5 Reasons to Attend Santee Winter Wonderland

In case you haven’t heard, Santa is coming to the Santee Alley and we can’t wait!

Santee Winter Wonderland is an annual holiday community event hosted by the LA Fashion District BID, in partnership with The Santee Alley and Council District 14. The event will take place on December 8th from 11am to 4pm on 11th Street between Santee Street and Maple Avenue. It’s a festive holiday celebration with fun activities for the whole family.

Here are 5 reasons why you should attend:

1. Price. It’s FREE! Need we say more?
Santee Winter Wonderland

2. Community. We have cool Community Partners and Sponsors: LAPD, LA Conservancy, ChrysalisCity of Los Angeles Office of the City Clerk Election Division, YMCA, DLANC, Alley Dog and Thank You Market LLC. 
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3. Activities. There will be a LOT of activities happening. This is completely true. Thanks to our awesome Community Partners, we have loads of activities planned for everyone — from giant Connect Four and Cornhole to Checkers and Tic-Tac-Toe.
SWW games

4. Food. Thanks to Alley Dog and Thank You Market LLC, there will be food available for purchase with special pricing just for our event. Be sure to try the best bacon hot dogs + agua fresca combo for only $7.
Alley Dog

5. SANTA!!! Who doesn’t want to take a Selfie with Santa? You can even bring your cute pups to take a “pelfie” with the jolly man in red!
We really hope we’ve convinced you to attend! But if you still need more convincing, take a look at last year’s event here.
See you there! #SWW2018

Thanks from the Fashion District

‘Tis the season to give thanks, and here at the Fashion District, we have a lot to be thankful for.
These are just a few of the things we most appreciate about the Fashion District (in no particular order):

1. Our Board of Directors
2. Our Staff
3. The Safe Team
4. The Clean Team
5. Our Residents
6. Delicious food from all of our great restaurants
7. Pizza from Superfine
8. Tacos from Sonoratown and Cilantro Lime
9. Bargain shopping at The Santee Alley
10. The culture and diversity
11. The beautiful buildings

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10.23.2017 / DTLA. It’s 104 outside but it’s about 54 in my office and I don’t know which is worse

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12. The history of our district
13. Every business in the district
14. All those who travel from far just to visit the district
15. The San Pedro Wholesale Mart and wholesalers

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Los Angeles Market, you were a dream

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16. Views from the Ace Hotel
17. Sample Sales
18. Celeb sightings in the district
19. Streets and streets of fabrics
20. Cool events held in the district
21. Original bacon-wrapped hot dogs from The Alley Dog

22. All of our visitors
23. Beautiful art throughout our district
24. The countless flowers from the Flower District

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25. And of course, you!
But trust us the list can go on forever. We love everything about our district and are thankful every day. We hope you enjoy your time with loved ones this Thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving, from the Fashion District.

Save the Date for Santee Winter Wonderland


2018 Santee Winter Wonderland Square

Hosted by the Fashion District Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with The Santee Alley, Santee Winter Wonderland is an annual holiday community event that will take place on Saturday, December 8th from 11AM to 4PM. There will be activities for the whole family including face painting, holiday arts and crafts, games, food, shopping and so much more! Admission to the event is FREE. The event will be held on 11th Street between Santee Street and Maple Avenue in partnership with Council District 14. See last year’s event here.

Keep an eye out for more information coming soon!

Are you a vendor or volunteer interested in our event? Contact Elizabeth Zurita via email at elizabeth@fashiondistrict.org

LA Conservancy Tours: A Chance to Explore the Fashion District

Photo courtesy of LA Conservancy

The Los Angeles Conservancy has put together a special one-day event exploring the District and all the wonderful places and things it has to offer. LA Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization that works through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve, and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County. The event will take place October 20th and offers several walking tours, set to happen throughout the day.

Each tour will allow for an hour-long lunch break and a 30-minute break between the afternoon tours. All schedules consist of the following three tours:

  • Historic Buildings, Modern Lofts: Residential Living in the Fashion District
    Visit some of the best architectural examples of newly-converted spaces. See how the district has become more of a place to come explore and be inspired.
  • High Fashion in the Fashion District
    Explore 100+ blocks of creativity, community and color. With more than 4,000 independently owned and operated retail and wholesale business the Fashion District has become the West Coast hub of the apparel industry.
  • Building a Legacy: People of the Fashion District

In addition to these three tours, they will also be having two mini tours: City Market and L.A.’s Forgotten Chinatown and Seed to Flower: The Growth of L.A.’s Flower Markets.


Come explore the district and be inspired. To learn more about the tour and how to book, visit the LA Conservancy’s event page here.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 17, 2018, and we’ve put together a Father’s Day Shopping Guide full of great gift ideas for Dad.

  • L.A. Conservancy Last Remaining Seats Tickets
    Who doesn’t love movies? Better yet, who doesn’t love movies in a beautiful theatre? Treat Dad to the experience of seeing a movie the way movies were meant to be seen… in one of Los Angeles’ historic theatres.

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  • Experience Escape Room LA 
    Voted LA’s best live entertainment, Escape Room LA is the largest and most popular escape game room venue in Los Angeles. The rooms are live-action adventures where you’ll race to solve clues and puzzles and escape before your time runs out. Perfect for dads who love solving puzzles and riddles.
  • Escape to Virtual Reality: VR Gaming Experience
    Take gaming to the next level. This virtual reality experience is set up similar to an escape room. Two-player teams can select from a number of games to play, and motion tracking cameras allow you to walk through a virtual environment.
  • Pop Obscure Records & Art Gallery
    If Dad loves music, invite him on a trip down to visit this awesome records store. Pop Obscure Records is Downtown Los Angeles’ first vinyl only record store. The space is also an art gallery dedicated to showcasing works of art by established and up-and-coming artists.

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  • A new suit
    For all the dads out there who love style and fashion as much as we do… This wouldn’t be the Fashion District, if there weren’t great shopping options. May we suggest a new suit for Dad?

    • JB Clothiers, 859 S. Spring St, can help you design a custom suit just for Dad.
    • Ron Tomson, 840 S. Los Angeles St, has an amazing selection of suits.
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And if you’re still looking for more ideas, check out out the Santee Alley’s Father’s Day Shopping Guide here.

Whatever you decide to get for Dad, just make sure you tell dad just how much you appreciate him.

Happy Father’s Day, from all of us here at the Fashion District!