Among the Southern California fashion designers and retailers featured… (Kirk McKoy (left), Bob Chamberlin…)
Although Los Angeles' attempts at an organized, cohesive fashion week have yet to come to fruition, we're occasionally reminded that the city and its environs have a deep bench of talent in the style arena -- one that includes retailers as well as designers.
Two in the retail category are Jack's Eyewear (120 S. La Brea Ave., L.A.) and Deus Ex Machina (1001 Venice Blvd., Venice), local boutiques named to GQ magazine's list of "25 Shops Worth Traveling For," which appears in the style bible's April fashion-focused issue currently on newsstands.
Another menswear purveyor, luxury e-commerce site Mr. Porter, is also currently paying homage to West Coast cool via a California-themed edition of its weekly journal, which includes visits to (and product from) San Francisco based Levi Strauss & Co., an interview with Musso & Frank's longest-serving bartender, a fashion spread featuring actor Reid Scott ("Veep"), and a wish list of covet-worthy clothes and accessories (from Mr. Porter's offerings, naturally) compiled by the Elder Statesman founder and recent CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award winner Greg Chait.
Chait is also among the designers included in the March-April issue of Departures magazine. The story about the city's style-makers features some of other local favorites too, including George Esquivel, Greg Lauren and Monique Lhuillier.
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