Last weekend: Rin Tanaka Inspiration LA

We’re currently out in Los Angeles, and visited the awesome Rin Tanaka Inspiration LA show on Friday and Saturday – a must on the Stylesight Denim calendar.

The show is normally held in Long Beach, but this year the mastermind and vintage expert behind the Inspiration show, Rin Tanaka, decided to change the venue to the more convenient LA Mart in LA’s Downtown district. The show is always a huge draw for for the best global vintage dealers as well as all the enthusiasts there to buy but this year was by far the biggest, busiest and best show since its inception 5 years ago. Many of the usual traders were present, including Raggedy Threads, J’Antiques, Hellers Cafe and Orange Crush Exports. However, the show attracted many other dealers, who we were excited to meet and chat with, including Untitled Clothes, Liz Baca & Mike White, Scout, The Kaliman and Handsome. From chatting to many vendors, and admiring our photos from the weekend, we picked up quite a few emerging trends among the dealers; the Native American Indian trend continues, with imagery taking over from the Navajo patterns and blankets and the leather poncho taking center stage as a key item.

Another major trend amongst the vendors was the variety and breadth of indigo print and pattern. A trend we’ve been tracking for a number of seasons, this time we spotted a ton more vintage Stifel discharge prints as well as some incredible indigo blanket designs at Orange Crush and many batik and shibori textiles dotted around the stands. A welcome addition to the show was Jonathan from Bandana Almanac, who set up a stall with the amazing Brown Tabby from Osaka. He’s known for his awesome repair work and darn-stitch pieces and the whole stand was focused on Japanese craft, with natural indigo dying and vintage repair work going on throughout the show.

Of course the other major reason for attending is the amazing street style. Everyone is a true vintage enthusiast and made every effort to dress in their ultimate denim looks. We’ll be putting together a full report from the show at the beginning of next week for our subscribers, showcasing the key items, trends and streets from the entire weekend.


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