Made in USA: American Kids Streetwear

american kids street wear fashionEusebio 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

American Kids
442 E Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
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Source British Debuts at LA Market

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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.

  • The home, gift and craft area: Some brands exhibiting include Animo Glass, Carola Van Dyke, Chunki Chilli, D R Harris and Co, Melt England, Nutscene, Teddy Maximus, Schokolat, Paperboy London, Tomcat Cards, Twiguk, Emma’s Soap, Nathalie Bond Organics, Equi-Scuto, Lizzie Kershaw, Junction Eighteen, Jamali Annay, Molly Mac Living, and Love Jars.
  • The fashion, footwear and accessories area: Some brands exhibiting include Karen Gold, A Post Card from Brighton, Novelette Novalis, Fonz Leathers, Wolfram Lohr, Glen Appin of Scotland, Nadia Minkoff, The Leather Satchel Company, Amanda Coleman Jewellery, Carlton London, David Hampton, Peak & Brim Designer Hats, Stargem, Lucy Sylvester Jewellery, Hedon, Attune, and Roy Lowe & Sons.
  • The Trend Council pavilion, with curated designers that include brands like Sherene Melinda, Orla Kiely, Something Wicked, Satanic Mill, and Exofitness London.
  • The Sipsmith Gin Palace, where you can sample the finest British gin away from the hustle and bustle of the market.
  • A British Tea Room, where attendees can taste a traditional British spread.
  • Trend Council demonstration area where registered attendees can attend focused trend forecasting sessions on both days. The forecasting sessions are designed for buyers and exhibitors to identify trends that will shape retail in the upcoming season, outlining must-have colors, patterns, and key items.
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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.

2017 LA Market Week Dates

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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:

  • January 16-19, Summer 2017
  • March 13-16, Fall 2017
  • June 5-8, Fall II/Holiday 2017
  • July 31-August 3, Holiday/Resort 2017
  • October 9-12, Spring 2018
     

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.

Questions? Tweet us! @lafashiondist

*Please note the October market dates have been update since this post was first published. 

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

Where to Buy Wholesale Shoes

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.

WHERE TO BUY WHOLESALE SHOES:

Where to buy wholesale shoes in Los Angeles

W&M Shoes
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 wmshoes@sbcglobal.net.

 

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BEST SHOES
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 bestshoes@sbcglobal.net.

 

Where to buy wholesale shoes

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 cjshoesla@yahoo.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.

BUYER TIPS:

  • Be sure to visit the buyer requirements page to understand what you need to buy wholesale shoes.
  • Refer to the LA Fashion District map to locate where the wholesale shoe vendors are located.
  • Find designer wholesale shoes in the fashion district here.
  • Find more cash-and-carry wholesale shoe vendors here.