Serendipitous Meeting with Kababayan Lala Dudley

Arts District Co-op

Not all weekends are spent with Ericke, but when she’s not attending festivals or out on camping trips, we go to places we both enjoy like dessert shops and flea markets. LA is big, but on our first stop last Saturday, the Arts District Co-op in DTLA, we found Laoagueña Lala Dudley, daughter of fashion designer Lulu Raval and granddaughter of former Ilocos Norte OIC-Governor Castor Raval. There she was at her own space in the warehouse turned flea market that’s actually cozier than a Sunday flea market. I just knew it was her when I saw the very current kimono robes on display. Call it intuition.

Lala Dudley

After hearing about the designing family when I was still in Laoag, I tried googling them once and their flowy kimono robes stuck in my head.

The meeting was kinda funny. She looked surprised when I started talking in Ilocano.

Lala’s one-of-a-kind creations range from vintagey with lace inserts to embroidered gauzy cover ups, tasseled bohemian prints, and heavy poncho coats. I had to have two (a maroon with leaf embroidery and the blue in photo below). Ericke bought a sweet number in antique white and another in summery washed out pastel.

Lala Dudley @ Arts District Co-op

A sewing machine stands atop her desk. She says she’s been stationed at the Arts District Co-op for a year now. “How many kimono robes have you sold? 500?” I asked.  “More. I’ve sent to countries like the Middle East.”

“Would you believe I started with zero? I first sold my own things,” she tells about her humble beginnings. In my head — #inspiring #lifegoal.

The meeting was serendipity at its finest. I felt pride for a kababayan.

SalvagedArts District Co-opUsed tarps

The vegan bags at the other store are made with vinyl tarps. I’m not sure if they were repurposed from used tarps. Independent and local are accurate words for the vendors.

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In the block…

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Arwat by Jaynny Lao opens shop in Laoag

Jaynny Lao Creations

Much sought after fashion designer Jaynny Lao is now the proud shopkeeper of Arwat. In the vernacular, the term fashionably means garb. She’s the best model for her fatally feminine designs.

There is a story behind the creation of the black dress in ruffled fabric (in photo above). It was made in 25 minutes flat for her sister-in law who needed something new to wear to an event. That’s how passionate and creative she can be with her craft

I was pretty late for the party. As always, the lovely family of Jaynny were there to celebrate with her.

Congrats, Jaynny!

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