Lalia + Cate= LATE
Friends since the age of 4, the girls were submerged in the fashion world early as their families worked in fashion and film. Lalia an actress and Cate’s father, owner of NSF Clothing. Cate and Lalia’s interest blossomed as they would spend many afternoons in the warehouse playing dress up with left over sample pieces, always tweaking or redesigning the styles. From as far back as they can remember, the girls dreamt of having their own clothing line. Their passion, coupled with the exposure to quality material, the two young entrepreneurs had an idea.
Quarantine made it a reality.
It was the summer of 2020 and the world was on lock down. DIY projects became the thing to do, and tie-dyeing clothing became the way of life. The two girls took advantage of the down time quarantine granted to experiment, plan and sketch out new ideas for their clothing line. Their creative inspiration and determination took the reins.
That is, until October 22nd when things took a tragic turn.
Lalia sustained a severe head injury of which ended in left side paralysis and brain damage. She was rushed to the hospital for emergency brain surgery and in critical condition for 5 days. Hardly a week later, Lalia snuck in a phone call to her BFF Cate. Although the severity of her brain damage was still unknown, Lalia remembered their clothing line. The girls spoke often planning next steps for LATE and now more than ever, knew this was something they had to pursue. LATE Clothing became a symbol of hope- a 2nd chance at life and love through an unwavering friendship.
Lalia spent nearly 3 weeks in PICU at Cedars Sinai, before being transferred to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Miraculously, after being sentenced to over a year, Lalia was released from CHLA after only 44 days.
Still participating in physical and occupational therapy today, Lalia is a walking miracle.
We got to chat with Cate and Lalia about creating LATE Clothing LA and their favorite pieces in the collection….
LATE Clothing LA, the new casual luxury brand, is soon to debut this Mother’s Day. The collection, created by twelve-year-olds Cate Friedberg and Lalia Susini, was forged through their friendship, passion for fashion, and perseverance through it all together….
LATE Clothing LA is a casual luxury clothing line made for teens by teens. Based in the heart of Los Angeles, this brand is an amalgam of coziness and comfort where inclusivity is the essence. From a simple ideology to a conscious decision, LATE is built on love, emotion, a significant recovery, and the vitality of a childhood friendship. Behind every creation is a story….
Lalia Susini talks to us about the swing accident that changed her life one year ago. While recovering from her traumatic brain injury, the 12 year old teamed up with her best friend Cate and created Late Clothing, a fashion line for tweens and teens that honors first responders….
When Lalia was seriously injured, her family wasn’t sure she’d survive. Thanks to her determination and the Rehabilitation Center at CHLA, her future is bright….
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Lalia Susini nearly lost her life in a freak accident while on a porch swing. The incident led to several brain surgeries and Lalia even learning to walk again. Just a year later she's flourishing, and committed to helping other sick kids..
When Lalia arrived at CHLA, she did not have any feeling or movement on her left side and not much hope due to the severity of her accident. The doctors and nurses did not let her give up. They still had hope that she would walk one day.
Lalia spent 44 days in the rehab department of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and continues her outpatient therapy with them every day.
Not only is Lalia walking, but she is dancing in her TikToks again!
The first responders who tended to Lalia’s initial care had a significant part in LATE. The girls say that without responders saving Lalia's life, they wouldn't even have a clothing line.
The duos first LATE collection is titled "Responders" in dedication to the people who helped save Laila's life.
More children receive care from CHLA than any other hospital in the region-and often, CHLA comes to the rescue for children when others hospitals run out of medical options for their care.
YOUR DONATION GOES DIRECTLY TO CHLA’S REHAB DEPARTMENT
It’s never too LATE .