Everything You Need to Know About Shopping for Vintage Denim

There’s nothing like the thrill of the hunt, but when you find exactly what you’ve been looking for? It’s soooo much better. Which is why we went to the experts to get some advice on what to do when shopping for vintage denim. A pair of battered Wranglers or Levi’s 501 jeans have become just as essential to a good wardrobe as any Glove shoe or bucket bag. Our favorite cool girls make it look easy, but the rest of us need a little extra help to bolster the confidence to comb through our local thrift store. The good news? You can also buy these things online, which we really love. Whether you’re a thrifting pro or have yet to pop your vintage denim cherry, the words of wisdom that follow are key to finding that perfect pair of vintage jeans.

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START WITH A FITTING ROOM “Our top tip for shopping vintage denim would be to try an assortment of sizes. Fit really varies between style numbers and years produced so you really need to try a range and see what works best with your body type!” say Lauren Clark and Lyndsey Chow, founders of Hey Jude, a purveyor of contemporary vintage based in Vancouver, BC. “It takes a bit more effort but when you find the style that is best for you it’s worth the extra work.” Once you’ve narrowed down your size range, cut and fit preference, you’ll have all the info you need to shop for vintage jeans offline or online.

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LOOK FOR EXTRA TREATMENTS “If you can, try to find vintage Levi’s that have been silicone washed,” advises Andi Bakos, who curates a regular rotation of vintage denim for her boutique West End Select Shop in Portland. “We send all our jeans to a wash house and they come back feeling lighter, softer and more supple. It’s like putting them into a time machine that makes them 20 years older and better.” Look for curated vintage stores where this kind of vintage TLC is more likely.

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THEY SHOULD BE PERFECTLY IMPERFECT “We love denim for its sustainability and forever getting better with age. Jeans are effortlessly classic, and unexpectedly sentimental,” explain Stacy Daily and Claire Lampert, creators of B Sides. “Vintage jeans fit like no other piece of clothing you’ve ever worn. They are best when they’re broken in, heavy, imperfect, with color variation.” So look for things that make that pair extra special and personal to you. If your perfect fit has too many holes for your liking, there’s nothing a good tailor can’t help with to make them exactly how you want them.

TRADITIONAL SHOPPING RULES DO NOT APPLY

“Look in the men’s and boy’s jean sections too!” enthuses Amanda Vega, owner of KALEIDOSWendy and LaRae Kangas, the founders of DUO NYC, are on the same page. “We recommend shopping the men’s section. We’ve found some of our favorite pairs in the men’s rack, aka score a perfect boyfriend jean. Also, don’t get hung up with sizing on the label. Old denim tends to run much smaller than modern sizing. Our rule of thumb is size up two to three sizes.”

Merl Kinzie and Rachael Glasder, founder and online shop manager of The Shudio respectively, completely agree on both counts. “I have lately been going to the boys section of thrift and resale shops as some of the sizes are better for modern women, plus they have that grass-stained and worn-in quality that a lot of women look for,” Rachael says. Try on everything!” Merl adds. “I tell every person who comes into The Shudio looking for vintage denim that you have to carve out a solid hour when hunting for the perfect pair because depending on the year the jeans were constructed and how the first owner wore them, the sizes can widely fluctuate and a pair you never would’ve picked up could be your denim soul mate. It also doesn’t hurt to do some research prior to hitting the racks so you know what styles and fits best suit you… but again, try on EVERYTHING.”

“If you’re in a shop somewhere, try them on,” continues Katie May, owner of BLACKSHEEP. “Try them all on. The ones you thought wouldn’t fit may be the ones that make your butt look better than it ever has before! It’s so tough to know your size with all the inconsistencies and vanity sizing over the years. If you’re shopping online it’s important to know your measurements. I also tend to be pretty brand loyal so you can have idea of what to expect.” 

Remember: you are not a number, you’re a person. Hopefully after this, a person with the perfect pair of vintage jeans.

Meet the Designer: Ty McBride of Intentionally Blank

When it comes to putting together the perfect outfit, a killer pair of shoes is pretty much key. With styles that look good with everything, this emerging Los Angeles-based label totally fits the bill. Equipped with years of experience working with some seriously big players in the footwear industry, like Jeffrey Campbell and Solestruck, designer Ty McBride has gradually been taking over our shoe game since he launched Intentionally Blank is 2014. From the line’s signature mule to their casual-cool slides, we simply can’t get enough. With the belief that designs should have a distinct POV, his collections are created with practicality and function in mind while always hitting all of the right style notes.

And now, keeping that philosophy in mind, Intentionally Blank has finally expanded into apparel with the launch of their amazing capsule collection AND are opening a Los Angeles brick and mortar, to boot. Things just keep on getting better.

Here, we sit down with Ty to chat about design, his undying love for the east coast, and what exactly he likes to do with his time off. Spoiler alert: his answer is the best.

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The New Coat Rules With Sissy Sainte-Marie

Just call her our style guru. Los Angeles-based stylist Sissy Sainte-Marie gave us the lowdown on how to do denim right a while back, and she gave such sound advice that we knew we had to pick her brain about all the fresh ways to wear one of Fall’s most important pieces: the coat. From how to keep your mojo intact in outerwear to modern ways to style a well-worn favorite, Sissy helps us break down all the new coat rules you need to know.

HOW SHOULD WE THINK ABOUT OUTERWEAR WHEN APPROACHING A NEW SEASON OF COLDER MONTHS? Think of a coat as more than protection against cold. It should protect against mundanity. It should harness your body heat as well as your mojo.

HAS FASHION’S APPROACH TO OUTERWEAR CHANGED RECENTLY? I think the bomber/parka/puffer craze is a welcome change because your coat can be super insulated and super stylish. You can be warm as hell without feeling like Holly Hunter in Home for the Holidays.  

WHAT COAT RULES SHOULD WE KEEP IN MIND THIS YEAR? 

  1. A fashion statement can be playful but it should always be smart. You especially don’t want to get this wrong with outerwear. Be smart, be practical, stay dry, stay warm.
  2. Try an unexpected color, fabric, print or silhouette.
  3. If you opt for fur, look for something ethically sourced like Milena Silvano.
  4. A good quality coat is going to be an investment piece which can last generations. You’ll want to put in the time and energy to getting it right.

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WHAT COATS SHOULD EVERY WOMAN HAVE IN HER CLOSET? Coats suitable for the weather where you live and may travel. Something down-filled. Something waterproof. For the record, I have always lived in California and half my life has been spent in Los Angeles where it rarely falls below 54 degrees and rain is scarce. I have an entire rack of light jackets, mostly worn in overly air conditioned restaurants and theaters in the summer. For me, coats are a delicacy and often more decorative than practical. But in my experiences traveling to New York, London, Paris and Berlin in winter, there’s nothing worse than being inadequately prepared for inclement weather.

WHAT IS TRENDING IN OUTERWEAR LATELY? 

MonochromaniaOpt for a coat in an unexpected color and then wear that color from head to toe. If you feel so emboldened, go for something bright like red-orange or yellow. Or try a more muted yet adventurous monochrome look like this sage green ensemble from Town Clothes. Or to play it safe, this look is alway chic and smart in a traditional color like camel, gray or navy.   

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Assembly New York Corduroy Standard Trench; Objects Without Meaning Rib Tee, Navy; VereVerto Recro in navy (similar here); Gray Matters Mildred pump in white (similar here); Sissy’s own trousers (similar here); Open House earrings (similar here). 

Military Operation: The military trend has been rehashed too many times to count. Safe to say it’s a classic at this point. Keep in mind the essence of what keeps military inspired coats coming back: time-honored colors like olive green, plus durability and functionality. Forego unnecessary embellishments like decorative buttons and epaulettes. A good military overcoat will endure years of cold weather and can be the a great layering piece or a canvas for ephemeral updates like a corset belt, or whatever trend should come down the pike for the next few seasons.

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SVILU Lab Coat in Loden; Sissy’s own shirt (similar here) and vintage boots (similar here); Open House earrings (similar here); Prada corset belt (similar here). 

Reinvented Trench: While this Trademark coat happens to be hitting on a trifecta of trends (brown as the new black, shiny/vinyl/patent leather, and reinvented trench), it retains all the elements which make it keeper for seasons to come. It’s classic, it’s practical, it’s sexy.

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Trademark patent trench (similar here); Gray Matters Mildred pump in white (similar here); Derek Lam 10 Crosby Gia Mid-Rise Cropped Flare; The Palatines socks (similar here); Creatures of Comfort bag (similar here); Open House earrings (similar here).

Plaids and Tweeds: Isn’t it nice when classics are trending! Make the most of this oxymoronic moment by swooping up a coat in a tweed or plaid wool like this one from Anntian or Horses Atelier’s herringbone duster. Woolens associated with British upper crust may be having a moment but they will also be heirloom pieces you’ll want to keep forever.

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Anntian plaid Poncho (similar here); Gray Matters Mildred pump in white (similar here); Sissy’s own suit (similar here and here) and shirt (similar here).  

Patchwork Shearling: Shearling coats, as well as patchwork and graphic furs, are spotted all over street style blogs these days. This one from Milena Silvano is handmade from ethically sourced sheepskin. C.F. Goldman has done some great faux furs this season as well.

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Milena Silvano coat (similar here); Pari Desai skirt (similar here); Open House earrings (similar here); Sissy’s own sweater (similar here) and vintage boots (similar here).  

OversizedOversized coats are so big right now. But simply wearing a coat that’s too big for you would be gauche. Choose a well-tailored coat with one oversized feature such as extra long sleeves, ankle-skimming length, dramatic width or exaggerated shoulders. 

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Black Crane trench (similar here); Sissy’s own jeans (similar here) and top (similar here).

 

Photographer: Eddie Chacon 
Model and Stylist: Sissy Sainte-Marie 

Meet The Boutique: Idun of St. Paul

You’d never guess that Idun was Dahlia Brue’s first foray into the world of retail. After all, the Minnesota-based boutique (pronounced Eden and named after the Norse goddess of youth) has quickly become a go-to for fashion-forward-thinking women since it opened up shop in 2014, carrying a curated selection of emerging designers that aim to inspire confidence in the woman that wears the clothes. Dahlia was working as an event planner for a local magazine publishing company before she decided to finally start her own business — always a dream of hers — and worked on the concept for two and a half years before opening Idun’s doors. And, in fact, it is confidence that has carried through from Dahlia to the stock on the boutique’s shelves, as her admiration for under-the-radar designers and the instinct that prompted her to follow her heart has remained imprinted into the shop’s brick and mortar. Here, Dahlia shares with us what made her take the leap, as well as some of her favorite things.

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Meet The Designer: Objects Without Meaning

It may be called Objects Without Meaning, but this California-based label maintains a seriously meaningful sense of style within each and every piece. Designer Alexandra Michelle founded the line in 2011, choosing to work out of Los Angeles specifically after she spent time living in other major cities and had moved from her home in Australia. Today she’s at the helm of one of the most influential brands in LA’s new-found fashion capital status. Using clean lines, loose silhouettes and luxurious fabrics like linen and silk, Alexandra creates a laid-back aesthetic that makes a statement whether you’re wearing it while on duty at the office or sneaking ice cream on the weekend. Here, the designer shares her artistic philosophy and the things that continue to inspire her.

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Meet the Boutique: Umeboshi

Umeboshi has been Vancouver’s source of unique, handcrafted shoes and emerging designers from around the world for years. Stephanie Gorrell found inspiration while living in Europe and brought the old-world traditions of shopping local home by opening her own boutique in 2005. Since then Umeboshi has been known, not only, for curating a cool, well-edited collection of shoes, but for the kind of service that makes you feel like you’re shopping with friends. The footwear store also paved the way for other boutiques to join them on Main Street, which has since become one of the city’s top neighborhoods for boutiques. Here, Stephanie shares her approach to business and her favorite things.

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9 women leading the fashion industry in Los Angeles

Forget what you know about Hollywood, California Casual and Rodeo Drive, these nine women are defining what fashion means in Los Angeles. The city has been gaining momentum as a fashion capital for its burgeoning production industry in DTLA, emerging designers refining modern femininity and the long-standing traditions of denim, and neighborhoods like Silver Lake and Echo Park bringing back the city’s indie scene. To celebrate our LA Ladies Sale, we gathered these designers, who also happen to be some of the most inspiring women we know, at a Los Angeles studio to find out the real deal of La La Land and what they love most about their sunny city.

 

CECILIA BORDARAMPE, ARE Studio

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Minimalism in the form of leather goods and apparel established in 2012. Cecilia brought her education in textile arts, photography and art history back home from the Art Institute of Chicago to create a line of distinct but subtle wares that serve as a clean slate for anyone who wears them. Each and every piece is made by hand in Los Angeles using overstock and deadstock materials.

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ARE YOU ORIGINALLY FROM LOS ANGELES OR A TRANSPLANT? I grew up in Los Angeles, in the Silver Lake neighborhood. I lived in Chicago while attending art school for a few years, but ultimately decided that Los Angeles was where I wanted to settle.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE IN LA? WORK? I live/work in Highland Park at the moment. I really love having my office/studio at home for the most part, especially considering the inherent comforts, like having my dog around and being able to take a break to lounge in the yard for a while.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LIVING IN LA? The close proximity to so many varied landscapes is a phenomenal thing.

WHAT DO YOU WISH MORE PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT LA? The city is rich with history, despite what some may think. Huell Howser knew it.

WHAT’S YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY? Clean lines, simplicity and ease.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? I like to feel comfortable in what I’m wearing, to put it simply, so that could mean any number of things on any given day for me. Mostly, I love wearing oversize button down shirts paired with a good pair of jeans – this always feels very chic to me.

TELL US A FUN FACT! I was a serious tap dancer growing up.

 

GIULIANA RAGGIANI, giu giu

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“Weird, unisexy and nostalgic” is how this designer, newly based in Los Angeles, describes her line of quirky cool knitwear. And that’s exactly why we love it. The Central Saint Martins grad lives and designs by blending the rules of tradition and nostalgia with innovation, humor and creative freedom. Ever evolving, each season never really like the last, we’re always looking forward to what Giuliana has up her ribbed knit sleeve next.

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ARE YOU ORIGINALLY FROM LOS ANGELES OR A TRANSPLANT? Transplant. Moved here exactly one year ago from Brooklyn.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE IN LA? WORK? Live in Venice, split my time working between Venice and DTLA.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LIVING IN LA? LA gives me the mental space to think creatively, and I’m constantly inspired by the contrast of naivety and seediness.

WHAT DO YOU WISH MORE PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT LA? That it’s actually the city of Angels. I’ve met some of the most amazing people in the short time i’ve been here.

WHAT’S YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY? My goal is to design mindfully, balancing a sense of nostalgia with innovation and humor. Above all, I think clothing should be a canvas to simply feel comfortable in your own skin, mentally and physically. Engaging your senses through textures and versatility with wear is important to me. Feeling boundless, simple and light.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? Comfy ‘n’ caj.

TELL US A FUN FACT! I have a thing for hands.

 

VALERIE QUANT, LOQ

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Alongside her design partner Keren Longkumer, often based at home in Nagaland, Valerie introduced LOQ as a new, modern perspective on the classics of shoe design. The pair met while studying at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, bonded instantly over their shared perspective and love for shoes, and quickly found a cult following for their footwear.

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ARE YOU ORIGINALLY FROM LOS ANGELES OR A TRANSPLANT? Born and raised in Orange County, went to school in San Francisco and now I’m staying put in LA.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE IN LA? WORK? I work from my home in Venice.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LIVING IN LA? Because I am near the ocean in Venice I am able to ride my bike to the beach, local restaurants and boutiques – one of the biggest perks of Westside living.

WHAT DO YOU WISH MORE PEOPLE NEW ABOUT LA? There is so much to discover, I’m constantly surprised about new neighborhoods that I haven’t explored and endless cultural food adventures.

WHAT’S YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY? Redefining classics.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? Comfort focused and pared down.

TELL US A FUN FACT! I have a habit of imitating people’s quirks, faces and voices.

 

ALEXANDRA MICHELLE, Objects Without Meaning

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More interested in designing to enhance the wearer, not the object, Alex established the line in 2011 with a keen eye on creating honest, effortless clothing that don’t carry baggage or the expectations of trends. She had worked in various roles in the fashion industry around the world but found home in Los Angeles and launched the line there.

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ARE YOU ORIGINALLY FROM LOS ANGELES OR A TRANSPLANT? I’m originally from Australia and moved to the USA about 10 years ago. I lived in New York for four years before settling down in LA to start Objects Without Meaning… best choice I ever made!

WHERE DO YOU LIVE IN LA? WORK? I live on the east side of Los Angeles in Echo Park and work in the Arts District in DTLA. Echo Park is so diverse and has great energy. I love the cafe’s, restaurant and bars and that everything is walking distance. The Arts District is so inspiring — there are a lot of creative people everywhere. I’m so fortunate to be able to experience both every day.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LIVING IN LA? I would say the weather. It’s unbelievable how nice weather just makes life easier. My second favorite thing is the people, I love the culture and diversity of Los Angeles.

WHAT DO YOU WISH MORE PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT LA? The food, art and music scene are amazing. You can go watch a great band, see amazing art and eat great food on any given day!

WHAT’S YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY? I look at clothing as an empty vessel, a blank slate to be filled by the many experiences and emotions of daily life.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? Classic and understated. I’m a uniform wearer. Most days I’m in jeans, a shirt and sneakers. I don’t spend much time getting ready.

TELL US A FUN FACT! I was born in Australia to Argentinian parents, so I speak fluent Spanish (with an Australian accent)!

PARI DESAI

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This Canadian designer honed her design chops in the storied houses of American sportswear Calvin Klein and A.L.C. before striking out on her own in 2014. So of course her knitwear-focused line finds the perfect balance of upscale luxury and downtown cool. She also happens to be one seriously rad human.

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ARE YOU ORIGINALLY FROM LOS ANGELES OR A TRANSPLANT? Born and raised in Toronto, moved to New York to design for TSE and Calvin Klein. Moved to Los Angeles to lead knitwear design at A.L.C., launched my own collection in 2014.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE IN LA? WORK? I live and work in Echo Park.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LIVING IN LA? Because the weather is so temperate, I love how the boundaries between outdoor and indoor spaces are fluid. This quality and the light make the natural world feel like an essential part of the urban environment.

WHAT DO YOU WISH MORE PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT LA? There is a vanguard of artists and designers working in Los Angeles right now. In terms of fashion it’s still under the radar but there are a lot of ideas being created here that feel new and relevant to our time.

WHAT’S YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY? Minimal, soulful, a low-key approach to luxury.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? I gravitate toward beautifully made clothes that have the effortlessness of wearing a favorite t-shirt. My uniform is usually neutral but I’ll add unexpected color or texture to bring emotional contrast.

TELL US A FUN FACT! My birthday is New Year’s Eve.

 

SHAINA MOTE

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This longtime Los Angeles native spent years in the fashion industry in varying roles of vintage buyer and pattern maker to creative director before launching her own line of versatile, timeless and modern women’s wear in 2012. Emphasizing longevity, superior construction and and impeccable fit, the core of her line is all about those perfect wardrobe staples.

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ARE YOU ORIGINALLY FROM LOS ANGELES OR A TRANSPLANT? I was born and raised in Los Angeles and still live and work here today.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE IN LA? WORK? I live in Highland Park and work in Downtown.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LIVING IN LA? Diversity – of landscape, people, art, events, beliefs, practices.

WHAT DO YOU WISH MORE PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT LA? The Valley is amazing and weird and worth the adventure… so many hidden gems.

WHAT’S YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY? I aim to keep my designs versatile, well made and classic with some sort of twist in hopes of creating a piece with lasting impact, interest and relevance.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? Woman on a mission! I dress according to my days duties. If my tasks involve dye house trips or factory check ins, I am likely running around town in something casual — probably Levi’s and a crisp poplin top. Design days, I try to dress in a way that inspires me or makes me feel in a creative mood. My wardrobe is mainly comprised of emerging designers’ pieces, friends’ designs or my own work. I love to incorporate other designers work into my world.

TELL US A FUN FACT! I grew up on a ranch in LA and have ridden horses my whole life. I am more at ease with those gentle creatures than perhaps anywhere else on earth.

 

JESSICA TAFT LANGDON, The Palatines

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When you spend your formative years as a designer in the studio of Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang and Everlane, you’re bound to learn a thing or two about shoes. Jessica moved westward to Los Angeles as she searched for American production for footwear and found an enclave of talent in Los Angeles that finally inspired her to launch her own line.

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ARE YOU ORIGINALLY FROM LOS ANGELES OR A TRANSPLANT? Definitely a transplant. I grew up in and around Philadelphia, and lived primarily in NYC (with some time in the Pacific Northwest, and schooling in Italy) before moving here four years ago.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE IN LA? WORK? I live and work in Silver Lake.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LIVING IN LA? I love the space – the physical space, and the creative space that this city offers. it’s a city where creativity and entrepreneurism are lauded, and with that comes the understanding that mistakes can happen. it’s a city that forgives and allows second chances, so it’s worth taking the risk.

WHAT DO YOU WISH MORE PEOPLE NEW ABOUT LA? That it’s usually quite cloudy in June.

WHAT’S YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY? I don’t believe that design is particularly philosophical. Our manufacturing, employment and living habits can be based on philosophy, but design is more innate, less intellectual than philosophy. It’s about feelings and relationships, not about rules.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? Contrary and constantly changing.

TELL US A FUN FACT! My feet are two different lengths – by almost a half size.

 

CONSUELO CHOZAS AND PAIGE SMITH, VereVerto

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Women have an innate ability to multitask so it’s really no wonder that the handbags created by this gorgeous duo are equally talented. Consuelo and Paige met when Paige had moved to Los Angeles from San Francisco and discovered they were both looking for a truly versatile handbag they couldn’t find. Their minimalist leather wares take you from commuting to lunch to an evening out with a few simple adjustments.

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CONSUELO

ARE YOU ORIGINALLY FROM LOS ANGELES OR A TRANSPLANT? I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We moved to southern California when I was 4 years old and lived between Newport Beach and Buenos Aires. I came back to LA in 2007 after living in Spain for two years.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE IN LA? WORK? I live in a little pocket of Echo Park called Angeleno Heights. We just moved to our first studio/office this year that is also in Angeleno Heights. I’m pretty lucky because I can walk there from my house and that is a true luxury in LA.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LIVING IN LA? I love that you can create your own little community within the separate very spread out neighborhoods, and walk to things and bump into friends on the street. All the things I love about European city living can in a much smaller way be replicated in each little neighborhood in LA.

WHAT DO YOU WISH MORE PEOPLE NEW ABOUT LA? That however spread out and lonely it can seem, it doesn’t have to be that way, and exploring all the unique neighborhoods in LA makes it feel new and rich and exciting always even after nine years of living here.

WHAT’S YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY? Paige and I have always agreed on pairing things down, no excess frills, or loud branding, just the simple beautiful materials that shine on their own.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? I’m pretty classic at times traditional in the way I dress, but love being more daring with my shoes and bags.

TELL US A FUN FACT! I’m obsessed with horses and have been riding since before I could walk. We had a ranch in Argentina when I lived there. And VereVerto works with tanneries that mainly provide leather for the equestrian industry in Spain.

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ARE YOU ORIGINALLY FROM LOS ANGELES OR A TRANSPLANT? I am a transplant from Dallas, Texas. I’ve been living in Los Angeles for six years and before that, in San Francisco for five years.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE IN LA? WORK? I live in Highland Park, and I split time between work in our VereVerto studio in Echo Park and my home studio.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT LIVING IN LA? I landed in LA and fell in love almost immediately. I don’t know if I can choose one thing I love most, but the creative drive here is palpable, there are endless amounts of things to discover, and the weather!

WHAT DO YOU WISH MORE PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT LA? You can’t judge LA as one city. For example, Hollywood is not a good barometer for Venice or Arts District or Silver Lake culture. LA, to me, is made up of many different boroughs, and you have to check them all out to find what you like.

WHAT’S YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY? For our handbags, the old tome ‘form follows function’ works well. Our bags are whittled down to clean essentials and utilitarian needs.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? I’ve always relied on the shoes, bags and coats. Muted for the clothing and accents for the accessories.

TELL US A FUN FACT! I am also a sculpture/installation artist.

Shop the LA Ladies Sale this way. And stay tuned for our Los Angeles city guide as the designers weigh in on the best of the best.

 

Photographer: Eddie Chacon, Metropolis of Vice

Stylist: Sissy Sainte-Marie

Special thanks to Kathleen Whitaker for letting us shoot in her beautiful studio space in Los Angeles.

Meet the Designer: Miranda Bennett

Never before have we been so conscious of what we buy and its impact on the world. From the slow-food movement to sustainable fashion, we are all striving to be more mindful about what we eat and wear. Austin-based designer Miranda Bennett pretty much embodies this lifestyle with her eponymous line of naturally-dyed women’s wear. The rule-breaking designer chose to ignore the atypical, seasonal industry mold and launched her label in 2006 with small, carefully-designed capsule collections. In the years before she created her first line, she honed her POV while studying fashion design and art history at Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College in New York. Designed to be versatile, seamless additions to any woman’s wardrobe, her collections are streamlined with a penchant for clean lines and solid, earthy colors. Basically, every piece is completely seasonless and looks amazing year round. Everything is made-to-order in her studio using natural fabrics and plant-based dyes, and sustainability and ethical production are incorporated into every aspect of the brand. We talked to Miranda about design, sustainable production and the best part of her job.

Name to Know: Ty Ziskis, founder of ZED

Every now and then a new designer bursts onto the scene and immediately resonates. Ty Ziskis, the designer behind Seattle-based line ZED, is one of those rare designers that has captured the attention of both the industry and a wide net of customers. Stand Up Comedy’s buyer and owner, Diana Kim, gave us the heads up first. She’s a friend of Ty and has already been selling his pieces nonstop. “There’s something of traditional French workwear and Japanese denim elements mixed in, but that’s really to say it’s a global tone,” she says. “Anyone could wear these clothes as a daily uniform, but they’re well-suited for travel, mix-and-match in a rumpled, jazzy way.” Choosing to ignore the notion of gender specific clothing, Zed may have began as a men’s wear label but it appeals, and sells, to both men and women. “It’s a line made for men, but works so well for women too, because of the silhouettes. Just order the XS or S,” Diana explains. Perfect for the jet set, minimalists, or anyone who is attempting the five-piece French wardrobe challenge, each collection is small and carefully curated. “They’ve done it smartly,” Diana said. “Two jackets, one shirt, one pant, in a few different color ways and fabrics.” After everything that Diana had to say, we obviously had to find out more about this under the radar label. Here, we sit down with Ty to talk about his journey into design and why he believes that gender specific clothing is on the way out.

Meet the Men Behind Olderbrother: Bobby Bonaparte and Max Kingery

Sure, we eat a bunch of kale, exercise and guzzle water at our desks, but it’s easy to forget how our clothes have the ability to impact our health. Enter Bobby Bonaparte and Max Kingery, the designers behind eco-friendly clothing label Olderbrother. Caring for the environment and the well-being of their customers is one of the guiding factors for Bobby and Max and integral to their brand. With that in mind, they decided that Olderbrother’s garments would be manufactured ethically right in Los Angeles, using environmentally conscious, sustainable fabrics and natural dyes that are free of toxins, salts and heavy metals. Keeping things green in a competitive industry is no easy task, so we really owe Bobby and Max a solid. Their simple, pared-down designs are effortless and wearable for men and women alike and we are huge fans. We caught up with the men behind Olderbrother to get their take on the importance of natural materials and gender neutral design, plus their thoughts on the world of denim.

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