As of Tuesday, October 14, 2014
The Moss Adams Fashion Innovator (MAFI) award was presented to Sam & Lavi founders Sam Arasteh and Lavi Mirzak on Oct. 14 at Union Station at the fourth annual All Aboard….LA’s Fashion Platform runway show and fundraiser for Fashion Business Inc.
Founded by husband and wife team Arasteh and Mirzak, the contemporary collection sells at upscale retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue, Revolve, Neiman Marcus, Harvey Nichols, American Rag and Fred Segal. Designer Mirzak brings her textile design experience to the collection while Arasteh brings his business background to the company, which features original prints, high-end fabrics and a “day-to-night” aesthetic.
The fundraiser’s presenting sponsor, Moss Adams LLP, presents the MAFI award to honor a California-based company that “has, in the past twelve months, significantly impacted the national marketplace by exemplifying creativity and innovation through unique and compelling designs, manufacturing and/or marketing.”
''This year's winner is certainly deserving of the award with their beautiful feminine silhouettes, use of textured fabrics and state-of-the-art printing techniques,' said Martin Hughes, Moss Adams partner and apparel practices leader. ''The brand was launched in 2010 and has very quickly become a sophisticated collection."
The award includes $5,000 in professional services from the national accounting firm. Past MAFI winners include Shay Todd, Petro Zillia’s Nony Totchterman, Frankie B.’s Daniella Clarke, Cerre’s Clayton and Flavie Webster, and Nally and Millie’s James and Nally Park.