New Mart Building
27 E. 9th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
As its name implies, Surplus specializes in jewelry made from unwanted scraps of steel and other discarded items. Harriet McNamara creates all of her pieces by hand, transforming found materials into stories worth wearing.
Helsinki-based designer Terhi Pölkki infuses her line of vegan-leather shoes with pops of unexpected color and fun patterns. Made in Portugal, the brand has a minimalist aesthetic that focuses on quality materials combined in a bold, almost futuristic manner.
SPECIALTY DRY GOODS
Specialty Dry Goods keeps unnecessary waste out of the landfill by turning castoff textiles into quality accessories. Edie Kahula Pereira makes use of a range of materials such as remnant cotton canvas, surplus denim, vegetable-tanned hide, and American-grown organic wool fill to create long-lasting purses, clutches and pouches.
Using experimental materials such as Tyvek, eco-felt, and reflective glass beads, visual artist Sylvia Heisel pushes the envelope with her futuristic garments and accessories. “I’m inspired by all the new materials, manufacturing processes, and abilities that new technologies are making possible in fashion,” she says. “But they’re all useless if we can’t close the loop and sustain the environment.
Kameleonik specializes in casual, comfortable, and natural espadrilles made out of leather and jute. All its shoes are adhesive-free and handmade in Spain.
Adrienne Antonson launched State during a stint on an alpaca farm on an island in the Northwest. Her clothing, which honors a thoughtful and handcrafted approach to fashion embodies a “farm to hanger” ethos. Using deconstructed materials, organic cotton, and U.S-grown alpaca wool, State’s American-made basics are as functional as they are a joy to behold.