In early 2017, the US Census confirmed that Los Angeles is now considered home to 4-million (and counting) people. And while not everyone may have the same shopping habits, LA alone spends 5.6% of their annual income* on apparel and personal care products, which is 1.2% more than the rest of the country does on average. With that much spending power, it is even more important to be conscious about where (and how much) you shop. Shopping where your items are made locally and ethically is one of the most sustainable ways to spend, and helps to further the demand to “clean up” the fashion industry. The following are some super stylish players in the Los Angeles Made fashion scene and are great choices if you live in, or are visiting, the Los Angeles area:
Toit Volant – One of the most ethical and honest lines I’ve come across, and the brand still brilliantly manages to produce stylish and quality pieces. Designer and owner Alnea Farahbella is determined to create a clean and fair work environment for her staff in her beautiful Los Angeles Factory, paying them fair, legal wages and never dropping her high morals. // Favorites include: Draco Pant / Mira Dress / Ura Top
Groceries Apparel – Loved by many bloggers, Groceries manufacture in their own Los Angeles factory to ensure their standards are fully executed. Vertically-integrated, local, and traceable production helps create a line that guarantee’s quality, efficiency, and employee pay, and minimizes redundancy, waste and their carbon footprint. All their pieces are made out of eco-friendly materials that include: organic cotton, eucalyptus, recycled plastic (PET), hemp, recycled cotton, and vegetable dye. // Favorites include: Organic Cotton Bralette / Turtleneck Dress / Avalon Dress
Zanni – Designing and producing cute and comfortable women’s basic dresses and closet staples that easily go from day-to-night, Zanni believes fair practices are a social responsibility. Her minimalist collection is perfect for those who want items that are transitional.
Flynn Skye – Designed in Venice, Made in LA, Flynn Skye has a sexy and edgy feminine style perfect for those looking for on-trend pieces. // Favorites include: Oakland Maxi Dress / Black Party Pants / Dresden Jacket / Jennifer Jumper
Christy Dawn – A boho chic line sourcing deadstock fabric that would otherwise be discarded by larger companies and creating limited, small-batch, one-of-a-kind designs. Christy Dawn’s dresses are flowy, free, and “sweet.” Made by local artisans in LA.
ReDone – The perfect upcycled denim brand on the scene manufactures their jeans in downtown Los Angeles using water conserving methods and no harsh chemicals. Working with mainly Levi jeans upcycling and reconstructing vintage pieces, ReDone creates unique and limited collections.
Genetic LA Denim – Ethically making beautiful and quality jeans, Genetic started a local jean recycling program in their state-of-the-art LA factory to limit fabric waste.
LACAUSA – “La-ca-usa” makes quality, sustainable garments with California ease, always under ethical conditions. Fabrics are sourced and sewn with trusted partners in their Los Angeles factory with the highest standards in mind. LACAUSA clothing is comfort and style for the modern woman
*according to the 2016 bls.org consumer expenditure report