Fred Segal

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Fred Segal
Industry Clothing, restaurant
Founded Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Headquarters Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Number of locations
Products Clothing, footwear, food
Fred Segal Store on Melrose Avenue

Fred Segal is an upscale Los Angeles, California-based clothing retailer consisting of multiple franchised owner-operated separate departments that give Fred Segal its hip eclectic vibe. There are currently two Fred Segal stores: one in Hollywood (on Melrose Avenue) and the other in Santa Monica.[1]


In 1960, Fred Segal opened the world's first jeans-only store. This 300-square-foot (28 m2) store grew over the years, and with it he expanded and invited key employees to purchase Fred Segal stores within their expertise. In 1985, Fred Segal Santa Monica was created. The stores also contain restaurants.[2]

In May 2012, the worldwide licensing rights to the brand were acquired by SANDOW, a leader that builds smart businesses driven by innovation across design, fashion and beauty owned by Adam Sandow.[3] Global licensing deals are managed by the company's design management agency, Culture + Commerce, which is run by Michele Caniato.


In late 2012, SANDOW announced Fred Segal's aggressive expansion strategy into Japan, the new international terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX),[4] and Las Vegas.[5] Fred Segal also launched its first designer collaboration with Kravitz Design called Fred Segal x Kravitz Design in late 2013.[6]

In May 2014, SANDOW announced the hiring of veteran retail chief Paul Blum and named him Chief Executive Officer of Fred Segal to lead the expansion of the iconic California lifestyle brand.[7] Additionally, 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. [8]

In August 2014, the Fred Segal Collective opened at the SLS Las Vegas Hotel Resort in Nevada.[9]

In August 2015, Fred Segal launched their first e-commerce website. [10]

Los Angeles-based retailer Fred Segal has abandoned its exclusive operations at the SLS Las Vegas, removing the seven stores the company had run since the Strip resort opened last year.[11]

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!"[12]
  • 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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