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.
When 2008's economic crisis hit the nation hard, the founders of GlamSquadShop vowed to keep wardrobes from receding as well, assembling an inventory of fashionable dresses, tops, and accessories at affordable prices. The items bridge the gap between styles, blending classic staples such as a black dress with lace accents and trendy apparel such as a coral romper, ideal for pairing with sandals or a live starfish brooch. Flashy, funky jewelry—such as a rhinestone-encrusted turtle ring—spice up flowy tops and cropped jackets, and for a finishing touch, the shop stocks Nyx cosmetics and sunglasses in styles ranging from retro to futuristic to existing in an alternate dimension where looks literally kill.
Formerly the Lingerie Football League, the Legends Football League stands as the "fastest-growing pro sports league in the nation" according to NBC Sports correspondent Rick Chandler. That success owes much to the league's unique format, which pits two exclusively female teams in alluring uniforms against each other in full-contact football games on a 50-yard field. Donning football pads and helmets over their revealing performance wear, the female athletes block, juke, and sprint uninhibited by such frivolous gear as the NFL's heavy chainmail hauberks.
Boasting a bevy of elite certifications, Huntington Jewelers has dedicated more than 61 years to the adornment of blank body canvases with an extensive collection of high-end designer jewelry. Garnish lonely lobes with vibrant ear-danglers ($295+) before extending finger-fitters ($86+) for graceful hand-kisses from European royalty and monocle-sporting dachshunds. Dreary décolleté can regain a long-dormant twinkle under the weight of diamond-encrusted heart pendants ($350+), and neck-hugging strings of stainless steel, pearls, and gold ensure heads don’t tumble away mid-sentence. A wide selection of watches from Jorg Gray, Citizen, and Cyma draw lonely wrists into a gentle, timely embrace.
Las Vegas has trusted the MJ Christensen family since 1939. Nevada’s largest diamond retailer, MJ offers the highest quality certified diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry. The Consumer Research Institute has recognized MJ Christensen Diamonds as America’s Top Engagement and Wedding Ring Stores.
A collection of romantic, bohemian apparel permeates With Amelie's open, gallery-like space with wisps of silk and glittery pieces of handmade jewelry. The shop carries very few of each unique piece and continually updates its shelves with biweekly inventory additions, creating a constant flow of new items that ensure patrons never face the embarrassment of entering a wedding wearing the same dress as the bride. Unsheathe sun-kissed shoulders with a billowy, asymmetrical lavender top or a strapless A-line dress that swaddles curves in a dusty-rose floral motif ($24.50–$29.70 for dresses and tops). Distinctive, handmade necklaces ($12–$40) feature delicate origami or stamped metal pendants to liven up unadorned outfits and reassure anxious throats with very gentle hugs.