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December 16, 2007 | Michelle Dalton Tyree, Special to The Times
Once the sole domain of underpaid, overdressed minions of fashion, the sample sale has gone so mainstream, it's practically its own segment of retailing. And now, two new websites -- the New York-based Gilt Groupe ( www.gilt.com) and the Los Angeles-based HauteLook ( www.hautelook.com) -- are bringing the sample sale to the Internet. Both sites offer designer-specific sales, one to three times per week. Sales last 48 hours, and members at both sites must register to "attend."
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December 19, 2012 | By Susan Denley
Luxury watch retailer Westime celebrated the opening of a new flagship store in West Hollywood last week with three days of festivities. It all began Thursday with a cocktail party sponsored by Los Angeles Confidential magazine. On Friday, Westime threw a whiskey tasting for VIP clients, including a scotch master class taught by Martin Daraz, brand ambassador for Macallan and Highland Park Scotch whiskeys. On Saturday, Haute Living magazine hosted another cocktail party featuring a display of art by Marcello Pozzi, a line-up of luxury automobiles provided by O'Gara Coach and a silent auction benefiting After School All Stars.
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July 6, 1995 | MAUREEN SAJBEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In New York, you walk down Broadway and 7th Avenue in the central fashion district and gather up flyers advertising sample sales. Here in Southern California, you just check to be sure your fax machine is on. Drive-by shopping at yard sales is a Southern California phenomenon, but when it comes to advertising sample sales, the whole system moves underground, well out of the public eye. It travels via fax, e-mail, mail and word of mouth.
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December 12, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn
A massive designer sample sale, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in downtown Los Angeles, is being staged for the benefit of East Coast communities affected by Superstorm Sandy. Just in time for some fashion-forward holiday shopping, a charitable organization called Fashion Girls for Humanity has organized the two-day sale at the Cooper Design Center, with 100% of proceeds -- that's the admission fee as well as all funds generated from the sale of items -- going to two nonprofit groups working to rebuild the affected areas; Architecture for Humanity and Waves for Water . We're told more than 100 designers' wares will be on offer, and judging by the impressive roster of luxury brands on the list, the event could raise some serious dough.
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June 29, 1995 | MAUREEN SAJBEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In New York, you walk down Broadway and 7th Avenue in the central fashion district and gather up hand-out flyers advertising sample sales. Here in L.A., you just check to be sure your fax machine is on. Drive-by shopping at yard sales is an L.A. phenomenon, but when it comes to advertising sample sales, the whole system moves underground, well out of the public eye. It travels via fax, e-mail, mail and word of mouth.
BUSINESS
November 9, 1987 | MARTHA GROVES
Signs in the lobby of the California Mart note emphatically: "There are NO SAMPLES for sale in the Mart today." Labels in the showroom garments read: "Sample, Not to Be Sold." But savvy shoppers know better. On the last Friday of every month, many of the building's 2,000 showrooms post discreet "Samples for Sale" signs in their windows.
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December 19, 2012 | By Susan Denley
Luxury watch retailer Westime celebrated the opening of a new flagship store in West Hollywood last week with three days of festivities. It all began Thursday with a cocktail party sponsored by Los Angeles Confidential magazine. On Friday, Westime threw a whiskey tasting for VIP clients, including a scotch master class taught by Martin Daraz, brand ambassador for Macallan and Highland Park Scotch whiskeys. On Saturday, Haute Living magazine hosted another cocktail party featuring a display of art by Marcello Pozzi, a line-up of luxury automobiles provided by O'Gara Coach and a silent auction benefiting After School All Stars.
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August 8, 2010 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times
Downtown L.A's Fashion District can be a daunting landscape of concrete and pedestrian traffic. The scene starts with the bustle of ground-floor businesses, most of them having something to do with apparel or accessories — some open to the public, some to wholesalers only. (And some of the businesses don't post "retail" or "wholesale" signs, which can prove frustrating to the newcomer.) In addition to storefronts for shoes, handbags, menswear and women's wear, the more than 4,000 businesses in the district include design offices, sales showrooms, fabric shops and manufacturing facilities that feed California's younger, fashion-forward apparel industry.
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May 20, 2012 | By Booth Moore and Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
Looking for a stylish read? Here are some very fashionable books out this spring. "City of Style" (Harper Collins, $21.99) is an approachable field guide to L.A. style in all its incarnations, whether Laurel Canyon bohemians or Mexican American cholas, written by former Los Angeles Times Image section staff writer Melissa Magsaysay. "L.A. style is ever-changing and moving in a direction not solely dictated by what's happening on the runway. It blends the past with current trends and a lifestyle determined by the varied landscape, golden light and sense of freedom," Magsaysay writes in the introduction.
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November 29, 2009 | By Max Padilla
If you prefer to buy gifts that also give back, you may want to purchase an admission ticket to shop Project Angel Food's Divine Design sale. The annual event, now in its 17th year, features mini-boutiques of luxury fashion (Marc Jacobs, Elizabeth & James, Diane von Furstenberg, Seven for All Mankind) at sample sale prices with 100% of proceeds benefiting Project Angel Food. Over two decades, Project Angel Food has delivered more than 6 million meals to those debilitated by AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses.
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November 21, 2012 | By Susan Denley
Colorful handpainted reindeer in a variety of unique patterns deck out Westfield Century City this holiday season, thanks to the Reindeer Project. Eleven acrylic deer were painted by artists including Aaron Axelrod (who designed two reindeer), Couto Brothers , Yolanda González , Man One , Greg Miller , Max Neutra , Marilinda Rivera , Analia Saban , Johnny Taylor and Robert Vargas . The 12th deer was painted by Inner-City Arts students.
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May 20, 2012 | By Booth Moore and Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
Looking for a stylish read? Here are some very fashionable books out this spring. "City of Style" (Harper Collins, $21.99) is an approachable field guide to L.A. style in all its incarnations, whether Laurel Canyon bohemians or Mexican American cholas, written by former Los Angeles Times Image section staff writer Melissa Magsaysay. "L.A. style is ever-changing and moving in a direction not solely dictated by what's happening on the runway. It blends the past with current trends and a lifestyle determined by the varied landscape, golden light and sense of freedom," Magsaysay writes in the introduction.
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November 7, 2010 | Emili Vesilind, Special to the Los Angeles Times
There aren't too many places where you can pick up a striped sweater and a swordfish sandwich in the same spot. Such is the practical magic of Tommy Bahama Laguna Beach ? a new bar, grill and retail store housed under the same roof. The shop 'n' snack outpost ? which features a full-service restaurant, a stocked Tommy Bahama store and a bar with a view of the sparkling Pacific ? is the 13th combination store-eatery for the island-inspired clothing company. But really, it's the first of its kind for the company, said Terry Pillow, chief executive of Tommy Bahama.
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August 8, 2010 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times
Downtown L.A's Fashion District can be a daunting landscape of concrete and pedestrian traffic. The scene starts with the bustle of ground-floor businesses, most of them having something to do with apparel or accessories — some open to the public, some to wholesalers only. (And some of the businesses don't post "retail" or "wholesale" signs, which can prove frustrating to the newcomer.) In addition to storefronts for shoes, handbags, menswear and women's wear, the more than 4,000 businesses in the district include design offices, sales showrooms, fabric shops and manufacturing facilities that feed California's younger, fashion-forward apparel industry.
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February 14, 2010 | Max Padilla, For the Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles is a luxury testing ground where brands such as Prada and Chanel try out new retail concepts influenced by Southern California's acclaimed modern architecture, sunlight and indoor-outdoor lifestyle. With the debut of its Beverly Hills flagship, Missoni also takes advantage of the location to bathe the fashion house's seasonal collections, accessories and housewares in natural light. The Missoni store is a glass, steel and concrete box wrapped in woven aluminum bands (inspired by the house's signature knitwear)
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November 29, 2009 | By Max Padilla
If you prefer to buy gifts that also give back, you may want to purchase an admission ticket to shop Project Angel Food's Divine Design sale. The annual event, now in its 17th year, features mini-boutiques of luxury fashion (Marc Jacobs, Elizabeth & James, Diane von Furstenberg, Seven for All Mankind) at sample sale prices with 100% of proceeds benefiting Project Angel Food. Over two decades, Project Angel Food has delivered more than 6 million meals to those debilitated by AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses.
NEWS
November 21, 2012 | By Susan Denley
Colorful handpainted reindeer in a variety of unique patterns deck out Westfield Century City this holiday season, thanks to the Reindeer Project. Eleven acrylic deer were painted by artists including Aaron Axelrod (who designed two reindeer), Couto Brothers , Yolanda González , Man One , Greg Miller , Max Neutra , Marilinda Rivera , Analia Saban , Johnny Taylor and Robert Vargas . The 12th deer was painted by Inner-City Arts students.
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November 15, 2009 | Max Padilla
The Internet has changed the way Americans shop: Online retailers compete with mom-and-pop shops on inventory and pricing. Inversely, the Internet also enables a small regional company such as Hamilton Shirts to sell its wares to a broader clientele. Hamilton Shirts is a family-owned, 126-year-old manufacturer in Houston that caters to Texas ranchers, oilmen and Fortune 500 chief executives. Since the 1980s, Hamilton has made private-label button-downs for Barneys New York, for which it still produces a Hamilton Bespoke collection of luxury tailored shirts.
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November 15, 2009 | Max Padilla
The Internet has changed the way Americans shop: Online retailers compete with mom-and-pop shops on inventory and pricing. Inversely, the Internet also enables a small regional company such as Hamilton Shirts to sell its wares to a broader clientele. Hamilton Shirts is a family-owned, 126-year-old manufacturer in Houston that caters to Texas ranchers, oilmen and Fortune 500 chief executives. Since the 1980s, Hamilton has made private-label button-downs for Barneys New York, for which it still produces a Hamilton Bespoke collection of luxury tailored shirts.
HOME & GARDEN
March 28, 2009 | David A. Keeps
Furnishings by Ligne Roset are reduced up to 50% during the warehouse and floor-sample sale at Linea in Santa Monica. Ligne Roset is known for sculptural, high-density foam sofas such as the Moel, shown here. Created by Parisian designer Inga Sempe, it consists of a quilted seat and a flared back that zips onto the frame. Regularly $5,825, this model in white leather has been reduced to $3,990; a love seat version is $3,209.
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