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January 31, 2003
BEST BUYS For the past 25 years, Detlev Rothe at Tops has designed clothing for famous musicians, movie and TV stars and for MTV. Rothe is not a name dropper, but his celebrity client list is very impressive. He says 90% of the women's and men's clothing is made here; half vintage fabrics, half hand-painted silk. Styles are classic since Rothe is very respectful of fabrics. The blouse he designed of 60-year old silk with Chinese embroidery can be worn years from now. "What makes me happy is when a client says they're still wearing a piece I made in 1982," Rothe said.
September 12, 2008
Surfers gathered at Rockpile on Tuesday for a paddle-out to remember “Jungle” Jack Denny, a legendary Laguna Beach surfer and clothing designer who died of cancer Sept. 9, 1998, at the age of 33. Denny founded World Jungle clothing, an early and ground-breaking surfwear company, which started out in 1990 with a $9,000 investment and grew to a $1 million enterprise in two years. Denny spent six years designing for Gotcha, and also worked for MCD and Bash clothing, before launching his own business.
By Dave Brooks | June 9, 2006
Christmas in June? Holiday fashions were on display last week for an Action Sports Retail exhibition at the Newport Dunes. Several dozen clothing brands set up booths at the holiday showcase, designed to connect clothing companies like O'Neil and watchmaker Vestal with retail buyers from department stores, clothing chains and surf shops looking to make their orders for Christmas shoppers. "It's the only season where there's not a show and it's an important time for retailers," said Dave Rosenberger of Quiksilver, which helped create the show.
June 10, 2005
Many area businesses are offering discounts or free goods and services to help Bluebird Canyon residents still suffering the effects of the June 1 landslide. Financial services Wells Fargo Bank will contribute $5,000 to the Laguna Beach Relief Fund and provide case-by-case assistance by extending terms and deferring payments on existing mortgage and home equity loans. Call (800) 932-6736. South County Bank, (949) 464-2800, will cash checks, make loans.
March 23, 2007
Alleged shoplifter caught after fleeing A determined shop owner followed and caught a 38-year-old Australian woman who had allegedly stolen $902 worth of clothing from a shop on the 1400 block of South Coast Highway and fled down an alley at about 1:30 p.m. on March 17, Kelso said. Passersby helped the shop owner keep tabs on the alleged suspect, pointing out her whereabouts as she ran, reportedly shedding stolen clothing along the way. The shop owner chased the suspect into a dry cleaner, and police arrested her. The clothing was recovered.
May 2, 2003
BEST BUYS For such a tiny store, Oogly Booglyz 4 Kidz packs in a lot of darling kid's clothes, sizes newborn to 6. Owner Connie McGowan selects smaller clothing manufacturers not found in department stores, predominantly from California and some vintage dresses from EB Baby. Daddy- and mommy-and-me outfits, handmade jewelry, local hand knitted items, hair accessories, sunglasses and infant shoes from Goody Goody. A Hawaiian line called Hawaii Five-O is popular, as well as car seat covers in Hawaiian prints.
June 7, 2002
Thurston Middle School student Shannon Sweeney was honored by the American Lung Assn. of California during the Clean Air Awards. Sweeney placed third in the fourth through sixth grade category for her poster expressing the importance of clean air. . . . Jennifer and Adam Johnson announced the grand opening of C.J. Rose, a unique clothing boutique. The collection includes clothing from lines such as Sul Denim, Vintage 501, Maje of Paris, Marrika Nakk, Kamellia, Sandra McCray, Yemee and Nikki K. C.J. Rose is in the Lumberyard Mall.
July 8, 2005
Cindy Frazier Owners of a number of downtown women's clothing boutiques are fit to be tied over plans by a larger retailer to rent the 381 Forest Avenue location formerly occupied by a Banana Republic store. The small shop owners plan to ask the City Council on July 19 to overturn a conditional-use permit granted June 22 by the Planning Commission to John Parros for his Sophea Parros women's clothing store. The shop owners want the council to invoke restrictions against "duplication" of retail shops in the downtown area, arguing that the area doesn't need another women's clothing store -- particularly one that sells the same clothing lines they do. They also accuse Parros of "stealing" merchandise lines they have been selling, and they fear the larger retailer could drive them under by lowering prices.
June 21, 2002
Suzie Harrison SHE IS Making the shopping experience a friendly one. Giving her all Walking in downtown Laguna, well actually anywhere in Laguna, there are a myriad of choices for shopping, entertainment, dining and art. One of the things that can set a place apart is the level of customer service it provides. At Zazu Boutique, you'll always find exemplary shopping satisfaction because of the hard work and friendly, outgoing customer service Kelly Brown has brought to light since she began working at Zazu in January.
July 30, 2013
Two businesses in close proximity on South Coast Highway were robbed a minute apart late Saturday afternoon in Laguna Beach, police said. The thefts occurred in the 400 and 500 blocks at 5:54 p.m. and 5:55 p.m. Saturday, according to the police log. In the later incident, a man and a woman stole $600 worth of clothes and a necklace from 550 S. Coast Hwy, the log said. The man, tall and dark-skinned, allegedly paid for a portion of the merchandise, but didn't pay for the rest, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email.
By Joanna Clay | August 29, 2012
A woman said she was just trying to enjoy a cupcake in her car when someone who worked at a store nearby slapped her, according to Laguna Beach police. Officers responded to a call alleging battery in the 300 block of Broadway at about 1 p.m. Aug. 21, Sgt. Louise Callus said in an email. The woman told police she had come to buy a cupcake from Casey's Cupcakes. When she was parking she discovered that a car had parked in a way that required her to go into the space next to her, which caused her to take up two parking spaces, Callus said.
By Alisha Gomez, Special to the Coastline Pilot | April 5, 2012
Browsing through the racks of clothes and accessories on shelves at Roxanne's Designer Boutique, it seems like a typical shop one might find in Laguna Beach. But for Roxanne Peterson, the woman behind the name, the new store marks a fresh start. It's a new beginning away from the uncertainty of the past several months in which she watched the first shop she opened nine years ago slowly crumble. "I never took it personal," Peterson said about sales slowing at her original shop in Dana Point.
By Joanna Clay | January 12, 2012
When Collective Habit owner Ashley O'Leary got into a car accident, she turned a lemon into lemonade and used the insurance money to open her secondhand boutique last month. The new Laguna Niguel store is a family affair: Ashley O'Leary owns it with her husband, Mitch. Their two daughters, an infant and a toddler, frequently make appearances as patrons peruse the racks of gently worn, stylish clothing sold at affordable prices. Mitch's cousin, Jené Raes, is a partner. "It's great when you can come here with $100 and leave with a whole wardrobe," said Mitch, 29. "At Nordstrom you can barely walk away with a pair of pants.
By Joanna Clay, | June 16, 2011
Kids clad in plaid and western hats rotated through Top of the World's fifth-grade classrooms last week, taking a stab at projects with a pioneer's perseverance, whether it was hammering away at a tin horseshoe or carefully weaving fabric. The students got a taste of simpler times during TOW's annual Pioneer Day. "In social studies they study the westward movement, and we try to bring it to life for them," fifth-grade teacher Teryl Campbell said. The fifth-graders transported themselves to the time of covered wagons and Western migration — donning hats, mustaches, prairie dresses and bandanas.
By Joanna Clay, | June 2, 2011
The cause of death remained uncertain Thursday in the case of a Laguna Beach clothing designer, according to the Orange County coroner. Jonas Bevacqua, the co-founder of Irvine-based Lifted Research Group, also known as LRG, was found dead in his Bern Drive home by his father and fiancé. He was 34. The autopsy was completed Wednesday, and will require several weeks of studies for a final analysis. There were no signs of foul play, no trauma to the body and no evidence of a suicide.
By Joanna Clay, | May 26, 2011
Laguna Beach designer Charlotte Mills of Plum Pretty Sugar offers women an alternative to the shabby bathrobe with a feminine line she describes as "loungerie. " "I always had the idea of Plum Pretty Sugar as the art of getting ready," Mills said. "I think as women we spend so much time in the bathroom getting ready and we've got, like, some towel on. Once we're done, we put on our beautiful dress or gorgeous outfit. "Wouldn't it be nice if we could wear our robe or wear our tunic and feel beautiful all the way through the process?
By Joanna Clay, | March 24, 2011
At Blast Consignment shoppers get more than a good deal; they get a personal experience. Not only does owner Nikki Krohnfeldt make an effort to know your name, but she'll learn your tastes as well. The Laguna resident opened her designer consignment store March 3 and has been very content with response. On opening day, they kept their doors open past midnight because people were still shopping. Set in a quaint, converted cottage, Blast offers designer labels such as Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Guess, Versace, Michael Kors and many more at 65% to 90% off. They also carry vintage items dating from the 1920s.
By Barbara Diamond, | January 6, 2011
Eighteen families were known by Tuesday to have been displaced and 31 structures damaged by the flood and debris flows that terrorized Laguna residents on Dec. 22. For those families and the others less dramatically affected, the aftermath may be almost as daunting as the disaster. But the community, city government and the Laguna Relief and Resource Coalition are responding with compassion and the skills learned the hard way in past disasters. "The community, as always, has come forward," Ann Quilter said Tuesday at the City Council meeting.
By Ashley Breeding, | September 30, 2010
When Diane Cullings, a hobby seamstress and member of Laguna Presbyterian Church, came across an ad for Dresses for Africa, a Christian nonprofit that provides relief to children in orphanages in Central Africa, she decided to use her stitching skills for a good cause. "I had all of this fabric in the attic that my mother left behind for me, but I never knew what to do with it," she said. "This seemed like a wonderful way to use it. " Through Laguna Presbyterian and worldwide sewing group Nancy's Notions, a partner with Dresses for Africa, Cullings and local volunteers have been assembling sewing kits since the summer — comprised of fabric, patterns, bindings, elastics and instructions for three dresses — which are then distributed to volunteer sewers who make the dresses and return them to the organization.
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