Fred Segal

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Fred Segal
Industry Lifestyle, Retail
Founded 1961
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, U.S., Daikanyama, Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan
Number of locations

Fred Segal is a clothing and merchandise retail store founded in West Hollywood, California, with its flagship store on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood.


Over five decades ago, Fred Segal opened a local jeans-only store. This 300-square-foot store grew over the years, and with the expansion, Segal invited key managers to purchase and run select boutiques within their respective area of merchandising expertise within the Fred Segal center offering them to participate as Franchisees under the Fred Segal Brand. These Franchisees brought in the style and merchandise that eventually know collectively as "Fred Segal."

There are currently two Fred Segal locations in the United States, one in West Hollywood on Melrose Avenue and the other at LAX’s Thomas Bradley International Terminal. There are two international flagships in Japan, one in the Daikanyama neighborhood of Tokyo and the other in Yokohama.

In May 2012, the worldwide licensing rights to the brand were acquired by SANDOW, a company with brands spanning the design, fashion and beauty sectors.[1]


In late 2012, SANDOW announced Fred Segal's aggressive expansion strategy to open new flagship locations, both internationally and domestically, launch Fred Segal’s first ecommerce site, and create private merchandise lines.

In May 2014, SANDOW and Fred Segal announced the partnership with equity investor Evolution Media Partners (Evolution), a joint venture between Evolution Media Capital (EMC), an entertainment, media and sports merchant bank formed in partnership with Creative Artists Agency (CAA); TPG Growth, the middle market and growth equity investment platform of global investment firm TPG; and Participant Media, the global entertainment company founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll.

References in popular culture[edit]

  • In the 1987 movie Maid To Order, Ally Sheedy's spoiled Beverly Hills Brat character Jessie Montgomery mentions shopping at Fred Segal.
  • In Clueless, Cher asks her maid when trying to put together an outfit for her drivers license test, "Lucy! Where's my white collarless shirt from Fred Segal?!"
  • It is in Entourage Episode 1, Season 1 "The Pilot," the first scene takes place in Fred Segal Melrose.
  • It is mentioned as a meeting point for "Stupid Girls" in the 2006 single by Pink.
  • In Bret Easton Ellis's Less Than Zero, Fred Segal is mentioned several times. Clay, the protagonist, thinks that all English boys he meets work at Fred Segal.
  • In Legally Blonde, Elle Woods, played by Reese Witherspoon, relates the following story to her new classmates at Harvard: "Oh, Two Weeks ago, I saw Cameron Diaz at Fred Segal, and I talked her out of buying this truly heinous angora sweater. Whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed!"
  • In White Oleander, Fred Segal is one of the many Hollywood stores that Claire Richards takes Astrid Magnussen to for clothing.
  • In The Game, where Neil Strauss, the author, buys his first set of hip clothes.
  • In The L Word during a flashback, Alice sees Dana in the Fred Segal cafe, which she uses as evidence Dana is gay, as it is "The biggest lezzy hangout in LA". It's also mentioned while Shane is doing work for Veronica Bloom "...Fred Segal haircut".
  • In Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita, Kaitlin Burke, a famous star, claims that her favorite store is Fred Segal.
  • In The Closer, Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson mentions that Sergeant Gabriel "likes his suits from Fred Segal", a fact which is noted by the medical examiner in a later episode.
  • In "Cracker Ass Fantastic" by Dirt Nasty, he raps "Have you ever been to Fred Segal's?"
  • In Zoey Deans' books like the A-List & Talent
  • In The O.C. Season 3, Episode 8, "The Game Plan", Summer is looking at Brown University and Taylor says, "I hear the Ivys often recruit from Fred Segal."
  • In Beverly Hills, 90210 Season 1, Episode 19, "April Is The Cruelest Month", Brenda finds Donna shopping there.
  • In the song "Ka-Blamo!" by The Lonely Island, Fred Segal is mentioned in the lyrics: "You met Fred Segal at a debutante's ball!"[2]
  • In the movie Boiler Room the character Jim Young played by Ben Affleck makes mention of his Fred Segal necktie while speaking to trainees about how to pitch stocks effectively
  • On "Dawson's Creek", Season 5 Episode 23, Audrey (Busy Philipps) tries to persuade Joey (Katie Holmes) to go to Los Angeles, saying, "There's always Fred Segal." She goes on to describe it as "heaven on Earth."


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