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St. Regis Show Adds to OC’s Stature as Center of Swimwear

APPAREL: Summer in January for labels, buyers at Monarch BeachMajor swimwear brands and retailers will gather this week for the Swim Collective at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, sipping on bubbly and looking for sales.

By Mediha DiMartino January 12, 2015 midnight   $$ Share
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Solis Invests in SA Safety Gear Maker

Newport Beach-based private equity firm Solis Capital Partners has acquired an equity stake in Santa Ana-based ML Kishigo Manufacturing Co.

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Restaurant Firm Buys 55-Unit Chain

Irvine-based American Restaurant Holdings Inc. said an affiliate bought Colonia, N.J.-based Muscle Maker Grill.

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OC Auto Sales Up 6.8% in 2014

Auto sales rose 6.8% in Orange County last year, and are expected to increase 4.1% this year, according to the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

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Kia Recalls Forte Sedans

Irvine-based Kia Motors America Inc. has recalled 86,880 of its Forte sedans due to an increased risk of fire, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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El Pollo Loco a Takeover Target?

Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. has been mentioned as a possible takeover target after news reports that a Philippines-based restaurant company is shopping for a U.S.-based regional fast food chain worth at least $1 billion.

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Del Taco to Enter N.J.

Lake Forest-based Del Taco LLC said it will begin franchising in New Jersey, its first restaurants in the Northeast U.S.

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San Clemente Auto Software Firms Buys Marketer

San Clemente-based automotive customer service firm DealerSocket Inc. has acquired DealerFire, a web design and digital marketing firm in Oshkosh, Wis.

Wahoo’s Lam Hits CES to Help Tout Startup Eco App

TECHNOLOGY: Works show floor for Aliso Viejo company

Wahoo’s Fish Taco cofounder Wing Lam helped Aliso Viejo-based startup My Open Road Corp. grab some industry attention at the recent International CES convention in Las Vegas.

Incipio in Deal With Snowboard Firm

Incipio Technologies Inc. in Irvine said it signed a multiyear licensing deal with Burton Snowboards to manage the manufacturing and distribution of accessories for various mobile devices for the Burlington, Vt.-based company.

Apparel Brands Unveil 2015 Marketing Agendas

2 Silos for Element as Women’s Line Grows

Several Orange County apparel brands in attendance at the Agenda trade show in Long Beach this month shared news from their marketing departments:

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Imperio Auto Group Bases OC Bet on Nissan Brand, Grass-Roots Financing, New License Law

Orange County’s position at the heart of California’s car culture might be enough all by itself to draw the interest of some auto dealers.

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Wet Seal Files Chapter 11

Foothill Ranch-based retail chain Wet Seal Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday, and said it plans to continue to operate its recently pared-down business under the jurisdiction of the court.

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Bruxie Taps Brand Man as President

Anaheim-based Bruxie Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches named Dave Barrows its first president, according to a news report.

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Incipio Signs Deal with Snowboard Firm

Incipio Technologies Inc. in Irvine said it signed a multiyear licensing deal with Burton Snowboards to manage the manufacturing and distribution of accessories for various mobile devices for the Burlington, Vt.-based company.

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Beer Tap Company Taps $1M Funding

Lake Forest-based iPourIt has received $1 million in angel funding from a group led by Tech Coast Angels, with the potential for another $250,000, according to the company.