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February 13, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Uniqlo, a popular Japanese apparel retailer often compared to American brand Gap, will open its first stores in Southern California this fall at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles and South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. The company already has more than 1,300 stores worldwide, including 17 in the U.S. Of those, five are up and running in the Bay Area. The first store in the chain, which is known for its wide array of basics, opened in Hiroshima in 1984. Uniqlo is owned by Japanese holding company Fast Retailing Co., parent to Helmut Lang and Theory.
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April 5, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
French contemporary labels are expanding their retail presence globally at a fast clip. Besides Sandro, several others are moving into Los Angeles, where their takes on effortlessly undone chic resonate particularly well. They all have similar offerings (biker jackets and skinny jeans are mainstays for each label, for example, and I challenge you to distinguish them from one another). But there are subtle differences between the brands in terms of look and feel. Maje The look: Casual but polished women's wear, resort-ready glam with a heady dose of embroidery and lace.
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October 1, 1991 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A videotape played Monday in a Los Angeles courtroom showed that Latasha Harlins had turned away from a scuffle with a Korean grocer when the black teen-ager was shot in the back of the head. "This is not television. This is not the movies. This is real life," Deputy District Attorney Roxane Carvajal had warned the jury. "You will see Latasha being killed. She will die in front of your eyes."
HOME & GARDEN
April 5, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
On a recent weekday afternoon, the South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa is inhabited by an eclectic crowd - young hipsters sipping lattes at Portola Coffee Lab, professionals in business suits nibbling on carnitas de pato at Taco Maria, moms pushing strollers, and employees from nearby businesses simply enjoying the open-air courtyards. Designers can be spotted in the design showrooms too, as they stop to eye the furnishings on display in the more than 20 stores specializing in home design.
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January 4, 1991 | NIKKI FINKE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Tucked away in the basement-level shopping arcade of the Beverly Hills Hotel is Amir, a tiny men's store whose motto is "understated elegance." Maybe, but don't confuse understated with underpriced. At this store, owned by a single-named, 35-year-old, Iranian-born former fashion model, private-label tuxedos start at $2,600, leather jackets at $4,500. And a vicuna sports jacket sells for $40,000--a price tag sure to make some customers reconsider before reaching for their Platinum Card.
NEWS
March 3, 1992 | CAREY GOLDBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first sex shop in Russian history opened to the public on Monday--only, please, its management insisted, don't call it a sex shop. "We call it 'an intimacy salon,' " director Alla Burashnikova said as she sat primly in a corner watching deeply interested Russians examine glow-in-the-dark condoms, an inflatable woman and six sets of shelves holding probably the broadest array of sexual devices ever gathered in one public place on Russian soil. "We propagandize health," Burashnikova said.
BUSINESS
July 31, 2010 | By Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times
The gig: As founder and chief executive of Forever 21 Inc., Do Won "Don" Chang oversees one of the world's fastest-growing fashion retailers, with 457 stores in 15 countries. From his office near downtown Los Angeles, he oversees an army of more than 20,000 employees ringing up sales of the season's trendiest designs from Chiba (Japan) to Chico (Calif.). Chock full o'clothes: Growing up in South Korea, Chang worked in coffee shops. So when he emigrated to California in 1981 at age 18, he figured hot joe would be his ticket to the American dream.
BUSINESS
September 10, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Ron Burkle, who became a billionaire reviving faltering supermarket chains, will try to turn the money-losing Fresh & Easy stores into a profitable venture. Burkle's Yucaipa Cos. has agreed to buy the El Segundo chain for an undisclosed amount from British supermarket giant Tesco, which is bailing from the U.S. scene after losing about $2 billion over five years. Yucaipa will acquire more than 150 of Fresh & Easy's 200 mostly Southern California stores and its Riverside distribution and production facilities, keeping more than 4,000 employees.
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July 28, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
When online eyewear purveyor Warby Parker launched its website in February 2010, the goal was simple: to leverage the power of the Web to offer designer-quality eyewear at less than $100 directly to the masses. Three years later, Warby Parker has sold an estimated half a million pairs of prescription glasses and non-prescription sunnies, attracted an all-star roster of style-savvy investors (J. Crew Chief Executive Millard "Mickey" Drexler and Kate Spade co-founder Andy Spade among them)
BUSINESS
February 23, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
The gig: Amit Kleinberger, 33, has been the chief executive of Menchie's Frozen Yogurt since 2008. From his company's headquarters in Encino, he oversees what has become the world's largest self-serve frozen yogurt franchise, with more than 370 stores. The stores serve sweet and tart flavors of yogurt, with a choice of candy, fruit and nut toppings. There are about 50 Menchie's locations in California. An early start: As a kid, Kleinberger saw the 1987 movie "The Secret of My Success," which stars a young college grad - played by Michael J. Fox - navigating the corporate world in New York City.
HEALTH
April 4, 2014 | By Dana Sullivan Kilroy
Not milk? Choosing milk for your morning cereal or coffee used to be pretty simple: skim, low-fat or whole. These days, though, market shelves and refrigerators are crowded with an array of alternatives: soy, almond, rice, hemp and more. While some people opt for these beverages because they're vegan, they have allergies or because they're lactose intolerant, the beverages are increasingly popular for another reason too. "We're all being encouraged to eat a more plant-based diet, and some of these products fit that category," says Andrea Giancoli, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a policy analyst at the Beach Cities Health District Blue Zones Project in Hermosa Beach, an initiative to develop healthier communities.
FOOD
March 27, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Ten years ago, it would have been difficult to find more than a few brands of mezcal around town. Now most wine shops that also sell liquor have at least a few of the best-known labels. And some have gone deep into the subject with dozens of labels and expressions of mezcal. Here's where to start your education and, in some cases, get an advanced degree in this fascinating spirit. Bar & Garden: Small but well-curated selection, including Alipús, Fidencio, Ilegal, Los Nahuales.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Any parent with teenagers can tell you how tough it is to keep abreast of their fashion whims. Even more difficult: doing it for a living and making a profit at it. Tilly's Inc. of Irvine is a specialty retailer that targets teens and young adults with action sports clothing, shoes and accessories. Tilly's says on its website that it "offers one of the largest assortments of brands and merchandise from the top players in the surf, skate, motocross and lifestyle apparel industries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - Law enforcement in California may continue to collect DNA from people arrested for felonies - even if they are never formally charged - and store the genetic profiles in a criminal database, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. An 11-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court decision that refused to shut down the state's practice of swabbing individuals for DNA upon arrest. The 9th Circuit said California's practice was "clearly" constitutional under a Supreme Court decision last year that upheld a similar, but narrower, program in Maryland.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Starbucks Corp. will extend its post-4 p.m. Evenings menu, which includes alcohol, to thousands of stores nationwide. The program is already available at more than 25 locations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Portland and Atlanta, according to the company's website. At the four participating Southland Starbucks, the Evenings selection includes Parmesan-crusted chicken skewers with honey-dijon sauce, chocolate fondue with a dried fruit medley and madeleine cookies, beer and wine from Argentina, Italy and California.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2014 | By Todd Martens
What does boy band sensation One Direction have in common with alt-rock-era stars Veruca Salt and R.E.M.? They're all among the acts who revealed that they'll be participating in the 2014 edition of Record Store Day, a promotional event geared toward getting consumers to shop at participating indie retailers. A now annual affair in which artists big and small release limited-run editions of rare or hard-to-find pieces, the full slate of participants will be unveiled on Thursday during a news conference at Hollywood's Amoeba Music . Public Enemy's Chuck D is scheduled to be on hand, as is L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple made headlines Friday by announcing iBeacon, new software that pushes notifications to users as they walk around the company's retail stores. But what is iBeacon and how exactly does it work? Essentially iBeacon is nothing more than software that any Apple iOS device, such as the iPhone and iPad, is capable of using. PHOTOS: Top 10 ways to take advantage of the 'sharing economy' IBeacon doesn't track users. IOS devices using iBeacon simply send out signals through Bluetooth, similar to the way sonar works on submarines.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2011 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Teen clothing chain Anchor Blue Inc. has filed for bankruptcy again and will close all 117 stores, most of them in California. The Corona chain began holding a going-out-of-business sale late last week, with markdowns of 40% to 60%, according to firms that have been hired to run the liquidation. The sale will continue until all merchandise is sold. Founded four decades ago as Miller's Outpost, the chain specialized in selling jeans, casual wear and accessories. By 1989 the popular family-oriented apparel chain had expanded to more than 300 stores in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and other states.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2014 | By Hannah Kuchler
Like bacteria, big data are lurking in the stomachs of cows. Some farmers are using sensors and software to analyze it and predict when a cow is getting ill. Just like customers, cows do not always speak out when something is wrong. But companies can use data to predict potential risks and opportunities in cows and customers alike. The message of a new book, "Big Data @Work," by Thomas H. Davenport, a fellow of the MIT Center for Digital Business, is that companies are only beginning to understand the questions they can ask of their vast stores of data - and how to build the internal structures to make the most of it. "Big data" is a fashionable, sometimes overused term for the vast amounts of information that can now be stored because of the growth of online activity and the low cost of storage.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple appears to be the latest entity to jump on the selfie bandwagon, adding a new section to its App Store dedicated solely to apps that are ideal for taking the self-portrait-style pictures. The Cupertino, Calif., tech company appears to have added a featured section, titled "Sharing Selfies," Thursday afternoon. The section is used to promote various apps, including Snapchat, Frontback, Everyday and Picr. The section can be found in both the mobile and desktop versions of the Apple App Store for iOS devices.
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