The open, airy floor space of the boutique is filled with wooden displays strewn with handmade metallic wares and earth-hued gems. Some jewelry is crafted from eco-friendly or recycled materials. Much is locally and American made by independent artists; featured artists get individualized display space for their wares. Prices range widely, but basic earrings cost $20–$75, and most bracelets cost either $20–$50 or $50–$175. Individual-artist necklaces range from $20–$80. Charms are available for $10–$20 each. Select a bunch and make your own necklace, or assemble sigils of significance as a gift to a symbol-loving loved one.
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 Posh Lingerie, it doesn't matter how many designer labels a shop stocks if nothing fits right. That's why, before customers even set eyes on the shop's impressive designer collection of brands such as Aubade, Marlies Dekkers, and Simone Perele, the shop offers a handy fitting guide online, making it easy for customers to find items that both fit and flatter. Complimentary custom bra fittings further uncomplicate the process, and high-quality materials lend purchases a longevity that outlasts off-brand duds.