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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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The Business Journal’s Jane Yu asked local law firms whether the pace of associate hires has picked up in recent years after a long slowdown hiring in the industry following the recession. Yu also asked attorneys how they’re grooming young talent for their firms’ future leadership. Here are edited excerpts of their responses:

Legal Pros Focus on Fine Arts, Plan UCI Collaboration

Attorneys Work With UCI Program to Boost Fine Arts

Put together a few attorneys sharing a passion for the arts and a local university that fosters artistic talent, throw in some creative thinking and readiness to provide support, and you’ll get Off-Center, a collective launched by a committee of local lawyers and educators in concert with University of California-Irvine’s art department.

Law Firms Add Attorneys After Two Years of Cuts

Headcount Up 3.2%; More Make List Due to Growth

The biggest law firms in Orange County grew their workforces in 2014, breaking a two-year streak of cuts in attorney headcount.

Hyden's Other Marathon

Latham & Watkins Partner Finished Boston Just in Time for Allergan Saga

Cary Hyden used to think a marathon covered 26 miles, 270 yards.

Allergan Execs Hold Own at Operations Level

An early look at Actavis PLC’s plans to integrate its $68 billion acquisition of Allergan Inc. signals that operations executives from the Irvine-based drugmaker will maintain a strong presence in the combined company.

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Montage EVP Named President, COO

Irvine-based Montage Hotels & Resorts promoted Executive Vice President Jason Herthel to president and chief operating officer, new positions for the company.

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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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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.

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Ice Cream Franchise Enters OC

OC Ice Cream LLC plans 10 locations of Millbrae, Calif.-based Cream Inc. in Orange County in the next three to four years, Cream said.

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BBQ Chain Expands in OC

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit said it plans to have 10 locations in Orange County within about six months, as current operators seek to lease space and new franchise agreements are added in key cities.

Olson In $103M Deal on 3 Hotels

REAL ESTATE: Development push extends to Silicon Valley

Irvine-based R.D. Olson Development is under contract to sell a trio of its recently built hotels here for $103 million to a Virginia-based investor.

Exec Sentiment Up for New Year

ECONOMY: 65% surveyed for CSUF index expect Q1 growth

Orange County executives are starting 2015 with increased optimism, according to the latest quarterly index by California State University-Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics.

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

APPAREL: Summer in January for labels, buyers at Monarch Beach

Major 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.

Q&A

Meetings and conventions venues, which host many events that involve guests eating and drinking, typically experience trends taking place at restaurants in the community, and Orange County is no exception. Local operators observed some similar patterns last year and expect many in common this year. The Business Journal’s Paul Hughes asked a sampling of venue executives about significant food and beverage trends and how the hospitality industry is responding to them in the meetings business arena. Here are edited excerpts of their responses.