GALERIE.LA Thrives to Curate the Best Selection of Ethical and Eco-Friendly Brands

WHO

Dechel Mckillian, Founder/Creative Director

Los Angeles, CA


I'm Dechel Mckillian, Founder and Creative Director of GALERIE.LA. I'm living in Venice and working Downtown Los Angeles. Beach and city is the best of both worlds. In my free time you can catch me exploring, reading, roaming museums and art galleries, surfing, hiking, farmers market, thrifting or relaxing at the beach.

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photo: GALERIE.CA

WHAT

GALERIE.LA is the premier retail destination for conscious women who love fashion. We curate the best selection of ethical and eco-friendly clothing and lifestyle goods from emerging brands worldwide. GALERIE.LA makes it easy for you to shop your values by showcasing brands who use artisan, ethical, eco-friendly, local, recycled, and vegan production methods both online and in-store at our shop located at ROW DTLA.

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WHEN

Prior to founding GALERIE.LA I worked as a Celebrity Stylist and was extremely lucky to travel the world going on tour with clients including Drake, The Black Eyed Peas, Lil Wayne, and Nicki Minaj. I saw first-hand the negative impact that fashion has on our people and planet.

In 2014 I began dreaming up the idea for an concept shop that focused on sustainability after a strong desire to live a more conscious and slow lifestyle myself. I noticed there was a gap in the market for a ethical fashion retailer that brought "fashion" to the forefront. There was a lot of basics, yoga clothes and DIY but I had a hard time finding brands that I wanted to wear and that I'd put on a celeb client. After months of research I found brands all around the world that were using eco-friendly and innovative materials while making it a point to support the people that are making the clothes through fair wages, safe working conditions and collaboration. I wanted to bring all of these brands to one place to people could discover impactful brands without doing all the research I did. That idea eventually became GALERIE.LA after waking up with the name in my sleep.

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About 80% of our brands are either founded or co-founded by women and many of them are based right here in Los Angeles.

WHY

GALERIE.LA is unique because our focus is on thoughtful curation. Each brand we carry has an incredible story about the materials they use, the people who make the clothes, and where the garments were made. I like to say that with each and every purchase you have the opportunity to support a sustainable initiative that has a great impact on the world.

Our sustainable value badge system makes it super easy to shop your values. Each and every brand is ethically made, meaning they know their factories and that workers are being treated right and paid fair wages. On top of that brands use eco-friendly, recycled and vegan materials, local production, artisan craftsmanship and much much more. About 80% of our brands are either founded or co-founded by women and many of them are based right here in Los Angeles.

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photo: GALERIE.LA

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photo: GALERIE.LA

FAVORITE

They're all my favorite! I hand-select every single item we have in-store. On my wish list is the Taylor Thomas Jane loafer that we have online and in-store.