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L.A. designer John Eshaya creates his own JET set
L.A. designer John Eshaya creates his own JET set

For five decades, retailer Fred Segal has played an integral role in the shopping scene in Los Angeles as a landmark, a destination and a reflection of the city's larger style culture. And for 24 of the retailer's 53 years, native Angeleno John Eshaya was part of the business, climbing the rungs from his post-high school role as a salesperson in 1984 to his position as creative director, vice president and buyer of womenswear when he left the company in 2008. With the power to determine which fashion brands hung on those revered racks, Eshaya gave the green light to labels that helped put California fashion on the map. He recalls that Juicy Couture co-founder Pamela Skaist-Levy...