LOS ANGELES — The stock market surge Monday as Los Angeles trade shows wound down did little to encourage business, leaving vendors dismayed by sluggish buyer traffic and persistent frugality.
Tight travel budgets shrunk the buyer crowds attending the series of trade shows that occurred at varying lengths from last Friday to Tuesday, including D&A, Brighte Companies and Focus, and showrooms in the California Market Center, Cooper Design Space and New Mart. Local stores were heavily represented among those who did attend.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"