The 7 L.A. Brands You Need In Your Closet Now

If you're an L.A. local, then you definitely feel the same sense of pride we do about our fair city. And, with that pride, comes a responsibility, nay, a duty to support brands designing and producing in LaLa Land — especially those who are just breaking into the industry.
While designers like Rodarte, Jenni Kayne, Band of Outsiders, and The Elder Statesman are just a few of the all stars that have really transformed L.A. into a burgeoning fashion city, new labels including Lily Ashwell, TT Collection, and Carbon & Hyde are now carrying the torch. Ahead, seven of the best up-and-coming L.A.-made brands you gotta know, and the pieces you need in your closet, stat!
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Photo: Courtesy of Carbon & Hyde
The Brand: Carbon & Hyde
Founded by stylish sisters Oren and Yarden Katz, Carbon & Hyde rests on the belief that jewelry is an everyday art form. Coming from a long line of jewelers, the duo works to create pieces for every mood and outfit – they are known for creating baubles that can easily be worn with both jeans and a tee and an elegant evening dress. It's hard not to fall head over heels for their sleek, geometric silhouettes and intricate detailing — we sure did! And, if you ask us, these gems are a no-brainer addition to your holiday wish list. After all, Christmas is only two months away!
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Carbon & Hyde Katie Necklace, $1,955, available at Carbon & Hyde.
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Carbon & Hyde Viceroy Ring, $1,840, available at Carbon & Hyde.
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Photo: Courtesy of d.RA
The Brand: d.RA
Created by Diana Ra, d.RA is a contemporary clothing brand that blends a laid-back style with feminine palettes. The effortlessly cool brand offers flattering silhouettes and versatile items that can be worn on a variety of occasions and emphasizes a layered look that's ideal for fall. Overall, d.RA is a label you can go back to for closet staples again and again.
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d.RA Hazel Dress, $57, available at d.RA.
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d.RA Audrey Sweater, $105, available at d.RA.
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Photo: Courtesy of Jill Aiko Yee
The Brand: Jill Aiko Yee
We became smitten with Jill Aiko Yee's artistic aesthetic, rich colors, and sense of movement and confidence she infuses into each one of her pieces, the moment we saw her line. The collection is filled with whimsical dresses, skirts, and blouses that will instantly add some magic to your wardrobes. Trust us, this is one spellbinding brand you won't be able to forget!
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Jill Aiko Yee Picnic Dress, $315, available at Jill Aiko Yee.
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Jill Aiko Yee Awaken Dress, $398, available at Jill Aiko Yee.
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Photo: Courtesy of Katharine Kidd
The Brand: Katharine Kidd
Worn by the likes of Rooney Mara, Kate Beckinsale, Lea Michele, Rachel McAdams and Emmy Rossum, Katharine Kidd boasts one beautiful design after the next. The line's feminine, tailored, and intricate pieces are informed by Kidd's background and interests in period cinema, literature, and costume design. Oh, and by the way, she's a self-taught designer. Can you say natural talent?
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Katharine Kidd Sophia Skirt, $525, available at Katharine Kidd.
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Katharine Kidd Emma Dress, $375, available at Katharine Kidd.
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Photo: Courtesy of TT Collection
The Brand: TT Collection
Designer Tiffany Saidnia established TT Collection in 2007 with the mission “to create a line that has the same high quality fabric and construction as designer brands, but sell it at a contemporary price." With a background in retail, styling, and garment construction, Saidnia started with an assortment of knits intended to bring haute couture to the every day. As her collection grew into a full-fledged, ready-to-wear line, she turned to silk and colorful prints, which combine feminine playfulness with avant-garde details.

P.S. And, guess what? The Kardashian sisters, Lauren Conrad, Angelina Jolie, and Rachel Bilson, to name a few, have all been seen in her designs as well.
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TT Collection Watercolor Print Silk Trouser, $288, available at Des Kohan.
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TT Collection Peplum Black Dress, $288, available at Des Kohan.
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Photo: Courtesy of Lily Ashwell
The Brand: Lily Ashwell
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Lily Ashwell's label is inspired by what she calls "the vast California landscapes," which backdropped her upbringing. Emphasizing vintage silhouettes, while paying true attention to detail, the collection's classic pieces can easily be worn day to night and season to season. We promise you'll swoon the second you see her floral midi dresses, patterned sweaters, or anything else she designs, for that matter!
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Lily Ashwell Samantha Dungaree Dress, $198, available at Lily Ashwell.
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Lily Ashwell Rachel Skirt, $248, available at Lily Ashwell.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sophie Monet
The Brand: Sophie Monet
It's no surprise Sophie Monet has seen such success with her eponymous line: It's a family trait. Her father, John Okulick, is a sculptor and she grew up around his woodshop, where she first got inspired to create jewelry with a material not used by many other designers. Monet's first piece was a two-finger ring crafted with help from a drill press that belonged to her dad. From this one trinket grew a much larger collection, featuring stones and metals to give the natural wood pieces an earthy-yet-chic feel.
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Sophie Monet Ring, $140, available at Sophie Monet.
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Sophie Monet Necklace, $140, available at Sophie Monet.
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