What started out as a simple consignment shop quickly evolved into something more. Today, more than 15 years later, Ricochet echoes some of its initial framework, as owner Jill Pillot specializes in selling "up-cycled" clothing that has been repurposed and reimagined. Inside the store, she also leads sewing classes to share her knowledge?bolstered by a degree in costume and fashion design?suited for all ages and abilities. Ricochet is also a proud supporter of local artists, frequently showcasing and selling wearable works of art made nearby at the local Art Factory.
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.
Charmelle 28 features high-quality lingerie from renowned European designers such as Aubade, Marie Jo, Lise Charmel, and PrimaDonna. Delicate camisoles, lacey bras, and seamless panties fill the store’s racks and tables at two area locations, where expert staffers are on-hand to make recommendations and take measurements. Charmelle 28’s stock of underthings also includes low-key sleepwear as well as hosiery and more risqué bustiers.
Baker's Chem-Dry's carpet-cleaning solution has been formulated to specifically exclude one thing: harsh chemicals. Instead of chemical solvents, Baker's Chem-Dry's cleaning process relies entirely on the grime-loosening powers of microscopic bubbles, much like cleaning a shirt stain with sloshes of club soda or Dom Pérignon. When combined with hot water, the bubbles help loosen dirt embedded deep within fibers before being sucked away in the vortex of the company's PowerHead unit. Because no soaps or detergents touch the carpet, it leaves no residue, requires no extra rinsing, and dries to a foot-pampering finish within six hours.
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.
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