The Swagabonds

EMPOWER INDIVIDUALS THROUGH ART & FASHION

Downtown Los Angeles's Skid Row is known to be the 'homeless capital of the United States'. But what most people don't know, is that this hotbed for drug trafficking, prostitution and mental illness is the home of amazing artists. The Swagabonds is the first fashion brand designed in collaboration with artists from Skid Row. Our ambition: to have you discover awesome talents, while helping them rise above their circumstances.

THE ARTISTS

Donald Reese

Donald Reese

Donald Reese aka The Flower Man is a legendary character in Skid Row. The Swagabonds' design - a flower embroidered on a piece of bandana fabric aka "A rose from the concrete" - is an homage to Donald Reese’s craft. It’s a tribute to the West Coast culture as personified in the 90s by Tupac Shakur.
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Gary Brown

Gary Brown was born in Louisiana in 1952.
He moved to Los Angeles in the 80's and has since become a prominent figure in the Skid Row community. The Swagabonds has adapted one of his canvasses, turning a colorful crowd of faces into a black on black design. Brown has chosen to name it: “Planet blues”.
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 Gary Brown

HOW DO WE HELP THE ARTISTS

We offer them an international exposure

The primary goal of the Swagabonds is to showcase raw talents and to promote their art internationally. And it all starts with you wearing our clothes.
We provide them with a source of income

When you buy our clothes, the artists receive 20% of the profits. By allowing them to make money out of their art, we encourage them to pursue their dreams.

Our products, 100% made in LA

Our products are designed in Skid Row and made in South Central.
The Swagabonds is proud to partner with Dov Charney’s new company, Los Angeles Apparel, who is committed to providing a great environment for his employees paid above the minimum wage.

OUR PRODUCTS, 100% MADE IN LA