The fashion aficionados at Sportie LA San Diego stock exclusive sneakers and threads in rare and hard to find styles and colors from brands such as Adidas, Clarks, Asics, Fila, Lacoste, Puma, and Sperry Top Sider. Their cache of cool clothes extends to items such as select track jackets, old-school flat-bill hats, and retro wear such as fedoras and suspenders that keep shoelaces from dragging.
Along with his sister Darcie and their parents, Jason Huggins began his journey into retail in a cozy 300-square-foot space that sold toys and a small selection of streetwear. Huggins discovered it was actually the clothes—not the toys—that were rolling out the door, and so the family changed its focus, upgrading to a larger space and a brand new concept that showcased hip men's clothing, men's and women's accessories, and skateboards. Today, the store's rich hardwood shelves are lined with fresh graphic tees by brands such as Honkey Kong and The Condolence Co., a cutting-edge collection that earned it a nomination for Best Men's Clothing in CityVoter's 2011 awards. While the family fashion hounds continuously track down newcomer designers such as San Diego–based Dyenomite N' Hippo Apparel, Huggins's own line of T-shirts, pins, and pillows is growing more and more popular as the shop’s signature logo––a handlebar mustache––continues to catch the eye of shoppers and passing Wyatt Earp impersonators.
The storefront bills 5&A Dime as a "haberdashery," and the eccentric antique décor and rows of Brixton fedoras reflect the old-timey feel. A stuffed buffalo head adds a touch of rustic charm to the vintage vibe, and offers sage clothing advice to anyone who beats it in a staring contest.
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.
Since 1984, Sports Fever has outfitted fans of nearly every professional and collegiate sport with the colors and emblems of their beloved teams. With 16 brick-and-mortar stores throughout Northern and Southern California and an extensive online catalog of apparel and accessories, Sports Fever lets locals celebrate the Giants' recent world-championship victory with sporty T-shirts while supplying alumni with college hoodies that show off their schools’ chart-topping ACT scores.