Remy Leather Celebrates 45 Years in the Fashion District

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Remy Leather, one of the few leather manufacturers left in the country, is celebrating over 45 years in business! Family owned since their opening in March 1971, they are proud to have always called the Fashion District home.

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Quality matters. Remy Leather manufactures leather and cloth jackets, coats and vests for men and women. Their production process is thorough to ensure that only the highest quality pieces are produced. Over 90% of the raw leather purchased is ordered from and tanned in Italy. Remy Leather then designs each piece, cuts to order, sews the garment, and ships the finished product.

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Remy Leather prides themselves on paying workers hourly, and not by piece. There is no pressure in regard to the production process, which keeps the quality up and prevents any inferior products from going through. All of Remy Leather’s workers have extensive knowledge in leather, with the average tenure being 18 years.

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Remy Leather products can be found in specialty and better department stores and soon the public will be able to purchase direct from the factory. A retail location will be opening later this year offering samples and overstock.

 

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Interested in carrying Remy Leather in your boutique? Contact Remy Leather!

If you have any questions you can contact Remy Leather at 213.747.5493 or info@remyleather.com

Any questions about the Fashion District? Contact us

2017 Denim Trends and LA Market Preview with McGuire Denim

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LA Fashion Market Holiday/Resort 2016/2017 returns to the LA Fashion District August 1-4, 2016. This is one of five market weeks hosted in the fashion district every year, featuring contemporary women’s, men’s, children’s and accessories. (Learn more about LA Fashion Market here.)

We had the opportunity to talk with Marianne McDonald, owner and designer of Los Angeles-based McGuire Denim, about upcoming 2017 denim trends and her advice for market week buyers.

McGuire Denim is known for its modern take on vintage silhouettes. “Dreamed up in New York. Made Real in LA,” the brand blends New York sophistication with West Coast boho vibes.

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“The line has a sense of sexiness and ease with touch points of rock and roll to give it a little bit of toughness,” says McDonald. “You can dress it up or down.”

Having a fabulous fit doesn’t hurt either. In fact, InStyle Magazine recently named it the “best jeans for J-Lo level curves.”

LA Market buyers will also be able to place orders on McGuire’s recently launched sportswear line. The collection focuses on femininity and easy sexiness. McGuire is carried in 300 stores around the world and regularly worn by the likes of Gigi Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, and Mila Kunis. The sportswear collection will launch at Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom later this August, and a t-shirt collaboration with Club Monaco will be on the racks in the fall.

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When asked about the upcoming spring 2017 denim trends, McDonald says “Anything that flashes ankle.”

Cropped jeans will continue to be a big trend, as are flair and bootleg cuts. Buyers can also expect to see contemporary takes on vintage silhouettes, like modern takes on the classic Levis 501s. While previous seasons have favored certain washes or colors, spring 2017 is expected to embrace them all – grey, black, blue, and of course, stonewash.

For buyers looking to connect with brands during market week McDonald stressed the convenience of making appointments. “We’re happy to take walk-ins, but appointments are always better.”

McGuire Denim will be exhibiting during LA Market at Community Service Showroom in the Cooper Design Space. For more information and to make an appointment please call 213-624-0824.

LA FASHION MARKET RESOURCES

The Business of Fashion: Economic Impact of L.A. Fashion Industry

The Los Angeles fashion industry is huge. According to a report by CIT Group Inc. and the California Fashion Association (CFA), the industry generates at least $18 billion in revenue and over $6.4 billion in worker incomes. Designers, graphic artists, logistics experts, fashion photographers, and sales representatives are all part of the industry job market which employs over 97,000 people in Southern California. To put in perspective, Los Angeles County alone is estimated to employ over 77,500 people while New York employs approximately 47,000. Other important points to note from the report:

  • More than $46 billion in apparel enter Los Angeles as imports
  • 3,770 independent fashion designers work in Los Angeles
  • The fashion industry helps Los Angeles beat national employment trends with increases of 3.2% year-over-year

View the full report here.

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Coming Soon… The French Closet by Jackie Johnson

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The Fashion District prides itself on supporting emerging designers and fashion entrepreneurs from all over the world, but it’s especially heartwarming to foster local talent.

Local meteorologist and TV personality Jackie Johnson is starting a clothing line for price-conscious women who want to look effortlessly stunning while on the go. Based in the Fashion District, The French Closet is a smart and sexy collection of feminine pieces that can be dressed up or down and worn all year long. The styles are classic closet-staples, versatile and flattering on all body types.

We had the opportunity to do a Q&A with Jackie and learn about what inspired her to start a career in fashion and why she chose to base her business in the LA Fashion District.

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Fashion District (FD): We know you as a TV personality, but how did you get started in fashion?

Jackie Johnson (JJ): I’ve actually been sketching clothes since I was in high school! I love art. And I feel like clothes are a form of art. After being on TV for more than 10 years, I’ve struggled to find those “perfect fitting pieces”. So I just started making what I couldn’t find. Soon people were asking me to make them the same thing and it just grew organically from there.

FD: Your line focuses on timeless pieces. What was the inspiration for The French Closet’s aesthetic?

JJ: I’m a big traveler, and I always admired how French women have such small closets, yet they always look so good! I wanted to create that sense of effortless, minimalist style… without skimping on the feminine details.

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The collection will include 10 clothing pieces: A beautiful feminine blouse, a black pencil skirt, versatile black pants, a little black dress, white shorts, a striped boat neck cotton shirt, a sexy camisole, a turtleneck sweater*, a red dress*, and a camel coat*. There will also be one accessory – a black belt.

Two additional pieces will be added to the collection each season.

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JJ: I also didn’t want to leave the men out. I’ve always been obsessed with men’s ties, so I designed what I think is the most luxurious men’s tie I’ve ever seen (pictured above).

FD: We were so excited to learn The French Closet is based in the Fashion District. What drew you the area?

JJ: I’ve worked with a few factories in the Fashion District. I even did my photo shoot there. I absolutely LOVE the LA Fashion District, it has such a cool artistic vibe. I hope to get a loft [in the district] one day.

FD: We’re flattered! It’s always refreshing to see emerging designers who consciously choose to be Made in LA. What made you choose Los Angeles over a foreign manufacturer?

JJ: I love LA. I really do. This city has been my home for more than 10 years now, and the people here have been so kind to me. I love my fashion line being based out of here. I’m so lucky and proud to be able to work and live here.

The French Closet is expected to debut later this summer and will be available for purchase at www.thefrenchcloset.com. $2 will be donated to charity for every item sold.

*Available Fall 2015

Progressive Attire for the Modern Gentleman

Shop Seven Points Store

“Progressive attire for the modern gentleman,” that’s how Seven Points co-founder Adam Redhead describes his store. Seven Points is all about cool classics, well-made clothes that will stand the test of time with a little streetwear edge. Brands include AZUL, Deus Ex Machina, Generic Surplus, Goorin Bros., Kinetix, Wolf & Man, Proof eyewear, and Stance socks. The store opened in 2013 and quickly became a Downtown favorite. It’s all about quality here, from the merchandise to shopping experience. The space itself is quite inviting with exposed red brick, lights strung across the ceiling, and a big oxblood leather couch welcoming you in.

In the spirit of Father’s Day we asked Seven Points to share their top picks for Dad…

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1. Wolf & Man Short Sleeve Shirts
Wolf & Man is an independent, fair trade, family owned and operated menswear label offering a modern twist on classic styles.

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2. AZUL Knit “Denim” Pants
They look like denim and feel like sweatpants. Enough said.

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3. The Garwood Watch
This stylish wood watch is handcrafted in Los Angeles.

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4. Generic Surplus Sneakers
Affordable and sophisticated style from the same LA-based company that brought you Generic Man.

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5. Deus Ex Machina Trucker Hat
Translated as “God from the Machine”, the Australian brand embodies bike and surf culture.

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Shop the entire outfit at 845 S Los Angeles St. Look for the store with the rad motorcycle out front.

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Or shop Seven Points online at www.seven-points.com.

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