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Five coolest Los Angeles fashion and e-commerce companies to work for

By Aileen Yu

Oct 17, 2019

Fashion

In recent years, Los Angeles is quickly earning its place as the fifth fashion capital of the world. Not only have industry icons such as Tom Ford and shoe designer Tamara Mellon started calling the City of Angels their new home, a boom in fashion e-commerce is propelling the city as a leading content driven hub that has seen a merge between the entertainment, tech and fashion industries. Traditionally, Los Angeles was known as America’s denim capital, today homegrown brands are staying true to the heritage and banking on the value of Made in LA. FashionUnited takes a look at five of the coolest fashion and e-commerce companies that have their headquarters in sunny Los Angeles.

The Black Tux

Based in Santa Monica and just steps away from the beach, The Black Tux boasts a dog-friendly office and generous employee benefits such as paid parental leave (even for the non-birthing parents). Established in 2013 , the tux e-tailer uses a combination of machine learning, tailor-trained fit specialists, and industry-leading customer service to guarantee customers a perfect fit every time.

Erika Best, the Senior Brand Marketing Manager at The Black Tux told FashionUnited recently that she loves the authentic company culture and supportive work environment. In an interview with Joanna Herrick, TBT’s Director of Showroom Experience and Operations, she shares what it's like working between Santa Monica and Chicago.

Good American

When talking about Los Angeles, it’s inevitable that the Kardashians will come to mind. Whether you like them or not, the infamous sisters are an integral part of LA pop culture. In 2016, Khloe Kardashian co-founded her size-inclusive LA-made denim line with close friend, Emma Grede, who used to run a successful entertainment marketing agency. According to a recent report by Forbes, Good American made 1 million US dollars in sales on their first day. Listed by LinkedIn as the number 6 top start-up to work for in 2019, the company already has a headcount of 80 employees. “We always look to hire out-of-the-box thinkers, those who are passionate, solution-oriented and able to understand our customer on a deeper level,” Good American told LinkedIn.

Savage x Fenty

It seems that anything Rihanna touches turns to gold, especially when it comes to fashion. At the recent New York Fashion Week, Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty lingerie show presented a collection that resonated a strong anti-Victoria's Secret message of body-inclusivity. With the success of Fenty Beauty and the announcement this June that Rihanna is collaborating with LVMH to produce a Fenty luxury fashion label, Savage x Fenty has secured an additional 50 million US dollars from investors which includes Jay-Z’s venture firm (Marcy Venture Partners LLC). Working for such a groundbreaking cultural icon is enough to entice top talent such as FIT almuni, Melissa Battifarano, who is now the VP of Design for Savage x Fenty.

Revolve

Started by two young guys who met while working in tech and both name Michael, Revolve is today valued at nearly 1.5 billion US dollars and headed to more than 600 million dollars in sales this year reported the Los Angeles Times. Catching on early to the power of style bloggers, the fashion-e tailer is transparent in sharing with the public that much of their marketing budget goes to a community of around 3500 Insta-famous influencers. While most of their competitors didn’t survive the 2008 recession, Revolve actually managed to turn a profit as a new company during those turbulent times.

A pioneer in turning fashion into a tech driven business, the company has to date built a talented in-house team of data-scientist and engineers. Since it’s such a coveted place to work and you may even bump shoulders with Aimee Song or Camila Coelho, be ready to accept the competitive pay along with long hours (averaging 10-12 hours a day and even Saturdays) according to employee reviews on indeed.com.

Who What Wear

Owned by Clique Brands and launched in 2006 by Elle magazine West Coast editor Katherine Power and Elle contributor Hillary Kerr, Who What Wear is a LA-based online fashion platform that produces trend reports, celebrity style guides, wardrobe how-tos, and fashion news. Fast Company named it as one of the Most Innovative Companies of 2017 and Digiday called it the Most Innovative Publisher in 2018.

Over the past few years, Who What Wear began creating products specifically tailored for the women who follow their site and based on the data collected from this community. In 2016, Who What Wear unveiled a line of apparel and accessories in collaboration with Target and has more products in the pipeline. A unique business model for a media company when most of its peers are struggling, its company culture empowers women and employees work from a gorgeous office overlooking the view of West Hollywood.

This article was created with opinions and rankings collected from LinkedIn, indeed.com and Forbes to promote working in fashion.

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Photos: courtesy of The Black Tux, Good American's Facebook, Revolve website

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