Since 1984, Sports Fever has outfitted fans of nearly every professional and collegiate sport with the colors and emblems of their beloved teams. With 16 brick-and-mortar stores throughout Northern and Southern California and an extensive online catalog of apparel and accessories, Sports Fever lets locals celebrate the Giants' recent world-championship victory with sporty T-shirts while supplying alumni with college hoodies that show off their schools’ chart-topping ACT scores.
The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand?despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase?is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.
For those in search of a risqué Halloween costume, finding the proper balance is an art; it must be authentic enough to evoke the assigned character or era while still retaining modern trademarks of sensuality. For more than 25 years, designer Pierre Silber has pursued this balance through his collection of costume-wear, shoes, and accessories. In his brick-and-mortar location, he stocks more than 1,000 costumes to grace the feminine form and accessorizes them with wigs, stockings, and high heels. Potential purchasers try outfits on in one of the 20 fitting rooms to ensure the proper fit without running the risk of being mistaken for an actual sexy tiger.
Brazil native Claudia Diniz curates and designs a menagerie of flattering, fashionable clothing to outfit ladies for workouts or leisure. The activewear she stocks in her online and brick-and-mortar boutique infuses fitness gear with style thanks to decorative cutouts and body-hugging silhouettes as well as fabrics engineered to resist wind or fight bacteria. The cajubrasil one piece jumpsuit flaunts taut stomachs with a sheer overlay and its spandex-like New Zealand fabric hugs curves down to the calves. Her signature brand leggings, meanwhile, conform to body shapes via Supplex fibers, which protect legs from UV rays and very short supervillains. Viva O Sol also carries other fashionable brand names such as Bia Brasil, Gloss Army, Caju Brasil, Blue Fish, Equilibrium, Goddsswear.
JB&B Jewelers' owner, Cynthia Zirpolo, greets customers as they walk through the double doors before showing off her more than 10 sparkling display cases teeming with a diverse collection of locally and internationally crafted adornments. Silver jewelry ($50–$200) decorates earlobes, wrists, and second-best athletes' necks in modern swoops and abstract shapes, such as the silver drop earrings culminating in balls made from intricate swirls that resemble wrapped wire. Gold marries semiprecious stones such as pink opal, green onyx, rainbow tourmalines, and mother of pearl ($270+). Friendly and helpful, Cynthia or her colleague Gina gladly show shoppers their simple gold and diamond pieces ($360+) and gladly answer biographical questions about the inventor of the diamond, Neil Diamond.