Illustrations by Lisk Feng

Luxury basics are the raison d'être of Greg Chait’s cashmere-focused fashion line the Elder Statesman, created at the company’s Culver City headquarters. Now the brand has teamed with the NBA to create a high-low gift for seriously stylish sports fans: cashmere caps, scarves and sweaters bearing official team logos. The Elder Statesman x NBA cashmere Lakers pom-pom beanie hat.

(The Elder Statesman x NBA)

L.A. native Elisabeth Weinstock is known for her use of exotic skins in handbags, home furnishings and other pieces — all handmade locally. The snakeskin-embellished mirrored compact is a luxe take on a handbag essential.

(Elisabeth Weinstock)

Clare Vivier’s Clare V. line of leather handbags and accessories have filled a niche for upscale, clean-lined designs. Graphic patterns and stripes are one of the label’s trademarks, including this Clare V. leather fold-over clutch decorated with a bow pattern.

(Clare V.)

Local jeweler Gabriela Artigas has partnered for the third time with Desiree Kohan, the owner of Des Kohan boutique, to create a limited-edition collection. The five-piece Lunar line of polished brass jewelry, handmade in L.A., includes two chokers, a pendant necklace, earrings and a hand cuff. Gabriela Artigas for Des Kohan brass Lunar choker.

(Des Kohan)

Last year, Kirsty Surian introduced her fine jewelry line Retrouvaí, named for a French word that refers to the joy of reuniting with someone after a long separation—or styles that are modern with a nod to the past. Every piece is handcrafted in L.A., including this 14-karat yellow gold Dancing Pearl ring with .02 carat diamonds and a South Sea pearl,


The Mulleavy sisters, Kate and Laura, debuted their fashion-brand Rodarte a decade ago with a line of 16 dresses stitched in their family home in Pasadena. For their 10-year anniversary, the brand has launched an e-commerce site where you'll find shoes, scarves, logo T-shirts, sweatshirts, and jewelry, including these brass lily earrings with Swarovski crystals.


Amanda Chantal Bacon of Moon Juice has made a booming business out of juicing, supplemented by an array of wellness foods and elixirs. The brand’s Beauty Dust, Sex Dust and Brain Dust herbal supplements are now available in boxed sets of 10 sachets at local Moon Juice shops and online.

( Moon Juice)

Natural beauty brand California Baby, founded by Jessica Iclisoy, has an organic farm in Los Alamos where the calendula flowers used in its products are grown— products that are enjoyed by adults as well. The Calendula Horsey Tote gift set includes bubble bath, lotion, cream, a sea sponge and a plush bamboo horse toy in tote bag.

(California Baby)

Local men's accessories brand Pocket Square Clothing opened its first bricks-and-mortar store in downtown L.A. in June, offering the full line of ties and pocket squares, along with apparel and accessories by other California labels. Among the offerings is this Pocket Square Clothing pineapple-print silk Patrick tie.

(Pocket Square Clothing)

Luxury leather goods brand Parabellum, co-founded by Mike Feldman and Jason Jones, has put its style stamp on textured American bison leather. Every belt, wallet and bag is hand-produced in Los Angeles. The Cash & Carry wallet holds up to 12 cards with center pocket for currency.

(Parabellum )

Beast + Babe limited-edition dog collars, leashes and beds are designed in Venice and made locally from repurposed vintage fabric (and finished with brass hardware). The company donates a percentage of every item sold to the Mexican nonprofit Peace Animals, a free program that offers spaying and neutering, primarily in the Puerto Vallarta area.

(Beast + Babe)

In July, makeup artist Ada Trinh, whose clients include Kobe Bryant, introduced a men’s natural botanical skincare line called Guise Etiquette. Products are hand-blended in small batches in L.A. using plant-based ingredients from organic farms in California, New Mexico and Arizona.

(Guise Etiquette)

Denim-based Current/Elliott made a name for itself with its boyfriend jeans, and this fall, the company has re-launched a line of sportswear for boyfriends. The men's collection includes casual button-downs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, jeans, and jackets, including this reversible camo-print canvas Civilian jacket,


Angeleno Persephenie Lea is relaunching her namesake beauty line with a range of aromatherapy skin care, oils, incense, and Kaleidoscope fragrances intended to “influence energy and mood through scent and color." All the small-batch products are made with natural botanical extracts and essential oils.


In 2013, husband-and-wife team Dina Epstein and Michael Zernow conjured a line of unisex travel bags and accessories— like dopp kits and sunglasses cases— made from locally sourced leather and reclaimed materials. Each limited-run piece is handmade by artisans in a family-run studio in L.A. Clark & Madison leather-trim indigo waxed canvas Charleston duffel bag,

(Clark & Madison)

The architectural background of Elena Howell shines through in her geometric jewelry designs that are made in L.A. The fall-winter Rotation collection zooms in on circular and semi-circular shapes with unique twists and turns. TomTom 18-karat gold-plated bronze Torque cuff bracelet with amethyst stones.


What distinguishes the signature pieces of Rule of Three? Hand-marbleized textiles that are fashioned into pillows, ottomans, lamp shades, lavender-filled eye pillows and leather-trimmed tote bags (all the one-of-a-kind wares are created in a downtown L.A. studio). Marbleized cotton canvas tote bag.

(Rule of Three)

Sandoval, the L.A.-based line of natural home fragrances and aromatic concentrates created by Michael Carbaugh, is noted for its understated black packaging and spicy, woody essential oil blends. Now the brand has extended into incense with the debut of Sacred powdered incense, an earthy mix of sandalwood, rosewood and palo santo.


Alyssa Wasko created her scarf business, Donni Charm, as a tribute to her late father, Donald. Every piece in the collection is cut, sewn and packaged in downtown Los Angeles. The brand’s double-layer Donni Mix Monogram wool scarf comes with complimentary embroidered initials.

(Donni Charm)

L.A. native and jewelry designer Maya Brenner has introduced a new version of her letter necklaces—a favorite of actresses Mila Kunis, January Jones and Kristen Bell—now with the option of adding a heart or star charm. Necklace with 14-karat rose gold letters and heart charm.

(Maya Brenner)

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Credits: Illustrations by Lisk Feng. Credits: Ricardo DeAratanha, Vera Castaneda, Calvin Hom, Rene Lynch, Kathy Pyon, Steve Elders, Ruthanne Salido, Alice Short, Alene Dawson, Kavita Daswani, Roy M. Wallack, Melinda Fulmer, Jessica Ritz, Ben Muessig, Jeanette Marantos, Terry Gardner, Janet Kinosian, Davis Alexander, Amy Scattergood, Ingrid Schmidt, Kenneth Turan, Tre’vell Anderson, Amy Kaufman, Meredith Woerner, Glenn Whipp and Evan Wagstaff. Design and development by Lily Mihalik.