One of the few fashion capitals in the world, Los Angeles has created a streetwear culture unlike any other. Behind the city's laid-back temperament is a scene that is often overlooked and underrated. As each destination has its trademark look, LA is buzzing with creative minds continuing to contribute to its legacy of style and design. Living in this coastal city for nine years, I've discovered it's the acceptance of individual style that leads one to discover their most authentic self.
Using clothing as a form of self-expression, it's inspiring to see designer brands and trends from around LA mixed into an array of daring yet creative looks.
In sunny California, the temperature is always right when it comes to a dope look. Known for comfort and style, the west coast is often portrayed in throwback classics with baggy pants and sneakers or women in cropped tees with spandex. Today, LA-based designers are setting a precedent for their brands while representing the city, continuing to gain recognition around the world. From vintage clothing to futuristic chic, these are the 7 breakthrough designer brands blowing up the streetwear scene online and IRL.
You may recognize this high fashion brand as a favorite amongst the biggest celebrities in the world. Known for its sharply feminine sleek looks, TLZ L'femme founder Aazhia is the mastermind behind the futuristic chic designs. With killer looks seen around the net, this is one of LA's most-wanted brands.
LA-based and women-owned, Studio Patchwerk uses alteration as a means of innovation. With enticing designs that include creative lines and cut outs, this brand defines modern chic women's wear. From tailored looks to feminine drapes, everything comes at a price that won't impede on your monthly fashion budget. Items ranging from $50-$128, it's a crime to be this fashion forward with such good prices.
With its unique distinct designs and creative direction, Phlemuns indeed has a cult following of those within the fashion world. Founded by James Flemons, this brand takes a unisex approach when it comes to most styles. Blending comfort and style, this innovative brand is charting its own fashion territory.
Born in Los Angeles, women's wear brand Local European, lives up to its name. Founded by Alexandra Brunch, LE features timeless silhouettes with modern touches. Minimal with a touch of edginess, these styles are designed for women that appreciate prints, patterns, and a bit of color.
With a range of modern and throwback styles, Millersroom is LA's go-to shop for delicious secondhand and reimagined vintage. Garments sourced by founder and designer Marquis Miller, every item is a must-have. If living or visiting the LA area, make an appointment to shop this one of a kind experience.
Handmade in DTLA, Busy Body was founded by Chandler King, an artist from Baltimore, MD who is currently based in Los Angeles, CA. The brand derived its name from "Busy" to inspire people of all ages to go for what they wanted in this life, and to not be afraid to be themselves. Frequently spotted on fashionistas around the city of LA, Busy Body's trademark designs are as recognizable as they are fly.
Where high fashion meets LA streetwear, meet No Sesso. Blessing the city since 2015, this independent design duo has been creating risque yet chic styles from knit tops to slinky dresses, giving us a variety of chic to choose from. With a runway quality, this collection gives both edge and editorial with ease.
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