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71 L.A. black-owned businesses you can support right now
When Hank Jenkins opened the Plant Provocateur five years ago, he said he would often experience judgment and trust issues simply because he’s a black business owner.
“People would come in, look at me and say, ‘I want to talk to the owner,’” Jenkins said on the phone earlier this week.
Angry and hurting following the death late last month of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, Jenkins said he’s trying to find ways to cope. Although many stores are beginning to reopen as coronavirus restrictions are being lifted, Jenkins has decided to move his Silver Lake plant and home boutique — a popular sanctuary for plant lovers because of Jenkins’ expert horticultural advice — from a bricks-and-mortar setting to online.
Hank Jenkins inside his greenhouse at home in Silver Lake.
(Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)
“There are so many reasons why I shouldn’t be here talking to you,” Jenkins said.
During his years in Silver Lake, Jenkins said he has befriended the tight community of mom-and-pop merchants along Sunset Boulevard and he “roots for them daily, and they do the same for me.”
For those looking to support black-owned businesses in Los Angeles, we’ve started compiling the below resource guide that highlights such businesses and brands in fashion design, jewelry, beauty, home goods and accessories. (There’s also a companion list available from our colleagues in the Food section, which recently published a guide to more than 85 black-owned L.A. restaurants and other food businesses.)
Our collection is more of a starting point than a definitive list, and our hope is that in addition to patronizing and supporting these businesses you’ll also be motivated to submit other L. A.-based black-owned brands and businesses for inclusion on a future expanded and updated version of this list. (To bring a business to our attention, send us an email at [email protected].)
Because of the pandemic and the curfews currently in place across Los Angeles, not all of the businesses on our list — even the bricks-and-mortar retail stores — will be open. (For your personal health and safety, we suggest patronizing these businesses’ online outposts.)
Adrien Sauvage (Menswear)
Menswear designer Sauvage, a London-to-Beverly Hills transplant of Ghanian descent, has dressed the likes of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and, most recently, 2019 NBA draft pick Zion Williamson, who was tapped by the New Orleans Pelicans in a cream-colored, shawl-collar made-to-measure House of A. Sauvage tuxedo. asauvage.com
A & D Wholesale Vintage Clothing (Vintage clothing wholesaler)
Since 2006, Deborah Evans Vincent has been hand-picking and reselling high-quality men’s, women’s and children’s vintage apparel and accessories that range from the 1920s through the late 1990s.
Angela Dean (Womenswear)
Over the last several decades, fashion designer Dean has expanded her celebrity client base (Oprah Winfrey, Madonna and Patti LaBelle, to name just three) and stable of brands that, in addition to House of Deanzign, now includes body-con dresses (Angela Dean Collection) and stylish shapewear (Shaped by an Angel). 4725 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 230-6761,
Agnes Baddoo (Leather goods)
Leather bags, totes and belts — and currently small bottles of hand sanitizer — handmade in Los Angeles.
Baltimore Bag Company (leather goods)
Don’t let the name of Jerey Ojeah’s 3-year-old leather-goods label fool you, his sturdy and stylish clutches, briefcases, totes and crossbody bags are all made right here in Los Angeles. They’re also sold here too — on an appointment-only basis at his Koreatown store or via the web. 3107 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, (213) 925-5636, bbcbags.com and
Founded by Union co-owner Beth Birkett, Bephie’s laid-back, gender-neutral garments take inspiration from feminism and the black Southern California experience. bephiesbeautysupply.com
The use of rocks and stones, wood, seashells and plants gives Len Brown’s handmade unisex bracelets and necklaces a chunky, hewn-from-nature vibe. Prices at the Brownhaze Etsy shop range from $25 (for a wood and nut Downward Dog necklace) to $65 for the Deep Blue Stone necklace that uses glass, leather, silver and stone. Instagram: @brownhazeshop
Carl’s Atelier (Men’s apparel, art, home decor)
Carl Louisville, whose Guerilla Atelier was a longtime fixture in downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District, offers his same eclectic mix of clothes, home decor, accessories and art in a more compact shopping-center space.
Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles (424) 551-5081, westfield.com/centurycity
CharLi Beauty Bar (Facials, waxing, lashes)
Licensed esthetician CharLi Taylor offers body waxing, eyelash extensions, facials and more. 5074 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, (424) 258-0267, charlibeautybar.com
Chiaristyle (fashion illustration)
CJ’s Elegance (Women’s apparel retailer)
One of the oldest black-owned women’s retail clothing businesses in L.A., CJ’s marked a half-century in business last year. 4446 W. Slauson Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 299-1141, cjselegance.com
Cross Colours (Men’s and women’s apparel)
Launched in L.
Curvy Bombshells (swimwear)
Launched by Nicole Rionne in September of 2019 with the mantra “embrace your curves,” the made-in-L.A. swimwear brand Curvy Bombshells specializes in women’s swimsuits sizes 14 to 28 and sells online only.
Damone Roberts (eyebrow sculpting)
Over the last 18 years, makeup artist Roberts (one of the stars of TLC’s “10 Years Younger” series) has painted the faces and shaped the brows of an impressive list of celebrity clients including Oprah, Madonna, Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian West. He’s about to reopen his (currently shuttered) salon at a new location but, in the meantime, his brow pencils, powders, gels and tools are available online. 8383 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 50, Salon 206, Beverly Hills, (310) 271-2100, damoneroberts.com
Designer Jerry Lorenzo, center, opened a temporary Fear of God store in downtown L.A.’s Arts District last year.
(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
Fear of God (Apparel, accessories, footwear)
Jerry Lorenzo’s upscale streetwear label has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the business — sneaker maker Nike and Italian luxury menswear label Ermenegildo Zegna, to name just two. fearofgod.com
Jendayi Collection (Jewelry)
Jewelry designer and owner Monnae Michaell’s custom-made, culturally inspired wedding rings and fine jewelry are on offer at two bricks-and-mortar by-appointment-only local locations, 4421 W. Slauson Ave. (inside Cultural Interiors), and 629 S.
Julie Harris Designs (Bridal veils and accessories)
Julie Harris Fisher has been designing and making bridal veils and other accessories for the bride-to-be since 1995. She assists clients in person by appointment only at her Studio City boutique and also sells her wares via Etsy, Studio City, (818) 308-5743, julieharrisdesigns.com and etsy.com/shop/BridalAndBeyond
Kenneth Nicholson (Men’s and women’s apparel)
A 4-year-old designer label that uses military inspiration as a jumping-off point for wide-legged trousers, quilted tunics and riffs on the white dress shirt.
L.A.-based fashion designer Kevan Hall in his Beverly Boulevard atelier on June 4.
(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Kevan Hall Designs (Designer women’s apparel)
A longtime red-carpet staple whose glamorous gowns have graced the likes of Virginia Madsen and Ruby Dee (at the Oscars), Paula Abdul and Vanessa Williams (at the Emmys) and Taraji P. Henson and Katherine Heigl (at the SAG Awards). Until the red carpets are back, you can at least snap up a reptile-print tunic with a matching face mask. Right now you can buy goods from the designer at 8313 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, kevanhalldesigns.com and etsy.com/shop/kevancares.
Kolored Krowns (Jewelry)
Gemstone and crystal prayer beads and jewels handmade in Los Angeles by Natalie Mitchell. koloredkrowns.com
Kutula by Africana (Retailer of African-inspired fashions)
Specializing in modern African-inspired fashions and run by second-generation owners Kay and Bo Anuluoha, whose handiwork appeared both on-screen and at the red-carpet premiere of “Black Panther.” 4438 W. Slauson Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 294-8151, shopkutula.com
The Lace Lounge (Bras)
Tiffany Fitzgerald has been in the bra business for the last five years, stocking bra sizes 28-38 and cup sizes A-K as well as providing expert bra fittings and in-house alterations and repairs. Currently open by appointment only, 1080 S. La Cienega Blvd. Suite 209, Los Angeles, (310) 904-3600, thelacelounge.com
Lavie by CK (Designer apparel, masks)
Self-taught fashion designer Claude Kameni’s 8-year-old label is full of brightly colored, boldly patterned L.A.-made pieces for men and women that can be purchased through her website or custom-designed by appointment only. She recently launched a line of masks (some with matching hair ties) in African-culture-inspired prints with all proceeds funding the production of masks donated to medical personnel.laviebyck.com and laviebyckmask.com
Los Angeles Oils and Butters (skin care)
Licensed aesthetician Jerron “Ronnie” Mitchell launched his DTLA-based skin care line in 2017 and sells his acne-zapping, skin-toning Tea Tree Serum Kits and spot-fading Emu Serum Kits (the brand’s two bestsellers), oil-infused African black soaps and other potions and lotions online at losangelesoilsandbutters. com. Instagram: @losangelesoilsandbutters
Lucy’s Boudoir (lingerie)
Owner and head-fitting specialist Crystal Rogers aims to have a bra for every body type and need (including special bridal, nursing and postmastectomy bras) at her Long Beach boutique, and if she doesn’t stock it, she’ll source it. In-person fittings are currently on hold (and boutique hours drastically scaled back) due to the coronavirus pandemic but virtual and phone appointments are available and a range of bras, underwear, swimwear and lingerie can be ordered online for delivery or curbside pickup at the boutique. 3925 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 997-8786, lucysboudoir.com
Lot XI (Apothecary)
Krystyl Wright’s Compton-based apothecary sells soaps, candles and body products, and will soon sell weighted blankets. lotxi.com
Nena’s Organics (Beauty)
Until the coronavirus outbreak threw her a curveball, you would have been able to find Nena Addison’s plant-based, organic health and beauty products (think lavender body scrubs, lemongrass lip balms and bars of turmeric soap) at upcoming farmers markets in Long Beach and Westwood. For now, you can find them at her website. (323) 493-8042, nenasorganics.com
Asia Hall founded the Neon Cowboys line of Western-inspired, light-up accessories (like the cowboy hat she’s wearing here) in 2014.
Neon Cowboys (Hats, accessories, face masks)
Asia Hall (daughter of designer Kevan Hall, who also appears on this list) is the founder, owner and CEO of this 6-year-old fashion-meets-technology brand that specializes in light-up, western-inspired accessories (think glowing cowboy hats and LED cactus earrings). In response to the pandemic, she recently launched glowing face masks made with fiber-optic fabric. Primarily e-commerce with a small pop-up at her father’s L.A. atelier. 8313 Beverly Blvd., (407) 250-6066, neoncowboys.com
Nobody Jones Boutique (Women’s apparel)
Jersey dresses, separates and jumpsuits designed by owner Odessa Bowden-Sierra.
5593 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, (323) 291-7177, nobodyjones. bigcartel.com
Nyakio Kamoche Grieco, a first-generation American of Kenyan descent, tapped family beauty hacks (think using coffee beans and sugar cane to exfoliate dry skin) for a namesake skin-care line that recently launched at Target in partnership with Sundial Brands. nyakio.com and target.com
One-of-a-Kind Hats (Hats)
Second-generation owner Meeka Robinson Davis specializes in custom-designed hats that have been worn by the likes of Patti LaBelle and the late Aretha Franklin, but also offers an extensive selection of ready-to-wear headgear. 4432 W. Slauson Ave., Los Angeles (323) 296-0130, 1ofakindhats.com
Perry White (Women’s and men’s apparel)
From briefs and multizippered track pants for men to latex bodysuits and mesh dresses for women, White’s wares scream sexy and whisper “Buy me now.” 837 Traction Ave., Los Angeles, (626) 379-4749, perrywhite.la
Pinky Rose Boutique (Designer women’s apparel)
Marcia “Pinky Rose” Charles’ clothing store has been an anchor in the Pico shopping corridor since 2003. 5372 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 936-9213, pinkyroseboutique.com
Plush Armour (Handmade clothing; health)
Hand-knit sweaters and scarves by Chasten Harmon. Harmon also hosts health consultations and monthly gatherings designed to create a safe space to explore different healing modalities for BIPOC. plusharmour.com/shop
Madin Lopez cuts hair in a trailer outside the Los Angeles LGBT Center ProjectQ.
(Claire Hannah Collins / Los Angeles Times)
ProjectQ Salon and Community Center (Health and beauty)
The nonprofit ProjectQ provides free haircuts, hair color, and wigs to LGBTQIA+ youth experiencing homelessness. (213) 617-8442, projectq.me
Rec Room (women’s apparel)
Dre Taylor Lindsay cofounded and co-owns (with Val Young) the L.A.-based women’s athleisure label Rec Room, which launched last year with the simple concept of making everyday wear out of the same fabrics as workout wear. The result is a range of buttery soft T-shirts, shorts, turtlenecks and dresses with four-way stretch, wrinkle resistance and antimicrobial properties. The entirely women-owned (and 50% Black-owned) brand manufactures its apparel in California and recently announced that it would channel 1% of gross sales into a racial justice initiative benefiting organizations working to eradicate systems of racial injustice across the country (the first year’s beneficiaries will be theEqual Justice Initiative andthe Loveland Foundation.) In addition to selling through a few bricks-and-mortar pop-ups across the country (as safety guidelines allow, check the website for dates and locations), the label is available online atrec-room.com.
John Dean, the founder and chief executive of the 7-year-old L.A.-based streetwear brand, just launched a Heroes of Blackness T-shirt ($35, preorder now for delivery in three weeks) with all proceeds going to Black Lives Matter, the George Floyd Foundation and Reclaim the Block. Renowned.la
The Runway Boutique (Clothing, accessories)
Fatima Dodson’s West Adams boutique sells head wraps, clothing, jewelry and accessories. She calls it a blend of “afrocentric, care-free, Brooklyn bohemian fashion-forward goodness.” shoprunwayboutiquela.com
Sergio Hudson (Women’s ready-to-wear)
Sexy, strong-shouldered suits and curve-hugging, skin-baring dresses are the namesake designer’s specialty. High-profile customers include Beyoncé, former First Lady Michelle Obama, Tracee Ellis Ross and Jennifer Lopez. sergiohudson.com
Sika (Art, jewelry, apparel)
A longtime Leimert Park store specializing in handmade jewelry, art, apparel and African imports.
4330 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 295-2502, facebook.com/pages/Sikas/111019782374615
The Small Shop L.A. (Apparel, accessories)
Founder and owner Joel Stallworth opened the doors of his space at 6th and Spring streets in 2016, stocking it with locally sourced and manufactured streetwear pieces like the arrow-and-palm-tree-emblazoned Lost in Los Angeles T-shirts, ball caps and sweatshirts. The DTLA shop is set for a soft reopening on June 19, but the website is open 24-7. 215 W. 6th St. #108, Los Angeles, (209) 298 2562, thesmallshopla.com
Stitches Technology Business & Career Centers Inc. (Apparel-industry nonprofit)
Founded by designer and president Clotee McAfee in 1992, this local nonprofit trains sewing-machine operators for work in the apparel industry and recently donated more than 20,000 mask to hospitals and nursing homes in underserved communities around the country. 342 N. San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, (310) 462-5970, stitchestech.org
Stuzo Clothing (Apparel)
Gender-free streetwear label founded in 2010 by Uzo Ejikeme and Stoney Michelli that mixes humor with messages of inclusion (for example, T-shirts screenprinted with the declaration “Yup, still gay!”).
4751 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 917-5050, stuzoclothing.com
Tamra Copper L.A. (water bottles, accessories)
Cheryl Freeman founded her business importing Ayurvedic copper water bottles and accessories from India in 2016 (the name of the brand comes from the Sanskrit “tamra jal,” which means “copper water”) and was one of the L. A. brands chosen to participate in Los Angeles Rive Gauche, an L.A.-themed retail pop-up at Le Bon Marché department store in Paris in late 2018. Her wares are available at her own website as well as via Anthropolgie. tamracopperla.com and anthropologie.com
Triangular Faces (Streetwear)
Fashion designer Nana Kwame Adusei hails from Accra, Ghana, arrived in L.A. last year and launched his African culture-inspired, locally manufactured, unisex athleisure-meets-streetwear label just as the safer-at-home coronavirus guidelines were taking effect. His Mursi shorts, baggy, flower-festooned boardshorts inspired by the Mursi people of Ethiopia, are available online. Triangularfaces.com
Union Los Angeles (Apparel, accessories, footwear)
Avant garde meets streetwear at Chris Gibbs’ and Beth Birkett’s boutique in the “guy’s gulch” stretch of La Brea Avenue. 110 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 549-6950, store.unionlosangeles.com
Waraire Boswell (Men’s and women’s apparel)
Sharp-looking custom suits for men and women, custom footwear and, in response to the coronavirus outbreak, stylish masks using fabrics from previous collections. waraire.com
Sisters Adrianna and Kamilah Alexander customize glassware for weddings, birthday parties, date nights, corporate events and other special occasions. If you’re in need of glitter-covered shot glasses, bride-to-be trucker hats festooned with Swarovski crystals or pearl-encrusted Champagne flutes, look no further than the 2dollz Etsy shop. The brand recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to gift healthcare heroes and essential workers with ceramic mugs bearing hand-painted messages of support like “Nurses are heroes” and “Thanks Doc.” Instagram: @the2dollz
Antique Stove Heaven (Vintage stoves and stove restoration)
Winsor Williams sells old stoves as well as repairs, restores and cleans them. 5414 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 298-5581, antiquestoveheaven.com
Breegan Jane (Interior design, jewelry)
Proceeds from the HGTV host’s handmade jewelry benefits the World Vision’s child protection through education in Kenya campaign. breeganjane.com
Interior designer Bridgid Coulter at home in Venice.
(Christina House / Los Angeles Times )
Bridgid Coulter (Interior design)
In addition to her residential and commercial design projects, the Santa Monica-based interior designer has a line of eco-conscious textiles. 1112 Montana Ave. #432, Santa Monica, (310) 963-5360, bridgidcoulter.com
Brigette Romanek (Interior design)
The Los Angeles-based interior designer whose clients include Eric Buterbaugh and Misty Copeland tackles commercial, retail and residential projects. 1050 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 600-7133, romanekdesignstudio.com
Cain Interiors & Construction (Interior design)
This 20-year-old firm is behind some of the more striking, artful modern homes in Bel-Air, Beverly Grove and Trousdale Estates. 406 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 652-6065, caininteriors.com
The interior designer, blogger and home furnishings designer is the host of “COCOCOZY Design House” on Amazon Prime Video. (310) 275-4189, cococozy.com
Cultural Interiors (Home decor)
Owner Gail Hawkins travels extensively throughout the country and the Caribbean in search of one-of-a-kind home decor items. 4421 W. Slauson Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 292-1500, culturalinteriors.com
Ekua Ceramics (Ceramics)
Long Beach ceramist Sara Ekua Todd creates drinkware and dinnerware, in addition to collaborations with brands such as Brain Dead, among others. ekuaceramics.com/shop
Eso Won bookstore co-owner James Fugate in 2014.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Eso Won Books (Books, graphic novels, events)
An independent bookstore in Leimert Park specializing in literature that chronicles the black experience.
4327 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 290-1048, esowonbookstore.com
Faith Blakeney (Interior design)
The interior designer says her studio’s approach “disregards convention in favor of innovation, collaboration, play, out-of-the-box thinking and social conscience. ” We featured her work in an October house tour in Silver Lake. faithblakeney.com
45 Three Modern Vintage Home (Furniture, antiques, art)
Owner Staci Cain is known for giving vintage furnishings from around the globe a glow-up. Her Little Ethiopia shop features midcentury modern furniture, art and accessories. 1051 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 932-0832, 45threemodernvintagehome.com
Interior Obsession (Interior design)
Interior designer Lisa Turner’s full-service design firm specializes in high-end residential and commercial design. Her philosophy is “a love of color and respect for architecture.” (310) 777-0025, interiorobsession.com
Designer Justina Blakeney in her Los Angeles kitchen.
(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)
Justina Blakeney (Furniture, home accessories)
The Los Angeles-based designer’s Jungalow brand includes a wide variety of collaborations including furniture, accessories, rugs and apparel. On May 30, Blakeney donated the net proceeds of Jungalow sales — $12,000 — to Black Lives Matter. jungalow.com
Jeanetta Gonzales (Designer, illustrator)
The Los Angeles-based graphic designer specializes in patterns, branding, lettering and illustration. jeanettagonzales.com
Kimberleigh Aarn (Ceramics)
The North Hollywood artist creates functional and decorative pottery out of Xiem Clay Center in Pasadena. etsy.com/shop/claybykimberleigh
Lush flower offerings at Sean Knibb’s Flowerboy Project.
Knibb Design (Interior and landscape design)
Venice designer Sean Knibb has collaborated on many notable landscape, furniture and architectural projects including the Line Hotel in Koreatown. His Flowerboy Project cafe and flower shop in Venice, sells fresh flowers, gifts and coffee. (310) 450-5552, knibbdesign.com, flowerboyproject.com
Latifah Saafir Studio (Quilts)
Known for her colorful modern quilts, Saafir also designs patterns, templates and fabric. She is the cofounder of the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and the Modern Quilt Guild and travels the country teaching quilting. latifahsaafirstudios.com
Linda Hayslett (Interior design)
Interior designer Hayslett’s LH Designs firm offers residential, commercial design and interior styling. (310) 955-4118, lhdesigned.com
Mann Handmade (Ceramics)
Ceramist Sharon Mann says she creates “everyday dishes for extraordinary people.” She teaches and produces her work out of Echo Art Studio in Palms. (818) 482-3231, mannhandmade.com
Marie Burgos Design (Interior design)
In addition to her full-service interior design firms based in New York and Los Angeles, Burgos is a feng shui expert. (310) 775-3309, marieburgosdesign.com
RUME by Tauska (Interior design)
Los Angeles-based Tauska Trusaun-Kennedy has been practicing as a professional interior designer for over a decade. Her firm was recently involved with a complete remodel of the Lamp Village homeless shelter in DTLA. Offices at 8200 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 421, Beverly Hills, (333) 348-8697, rumebytauska.wixsite.com/mysite
Tactile Matter (Pottery, illustration)
Ceramics and illustrations by Kenesha Sneed. Up next? A spring/summer 2020 collaboration with fashion label Marella. tactilematter.com
Torch L.A. (Candles)
Claunesha “Cjay” Jones created her handcrafted coconut-wax candle line with “luxury-meets-eco-friendly” in mind. torchla.com
A look inside the Underground Museum in West Adams.
(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
The Underground Museum (Books, clothing)
The family-run space, founded in 2012 by Noah and Karon Davis, includes a bookstore that sells T-shirts and books. 3508 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 989-9925, the-underground-museum.square.site/#KTHjFY
Walker Noble Studios
Original artworks and limited edition prints by Walker Noble made in downtown Los Angeles. (213) 290-3731, walkernoble.com
Bloom & Plume Coffee (Floral designs, coffee, apparel, accessories)
Artist and floral designer Maurice Harris recently opened a cafe next to his studio, selling coffee, merchandise and more. 1638-1640 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, (213) 908-5808, bloomandplume.com
Contained Bliss (Landscapes)
A women-owned and operated landscape design and installation business, certified in landscape design with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture. (818) 636-0585, containedbliss.com
Leafy Green Creations (Plant delivery)
Locally grown, gift plants are delivered for free within 5-7 days after your order is received. leafygreencreation.com
Compostable (Composting service)
This residential compost delivery service will pick up your compostable food scraps and drop them at an urban farm. Simply place your bin outside on collection day, and they will pick it up and leave you a clean bin its place. compostablela.com
Just Succ It
Succulent arrangements, gift boxes, and seasonal decor designed by Andrea Chasse-Galbreath. justsuccit.com
Logan’s Gardens (Edible plants)
Gardener to the stars Jimmy Williams and his son, Logan, grow and sell more than 1,000 varieties of heirloom edible plants Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Santa Monica Farmers Market and Sundays at the Hollywood Farmers Market. instagram.com/logansgardens
Floral designer Schentell Nunn creates flowers for delivery, weddings, events and workshops.
(Courtesy of Schentell Nunn)
Offerings (Floral studio)
Floral designer Schentell Nunn creates flowers for delivery, weddings, events and workshops. offerings.co
The Plant Chica (Plants)
Sandra Adis delivers houseplants to your door and hosts occasional “Adopt-A-Plant” events. etsy.com/shop/Theplantchica
The Plant Mon by Easton Garden Designs (Plants)
Louis Easton provides houseplants for sale and delivery as well as garden design services, workshops and arrangements. theplantmon.com
The Plant Provocateur (Houseplants, exotics, flowers and gifts, workshops)
Hank Jenkins’ tiny Silver Lake boutique features a wide variety of houseplants, exotics, flowers and gifts. He also hosts regular workshops on houseplant care and DIY projects. 3318 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 774-4836, plantprovocateur.com
Queen Boutique (Plants, eyewear, jewelry, masks)
Houseplants, accessories and, for the month of June, artworks by black artists. 5011 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 578-7724, queenlosangeles.com
Ron Finley, the Gangsta Gardener, stands among fruit trees in his garden where he’s been running the Ron Finley Project in Los Angeles.
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
The Ron Finley Project (Gardening, T-shirts)
The former fashion designer-turned-Gangsta Gardener recently taught MasterClass lessons on gardening and sells T-shirts online. ronfinley. com
Whit Hazen (Floral design studio)
Whit McClure’s boutique floral design studio specializes in seasonally inspired florals for weddings and events. (213) 309-8851, whithazen.com
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Fashion Nova’s Secret: Underpaid Workers in Los Angeles Factories
LOS ANGELES — Fashion Nova has perfected fast fashion for the Instagram era.
The mostly online retailer leans on a vast network of celebrities, influencers, and random selfie takers who post about the brand relentlessly on social media. It is built to satisfy a very online clientele, mass-producing cheap clothes that look expensive.
“They need to buy a lot of different styles and probably only wear them a couple times so their Instagram feeds can stay fresh,” Richard Saghian, Fashion Nova’s founder, said in an interview last year.
To enable that habit, he gives them a constant stream of new options that are priced to sell.
The days of $200 jeans are over, if you ask Mr. Saghian. Fashion Nova’s skintight denim goes for $24.99. And, he said, the company can get its clothes made “in less than two weeks,” often by manufacturers in Los Angeles, a short drive from the company’s headquarters.
That model hints at an ugly secret behind the brand’s runaway success: The federal Labor Department has found that many Fashion Nova garments are stitched together by a work force in the United States that is paid illegally low wages.
Los Angeles is filled with factories that pay workers off the books and as little as possible, battling overseas competitors that can pay even less. Many of the people behind the sewing machines are undocumented, and unlikely to challenge their bosses.
“It has all the advantages of a sweatshop system,” said David Weil, who led the United States Labor Department’s wage and hour division from 2014 to 2017.
Every year, the department investigates allegations of wage violations at sewing contractors in Los Angeles, showing up unannounced to review payroll data, interview employees and question the owners.
In investigations conducted from 2016 through this year, the department discovered Fashion Nova clothing being made in dozens of factories that owed $3.8 million in back wages to hundreds of workers, according to internal federal documents that summarized the findings and were reviewed by The New York Times.
Those factories, which are hired by middlemen to produce garments for fashion brands, paid their sewers as little as $2.77 an hour, according to a person familiar with the investigation.
The Labor Department declined to comment on the details of the investigations. In a statement, a spokeswoman said the department “continues to ensure employers receive compliance assistance with the overtime and minimum wage requirements, and the Wage and Hour Division is committed to enforcing the law.”
After repeated violations were found at factories making Fashion Nova clothes, federal officials met with company representatives. “We have already had a highly productive and positive meeting with the Department of Labor in which we discussed our ongoing commitment to ensuring that all workers involved with the Fashion Nova brand are appropriately compensated for the work they do,” Erica Meierhans, Fashion Nova’s general counsel, said in a statement to The Times. “Any suggestion that Fashion Nova is responsible for underpaying anyone working on our brand is categorically false.”
In 2018, Mr. Saghian said about 80 percent of the brand’s clothes were made in the United States. Fashion Nova’s supply chain has shifted since then, and now the brand says it makes less than half of its clothes in Los Angeles. It would not specify the overall percentage made in the United States.
The company does not deal directly with factories. Instead, it places bulk orders with companies that design the clothes and then ship fabric to separately owned sewing contractors, where workers stitch the clothes together and stick Fashion Nova’s label on them.
The brand’s clingy dresses and animal-print jumpsuits are often made by people like Mercedes Cortes, working in ramshackle buildings that smell like bathrooms.
Ms. Cortes, 56, sewed Fashion Nova clothes for several months at Coco Love, a dusty factory close to Fashion Nova’s offices in Vernon, Calif. “There were cockroaches. There were rats,” she said. “The conditions weren’t good.”
She worked every day of the week, but her pay varied depending on how quickly her fingers could move. Ms. Cortes was paid for each piece of a shirt she sewed together — about 4 cents to sew on each sleeve, 5 cents for each of the side seams, 8 cents for the seam on the neckline. On average, she earned $270 in a week, the equivalent of $4.66 an hour, she said.
In 2016, Ms. Cortes left Coco Love and later reached a settlement with the company for $5,000 in back wages. She continued to work in factories sewing Fashion Nova clothes, noticing the $12 price tags on the tops she had stitched together for cents. “The clothes are very expensive for what they pay us,” Ms. Cortes said.
“Consumers can say, ‘Well, of course that’s what it’s like in Bangladesh or Vietnam,’ but they are developing countries,” Mr. Weil said. “People just don’t want to believe it’s true in their own backyard.”
For all their seediness, these factories are still producing clothes for major American retailers. Under federal law, brands cannot be penalized for wage theft in factories if they can credibly claim that they did not know their clothes were made by workers paid illegally low wages. The Labor Department has collected millions in back wages and penalties from Los Angeles garment businesses in recent years, but has not fined a retailer.
This year, Fashion Nova’s labels were the ones found the most frequently by federal investigators looking into garment factories that pay egregiously low wages, according to a person familiar with the investigations.
In September, three officials from the department met with Fashion Nova’s lawyers to tell them that, over four years, the brand’s clothes had been found in 50 investigations of factories paying less than the federal minimum wage or failing to pay overtime.
The company’s lawyers told the officials that they had taken immediate action and had already updated the brand’s agreement with vendors. Now, if Fashion Nova learns that a factory has been charged with violating laws “governing the wages and hours of its employees, child labor, forced labor or unsafe working conditions,” the brand will put the middleman who hired that factory on a six-month “probation,” it said in a statement.
The working relationship would continue, unless workers file another complaint against the same factory or another one that the contractor hired during those six months. At that point, the brand will suspend the contractor until it passes a third-party audit.
While Fashion Nova has taken steps to address the Labor Department’s findings, Ms. Meierhans, the brand’s general counsel, noted that it works with hundreds of manufacturers and “is not responsible for how these vendors handle their payrolls.”
‘Everyone wants to have more followers’
Mr. Saghian opened the first Fashion Nova store in 2006, in a Los Angeles mall. Seven years and four storefronts later, he realized that he was losing customers to online outlets selling the same clothes.
A web developer talked him out of starting a website; it would get no traffic, because no one knew what Fashion Nova was. Mr. Saghian had a better shot on Instagram, where “there were some really basic boutiques that had 300,000 followers,” he said in the interview.
In 2013, Mr. Saghian opened an Instagram account and began posting photos of his clothing on mannequins and customers. He noticed that some of his stores’ regular visitors were influencers he had seen on Instagram, where they had hundreds of thousands of followers.
“I had rappers’ girlfriends, female rappers, models,” he said.
Mr. Saghian started giving them free clothing, and they posted photos of themselves draped in Fashion Nova garb. In turn, he reposted their photos and tagged their handles.
“Everyone wants to be famous. Everyone wants to have more followers,” Mr. Saghian said. “By tagging them, the influencer would grow their following.”
Gradually, the strategy brought Fashion Nova from the outskirts of the internet into the mainstream. The brand earned mentions on hip-hop tracks. In 2017, its sales grew by about 600 percent.
Cardi B, the Grammy-winning rap star, unveiled her first collection with the brand in an Instagram video in November last year.
“I wanted to do something that is like, ‘Wow, what is that? Is that Chanel? Is that YSL? Is that Gucci?’ No,” she said, adding an expletive, “it’s Fashion Nova.”
All 82 styles in Cardi B’s collection sold out hours after they became available. She posted another video the same night, promising a full restock “in two or three weeks.” (Cardi B’s line is made in Los Angeles, but the government has not found any of the clothes in factories where workers have alleged they were paid less than the minimum, Fashion Nova said.)
There were more searches for Fashion Nova last year than for Versace or Gucci, according to Google’s year in search data. It has 17 million followers on Instagram, and at any given moment there are enough people browsing clothes on its website to fill a basketball arena, Mr. Saghian said.
To keep them interested, Fashion Nova produces more than a thousand new styles every week, thanks in part to an army of local suppliers that can respond instantly to the brand’s requests.
“If there was a design concept that came to mind Sunday night, on a Monday afternoon I would have a sample,” he said.
‘The best possible price’
Many of the people vying for Mr. Saghian’s business occupy glass-walled storefronts jammed into the six frenetic blocks of the garment district in downtown Los Angeles.
These are the companies that design clothing samples and sell them in bulk to Fashion Nova and other retailers. Those businesses outsource the job of making clothes to nearby factories that work as subcontractors.
In November, The Times visited seven companies that got Fashion Nova clothes made in factories that underpaid workers, according to the Labor Department investigations. Some spoke freely about their work with the brand. Others refused to comment or talked on the condition of anonymity, fearing that they might lose the company as a client if they went on the record.
The five owners and employees who agreed to be interviewed said Fashion Nova would always push to pay the lowest price possible for each garment, and would demand a quick turnaround.
“They give me the best possible price they can give it to me, for that will allow them to still break a profit,” Mr. Saghian said.
The companies can negotiate with Fashion Nova, but their power is limited. A dwindling number of retailers are still doing business in Los Angeles, and a couple of big orders from Fashion Nova can keep a small garment shop afloat for another year. So they look for subcontractors who can sew clothes as quickly and cheaply as possible.
Amante Clothing, which occupies a stuffy storefront filled with racks of colorful samples, regularly works with Fashion Nova. The brand paid Amante $7.15 per top for a bulk order last year, according to a Labor Department investigation conducted last December. Amante then went to a sewing contractor called Karis Apparel, which made the tops.
Amante paid Karis $2.20 to sew each garment, the Labor Department found. Fashion Nova sold the top for $17.99.
“We don’t own the sewing contractor, so whatever the sewing contractor does, that’s his problem,” said a designer at Amante, who declined to be named for fear of losing her job. “We don’t know what they do to give us the lowest price. We assume they’re paying their employees the minimum.”
Karis, the factory that worked with Amante, went out of business in April. Another manufacturer ensnared in the investigations moved production to Mexico this year.
But many more factories have evaded punishment.
Same owners, different names
When Teresa Garcia started working at Sugar Sky, it was called Xela Fashion. It was 2014, and Xela Fashion, state records show, was owned by Demetria Sajche, a woman whom Ms. Garcia was told to call Angelina.
Several months later — Ms. Garcia does not remember how many — the name on her checks had changed, though she worked in the same grungy factory in the heart of downtown, a few blocks from a SoulCycle.
Now her employer was called Nena Fashion, a company that was founded by Leslie Sajche, a relative of Ms. Garcia’s boss, according to business records filed with California’s secretary of state. About a year after that, the name changed again, to GYA Fashion.
In 2017, the factory moved to an industrial stretch of Olympic Boulevard in East Los Angeles and began using a new new name: Sugar Sky. About a year later, Ms. Sajche stopped running the day-to-day operations and handed the job over to Eric Alfredo Ajitaz Puac, whom workers knew as her boyfriend.
Ms. Garcia said that she believed the point of all the name changes was to avoid being shut down by federal or state officials. Several workers, including Ms. Garcia, have filed claims against Xela, Nena, Gya and Sugar Sky for back wages with California’s labor commissioner, the state agency that handles such disputes.
In her claim, which is active, Ms. Garcia included checks showing she earned as little as $225 for 65 hours of work in a week, the equivalent of $3.46 an hour. She remembers the factory’s receiving orders from Fashion Nova for up to 5,000 pieces of clothing at a time.
“They needed it so fast, they couldn’t wait,” Ms. Garcia said of the brand. “We would need to turn it around within a week.”
Weeks of trying to reach Mr. Puac and Ms. Sajche were unsuccessful. A trip to Sugar Sky’s last known location just before Thanksgiving found a furniture store. Neighbors said the garment factory had packed up and moved out two months earlier.
Fernando Axjup, who was listed as an owner of one iteration of the factory, agreed to an interview. He was recently fired from the company and had filed his own claim for back wages.
“They keep changing their names so they don’t have to pay people,” Mr. Axjup said. “There was a lot of exploitation.” As a manager, he had access to payroll data and said Ms. Garcia rarely earned the minimum wage.
Mr. Axjup suggested that perhaps he had been fired for standing up for workers like Ms. Garcia. Ms. Garcia said she doubted that, given that Mr. Axjup was the one ordering her to hurry up.
He said he could never figure out why Fashion Nova did not visit the factory floor to check on how its clothes were being made for such low prices.
“Supposedly, the brand should supervise the people who give them work, to find out whether they are being paid well,” Mr. Axjup said. “But they never do. They never came to see.”
Kitty Bennett contributed research.
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Kutula Clothing Celebrates its 50th Anniversary as a Leader in African-Inspired Fashion – NBC Los Angeles
Kutula’s clothes are rich in color and African history. They’re a favorite on the red carpet. Stars like David Oyelowo, Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyongo, and the late Chadwick Boseman, and their family members wore them to premieres.
Kutula itself is a family story. Francesca Anuluoha started it in 1971 after she arrived in Los Angeles from Zambia. She told NBC4 about the 70s— when her daughters were little — and African fashion was beginning to take off as an individual expression.
“We’re adventurers, we were allowed to be adventurers and we did what we wanted to do,” said Anuluoha.
Fifty years later, Kutula’s clothes are once again the rage. The Black Lives Matter movement, and a summer of racial justice protests and awakening, have led to a new generation of Angelenos looking to express their African heritage.
Amid the pandemic, educators say Black history needs to be taught more than ever, especially after social justice protests of 2020. Kim Baldonado reports Feb. 1, 2021.
“Individually people have come to us and made a decision to now start wearing clothing in their daily life,” says Nyambo Anuluoha Francesca’s daughter and co-owner of Kutula.
From formal wear, like the senator suit, a favorite of Boseman’s, to more casual wear like the dashiki, all of the clothes at Kutula have roots in Africa.
Francesca has now handed the business to her two daughters, Nyambo and Kay, who say they don’t only see each other as family, but also the community around them.
Everyone is a family member, everyone is part of the tribe, say Nyambo and Kay.
Those interested on getting an outfit, being fitted, or shopping off the rack at Kutula can visit the store in View Park-Windsor Hills. The clothes go from $50 and up.
Click here to visit the store’s website.
Francesca is retired but she still travels regularly from Zambia to Los Angeles, keeping an eye on new prints, and appreciating that her daughter’s dedication has enabled Kutula to reach 50 years and beyond.90,000 How to get rid of sagging hand skin?
Flabby arms. How to overcome problem
A slender figure is the dream of many. Chasing her, we swing our buttocks, do exercises to make an already thin aspen waist, we go on a diet to get rid of fat on the hips and abdomen.
How deep disappointment can be when, having achieved the desired goal, we find that all our efforts are crossed out by one small but fatal detail – the flabby skin of our hands.You just have to wave a greeting to your friend, and the skin “rag” shakes pitifully in the forearm area, diverting attention from the magnificent figure.
Sound familiar? Alas, many. However, do not give up if you want to tighten the skin of your hands, you will, we are confident in your willpower.
Reasons for flabbiness
In order to exterminate the enemy, namely the flabbiness of the skin of the hands, one must know why it has reached such a state. The main reasons are usually present:
- ● weight changes .Here, both a sharp weight loss, when the skin suddenly turns out to be in excess, and an increase in mass can have an effect. In this case, sagging occurs under the influence of gravity, and excess fat enhances its effect;
- ● excess of ultraviolet radiation . Under its influence, the stratum corneum becomes thicker, plasticity decreases, collagen and elastin fibers disintegrate, and the skin sags and becomes covered with wrinkles;
- ● low physical activity .So that the skin does not hang limply and dejectedly, there must be a muscle frame under it. Of course, no one expects Miss Olympia’s success from you, but you can engage in pumping biceps and triceps at your own pleasure, at home, without a lot of time;
- ● non-observance of water balance , incorrectly compiled ration. Two factors play a role here: an excess of simple carbohydrates, which are rich in pasta, rolls and other sweets, as well as a lack of water. A critical value is considered to be a decrease in its consumption of less than a liter per day.The skin of the hands, not receiving life-giving moisture, loses its elasticity, changes its structure and sags.
And of course, this list includes age-related changes. Alas, time takes its toll and gradually destroys the elasticity of the skin, making it flabby and ugly. So, now you can determine which of the factors played a fatal role in your case. Now the fight can begin. Let’s get started?
How to get rid of sagging hand skin
Even if your hands have suffered from the merciless time, this does not mean that you should resignedly put up with it.There are many anti-aging skin-tightening creams that can be used regularly with amazing results, especially when combined with other treatments and measures.
Today, any woman who wants to take care of her appearance and health is quite capable of composing a balanced diet. All recommendations for this can be found on the Internet, but if you prefer a more in-depth approach, go to an appointment with a dietitian.
He will create a personalized nutrition plan for you, following which you can see the results very quickly.More fruits and vegetables, fiber, protein, fewer simple carbs and saturated fat are general guidelines to follow.
If you are worried and discouraged only by loose skin in the mentioned area, you can choose narrowly focused exercises, they are intended only for one thing – the development of the muscles of the arms. You can do this by choosing the following activities:
- ● Plank . Yes, yes, the good old bar is capable of a lot, including beneficially affecting the muscles of the arms.
- ● Push-ups . You can choose the classic way of performing them, or you can choose with a narrow setting of the hands, so the load will be higher, and the effect is more significant.
- ● Exercises with dumbbells. It can be raising your arms from a standing position, and extension movements with support on a bench, and hammer lifting, and lowering a dumbbell behind your back while sitting on a chair. For the effectiveness of the exercises, it is better to combine them, giving a load on different muscle groups.
From simple exercises we can recommend “lock”, rotation with arms outstretched to the sides.Don’t expect immediate results, but they will. You yourself will not notice how the skin begins to tighten, and the hands acquire the desired shape. Do you want to help yourself? Massage the skin of the forearms and apply a variety of oils to increase its elasticity.
how to tighten or remove loose skin on hands
This defect is a fairly common problem. It can arise for various reasons. But the result is the same – discomfort and unaesthetic appearance of the shoulders, even if the owner of those wears closed clothes.However, aesthetic medicine has long developed effective ways to tighten or remove sagging skin on the hands.
What is the cause of this problem?
Most often, a sharp loss of body weight leads to sagging skin. The subcutaneous fatty tissue on the hands quickly disappears, but the area of the skin that covered it remains the same. As a result, a large fold is formed from excess skin. And since there is no “reinforcing” structure in it, it sags.
Being overweight can also be the reason why your arms sag. Only here we are not talking about a skin fold, but about fatty deposits on the back of the shoulder. When you raise your hand, this layer does not look flabby, but it still sags noticeably, since the soft adipose tissue also does not have a muscle or connective tissue framework.
Finally, age-related changes can be the cause of this cosmetic defect. Over time, our skin produces less and less collagen – the main structural protein, the strands of which form a “reinforcing grid” that holds soft tissues in place.And in addition, muscles lose their volume, tone, elasticity and the ability to effectively contract, which also contributes to the sagging of the skin.
How do I solve this problem?
Exercise can be beneficial, and in particular, targeted training of the shoulder muscles – biceps and triceps. In this case, an increase in the volume of the hand will somewhat smooth out the visual unaestheticness. But, of course, the excess skin on the hands after losing weight cannot be eliminated by pumping the muscles.And if the sagging is caused by age-related reasons, they can also become a contraindication for intense strength sports.
Therefore, one of the ways to get rid of saggy skin was and remains plastic surgery. These corrections are called brachioplasty. This is a fairly simple operation, during which excess skin and subcutaneous tissue is carefully removed and a completely invisible thin suture is formed. If the sagging of soft tissues is caused by excessive accumulation of fat on the shoulders, then it must first be removed.Specialists of “CM-Plastika” in such cases perform first liposuction of the hands, and then immediately excise the excess skin that covered the fatty tissue. This somewhat lengthens the correction, but it helps to instantly get new, more aesthetic and harmonious outlines.
Such interventions are performed by the plastic surgeons of our clinic: with a classical approach along the inner side of the hand. Brachioplasty is performed under general anesthesia. The doctor chooses the type of anesthesia individually for each patient.The total duration of the operation is 1.5 to 2.5 hours. After the intervention, the patient is placed in a hospital for a day.
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Immediately after the operation, a compression bandage is applied – it must be worn for the next month.Physiotherapy is recommended to relieve puffiness and accelerate recovery. The stitches are removed after 14 days. While wearing a compression bandage, do not expose yourself to intense physical activity, as well as go to saunas and swimming pools. The final result of the correction will become apparent in six months.
Sagging of soft tissues in this case is an exclusively aesthetic problem, it does not cause any harm to human health. But its elimination is an important factor of psychological comfort, the opportunity to feel much more confident and get additional attractiveness in the eyes of the opposite sex.
Therefore, if you do not know what to do, in the case when the skin on your hands has sagged, and how to tighten it, contact the specialists of “CM-Plastika” for advice. This can be done by filling out the feedback form on the website or simply by calling us on tel .: +7 (495) 777-48-05.
I want beautiful breasts! How to get the?01/29/2019
The breast is the part of the female body that is especially attractive to men. And now we will shock you: the appearance of the breast is more important than its size.Yes, a sleek, pretty deuce is better than a flabby five. Although everything is not so simple with the bust: hormonal changes affect its condition, the skin in this area is vulnerable and ages early, and there is still only one muscle that supports it. But don’t worry – we know how to deal with all of this.
Everyone knows that sunbathing is harmful. Ultraviolet light dries the skin, provokes the formation of age spots and early wrinkles. The sun is insidious: you will not notice the consequences right away – they will appear in a couple of years in the form of loose skin and darkening on the chest.Therefore, do not forget to use products with an SPF (at least 20) and wear swimwear on the beach that cover the décolleté area as much as possible.
The more active you are, the better for the body. We learned this thesis in childhood. And it works for breast skin too. How? It’s simple: you move – the cells receive oxygen – the metabolism between them is accelerated – the skin looks better.
If you are not a sports fan, do at least some exercise – it invigorates at any time of the day.Dances and special bust exercises will also be helpful. They will help to pump the very muscle that supports the chest.
The main enemies of beautiful skin are sugar, store milk and alcohol. The first sticks together collagen fibers, due to which the epidermis loses its elasticity. The second contains antibiotics, which are fed to cows in production. The third leads to dehydration and swelling.
Limit the amount of these products in the diet and add more vegetables, fruits, fish.The result will be reflected both on the face and on the chest.
Those who have time and money are advised to look for a good beauty salon. There you will find programs specially designed for breast skin care.
But if there is no opportunity to consult a specialist, it’s not a big deal – massage is easy to do on your own. Start with light strokes, then work in a spiraling motion and finish in a circular motion. The internet is full of videos and instructions.
Better yet, combine it with a whirlpool.Direct a stream of water on your chest and bring it an eight. An important point: do not use too hot and icy water. You need to switch from warm to cool, otherwise the benefits will turn into harm.
To improve blood circulation and raise skin tone, it is enough to allocate 5 minutes for the procedure.
To enjoy smooth and firm breasts, you need to take care of them as much as your face. Care should consist of several steps.
Not only special cosmetics for the bust are suitable, but also the usual ones for the face.
Just use a soft gel or foam when you shower. It is important that the product does not dry out the skin.
The scrub removes dead particles and leaves the skin smooth. It is better to choose a gentle product with oils. The procedure should be carried out no more than a couple of times a week, you can combine it with a massage.
The toner you use on your face will do. It prepares the skin for the application of the cream, facilitates the penetration of its components.
Use a suitable cream, milk or serum. It is good if the product contains nutrients and has a lifting effect. Moisturizing is the most important point, along with cleansing. Without these links, care will be ineffective.
For breast skin, choose products with a light texture that are quickly absorbed and do not leave a film. They will not stain clothes.
What to focus on if you …
There are no signs of aging yet or they are hardly noticeable, so minimal maintenance is enough: just clean and moisturize the décolleté area.
… 35-50 years
At this age, the skin becomes less elastic, folds appear. In addition to basic care, you need to connect tonics and cosmetics with a lifting effect.
… more than 50 years
During this period, the skin is poorly restored, becomes thinner, becomes flabby.The situation is complicated by menopause. To mitigate the consequences, it is important to follow all points of the care program.
It is preferable to use cosmetics specially formulated for use during menopause. This is rare, but it exists.
We talked about the basic rules of care that allow you to keep your breasts beautiful. Now for some tricks. Thanks to them, the bust in open outfits will look even more attractive.
And remember: the appearance of the breast is more important than its size.90,000 Laxity of the skin of the face and body
The Center for Injection Cosmetology “Harmony of Beauty” offers the best methods for eliminating the flabbiness of the skin of any part of the face and body. But what kind of procedure you need will be determined by the doctor during the consultation.
FOR INITIAL SIGNS OF SKIN LEAKAGE (up to 40 years old):
1. Non-injection mesotherapy – hardware injection of serums with hyaluronic acid into the skin, provides deep hydration and nutrition, is effective in initial age-related changes.
Microcurrent therapy – improves microcirculation and skin tone. A very pleasant and effective procedure for initial age-related changes in the skin of the neck and décolleté.
2. Photorejuvenation – improves skin condition with rosacea, vascular changes on the face, pigmentation, skin laxity.
3. Mesotherapy is an injection of drugs (vitamin cocktails) under the skin. After the procedure, metabolic processes are activated, blood circulation in the skin is normalized, and is effective for initial age-related changes.
4. Fractional microneedle therapy – Skin punctures with Dermapen are performed at a speed of 80 to 150 beats per second, depending on the set speed, thereby stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, renewing the surface layer of the skin, smoothing out the relief and smoothening the optical unevenness of the skin , it tightens up significantly. In addition, during and after the procedure, the skin actively penetrates the target therapeutic agent (mesopreparation) through microchannels, aimed at solving a specific problem.A traumatic procedure, but quite effective.
IN SEVERE SIGNS OF SKIN LEAKAGE (after 40 years):
1. Biorevitalization of skin with hyaluronic acid. One hyaluronic acid molecule attracts a thousand water molecules. By improving the hydration of the deep layers of the skin, fine wrinkles, flabbiness and dryness are significantly reduced. Recommended course: 4 procedures with an interval of 2 weeks.
2. Skin bioreparation with peptides (Meso-Wharton P199 ™) for patients after 40 years.There is an increase in turgor, smoothing of fine wrinkles, improvement of facial contours, a decrease in the severity of skin flabbiness, especially of the upper and lower eyelids, neck.
3. If there are many fine wrinkles and skin laxity prevails, we recommend a very popular procedure – Plasmolifting. Intradermal administration of platelet-rich plasma – PRP, makes it possible to synthesize its own hyaluronic acid, as well as collagen and elastin fibers in the skin. The skin is smoothed and tightened, the effect is noticeable from the first procedure.Can be used on any part of the body (thighs, buttocks, knee zones, etc.)
4. With Bio-reinforcement of the oval of the face, neck and décolleté with Ellanse and Radiesse preparations, without creating excess volume, the preparation perfectly tightens the tissues, as if gluing the skin to the underlying tissues, gives the skin elasticity and density, later the tissues are less susceptible to stretching under the influence of forces gravity. The effect is visible immediately after the procedure and lasts up to 2 years.
5. Mesothreads and / or threads with notches made of polylactic acid APTOS – the laid mesh of threads under the skin will strengthen and tighten the oval of the face, neck, décolleté, inner surface of the shoulders and thighs, abdomen and buttocks.
7. The longitudinal stripes of the décolleté and knee area or any pits on the body can be filled with the special soft Hyaluronic Acid Filler. Just one procedure, the result immediately.
8. Very good results in the fight against flabbiness and fine wrinkles are obtained by a combination of injection techniques with Skin resurfacing of the face, neck, décolleté.
Home care for décolleté and neck area
And now a few tips for those who want to completely protect themselves from “cervical” problems, resorting not only to salon procedures.So, in addition to what your beautician has picked for you for home care, wash your neck daily with cold water or wipe it with an ice cube! This will not only increase blood circulation, but also keep the skin more elastic. Also use at home Professional Moisturizers which contain hyaluronic acid. Do exercises for the neck: the simplest exercises will be patting the problem area from the sides and in front with the back of your hand and rotating your shoulders.
It is worth remembering that even a pillow can be an enemy to our neck.Therefore, it is better to replace the high and soft pillow with a lower one (and even better orthopedic), otherwise the appearance of wrinkles cannot be avoided. In addition, think about the fact that closed tight clothing (even a regular turtleneck) can damage the beauty of the neck due to vasoconstriction.
But the main thing that we simply must do is not to be lazy when caring for ourselves! After all, until geneticists develop rejuvenating apples, we need to take a responsible approach to the fight against the coming folds and wrinkles.And then the reflection in the mirror and the admiration of others will not cease to delight us, and this is so important!
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One of the signs of aging is loose skin. With age, it begins to sag, loses its elasticity.The face looks tired, dull. Cosmetologists note that such a problem can occur even in young women due to genetic predisposition or lifestyle characteristics. But you can handle it. The right care, beauty products and salon treatments will help restore a fresh and healthy look to your face.
What does loose skin look like
Usually, the first signs of flabbiness appear after 35 years. This is due to age-related changes.Because of this, the face loses its attractiveness. To cope with a problem, you need to recognize it in time. Loose skin is characterized by the following features:
loss of elasticity;
thinning, disappearance of subcutaneous fatty tissue;
swelling, especially pronounced in the morning;
decrease in skin tone and facial muscles;
the appearance of noticeable wrinkles;
sagging skin: the appearance of flews, bags under the eyes, drooping of the corners of the mouth, upper eyelid;
the skin becomes excessively oily or dry;
pallor, dullness of complexion, sometimes the skin becomes yellowish.
Causes of flabbiness
The most common cause of sagging is age-related changes. The firmness and elasticity of the skin is supported by collagen fibers and elastin molecules. These proteins are produced in the body. But their synthesis gradually slows down after 25 years. By the age of 40, they are produced 50% less than at 20. It also reduces the production of hyaluronic acid, which maintains normal moisture levels.
In addition, metabolic processes slow down with age, cells are renewed less frequently, and their ability to regenerate is impaired.Violation of microcirculation leads to a lack of oxygen and nutrients. All this accelerates skin aging and leads to sagging.
But such processes can also occur at a younger age. We need to figure out why this is happening. This will help you deal with the problem more efficiently. Without eliminating the cause of flabbiness, no procedures and tools will help.
Various external and internal factors can provoke such a problem. We studied the opinion of cosmetologists and identified 7 common causes of sagging skin.
In the first place is exposure to sunlight . Scientists’ studies have shown that ultraviolet light, penetrating the skin, accelerates the destruction of collagen fibers and fibroblasts. They called this process photoaging.
Stress causes increased production of cortisol and other steroid hormones. They activate enzymes that break down collagen and hyaluronic acid.
Dehydration of results in a loss of elasticity. Skin cells are 65% liquid, if its quantity decreases, their functioning is impaired. First, peeling appears, increased dryness. Gradually, the skin becomes flabby and dull. Insufficient water intake, craving for coffee, alcoholic beverages, and smoking can lead to dehydration.
Diseases of the endocrine system , hormonal disruptions and other chronic diseases.They can lead to disruption of all processes in the body. And above all, it becomes noticeable on the face.
Poor lifestyle is another reason for sagging skin. These can be bad habits, physical fatigue, prolonged work at the computer, a sedentary lifestyle. But lack of sleep affects the elasticity of the skin the most. Studies by Korean scientists have proven that even one sleepless night leads to a deterioration in skin texture.
Diets lead to a lack of essential trace elements, a slowdown in metabolic processes. And with a sharp weight loss, the subcutaneous fatty tissue disappears, because of this, the skin sags.
Improper skin care can worsen skin condition. It loses its elasticity due to low-quality or expired cosmetics, hobby for scrubs, alcohol-based products.
How to deal with sagging skin
To deal with sagging skin, the first thing to do is fix the root cause of the problem. An integrated approach is needed, which includes changes in lifestyle, nutrition. It is necessary to sleep at least 8 hours a night, increase physical activity, get rid of bad habits.
But the most important thing is proper facial care. All steps must be followed:
cleansing – 2 times a day;
once a week – scrubbing for deep cleansing;
toning – several times a day;
moisturizing – daily;
meals – every day at night;
UV protection – before going outside on a sunny day.
It is recommended to wash with cool water with special soft gels. Hot water expands pores, stimulates sebum production, and soap dries out. Infusions and decoctions of herbs, ready-made hydrolates of medicinal plants are suitable for washing.
Self-massage helps with loss of skin elasticity. It can be done every time the cream is applied. You cannot stretch the skin, the main movements are patting with your fingertips.
You can do simple exercises for the muscles of the face.Exercise improves the tone of facial muscles, prevents sagging skin. Common exercises: tense the muscles of the cheeks, extend the lower jaw, purse the lips. Pronounce different words effectively while actively articulating. Before gymnastics, it is recommended to apply a little of any cosmetic oil to the skin.
It is difficult to fix this problem at home. Better to go to a beauty salon. Modern procedures will help improve the condition of even very loose skin.
Peeling evens out skin tone and relief, accelerates cell regeneration. It can be laser, ultrasonic, chemical.
Fractional radiofrequency lifting. Radiation activates fibroblasts, which promotes the activation of collagen and elastin synthesis.
Radio wave lifting is effective for skin tightening. When the subcutaneous tissue is heated, blood flow accelerates, and the stretched collagen fibers contract.
Mesotherapy is the introduction of substances into the dermis that accelerate cell regeneration. These are amino acids, peptides, vitamins.
Biorevitalization – the introduction of hyaluronic acid. This restores the hydrobalance and improves elasticity.
Ozone therapy improves blood circulation, saturates cells with oxygen. Accelerates metabolism and regeneration processes.
Microcurrent therapy activates blood circulation and metabolic processes in the dermis. Promotes elimination of edema, improves complexion, stimulates collagen production.
Salon procedures do not always lead to the desired result. Much depends on the quality of the devices and the professionalism of the beautician. Allergic reactions to drugs are also possible. Other side effects may appear: swelling, bruising, irritation.The disadvantages of this method also include the high cost and the need for 5-10 procedures.
At the initial stage, you can effectively eliminate flabbiness and restore skin elasticity with the help of correctly selected cosmetics. They should tone, moisturize, nourish, stimulate regeneration processes. When choosing, you need to pay attention to the composition. It should include:
plant extracts, the most effective – chamomile, cornflower, aloe, oats, witch hazel, iris;
The best cosmetics for sagging skin
You can choose products designed to correct the oval of the face, eliminate wrinkles, smooth out the color. These are creams, serums, tonics, balms, masks. We have analyzed the funds available for sale. Judging by the reviews, not all of them have the effect declared by the manufacturer. We have selected 7 of the most effective remedies that, with regular use, really tighten the skin, increase elasticity, and even out the oval of the face.
Cream La Roche-Posay REDERMIC Retinol is intended for intensive anti-aging care. Contains retinol, neurosensin, hyaluronic acid, peptides. Improves complexion, corrects wrinkles.
Vichy LIFTACTIV EYES SUPREME – lifting eye contour cream. Eliminates swelling, smoothes wrinkles. Contains hyaluronic acid, caffeine, thermal water. Does not cause allergies, suitable for sensitive skin.
L’Oreal Paris Revitalift filler is intended for day care of mature skin. Replenishes volume, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and stimulates cell renewal. The active ingredient, concentrated hyaluronic acid, intensively moisturizes the skin, improves elasticity. The composition contains fruit acids, glycerin, plant extracts.
Holika Holika Good Cera Super Ceramide Cream is intended for dry and sensitive skin.Intensively moisturizes, whitens, increases elasticity, slows down aging. Suitable for any age, removes irritation and itching, restores a healthy complexion. Contains hyaluronic acid, allantoin, tocopherol, squalane, glycerin, a complex of oils.
Vichy Express mask on a fabric base MINERAL 89 from microalgae restores the hydrolipidic barrier of the skin. Visibly improves firmness, smoothes wrinkles. Contains hyaluronic acid, glycerin.
Mask L’Oreal Paris Expert Age 45+ Suitable for daily use, you do not need to rinse. Gives the skin smoothness, radiance, moisturizes, stimulates the processes of cell regeneration. Contains goji berries, peptides, retinol, hyaluronic acid, vegetable oils, panthenol.
Mask Natura Siberica ice tightening is designed for the neck and décolleté.Increases tone, refreshes, slows down the aging process. Contains extracts of mint, ginseng, chamomile, tocopherol, glycerin.
Folk recipes can be used in addition to professional facial care. They are not as effective as ready-made cosmetics, but they will help moisturize, tone and nourish the epidermis with useful trace elements. When choosing recipes, you need to take into account the type of skin, try to avoid ingredients that may cause an allergic reaction or irritation.
In our opinion, there are 7 simple and safe recipes to help cope with flabbiness.
The most effective home treatment for toning skin is rubbing with ice cubes. It improves elasticity, tightens pores, and moisturizes. For making ice, decoctions of mint, chamomile, dill, parsley, sage, calendula and other plants are suitable.
A safe mask for all skin types – cucumber.It should be done in the summer from fresh cucumbers. It consists only of grated vegetable. It is applied to the face for 20 minutes.
The mask film with gelatin moisturizes, increases elasticity. You need to soak a small package of gelatin with a tablespoon of cream, stir so that there are no lumps. When it swells, heat a little, add 1 tsp. olive oil and 2-3 drops of grape seed oil. Apply to face, wait until it hardens and remove in one motion.
For oily sagging skin, prepare an egg mask. Take 1 chicken egg or 2-3 quail eggs. Add 1 tsp. honey and ¼ tsp. lemon juice.
Sour cream mask moisturizes, whitens and smoothes wrinkles. You need 1 tbsp. l. crushed oatmeal, steam 2 tbsp. l. boiling water. Insist a little, add 1 tbsp. l. sour cream.
To reduce swelling, tone and soften the skin, a honey mask is suitable.It will take 1 tbsp. l. coffee grounds and 2 tbsp. l. honey.
A fruit mask moisturizes and nourishes mature skin. Mash half a banana with a fork, add the grated apple, 40 g of chopped ginger root and 1 tsp. wheat germ oils.
Early aging and sagging skin can be prevented. To do this, you need to follow simple recommendations:
maintain normal hormonal levels;
see a doctor regularly to avoid health problems;
drink at least 2 liters of water per day;
take multivitamins, preparations containing vitamins D, A, E, Omega 3 are especially useful;
adjust nutrition, consume a sufficient amount of protein, foods rich in vitamins and minerals, fatty acids;
increase physical activity, walk more in the fresh air, go in for sports;
to refuse from bad habits;
choose cosmetics suitable for skin type.
The reduction in skin firmness is a natural process. This cannot be avoided, but it can be slowed down. If you take proper care of your skin and lead a healthy lifestyle, you can preserve youth and beauty for a long time.
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Loose skin.Quantum apparatus.
Loose skin looks extremely unattractive, so many people with such a flaw are forced to hide their bodies under baggy clothes, which in most cases also looks ugly and unnatural.
The following signs of skin laxity exist:
- pale shade;
- decreased tone;
- enlarged pores.
Why does it arise?
The reason that the skin becomes saggy and flabby is the changes that occur in the body as a result of the natural aging process.Hyaluronic acid, which is part of the connective, nervous and other tissues, performs the function of retaining and distributing fluid in the skin. With age, its amount decreases, due to which the skin loses its firmness and elasticity.
If a patient has similar problems at a fairly early age, this may indicate a metabolic disorder, which is a consequence of any disease or is provoked by improper functioning of the endocrine system.Dramatic weight loss or pregnancy can also negatively affect the condition of the skin. The abuse of cosmetics or the use of low-quality products leads to a deterioration in the general appearance of the skin.
How to treat?
Correction of flabbiness can be performed using contour plastics based on the introduction of gels (such as Juvederm, Restylane, Perline, Surdzhiderm, Surdzhilift, as well as Belotero injections, etc.), which include hyaluronic acid, using thin needles into problematic places.Due to this, an overall tightening effect is created, the skin regains its elastic appearance.
Mesotherapy is another way to fight against unwanted changes caused by the aging process. It consists in the action of vitamin-containing or biologically active substances introduced by microinjection. Preparations with unmodified hyaluronic acid (without additional cross-links) can also be used for this procedure.
The most popular means of removing sagging skin today is the Quantum device, which is designed for non-invasive dermatological procedures.High-intensity light sources (IPL), on which this technology is based, heats even the deepest layers of the epidermis, while stimulating the production of collagen, which is responsible for youthful and fresh skin. At the same time, parameters such as the duration of the pulses and the intervals between them are adjusted, which allows you to constantly monitor the process. To increase comfort during a session that lasts 20-30 minutes, the device is equipped with a special cooling system that protects the epidermis from overheating.
Thus, IPL Quantum is safety, painlessness and maximum efficiency in a short time.
- neurotic diseases;
- pregnancy and breastfeeding;
- chronic diseases; 90,016 skin infections;
- oncological diseases;
- violation of the functioning of the circulatory system.
After the procedure, slight redness and swelling may appear, which, as a rule, disappear soon.90,000 Loose skin. Causes, treatment, prevention.
When we apply the term “flabby” to the skin, we mean thin and wrinkled skin, which in appearance resembles corrugated paper. Although we are talking about wrinkles, such skin does not have to be associated only with old age, this phenomenon can also occur in young people. However, for the most part, it is with age that the skin becomes looser and sluggish.
This phenomenon usually affects large areas of the skin and makes it noticeably more fragile and thinner.
Some Facts About Sagging Skin:
- There are various cosmetic products that can help to cope with this problem;
- By changing your lifestyle, you can improve the condition of your skin;
- Proper hydration of the skin plays a major role in its condition and appearance.
What are the reasons?
A person’s skin type and genetic makeup can determine whether they will have such a problem or not.It usually does not appear until the person is at least 40 years old.
However, the most common cause of sagging skin is UV radiation. The American Dermatology Association says UV exposure is the most preventable cause of early skin damage. Damage can be due to sun exposure or visiting a solarium.
Over time, ultraviolet radiation destroys the elastin fibers of the skin, which allow it to stretch and return to normal
People with fair skin are especially prone to sagging skin, wrinkles and even cancer from exposure to UV radiation.
Other causes of skin deterioration include:
- sudden weight gain or loss;
- lack of moisture in the skin;
- Certain medicines such as prednisone; 90,016 smoking;
- lack of sleep;
- poor food.
There are many different ways to deal with sagging skin, it all depends on what caused it, how bad the situation is, and where the damaged area is on the body.It is best to visit a dermatologist who will recommend the correct course of treatment.
Many of these drugs contain retinol, which is a member of the vitamin A family.
Others contain alpha hydroxy acids, including glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, citric acid, and tartaric acid.
It is important to use these products as directed by your dermatologist, in case they cause discomfort or burning, limit or stop using them.And also there is no need to wait for the result already in the first days of use, some of the drugs require several months of use in order for the result to become noticeable.
Tretinoin is an effective cream that can be applied directly to the problem area. It is also part of the vitamin A family and is often used on the face to protect skin from UV damage. Other equally effective drugs may contain vitamin C.
Thermal lifting or ultrasound
Dermatologists can use radio frequency machines, ultrasounds, or pulsed light machines (called laser treatments) to treat loose skin from the inside out.
The device heats up small areas of the skin, transferring energy deep underneath. This procedure helps the collagen to remodel, which results in firmer skin.
Areas of skin attached to muscles, such as the forearm, do not respond as well to this type of treatment as other areas, such as the face and neck.
Previously, the treatment was painful and required anesthesia, but over time, the technology has developed and people can now receive treatment without local anesthesia.
Fillers such as Radiesse have been shown to be effective for hardened skin, especially in the forearm area.
The filler is injected into the skin and has a volumetric effect on it, however, this method remains relatively non-invasive.
Surgical intervention is most often used by people who have lost a lot of weight and are left with excess sagging skin.
A plastic surgeon may recommend surgery to remove excess skin, but the patient should consider this carefully, as the surgery carries certain risks.
How to prevent sagging skin?
The most effective way to prevent sagging skin is to protect it from UV exposure by staying in the shade more, or by wearing protective clothing, and sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher when in the sun.
As people age, it is important that they adapt their skin care program accordingly. At 40, the skin no longer produces as much oil as it can protect it from chemicals that cause inflammation and irritation.
It has been proven that exposure to UV radiation in tanning beds destroys the DNA of skin cells, which can lead to premature aging and even cancer. It is better to completely abandon visiting tanning salons.
Today, you can keep your skin hydrated by using a good moisturizer.This will help your skin look youthful and healthy.
Using creams that contain retinol can help restore skin elasticity and thicken collagen, which can reduce the likelihood of sagging skin.
What people eat can affect the condition of their skin and reduce the chances of developing laxity. It is important to include the following in a balanced diet:
- antioxidants such as carotenoids, tocophenols and flavonoids;
- vitamins A, C, D and E;
- omega-3 fatty acids.
There are also some home remedies that are considered helpful in treating and preventing sagging skin:
- massage of the face, hands and feet;
- physical exercise; 90,016 stress reduction;
- using natural moisturizing mud and honey cream;
- using homemade sugar and olive oil exfoliating scrub.