‘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
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
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22. All of our visitors
23. Beautiful art throughout our district
24. The countless flowers from the Flower District
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.
Fall is here which means Halloween is right around the corner. It’s time to start planning out costumes and maybe even some spooky decorations. Why not challenge yourself to get creative this year and make your own costume and décor? Halloween DIY’s can be fun for the whole family and can give you a chance to show off your creative side. Head to the Fashion District for all of your supplies.
Here are some quick and easy costume ideas we found for some inspiration:
We can’t wait to see all of your amazing DIY’s. Be sure to tag us (#lafashiondistrict) in all of your creations.
“Compared to New York, there’s a lot more fabric stores here,” says Christian the owner and designer of Christian J., a women’s clothing line based in Los Angeles.
We met up with the emerging designer on a recent sourcing trip to the Fashion District. She actually lives in Atlanta, but manufactures her line in the Los Angeles area and sources regularly from Fashion District vendors.
Christian J. offers flirty but tasteful party dresses. It was originally a passion project. Christian quit her day job as an accountant three years ago to work on the clothing line full time. She has been shopping in the district for years. A former New Yorker, she says she appreciates having everything she needs in one area.
“For the emerging designer, Los Angeles is definitely better,” she says. “The fabric is much more affordable which allows me to experiment with new prints and designs.”
For spring, Christian J. is planning to expand her line with a new collection, “Tees & Tulle”. As the name implies, Tees & Tulle will offer quality t-shirts and tulle skirts in fun, summer colors.
We got to tag along as she sourced tulle and silks and picked up some very valuable shopping tips along the way.
TIPS FOR BUYING FABRIC IN THE FASHION DISTRICT
1. Shop around and don’t be afraid to bargain. Many stores will carry similar items at a wide range of prices. Shopping around allows you to compare prices and make sure you’re getting the best deal.
2. Build relationships with suppliers. Your supplier is one of the most important contacts you’ll have as a designer and having a relationship with that person can make things like placing orders over the phone a lot easier.
3. Be aware of closeouts. Often times, vendors will have only one roll of a particular fabric. If you’re looking to do large quantities always ask if that particular print or color is a closeout.
4. Shoppers looking to buy in bulk might want to consider buying their fabrics from the fabric mills and importers at the California Market Center.
Shop the Christian J. collection online at www.iamchristianj.com. You can also find the collection on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Interested in visiting the Fashion District? You can download a map of the area here.
CB Flowers and Crafts is a wholesale craft store open to the public. The family-owned business has been operating out of the Fashion District for over 20 years and supplies craft and party supply stores across the country, specializing in bridal accessories and religious ceremonies. Because they are such a large wholesale vendor, the selection is huge and most items are available in all colors and a variety of styles.
Looking for supplies, but not sure where to start? Let the CB staff help! They are knowledgeable and talented. In fact, all of the sample party favors and centerpieces on display were made by the staff using only supplies sold by the store.
It’s the perfect source for party décor and favors for baby showers, birthdays, bridal showers, First Communions, Baptisms, weddings, and quinceañeras.
CB offers a full range of craft supplies from ribbon and glitter to tulle and silk flower petals. Here you will find:
First Communion & Baptism:
Bridal & Wedding:
The LA Fashion District has six full blocks dedicated entirely to fabrics and notions. Dubbed the “LA Fabric District” this area is a top destination for designers, fashion students, Cosplayers, crafts enthusiasts, and DIYers from all over the world. So what are the best places for fabric shopping in the district? We asked the gals at Sew FYI, a sewing studio and shared design space in Downtown LA, to share their favorites.
SEW FYI’s TOP THREE STORES:
The One-Stop-Shop: Michael Levine, 920 S Maple Ave.
Michael Levine has been a Fashion District staple for decades. It offers everything in fabrics and notions from specialty items – leather, designer textiles, and bridal lace – to trim, patterns, and sewing tools.
For One-of-A-Kind Finds: All Trims, 625 E 9th St.
Here is where you’ll find the most fashion-forward laces, trims, buttons, and elastic.
The all-around good fabric shop: Journal Fabric, 419 E 9th St.
Journal Fabrics offers a great selection fabrics and can boast some of the best customer service in town.
Sew FYI is a membership-based sewing and design co-working studio. The concept is similar to that of a gym – you purchase a membership, and they provide all the equipment. Membership includes:
Sew FYI also offers workshops for all ages and skill levels as well as production services. Visit www.sewfyi.com for more info and mention this blog to get 20% off any purchase!*
*First time customers only.