The LA Fashion District has long been a center of creativity and a welcoming home for artists and galleries. Fashion is after all, often considered an art form. Most recently, Hong Kong-based Avenue des Arts opened at the corner of 8th and Los Angeles Streets and installed five new murals behind its new location. You can see the murals at 8th and Werdin Place. Late last month, Jeff Hamilton Studios hosted an international street art fair pop-up at 935 S Wall St, which the gallery plans to make a monthly event, and earlier this year Mugello Gallery opened at 818 Spring St. Currently there are at least 11 art galleries operating in the Fashion District and 11 large-scale murals, most of which are located in the northwestern quadrant.
Unsurprisingly, Eighth Street has become the connecting thoroughfare between the galleries and murals. The street itself boasts Pskaufman Gallery and seven murals, starting at Werdin Place and ending with Etam Cru’s Mr. Rooster at 8th and Wall Street. Eighth Street connects to the Santee Village courtyard, where REN Gallery and Diego Cardoso Gallery are located, and serves as a hub for residential life. Fashion District artists can be seen hanging out at No Ghost Bears (formerly Coffee Colab), their art is displayed at Cleaners LA, they walk across the street to grab tacos at Sonoratown from which anyone can enjoy an unobstructed view of Teddy Kelly‘s colorful abstract, (8th and Los Angeles St) or head over to Wild Living Foods (8th and Main St). The health food spot has an equally colorful mural inside. Nearby, there is another project by a Fashion District artist in the works.
Art is all around us. But in a place like the Fashion District, where the air buzzes with creativity and color and texture abound, it feels especially at home. The art here is vibrant, colorful, reflective of its urban location, and often culturally significant. It’s representative of the district. We highly recommend it.
Check out Fashion District galleries during the next Downtown Art Walk, on the second Thursday every month, 6-10 p.m. Take a self-guided tour of Fashion District murals using the map above.
The LA Conservancy’s signature series, Last Remaining Seats will kick off in the LA Fashion District with a screening of L.A. Confidential at The Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, June. 3. Last Remaining Seats presents films as they were meant to be seen: on the big screen, in a beautiful theatre, surrounded by fellow fans, and accompanied by vintage cartoons, special guests, and more.
Tickets cost $22 for the general public and $18 for Conservancy members. Proceeds support the Conservancy’s efforts to preserve historic places throughout L.A. County.
In addition to the screenings, the Conservancy will offer special events, including exclusive theatre and backstage tours, bar trivia after Saturday screenings, theatre Q & As, and a lecture by renowned film historian, Leonard Maltin.
Information and tickets are available at laconservancy.org/last-remaining-seats-special-events.
Three cops investigate a homicide in 1950s L.A. in this neo-noir crime drama about police corruption and organized crime.
This screening is dedicated to the film’s director, producer, co-writer, and longtime member of the Conservancy’s Advisory Council, Curtis Hanson, who passed away last year.
Clara Bow, Hollywood’s original It Girl, stars in this silent classic that won the very first Academy Award for Best Picture in 1929.
This beloved 1980s classic directed by Steven Spielberg follows a young boy’s attempt to help his stranded extra-terrestrial friend go hooOOoome.
A giant man-eating shark terrorizes swimmers and beachgoers in the film that made Steven Spielberg a household name.
The LA Fashion District BID is a proud community partner of Last Remaining Seats.
Art in Downtown L.A. is about to get a lot BIGGER! The LA Fashion District is excited to announce the official debut of the Coral Forest art installation, an interactive art piece by Los Angeles-based artist Doron Gazit. The Coral Forest art installation is composed of 10 separate larger-than-life-size pieces that can be reconfigured and displayed in various ways. The inflatable art piece uses air as a medium and explores how people interact with the element.
The public is invited to walk through, touch, and take selfies with the art.
View Coral Forest every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at THE WALL Farmer’s Market, located on Wall Street between 7th and 8th Streets in Downtown L. A. The installation will be set up in front of the So Cal Flower Market at 755 Wall St.
Doron Gazit is an environmental artist and industrial designer who focuses his art on air, line, and color. He has done art installations internationally and is based out of Los Angeles. His work has been featured everywhere from the New York Convention Center to the Dead Sea. Learn more about the artist and his work on July 14, 2016 during Downtown Art Walk. Gazit will be speaking about his work and inspiration for Coral Forest at Preux & Proper, where the art installation will also be displayed.
The piece was commissioned by the LA Fashion District Business Improvement District (BID) and curated by Carmen Zella as part of the Fashion District’s space activation initiative. Our goal is to take underutilized and/or less trafficked areas of the LA Fashion District and use art and culture to bring the community together around these spaces. By doing so, we hope to illustrate the full-potential of these streets and what a truly vibrant Downtown L.A. community looks like. The Coral Forest art installation is a mobile art piece and will be installed at various locations throughout the LA Fashion District this summer.
Please Note: Coral Forest will not be on display in the event of rain or inclement weather. The piece will be on display at the farmer’s market indefinitely.
Major developments are happening throughout the LA Fashion District. The new developments throughout Downtown, and especially within the Fashion District, will help increase foot traffic to local businesses. Currently there are 7 major projects underway within the Fashion District, with one of the largest being located at the intersection of 9th and Main Streets.
The businesses located at this bustling intersection are all open during construction, so the next time you are in the Fashion District make sure to check them out:
Pattern Bar: 100 W 9th St. Los Angeles, CA 90015
One of the most popular bars in the area and pioneer of the Downtown bar scene, Pattern Bar is a great place to grab a drink after a long day in the Fashion District! Make sure to check out their fashionable hour from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., and grab a designer inspired drink.
Monday – Thursday: 12:00 p.m. — 12:00 a.m.
Friday – Saturday: 12:00 p.m. — 2:00 am
Soleil Beauty Salon: 901 South Main St. Los Angeles, CA 90015
Soleil Beauty is a full service salon that offers a range of services including hair, facials, tanning, nails, make-up, waxing, and massages. Soleil Beauty has a professional and dedicated staff who will be able to cater to all of your beauty needs and provide you with affordable pampering and elegance.
Tuesday – Friday : 11:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: open for events and large parties.
Peace Yoga Gallery: 903 South Main St. Los Angeles, CA 90015
Peace Yoga Gallery offers a full body and mind experience. Peace Yoga’s mission is: Live Yoga, Live Food, Live Art, Live Music, and Live People. It incorporates all these elements into its yoga classes for a truly reenergizing experience for the body and soul.
Peace Yoga Gallery’s class schedule can be found here.
New Moon: 102 W 9th St. Los Angeles, CA 90015
A part of downtown Los Angeles since 1956, New Moon has been a staple in Los Angeles for nearly 3 generations. They combine traditional Asian flavors with modern cuisine for a truly unique Asian fusion experience.
Monday – Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
WoodSpoon: 107 W 9th St. Los Angeles, CA 90015
WoodSpoon serves rustic Brazilian cuisine, in a relaxed and welcoming environment. They successfully blend creativity with traditional farm house food, for a modern take on Brazilian cuisine.
Tuesday – Friday (Lunch): 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday – Saturday (Dinner): 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday (Brunch): 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
1810 Argentinean: 105 W 9th St. Los Angeles, CA, 90015
1810 Argentinean has created an imaginative South American inspired menu. With a focus on simple preparations of classic Argentinean food, they are able to create a traditional Argentinean experience.
Monday – Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sundays: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Happy Hour: Monday- Friday 3 pm – 7 pm
Questions on where to go in the Fashion District or current construction developments?
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2016 is already shaping up to be an exciting year for the LA Fashion District with a number of events and projects announced for the new year.
LA Fashion Market Week Summer 2016 – The first trade show of the year is only a week away. LA Fashion Market Summer ’16 will take place January 18-21 at all designer showrooms. Market week is a trade-only event in which the Fashion District’s designer showrooms debut their collections for the upcoming season. Buyers from all over the world, representing major department stores and local boutiques alike, attend the trade show to place orders. The full 2016 trade show calendar can be found here. Visit our market week info page for more information on LA Fashion Market.
“One of Downtown’s most anticipated dining and drinking spots,” is what LA Downtown News is saying about the City Market South project slated to open in Spring 2016. The project has already announced two restaurants and a bar which will open on the eastern side of the district. One of the restaurants announced is the much anticipated high-end Vietnamese eatery, Slanted Door by Chef Charles Phan. City Market South will feature an open courtyard (pictured above). Additional tenants are expected to be announced later this year.
See the full LA Downtown News story here.
More Residential – In case you missed it, there’s a slew of residential projects expected to open in the Los Angeles-Santee Street area this year. Urbanize.la has the full round-up here.
Hotel Coming Soon: Hoxton, a London-based hotel company, is transforming a long-time vacant building at 11th Street and S. Broadway into a hotel. No specifics have been announced for the project, but LA Times has some details. This will be the second hotel to open in the Fashion District. The district’s only other hotel, Ace Hotel, is also on Broadway.
Executive Offices and High-End Retail Coming to the Fashion District
Strategic Legacy Investment Group is investing $3.5 million to renovate the property at 221 E 12th Street. The 4-story building formerly known as Santee Center has been renamed Downtown Executive Multiplex and will add executive office space and high-end retail to the district. The first new tenant will be Kelly’s Coffee and Fudge Factory which is slated to open in early 2016. Learn more about the project here.