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February 9, 2013 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Lawyer-turned-serial-entrepreneur Brian Lee, 41, is pulling double duty as the chief executive of two celebrity-backed e-commerce websites: ShoeDazzle, co-founded with Kim Kardashian, and Honest Co., co-founded with Jessica Alba. The companies are headquartered in Santa Monica and offer customers monthly subscription plans in addition to typical a la carte shopping for shoes and baby products, respectively. ShoeDazzle has more than 15 million registered users and last year posted $100 million in revenue, up 80% from 2011; it has raised $66 million from investors including venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.
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February 26, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Singer Gwen Stefani is also a creative whirlwind in the world of fashion. She launched the womenswear line L.A.M.B. in 2004 and expanded in 2005 with the Harajuku Lovers line. Starting in July, she plans to offer a capsule collection of lingerie in collaboration with Hanky Panky , which the New York Daily news details here . But you don't have to wait till summer to wear something new from Stefani. Starting Wednesday, ShoeDazzle will carry an exclusive footwear and handbag collection by the singer called gx by Gwen Stefani.
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August 21, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Rivals ShoeDazzle and JustFab, L.A. fashion websites that sell women's shoes, will merge after months of negotiations. The companies said the merger would create the world's largest fashion subscription e-commerce company, with more than $400 million in annual revenue and 33 million members. Financial details and other terms of the deal, announced Wednesday, were not disclosed. JustFab co-CEOs Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler will keep their titles at the combined company, while ShoeDazzle CEO Brian Lee will become a member of the board of directors.
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August 21, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Rivals ShoeDazzle and JustFab, L.A. fashion websites that sell women's shoes, will merge after months of negotiations. The companies said the merger would create the world's largest fashion subscription e-commerce company, with more than $400 million in annual revenue and 33 million members. Financial details and other terms of the deal, announced Wednesday, were not disclosed. JustFab co-CEOs Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler will keep their titles at the combined company, while ShoeDazzle CEO Brian Lee will become a member of the board of directors.
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February 26, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Singer Gwen Stefani is also a creative whirlwind in the world of fashion. She launched the womenswear line L.A.M.B. in 2004 and expanded in 2005 with the Harajuku Lovers line. Starting in July, she plans to offer a capsule collection of lingerie in collaboration with Hanky Panky , which the New York Daily news details here . But you don't have to wait till summer to wear something new from Stefani. Starting Wednesday, ShoeDazzle will carry an exclusive footwear and handbag collection by the singer called gx by Gwen Stefani.
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December 29, 2011 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Once a month, you can automatically receive in the mail a bottle of wine, a box of organic fruit and now, a pair of sequined stilettos. In a cyber twist to the traditional monthly sales clubs, shoe membership websites have become a hit among fashion-forward women, who say they bring together the convenience and affordability of shopping online with the personalized experience offered in a boutique. "This is fashion of the future," said celebrity fashion designer Kimora Lee Simmons, who recently signed on as president, creative director and an investor of JustFabulous Inc., an El Segundo membership club.
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August 23, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Katy Perry dresses like Marie Antoinette in a teaser ad for her soon-to-be-released new fragrance, Killer Queen. But in the ad, it's Katy who rebels against the royal stereotype, slashing the skirt off her dress, tossing her wig and kicking over the throne. Victoria Beckham wants her empire to grow. And she really liked living in Los Angeles when husband David played soccer for the Galaxy, she tells the New York Times' Sarah Lyall, because she liked the openness, the climate and the work ethic.
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January 8, 2013 | By Susan Denley
"Project Runway's" Heidi Klum is on the February cover of Marie Claire and inside she talks about her divorce from Seal ("It's not what I wanted...but it's not a real problem"), marrying again ("I don't think so") and younger lovers (“I can understand why a woman finds a young man attractive, because the truth is that when men get older, their shape changes. Younger men train more, and when the clothes come off, it is nice to look at a sexy, ripped body. But I am realistic. I'm turning 40 next year; I don't think I could deal with waking up next to a 25-year-old.” The magazine is out Jan. 15, and "Project Runway" returns for an 11th season on Jan. 24. [Marie Claire]
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February 26, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Khloe Kardashian is on the cover of the April issue of Cosmopolitan magazine (which goes on sale Tuesday), and inside she talks about the importance of family -- in an optimistic way given the bumps and disruptions that have taken place among the Kardashians. She says stepdad Bruce Jenner, recently split from her mom, Kris Jenner, is very much a part of her life. About her personal life, which includes her own split from Lamar Odom, she says, "I don't have any regrets. I wouldn't change a thing.
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May 12, 2012 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
LegalZoom.com Inc., an online provider of legal services for consumers and small businesses, has filed to raise as much as $120 million in an initial public offering. The Glendale company was founded in 1999 and offers self-help legal documents such as divorce and bankruptcy forms, real estate leases, prenuptial agreements and wills. The company has been credited with helping shake up the legal industry by making it simple for people to bypass lawyers. LegalZoom has served about 2 million customers during the last decade, it said in its filing Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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February 9, 2013 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Lawyer-turned-serial-entrepreneur Brian Lee, 41, is pulling double duty as the chief executive of two celebrity-backed e-commerce websites: ShoeDazzle, co-founded with Kim Kardashian, and Honest Co., co-founded with Jessica Alba. The companies are headquartered in Santa Monica and offer customers monthly subscription plans in addition to typical a la carte shopping for shoes and baby products, respectively. ShoeDazzle has more than 15 million registered users and last year posted $100 million in revenue, up 80% from 2011; it has raised $66 million from investors including venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.
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February 8, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Booking appointments is one of life's pesky hassles. Your favorite restaurant never seems to pick up the phone and doesn't use OpenTable, your massage therapist prefers calls but your hair stylist prefers texts, your yoga studio uses its own online scheduler. By the time you finally get through to someone, the appointment time you want isn't even available. Start-up MyTime , which officially launched Thursday in Los Angeles only, is eliminating those various channels by consolidating appointments onto one site.
BUSINESS
May 5, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
Not many start-ups hit profitability from the get-go. The Los Angeles-based developer of the Whisper app might be the exception. The iOS app, developed by childhood friends and neighbors Michael Heyward and Brad Brooks, allows users to anonymously share and post their ideas and “deepest, darkest secrets” through pictures and texts.  The sharing platform (data is not stored) launched officially last November and already has more than 1 million users. The app is free but its direct-messaging feature has to be purchased, and according to iTunes, those purchases have made it one of the top sellers in the digital store.
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