5 los angeles designers you should know

Now that Hedi Slimane calls California home and Nicolas Ghesquière is stopping by this spring, LA is being tipped as the next US fashion capital. Here are the up-and-coming LA designers who are pushing the west coast onto fashion’s front line.

by i-D Staff and Alice Newell-Hanson
23 April 2015, 2:35pm

Name: 69
Known for: Out-there denim (think unisex chambray t-shirts big enough for five) and a reclusive designer.
Hometown: LA
LA neighborhood: Downtown
Inspiration: Retirement
Style icons: Nudists
Studio soundtrack: Traffic
LA design heroes: 69
Why 69 loves LA: The sun
The best advice 69 has ever been given: "Don't worry, be happy."

Name: Sonia Boyajian
Age: 35
Known for: Bejeweled necklaces and bracelets with family heirloom appeal, and collaborating with Bernhard Willhelm.
Hometown: Los Angeles
LA neighborhood: Hollywood
Inspiration: Ancient cities, craft, nature and rituals.
Style icon: Grace Coddington
Studio soundtrack: The Bee Gees
LA design heroes: Sonia Eram at Mameg shop and Johnstone Marklee architects
Why she loves LA: "Sunshine, nature, city, mountains and ocean — what more could I ask for?"
The best advice she's ever been given: "Never leave the house looking less than perfect."

Name: Fabiana Pigna
Age: 32
Known for: Demonstrating how versatile the "simple" white shirt can be.
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
LA neighborhood: Eagle Rock
Inspirations: Nostalgia and Almodovar movies
Style icons: "Strong female figures like Anouk Aimée, Tilda Swinton, Catherine Deneuve, Paloma Picasso, Isabella Rossellini and most of the women in my family."
Studio soundtrack: Dirty Beaches, Everything But The Girl, Movement, Chet Baker and all the Gonzales Solo Piano records
LA design heroes: The Mulleavy sisters, Jesse Kamm and Sophie Buhai
Why she loves LA: "It reminds me of Caracas."
The best advice she's ever been given: "Don't give up your vision, work hard and never compare yourself to other people."

Names: Nancy and Kimberly Wu of Building Block
Ages: 28 and 30
Known for: Minimalist bags, and now sandals too.
Hometown: Mission Viejo, California
LA neighborhood: East of Chinatown
Inspiration: "Being open to observation"
Style icons: The Vignellis
Studio soundtrack: Brian Eno
LA design heroes: Kristin and Shin Dickson-Okuda of Rowena Sartin and Waka Waka
Why they love LA: Cars and ocean and bright daylight
The best advice they've ever been given: "First thought is best thought."

Name: Catherine Quin
Age: 31
Known for: Uber-chic silhouettes made from all-black fabrics.
Hometown: London
LA neighborhood: Hollywood Hills
Inspiration: Dieter Rams' Ten Principles for Good Design
Style icon: Carolyn Bessette Kennedy
Studio soundtrack: Jon Hopkins when things get hectic. Otherwise KDAY.
LA design heroes: "My friend and LA native Sophie Buhai. She ran a successful womenswear line for 10 years and has now shifted her attention to beautiful, sculptural jewelry and interiors."
Why she loves LA: The pink twilights and the space
The best advice she's ever been given: "Don't wait until you're ready. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And generally speaking, now is as good a time as any."


Text Alice Newell-Hanson
Photography Alex Aristei

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