By  on January 6, 2009

LOS ANGELES — Showroom Seven, the bicoastal fashion showroom co-founded by Karen Erickson and Jean-Marc Flack, said robbers stole nearly $300,000 worth of merchandise from its Los Angeles office in the Cooper Design Space on New Year’s Day.

The pieces taken included bags by Orla Kiely and Jane August, Erickson Beamon jewelry and dresses by Akiko Ogawa. Amber Feld, a spokeswoman for Showroom Seven, said the burglars climbed a heating duct outside the building at 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 1 to break into a window of the mezzanine-level office between the first and second floors. Suspecting that the thieves were fashion-savvy insiders who had been inside the showroom before, Feld added that the office’s electronic equipment — including two laptop computers, one desktop computer, a DVD player and a plasma screen TV — remained untouched. A representative for Cooper Design Space said the thieves didn’t hit any other showrooms.

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