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February 28, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Every journey tells a story, whether it's a weekend road trip up Pacific Coast Highway or a yearlong, round-the-world jaunt. And Tumi hopes that with its new Santa Monica collection of bags and accessories, your luggage will tell a tale too. That was what George Esquivel, the Buena Park-based shoemaker who was appointed Tumi's creative director in January 2013, had in mind when he decided to use soft, buttery leather for the assortment of duffels,...
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October 25, 2009 | Melissa Magsaysay
With a schedule that has stretched into an entire month of presentations, parties and runway shows, the spring 2010 collections now being shown in Los Angeles were bound to run the gamut. For this season, designers have been inspired by influences as dissimilar as the hardware store and Michelle Obama -- proving that although this town is known for cornering the contemporary market, the current climate is ruled by high concepts, Hollywood glamour and a love for leather. L.A. transplant Rick Owens gave legitimacy to the L.A. fashion scene when he moved his business to Paris and began showing there six years ago. And for several years now, we've seen Owens' dark Gothic look spawn a generation of like-minded local designers such as Rodarte, Raquel Allegra and Grai.
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March 7, 1996
Regarding the Feb. 22 letter from P. Johnston in response to the vegetarian article on Feb. 1: Gee whiz, P. Johnston! What are you so angry about? I am a vegan and know many other people who are vegan (those who eat no animal products at all, as opposed to ovo-lacto vegetarians who eat eggs and dairy products). Neither I nor any of the other vegans I know buy, use or eat any animal products . . . no leather anything, no fur, no skins. I hope your [leather-wearing vegetarian] friend has made merely the first step in becoming a vegan with a truly compassionate and non-harmful lifestyle.
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July 25, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Bags from Los Angeles designer Clare Vivier , textiles designed by Echo Park's Rachel Craven and leather accessories from West Hollywood boutique RTH's Rene Holguin are among the covetable items on sale in a special teaming of online retailer One Kings Lane and the Crafting Community . The three Southern Californians are among more than 25 artisans whose work is being showcased in the sale that runs through Wednesday on the...
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September 7, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Fashion Critic
NEW YORK -- The collection: Monika Chiang. Launched in 2011, the brand has stores in L.A. and New York. Chiang is the girlfriend of entrepreneur Chris Burch, who helped launch her brand as well as ex-wife Tory Burch's. Where Tory's look is decidedly uptown, Monika's is downtown -- and after-dark. The inspiration: Street style in South Africa, where Chiang traveled over the New Year's holiday. The look: "Luxe athleticism," as described by Chiang. Black leather skirts with car-wash pleats, embroidered leather bra tops, block-print skinny jeans, biker jackets in leather or stripe canvas, parachute silk pants and anoraks, strappy sandals with skyscraper-high block heels, baseball caps.
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February 7, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
One of the first out of the gate at the Lincoln Center tents, menswear designer Todd Snyder presented his Fall 2013 "Rebel Gentlemen" collection at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week on Thursday. Inspiration: The foundation of Snyder's collection was a favorite black, 1950s leather motorcycle jacket he'd found a decade ago in a Leeds (England) vintage shop. The look: Retro-sporty gentleman outlaw -- the kind who might rob a bank and escape across the desert on a motorcycle and look rakish doing it. In addition to a lovingly distressed asymmetrical zip leather jacket there were equally luxe-looking outerwear pieces with a functional feel including riffs on the peacoat (one in black pony hair, another in horsehide with a generous shearling collar)
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November 21, 2012 | By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For fragrance lovers, it's the season of opulent choices. L'Objet's champagne-scented candle is decked out in a malachite vessel with 24-karat gold and amethyst quartz cabochon detailing that can double as a treasure box later. Diptyque's limited-edition candles spread holiday cheer with the rich aromas of frankincense, frosty fir tree and warm oud wood mixed with amber. Los Angeles' Royal Apothic offers another festive possibility: "Distillation of a Victorian Fir," with notes of cranberry, holly, apricot and cinnamon.
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