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 9th 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 in Downtown Los Angeles: THE REEF (ex. L.A. Mart, (the-reef.com)!

On February 9-10, 2018, 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 200 exhibitors (80 in the 2010, 88 in 2011, 100 in 2012, 120 in 2013, 125 in 2014, 200 in 2015, 220 in 2016, 225 in 2017) will set up unique and very special booths displaying their own inspiration: 50 fashion brand exhibitions, 20 artist booths and 150 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” (*There was a total audience of 2,000 in 2010, 2,300 in 2011, 2,600 in 2012, 2800 in 2013, 2900 in 2014, 3000 in 2015, 3500 in 2016, 3600 in 2017),, mainly adult males & females aged 30-60 years old. You know, the next day, Feb. 11, 2018, 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, lots of fashion designers & buyers visit Los Angeles in February in order to join the MAGIC show in Las Vegas on Feb. 19-22, 2018. They will be other big targets for this event because fashion professionals have recently been paying big attention to all things “vintage” due to the big “replica boom.” 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!