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Quiksilver Sells Retailer to Rival

Quiksilver Inc. has sold online retailer Surfdome.com in the United Kingdom to Australia-based rival SurfStitch for $45 million, according to the Australian Financial Review.

By Mediha DiMartino November 10, 2014 9:38 a.m.   Share
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PE Firm Invests in Apparel Company

Private equity firm Altamont Capital Partners in Palo Alto said it’s made a strategic investment in Cypress-based Hybrid Apparel.

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Sanuk Founder Leaves for Tea Brand

Sanuk USA LLC founder Jeff Kelley said he will “transition from an active role” at the Irvine-based footwear brand by the end of the year.

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Wet Seal Revises Loan Terms With BofA

Wet Seal Inc. said it amended its loan terms with Bank of America N.A. and will now provide reports on the value of its assets to the lender on a weekly basis instead of once a month as previously agreed.

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Sanuk Founder Leaves for Tea Brand

Jeff Kelley, founder of Sanuk USA LLC, said he will “transition from an active role” at the Irvine-based footwear brand by the end of the year.

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Wet Seal Revises Loan Terms With BofA

Wet Seal Inc. said it amended its contract with Bank of America N.A. and will now provide reports on the value of its assets to the lender on a weekly basis instead of once a month as previously agreed.

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Brand Affinity in BK, Seeks Bidder

Brand Affinity Technologies Inc. has hired Irvine-based GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group LLC to find potential bidders to acquire the cash-depleted advertising and social media company, according to a filing in bankruptcy court.

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New Campus HQ for Asics America

Asics America Corp. in Irvine has moved its headquarters 3 miles northwest to a campus at Lakeview Business Center that’s tailored to the recent trend toward creative office space.

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Yard House Sales Up 3.7%

Irvine-based Yard House saw quarterly same-store sales increase by 3.7% year-over-year according to the most recent report from its parent company, Darden Restaurants Inc., in Orlando, Fla.

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Mitsubishi Recalls SUVs

Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. is voluntarily recalling 54,779 Outlander Sport vehicles due to seat belt issues, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Juice It Up Taps VP for Growth

The parent company of Irvine-based Juice It Up said it hired Laina Sullivan as its first vice president of business development, with duties to include franchising, site selection and lease negotiation.

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Logomark Complements Private-Label Lineup With Watch Brand Worn by President Obama

There’s a good chance the pen you used to sign that last document was made by Logomark Inc.

2014 in Review: Big Deals, Doings

My, how you’ve grown. What else to say about Orange County’s business landscape over the past year?

Brand Consultant Celebrates 3 Decades With Book

Images in Tome Are A Retrospective on Its Work

InterCommunications Inc., a brand consulting company that specializes in the real estate and hospitality industries, recently published a coffee table book, “Imaging Places”—a 288-page portfolio of projects the Newport Beach firm has taken on over its 30 years in business.

Fisker Automotive Works on New Grand Plans

Costa Mesa Car Maker In Tests for Karma Relaunch

The deep pockets funding Costa Mesa-based Fisker Automotive and Technologies Group LLC’s revival have led the automaker to test several technologies and features as it prepares to relaunch its luxury hybrid Karma.

New Yorker’s OC Junket Puts Jannard in YouTube Picture

Much of this week’s issue is dedicated to a look back at 2014, which has proved to be a remarkable year in many respects for the community of business in Orange County (see overview, page 1; coverage by industry, pages 5 through 18).