MADE IN CALIFORNIA HONOREE
HOUMAN SALEM, ARGYLE Company, Inc.
Houman Salem has established a manufacturing facility in the West Valley, and within one year has secured significant contracts from established brands. Now, due to his success, he has reached a point where he must expand both his manufacturing space, and his employee base. This is an important step in maintaining the future importance of Salem’s “made in LA” philosophy and global branding commitment.
Salem’s company, ARGYLE Haus of Apparel (ARGYLEHaus) is a Los Angeles based fashion design house and apparel manufacturing company offering services to established designers, growth-stage companies, and national brands. ARGYLEHaus features a team of industry leading business experts, technical designers, pattern makers, and master seamstresses with over 100 years of combined experience in the fashion, apparel, and manufacturing industries.
ARGYLEHaus’ apparel pre-production services offer a complete solution to prepare clients’ garments for full-scale production and manufacturing. Salem and his team utilize industry leading apparel development software and technologies to achieve maximum operational efficiency to meet all client needs. Proper apparel pre-production and planning significantly reduces production and manufacturing costs, while ensuring top quality output. In this phase of ARGYLEHaus’ process, it is important to identify each garment’s key characteristics in an effort to develop operational best practices and understand resource requirements in order to ensure production consistency and quality.
ARGYLEHaus is essentially a boutique manufacturing and production house, offering only the highest quality output with relatively low Minimum Order Quantities (MOQs). ARGYLEHaus is a CMT service provider (Cut, Make, and Trim) utilizing the latest in equipment and technologies. Its total service selection also includes finishing services; including sewing all garment labels, affixing hang-tags, and final packaging (in ready to ship condition to retail outlets or to end consumers). As a boutique production house, ARGYLEHaus has the internal resources and capabilities to help launch new brands and collections, while meeting mission critical deadlines.
FINALIST: KRIS PARK, SIWY Denim
SIWY was founded in Spring 2005 in New York City by Michelle Siwy. Today, the fashion brand is run by CEO Kris Park, an expert in the denim manufacturing business with over three decades of experience. Park is at the helm of the denim kingdom, NEW CREW, which produces SIWY designs, and has manufactured for the world’s most renowned jean companies, including: TRUE RELIGION, LUCKY BRAND, HUDSON and more.
SIWY collaborates with top designers, including Jimmy Taverniti. Developed in the country’s best wash and sewing facilities in California, the brand is known for its Italian and Spanish fabrics, stitch detail, high quality stretch denim and seams, which complement the figure. Made with love in Los Angeles, over the years, SIWY has developed a cult following among denim-heads and style icons including Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Nicole Richie, Selma Blair and more. SIWY produces four collections per year, each forging ahead with fashion trend and fit.
FINALIST: OREN AND YARDEN KATZ, Carbon & Hyde
Born into a family of fine jewelers, sisters and designers Yarden and Oren Katz turned their traditional family-owned manufacturing house into an edgy and youthful fine jewelry haven. Carbon & Hyde takes on a raw and edgy approach to wearing fine jewelry — each piece is made to become a part of the wearer, like a hide or second skin, crafted for a perfect and comfortable fit. The brand’s jewelry blends a modernity and lightness that makes the collection easy to wear or layer for a bold day-to-night look. All Carbon & Hyde jewelry is crafted from 14 karat gold and diamonds in their Los Angeles jewelry shop. The brand name derives from the core anatomical foundation of diamonds (Carbon) and their love of leather since childhood (Hyde).
The Katz sisters are both really hands-on with the production. They are downtown in the shop almost every day, except for maybe Fridays, when the duo can be seen going around to the stores that carry their line.