Creative Design industries in L.A. County are remarkably diverse and include areas such as: apparel design, textile, footwear, jewelry and leather goods industries including handbags, as well as furniture, toys, beauty products, and more.  

L.A. County is considered the high-end denim capital of the world, and enjoys national leadership in Apparel, Leather (and related products), Textile and Fabric Finishing, Furniture, Beauty/Makeup & Skincare.

Key Facts About LA County’s Creative Design Industries

  • LA County’s Fashion Industry alone has 61,546 employees (direct employment only) and 2,886 companies.
    • Nationally, we rank #1 in Apparel overall (including sectors of the industry such as women’s clothing, apparel contractors, accessories and specialty apparel
    • Nationally, we rank #1 in Leather and Related Products (including sectors of the industry such as personal leather goods and luggage and women’s handbags and purses).
    • Nationally, we rank #2 in textile manufacturing overall and #1 in the textile and fabric finishing sector.
  • LA County also ranks #1 in the Wholesale of Apparel and Accessories (with over 36,000 employees as of 2012 data) and #1 in Wholesale of Furniture and Home Furnishings (with nearly 11,000 employees as of 2012).  We are also ranked highly in the Wholesale of Jewelry, Watches, Precious Stones, and Precious Metals (#2 in the nation) with nearly 5,000 employees in 2012.  Source: clustermapping.us.
  • LA County is ranked #1 in the nation in the Furniture industry with 12,385 employees (2013) and 609 companies.
  • LA County is also the national leader in the beauty, makeup, and skincare products (part of the toilet preparation manufacturing industry) with 4,958 employees in 2012 and 102 companies.
  • Top fashion brands with a local corporate presence in LA County include Forever 21, Karen Kane, BCBG, Guess, True Religion, Lucky Brand, Joes Jeans, Hudson, Trina Turk, and more.
  • LA County is also home to top fashion education programs, such as Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and the Otis College of Art & Design.

Key Factors for Creative Design Growth in LA County


-Access to Capital
-Product Development
-Skilled Workforce
-Infrastructure and Land Use
-Public Policy
-Ecosystem

Map of Beauty Companies in LA County



Map on fashion and furniture companies is coming soon.