Time for Los Angeles market again. This time around, the City of Angels featured Select, Emerge and ALT at the California Market Center and, across the way at the New Mart, the always fun and inviting Designers & Agents.
It was a fairly quiet market week but that didn’t stop the folks on the first floor of the CMC from doing it up in style. Emerge saw the gathering of new design talent, while Select focused on better and contemporary brands and ALT covered the leisure and lifestyle segment. Being a bit of a small selection this time around, it was hard to tell where one show stopped and another ended but it all blended well.
Highlights of the shows consisted of Kate Mensah and her collection of handbags, each as different as the women they are named for. Designed to show off a woman’s best traits, each bag is a luxurious combination of soft and supple mixed with hard structure. Placing importance on one-to-one relationships with her clients, the designer personally goes to each trade show or pop up shop to meet the people who will be proudly carrying her collection.
Whitney Bissette showed their leisurie, yes, you read that right. It’s a cross between leisurewear and lingerie. Their black, gauzy, see-through-meets-sweats is an interesting combination and a new perspective. Across the way, Saved Kisses makes comfy, packable dresses and rompers that feel like sweats but look so much more polished. The brand pairs with five different animal rescue charities and let the customer pick which one gets the donation.
Other notable brands in ALT included the bohemian Gypsy Soul and top tier yoga brand Glyder along with Select and Emerge showcases such as Giving Bracelets, Femme De Cupcakes and their brightly colored bags, vintage jeans by Disciples of Denim and Trask’s leather footwear and accessories. This week, the CMC also hosted Contemporary Curves with plus size collections and the Transit footwear show.
Over at the New Mart, Designers & Agents had their family feel going strong. With coffee and pastries out for all and a camaraderie evident among the select group of brands, this was a small and, albeit, slightly quiet season. But D&A is still always a pleasure to walk. Take, for instance, Jakett and their amazing washable, affordable leather and suede. Whether it’s waxed suede, super cool wired collars and sleeves that stay in place right where you put them, their color stories or vegan offerings too, they are always a highlight at D&A and this season proved no exception.
MCT Editions is a relatively young label, based in Los Angeles that mixes in gorgeous, colorful floral patterns into an otherwise sophisticated and sharp palette of dark blacks and greys. Tried and true LA luxury tee shirt line, LA Made showed their gauzy, linen and novelty prints. They have recently returned to D&A after an absence. But the addition of a new designer a few seasons back has infused youth into the line and the reps say they feel just like a new brand once again. And, at the final tip of the show sat Love Heals, a little happy hippie line out of Ojai, California. Their head designer describes herself as a gypsy who arrived on an organic vegetable farm 12 years ago with just her handmade jewelry for barter. Still handmade and all quality, the line continues in the spirit of its origins. Other highlights of D&A this season included Mar Y Sol totes, Go by Go Silk and Streets Ahead accessories, bags and jewelry. And, with that, LA is going to look amazing for the warmer months ahead.
For more information on trade shows check out DFV Group’s expocheck.com.