L.A. Designers Head to Paris

Southern California-based designers participating in the upcoming "Americans in Paris" showcase include, left to right: Jennifer Meyer, George Esquivel, Greg Chait, Andrea Lieberman and Juan Carlos Obando. (Bob Chamberlin, Don Bartletti, Kirk McKoy and Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times; Cindy Ord / Getty Images)

Southern California-based brands account for half the lineup in an upcoming "Americans in Paris" initiative organized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue magazine and sponsored by Tommy Hilfiger.

Past West Coast CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists tapped to participate include Jennifer Meyer, George Esquivel (Esquivel Shoes), J.C. Obando, Andrea Lieberman (A.L.C) and Elder Statesman's Greg Chait, who won the most recent CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award last November.

The other five designers in the mix (also past Fashion Fund designers) include Wes Gordon, Sofia Sizzi (Giulietta), Daniel Silberman and Justin Salguero (Illesteva), Jennifer Fisher and Patrik Ervell.

As part of the program, the 10 designers are set to occupy shared showroom space at Le 8 Valois from Sept. 28 through Sept. 30 during Paris Fashion Week. The night before, Hilfiger is scheduled to host a roundtable conversation with, followed by a dinner in honor of, this year's group.

The "Americans in Paris" program, now in its fifth season, was created as a global showcase for emerging American designers and leverages the exposure that comes with Paris Fashion Week's international retailers and fashion industry media.

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adam.tschorn@latimes.com