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Ready to Wear: LA’s 5 Best Indie Fashion Labels

January 23, 2015
Written by: Yasha Wallin
Image via Bones + Feathers

Style in Los Angeles ranges from all black everything to hippy chic. But to be sure, the City of Angels has a flair for fashion, and a few up and coming designers are making their mark in the industry. We’ve rounded up our five favorite trendsetters as the city’s indie designers to watch. Check them out below.


Since their launch in 2007, California natives Lauren Alexander and April Leight have built a following across the country for their chic silhouettes and contemporary updates on the classics. We dig their large range of cut out T-shirts, perfect for the LA heat.



Silverlake’s gorgeous accessories workshop, KILLSPENCER is equally inspirational for women and men. What started as a passion project by industrial designer Spencer Nikosey is now an innovative label, and our go-to to satisfy our love for leather. We’re crushing on this sleek leather weekend bag (and be sure to check out their signature mini basketball hoop!


Melody Ehsani

Fun, sporty, and full of bright hues and bold patterns summarizes designer Melody Ehsani’s aesthetic. The LA native left a path practicing law to launch her line, a move she says was difficult given her Persian culture’s traditional values. But with a Reebok collaboration under her belt and Rihanna often sporting her accessories, Ehsani is proof that if you’re passionate about something it’s bound to succeed.


James Payne

James Payne is all about connecting a wide web of musicians, designers, artists, and writers, as inspiration for a hip, vegan and locally produced clothing label. Their clothes are not only cutting edge, but the line is also doing their part to combat the problems that fast fashion produces by opting out of seasonal lines for timeless staples.

James Payne

Bones + Feathers Collective

Handcrafted in Downtown LA, Bones + Feathers Collective infuses indigenous style with modern day luxury to produce elegant jewelry for day and night. Seen on everyone from Haim to Jessica Alba, we have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more of these indie designers’ coveted accessories this year.

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