a few months ago, on a short trip to los angeles, i was lucky to stumble upon two representatives of what i love about the l.a. fashion scene.
i found the lovely echo park store iko iko and in it, was introduced to one of the owners, kristin dickson, who designs the line rowena sartin.
both the store and the small clothing line are heavily inspired by japanese aesthetic & culture, and both really look at fashion, accessories and the home as artwork, rather than focusing on trend.
the store was quiet and cool, even on a blazing hot southern california day, and kristin was so friendly and helpful, chatting with me about the developing fashion scene in her city. she really inspired me to think that a fashion girl could be happy living in such a far flung location....
the store was since relocated from its (somewhat off the beaten path) echo park location to a new spot on n fairfax in west hollywood. although the location is a bit more central, it must still retain an allure of mystery- i drove by last weekend, and couldn't even find it!
iko iko is one of the first places that i will be checking out, once i become a full time l.a. resident....