May 17, 2017 | By Samuel Trotman
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Vintage enthusiasts re-united once again last weekend for the sixth edition of Rin Tanaka’s annual show, Inspiration LA. Here, the WGSN denim team shares some of the highlights from the two-day event.
For the past five years, Inspiration LA has gathered together fans and brands from all over the world for a two-day party celebrating American vintage and the clothing inspired by it. Now in its second season in the more convenient and larger in LA’s Downtown district, the annual show presented an even bigger portfolio of vintage dealers and heritage-inspired labels with what seemed to be its biggest, busiest and best show to date (over 3,000 attendees for 2015). The show is always a huge draw for international collectors, fashion brands and enthusiasts to buy and trade some of the most rare and unique vintage pieces around today, as well as “sharing good vibes” (as Rin puts it) with many old and new friends for a full two days.
Many of the usual vintage traders were present including Raggedy Threads, J’Antiques, Hellers Cafe and Chuck’s Vintage, as well as current labels like Railcar Fine Goods, The Real McCoy’s, Levi’s Vintage Clothing, Freenote Cloth and Roy Denim. Special additions this year included 2 new denim book releases from Denim Dudes, by WGSN’s very own Amy Leverton as well as True Fit by Viktor Fredbäck, exclusive artwork by American artist Mouse and LVC were offering complimentary chain-stitch embroideries for your denim wares. And of course there were plenty of events going on in and around the show including after parties at Lot, Stock and Barrel on the first night, RRL on the closing night and a scorching day at The Rose Bowl on Sunday. WGSN’s denim team was there to capture it all so take a look through the images below for a brief overview of the weekend (some additional images courtesy of The Hundreds).
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