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Even though the Los Angeles contemporary fashion market follows the flurry of trade shows in Las Vegas and New York, it still attracts promising brands that are eager to drum up sales on the West Coast. Earlier this week, fashion and accessories companies displayed their fall collections at various showrooms and trade fairs, including Select, Designers & Agents, ALT, Coeur and Brand Assembly. Here are some fashion and accessories that are ones to watch.

Brand: Maison Mère
Year of launch: 2015
Wholesale prices: $105 to $400
Retailers: Satine in Los Angeles and Boutique Tribù in Ascona, Switzerland
Background: Classic with a little twist is how the Paris-based brand describes its knits made of cashmere, wool and silk in Italy. For instance, a black turtleneck sweater displays a squared-off asymmetric hem in the back and harem pants are knit out of 100 percent cashmere. The fall palette sticks mostly with solids such as tan, black and ivory but acid yellow and bright powder pink add some zest. The brand excels with blends, like ivory cashmere-Merino wool for a buttoned V-neck sweater that is ultralight.

Brand: Melissa Fleis
Year of launch: 2013
Wholesale prices: $48 to $500
Retailers: Ron Robinson and Fred Segal, both in Los Angeles
Background: Since learning how to sew at the age of 27, Melissa Fleis has done a lot in her budding fashion career. The University of Michigan graduate received her Master’s in fashion design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, competed in the 10th season of “Project Runway” and moved to Los Angeles to run her business, which has annual sales of less than $1 million. She works with subtly interesting fabrics, such as canvas wool and cotton that she garment-dyed and stonewashed. Whether it’s a cashmere-cotton poor boy sweater with an asymmetric hem and custom lattice pattern or a collarless leather moto-style jacket, the silhouettes are lean and cut close to the body. Favoring muddied neutral tints, she sees no wrong in the color black. “I love using black because you can always transition year-round,” she said, adding that her goal is to make her clothes “superwearable.”

Brand: Jlew Bags
Year of launch: 2016
Wholesale prices: $400 to $425
Retailers: No stores yet.
Background: Working on Wall Street in a hedge fund, Jamie Lewis lets out steam by boxing in matches. When she couldn’t find a bag that was big and stylish enough to store all her sporting equipment, she set out to make her own. Keeping her day job, she started her bag business in January with two styles: a triangle-top tote and a zip tote shaped like a rectangular duffel bag. She uses the same Italian tannery that works on Mansur Gavriel’s leather, and she manufactures all her wares in Brooklyn, N.Y. While the bags made of black vegetable-tanned leather, gold metallic calfskin and camo-printed leather are all lined in grosgrain polyester viscose, she also offers an odor- and water-proof drawstring bag to stash sweaty clothes.

Brand: Philo
Year of launch: 2015
Wholesale prices: $75 to $145
Retailers: New York Look in New York and Arnotts in Ireland
Background: Despite its philanthropic promise to donate 10 percent of profits to a microfinancing charity that works with entrepreneurs in Uganda, there’s nothing earthy about Philo’s accessories. Using a factory in China, the Montreal-based company packs a lot of panache into well-priced totes, clutches and handbags. Bumper detailing in the shape of overlapping diamonds adds whimsy to a ladylike structured style. One of the priciest products is the most versatile. A mini duffel bag converts into a backpack as well as a handheld tote.

Brand: Dzojchen
Year of launch: 2011
Wholesale prices: $105 to $145
Retailers: Volvér
Background: Chelsea Scott-Blackhall originally intended for Dzojchen to be a denim brand. After two years of enduring the rigorous schedule in the competitive jeans industry, she switched to designing sportswear. Denim is still prevalent, as seen in a cropped button-down shirt and matching jeans made of light blue denim checkered with yellow thread. A signature detail in the fall collection is cartridge pleats, which the designer of Singaporean and British descent placed on the sleeves of a navy Tencel shirtdress and other items. While she has tried to break into the U.S. retail market in the past, her sharp details, penchant for Japanese fabrics and fair prices could give her a boost this time.

Brand: French Mauve
Year of launch: 2016
Wholesale prices: $50 to $120
Retailers: No stores yet.
Background: Wendy Jung went on her own after designing for Cynthia Vincent and private label businesses in Southern California. Inspired by the Sixties — a minidress with mustard yellow marbled on wool is called the Twiggy dress — French Mauve is launching for fall with classic silhouettes cut from textured fabrics. She adds some raciness to prevent the line from looking twee. Black polyurethane serves as the material for miniskirts and culottes. “It’s an easy look but it still has a femininity,” she said.

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