The Queen of the Garment District

Is Sarah Staudinger the New Queen of Los Angeles? Sarah Staudinger, who runs the well-established, award-winning boutique Staudinger’s House of Vintage, has made a name for herself in Los Angeles as a collector and…

The Queen of the Garment District

Is Sarah Staudinger the New Queen of Los Angeles?

Sarah Staudinger, who runs the well-established, award-winning boutique Staudinger’s House of Vintage, has made a name for herself in Los Angeles as a collector and designer of vintage clothing and accessories, a role that has earned her the nickname “Queen of the Garment District.”

The 38-year-old New York native is passionate about vintage, a taste that she acquired with her first job at the age of 14, in 1970, working her way up to produce dresses, coats, and dressesuits at her boutique while still in school at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan.

Staudinger’s is a treasure trove of vintage clothing and accessories and is consistently in the top five for vintage garments in Los Angeles, according to the Garment District, which has been holding its annual event of street fashion every fall for the last 20 years.

Staudinger has been in the forefront of the boutique scene for more than a decade and has collaborated with an impressive number of designers since launching her business in 1994.

“There was an explosion of very small boutiques in the 70s and 80s, and then it started to slow down around 1984,” Staudinger said in a phone interview with the LAist. “The boutiques just aren’t there any more.”

The fashion industry is changing. Staudinger is part of a new wave of women who are taking a creative and commercial approach to vintage clothing and style and working with some of today’s very best designers.

Staudinger’s has become a respected name for vintage fashion in Los Angeles, known for her meticulous selection of clothes that are always one step ahead of the fashionistas. “Vintage” and “antique” are commonly synonymous with quality, according to Staudinger. “That’s the standard at Staudinger’s,” she said. “The way vintage clothing is made is by a factory, so there’s only a certain standard.”

Her boutique specializes in hand-made pieces that are made on vintage patterns that take months and months to complete. She has seen great examples of vintage clothing and is excited to collaborate with talented designers around

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