15 Cool, Made-in-LA Labels You Should Know About (2022)

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Los Angeles is not only home to the biggest apparel manufacturing hub in the United States, but it's also where some of the coolest under-the-radar clothing lines do business these days. Distanced from the pressures, expenses and competitiveness of working in New York and participating in the New York Fashion Week rat race, these creatives are designing on their own terms — releasing new pieces when and where they see fit and often prioritizing ethical, local production and a sustainable personal lifestyle.

With the exception of Rodarte, most made-in-LA brands aren't trying to stand up against the fashion-month big guns on a runway. Instead, they're focused on creating well-crafted pieces people actually want to wear, at price points that many of us can actually afford.

That's all to say, Reformation isn't the only brand making really cool, wearable clothes in LA. Here are 15 labels you should know about if you don't already, each of which manufacture the vast majority — if not all — of their garments in the city of angels.


American Apparel alums Iris Alonzo and Carolina Crespo, the fabled LA-based company's creative director and director of graphics and kids', respectively, launched Everybody in November of 2016. The ethical, made-in-LA brand is built on inclusivity and collaboration: The founders ask collaborators, who range from famous models to friends to stylish strangers, to describe one item they feel is missing from their closet, and they make it.


Haley Boyd has been designing her minimalist, affordable, mostly-direct-to-consumer shoe line since 2009, but she recently moved all her production from China to LA, where she relocated herself from New York. For chic, understated, low-heeled sandals in dreamy colors that are made in the U.S., Marais is a go-to. And both her personal Instagram and that of the brand are full of style inspiration. Case in point: I know about several of these brands because they were on her Instagram.

Jesse Kamm

Jesse Kamm is best known for her Kamm pants, essentially the perfect high-waisted, cropped, wide (but not too wide)-leg pant. The former model, who claims to have worked 28 different jobs since age 12, has expanded the style to include various colors and fabrics, a tapered cut and a short. Her brand’s been around for 10 years but remains purposefully small, perhaps a reflection of this wise, resonant line in her bio: "In my life, I know that I deserve to be a sane person."

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Lykke Wulf

London-born, Denmark-bred and LA-based designer Jemma Swatek combines all of these cultures in her unfussy line Lykke Wulf. It's full of practical, cool-girl wardrobe staples like high-waisted, flared overalls, similarly shaped pants, crisp shorts and easy summer dresses.

Clare V

One of fashion's best-known LA-based handbag designers (I, for one, can't name another one), Clare Vivier combines a Parisian charm with a casual, Southern California sensibility for her (almost) eponymous line of pared-down pouches, totes, top handles and other fun, functional little accessories. The CFDA member also operates a great boutique in LA's hip Silverlake neighborhood.

Calle del Mar

Designer Aza Ziegler is one of those rare success stories of someone launching their line right out of design school. Her designs are a tad more fun, colorful and distinctive than what we typically see coming out of LA but still have a wearable, breezy California vibe. All products are not only made in LA, but also made in women-owned and women-run factories using ethically sourced fabrics.

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Isadora Alvarez started her brand by selling highly coveted vintage T-shirts and evolved into making her own unfussy cotton tees, sweatshirts, dresses and jumpsuits inspired by California surf and skate culture. They evoke the same effortlessly cool vibe that a vintage tee often does, are made in a small, family-run factory and, best of all, are incredibly affordable: Nothing costs more than $70.

Raquel Allegra

Known for her elevated, shredded T-shirts, Raquel Allegra has expanded her line to include languid, effortlessly cool separates and dresses with a worn-in feel. Everything, with the exception of some knitwear, is made in LA, and her wares are available everywhere from Barneys and Net-a-Porter to Shopbop and Revolve, in addition to her dreamy LA flagship on 3rd Street.

Simon Miller

Inspired by Japanese fabrication and modern American craftsmanship, Daniel Corrigan launched Simon Miller as a men's denim brand in 2008 and it has since expanded to include a female co-creative director, women's denim, a full ready-to-wear collection that often shows at New York Fashion Week and those adorable little Bonsai bags that have inspired many a copycat. The clothes are classic, understated and wearable on top of being beautifully made in the U.S. — primarily in LA. Find the line at Barneys, Nordstrom, Opening Ceremony and more.

Annie Costello Brown

A recent favorite of the street-style/Insta-famous set, Annie Costello Brown designs distinctive, special, artistic statement earrings that still feel wearable. Everything is handmade and available through her e-commerce site.

Shaina Mote

Shaina Mote launched her eponymous line back in 2012, but she's slowly garnering more attention thanks to expansion into new categories like knitwear and swim and recent celebrity credits that include Selena Gomez and Dakota Johnson. (Clearly Kate Young is a fan.) Like so many LA labels she provides cool, timeless wardrobe staples, but with her own distinctive twist and special attention paid to construction and fit. The brand is stocked by only the coolest retailers: Bird, Need Supply, The Dreslyn, Totokaelo and so on.

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Calder Blake

Sofia Coppola is a fan of minimalist-chic line Calder Blake, and that's pretty much all the convincing we need to confirm it's a label you should know about. Designer Amanda Blake, formerly of Joie, launched it in 2013 and focuses on understated, functional pieces like T-shirts made ethically from locally sourced, natural fibers.

The Palatines

This brand's generally ideal slide sandals — with a hidden thong to keep the foot from sliding — are what initially caught our attention. Jessica Taft Langdon, after working for a number brands including Coach, Proenza Schouler and Everlane, decided to launch a handmade shoe line that reflected her personal aesthetic after finding "a small enclave of footwear craftspeople and factories"in southern California. While still small, the line has expanded to also include slingback heels, mules and more.

Lily Ashwell

"Dreamy" is the word I would use to describe Lily Ashwell's designs. Her vintage-inspired bias-cut slipdresses, linen overalls, silky camisoles and baby tees will make you feel like one of the beautiful, ethereal, Venice-dwelling yogis who shop at her Rose Avenue boutique, no matter your actual location and lifestyle. It's also one of the best resources for girls who like the Reformation aesthetic but don't want to own the same things as all of their friends.

Sophie Buhai

Formerly one half of the creative dup behind Vena Cava, Sophie Buhai launched her namesake jewelry line in 2015. Fashion girls were quick to take notice of her handmade, sculptural signature silver pieces and so were retailers: She's stocked in Dover Street Market, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-a-Porter, The Line and more.

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What is the most popular clothing brand in France? ›

The BrandZ Top 10 Most Valuable French Brands 2019
Rank 2019BrandCategory
1Louis VuittonLuxury
4L'Oréal ParisPersonal Care
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What is LA known for in fashion? ›

Best known for being the home of a host of denim companies (Guess, J Brand, Seven For All Mankind, to name only a few), Los Angeles has long been associated with a laid-back, casual look and the easy-breezy surf culture, rather than high fashion.

What big companies are based in Los Angeles? ›

Ranked by Sales Revenue, 2021
CompanySales, 2021 ($million)Corporate HQ
The Walt Disney Co.$65,388Burbank
Molina Healthcare, Inc.$19,423Long Beach
AECOM Technology Corp.$16,391Los Angeles
Edison International$13,578Rosemead
23 more rows

What is the richest company in California? ›

Wells Fargo

Is it cheaper to buy Prada in Paris? ›

The short answer is yes, luxury brands are cheaper in Paris. If you are looking for a designer handbag, belt, accessory, clothing, etc then Paris is the place to go!

What luxury brand is from France? ›

France is known for being the birthplace of some of the most luxury brands in the world and for producing some of the most luxurious goods. Names like Cartier, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, and more have defined the entire fashion industry and continue to do some hundreds of years later.

What should I wear in LA? ›

Jackets, a couple of tanks, and even accessories help warm you up. Feel free to bring the same tops and dresses you would from previous seasons, just double up to keep warm! The odds you'll wear shorts or skirts this time of year are slim. Be prepared with pants, jeans, and leggings for any occasion.

What are the current fashion trends 2022? ›

The Fall 2022 Trends Vogue Editors Are Shopping Now
  • Ultra-Baggy Denim. Balenciaga cotton baggy jeans. ...
  • Leather Jackets: The Epitome of Cool. ...
  • Punk Prep. ...
  • Saturated and Strokable Knits. ...
  • Bigger, Better Bomber Jackets. ...
  • The White-Tank-and-Blue-Jean Formula. ...
  • Floor-Skimming Hemlines. ...
  • Tailored Waistcoats.
19 Aug 2022

What is famous clothes in France? ›

The beret is probably the most well-known item of traditional French clothing but there are others, and each is specific to a certain place in France. Here's your chance to do a little 'fashion tourism'.

What do French have for breakfast? ›

Ingredients of a Typical French Breakfast
  • Slices of Bread. From a warm baguette, a pain de campagne (country bread) or a cereal ball, slices of bread are the signature element of a French breakfast. ...
  • Brioche. ...
  • Jam. ...
  • Butter. ...
  • Pastries (Viennoiseries) ...
  • Bread Spread. ...
  • Cereals. ...
  • Fruits.
8 May 2022

Who is the largest employer in LA County? ›

Kaiser Permanente in Baldwin Park. Kaiser Permanente is Los Angeles County's largest private employer.

Who owns most of Los Angeles? ›

Coachella is owned by an 80-year-old billionaire businessman who's been called "the man who owns LA." Despite living in Colorado, Philip Anschutz is deeply embedded in California's largest city.

Who is the biggest employer in California? ›

Top 50 Employers
1County of Riverside22,000
2University of California, Riverside8,735
3March Air Force Reserve7,000
4Kaiser Permanente4,346
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What is the most popular company to work for in California? ›

Are you looking for the top companies to work for in California? Employees at Amazon rate their employer a 3.8 out of 5. Other top-rated companies near you in California include Deloitte rated 4.0 out of 5, Google with a rating of 4.5 out of 5, Apple with a 4.2 out of 5, and Qualcomm rated 4.1 out of 5 by employees.

What is the most popular company in California? ›

In 2020, Apple was the largest publicly traded company in California based on revenue. That year, they had a revenue of 274.52 billion U.S. dollars. Alphabet, Chevron, Wells Fargo and Facebook rounded out the top five publicly traded companies in California.

Is Gucci cheaper in Paris or Italy? ›

It is substantially cheaper to buy luxury products from brands like Louis Vuitton, Dior, or Gucci in Paris, their prices being on average between 30% and 40% cheaper in France than in other countries, especially those outside the European Union.

Is Dior cheaper in Paris or Italy? ›

So when in doubt, the best rule of thumb to follow is if the company is made and headquartered in Europe, the brand will be cheaper in that country. For example, Dior is headquartered in Paris and therefore, is cheaper in Europe than any other country.

Which country is cheapest to buy luxury bags? ›

Europe has long been seen as one of the best places to bag a bargain on designer items from handbags to dresses, and shoes to earrings. According to Vogue, who knows a thing or two about fashion, the cheapest designer bags can be found in the UK, France and Germany.

What you should buy from France? ›

Paris Souvenirs: 19 Distinctively French Products to Bring Home from Paris
  • Jewelry, Watches or Perfume from Van Cleef and Arpels. ...
  • Macarons. ...
  • Sel de Geurande. ...
  • Mustard (Dijon) ...
  • Fois Gras. ...
  • Cheese. ...
  • Chocolate. ...
  • White Cafe-Esque Dishes at La Vaissellerie.

What brand is from Paris? ›

The top Paris fashion brands, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Chanel and Dior, are world famous. Many lesser known fashion houses maintain the French touch mixing elegance and design. Great new brands are created every year and justify the reputation of Paris as the world's fashion capital.

What designer are made in France? ›

From haute couture to affordable luxury, here are some of the best-known French designers.
  • 11 Famous French Designers You Should Know.
  • Chanel.
  • Dior.
  • Jean Paul Gaultier.
  • Yves Saint Laurent.
  • Givenchy.
  • Hermès.
  • Rene Lacoste.
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Which is the mother city of fashion? ›

Upto six fashion weeks every year, more than 50 leading designers & a definite obsession with looking good all that & more makes Delhi 24th in the list of fashion capitals of the world, according to the Global Language Monitor.

What brands do French people like? ›

11 French brands Parisians really love
  • Maje. This brand seems to get the girly yet functional mix in right proportions. ...
  • Sandro. Have a strong following of hipster for the perfect basics. ...
  • Iro. ...
  • Antoine et Lili. ...
  • Isabel Marant. ...
  • Comptoir des Cotoniers. ...
  • Longchamp. ...
  • Gerard Darel.
6 Jun 2015

What clothing do French people like to wear? ›

French people prefer good cuts and pretty fabrics to beads and evening gowns. Don't wear anything too flashy: think Armani, not Versace. The outfit can be very simple – actually simpler is better – but needs to match and fit you nicely.

What colors should you not wear in LA? ›

You should better not wear clothes in red and blue colors. Although people in Los Angeles can also wear clothes with these colors. They just need to avoid having any interaction with the gangs or walk into these gangs' areas.

What should I avoid in LA? ›

12 Things Not to Do in LA

How much do you tip in LA? ›

Since we're The Real Los Angeles Tours our guide to tipping in the U.S. is based on what we tip in LA. Restaurants: 15-20%. An easy way to estimate the tip is to double the sales tax (in LA it's 9%). Bars: $2 per drink.

How do you act like a local LA? ›

Having "I Love L.A." as a ringtone is a little much.
  1. Don't mention the weather. ...
  2. For God's sake, don't order a Corona. ...
  3. In Venice Beach, don't be nonplussed by anything. ...
  4. In Hollywood, show your cool. ...
  5. Eat at a food truck. ...
  6. Honor the local deities. ...
  7. Have an opinion on Shaq and Kobe. ...
  8. Be discreet about celebrity sightings.
8 Sept 2017

What is the LA look? ›

Often referred to as the “Finish Fetish” or “LA Look” artists, they produced art inspired by California culture, using a wide range of innovative mate- rials and fabrication processes often borrowed from the industrial world.

Which part of Los Angeles is the safest? ›

Playa Vista is known to be one of the safest areas in Los Angeles. Aside from the low crime rate, it's home to some of the best schools in the area.

Are skinny jeans out of style 2022? ›

Although skinny jeans aren't totally trending (yet), L'OFFICIEL makes an argument for digging out that long-forgotten denim look with new styling tricks that just might change your outlook on the slim silhouette. In 2022, celebrities and fashion influencers have certainly found better ways to wear their skinny jeans.

What is the fashion color for 2022? ›

According to fashion's top designers, we're in for a very regal 2022. Just look at the color palette! Royal purple, jewel-tone teal, and burning red are all trending hues incorporated on the Fall/Winter 2022 runways, each with its glamorous style.

What are consumers looking for in 2022? ›

More Than Ever, Consumers Will Be Looking for Meaning in 2022. In today's chaotic world, shoppers aren't just looking for products. They're searching for something deeper and more meaningful: an experience, an expression of belonging, an articulation of their place in the world.

How do you dress like a French woman? ›

Keep a neutral color palette– French girl style is versatile and composed of understated neutrals like blues, navy grays, tans, blacks, and whites. 9. Focus on cut and fit– French girls always have impeccably fitting clothes. It allows them to have that put-together look while not appearing like they “tried”.

What is the French national dress? ›

Because France is divided into many different regions there is actually no national dress.

What clothes is Paris known for? ›

Paris fashion sets the trend worldwide for men and women. Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior, Hermès are world famous. Best fashion brands and fashion stores in Paris. Discover the innovative fashion brands that perpetuate the Parisian style and turn all women into models.

What is the oldest French cheese? ›

One cheese that has stood the test of time is the French creation known as Pont l'Eveque. One of the smellier cheeses to come out of France, the creamy cow's milk cheese has been a favorite of dairy connoisseurs since the 12th century, when it was created by monks in Normandy.

What is moldy cheese called? ›

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Blue cheese (or bleu cheese) is semi-soft cheese with a sharp, salty flavor. It is made with cultures of the edible mold Penicillium, giving it spots or veins throughout the cheese in shades of blue or green.

Which president kept a 1400 lb block of cheese in the White House? ›

On February 22, 1837, President Jackson had a 1,400-pound block of cheese hauled into the main foyer of the White House for an open house with thousands of citizens and his staff, where they discussed the issues of the day while carving off slabs of cheddar.

What time is dinner in France? ›

Dinner usually takes place between 6pm (Belgium, Canada) and 8pm (France). In France, there is a main dish and a dessert, and sometimes a first course (soup or grated or sliced raw vegetables). The main dish is brought out once the first course is finished, and dessert is brought out after the main dish has been eaten.

What time is lunch in France? ›

Lunch at noon. Dinner at 7:00 or 8:00 in the evening. Children have an afternoon snack (sweet not savory) at around 4:00 PM. Some adults enjoy an afternoon snack as well, but many do not.

Do you tip waiters in France? ›

You are not required to tip waiters/waitresses. A 15% service fee is automatically included in ALL cafés, restaurants, bars, etc. as part of the price of each item (not on top of the total). Servers in France get salaries, paid vacations, health care, and living wages.

What clothing do French people like to wear? ›

French people prefer good cuts and pretty fabrics to beads and evening gowns. Don't wear anything too flashy: think Armani, not Versace. The outfit can be very simple – actually simpler is better – but needs to match and fit you nicely.

What is France's traditional clothing? ›

The beret is probably the most well-known item of traditional French clothing but there are others, and each is specific to a certain place in France.

What is French fashion known for? ›

Known so well for its style, the french fashion is known as a classy, elegant and effortless fashion that also is all about quality and not quantity (something I really like and believe in).

What is French style fashion? ›

What Is French Style? In terms of fashion, women's French style is an effortlessly elegant way of dressing. It's characterized by neutral colors, clean lines and timeless basics. When you think of French girl style, visualize fashion and comfort coming together as one.

Do French have blue eyes? ›

Originally, all humans had brown eyes.
Countries With The Most Blue-Eyed People.
RankCountryPercentage of Population That is Blue-Eyed
18United States16.6
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10 Aug 2020

Can I wear jeans in Paris? ›

Jeans are fine! Try to make sure they're in very good condition and not super loose, and don't wear them to a nice restaurant. Even better, try some actual grown-up pants that are made of something other than denim and leave the jeans at home.

How do Paris people dress? ›

In general, Paris everyday fashion is more dressy than American style. This DOES NOT mean business clothing. For Paris clothing styles, think dressy top (or the type of top you'd wear to work) plus nice jeans (dark colors are always a good choice).

What religion is in France? ›

Catholicism is the majority religion in France, though small numbers—roughly 4.5% of Catholics—attend mass and overall, adherence to Catholicism is declining. Roman Catholicism was the state religion of France beginning with the conversion of King Clovis I (d.

What brands do French people like? ›

11 French brands Parisians really love
  • Maje. This brand seems to get the girly yet functional mix in right proportions. ...
  • Sandro. Have a strong following of hipster for the perfect basics. ...
  • Iro. ...
  • Antoine et Lili. ...
  • Isabel Marant. ...
  • Comptoir des Cotoniers. ...
  • Longchamp. ...
  • Gerard Darel.
6 Jun 2015

What is French girl style? ›

French girl style is one of the most coveted fashion styles out there. From the juxtaposed simplicity with depth to the effortless minimalism, the French style exudes a timeless, elevated look. Effortless, undone, yet incredibly sophisticated.

Which is the mother city of fashion? ›

Upto six fashion weeks every year, more than 50 leading designers & a definite obsession with looking good all that & more makes Delhi 24th in the list of fashion capitals of the world, according to the Global Language Monitor.

What is French girl hair? ›

“French-girl hair” has become an idea in and of itself, describing an artfully rumpled head of hair that appears to have magically air-dried to a soft, wavy mass—no texture spray required.

What is a popular French girl name? ›

French names popular for baby girls in France include Louise – a common middle name in the US – Camille, Manon, and Lilou. Other top French names for girls around the world include Arielle, Belle, Eloise, Gabrielle, Juliette, and Vivienne.

What Every French woman has in her wardrobe? ›

Whether oversized, well-fitted, in cotton or silk, white, blue, or striped, a button-down shirt is definitely a French wardrobe staple. French women love its versatility! For a polished office look, pair it with straight-leg/flare jeans, a pair of white sneakers, and a designer tote bag.


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