I had so much fun in LA! The next place I visited was San Diego. I took an Amtrak train there and it was actually really relaxing. The ride was mostly along the ocean. The weather was slightly warmer and there were plenty more tacos and sombreros. I found things to do to keep busy and exciting new places to explore. I went everywhere this trip. Last year I felt like I had only seen a glimpse of the City of Angels, this time I was able to see the city and many wonderful places around it. Here are some photos from the trip! Looking around I realized there are three things that influence fashion in California. 01
The heat and sun during the day allows for fun tank tops and flare skirts,
Made in California
I think this is a huge influence on fashion in California. Probably the most important in my mind. Let me explain this further since clothing being made in California may change.
Co-founder of Groceries Apparel, Rob Lohman, says
I’m sure some brands will decide to offshore their production, but I believe the brands that understand why they pay higher wages will find a way. Made in California is about providing living wages for humans, not higher wages as compared to third-world standards. It all depends on why your customers buy your products. If your customer base is looking for cheap and cheapest, your brand might be at risk. If they’re looking for products that are compassionate for the environment and the humans that made them, your brand will endure. There are many things I’d rather worry about than paying my employees a higher share of the returns.
Lonnie and Karen Kane, President and Chairman of California Fashion Association states,
Currently everyone we compete with manufactures offshore. We cannot afford to be less competitive and are looking to possibly manufacture in Texas or South Carolina.
I think Mark Werts, owner of American Rag put it well,
Overall, if this continues it will eliminate 15 million jobs across America….No one is smarter than the free market. Instead of voting based on being liberal or conservative, we need to use common sense.
I am really big on businesses opening up jobs in the U.S. It is really important that the consumer, THATS YOU AND ME, continues to support these businesses.
So there you have it three things that influence Californian fashion, based purely on my uneducated observation. I loved driving through the fashion district at L.A… More photos to come.
These photos were taken at Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
My favorite part would have to be… all of it.
My Two Words Are California Made
My top and skirt are both from the Urban Outfitters Surplus store and my boots are from Old Navy
An article to check out : Industry Voices