As with many of fashion’s greats, Liana Clothing began as an effort to solve a problem. “I saw a big lack in the market for an elevated basics brand,” says Lili Chemla of why she founded the vintage-fabric-focused company. “I’m such a t-shirt person and I could never find a reliable brand that I knew I would like the shape of.” What began as a hobby of designing new striped t-shirts with vintage fabrics has now blossomed into a year-old company that boasts partnerships with the likes of Moda Operandi. Hot on the heels of her first trunk show in October of 2017, Chemla’s focus has expanded from just tees—now, she’s making a range of pants and outerwear in a variety of fabrics such as velvet and sherpa. Here, check out Chemla’s list of her favorite vintage shops in Los Angeles, and maybe find some inspiration of your own.
My favorite place for brand name vintage items at a pretty reasonable price. I only go here when I know I'm ready to spend, because there's never been a time where I've gone and haven't found a gem.
This is where I've found almost all of my vintage Levi's, and I have a lot. They're definitely pricier, but they only sell the rare styles with a good fit (like 501's and Wranglers). They also organize it by size which helps a lot with finding the perfect pair.
If I weren't geographically challenged, I would tell you all my favorite spots at Melrose Trading Post. I'm the worst with directions, so even though I go every week I kinda wander until I find the spots that I know I love. They're usually in the first street right when you walk in. There's one that I always find great pieces at—it's right when you walk in, a little further down, before you're able to make your first left, if that makes sense?
The new age of vintage Instagram accounts has blown my mind! @NaninVintage is one of my favorites, but you really have to be checking their posts fast. I don't really check Instagram during the day, so once I see a vintage piece of theirs that I love it usually already says "SOLD," which is truly heartbreaking. But it still provides me with some good inspo!
I love painted bird because their selection is so limited. Sometimes its too daunting to go vintage shopping knowing you're going to have to rummage through piles until you find something you want to take home. Although their selection is small, it's really good. I've found really cute purses here, small dresses, and t-shirts.
A much larger selection, so go in hydrated and prepared to go through racks. They have really good vintage coats and large worn out t-shirts. I got a "grumpy" t-shirt there that has been my Monday uniform. They also have great vintage sweaters, I find a lot of gems in their section upstairs.
This place means a lot to me. Before I started Liana, I went to Rag Finders to find a fabric to play around with. I found the fabric that I used for my first t-shirt (The Stria) and one of my best sellers for my first collection. It's a love/hate relationship, because you find a fabric you LOVE, but sometimes there's only about 50 yards or less. Once it's gone, it's gone and thats the hardest part of it all.