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December 20, 2009 | By Max Padilla
They were a little bit classical and he was a little bit rock 'n' roll. When J Brand, a Los Angeles-based jeans maker known for pioneering skinny fits five years ago, wanted to add rock styling to its classic five-pocket, founders Jeff Rudes and Susie Crippen called on Henry Duarte. Duarte, who also helms a signature denim collection, made a reputation by successfully fusing music with fashion. Duarte came on the fashion radar in 1997, designing outfits for Lenny Kravitz (one of which is in Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)
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February 7, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Photographer Peter Lindbergh and actresses Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson were honored for their contributions to the Foundation for AIDS Research on Wednesday night at amFAR's New York Gala. Grace Jones performed, wearing a fur, a leotard and a series of hats. [WWD] Coach has an edgier look in the collection new creative director Stuart Vevers unveiled on Thursday, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic Booth Moore reports. [Los Angeles Times] Italian police reportedly found rat fur being passed off as cashmere in some Chinese-run factories in Rome.
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December 3, 2012 | By Shan Li
Japanese giant Fast Retailing Co. will buy a majority share of Los Angeles denim line J Brand as part of an effort to expand into the U.S. market. Fast Retailing will pay $290 million, in addition to $10 million in advisory fees, to acquire an 80.1% share of the high-end jean brand, according to Women's Wear Daily. The acquisition will give Fast Retailing, which owns the contemporary brand Uniqlo, an entree into the premium denim market in the U.S. and adds a luxury label into its lineup of brands, according to a company statement.
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September 21, 2013 | By Sarah St. Lifer, Special to the Los Angeles Times
To many, EBay is a website for discovering rare designer gems or selling castoffs that are gathering dust. But for Karen Marley (daughter of reggae legend Bob Marley) and Monique Aquino - co-owners of Los Angeles boutique Buttons & Bows - EBay was more than just a way to make extra money; it was a trial run for the two entrepreneurs. When the pair met through mutual friends, Marley had quite the collection of vintage wares, and Aquino was a veteran of the retail business. They quickly became fast friends and business partners, starting a fashion-centric blog they hoped would elevate their presence in the e-tail community.
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February 6, 2010 | By Adam Tschorn
Fashion's symbiotic relationship with the entertainment industry came into a little clearer focus this week with the announcement that Star Avenue Capital had acquired a majority interest in Los Angeles jeans maker J Brand. Star, based in Century City, is part of a partnership that includes New York private equity firm Irving Place Capital and Century City talent agency powerhouse Creative Artists Agency. This is the first deal for Star, which was founded last year. Star will be able to provide resources to help the 5-year-old denim company grow.
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August 19, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
One of Southern California's most successful denim kingpins is jumping back in the jean pool. Peter Koral, who co-founded the 7 for All Mankind premium denim label in 2000 and built it into a business that VF Corp. purchased in 2007 for $775 million, has teamed up with his eldest son, 29-year-old David Koral, and fellow 7 for All Mankind alumnus Rick Crane to launch Koral Los Angeles. The line of women's premium denim started hitting retail shelves in late July. During a recent visit to the label's downtown showroom, father and son sat down to explain how the denim trade became a family business.
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January 17, 2010 | By Melissa Magsaysay
For those who love the sleek look of a skinny jean but can't stand the leg-sucking compression, impossibly small openings at the ankles or rigid denim digging into skin, the skinny jean/legging hybrid known as jeggings could be a worthy alternative -- or just one more reason to feel like their thighs will never be toned enough. The denim legging is the next frontier in the skinny shape that won't seem to go away in the denim industry. "The skinny silhouette is so prevalent in fashion right now," J Brand creative director Susie Crippen says.
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September 2, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Gilded, bejeweled, embroidered and embellished, fall's lush extras mix old-world opulence with a fierce rock 'n' roll twist. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana give shoes and bags the Midas touch with gold embroidery, tapestry and needlepoint work inspired by religious traditions in their native Italy. Lanvin's Alber Elbaz pays tribute to American billionaire Barbara Hutton with colorful, baroque-style jewelry. And Salvatore Ferragamo's embroidered velvet boots and bags nod to decadent czarist Russia.
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September 21, 2013 | By Sarah St. Lifer, Special to the Los Angeles Times
To many, EBay is a website for discovering rare designer gems or selling castoffs that are gathering dust. But for Karen Marley (daughter of reggae legend Bob Marley) and Monique Aquino - co-owners of Los Angeles boutique Buttons & Bows - EBay was more than just a way to make extra money; it was a trial run for the two entrepreneurs. When the pair met through mutual friends, Marley had quite the collection of vintage wares, and Aquino was a veteran of the retail business. They quickly became fast friends and business partners, starting a fashion-centric blog they hoped would elevate their presence in the e-tail community.
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January 2, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Planet Blue's annual January sales are coming up starting this weekend. The sale offers 50% off all merchandise, with all Blue Life label products on sale for $35 and all Blu Moon on sale for $45. It's taking place Friday through Monday at the Beverly Hills location, 409 N. Beverly Drive;  Jan. 11-Jan. 14 at the Santa Monica location, 800 14th St.; Jan. 18-Jan. 21 in Venice, 2940 Main St.; and Jan. 22-28 in Malibu, 3835 Cross Creek Road. Planet Blue Beverly Hills plans to kick things off with an early-bird special from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, during which all Blue Moon tops will be $15 and Blue Life sweats will be $25. The store in Santa Monica plans to host a $50 denim and $100 dress "happy hour" from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 11 featuring brands including Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, Parker, J Brand, Mother and Genetic Denim.
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August 25, 2013 | By Vincent Boucher
Matt Baldwin is running a bit late. But, hey, he's a busy guy, one of the latest in a long line of entrepreneurs to put his leather stamp on the back of a pair of blue jeans. On a quest to bring something more authentic to America's enduring indigo staple, he launched Baldwin Denim as a men's line three years ago and added women's apparel just last season. Now the jeans have landed big, sold across the country at prestige retailers and online vendors from Barney's to Shopbop.
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February 10, 2013 | Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
NEW YORK - What's most notable about the lineup for the fall-winter 2013 season at New York Fashion Week, which began Wednesday and includes 300-plus runway shows and presentations over eight days, is how many accessible, everyday-wear brands like Elie Tahari and J. Crew are showing alongside high-end stalwarts Michael Kors, Vera Wang and Ralph Lauren. Premium denim purveyor J Brand, based in Los Angeles, has been morphing into a more full-fledged lifestyle brand and is a notable newcomer to fashion week, as is L.A.-based contemporary brand Joie.
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February 5, 2013 | By Susan Denley
John Galliano, fired as creative director at Christian Dior in 2011 after his racist bar rants came to light, on Monday won a round in court in his unlawful-dismissal lawsuit against Dior and his namesake John Galliano label. A French court ruled that it is qualified to hear the case. [WWD] (Subscription required.) For Galliano, there's a lot of money riding on this, according to court documents, which show he was paid a fixed annual salary of $1 million euros (about $1.3 million)
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January 2, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Planet Blue's annual January sales are coming up starting this weekend. The sale offers 50% off all merchandise, with all Blue Life label products on sale for $35 and all Blu Moon on sale for $45. It's taking place Friday through Monday at the Beverly Hills location, 409 N. Beverly Drive;  Jan. 11-Jan. 14 at the Santa Monica location, 800 14th St.; Jan. 18-Jan. 21 in Venice, 2940 Main St.; and Jan. 22-28 in Malibu, 3835 Cross Creek Road. Planet Blue Beverly Hills plans to kick things off with an early-bird special from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, during which all Blue Moon tops will be $15 and Blue Life sweats will be $25. The store in Santa Monica plans to host a $50 denim and $100 dress "happy hour" from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 11 featuring brands including Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, Parker, J Brand, Mother and Genetic Denim.
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December 3, 2012 | By Shan Li
Japanese giant Fast Retailing Co. will buy a majority share of Los Angeles denim line J Brand as part of an effort to expand into the U.S. market. Fast Retailing will pay $290 million, in addition to $10 million in advisory fees, to acquire an 80.1% share of the high-end jean brand, according to Women's Wear Daily. The acquisition will give Fast Retailing, which owns the contemporary brand Uniqlo, an entree into the premium denim market in the U.S. and adds a luxury label into its lineup of brands, according to a company statement.
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September 2, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Gilded, bejeweled, embroidered and embellished, fall's lush extras mix old-world opulence with a fierce rock 'n' roll twist. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana give shoes and bags the Midas touch with gold embroidery, tapestry and needlepoint work inspired by religious traditions in their native Italy. Lanvin's Alber Elbaz pays tribute to American billionaire Barbara Hutton with colorful, baroque-style jewelry. And Salvatore Ferragamo's embroidered velvet boots and bags nod to decadent czarist Russia.
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February 7, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Photographer Peter Lindbergh and actresses Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson were honored for their contributions to the Foundation for AIDS Research on Wednesday night at amFAR's New York Gala. Grace Jones performed, wearing a fur, a leotard and a series of hats. [WWD] Coach has an edgier look in the collection new creative director Stuart Vevers unveiled on Thursday, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic Booth Moore reports. [Los Angeles Times] Italian police reportedly found rat fur being passed off as cashmere in some Chinese-run factories in Rome.
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February 20, 2011 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times
If you walked the floor of the recent Magic and Project fashion industry trade shows, you probably noticed two major themes for fall 2011 casual wear: the Old West and a continuing interest in classic American work wear. The worn-in, vintage look of work wear has been extremely popular for men for several seasons, especially with the revival and hipsterization of labels such as Pendleton and Woolrich. Now that look is marching into fall for women's accessories, unisex knits and denim.
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August 19, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
One of Southern California's most successful denim kingpins is jumping back in the jean pool. Peter Koral, who co-founded the 7 for All Mankind premium denim label in 2000 and built it into a business that VF Corp. purchased in 2007 for $775 million, has teamed up with his eldest son, 29-year-old David Koral, and fellow 7 for All Mankind alumnus Rick Crane to launch Koral Los Angeles. The line of women's premium denim started hitting retail shelves in late July. During a recent visit to the label's downtown showroom, father and son sat down to explain how the denim trade became a family business.
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August 1, 2011 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Gap, the clean-cut San Francisco clothing brand, is embracing its edgier side in Los Angeles. To bring its 1969 Premium Jeans line closer to the heart of the designer denim industry, the apparel giant last year opened a creative design office in a gritty section of downtown L.A. near the fashion district. Now Gap is putting its L.A. vibe at the core of a global marketing campaign that launches Monday, complete with food trucks and a dog. "This is the center of creativity," said Seth Farbman, Gap's newly hired global chief marketing officer, during a recent interview at the design studio, where a staggering number of jeans were stacked on shelves, tucked into cubbyholes and hanging from clothing racks.
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