, as three shareholder advisory firms backed the slate of candidates proposed by the former Securities and Exchange Commission chairman. Breeden, a hedge fund investor, said Proxy Governance Inc., Egan-Jones Proxy Services and Taft-Hartley Advisory Services urged shareholders to vote for Breeden and two colleagues at the largest U.S. tax preparer's annual meeting Sept. 6.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2012 | By Izzy Grinspan, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Fashion ought to be a no-brainer for television: It's fun to look at, appeals to a spending-happy demographic and involves outsized personalities who tend to believe it's their professional duty to create drama. Yet the history of reality TV is littered with fashion-based shows that never caught on or flamed out after one season. When NBC's "Fashion Star" launches Tuesday, it will be going where many shows have gone — and stumbled — before. The most notable exception is "Project Runway," the design show at the forefront of the niche since 2004.
BUSINESS
August 31, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
H&R Block Inc. said Thursday that the sale of its Option One Mortgage Corp. sub-prime lending unit might fall apart because of deteriorating credit markets and a quarterly loss that more than doubled. The largest U.S. tax preparer said that Option One planned to stop offering sub-prime home loans and that private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management might buy just the loan servicing business, after agreeing in April to buy the entire unit. H&R Block, based in Kansas City, Mo.
BUSINESS
September 10, 2009 | Andrea Chang
H&M is one of retailing's hottest clothing chains, but Tiffany & Co. doesn't want it for a neighbor. The storied jeweler sued its landlord at the Westfield Century City shopping center Wednesday, alleging the planned H&M store under construction nearby would tarnish its high-end image at the open-air mall, which caters to an affluent Westside clientele. Tiffany said its contract with Westfield forbids retailers "whose merchandise and/or price points are not considered to be luxury, upscale or better by conventional retail industry standards" to use or lease certain spaces within, fronting or adjacent to the Tiffany store.
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April 9, 2011 | By Emili Vesilind, Special to the Los Angeles Times
April, it turns out, is a great time to shop H&M. The fast-fashion retailer is releasing three capsule collections this month — including chic, sun-bleached day wear; graphic-heavy streetwear; and quaint, boho-inspired shoes. The brand's annual H&M Conscious Collection for women and men debuts Thursday and features tailored-but-easy looks (such as a white eyelet smocked baby doll dress) — all rendered in pale pastel and white eco-friendly textiles. But "it's not just about organic cotton anymore," noted Ann-Sofie Johansson, head of design for H&M. "The possibilities for creating a complete fashion statement with eco-smarter materials are huge now. " Prices range from $9.95 for a white organic cotton vest to $49.95 for a recycled fabric blazer.
HOME & GARDEN
March 8, 2012 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Cold, wind and hours of boredom didn't deter shoppers on the hunt for affordable designer duds, as throngs lined up to buy into another brief fling between high-end fashion and low-end retail. On Thursday, a match-up between Italian fashion label Marni and cheap-chic retailer H&M drew hundreds of bargain seekers to select H&M stores. At the Beverly Center, about 250 shoppers had gathered outside the store by 7:30 a.m., many sipping coffee and wearing thick coats, knit caps and colorful wristbands stamped with the time slot they had been allotted to shop the collection.
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November 7, 2010 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Fashion's designer-matchmaking game has reached a fevered pitch with the Lanvin for H&M collection hitting select stores Nov. 20. Check out PHOTOS from the collection here . In this collaboration-happy era of Cynthia Rowley-designed Pampers and Christian Siriano-designed sponges, French fashion label Lanvin was one of the few holdouts. With the exception of an ill-conceived denim line produced with Acne, Lanvin's creative director Alber Elbaz seemed content to ignore the affordable luxury trend and sell $540 sneakers to Michelle Obama and $3,000 gowns to Hollywood's best dressed instead.
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January 3, 2009 | Associated Press
California's attorney general has settled a lawsuit against H&R Block Inc. over a widely used loan program that gives the nation's largest tax preparer a chunk of customers' tax refunds. Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown said Friday that the $4.85-million settlement would stop H&R Block from offering high-cost loans it had marketed as early tax refunds. Former Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer sued H&R Block in 2006, adding California to a long list of others that sued over its "refund anticipation loans."
HOME & GARDEN
March 8, 2012 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Cold, wind and hours of boredom didn't deter shoppers on the hunt for affordable designer duds, as throngs lined up to buy into another brief fling between high-end fashion and low-end retail. On Thursday, a match-up between Italian fashion label Marni and cheap-chic retailer H&M drew hundreds of bargain seekers to select H&M stores. At the Beverly Center, about 250 shoppers had gathered outside the store by 7:30 a.m., many sipping coffee and wearing thick coats, knit caps and colorful wristbands stamped with the time slot they had been allotted to shop the collection.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2011 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
It may seem too good to be true, but Versace is launching an apparel line at fast-fashion retailer H&M in November. Missoni suede heels, with the luxe Italian fashion house's signature zigzag print, hit the shelves at discount giant Target. Even Vera Wang is designing diamond engagement rings for budget jeweler Zales. Unlikely pairings, perhaps, but shoppers are seeing more of these bargain-luxury combos these days as elite fashion designers increasingly go mass market. At a time when signals of economic distress abound, consumers are responding to the partnerships, turning the hype into huge sales.
HOME & GARDEN
April 29, 2011 | By David A. Keeps, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Furniture and product designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby are the Astaire and Rogers of 21st century minimalism. The objects they make — be it an oak choir bench for the Gothic-style Portsmouth Cathedral in England or plastic clothes hangers for Levi's jeans — look effortlessly graceful. Derived from origami-style models and geometric forms, their sculptural designs in plywood, unfinished oak, glass, marble and rainbow-colored anodized aluminum are executed with impeccable style and polish.
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April 9, 2011 | By Emili Vesilind, Special to the Los Angeles Times
April, it turns out, is a great time to shop H&M. The fast-fashion retailer is releasing three capsule collections this month — including chic, sun-bleached day wear; graphic-heavy streetwear; and quaint, boho-inspired shoes. The brand's annual H&M Conscious Collection for women and men debuts Thursday and features tailored-but-easy looks (such as a white eyelet smocked baby doll dress) — all rendered in pale pastel and white eco-friendly textiles. But "it's not just about organic cotton anymore," noted Ann-Sofie Johansson, head of design for H&M. "The possibilities for creating a complete fashion statement with eco-smarter materials are huge now. " Prices range from $9.95 for a white organic cotton vest to $49.95 for a recycled fabric blazer.
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November 7, 2010 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Fashion's designer-matchmaking game has reached a fevered pitch with the Lanvin for H&M collection hitting select stores Nov. 20. Check out PHOTOS from the collection here . In this collaboration-happy era of Cynthia Rowley-designed Pampers and Christian Siriano-designed sponges, French fashion label Lanvin was one of the few holdouts. With the exception of an ill-conceived denim line produced with Acne, Lanvin's creative director Alber Elbaz seemed content to ignore the affordable luxury trend and sell $540 sneakers to Michelle Obama and $3,000 gowns to Hollywood's best dressed instead.
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May 23, 2010 | By Max Padilla, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When it comes to fine leather goods, Los Angeles might not have the manufacturing cachet of Florence, Italy, but here in our Venice, you can discover Illia, a leather sportswear collection for women, which opens its first signature boutique on Friday. Illia is designed and manufactured in downtown L.A. by partners John Murrough and Robbie Moray. Murrough, the lead designer, is a South African who came to Los Angeles in 1983 via London, where he learned leather-making techniques while working in retail for Manolo Blahnik.
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November 8, 2009 | BOOTH MOORE, FASHION CRITIC
Jimmy Choo took the town by storm last week, hosting not one but two parties. Not Jimmy Choo the man (the shoemaker sold his name in 2001), but Jimmy Choo the British footwear brand and its glamorous president and founder, Tamara Mellon. No stranger to Los Angeles, Mellon lived in Beverly Hills from ages 8 to 14, attending Marymount High School (Camp Beverly Hills was a favorite hangout), before settling in London. She was also one of the first to recognize the power of the red carpet, setting up the brand's first Academy Awards showroom for celebrities and stylists in 1999.
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May 10, 2009 | Melissa Magsaysay
Matthew Williamson's haute hippie look is splashing through H&M with a kaleidoscope of the strong color and ethnic influences the British designer is known for. It's a collection that will have you booking a sunny getaway as an excuse for picking up the clothes and accessories. The first installment of Williamson's collaboration with the fast-fashion chain -- a selection of women's apparel -- went into H&M stores two weeks ago.
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March 2, 2010 | By BOOTH MOORE, Fashion Critic
Milan grows up and covers up. That was the takeaway from the fall/winter 2010 collections, which weren't as much about in-your-face showmanship and trends as they were about the value of heritage and craft. Facing competition from the glut of inexpensive fast fashion available at places such as H&M and Zara, where knockoffs of runway styles hit the racks long before the originals that inspired them, designers are redefining luxury as something timeless and personal. For many who showed during Milan Fashion Week, which ended Monday, that meant returning to what they had become famous for in the first place, designing clothes that won't go in and out in a season, and emphasizing the human touch.
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November 8, 2009 | BOOTH MOORE, FASHION CRITIC
Jimmy Choo took the town by storm last week, hosting not one but two parties. Not Jimmy Choo the man (the shoemaker sold his name in 2001), but Jimmy Choo the British footwear brand and its glamorous president and founder, Tamara Mellon. No stranger to Los Angeles, Mellon lived in Beverly Hills from ages 8 to 14, attending Marymount High School (Camp Beverly Hills was a favorite hangout), before settling in London. She was also one of the first to recognize the power of the red carpet, setting up the brand's first Academy Awards showroom for celebrities and stylists in 1999.
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