Meet the Wild and Eccentric Stylist Looking to Disrupt the L.A. Fashion World
Levi Sawyer has a way with color. The L.A.-based fashion stylist who specializes in menswear can take the most outrageous patterns and fabrics and twist them into an outfit predestined for greatness. While he expertly mixes high and low—once considered a novelty in the fashion world, but something that has since become a modus operandi for many stylists—Sawyer distinguishes himself most by combining seemingly clashing colors into the most complementary combinations. His style is loud and unrestrained without feeling gaudy or shocking, and he’s worked with some of the biggest names in the industry: Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, and Balenciaga, to name a few. We spoke with Sawyer about his fashion muses, favorite places to shop in L.A., and his upcoming project that he hopes will rock L.A.’s menswear fashion community. And if you’re looking for some daily fashion inspo, give him a follow on Instagram.
How did your career in the fashion industry get started?
Coincidentally I started my fashion career with the Levi‘s brand here in Los Angeles, initially as a retail manager and then progressed into working for the brand marketing showroom. At the showroom our team was responsible for styling bands, musicians, actors, and artists in Levi’s apparel at entertainment events like SXSW and Sundance Film Festival. Essentially creating Levi’s branded gifting lounges between L.A., San Francisco and New York, I wound up meeting a ton of stylists that I eventually began assisting doing wardrobe for TV, film, and print. It was then that I discovered my love for styling and creating my own aesthetic.