By Molly Freedenberg
Long before "burner" and "circus" became official fashion sub-genres, the geniuses behind Skingraft were constructing leather into fairytale dresses and imaginative bags that would eventually define the burner bourgeoise aesthetic. Handmade, intricate, and of stellar quality, their clothing has always been gorgeous but just out-of-reach -- both because the company's centered in L.A. and because clothes that good cost a pretty penny to make, and therefore own.
But in recent years, Skingraft has turned some of its attention to more ready-to-wear, and easy-to-buy, options -- starting with holsters made of leather and less expensive canvas, selling wares in local shops like Five and Diamond, peppering collections with simpler designs more appropriate for streetwear, and now, hosting a kickass sale.
Tonight, Five and Diamond hosts Skingraft's designers and collaborators for a preview of the 2010 collection, discounts on the 2009 collection, and plenty of music, libations, and even fireworks. Considering the store's opening culminated in an Extra Action Marching Band-led parade to the Elbo Room, it's guaranteed this is an event not to miss - even if you don't have the scrilla for an equestrian-inspired waistcoat.