Echo Park Aficionados Dish on L.A.’s Most Noteworthy Local Designers

If you've been hanging around here at Refinery 29 L.A. the past month or so, you've no doubt noticed that there are few things we love more than our magical and talented local designers. That's why we're especially psyched about Echo Park Independent Co-Op. Since we're always on the lookout for what our fellow Angelenos have been working on, we decided to ask E.P.I.C. co-founders Rhiannon Jones and Tristan Scott which local up-and-comers are worth checking out.

"Coming out of their debut spring 2010 collection, Howl outdoes itself with its fall 2010 collection. L.A.-native Keyla Marquez has created a fashion-forward, affordable collection that is also an entirely eco friendly collection, using soy based dyes and organic. Most of the fall collection is very androgynous and will greatly appeal to many walks of life. Plus, E.P.I.C. is currently the only store in Los Angeles to carry Howl."


"Designer Michelle Durand has given a whole new take on the basic skirt, blouse and ladies pant creating pieces that are wearable in either a professional or nightlife atmosphere. Our favorite piece is the draped pocket pant, which has been very popular amongst our celebrity clients."

"We just got this line into the store last week and are very excited to be the exclusive home for their debut Fall 2010 collection. This men's line uses bamboo and vegetable dye, and is hands down the most interesting, best constructed and innovatively designed high fashion men's line to come out of L.A. in the last year."

"Designers Maryanne Mathias and Molly Keogh developed Osei-Duro to create socially responsible and sustainable clothing that encourages international and intercultural cooperation. Working with the Dzidefo Women's Cooperative in Ghana this collection offers unusual yet very flattering cuts in fabrics and prints not found anywhere else."

Echo Park Independent Co-op, 1712 W Sunset Blvd (at Logan Street); 213-483-0260.

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