How Leylie Chooses to Shop

Daniel Katz

Daniel Katz

Daniel Katz, nicknamed “The Professor” for his mentoring talents to help colleagues and clients learn how to adapt new strategies and tools for their goals, has learned and taught strategies by which brands impact society through intelligent marketing. Armed with a Masters of Management and decades of experience in his field, Dan gives the Sparo brand broad appeal in both forprofit and nonprofit worlds. Anyone wondering about Dan’s attention to detail should know that he’s a seasoned wooden-boat maker, skilled wood turner and respected scuba instructor.

Did you know you can make pink dye from avocado pits?

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Did you know you can make pink dye from avocado pits? Granted, you’d need a whole lot of them, but the gorgeous, low-impact, organic result is worth every pit; and Leylie knows it!

Leylie, an indie boutique located right in the heart of Los Angeles, California, is pushing the boundaries when it comes to creating not-so-basic basics. By designing all of her prints and fabrics in-house, Leylie is genuinely “Made in LA.” As the neighborhood’s go-to shop for fashion enthusiasts, Leylie recognizes the importance of remaining trustworthy and ethically sound when presenting new designs to her customers. 

Today, Leylie purchases her fabric from a family-owned mill in Italy with whom she has worked with for many years. Leylie especially values family-owned business as she feels it’s important to know who you’re buying from and who you’re supporting with your manufacturing dollars. For example, there is a considerable manufacturing scene in LA that is unfortunately quite exploitive. Leylie has carefully selected her manufacturer; based in LA and established for several decades, Leylie’s manufacturer is a local business run by a gentleman who has kept the same 4 to 5 employees since opening his workshop. In this way, Leylie values transparency as much as she values quality. 

In addition to supporting family-owned businesses throughout her design and manufacturing process, Leylie takes a sustainable and eco-friendly approach to choosing materials that will produce high-quality, one-of-a-kind pieces. For example, Leylie uses “deadstock fabric” – excess material from factories and luxury brands – which she buys from a local source in LA.  She also uses cupro (derived from recycled fibers of cotton) and modal (a fabric derived from bamboo) as well as vegetable dyes; remember the avocado pits? 

All this is to say that Leylie understands the importance of transparency and visibility. Leylie says, “I’d rather pay more, so the design is energetically good – it’s all about good juju.” At Sparo, we wholeheartedly agree. As a Sparo-powered merchant, Leylie is going above and beyond the notion of corporate responsibility. Like Sparo, Leylie believes in making the world a better place, one donation at a time.

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