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Los Angeles has become a contender in the global fashion market over the last few decades. L.A.’s distinctive west coast style has influenced design across the globe, and local designers have been establishing their brands as something to watch for. We’ve compiled a list of 15 L.A.-based fashion designers that everyone should acquaint themselves with.
3sixteen is a menswear denim company with over a decade under its belt. They specialize in sanforized denim, a process that involves stretching and shrinking denim prior to production. They boast several fits in over 10 fabrics and pride themselves on being artisans and craftsmen, not simply a jeans brand.
Adolfo Sanchez creates works of art. His skill expands beyond amazing couture pieces to ready-to wear, and accessories and now he features accessories for the home. Every piece, regardless of how simple, conveys luxury and class.
Apolis is a socially conscience line founded by brothers Raan and Shea Porton. The pair produces a casual menswear line with the aim of creating social change by supporting local manufacturers in LA and abroad.
Armature is a unisex ready-to-wear company that finds inspiration in L.A.’s urban landscape. Their pieces are hip and comfortable, with one of their signature pieces being a classy take on the basic sweatsuit.
Aviator Nation was founded by Paige Mycoskie, who wanted to create clothing that had the same 70s vibe of the clothes she’d been collecting for years. What the line has evolved into is a collection of tees, tanks, and sweats that have a retro/surf feeling.
BreeLayne uses deadstock and vintage fabrics to create a super edgy and contemporary silhouette. She says her designs are inspired by Audrey Hepburn and Miroslava Duma.
Camille MacMillan and Matt Westray have created in Foxbait an edgy, yet feminine, ready-to-wear line. They employ layers and grunge combined with clean white dress shirts to create a comfortable line that is far reaching in its appeal.
Hale Bob is effortlessly feminine and is loved by celebrities like Halle Berry, Eva Longoria and Cameron Diaz. Every piece is unique down to the prints, all of which are designed and developed at the Hale Bob studios in L.A.
Every piece that comes out of Jill Aiko Yee’s studio is made for movement, infused with color, and bound to inspire confidence. She creates garments full of whimsicality and femininity that are sure to bring some light and happiness to any wardrobe.
Joshua Christensen of Project Runway fame, has created a line that takes a whimsical and playful look at men’s and women’s cocktail and formal wear. He uses bold prints and pastels in a way that we haven’t really seen before.
Mario De La Torre was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles and his designs are inspired by his Chicano roots. He uses bright solids and simple lines that compliment any figure.
Twin sisters Alexis and Kym McClay have created a young, fun, flirty, collection of party dresses with their Naven line. They hope to translate their support of female empowerment through their various entrepreneurial endeavors. One thing is for sure, they make a mean cocktail dress.
Re/Done takes vintage denim and reassembles it to create contemporary pieces. They take apart vintage jeans, usually Levi’s, and use the fabric as the basis for new jeans with modern cuts and fits. They can claim stars like Bella Hadid, Elle Fanning, and Alessandra Ambrosio, fiancée of Jamie Mazur (the co-founder of Re/Done) as fans.
Rogue Territory, a custom denim turned ready-to-wear men’s line, produces vintage-inspired goods that extend past denim to trousers, shirts and leather goods.
TT Collection, the brainchild of Tiffany Saidnia, was created in 2007. Tiffany wanted to ‘create a line that has the same high quality fabric and construction as designer brands, but sell it at a contemporary price.’ Her line of feminine knits with a designer edge grew in popularity with the everyday woman. She recently launched TT Beach, a collection of swimwear and cover-ups that translate a beach-y ease that personifies the SoCal woman.