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

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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 13 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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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.

Businesses Open During Main Street Construction

Major developments are happening throughout the LA Fashion District. The new developments throughout Downtown, and especially within the Fashion District, will help increase foot traffic to local businesses. Currently there are 7 major projects underway within the Fashion District, with one of the largest being located at the intersection of 9th and Main Streets.

The businesses located at this bustling intersection are all open during construction, so the next time you are in the Fashion District make sure to check them out:

Pattern Bar: 100 W 9th St. Los Angeles, CA 90015

Pattern Bar

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One of the most popular bars in the area and pioneer of the Downtown bar scene, Pattern Bar is a great place to grab a drink after a long day in the Fashion District! Make sure to check out their fashionable hour from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., and grab a designer inspired drink.

Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 12:00 p.m. — 12:00 a.m.

Friday – Saturday: 12:00 p.m. — 2:00 am

Sunday: Closed

 

Soleil Beauty Salon: 901 South Main St. Los Angeles, CA 90015

Soleil

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Soleil Beauty is a full service salon that offers a range of services including hair, facials, tanning, nails, make-up, waxing, and massages. Soleil Beauty has a professional and dedicated staff who will be able to cater to all of your beauty needs and provide you with affordable pampering and elegance.

Hours:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday – Friday : 11:00am – 6:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday: open for events and large parties.

 

Peace Yoga Gallery: 903 South Main St. Los Angeles, CA 90015

Peace Yoga

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Peace Yoga Gallery offers a full body and mind experience. Peace Yoga’s mission is: Live Yoga, Live Food, Live Art, Live Music, and Live People. It incorporates all these elements into its yoga classes for a truly reenergizing experience for the body and soul.

Peace Yoga Gallery’s class schedule can be found here.

 

New Moon: 102 W 9th St. Los Angeles, CA 90015

NewMoon

A part of downtown Los Angeles since 1956, New Moon has been a staple in Los Angeles for nearly 3 generations. They combine traditional Asian flavors with modern cuisine for a truly unique Asian fusion experience.

Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Sundays: Closed

 

WoodSpoon: 107 W 9th St. Los Angeles, CA 90015

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WoodSpoon serves rustic Brazilian cuisine, in a relaxed and welcoming environment. They successfully blend creativity with traditional farm house food, for a modern take on Brazilian cuisine.

Hours:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday – Friday (Lunch): 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday – Saturday (Dinner): 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Saturday (Brunch): 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

 

1810 Argentinean: 105 W 9th St. Los Angeles, CA, 90015

1810

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1810 Argentinean has created an imaginative South American inspired menu. With a focus on simple preparations of classic Argentinean food, they are able to create a traditional Argentinean experience.

Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday – Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Sundays: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Happy Hour: Monday- Friday 3 pm – 7 pm

 

Questions on where to go in the Fashion District or current construction developments?
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LA Flower District Mother’s Day Hours 2016

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LA Flower District Mothers’ Day Hours 2016

The LA Fashion District encompasses the 6-block area of Downtown Los Angeles that is known as the LA Flower District, home to the country’s largest flower market and hundreds of independent flower vendors. Here you’ll find the freshest and most extensive selection of fresh-cut flowers, arrangements, bouquets, potted plants, and floral supplies. Wholesale vendors are open to the public, which means shoppers can save up to 70% off retail prices.

The LA Flower District Mother’s Day Hours 2016 will be as follows:

California Flower Mall, 825 S. San Pedro St.
Includes over 40 flower vendors and is free to the general public

Wednesday, May 4: 4:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 5: 4:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, May 6: 4:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 7: 4:30 a.m. –  Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8: Closing at 7:00 p.m.

Los Angeles Flower District, 766 Wall St.
More than 500,000 square feet of fresh cut flowers, potted plants, and floral accessories
Admission fee is $2 on weekdays and $1 on weekends

Wednesday, May 4: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 5: 6:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Friday, May 6: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 7: 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8: 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Most flower vendors are CASH ONLY, so don’t forget to bring your cash! ATM machines are located in the flower marts for your convenience.

For tips on how to shop the flower district click here!

Buying Wholesale: Online vs. In-person

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The LA Fashion District is home to thousands of wholesale showrooms, both designer and cash-and-carry or “fast fashion.” Buyers from all over the world come to Downtown Los Angeles to source merchandise for their stores and boutiques. Traditionally, sourcing had to be done in-person but the internet has changed everything. Now buyers can source merchandise online from wholesale marketplaces, but are they paying a premium for the online services? We partnered with online boutique KyootKlothing.com to find out.

Andrea Sager, owner and buyer for KyootKlothing.com, was planning her first-ever trip to the Fashion District when we connected with her on Twitter. She started her business while in law school (she is still a law student) and had up until then sourced merchandise for her boutique exclusively online. KyootKlothing.com caters to professional women and offers causal and business-casual clothing. Andrea’s goal is to maintain the quality of her products while providing options for women of all shapes, sizes, and budgets.

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In her quest to provide the best possible quality and price, Andrea booked a flight to Los Angeles and spent two days researching wholesale pricing and style options in the Fashion District. As part of our partnership she let us tag along to take photos and reported back on her experience. She concluded that wholesale merchandise in the district is in fact more affordable when compared to the major online wholesale marketplaces.

While many of the wholesalers in the LA Fashion District do not have a website, they are still dedicated to building strong relationships with buyers. As Andrea learned throughout the process “there’s no better way to build a relationship than face to face.” Many of the wholesalers encouraged Andrea to call if she saw similar items on other websites, as they would give her a better price. For new buyers, Andrea recommends spending at least two full days in the district, as there is not enough time to see everything the area has to offer in one day!

Insider Tip: Many wholesale LA Fashion District vendors sell online through third-party wholesale marketplaces. The online platform acts as the middle-man between the wholesale vendor and the buyer. When you shop directly from the vendor, it eliminates the middle-man and any of the costs that would have otherwise been incurred in the process.

Additional benefits of buying wholesale in-person include knowing the quality and fit of the product at the time of purchase.

To see Andrea’s finds visit KyootKlothing.com.

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So now we know, making that trip to the Fashion District WILL save you enough money to make that flight worth it!

And for all our first-time business owners, we asked Andrea to share her top 5 tips for starting a fashion business.

  • Be persistent. It does not happen over night. Andrea started her business in August 2015 and continues to do everything she can to market her store including social media, Instagram giveaways, reaching out to influential bloggers, and staying involved in her local community.
  • Be financially savvy. Andrea saved-up to start her boutique and continues to finance her own business.
  • Know your audience. Always remember that you are buying for your customer, and not for yourself!
  • Believe in yourself. Self explanatory, right?
  • Make sure you buy (wholesale) ahead of time. Create a timeline to buy the merchandise for your store. Make sure allow yourself enough time to take photos, edit them, and upload them to your site. Remember that the product still needs to be “in” at the end of this process.

If you have any questions about buying wholesale in the district, please contact us!

*Andrea did most of her sourcing on the eastern side of the district, in the San Pedro Wholesale Mart and surrounding area.