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March 22, 1991 | CINDY LaFAVRE YORKS
Inside the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza is Armando Clothing Collections, a European-inspired fashion boutique. The shop features mostly men's clothes at prices--$85 ties and $365 suits--that seem at odds with those at surrounding stores, like Sears. The store owner and in-house designer, Juan Armando Minniefield, says he is perfectly happy, as he puts it, to outclass the competition.
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March 22, 1991 | CINDY LaFAVRE YORKS
Inside the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza is Armando Clothing Collections, a European-inspired fashion boutique. The shop features mostly men's clothes at prices--$85 ties and $365 suits--that seem at odds with those at surrounding stores, like Sears. The store owner and in-house designer, Juan Armando Minniefield, says he is perfectly happy, as he puts it, to outclass the competition.
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November 7, 1993 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO
Entrepreneur Juan Armando Minniefield, who went from selling ties out of his car to owning three high-end men's fashion boutiques, was ordered on Oct. 29 to move out of his last remaining store at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza by county marshals. A Superior Court judge recently ordered Minniefield to pay the Alexander Haagen Co., owners of Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, about $30,000 for failing to make $29,895 in lease payments this year, and to move out of the mall.
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September 20, 1992 | ERIN J. AUBRY
Plans for an eight-theater complex at the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Plaza have been met by mall merchants with a mix of excitement, relief and flat-out skepticism. "Finally!" exclaimed August Gagnier, owner of Gagnier's Creole restaurant. "They dragged their feet a long time. Now we'll get more traffic and more stores leasing. It's too bad politics got in the way of it happening sooner. I'm looking forward to it."
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October 28, 1993 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Juan Armando Minniefield was the perfect small-business success story: a man who went from selling ties out of the trunk of his car to owning three exclusive men's fashion boutiques before age 30. The third Armando Clothing Collections, which opened at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in 1989, was one of the first black-owned high-fashion clothing stores in a major U.S. mall. But Minniefield's business fortunes have taken a sorrowful turn. His last remaining store will soon close.
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October 31, 1993 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO
Juan Armando Minniefield was the perfect small-business success story: a man who went from selling ties out of the trunk of his car to owning three exclusive men's fashion boutiques before age 30. The third Armando Clothing Collections, which opened at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in 1989, was one of the first black-owned high-fashion clothing stores in a major American mall. But Minniefield's business fortunes have taken a turn for the worse. His last store will soon close.
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December 23, 1988 | BARBARA BAIRD, Times Staff Writer
In the midst of holiday shopping, a curly-haired woman in a peach tennis outfit held a blouse at arm's length and eyed it tentatively. Finally, she asked the saleswoman at Champagne how it would go with items she had purchased earlier at the elegant Redondo Beach boutique. "No, that wouldn't be good," the clerk replied, banking on the principle that honesty is the best policy to keep customers coming back.
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