Former American Apparel Designers Start Their Own Brand Called Everybody

Dora Fung
Market Director
Yahoo Style
Iris Alonzo and Caroline Crespo of Everybody (Photo: Courtesy of Everybody)
Iris Alonzo and Carolina Crespo of Everybody. (Photo: Courtesy of Everybody)

Meet Iris Alonzo and Carolina Crespo, the founders of the new concept brand Everybody. Both women spent more than 10 years working at American Apparel, where they saw and experienced firsthand the good, the bad, and the ugly (CEO Dov Charney was fired after being sued multiple times for sexual harassment). After leaving the company, the women took some time out to recharge, reenergize, and refocus on what each wanted to do. When they decided to start a company together, they knew they wanted more of a community spirit in their company, in which friends, collaborators, and people they admired could come together and contribute. As a bonus, they knew about manufacturing, and they understood how to do it ethically. So they set out asking the people in their lives what products they thought were missing from the marketplace — and how they could help to turn these products into reality.

Recycled white t-shirt, $25, Everybody
Recycled white T-shirt, $25.

They started with the simple white T-shirt made from 100 percent recycled cotton waste from the biggest yarn-making factory in the America. It has a worn-in feel and is available in three different styles.

Jean Pigozzi's Hungry Snake, $250, Everybody
Jean Pigozzi’s Hungry Snake, $250.

There’s also a “Hungry Snake” pillow made by artist (and friend of the founders) Jean Pigozzi, who wanted to create something impractical and absurd — the pillow weighs almost 10 pounds!

Prakash Gokalchand in his perfect button up shirt, Everybody
Prakash Gokalchand in his perfect button-up shirt.

Future items for sale include artists Mae Elvis and Kalen Holloman’s unisex workman’s jacket, chess player extraordinaire Prakash Gokalchand’s ultimate button-up shirt and perfect sweatpants, and musician/artist/part-time grocery store clerk Christopher “Grandfather” Young’s unisex terry-cloth T-shirt and tweed trousers.

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