Let’s Buy and Sell “Inspiration”!
Inspiration LA is an annual gathering in Southern California for vintage enthusiasts from around the globe. The two-day show brings together over international vintage-oriented exhibitors offering rare, unique and one-of-a-kind merchandise on exhibit and for sale—including American vintage apparel manufactured from the 1900s-1980s, vintage-inspired-to-contemporary fashions & accessories from local boutiques, major corporate Americans, worldwide companies, and plus artists and artisans, hot-rods, antiques, records and audio equipment, as well as soul music!
The 14th annual vintage clothing & Americana Fashion Gathering “Inspiration” will be hosted by Rin Tanaka, the author of the “My Freedamn!” book series. (myfreedamn.com) Under the big theme of his life; “vintage fashions & lifestyles,” this event will be held at the “fashion center” location at Pasadena Convention Center!
On February 7-8, 2023, this huge indoor space (capacity: over 3,500 people) will be filled with many vintage clothing & street fashion fans from around the world!
During this two-day show, a total of over 100 exhibitors will set up unique and very special booths displaying their own inspiration: 20 fashion brand exhibitions, 10 artist booths and 70 vintage fashion & antique dealer booths.
Our event concept in this vintage atmosphere is to “buy and sell inspiration.” Actually, many street apparel products, mainly vintage American fashions manufactured from the 1910s to the 1980s, will be displayed everywhere in this hall. Fashion fans will get amazing opportunities to view so many hard-to-find vintage items. Most items will be “for sale,” except for special exhibition decorations.
The main targets of this show are worldwide vintage fashion enthusiasts and fashion designers, not only from all 50 states but also from Canada, Asia, European counties and other places worldwide!
The Inspiration office now estimates that there will be “over 3,000 visitors”, mainly adult males & females aged 30-70 years old. You know, the next day, Feb. 9, 2023, will be the world famous “Rose Bowl Swapmeet Sunday” in Pasadena. Lots of vintage fashion fans will fly into Los Angeles on the second weekend. February is always an especially big “kick-off” month for vintage fashion industry in California.
Also, Fashion designers have also been big customers for the My Freedamn! book business. Thus, Rin Tanaka hopes that this event will be a crossing point allowing inspirational exchanges to take place between vintage fashion freaks and design professionals!