Native New Yorker Adelaide Bourbon moved to Los Angeles in 2008 and had the good fortune to meet and work for Joie co-founder Serge Azria just as he was launching his Equipment label.
Last July, founders Sean Barron and Jamie Mazur spearheaded Re/Done vintage denim.
The opportunity to interact directly with the activewear community provided Los Angeles–based activewear brand Wear It to Heart valuable customer feedback, which helped the company launch its wholesale business.
Breathe by Body Glove
Body Glove’s activewear brand, Breathe by Body Glove, has grown rapidly since it launched in late 2014 and is now sold at independent surf, swim and yoga shops across the U.S. as well as large specialty retailers.
When Nasim Tyab launched his Karma activewear brand in 2002, his goal was to “capture the spirit, beauty and athleticism of yoga” in a clothing collection designed specifically for practitioners of Bikram yoga.
Mark and Estel
Music has been at the heart of the Mark and Estel brand since it was launched in 2005 by Mark Tango and Estel Day.
Vivian Chan dresses women in feminine clothing adhering to structure and clean lines. Her collection combines splashes of color with subtle pastel hues in billowy skorts, short to long full skirts and deep V-shift dresses.
A photo shoot brought swimwear designer Leah Shlaer and swimwear model Alyssa Smith together, and the two discovered a shared background in dance and a passion for luxury swimwear.
Established in 1974 in Europe, Big Star denim has been Los Angeles–based since Koos Manufacturing picked up the line in 2003, first as a licensed brand but now as one of Koos’ company-owned trademarks, which also include AG Adriano Goldschmied.
When twin sisters Bonnie Rae Boyes and Shelah Jean founded Noe Undergarments last year, they wanted to create a line that would fit in both lingerie stores and contemporary boutiques.