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Daily Inspiration: Meet Christopher Lopez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christopher Lopez.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Working in the contemporary fashion wholesale industry for the last ten years has taught me SO much. Collaborating with countless designers and buyers and attending every trade show under the sun (I literally have a free flight around the world, I’m pretty sure) has been exhausting, exhilarating, and educational. That being said, I’ve finally acquired the courage to invest in my own vision. This is my passion project; a curated online boutique I‘ve been working on for what feels like a lifetime. East Edison is a collection of vintage and sustainable styles all sourced and produced in Los Angeles, CA.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This has not been a smooth road, there have been so many learning curves along the way and I am still learning daily. Part of owning this business, I have had to learn not to take things personal and also accept people’s feedback. It is so important to listen to other ideas, communicate with friends, community and people who have knowledge in the business you are working in. There is always going to be “struggles” but it is always a lesson that can help you reach your goals.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I own a brand called East Edison Los Angeles, the brand specializes in curated, sustainable and limited streetwear. My goal is to create high-quality, small-run collections ethically and locally produced in Los Angeles. This gives people a chance to have sustainable options that are intended to be worn for years not just for a season cycle. What sets me apart is I am also focused on vintage clothing which is the epitome of sustainability using the resources available instead of adding to the pile. I am most proud that I have stuck to my goal of keeping things local in Los Angeles, I am really trying hard to not source anywhere but in the LA community!

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
Sustainable fashion is the only way forward at this point. I see more consumers recognizing the effects the fashion industry has on climate change and I think we are going to see a big shift in how consumers shop over the next 5-10 years. Vintage has been labeled a trend, but I do believe it’s going to become a timeless element in the fashion industry.

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