Hey sunny Los Angeles, we’ve officially announced the winners of the free booths at our LA launch party!
With fun D.I.Y stations (flower garlands, anyone?), fashion trucks and scrumptious street food, this launch party will be the ultimate LA hot spot (thanks to our amazing vendors)! We originally planned to choose just 8 booth winners, but since there were so many incredible applicants, we couldn’t decide on just 8. So instead, we nearly doubled our booth winners to 14 exceptional LA vendors for our launch party next week!
Curious to see who they are? Here’s a quick summary on each:
Lauren and Jess just love parties. It’s really as simple as that. When Lauren was a kid, she spent all year thinking and planning her own birthday party. The colors, theme, cake and party favors. Lauren Jessica in 2007, and threw their first party together: Thanksmas. It’s been an on-going tradition ever since; as they spend months planning and designing unique decorations. Their friends all gather together on one day between Thanksgiving and Christmas, where they all share their families favorite dish, play silly dancing games, and party all night long. But one event a year wasn’t enough for Lauren and Jess; beyond new years parties, birthday parties, engagement parties, and what have you, they started creating up new events, like the “Lemon Party”. Their decor got bigger and better every time. Eventually their friends started to say “you know, you could make a business out of this!” They’d laugh and say, “yeah, one day!” and here they are.
Founded in 2008 by Shanghai designer Susu Zheng, Susu was developed for the modern professional woman who desires functional yet classically designed handbags at attainable prices. After graduating from one of China’s top design schools where she participated in a collaborative program with New York’s prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology, Susu began her own line of handbags and quickly established herself as one of Shanghai’s rising young designers. Today, Susu Handbags enjoys great popularity in China and entered the American market in 2013.
Melissa Velia a Los Angeles native, grew up designing and sewing her Barbie dolls new wardrobes by the age of 7. Her mother taught to her to sew by hand, so after that she began her life-long passion for fashion and the industry. Coming from humble beginnings, Melissa work while she attended college for fashion, which she found a waste of time considering she already had plenty of skills and experience. It was during that time, she dropped out of college and began her career in the fashion industry by landing a position with BCBG in one of their corporate showrooms. Later, Melissa went on to work for several well-known brands and eventually designed for an LA-based clothing company, where her designs were worn by celebrities such as Tyra Banks, Hilary Duff and FaithEvans.
Mokuyobi Threads is an out of this world company which designs bags, clothing, accessories, and general radness for the super-beings of Earth and beyond. Mokuyobi or 木曜日 (もくようび) means Thursday in Japanese, and it believes that there is always something to look forward to on this day. Whether it’s a rad friend‘s party, vacation time, or a hot date, Thursday always sparks that excitement. Mokuyobi Threads guarantees high quality construction and durability in their products to make sure their items will last as long as possible.
It’s a constant struggle to find luxury basics without going through racks and racks at the department store and paying $100 for a designer top. With a passion for both business and design, I wanted to solve this issue. So Angeli cut through the clutter and founded Six Twenty. By circumventing traditional retail channels and working hand-in-hand with the same suppliers and manufacturers who supply to high-end designers, Six Twenty brings unparalleled value to the market with luxury fabrics, exclusive designs, and a high-end customer experience, at a fraction of the price. They meticulously crafted our first Classix Collection to include the most versatile tees and tanks. The Six Twenty aesthetic is inspired by the laid back California lifestyle and represents a strong, elegant, and classic woman. I hope you enjoy the collections as much as we enjoyed creating them.
Inspired by her friend’s boutique, Papers & Peonies. Elaine watched her friend curate and market items from her shop and market them in new and creative ways. Elaine was working a full-time office job in entertainment marketing at the time, and even though she spent mhery entire college life and summers building a resume to land her“dream job”, she couldn’t shake off the urge to explore a more creative side of herself. This, combined with her love for pop culture, magazines and fashion is what pushed her to take a leap of faith. Elaine quit her job of 2 years, and with the help of her boyfriend, started Love Junkee in April 2013. She is inspired all the time by culture and images that she sees on social media, and try to curates her items based on lifestyles and people who inspire her (and in turn, inspire her customers). The online fashion business can get very competitive, but Elaine doesn’t just by any old item seen in stores. As the owner and buyer of Love Junkee, Elaine love clothes which tell a story but are also wearable in everyday life.
Danielle a self taught designer with the desire to create outside of the box using recycled materials and ideas inspired by nature, fabrics, and my clients. She has been designing now for 5 years for women all over the world. She loves to put romance in her designs, with one of a kind pieces which set Danielle’s designs apart from the rest. Danielle started designing in San Francisco, but recently relocated to pursue her passions down in sunny Southern California.
Lillian started with a family of creatives with her dad being a photographer, and mom a seamstress. After graduating from the Hollywood Art Institute in 2008, Lilian got and knack for what people want, and has an ever-growing list of clientele all over Los Angeles. Lillian’s handmade clothing has been featured on Etsy, and has been selling her creations in boutique clothing shops all around the Hollywood area.
Comprised of street artists, artists and designers that are from LA, NYC and PA, RBTiQs is diverse in its story.RBTiQs, otherwise known as Robotiques, is a boutique street culture brand which sells premium quality apparel, ranging from tees and hoodies to hats and select accessories. Alternative to brands that try to “glitz and glam” by using “pretty” models which they “dirty” up; RBTiQs provides realistic images using everyday people. This marketing approach is designed to build a unique social awareness and attempts to inject social responsibility into popular culture. When people see the RBTiQs Logo they know they are buying a quality product that has been crafted to make a contribution to society. From one of a kind production artwork, to limited production skate decks and collaborative tees, RBTiQs is at the forefront of street culture with robot AS the PULSE.
Big Spoon Tex came upon after a road trip from L. A. to Texas. As soon as Jessica crossed the state line into El Paso and immediately wanted to hug Texas. She was so happy to be back in her state, and so the “If Texas were a person I’d hug it!” product was inspired. Jessica constantly thought: if Texas were a person, what else would it do and how would it interact? The ideas floated in her head for 7 years and finally it was time to do something about it. Big Spoon Tex has always lived in Jessica’s heart, and now she’s able to share it with you lovely folks.
With mobile retail trending, Jordana Fortaleza and Tyler Kenney two of the first pioneers in this innovative industry! These two young pioneers have turned J.D. to Los Angeles’s Premiere Mobile Boutique and the go-to spot for shopping. Aspiring to launch their own lifestyle brand, they came up with a fabulous idea to create a fashion house on wheels.
Le Fashion Truck is a mobile boutique – a store on wheels. Setting up shop in various locations throughout Los Angeles since January 2011, Le Fashion Truck features clothing and accessories by emerging designers for the woman on the go! Shop handmade jewelry, handbags, accessories and more aboard the pink truck. We even included the dressing room!
Style Saint is the next generation designer label, a company driven by the belief in making products that matter and pieces that last. By focusing on quality over quantity and designing timeless collections that are meant to be worn year-round, the brand stands firm in their belief that fashion should neither be fast, nor disposable! Style Saint is a young and passionate group of movers, makers and (rump)shakers.