Trending With: OLDVINE FLORALS

We take you along to meet the owner and floral designer of OldVine Florals during Episode 03 of the “Trending Series.”

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Mono B Clothing: Wholesale Activewear & Athleisure

Because activewear and athleisure are SO in, we sat with Yuska of Mono B to get the inside scoop, what’s behind the brand, and a sneak peek of their latest collection.

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Tell us the story behind Mono B and who’s behind the brand?

Mono B was created by Mary Jane and Chris Chon, a husband and wife team. It was started in 2009, which means this year is Mono B’s 10th year anniversary. Chris Chon is our COO whilst Mary Jane Chon is our CEO and designer.

The word “mono” means “one” and the letter “B” stands for “basic.” The name was chosen to represent the idea behind the brand — we focus on creating items that are essential and versatile (“basic”) and can be mixed and matched with (almost) anything and be worn (almost) anytime and anywhere.

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We started our activewear and athleisure wear lines to support the active lifestyle. We believe that an important step for people to start being active is having high quality activewear. This is where Mono B comes in. The beauty about Mono B’s activewear is that it can be mixed and matched with various items and accessories to create that true athleisure vibe – from windbreaker to denim jackets or from sneakers to high heels. And let’s face it, activewear and athleisure are very comfortable and fashionable. It’s the ideal sleep to street wear.

Our women’s activewear collection comes in three lines: the core Mono B (simply called “Mono B”), the low-impact and true athleisure wear (Mono B RED), and high-impact and true performance wear created using Lycra and Spandex (Mono B Bronze).

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What’s your role at Mono B? 

I’m the creative head for sales & marketing as well as the liaison manager for our VIP customers. My creative job includes copywriting product descriptions, designing and copywriting our seasonal lookbooks, back-up photographer, managing our Magento-based wholesale website as well as our other platforms (FashionGo, LA Showroom, OrangeShine), and writing articles for for the Mono B Blog. I also do support work in customer service and sales, including our VIP program.

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Mono B has been around for 10 years — why a men’s collection now?

Mono B is already established as an activewear/athleisure brand for women. We launched our swimwear collection last year and it has been very well received. Menswear was the next logical step. There is a large demand for menswear and we’ve had many requests to come up with menswear, both as its own collection and to complement the women’s line in existing retailers. And true to its activewear/athleisure value, the Mono B MEN collection also features items that you can wear to workout (moisture wicking, polyester-spandex-blend, cool-touch cotton, four-way stretch) and as a daily athleisure look that is both comfortable and stylish.

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Where can interested buyers find the Mono B collections?

Mono B is carried by independent retailers throughout the US as well as Canada, Central America, South America, South Korea, and the UK. These independent retailers are both brick-and-mortar and online stores as well as fitness and dance studios. We’re extremely proud to support local businesses. These business owners can just go to monobclothing.com and register their account. Once they register, they’ll get an automatic email asking them to submit their business license or reseller’s permit. After they’ve submitted the necessary documents, we’ll verify their account and they can start purchasing online! The first (ground) shipment is on us, as long as it’s within the 48 contiguous US states.

For end users, the best way to get Mono B is by letting your local apparel store (or fitness studio) stock up on Mono B clothing.

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What can we expect to see next — any new collections in the works? 

Apart from our women’s activewear, athleisurewear, loungewear, and denim collection, we’re so excited to be releasing even more menswear! For our upcoming Fall+Winter 2019 collection, we’re also releasing couple’s looks – these are identical items that will be made available in both women’s and men’s lines.

A Guide to LA Market Week: Fall II/Holiday ’19 Edition

ABOUT LA MARKET WEEK

The Fall II/Holiday ’19 LA Market Week, also known as LA Fashion Market will be held June 17 – June 19. Designers and brands will debut their collections for the upcoming Fall/Holiday season at the showroom buildings on 9th and Los Angeles Streets.

For the Lines Directory click here.

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REGISTRATION AND BUYER REQUIREMENTS

LA Market Week is a trade-only event and buyers must be able to prove they have, or are working for, a licensed business.

Buyers and retailers wishing to attend LA Market Weeks will need to register at each building. At the Cooper Design Space, Gerry Building and The New Mart, Lady Liberty Building, and Academy Awards Clothes Showroom Building buyers and retailers are asked to bring a business card. At the California Market Center, in order to register for market weeks you must be able to provide the following credentials:

  • Photocopy of Business License
  • Photocopy of State Sales & Use Tax Certificate or Federal EIN Certificate
  • Photocopy of three (3) current industry-related invoices

Registration is available on-site. Online registration varies by building.

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LOCATIONS

California Market Center (CMC)110 E. 9th St.

  • Showroom Directory
  • Label Array – LA Market Week’s newest showcase presenting on-trend apparel, accessories, footwear, home, beauty and gift.
  • LA Kids Market – LA Kids Market is a children’s showroom collective showcasing Kids’ fashion lines, gifts, toys and lifestyle products.
  • To register to attend at the CMC, click here.

The New Mart127 E 9th St.

  • Showroom Directory
  • Designers & Agents – (D&A) is an independent, trade show well known for changing the landscape of the modern trade show experience by bringing a selection of curated designers to the marketplace.
  • To Pre-Register for the New Mart, please fill out and bring with you their BUYER REGISTRATION form.

Cooper Design Space860 S Los Angeles St.

  • Showroom Directory
  • Brand Assembly – Brand Assembly plays host to 250+ brands and 1,000+ buyers each season, providing a fun, inviting environment for shoppers and sellers alike.
  • A Current Affair –  The vintage pop-up will offer a thoughtfully curated selection of pre-loved clothing, accessories and jewelry, so you have a chance to immerse yourself into a vintage fashion wonderland and catch a break between the market appointments.

The Lady Liberty843 S. Los Angeles St.

Academy Award Clothes Showroom817 S. Los Angeles St.

NEARBY “HOT SPOTS”

PARKING

A list of local parking structures and lots can be found here.

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TIPS FOR BUYERS

  • Plan ahead! Know the brands and styles you are interested in ahead of time. Be sure your inventory and budget levels are good to go before your Market Week visit.
  • Time management. Because there will be HUNDREDS of brands to see! Make a list and check it twice.

A Guide to LA Market Week: Summer ’19 Edition

 

ABOUT LA MARKET WEEK

The Summer 2019 LA Market Week, also known as LA Fashion Market will be held January 14 to January 16. Designers and brands will debut their collections for the upcoming Summer season at the showroom buildings on 9th and Los Angeles Streets. Additionally, multiple trade shows showcasing temporary collections (designers that do not have permanent showrooms in the Fashion District) will also be showcasing collections.

For the Lines Directory click here.

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REGISTRATION AND BUYER REQUIREMENTS

Market Week is a trade-only event and buyers must be able to prove they have, or are working for, a licensed business.

Buyers will need to register for the LA Market Week at each building. At the Cooper Design SpaceGerry Building and The New Mart, buyers and retailers are asked to bring a business card. At the California Market Center (CMC), in order to register for market weeks, you must be able to provide the following credentials:

  • ONE of the following (copies are allowed): business license, seller’s permit, lease agreement, filing of fictitious business name (documents must be pertinent to the industry)
  • ONE of the following (per person): personalized business card, payroll stub, company credit card with buyer’s name

Registration for LA Market Week is typically on-site although some trade shows do offer pre-registration online.

LOCATIONS

California Market Center (CMC)110 E. 9th St.

The New Mart127 E 9th St.

Cooper Design Space860 S Los Angeles St.

Gerry Building910 S Los Angeles St.

The Lady Liberty843 S. Los Angeles St.

Academy Award Clothes Showroom817 S. Los Angeles St.

SOME RESTAURANTS TO VISIT NEARBY

PARKING

A list of local parking structures and lots can be found here.

TIPS FOR BUYERS

    1. Time management: Managing your time while at Market Week is crucial. We recommend buyers make appointments with popular brands early, as they tend to book up quickly. We also suggest allotting time to walk the buildings, because sometimes the biggest successes are the showrooms you stumble upon by accident.
    2. Pre-plan: Buyers who come with a clear vision for what kind of styles and brands they are looking for will have a more successful market experience. Know your shopper and research brands you might be interested in ahead of time. We also recommend visiting trade show and showroom buildings’ websites and pre-register when possible. Lastly, as a buyer, make sure your inventory and budget levels are well planned out before your visit.
    3. Network: Building strong connections while attending LA Market Week can lead to lasting partnerships with vendors. Bring business cards and always follow up with new partners. Take advantage of educational and networking events whenever possible.

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BONUS TIPS

  • Free parking at the CMC for registered buyers.
  • Mention “Market Week” at The Pupper Club and receive 20% off all Pupper Club services.

Holidays in the Fashion District 2018

Holidays in the Fashion District

RETAIL HOLIDAY HOURS
The Santee Alley and surrounding retailers on Santee Street and Maple Avenue are expected to open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Retailers in other parts of the district are expected to have limited hours. See a map of the area here.

WHOLESALE HOLIDAY HOURS
Wholesale businesses are expected to close on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Hours may vary by business on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

LA FLOWER DISTRICT HOLIDAY HOURS
The LA Flower Markets will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. The California Flower Mall will be open with limited hours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. It will close on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

NOTE: All businesses in the Fashion District are independently owned and operated. For exact business hours, please contact the businesses directly.