Impress friends, enemies, and deceivingly friendly enemies alike with dapper dress from Dress for Less. Offering men’s designer-label clothing, suits, shoes, and ties, as well as a selection of women’s clothing, Dress for Less gives patrons unbeatable prices due to a constantly changing inventory. New products are typically offered at 60% to 80% off retail prices, while a selection of gently used and thoroughly inspected secondhand suits are usually available at 70% to 90% savings. A huge selection of average-sized suits is available to peruse in-store, as well as a variety of other larger and smaller sizes. Some items that you might find in Dress for Less's rotating inventory could include a 100% wool Hart Schaffner Marx navy pinstripe suit ($98) or a brand-new Robert Talbott dress shirt ($30). Dress for Less offers bottom-barrel prices on designer clothing that’s much more flattering than a pair of suspenders hoisting an actual barrel or a designer burlap sack.
Over the course of two decades, the glint of gemstones, polished beads, glass pearls, and sterling-silver chains on the shelves at Desert Gems have inspired countless crafters to create their own personalized jewelry. The shop's veteran staff leads workshops for novice and advanced beaders that cover foundational beading techniques, as well as leather- and wire-wrapping and advanced bead stitching. Between its stock of glass pearls and Turkish beads, Desert Gems carves out a third of the space in its store for rocks, minerals, carvings, and alien-crafted obelisks gathered from around the world.
Jewelry At The Square sells a fusion of southwestern, modern, and Native American jewelry designs. Owner Moe Shawar runs the newly opened store, which specializes in gemstone-studded earrings, bracelets, and necklaces to suit nearly any budget. Examples of the store's wares are a long-strand onyx necklace and an opalite ring. The shop sets baubles in gold or sterling silver, or in a mixture of both—like the medal that was custom-made for the first Siamese twins to come in first and second in the long jump.
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.
The exciting collections at Fusion Federation can transform an everyday look into something special. Colorful floral dresses encourage creativity and fun; blouses and skirts with sleek lines or feminine frills fill out wardrobes for work, parties, and casual dates with friends. Patrons can accessorize their outfits with chic belts that add definition and bags that add elegance or bohemian flair. Shoes are available for perusal as well, including stilettos and pumps designed for formal events and cork wedges suitable for trendy water-skiing competitions.
Kismet bestows bodies with designer apparel and jewelry designed by local artists, and bedecks dwellings with affordable décor. The chic boutique stocks an expansive and ever-changing lineup of brands, including cardigans, wraps, and other tuna melts by Wooden Ships ($32–$75) and handbags by Shiraleah ($36–$78). Necklines shimmer in jewelry by local artist Christy Lea Payne, such as the bronze dog tag ($46), while earlobes glimmer with sterling-silver peacock earrings by Dream Mullick ($55). Infuse homes with French flavor with Quality Time's C'est La Vie wall ornament ($42), proudly announcing to visitors a casual indifference to their muddy feet.