LA Fashion Market Week Recap

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The Fall II/Holiday 2016 LA Fashion Market took place from June 6th through the 9th in the LA Fashion District’s designer showrooms. The showroom buildings hosted multiple trade shows and each building had unique events exclusive for buyers. Designer brands that exhibited during the Fall II/Holiday 2016 LA Market Week included contemporary, better and advanced contemporary, eco-fashion, accessories, lifestyle, children’s and maternity.

For those of you who are new to the business of fashion, LA Fashion Market is the West Coast’s premiere apparel and fashion trade show. This is when designers showcase collections for the upcoming season and buyers from all over the world come here to place orders for their stores.

CALIFORNIA MARKET CENTER

The California Market Center (CMC) featured three trade shows and held exclusive seminars for buyers.

ALT Trade Show– Athleisure and athletic wear

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ALT featured contemporary, active, yoga, swim, and lifestyle collections. The next ALT trade show will be from October 17th through the 19th and will feature Spring ’17 collections.

TRANSIT Trade Show – Adult and children’s footwear

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TRANSIT is the premier shoe show at LA Market, and featured various footwear designers and brands. The next TRANSIT trade show will be from October 17th through the 19th and will feature Spring ’17 collections.

SELECT Trade Show – Apparel, accessories, and footwear

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SELECT featured better and contemporary brands. There were twenty brands showcased this year, and the next showcase will be August 01 – 03 for Holiday/Resort 16. SELECT also highlighted nine emerging brands in an exclusive showcase called Emerge.

Seminar Series

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The California Market Center also held three Retail Seminar Series for buyers. They were completely FREE for registered buyers, and featured classes such as Retail 101, Retail Math, and Direct & Digital Marketing for Retailers. The classes covered various buyer and retail related topics such as buying, merchandising, displays, sales, customer service, and operations, markdowns, and more!

NEW MART

Designers & Agents Trade Show – Contemporary, eco-fashion and accessories

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Designers & Agents trade show features sustainable and contemporary fashion brands. There is a separate showcase called the ‘Green Room’ which featured eleven up-and-coming eco-conscious and fair trade brands. The next Designers & Agents trade show in Los Angeles will be from October 17th through the 19th and will feature Spring ’17 collections.

COOPER DESIGN SPACE

BRAND ASSEMBLY Trade Show– Better contemporary and accessories

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The Brand Assembly trade show features better and advanced contemporary collections.

LA Market Week brought thousands of people to the shops, sights, and eateries within the Los Angeles Fashion District. Los Angeles is a growing fashion mecca, and the LA Market Week is steadily growing with it. Buyers and designers can all agree that LA is the best place for contemporary, athletic, and eco-friendly fashion. The next LA Market Week will take place from August 1st through the 4th and will feature Holiday Resort & Resort.

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LA Fashion District Does Downtown Art Walk, July 14th!

Coral Forest on display at the farmer's market

Coral Forest on display at the THE WALL Farmer’s Market

Please join us for the Downtown Art Walk debut of Coral Forest, an interactive art installation by Los Angeles-based artist Doron Gazit, on Thursday, July 14th, 2016.

Coral Forest Artist Reception with Doron Gazit
Thursday, July 14, 2016
4-6 p.m.

Hosted by Preux & Proper
840 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Please RSVP to info@fashiondistrict.org by July 7th, 2016.
 

Coral Forest is an interactive installation made up of 10 giant “sea forms” that are moved and rearranged to create a new shape every time the installation is displayed. The inflatable art uses air as a medium and explores how people interact with the element. The inflatables were inspired by the Fashion District and made of fabric that was hand dyed to create the impression of texture. The public is invited to walk through, touch, and take selfies with the art.

Visit www.fashiondistrict.org/coral-forest-art-installation for more info.Stay for dinner!
Preux & Proper will open for dinner at 6 p.m.
Make reservations here.

Coral Forest Poster

Coral Forest is part of the Fashion District’s space activation initiative. Our goal is to take ordinary public spaces and use art and culture to bring the community together around public space. In doing so, we hope to illustrate the full potential of these streets and show what a truly vibrant Downtown L.A. community looks like.

Coral Forest was commissioned by the LA Fashion District Business Improvement District (BID) and curated by Carmen Zella of NOW Art LA. Coral Forest is a mobile art piece and will be installed at various locations throughout the LA Fashion District this summer. In the meantime, it will be on display Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Wall Farmer’s Market, between 7th and 8th Streets in the LA Flower District.

About the Artist
Doron Gazit is an environmental artist and industrial designer who focuses his art on air, line and color. Gazit and his design company, AirDD, work on high profile events worldwide, including Olympic Games and World Expos, from Dubai to Tokyo, Sydney, Lisbon and Jerusalem. Gazit’s current ongoing art project, which he named “The Red Line Project”, has recently been featured at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. This is a series of temporary environmental art installations travelling worldwide bringing attention to areas devastated by global warming and human’s misuse of the environment.

 

LA Market Week Tips for Buyers

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New to wholesale buying? Want to make your buying trips to LA more efficient? Learn how to successfully navigate showrooms and trade shows during LA Fashion Market with these three easy tips.

As the hub of the West Coast apparel industry, the LA Fashion District hosts five market weeks every year. LA Fashion Market takes places in the LA Fashion District’s designer showroom buildings. Buyers from all over the world attend LA Fashion Market to view designer collections for the upcoming seasons and place orders. There are multiple trade shows that exhibit during LA Fashion Market, featuring athleisure, contemporary, better contemporary, eco-fashion, accessories, maternity, and kids.

View the LA Fashion Market Fall / Holiday 2016 Buyer’s Guide here.

LA MARKET WEEK TIPS FOR BUYERS

  1. Time management: Managing your time while at Market is crucial. We recommend buyers make appointments with popular brands early, as they tend to book up quickly. We also suggest allotting time to walk the buildings, because sometimes the biggest successes are the showrooms you stumble upon by accident.
  2. Pre-plan: Buyers who come with a clear vision for what kind of styles and brands they are looking for will have a more successful market experience. Know your shopper and research brands you might be interested in ahead of time. To know what brands will be exhibiting at LA Fashion Market, check the Lines Directory. It is updated prior to each market week.We also recommend visiting trade show and showroom buildings’ websites and pre-register when possible. The LA Fashion District has a newsletters for wholesale buyers, which you can sign up for here. We also post market week and buyer information on this blog and on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.Lastly, as a buyer, make sure you inventory and budget levels are well planned out before Market.
  3. Network: Building strong connections while attending LA Fashion Market can lead to lasting partnerships with vendors. Bring business cards and always follow up with new partners. Take advantage of educational and networking events whenever possible.

SEMINARS, EVENTS, AND SERVICES IN THE LA FASHION DISTRICT

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California Market Center (CMC)

  • CMC Retail Relations Service: Buyer perks, tours of the CMC building and show areas, suggestions on brands and showrooms, coffee, snacks, and other amenities
  • LA Fashion Market Seminars: Business tips and fashion trend information from recognized industry insiders
  • Market Passport Sweepstakes Promotion: Cash prizes ranging from $500 to $1000 for visiting showrooms and exhibitors
Designers and Agents
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The New Mart

Brand Assembly
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Cooper Design Space

NEW RESTAURANTS NEAR LA MARKET

Verve Coffee 833 S. Spring Street

Preux + Proper 840 S. Spring Street

Pattern Bar 100 W. 9th Street

Terroni 802 S. Spring Street

LA Chapter 930 S. Broadway

NEW SHOPS NEAR LA MARKET

BNKR Broadway and 9th

A.P.C. 125 W. 9th Street

AltHouse 761 S. Main Street

Skingraft 758 S. Spring Street

Tanner Goods 860 S. Broadway

 

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LA Market Week June 2016 Buyer’s Guide: Fall/Holiday 2016

LA Market Week June 2016

ABOUT LA MARKET WEEK JUNE 2016

LA Market Week June 2016, also known as the Fall II/Holiday 2016 L.A. Fashion Market, will take place June 6th through the 9th in the LA Fashion District’s designer showrooms. During market week designers and brands debut collections for the upcoming fall and holiday seasons and buyers are invited to view the new merchandise and place orders. LA Fashion Market is the West Coast’s premier destination for contemporary fashions, including apparel, accessories and footwear.  Various trade shows are hosted in the LA Fashion District during market week. Trade shows typically highlight established and up-and-coming designers that do not have permanent showrooms in the area.  With thousands of brands participating in LA market week, this is the place for buyers to discover new brands and create new shopping experiences.

PARTICIPATING BRANDS

Designer brands exhibiting during the Fall II/Holiday 2016 LA Market Week include contemporary, better and advanced contemporary, eco-fashion, accessories, lifestyle, children’s and maternity. The Fashion District maintains an online directory of all brands participating in market weeks. The Lines Directory is updated prior to each market week.
Search the Lines Directory here.

LOCATIONS

California Market Center (CMC)110 E. 9th St.

CMC - LA Market Week June 2016

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  • Showroom Directory
  • Select showrooms will be open as early as Sunday, June 5th for LA Market Week June 2016 appointments.
  • Pre-Register here to be entered to win a dinner for two at a DTLA restaurant.

Cooper Design Space860 S Los Angeles St.

Cooper Building - LA Market Week June 2016

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Gerry Building910 S Los Angeles St.

Gerry Building - LA Market Week June 2016

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The New Mart127 E 9th St.

NewMart - LA Market Week June 2016

Image via Paul Brindley Consults

Additional Participating Showroom Buildings:

TRADE SHOWS EXHIBITING AT LA MARKET

Trade shows for the LA Market Week June 2016 will include:

REGISTRATION AND BUYER REQUIREMENTS

Market week is a trade-only event and buyers must be able to prove they have, or are working for, a licensed business.

Buyers will need to register for the LA Market Week June 2016 at each building. At the Cooper Design Space, Gerry Building and The New Mart, buyers and retailers are asked to bring a business card. At the California Market Center (CMC), in order to register for market weeks, you must be able to provide the following credentials:

  • ONE of the following (copies are allowed): business license, seller’s permit, lease agreement, filing of fictitious business name (documents must be pertinent to the industry)
  • ONE of the following (per person): personalized business card, payroll stub, company credit card with buyer’s name

Registration for LA Market Week June 2016 is typically on-site although some trade shows do offer pre-registration online.

DIRECTIONS

Directions to the Fashion District can be found here.  You can also download a map of the area here. LA Fashion Market Week June 2016 takes place in the area outlined in red below.

HOURS

Showrooms and trade shows typically open at 9 a.m. and will close at 5 p.m.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Ace Hotel is the closest hotel, only two short blocks away from the epicenter of LA Market Week June 2016. Market attendees can take advantage of discounted rates by using the code “MART.”
Click here to book your reservation.

Ace Hotel

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Additional hotels in the area are listed here.

Some hotels offer discounted rates through the individual buildings. Please check the respective buildings’ websites for additional accommodation offers.

PARKING

A list of local parking structures and lots can be found here.

 

Have additonal questions about the LA Market Week June 2016? Tweet us! @lafafshiondist

Coral Forest art installation debuts in the Fashion District

Coral Forest Art Installation in Downtown L.A.

Follow us on Instagram to see more photos the Coral Forest art installation! @lafashiondist #CoralForest

Art in Downtown L.A. is about to get a lot BIGGER! The LA Fashion District is excited to announce the official debut of the Coral Forest art installation, an interactive art piece by Los Angeles-based artist Doron Gazit. The Coral Forest art installation is composed of 10 separate larger-than-life-size pieces that can be reconfigured and displayed in various ways. The inflatable art piece uses air as a medium and explores how people interact with the element.

The public is invited to walk through, touch, and take selfies with the art.

View Coral Forest every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at THE WALL Farmer’s Market, located on Wall Street between 7th and 8th Streets in Downtown L. A. The installation will be set up in front of the So Cal Flower Market at 755 Wall St.

Doron Gazit is an environmental artist and industrial designer who focuses his art on air, line, and color. He has done art installations internationally and is based out of Los Angeles. His work has been featured everywhere from the New York Convention Center to the Dead Sea. Learn more about the artist and his work on July 14, 2016 during Downtown Art Walk. Gazit will be speaking about his work and inspiration for Coral Forest at Preux & Proper, where the art installation will also be displayed.

The piece was commissioned by the LA Fashion District Business Improvement District (BID) and curated by Carmen Zella as part of the Fashion District’s space activation initiative. Our goal is to take underutilized and/or less trafficked areas of the LA Fashion District and use art and culture to bring the community together around these spaces. By doing so, we hope to illustrate the full-potential of these streets and what a truly vibrant Downtown L.A. community looks like. The Coral Forest art installation is a mobile art piece and will be installed at various locations throughout the LA Fashion District this summer.

See our previous space activation projects here and here.

 

Art in Downtown Coral Forest by Doron Gazit

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Art in Downtown LA Coral Forest LA Flower District

Follow us on Instagram to see more photos! @lafashiondist #CoralForest

 

Please Note: Coral Forest will not be on display in the event of rain or inclement weather. The piece will be on display at the farmer’s market indefinitely.