Photograph by Coral Von Zumwalt
Double duty: It wasn’t only his two decades as a buyer for the Ron Herman stores that made L.A. native John Eshaya influential in local style. His line of T-shirts, JET, ushered in the faded-graphics look that Southern California has become known for. Solo flight: Eshaya left Ron Herman in January 2008 to expand JET, adding jeans, sweatshirts, and dresses. “I wanted it to be accessible to women, not just girls.” He is now collaborating with Tom Binns, an Irish jewelry designer based in Venice. Binns, named Accessory Designer of the Year in 2006 by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, asked Eshaya to print images of his collage necklaces on T-shirts. “Tom’s jewelry is cool and excessive, but it’s also everyday—and I do everyday. So it worked.” Metal urging: Handbags that Binns envisioned for the joint venture were studded with metal after he saw sneakers that Eshaya had encrusted. “Discussing our love for punk-rock studs on anything is when Tom and I knew we got each other.” » John Eshaya for Tom Binns launches this month at the JET Store at Fred Segal, 420 Broadway, Santa Monica, 310-451-2202.