Stampd

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Founder: Chris Stamp, 31, who also is one of the la­bel’s two head de­sign­ers.

Nam­ing the brand: “Yes, it’s partly my last name,” Stamp says. “But orig­i­nally I called [my first line] ‘Stampd LA’— like Iwas stamp­ing the vibe of L.A. on the shoes.”

Head­quar­tered: Down­town’s ware­house dis­trict Begin­nings: Start­ing as an online sneaker cus­tomiza­tion busi­ness un­der the Stampd LA name, Stamp sold his first three pairs of art-cov­ered kicks in Fred Se­gal Con­veyor in Santa Mon­ica in 2007. Af­ter he and a busi­ness part­ner parted ways, he shut down the line in 2010.

Re­booted: De­ter­mined to build a brand solo, Stamp re­launched in 2011, start­ing with lim­ited-edi­tion Stampd caps. He used the prof­its to slowly add cat­e­gories: bags, T-shirts and other ba­sic ap­parel pieces, tech­ni­cal outer­wear, jack­ets, hood­ies, shorts and swim trunks. By 2013 the la­bel had grown into what Stamp con­sid­ers a full col­lec­tion.

The look: West Coast stripped-down street wear meets-ath­leisure served up in a color pal­ette that rarely strays from black and white. Pin­striped ath­letic shirts and warm-up shorts riff on the look of base­ball uni­forms, T-shirts and jack­ets fea­ture tech­ni­cal-look­ing strap de­tails, and dis­tressed denim in­cludes mo­tocross-inspired quilting de­tails.

Stamp is an avid surfer and the col­lec­tion in­cludes pix­e­lated waves crash­ing across hats, Tshirts and drink coast­ers, palm print swim trunks, bucket hats and hood­ies and even a black-and­white, $1,800 surf­board.

“I’m a min­i­mal­ist,” Stamp says. “Ifwe do color it’ll be more of an earth tone, a rich navy [blue] or hunter green or dis­tressed indigo, but we’re not go­ing to go crazy with su­per bright col­ors.”

Key pieces: Black, lay­ered-sleeve but­ton-front shirts, palm print swim trucks, indigo dis­tressed, slim-fit five-pocket jeans and a pile of polka-dot­ted pieces in­clud­ing shorts, short sleeve shirts, hats, hood­ies and tote bags.

Price range: Head­gear from$44 to $140. T-shirts from$50 to $90, but­ton-fronts from$120 to $180, and denim from$179 to $200. Outer­wear of­fer­ings in­clude hood­ies ($153), bombers ($295) and quilted leather puffer jack­ets ($495). Footwear in­cludes $350 leather san­dals, $400 brogues and $550 boots.

Where to buy: Stampd is sold at120 re­tail doors glob­ally, in­clud­ing Amer­i­can Rag, H. Lorenzo and Four Two Four aswell as through www.stampd.com.

Col­lab­o­ra­tions: Past col­lab­o­ra­tors in­clude Kith and Vans. A foot wear and ap­parel col­lec­tion with Puma is set to launch glob­ally in July.

Women’s: The la­bel of­fers a few fe­male-spe­cific pieces, in­clud­ing one-piece swim­suits and a hand­ful of crop tops. Stamp de­scribes his cus­tomer base as “70% to 80% male” and says that he’s work­ing to build thew omen’s side of the busi­ness.

Sales: “I will say I cur­rently have16 em­ploy­ees and an ad­di­tional five con­trac­tors and I’ve been hir­ing em­ploy­ees at a pretty steady rate for the last three years,” Stamp says.”

On­the hori­zon: “[A] brick-and-mor­tar [store] is def­i­nitely in my sights, hope­fully be­fore the end of 2015, says Stamp. “Here in L.A.”

Adri Law Stampd

CHRIS STAMP, far left, started his solo brand in 2011; palm print swim trunks ($90), polka dot wind­breaker

($168).

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