LA Men’s Market is a relative newcomer to the Los Angeles fashion scene, all things considered, and it’s coming along quite nicely. With a fun mix of men’s accessories and clothing, it feels like a grand time to be on the men’s side of the fashion equation. With bright prints, breezy hats, colorful socks and super cool bags, LA Men’s Market made shopping, and selling, simple.
Indigo People sat near the entrance in a blaze of blue splendor. Specializing in scarves, ties, knits and the like, the Dutch brand works with all different shades of indigo from Thailand and Laos, to name a few. Next summer, they make the entirely logical leap into jeans from the same sources. Speaking of denim, LA’s Rustic Dime made the short trip to the California Market Center to show off their skate and surf, young men’s contemporary recent rebrand. Sourced locally, Rustic Dime still holds some coveted Cone denim.
Sprayground sat with their colorful, thoughtful backpacks and carryalls. In bold designs and fun prints, this is a backpack company with the energy of youth and the ingenuity as well. With slots that you can stick your luggage handle through and all sorts of clever side and back pockets to hide your valuables from grabby hands on public transit, you’re protected as well as stylish.
South Cross from North Carolina brought casual, coastal tees in soft, muted prints and comfortable, wearable cotton. Already a hit on the East Coast, the brand is trying its luck out west where it will, inevitably, find a hero’s welcome.
Carrots made the trip with 777 Distribution. Usually a much bigger footprint at shows like Agenda and without a true fashion calendar, the brand still looked cool and at home. They sat next to the always attention-grabbing Chinatown Market. This time, they brought their fabulously popular Smiley collaboration in basketballs and, soon, ping pong balls and tennis items.
Made in Paradise showcased their teenage boy’s fantasy skate, tees and accessories while Public Art boasted sophisticated printed sports shirts and tees with a super fun, sunshine disposition from the usually rainy Seattle.
Across the well-worn street from the California Market Center sits the New Mart and, tucked into the third floor was the reliably well-curated Designers & Agents, LA edition. Amid a sea of prints and flowing women’s wear was, in contrast, the stark white booth of first timer Grammar. With a ton of different takes on the staple white cotton shirt, Grammar is just branching out from direct to consumer sales with sleeveless, long sleeve, dress options and the like in crisp, delicious bright white.
ESP Showroom was among a number of ventures that brought a handful of their clients to D&A. CalaXini of Spain showed classic Spanish sandals, espadrilles and hand crafted cork wedges. G1, meanwhile, sat comfortably beside them with military but feminine, a combo that somehow works, inspired frayed hem casual pants and three lengths of yummy shorts.
S2 Showroom from New York brought over quite a few of their brands including Tikka, whose patchwork creations were entirely handcrafted in India. Share With is an organic brand with a conscious. A slew of their soft, inviting tees give a percentage to Walk on Water, a group that preserves the world’s dwindling water supply. Gallabia, another of S2’s brands is the brainchild of an Israeli designer while Rebecca Christen, a well known Bahamian dancer, model and artist now creates her beautiful designs onto washable, hang dry flowing apparel.
Spirits were bright at both shows and prints of all sorts ruled the scene. Another hit at the LA Market for both men and women.