Alkemist CEO James Chung is a lawyer-Chinese medicine practitioner. In a town that fetishizes hyphenates, he might have a shot at returning L.A.’s textiles industry to its not-so-distant glory years.
- The pieces available now are for women. “We have the nice summer bell bottom wide flare, shorts, the skinny, and I believe we have one more, the cargo. Because this is a hemp lifestyle, we’re going to be very capsule collection based,” according to Chung.
- Intriguingly, Alkemist’s co-founder is requesting increased competition. “I encourage all the mills to dig in and get hemp going,” Chung writes. We need friendly opportunity competition – the more the better. This is the beginning.”