Junim Los Angeles
Tell us about your business.I started by business with 500$. Each piece is designed and dyed in our Hollywood studio, and produced in LA. Our signature indio silk print, is an artisan dying technique, replicating the gorgeous LA sky scape. Using 90% reclaimed fabrics, Haley chooses a mixture of traditional and natural dyes, often using vegetables and tea to create a vintage feel and a depth not found in mass produced fabrications.
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.When I first started my business, I was renting a space in downtown LA, trying to blend in with the other fashion companies and prove my worth. In an effort to reduce overhead, we converted our garage into an open floor plan studio. The space is tucked away in the Hollywood Hills, surrounded by nature. This inspiring studio might appear "small-potatoes" but the move increased our productivity and doubled our business. We hand dye over 200 dresses per month in our little space! Our first samples are designed and sewn in-house and our production is cut and sewn in downtown LA.
What inspires you?Designer Haley Solar has spent most her life behind a sewing machine. Growing up in Southern California with a love of art, music and fashion,
What makes your business stand out?Our company of 2 employees has been able to make an impact in the contemporary market along side major brands while staying ethical, local, and true to the spirit of our customer.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?If you're willing to eat, sleep and breathe your business, you're on the right track. After that, ask a lot of questions, learn from your mistakes and take the time to help others follow their own dreams.
What does American Made mean to you?Opportunity. Locally made products not only gave me an opportunity to start my own business, but the platform to educate my customers about the importance of providing skilled labor and creative jobs for Los Angeles. The garment industry is tightly holding on in LA while our manufacturing is being forced out with new housing developments. Work opportunities in the US should provide skills, opportunity and growth. That is the American Dream.
Mark Your Calendar
NOMINATIONS ENDAug. 31, 2015
Final day for entering the Audience Choice Award competition.
VOTING ENDSOct. 19, 2015
Final day to cast your vote for your favorite makers.
WINNERS ANNOUNCEDOct. 23, 2015
2015 Editors' Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.See past Award Winners
AMERICAN MADE SUMMITNov. 7, 2015
Don’t miss our networking event and maker lecture series in New York City. Tickets are available now.Discover the American Made Summit