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[UPDATE: This story was originally published on June 8.]
In this city of dreams, making it big time as an L.A.-dwelling fashion designer might be even harder than reaching Angelina Jolie status. Think about it: There's no Lincoln Center bustling with Marni-clad editors to ogle every thread, and it's hard to get noticed otherwise, unless you've piled up a giant wad of cash, invested in PR, and gotten your dress onto the back of a major celeb.
That said, there are a bevy of unsung home-sewn heroes whipping up wondrous silhouettes and cutting-edge wares, and we've turned this town upside down to find them. Who's got next…and possible Rodarte-level stardom? Meet our top 10 under-the-radar designer obsessions right here, and start investing in these Made-in-L.A. talents early. And then go ahead and brag a little about how ahead of the curve you are.
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We dug deep into the backstories of some of our favorite retailers, and found that it's not always read
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