Au Courant to host “Made in LA” Fashion Fair Tonight

Au Courant's "Made in LA" fashion fair is tonight from 5-9pm at 5965 N Larchmont
Au Courant’s “Made in LA” fashion fair is tonight from 5-9pm at 5665 W. Melrose

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Au Courant at 5665 W. Melrose, one of the newest clothing stores to open on Larchmont, is hosting a “Made in LA” fashion fair tonight from 5-9 p.m., showcasing locally made clothing and jewelry.

Owner Kelly Fielding has invited a handful of LA designers to her store this evening for a special reception and show. Wine and vegan/vegetarian hors d’oeuvres will be served. There’s valet parking available too.

Designers that will be showcased tonight include local favorite jewelry designer Olivia Kazanjian. Her handmade designs draw upon her family’s 100 year history in the jewelry business as Kazanjian Beverly Hills founded in 1913.

According to Fielding other designers include:
n:PHILANTHROPY is a contemporary collection that specializes in updated essentials, faux furs, vegan leathers, and deconstructed sweaters. The collection reflects the current trend towards comfort-consciousness. Owner Yvonne Niami combined two things that meant the most to her: fashion and philanthropy. “Giving back is so close to my heart – as is fashion – and I think everyone is born to do something good in this world. We all have it in us, and my calling (I feel) is to help others.”

For over a decade, Niami has supported the two causes she is most passionate about – advancing pediatric cancer research and fighting animal cruelty. This is why n:PHILANTHROPY donates 10% of net proceeds to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles & SPCALA.

MISA All made in LA. The MISA woman is a modern-day bohemian who spends her life traveling the world, leaping from one exotic location to another. Whether it’s a woman who lives this lifestyle or simply weaves exotic dreams in her everyday life, the MISA woman is living on a whim, and always dressed for any occasion. She tells her journey and story in her clothes, and will have the ultimate travel wardrobe. Created in 2015 by Shadi Askari-Farhat, MISA is a combination of her daughters’ names, Milla and Sayeh. MISA is deeply inspired by Shadi’s travels and her love for global style. MISA will continue to transform and grow, creating feminine, effortless and unique pieces alongside Shadi and her two beautiful girls.

Dom Ceramics – Dominique Blaskovich-Canobbio is a los angeles native with Croatian roots.  She began to draw and paint at the age of 5, leading her to a BA in illustration from the Otis Parsons in Los Angeles.  She spent the last 20 years working in animation as  color stylist and background painter in animation and although she still works on the Simpsons, her medium of choice is clay.  She describes her work as a mixture of LA mid-century meets old world Croatia. ” Having spent so much time in Croatia as a child, I was always influenced by the 1970s former communist Yugoslavia’s cold, concrete buildings. Through the greyness of it all, there was always a burst of orange and I find that it always creeps into my work.” 

Marie Turnor Accessories is a Los Angeles-based handbag and accessories company from designer Beth Goodman. The classic style of Marie Turnor embraces timelessness over trendiness in the spirit of finding beauty in everyday things – a paper bag, an envelope, the colors of nature.  The brand’s essence lies in the realization that practical things are also exquisite. 

Beth Goodman was born in New York with an innate ability to make things beautiful.  She studied art in London before attending the Fashion Institute of Technology for textile and fashion design.  After graduation she launched the lingerie company Sabeth-Row, where her award-winning designs were featured in publications such as Vogue and W.  She traveled frequently to Europe for both work and pleasure before eventually relocating to Los Angeles to style in advertising, music, and film.

As a stylist, Beth became known for her classic and timelessly chic eye, which later became the foundation for Marie Turnor Accessories.  Drawn once again to her love of textiles and making things, Beth found herself attracted to handbag and wallet designs and thus the Marie Turnor brand was born in 2009. Gaining inspiration from unexpected yet everyday objects, Beth’s early designs quickly gained a cult-like following. The Picnic clutch, a best-seller, was conceived when Beth spotted an elegant woman in Paris walking down the street with a paper bag in her hand, while the Idea bag was designed out of necessity after carrying samples in an Ikea bag. The brand currently offers a range of products, from Lunches, Dinners and Snaks, three variations on the best-selling Picnic, to wallets and handbags.  Marie Turnor is committed to quality and individuality; and all products are proudly made in Southern California by skilled craftspeople.

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About Patricia Lombard

Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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