Lalia + Cate= LATE
Friends since the age of 4, the two girls were submerged in the fashion world at an early age. 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 NSF warehouse playing dress up with left over sample pieces, always tweaking or redesigning the styles. From as far back as they can remember, the two always dreamt of having their own clothing line.
It was the summer of 2020, and the world was on lock down. 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. Hardly a week later, Lalia snuck in a phone call to Cate. Although the severity of her brain damage was still unknown, Lalia remembered their clothing line. More than ever, they knew this was something they had to pursue.
Lalia spent nearly 3 weeks in PICU at Cedars Sinai, before being transferred to Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Still participating in physical and occupational therapy today, Lalia is a walking miracle.
THE COMPANY CONTINUES ITS MISSION CONCENTRATING ON CHARITABLE WORK WITH THE REHABILITATION DEPARTMENT AT CHLA.
*CURRENTLY SPEARHEADED BY LALIA AND DESIGNED BY MAXOU SUSINI*
LATE has been lucky enough to see directly where their contributions have benefited the rehab floor. LATE Clothing is a symbol of hope, 2nd chances and inclusivity.
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 CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES REHABILITATION CENTER
It’s never too LATE .