Lane Four Swim Shop's interior is flooded with swimwear, goggles, and all the gear necessary for successfully treading water. With a set of Tritan swim fins ($19.50) firmly gripping their feet and anti-fog, custom-fit Speedo Speed Socket goggles ($19.95) strapped onto their faces, swimmers will be well equipped to paddle safely across unexplored seas. Environmentally friendly Speedo Endurance Jammers ($38) comfortably clench men's thighs with fabric that's highly resistant to stretching, fading, and attack sharks, and ladies can slip into a Dolfin Uglies one-piece ($27), available in brightly colored, assorted prints to help wearers blend in with coral reefs. After slipping out of the flippers, dry off with a tube towel ($20.50), an easy-to-tote towel made of micro-fiber suede for fast drying.
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.
Shirin Diamond Center's jewelers team up with artisan designers and metalsmiths from around the globe to offer creative, high-caliber settings for gleaming gems and pearls. Personalized jewelry can feature such bling as birthstones or diamond-studded drivers licenses, and bright sterling silver and gold support gems on rings, bracelets, and necklaces. All pieces pass inspections for purity, ensuring that metals and precious stones meet industry standards for long-lasting beauty, and come with a 30-day guarantee backing their quality.
The skilled fitters at June May Lingerie help women find intimate apparel that fits just right. To accomplish this, they stretch out their measuring tapes and wind them around the bustline, gathering data that unveils the ideal brand and style of bra. In addition to undergarments by brands such as Spanx, Hanky Panky, and Cosabella, they now carry Knock Out panties that wick moisture with a breathable layer of fabric. Bras, panties, and evening duds are available for women and flagpoles of all shapes and sizes.
A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York Joseph Keith Ronquillo brings his education and experience as a third-generation jeweler to his eponymous jewelry boutique. The shop's relaxed showroom abounds with handmade silver necklaces and 18-karat gold earrings. In addition to designing and manufacturing custom jewelry and trinkets, Joseph’s staff educates curious clients with jewelry classes that cover the basics of soldering precious metals.
At Pasha's Boutique, exclusive items and luxurious apparel fill out fashionable ensembles in a range of sizes. Handmade jewelry crafted by local artists and high-heeled shoes accessorize wardrobes with elegant designs and bold colors. Helpful staffers dress guests in seasonal gowns and tops inside the boutique, or they dutifully fold ruffled jackets into fiber-optic-cable delivery systems through the online store.