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Vans Taps Deeper Into Creative Roots for SXSW

In Music Festival Again, Releases Documentary

Cypress-based Vans Inc. is returning to this year’s SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

Affliction Exec Buys Observatory Theater in Santa Ana

$10M Deal Includes 47,319-SF Office

A cofounder of apparel company Affliction Inc. has bought the Santa Ana building that holds the Observatory OC concert venue where he’s an investor, as well as an adjacent office.

Passion for Food, Sharing It Make Dubray Stand Out

Pelican Hill Executive Chef Leads With Strength, Smiles

Our Chef of the Year, Jean-Pierre Dubray, has been engaging the public in appreciation of gorgeously showcased and inherently delicious food for more than three decades.

Pelican Hill Offers Food, More for Locals, Guests

Trio of Restaurants Get Fifi’s Seal of Approval

There’s so much happening at The Resort at Pelican Hill all during the year. I’ll try to capsulize it but nevertheless want to bring you the best of the resort.

Primo Restaurants for Fresh, Creative Spring Fare

From French Countryside to Sushi With a Flair

Springtime brings thoughts of colorful flowers emerging, a climate conducive to beaches and boating, and getting out as the winter fades, even though we’ve had such a mild winter.

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New Details Out on Stokehouse Women's Brand

More details, including a name, on the women’s start-up that’s part of Paul Naude’s Stokehouse Unlimited have been released.

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Sanuk Sales Continue Rise in Q4

Irvine-based footwear company Sanuk USA LLC saw fourth-quarter net sales rise 45.2% from a year earlier to $22.2 million.

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OC 2013 Visitor Spending Rebounds to $9.6B

Visitors to Orange County spent $9.6 billion last year, up about 10% from a year earlier, according to the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau.

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OC Auto Sales Up 6.6% in January

Sales at Orange County auto dealers increased 6.6% in January to 15,062 vehicles, according to Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

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Oakley Plans Brand Campaign

Oakley Inc. announced plans for a global branding campaign dubbed “Disruptive by Design” during an invitation-only gathering at RED Studios in Hollywood.

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Taco Bell Breakfast Set for March 27 Rollout

Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. released additional details on its expansion into breakfast that will be supported by what company executives called the largest advertising campaign in company history.

New Hands on OC Brands

New Yorker Approaches Pair of Labels Pragmatically

J Fin Group believes in the little guy: smallish brands with solid designs and loyal followings that just need some help on the backend.

Fox Head Names Ex-DC Shoes Exec CEO

Irvine-based Fox Head Inc. tapped a former executive at DC Shoes for the top spot at the motocross apparel maker.


A bankruptcy judge approved Wanxiang America Corp.’s $149.2 million bid for the sale of Costa Mesa-based Fisker Automotive Inc. The offer by Wanxiang, part of China-based auto parts company Wanxiang Group Corp., beat Fisker’s senior secured lender, Hybrid Tech Holdings LLC, in the auction. Hybrid Tech is affiliated with Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li.

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Volcom, Electric Improvements in Second Half of 2013

The parent of Costa Mesa-based apparel maker Volcom Inc. and San Clemente accessories company Electric said Friday that both brands have shown signs of improvement in the second half of last year as new strategic initiatives took hold.