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May 22, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Here's another reason to be annoyed at hipsters: They're driving up the price of beer. A recent study has found that the price of low- and mid-range beers has been climbing at U.S. bars and restaurants. And the guy who oversaw the study for Massachusetts-based research firm Restaurant Sciences said he thinks the popularity of Pabst Blue Ribbon could be the cause. “While all the attention has been on craft beers, the price of mainstay brands in the mid-price tier have risen more dramatically,” Research Sciences President Chuck Ellis said.
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July 19, 2009 | Melissa Magsaysay
The current trend in denim may be all about the distressed look, but Madewell is keeping its focus on basics with the launch of '37s -- a line of simple, straightforward, super-skinny jeans. Named for the year the Madewell label was started, '37s come in just one skinny fit, with five different washes that range from an edgy gray-and-black tie dye to a more conservative deep indigo. The eye-catching price: $59.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2011 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Beleaguered teen retailer Hot Topic Inc. announced the resignation of Chief Executive Betsy McLaughlin amid continuing weak sales and earnings. Board member Lisa Harper, a former CEO of children's retailer Gymboree Corp., is to take the helm of the City of Industry-based company, which operates 653 Hot Topic stores and 151 Torrid stores. McLaughlin, who became CEO in 2003, will stay three months to assist the transition, the company said Monday in a statement. Hot Topic has posted year-over-year revenue declines for seven straight quarters.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2010 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Founder and chief executive of Hudson Jeans, one of the nation's hottest premium denim brands. Hudson is best known for its Union Jack logo, hefty sticker price and advertising campaign that features Mick Jagger's daughter. With jeans sold at select boutiques and high-end stores in countries around the world, the company reportedly had annual sales last year of more than $50 million. The image: Kim's goal is to make Hudson Jeans a sought-after item, and he's won over a number of celebrities, including actress Angelina Jolie, soccer star David Beckham and actor Jude Law. He employs an in-house marketing team and uses a public relations company to create buzz on the Web. Hudson's Facebook page includes images of actress Renee Zellweger "rockin' a pair" of Hudson skinny jeans.
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February 1, 2009 | Emili Vesilind
I walked into my first-ever spinning class at the Burn Studio in Burbank recently, and immediately felt like the kid who brought carrot sticks to the slumber party. Slender women sailed around the room -- adjusting their bikes and pulling their hair back into neat ponytails -- clad in a sleek uniform of capri-length spandex pants paired with form-fitting athletic tank tops or midriff-baring sports bras.
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March 18, 2007 | Steffie Nelson, Special to The Times
"LOOK at this suit!" said stylist Jessica Paster, holding up a double-breasted, summer-weight wool cream blazer and straight-legged trousers, a sample from the forthcoming M by Madonna collection for H&M. "Put it with a pair of Louboutins and a pair of yellow diamond earrings and who's gonna know if it's Dolce & Gabbana or not? No one." It's an open secret of the celebrity styling biz: Even those who can afford D&G wear H&M. Since the Swedish cheap chic behemoth arrived in Southern California last fall, stylists such as Paster have tapped H&M to dress celebrity clients.
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October 14, 2007 | Melissa Magsaysay, Times Staff Writer
DURING the last few seasons, we've seen the return of 1960s patent-leather go-go boots, 1930s-era brogues, the classic 1950s ballet flat and the 1970s platform. But spats? That's right, they're not just for Mr. Peanut anymore. Spat-like flourishes are showing up clinging to high heels, looking like a gladiator's leather armor, and on fall's must-have booties, which are being embellished with ankle buttons and straps. The Hives were onto the trend early.
WORLD
January 24, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - Behind the thick walls of one of Kabul's newest districts, Tooba Hotak practices driving her parents' Mercedes in a parking lot lined with cream-colored apartment buildings. The car lurches as she tries shifting gears, but the 16-year-old drives on, past a cluster of stores and a playground full of children chasing one another in the snow. Later, she slips into a pair of fluffy slippers for a chemistry class in her family's plush living room. PHOTOS: Afghanistan's new generation Tooba is being home-schooled in the British education system.
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February 10, 2008 | Erin Weinger, Times Staff Writer
It's an odd pairing for sure. Anti-establishment designer Tara Subkoff, whose label Imitation of Christ famously held its first New York show in a funeral parlor, is teaming up with the bubbly mall retail chain Bebe on a limited edition collection. Compared to her work for Imitation of Christ (another runway show featured nude models pushing vacuum cleaners), this is decidedly mainstream, and a departure from her vintage aesthetic.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 1993 | RUTH REICHL
At 7:30 Babylon has the forlorn look of an empty restaurant. Since we are the only customers, we ask to be seated in a booth. "Oh no," says the supercilious maitre d', "those are reserved for the investors." The waiter pops up once a minute to see if we are ready to order. When we choose paella he says disapprovingly, "That takes 20 minutes, do you really want it?"
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