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In our displays and shops we always strive to extract inspiration from American history and people of color. On this work shirt inspired by the Colored workers of American history we featured a colored house keeper and honored her by re-dressing her in a African patterned dress. We hope to change narratives and hearts. #LeimertPark #InsecureHBO I
UNITY IS AT THE CENTER OF THIS LA STREETWEAR BRAND
By Awa Gueye
May 18, 2020
With businesses suffering major blows due to mass shutdown and less customers who are able to support during this time, there are so many companies at risk. Our Spinthrift Market series will feature different exceptional Black businesses in need of some love. If you are able to please consider buying from these businesses who we hope can survive this difficult time. Good luck to all the companies working hard to push through!
Today we spoke to Ashley Skywalker of Leimert Park Threads.
Where are you from/based?
South Central, Los Angeles.
Tell us about your business.
Leimert Park Threads is a local streetwear brand based in LA, CA. We are inspired by the lives of colored people all around the world and use that inspiration to create cool clothes and accessories.
What is the goal of your business?
The goal at LPT is to inspire others, start conversations about unity and to change peoples hearts for the better.
How has COVID-19 affected you?
Covid-19 has affected our business tremendously. Much of the success of 2019 was because we were able to do pop up shops and connect with real customers in person. That exchange of ideas, great energy and commerce was the soul of our business.
Although we are reworking our business model to appeal more to our online customers, it’s a process that has taken some time to get used to. But we are still excited about the future and looking forward to building our online community.
How would you like to see your business grow in the next few years?
We would like to have an online community that is able to enjoy more original lifestyle inspired content and interviews. We’re working on collaborations with other brands and ideas for interactive experiences that will hopefully bring back the feeling of personable in-store retail.
Anything else you’d like to let our audience know?
Keep supporting local businesses! They are the heart of our communities.
Visit their online store HERE.