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Time flies. We first caught wind of LA-based knitwear label Cotton Citizen earlier this year when they landed an exclusive partnership with Fred Segal. Since then, we've seen their name pop up in a variety of places—and we couldn't be more thrilled. Their seriously soft threads have won over celebs like Jessica Alba and Malin Ackerman, and retailers like Satine and Douglas Fir have swiftly swooped up their most popular styles. Here, Cotton Citizen's head of operations Daniel Rosen gives us a taste of what's now and next for this exciting brand.
What has Cotton Citizen been up to since we last spoke?
"We've been experiencing tremendous growth and are now in stores across the country. We're currently selling our holiday 2012 collection, which I'm very excited about because the colors are beautiful. We just did a photo shoot for the lookbook with photographer Zoey Grossman and it will be unveiled in the next week or so. We also brought on Elizabeth Kott of Closet Rich a few months ago, which has been great. She's helping in all aspects of the company, from design to marketing to strategy to photo shoots to styling. Finally, our website and e-shop will be launching in early August."
Awesome. Have you started working on spring 2013?
"Yes! We're currently making all of our samples for spring and will debut the collection in August at ENK in Vegas. I'm very excited about coated sweatshirts and sweatpants; we've taken the coating that has been seen everywhere on denim and applied it to french terry. In addition to our mainstay men's and women's basics such as v-neck, crewneck and pocket tees, this collection will include a range of new pieces. Ladies can expect a pocket tee maxi dress and deep racerback maxi dress and I'm looking forward to sweatshirts and hoodies in a new super soft sherpa fabric."
Where can fans buy Cotton Citizen now?
"Satine in both WeHo (8134 W 3rd St) and Venice (1508 Abbot Kinney Blvd), Fred Segal Originals in SaMo (500 Broadway), Jami Lynn in Beverly Hills (227 S Robertson Blvd), Blue Jeans Bar in SaMo (1409 Montana Ave), Robinson Ron/Fred Segal (8066 Melrose Ave), Douglas Fir on W 3rd (8311 W 3rd St) and Dari in Studio City (12184 Ventura Blvd).
What are your most popular styles to date?
"For women, it's the v-neck tee, sweatpants and maxi dress. For men, it's the v-neck and pocket tee."
Have you seen any celebs wear the brand?
"Jessica Alba, Malin Akerman, Sophia Bush and Jared Leto, to name a few."
What's next for Cotton Citizen?
"We really have a great team in place that's excited to grow and build our brand. We'll continue developing new washes and colors—our colors are very important to us. We're testing new fabrics and pushing ourselves as designers. We plan to do more photo shoots and have tons of ideas for different concepts as well. We're also excited about expanding our social media presence. Speaking of which, we're currently making a number of unique washes that will be available exclusively in small runs at specific retailers soon, so check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates on where to find them."
· Cotton Citizen [Official Site]
· Introducing Cotton Citizen and Their LA Operation [Racked]