We had the good fortune of connecting with Alisa and Sam Bither and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alisa and Sam, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
Our plan is to move to Bangkok in a few years, where Alisa is from, then start a small custom/one-of-a-kind brand. We still want to do vintage but want to shift towards custom art on vintage garments. We have always wanted to do something that combine Sam’s art background and vintage. Actually Sam has had a couple of projects done since the lockdown in March. The first project we did with a streetwear brand is coming out this Spring. Another reason we want to create a brand is eventually, it’s more sustainable. Bangkok has amazing source of vintage which is pretty known in Asia but no place in the world can compare to LA.
What should our readers know about your business?
We have been in the business since 2013, starting from a small side job. Beside our website, we also set up at Silverlake Famers Market every Saturday and Melrose Trading Post every Sunday. We specialize in fun 70’s 80’s quirky tshirts and unique mens pants. What we pick represents our personality really well. We would pick only stuff we want to wear. We are also doing custom one of a kind art on vintage garments. The challenging part is actually working together as a couple. It’s hard to balance personal life and work life most of the time. The most proud moment is when big brands ask us to source vintage for them because they trust our style and love what we do.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Alisa is Thai so Thai Town definitely. LA’s Thai Town has the best Thai food in the country, period. It’s as authentic as you can get outside Thailand. Rose Bowl Flea Market is a must whether you are into antique/vintage or not. It’s such a fun experience for all ages. Thirsty Crow for drinks. We love their cocktail menu. It’s such a chill cool neighborhood bar with friendly staff. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We want to shout out to our Silverlake local customers. Silverlake community is incredibly supportive. About 4 years ago, the city shut down vintage section at Silverlake Farmers Market for whatever reason only God knew. The word was out which upset the community. Within 2 weeks, over 200 emails to the city from Silverlake locals and 1 brief meeting later, we were back at the market. The love and support we have received from the locals are unmatched.