January 24, 2011 |
Venture capital investor Charlie Federman took his daughters to a Paramus, N.J., mall one day and went home with an idea for an Internet business with the potential to deliver a coveted demographic: teenage girls who like to shop. Federman, a managing partner of Crossbar Capital, is the founder of PlumWillow, a website that piggybacks on Facebook to create a social shopping network for girls. Federman and Crossbar Capital provided the seed money for PlumWillow, and he put together a team of executives experienced in launching Internet and technology companies.
November 28, 2013 |
At 9 a.m., stores such as Old Navy and Banana Republic were opening on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, hoping to lure Thanksgiving shoppers with discounts and other deals. But very few showed up. The emptiness was almost eerie, with no lines of exhausted bargain hunters who'd waited through the night or crowds of shoving shoppers. Instead, the streets were populated mostly by employees heading to stores and passerby dropping into Starbucks or Coffee Bean for a pick-me-up.
July 19, 1992 |
It may be a variant of other compulsive behaviors like gambling or overeating, and because of the recession, it got a lot more international media attention. The problem, as described by University of Minnesota psychiatrist Gary Christenson, is compulsive shopping. The typical compulsive shopper is a 37-year-old married woman whose family income is $65,000, reported Christenson, who studied 24 compulsive shoppers and compared them with 24 normal spenders.
March 27, 2011
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December 2, 2010 |
Shoppers logged on in force for Cyber Monday, spending just over $1 billion at online retailers. It was the heaviest online shopping day in history, representing a 16% increase from last year's $887-million Cyber Monday haul, according to research firm ComScore. The shopping bonanza bookends the Thanksgiving weekend along with Black Friday. Whereas the day after Thanksgiving is associated with hordes cramming into malls at the break of dawn, Cyber Monday deals are designed to draw buyers online.
April 17, 2011 |
On any given day, in downtown lofts, Santa Monica ateliers and dozens of studios across Los Angeles, dressing rooms are filled with men and women who are slipping into suits, dresses and jeans that fit as if they were made just for them — because they were. They are donning custom-made wedding gowns, dress shirts, even entire wardrobes. Whether they were propelled there by the frustrations of poorly fitting commercial clothes or by a sense of style that isn't part of the trend du jour, they've discovered the rewards of made-to-order clothing.
November 22, 2013 |
Los Angeles residents will outspend fellow Americans this holiday season, shelling out $428 on average for gifts compared with the $421 national average, according to a report from Deloitte. The consulting firm surveyed 5,018 consumers nationally, with 506 of them from Los Angeles. The amount is a slight drop from last year, when Angelenos on average said they would spend $430 buying presents. This time around, however, they'll lavish their funds on gift cards, making it the most popular holiday item, outpacing clothing.
December 26, 2010 |
It's the day after Christmas, and you're staring down a small mound of gifts you'd never ? not in a million years ? purchase for yourself. How to flip that reindeer sweater into a chic cashmere scarf without getting into a tangle with a salesperson? We asked Trina Gupta, founder of Los Angeles-based personal shopping firm Petite Style Studio, to give us her tips on how to return or exchange unwanted merchandise with little to no fuss. Delay and expect to pay "Time is the biggest factor when returning something," Gupta said, "because the stores want to be able to resell the product, and the longer you wait, the less relevant that product becomes.