Eusebio and Magdalena Arellano know the American Dream. The husband and wife duo who founded American Kids USA, a unique, urban streetwear brand for children, immigrated to the United States in the 1980s from small towns outside of Mexico City. They eventually met in Los Angeles while working in the same garment factory where they both learned to sew. The couple knew they wanted to start their own business and in 2004 they decided to apply the skills they learned in the garment factory and start to their own business.
American Kids USA was born. First as a clothing store and later as a brand. Eusebio and Magdalena opened their first store just a few blocks from their current storefront in the Fashion District. Thirteen years later, American Kids USA has grown into a global success, with retail and wholesale accounts reaching as far as Japan and Colombia.
American Kids USA is all about contemporary urban streetwear for kids. Their clothing line includes graphic tees, sweatshirts, flannels, joggers and jackets for both girls and boys. What really sets the brand apart is the unique designs. Graphic tees, sweatshirts and jackets all have fun and unique images and sayings. Trendy flannels provide versatility with zippers and buttons, and the girls’ flannels even have cute pleated details on the back hemline. Hoodies have a zipper on the sides of their extended hemlines. Tees run from $10- $15, dresses from $15- $20 and sweatshirts and hoodies from $35- $40.
The name, “American Kids” reflects the company’s values. The line is designed and manufactured in Los Angeles with the purpose of creating jobs and keeping jobs local, while maintaining affordable price points. The company remains a family-run business. The Arellanos’ daughter and son are actively involved in growing the company. Maritza studied fashion design and is self-taught in fashion marketing and management, mentored by her father. She has worked to expand the brand name, working on photoshoots, at trade shows, expos and fashion shows as well as with a brand ambassador on the Disney Channel. Her brother Jose is a fashion design student and does the design work for the clothing line.
The spring collection is expected to debut soon, as well as a new mom-and-daughter line. Shop online at americankidsusa.com or visit them at their flagship store located at 442 E. Pico Blvd., located in the heart of the Fashion District’s children’s wholesale area.
American Kids is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
442 E Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
Source British is a new tradeshow taking place alongside shows like Capsule, ALT, Transit, Curve, Coeur, and AXIS during L.A. Fashion Market in the Penthouse at the California Market Center (CMC), 13-14 March 2017. For the first time ever, British made and designed brands have their own edited space, across categories including apparel, footwear, crafts, accessories, home and gifts.
The tradeshow is divided into focused areas that are set to create a quintessential British experience.
Source British was founded in 2016 by Olivett Asare and is backed by Upper Street Events Ltd., a leading U.K.-based events company since 1987. Upper Street Events creates and organizes 17 major innovative, premium, and stylish annual events, with two launches in progress and an exciting acquisition list in consideration, attracting over 400,000 visitors annually. ”
To register to attend Source British or the Trend Council’s Trend Forecasting presentations, please visit www.sourcebritish.com.
The LA Fashion District hosts five market weeks a year. LA Market Week, also known as LA Fashion Market, is a trade event in which designer brands and showrooms debut their collections for the upcoming season. Along with the district’s permanent showrooms, various trade shows participate in market week throughout the year. For a full list of participating brands, see our Lines Directory, which is updated prior to each market week.
The 2017 LA Market Week Dates will be as follows:
Market week is a trade-only event. You must own or work for a licensed retail business to purchase wholesale. Buyer requirements are listed here. Additional trade shows including LA Textile and LA Majors are listed here.
There are six main showroom buildings, California Market Center, Cooper Design Space, The Gerry Building, The New Mart, The Lady Liberty Building, and Academy Awards Clothes Showroom Building. Learn more abou the Fashion District’s designer showroom buildings, here.
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*Please note the October market dates have been update since this post was first published.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Wondering where to buy wholesale shoes in Los Angeles? The LA Fashion District’s wholesale shoe vendors are concentrated on E. Pico Boulevard from S. San Pedro to Stanford Street. Here you will find wholesale sandals, heels, boots, booties, and flats. To help you narrow down your search, we’ve selected three wholesale shoe vendors to feature: W&M Shoes, BEST SHOES, and CJ Shoes Inc.
A quick note about buying wholesale: “To buy wholesale” means you are buying items in bulk to resell. To purchase wholesale items in the fashion district you must be able to prove that your licensed to resell. Any of the items on this list can be used as credentials. All wholesale vendors have a “minimum.” This is the minimum quantity of pieces you will need to buy, typically of the same style.
W&M Shoes requires minimum orders between 12 and 18 pairs, depending on the style. Prices start at $20 per pair of shoes. To place an order visit W&M Shoes main office and showroom at 757 E. Pico Blvd, Los Angles, CA 90021. Customers can reach the store at 213-742-1207 or via email at email@example.com.
At BEST SHOES, minimum orders also range from 12 to 18 pairs, depending on shoe style. BEST SHOES manufactures its own shoes. The showroom is located on 737 E. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90021. Customers can reach the store at 213-746-7565 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CJ Shoes Inc.
CJ Shoes Inc. requires minimum orders of 12 pairs to 18 pairs. Prices range from $5.50 to $30 per pair. CJ Shoes Inc. is located on 739 E. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90021. Customers can reach the store at (213) 765-3404 or via email at email@example.com. See CJ Shoes Inc.’s collection online at www.cjshoeswholesale.com.
The wholesale shoe vendors featured in this post are “cash-and-carry.” This means buyers take the merchandise with them immediately after purchasing or arrange to have the shoes delivered to their store by a third party.