UPDATE: Get 10% off your order at cbflowercrafts.com with code “LAFashionDistrict”
Calling all crafters and craft enthusiasts! The LA Fashion District has partnered with CB Flowers & Crafts for a giveaway on Instagram. One lucky winner will receive a $100 gift card to spend on party and craft supplies at CB Flowers & Crafts (located at 935 Maple Ave. in the fashion district).
The contest will close Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 5 p.m. PST. One winner will be selected at random. Prize must be claimed in person at store location. Please click here for the official contest rules.
CB Flowers & Crafts is a crafts and party supply store located in the heart of the fashion district’s textile and notions area. (Previously featured here.) Here you’ll find everything from bulk ribbon and glitter to bulk crafting flowers, party favors and everything in between!
The Los Angeles International Textile Show (LA TEXTILE) returns to the LA Fashion District, February 29-March 2, 2016. The bi-annual trade show is the West Coast’s premier destination for international textile, design, and production resources featuring fabric collections, a trend forum, and complimentary services for attendees.
Why Attend LA Textile?
Take advantage of complimentary seminars like “Trends for Spring 2017” presented by Directives West which will look at “big picture Spring 17 trend messages, highlights in color, print and key items, and how they relate to collections” and “Launching Your Clothing Line” presented by TEG International, a seminar on the process of launching a clothing line. See the full seminar schedule here.
All trade show attendees are invited to end their day with cocktail and small bites at the LA TEXTILE Mixer hosted by Fashion Business Inc. from 5-6 p.m. at the Penthouse Lounge 13A.
Attendees must register on-site. LA TEXTILE is free to qualified industry professionals presenting credentials relation fashion or interior design or manufacturing, fabric, home textile, technology and trim retailers, and press only. Additional registration information can be found here.
Out of town attendees can enjoy discounted rates at Ace Hotel DTLA and Doubletree Little Tokyo by requesting LA TEXTILE rates. Click here for rates.
LA TEXTILE is hosted and organized by the California Market Center (CMC). For more information visit www.latextiletradeshow.com.
“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.