The Fabric Exchange Halloween Costume Contest

Our friends at The Fabric Exchange are hosting a DIY Halloween Costume Contest. First prize winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to The Fabric Exchange, second prize wins a $50 gift certificate, and third place gets $25.

Contest rules are as follows:

1. Anyone can enter.
2. This contest is for home made costumes only.
3. Only one submission per person.
4. Submit a picture of yourself holding the fabric that you will use (used) and a picture of the finished product.
5. Email all submissions to contest@thefabricexchange.comwith the subject “Contest Entry”.
6. The window for submissions will remain open until November 5th and the winners will be announced The Fabric Exchange’s Facebook page on the Friday November 8th.
The Fabric Exchange is located at 835-A  San Julian St. in the LA Fashion District. They carry a variety of fabrics, which can be previewed and purchased on their website at www.thefabricexchange.com.
In the meantime, you can enjoy a 15% discount off your entire purchase now through Halloween Day using the code “pumpkinhead13”.
Good luck!

LA Int’l Textile Show Fall/Winter 14/15

The Los Angeles Int’l Textile Show returns to the California Market Center (CMC) September 30 through October 2. LA Textile showcases hundreds of textiles, trims, art studios, trend, design, technology and production services from around the world. The show features the Korean Pavilion, hosted in the CMC Fashion Theater, presented by KOTRA and KTTA. The full exhibitor list can be found here.

Attendees can explore the upcoming trends at the Design Options Trend Forum and enjoy a complimentary seminar program including:

  • “How to Sell Your Line to Buyers & Retailers” presented by FAB Counsel
  • “S/S 15 Lookbooks: Women/Juniors” presented by Stylesight
  • “Social Derby: Building Community Through Social Media” presented by Matte Black
  • “Sourcing: From Creation to Production” presented by Fashion Business Inc (FBI)
  • And more! You can find the full seminar program here.

Attending LA Textile is free for qualified industry professionals presenting credentials related to fashion/interior design, fashion/interior manufacturing, fabric, home textile, technology and trim retailers, and press only. Attendees must register on-site to receive their badge, which will be required for entry into the show areas, seminars and events.

Special hotel rates are available at nearby downtown hotels. For more information visit the LA Textile website.

The LA Fabric District

The LA Fashion District is home to the largest selection of textiles and notions in the United States. The area of the district where our textile and notions vendors are concentrated has been dubbed “The LA Fabric District.” Much like the Flower District and Santee Alley, this subsection of the district has gained popularity for its hidden gems and treasures.

Textile and notion stores are generally centered within four blocks, from 8th Street to Olympic Boulevard, between Maple Avenue and San Julian Street. (Download a map of the area here.) There are approximately 200 vendors selling fabrics, trim, and beading for apparel, crafts, and home decor. The selection ranges from novelty fabrics to exotic silks and European upholstery.

If you’re a first-time visitor to the area, we suggest starting your trip at Michael Levine. Michael Levine has been in the Fashion District for almost 70 years offering everything for your design and craft needs. You’ll find upholstery and drapery fabrics across the street at their home decor location and fabric remnants sold by the pound at “The Loft”.

Recommendations for first-timers:

Not unlike the rest of the district, we suggest browsing a couple different stores before making a purchase to get the best deal. As always, the more you purchase the more likely you are to receive a discount!

California Millinery Supply Co.

California Millinery Supply Co. is truly an LA Fashion District hidden gem. Located at 721 S. Spring St., California Millinery carries everything for hat making and headwear supplies, from buckram hat frames to wig toupee foundation bases. Expect to find unique trims and veils, vintage fabrics, and all sorts of unexpected treasures.

We suggest coming here with time to spare, as you’ll want to roam around and explore the store. Store hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For purchase or pricing inquiries please contact the store directly at (213) 622-8746.

They also offer information on hat making workshops.There’s a couple different ones available, we snapped a photo of one of the flyers below…

Guide to Downtown LA Fabric District via New Nest Designs

We recently came across this shopping guide for the LA Textile/Fabric District on the New Nest Designs blog and we are so glad we did. They have great tips for shopping the district and what you should and should not do when making a purchase. Perhaps most importantly, they share recommendations for where to shop for certain kinds of fabrics. We get these questions ALL the time and unfortunately we don’t always have an answer, so we couldn’t be happier to have found this little handy-dandy guide to share with you.

You can find the full New Nest Design Guide to Downtown LA Fabric District here.

A few really good tips from the guide we think are worth pointing out:

  • Textile and notion stores are generally centered within four blocks, from 8th Street down to Olympic Boulevard, between Maple and San Julian Streets. You can download the map here.
  • African Fabrics: Ashanti Fabrics at 224 E. 9th St. (very competitive prices!)
  • Fake Fur: City Fabrics at 324 E. 9th St.
  • Dancewear Fabric: Blue Moon inside the indoor mall at 305 E. 9th St.
  • Outdoor Fabrics: Eco Fabric at 432 E. 9th St.
  • Denim: L.A. Alex at 418 E. 9th St.
  • Quilting Fabrics: Fabric Hotel at 848 S. Wall St.

They have tons more recommendations on their guide. They even have some good recommendations for lunch. Seriously, check them out! You can also view a full list of fabric and notion stores, complete with contact info, on our website at www.fashiondistrict.org. or click here.

A huge thanks to New Nest for letting us share their guide. You guys rock!