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Los Angeles Is Still Not Considered a Fashion Capital

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Despite being a frequent source of inspiration at New York Fashion Week and a rising retail magnet for global brands, Los Angeles is still being overlooked for fashion capital consideration.

Apparel News reports that the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology recently opened a new exhibition called "Global Fashion Capitals" that explores the historical style of established capitals Paris, New York, Milan, and London, in addition to 16 new cities poised for fashion capital status: Tokyo, Antwerp, Stockholm, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Madrid, Sydney, Mexico City, Sao Paolo, Istanbul, and Mumbai. No love for LA.

The local apparel blog notes that each city "holds annual fashion weeks attended by international press and fashion buyers. A few lucky spots—such as Copenhagen and Seoul—get government funding to promote their fashion industries," adding that "what’s not included is any actual production capacity. Had that been included, perhaps Los Angeles—the U.S. production hub— would have made the cut."

What are your thoughts on the snub?