Los Angeles

Fast Retailing, Uniqlo's Owner, Opens Denim Innovation Center in L.A.

Fast Retailing, the Japanese firm behind such brands as Uniqlo, Theory, Comptoir des Cotonniers, and J Brand has opened its first facility devoted to the research and development of…

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Olderbrother's L.A.-Made Clothing is Eco-Friendly, Gender-Neutral

How did the two of you meet? Was it kismet at first sight? For a moment, close your eyes and envision a pleasant summer afternoon. A playful breeze tickles your neck and murmurs sweet…

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Garment Repurposes Secondhand Clothing to Combat Overproduction

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE By cutting out the middleman and offering direct-to-consumer pricing through its e-commerce shop, Garment said it hopes to “democratize avant-garde…

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Ystr Minimizes Fashion Waste With Its "Cut to Order" Clothing

DOWN WITH EXCESS The fact that Ystr is online-only also means no retail markups, which typically factor in storefront overheads, wholesale loss, and inventory costs. Another defining…

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Rewilder Makes Vegan Bags From Upcycled Beer Filter Cloth

HOME BREWED Rewilder sews all of its bags to order in its atelier in Hollywood, where it uses cutting techniques that maximize material yields and reduce waste. Each carryall features…

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American Apparel May Not Stay "American" Much Longer

After a turbulent couple of years that saw the ouster of founder Dov Charney, bankruptcy filings, multiple store closures, and at least 500 layoffs, American Apparel may start…

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Uniqlo Just Launched "Made in the U.S.A." Jeans

Whatever The North Face is doing, it might be catching. Just last week, Uniqlo debuted a line of American-made jeans for men and women (small print: with imported parts). The Japanese…

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Bureo Debuts Sunglasses Made From 100 Percent Recycled Fishing Nets

SEA CHANGE Designed in collaboration with Karun, an eyewear company based in Chile, all three styles in the “Ocean Collection” comprise 100 percent traceable and recycled…

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Delikate Rayne's Vegan Leather, Cruelty-Free Garments Are Made in L.A.

A sister duo with East Indian roots is lighting up the ethical fashion scene with their collection that includes PETA-approved vegan leather shorts, and sustainably sourced satin racer…

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Bon George Upcycles Vintage Textiles Into Chic Ethical Fashion

It’s hard not to feel instantly more stylish even just browsing the online collections from Bon George. Your admiration will grow even stronger when you learn that every piece is…

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Faircloth & Supply's Timeless Clothing Benefits Education in Nepal

Why did Faircloth choose Nepal as the focus of its mission? It started with the cause: girls’ education. I have always been very passionate about women’s rights and the…

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American Apparel's Workers Want It to Strip "Sweatshop-Free" From Advertising

Photo by Tupungato/Shutterstock American Apparel needs to stop promoting itself as “sweatshop-free,” according to a coalition of workers who make clothes for Los…

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Made in L.A., Sydney Brown's Luxury Shoes Are Vegan, Sustainable

SHOE IN Brown’s aesthetic draws from her time in Japan, where she lived and worked for 10 years. When Brown sat down with Fletcher to outline the brand’s core tenets,…

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Southern California Garment Workers Owed Millions in Back Wages

If you thought sweatshops were just a third-world phenomena, you’d be grossly mistaken. Thousands of workers in Southern California’s garment industry toil under similar…

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Fast Fashion is Making It Easier for Drug Cartels to Launder Money

Photo by Shutterstock Once on the hook for fostering sweatshop-like conditions, Los Angeles’s Fashion District has become an “epicenter of narco-dollar money,”…

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Hipsters for Sisters: Eco-Friendly, Vegan Belt-Wallets Made in Los Angeles

Hipsters for Sisters are the designers behind these cool eco-friendly belt handbags that sit on the hip. Loosely based on the money belt – a longtime favourite of backpackers for…

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6 Emerging Eco-Friendly Brands at Designers & Agents Los Angeles

SURPLUS As its name implies, Surplus specializes in jewelry made from unwanted scraps of steel and other discarded items. Harriet McNamara creates all of her pieces by hand,…

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Myrrhia's Fine Knitwear is Crafted in California From Organic Cotton

Photos by Emily Sandifer This spring and summer, celebrate the warm weather with sustainable, lightweight knitwear from Myrrhia Fine Knitwear. Created from sustainable merino wool,…

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