Lisa Elliot-Rosas and her partner, Henri Myers, started EM Productions in Spring 2002. Prior to launching the showroom, and after many years of experience in sales and publicity in New York, Lisa moved back to LA for two new projects: she started a handbag line called E:OH and became the public relations director for Michelle Mason.
Soon after, she and Henri formed EM Productions, first handling special events, marketing, and fashion show production for a number of brands. In fall 2002, they expanded to include sales. With locations in New York and Los Angeles, the bi-coastal firm handles sales, marketing, and the development of nearly a dozen burgeoning brands.
Argentinian designer Carolina Kleinman started her eponymous line in 2004. She finds much of her inspiration while traveling throughout places such as Latin America and India. Her collections feature rich textiles, unique prints, and hand embroidery done by artisans in Mexico, Peru, and India. After 10 years in Tepoztlan, Mexico, Carolina works in her studio in Miami for part of the year. Her sophisticated and timeless pieces are each a work of art on their own.
Designer and founder Diana Ra embraces luxury and elegance, while adding comfort and softness. The LA-based line is known for mixing florals and vintage-inspired patterns with sharp lines and tailors silhouettes. Thoughtful and unique details are peppered throughout each collection. dRA’s overall style is youthful yet sophisticated, and perfect for dressing up without looking overdressed—and very true to the LA lifestyle.
Born and raised in India, Kopal finds inspiration in color, texture, and nature found there. After a solid professional career for a number of mega brands, she decided to strike out on her own to create a brand that represented her lifestyle. She traveled throughout Bolivia, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, and Morocco to explore rural life and connect with artisans. Think bright colors, punchy prints, comfy jumpsuits, loose peasant tops. Her sustainable line represents the cultural history and traditions of India and her other travels.
With multiple home bases in New York, Toronto, and India, Laura Siegel’s eponymous line has a worldly vibe. Her line features sustainable and ethically made pieces by skilled artisans in rural villages around the world. She designs sophisticated yet effortless clothes, while sustaining the village’s traditional cultures, ensuring ethical working conditions, and living wages for all of her artisans. She aims to eliminate heavy energy consumption and the resulting pollutants that disperse into the environment of these communities.
Taiwanese designer Sue Tsai founded her line, Nico Nico, in 2009. Named for her son, the line is a reflection of her personal style: laidback, timeless, and earthy. After moms everywhere found themselves envious of their children’s wardrobes, Sue expanded the brand to include one for women as well. The line features 100% certified organic cotton and recycled poly fabrics, and lots of sophisticated details. Everything is designed and made in LA, including all of the fabrics and treatments.
Founded in 2014 by Paud Roche and Sue Stemp, St. Roche is an LA-based womenswear line that’s feminine with a modern edge. Prior to starting their line, Sue worked for brands like Alexander McQueen, Tocca, and Daryl K. With a focus on ethical labor practices, the husband-and-wife team create responsibly designed and manufactured pieces with a relaxed aesthetic that is true to the West Coast lifestyle.
Laura Stang and Jason O’Dell met in 2001. What’s since become a cult-favorite label started humbly as a hand-dyed and embroidered t-shirt line made by Laura for the store she managed at the time. The couple have been refining their print-centric, casual line ever since. In spring 2013, after much fanfare and increased demand, the husband-and-wife duo opened a Silverlake boutique, then called Bucks & Does, to hawk their goods. Just this year, they rebranded the boutique to the The ODells Shop in order to merge the two brands. The ODells—the line and the people—really are the epitome of California cool.