Though many believe New York is still this country's Epicenter of All Things Art, Food, Fashion, and Culture, there's no denying that L.A. is making huge strides towards this title. Our food scene has already been declared the most robust and impressive by publications all over the country. But the fashion world is also changing, and brands that are killing it in the social media game or have a large e-commerce presence are the ones we're seeing all over bloggers and top tastemakers. Though New York might be home to the top American designers and Vogue magazine, some of these of-the-moment brands call this city "home." So if you want to shop local and support the LA economy, check out these 5 super-cool brands that are based in Los Angeles.
One of the most social media-savvy brands out there, Reformation has captured the hearts of fashion lovers all over with their focus on responsible manufacturing (not to mention their super-trendy, covetable collections). Designed and manufactured in Downtown LA, the line excels in 70's inspired dresses, body-skimming camis, and repurposed vintage denim.
Proudly manufactured in L.A., Christy Dawn specializes in vintage-inspired dresses made by local artisans. Like Reformation, the line looks for ways to minimize their environmental impact, creating pieces in limited quantities that mirror the process of a classic dressmaker. Their breezy silhouettes and summery prints are clearly inspired by and perfect for Southern California, while their price points falls in that Fast Fashion-Contemporary middle ground.
Another LA-based brand focusing on ethical and responsible manufacturing processes, Re/Done repurposes vintage Levi's into modern, ultra-cool jeans that carry stories, history, and love in their seams. They use water conserving production methods and stay away from harsh chemicals, and personalize each pair to the customer. Bloggers, stylists, and celebrities alike love them, and while they're certainly an investment, it's hard not to fall in love with their ultra-flattering high-waisted styles.
A favorite amongst shoppers of Revolve and Planet Blue, Flynn Skye is that ultimate California-girl line designed by Amber Farr for powerful women. Designed in Venice and made in Downtown LA, the line boasts similar vibes to Reformation and Christy Dawn, with floral, 70's style dresses, off-the-shoulder blouses, and breezy wide-leg pants.
One of our favorite lines for on-trend pieces at affordable prices, J.O.A is designed in LA but features sophisticated styles that go beyond that typical California look of jeans and tees. For Fall, they've got a particularly great selection of knitwear, bomber jackets, and body-skimming skirts.
Shop local below!