What a season for Designers & Agents, LA edition. The third floor at the New Mart was abuzz with buyers and brands, everyone in a good mood and ready to write orders.
Stepping into the room, Love Binetti was an immediate eye catcher. Sold throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East, the brand prefers only small, unique boutiques Stateside. At this show, Patricia Richards placed a big order for her Aspen, Colorado boutique, Bandana Aspen. There were fur-lined jackets, gorgeous silken dresses and colors aplenty.
Threads of Privilege sat next door with their bright, cool cashmere streetwear. For a D&A first timer, the brand looked perfectly poised to bowl over retailers with appliqued cashmere sweaters and track suits that are insanely packable and the right weight for California cool days.
The House Showroom brought three brands with them from their office in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles. One of their brands, Casmari, is Scottish cashmere in long sweaters spun with the softest threads imaginable. Taking about three days to make one sweater, the goods retail for about $2000 and are both collectable and special. The showroom’s second brand, Mona Thalheimer is a better blouse specialist including cute dipped flannels. And Christiansen leather and bags featured exotics like python and dipped baby lamb jackets.
Cote´lac is a whimsical, very French brand in lightweight fabrication that washes superbly and hangs dry without losing one ounce of its demure, patterned brightness. They sat alongside Voloshin who brought their new fall natural fabrics plus knits, silks and block printing.
Avant Garde jewelry is celebrating its tenth year showing with D&A. Their affordable, fun snake chains, brass looks and crystal dark stones retail from about $65 to $300 yet are artisan-made, by hand in Los Angeles. We were also intrigued by a visit with Malibu native Jaime Haskell and her hat line called Lovely Bird. Made in the US in fun fabrics and infinitely changeable colorways, even the straw selections are scrunchable. Their goal is to keep all hats under $200 at retail but they still pay fair trade rates to their female workers in Mexico.
All in all, a busy, fun show this season with, as usual, a good vibe, fun DJ and lovely little snacks, including a table by LA foodie favorite, Joan’s on Third.