Street Art has become a staple in major cities everywhere. Not only does it provide a “stop and stare” moment for those pedestrians passing by, but it allows the City to express itself culturally. There is no question that this public art movement is enhancing and beautifying our communities, but there has also been an unexpected effect that we did not anticipate. The ability to increase our presence on social media.
In this day and age, most people live for that perfect “Instagram-Worthy” photo. Luckily for us, in the LA Fashion District, we have much to Instagram – Alley Dogs from The Santee Alley, flowers from The Flower District, and now various murals that people can’t help but photograph.
Here are 4 Instagram-Worthy murals in the LA Fashion District:
Teddy Kelly (Intersection of 8th Street and Los Angeles)
This colorful piece by Teddy Kelly has been a smash hit ever since it’s inception in 2016. Inspiring an entire series of posts where visitors attempt to match portions of their wardrobe to the various colors of the mural.
Sharp. by Charlie Edmiston (Werdin Alley, on 8th Street between Los Angeles and Main)
Just finished in October 2018, this colorful mural was a part of Charlie Edmiston‘s first ever solo exhibition hosted at the art gallery, Avenue des Arts. The Sharp. exhibition involved joining vibrant colors and composition, making this mural the perfect backdrop for an Instagram photo.
@lamkat & @rad_rio (Inside of Mega Bodega, 1001 S. Broadway)
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Happy happy hour! #smeyes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #happyjour #downtowndog #la #dtla #fashiondistrict #mural #wallart #bodega #megabodega #findcricket #wherescricket #happygirl #prettypup #smize #puppysmile #happydog #bardog #goodgirl #laughingdog #laughingpuppy #happyeyes #spottyskin #spottytummy
Enjoy a delicious coffee and a quick bite to eat, all while admiring the beautiful artwork on the walls. Because who doesn’t love shapes and dragons?
Peter Greco (Werdin Alley, on 8th Street between Los Angeles and Main)
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Congrats to @petergrecoart for this amazing new mural at our gallery alley. Come visit us at our #dtla address and see it for yourself! #dtla #dtlaartsdistrict #dtlastreetart #lastreetart #caligraphy #art #laart #dtla_everyday #streetart
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Know of another “Instagram-Worthy” art piece or want to share your Instagram photo? Tag #lafashiondistrict for a chance to be featured.
‘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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Thinking about midnight snacks… 💭💭💭. . . . . #losangeles #downtownla #fashiondistrict #santeealley #thesanteealley #hotdog #beef #la #food #foodie #authentic #closeup #eaterla #eatla #dtla #dtlaartsdistrict #instagood #yummy #delicious #hungry #food #instapic #fresh #homemade #foodgasm #foodpics #foodstagram #instafood #taco
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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.
We know you’re probably wondering about the upcoming holiday hours. Will your favorite store be open? Will you be able to visit Santee Alley?
Here is a breakdown of what’s happening in the Fashion District during Thanksgiving weekend:
Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd
All wholesale and flower vendors will be closed. The Santee Alley and surrounding retail businesses are expected to open on Thanksgiving Day, as they have done so in previous years. Please note that some stores may close early.
Black Friday, November 23rd
Some wholesale vendors may open, although most have traditionally closed on this day. For specific vendor information please contact the individual showrooms or the San Pedro Wholesale Mart directly. The LA Flower Market will open to the public from 8AM-12PM. Flower vendors in the surrounding area are expected to have similar hours. The Santee Alley and surrounding retail businesses are expected to open with normal business hours.
BONUS: Hellen’s Sample Shop will be hosting a Grand Opening for their shop online. In honor of their launch, they will be offering BUY ONE GET ONE 50% OFF in store from 8am to 9pm. The event will feature food, influencers, drinks, give-aways, pictures, discounts and music.
Hellen’s Sample Shop, 810 E Pico #134 (in the Stanford Plaza)
Small Business Saturday, November 24th
Small Business Saturday is a nationwide movement to support local, independently owned businesses during the holiday season. All businesses are expected to have normal business hours this day. Show your support and shop local!
Please note, all businesses in the Fashion District are independently owned and operated. For exact business hours, please contact the businesses directly. If you still have any questions regarding the upcoming holidays, you may contact the Fashion District BID office at (213) 488-1153.
The LA Flower District, located in the LA Fashion District, will be taking part in the celebration of Día de los Muertos. Marigolds can currently be found throughout the Flower District at almost every flower shop.
The Cempasúchil marigold, a bright orange flower, is traditionally used to decorate altars, or ofrendas, commemorating the dearly departed during the Día de los Muertos holiday. Día de los Muertos is celebrated annually on November 1-2 in Mexico and some other countries. It is a day to celebrate the rebirth of lost loved ones with colorful altars, candy skulls, food, flowers, parades and parties.
The hours of the Flower District will be as follows:
California Flower Mall, 825 S. San Pedro St.
Includes over 40 flower vendors and is open free to the general public
Mon. – Sat. from 4:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sun. from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Southern California Flower Growers & Los Angeles Flower Market of the American Florists Exchange, 754 & 755 Wall St.
More than 500,000 square feet combined of fresh cut flowers, potted plants, and floral accessories Admission fee for the public is $2 on weekdays and $1 on weekends
Mon., Wed. & Fri. from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Tues., Thurs. & Sat. from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m.
Mon., Wed. & Fri. from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Tues. & Thurs. from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Saturday from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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:
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.