NOVEMBER SAMPLE SALES: WE DID THE RESEARCH FOR YOU

Tis the season for a bargain. With Black Friday around the corner and retailers keen on beating last year’s numbers, it’s a buyers market. But before you set your alarm and cancel your AM yoga class, check out our list of November sales from the brands you daydream of. Warning: Sales may involve crowds of the fashion-y persuasion – caution should be exercised for these folks are not to be fucked with.

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3.1 PHILLIP LIM
WHERE: Cooper Design Space, Lobby Suite | 860 S. Los Angeles St. Los Angeles, CA 90014
WHEN: Thursday, November 7, 9am-6pm & Friday, November 8, 9am-4pm
WHAT: Like many of us, you could not get away from your desk to wait in line and grab some affordable 3.1 Phillip Lim when they collaborated with Target, but the fashion gods have graced us with a second chance. Starting November 7th, you can get your hands on some of the designer pieces for up to 70% off! Both men and women’s ready-to-wear will be available, as well as a prodigious choice of bags. Snag some colorful basics, or finally dive head first into the print trend – either way, you should start camping out now, tell work/school you’re sick – your secret is safe with us.

MASON
WHERE: Mason Warehouse | 2444 East 8th St. Los Angeles, CA 90021
WHEN: Saturday, November 9 & Sunday, November 10, 10am-5pm
WHAT: Another LA native invites you into her downtown warehouse for a sale of monumental proportions. Michelle Mason’s clientele includes the likes of Solange – and we all know she can dress. Her pieces are on trend – some monochromatic, some color blocked and all completely sleek. If you want to feel superstar status, without looking over the top, put this sale in your calendar.  Accessories and clothing items will be starting at $40, as well as merchandise being restocked daily. While replenishment may sound like a reason to lag on this sale, you should def think twice.

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TIBI
WHERE: Cooper Design Space, Suite 4 | 860 S. Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014
WHEN: Thursday, November 21 & Friday, November 22, 9am-6pm
WHAT: In need of minimalistic pieces to complete your wardrobe? Grab some luxe designs at the Tibi sale with prices cut up to 70% off. Shoes, skirts, and leather jackets will be amongst some of the pieces you will probably find people fighting over. Arrive early, and strategically plan out your attack – you may not see another sale this grand until next summer!

ALTERNATIVE
WHERE: Alternative | 1337 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291 & 219 N. Larchmont Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90004
WHEN: Monday, November 4 — Sunday, November 10
WHAT: Eco-friendly fashionistas (and fashionistos) unite! Get together, grab a pumpkin spice latte – with soy of course – and head to the coast for some comfy, and very Californian, eco-friendly, staple pieces. Included in the sale, will be the brands most recent holiday collection which includes rich blues and greens on sweaters and bags. With already low prices, the brand is giving you 30% off. A great excuse to invest in comfort clothes to snuggle up with if the weather ever decides to get cold.

REBECCA MINKOFF
WHERE: Confederacy  | 4661 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 902027
WHEN: Monday, November 11, 11am-8pm — Sunday, November 17, 10am-3pm
WHAT: Come and support a California native. With deals consisting of 75% off, this sale is one you will not want to miss. Leave with the signature M.A.C or M.A.B minis or some ready-to-wear accessories and footwear. She has everything to make you feel on trend and expensive, while not maxing out your credit card.

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WHERE: Siren Studios Orange | 1050 North Orange Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90038
WHEN: Friday, November 15th 9am-8pm — November 16th 9am-4pm
WHAT: LA is known for their laid-back fashion choices, and what’s more of a laid-back staple than a perfectly fitting pair of denim? Whether your closet is bursting at the seams, you can NEVER have enough pants, ever. So, get on over to Siren Studies and grab some super comfy, super flattering bottoms in an array of styles and colors for half-off.

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WHERE: H. Lorenzo | 8660 West Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069
WHEN: All of November
WHAT: Do you make bold fashion choices? Are you a fan of a monochromatic aesthetic? Are you… edgy? If you answered yes to even one question, you should make your way to the tent sale that is lasting all of November. With prices slashed up to 80% on both men’s and women’s collections you can finally express your inner badass with leather basics, coats for winter and shoes that prove you know a thing or two about luxe fashion – even if you don’t.

INTERVIEW: 69

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Some may consider 69 clothing to be ambiguous, but the collection might better describe itself as being demographic-free. The collection, an assortment of atypical unisex items, is made and produced here in L.A. In the last three years of running and designing 69, the brains behind the clothing brand has remained anonymous, solely relying on the clothes created to “speak for themselves.” The pieces, as unique as they may seem, are accessible in their playfulness, comfort, and aesthetic strikingness. 69 recently released its SS14 collection and was gracious enough to give LAC a low-key interview.

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LA CANVAS: What’s the reason with remaining anonymous?

69: I’m not interested in notoriety. I would prefer 69 to be recognized as brand, not a single person.

LAC: So what can you tell us about yourself?

69: Not much.

LAC: Do you have a background in design?

69: I do! I’ve been designing since I was a kid.

LAC: What got you into it?

69: I think it’s one of the things I was born to do.

LAC: Why denim, is it its versatility?

69: Exactly.

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LAC: OK, let’s jump into your new collection, SS14. Break down the types of items we’ll see. 

69: You’re going to see all the classics with some new stuff. Most of the clothes I make are unisex, but there is this dress in particular that will hopefully translate as a male dress first, women second.

LAC: What was the creative process?

69: Head to hand to paper to cloth.

LAC: How much do you experiment and how much is already conceptualized?

69: 40/60

LAC: Does creating unisex items give you more freedom to be creative or does it place in you in a difficult spot of trying to please both genders?

69: I’ve never considered gender much. Some pieces are definitely more female and some are more male. It’s more about how the wearer appropriates the garment to their mood and life.

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LAC: We always notice the large diversity in the people (and animals) you use as your models, is this important to you? Does this say anything about the type of person you see wearing 69?

69: Yes and yes. 69 is non demographic.

LAC: What’s behind the name 69?

69: 69 is a symbol that has transcended its original meaning to become what I envision the brand to be. That is a symbol that represents everyone.

View more from 69’s collection here.

LONG TERM RELATIONSHIP: DENIM CULT FAVORITE NUDIE JEANS IS IN IT FOREVER EVER

Writing about denim can be a little …zzz. How many times can we rave about the benefits of Japanese cotton before running out of clever adjectives? However, after considerable time spent internet thugging and sipping complementary showroom wine, our real life crush on the Nudie Jeans ethos has blossomed into a genuine love affair. Not the I-like-their-tattoos-through-the-optimal-insta-filter-choice serotonin rush, but the I-Googled-their-horoscope too sort of romance—a sustainable sort of intimacy.

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Since their conception twelve years ago, Swedish brand Nudie Jeans have maintained the objective of sustainability, but in 2006 they announced a public commitment to go entirely organic. In order to establish a company-wide ethical monopoly, they became extremely exclusive with their suppliers. By refusing to redirect their conscientious focus, Nudie ultimately reached their goal of being 100% chemical-free early this year. This particular round of the good fight was won by a healthy degree of moral perseverance, which was also employed to realize several of the brand’s other responsible victories. Membership to the Fair Wear Foundation, ongoing Amnesty International initiatives and securement of minimum wage for all its manufacturers make Nudie’s customers equal parts ethically committed and sartorially savvy.

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Jeans live the same life we do; they see what we see, experience what we experience, scar where we scar. Romanticizing? Perhaps, but the narrative is also quite literal. The practical argument for organic denim is that it molds to you, and evolves with you, becoming your favorite pair and consequently a second skin. The quality of holistic material lends itself to sustainability provided by a higher quality, longer staple cotton. And for those of us who maintain an acutely adventurous lifestyle, Nudie repairs all denim at their Melrose location, for free.

Check out more from photographer Grant Yoshino and Nudie Jeans in our latest issue.

text ERIN DENNISON
photo GRANT YOSHINO
art direction MEAGAN JUDKINS

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A.P.C. KANYE CAPSULE COLLECTION

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Kanye with A.P.C. Founder Jean Touitou

This past weekend while we were getting rowdy at Palihouse for our Hydration Issue release, we were also feeling the buzz of another release: a Kayne West-designed collection for Parisian minimalist brand, A.P.C. After a picture of the inseam tag was leaked on G.O.O.D. Music affiliate and architect Travi$ Scott’s Instagram, the buzz was almost as bad as that surrounding the birth of Kimye’s lovechild. As a fan of both A.P.C. and Kanye, we said, “enough with the tag, where are the damn clothes?”
a-p-c-kanye-2013-capsule-collection-1Luckily, the collaborative effort’s results are a collection of minimalistic design that fashionistos and Kanye West fans alike can certainly get behind. So much so that the rapper-producer’s collection apparently sold out the instant it went live on A.P.C.’s website. Don’t fret, pre-orders can be made for the next available wave of minimal digs, so you can carefully consider whether you wish to rock the plain white “Hip Hop T-Shirt” ($120) or the Kanye Hooded Sweatshirt ($280). (We’d go with the latter.)

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