Made in USA: American Kids Streetwear

american kids street wear fashionEusebio and Magdalena Arellano know the American Dream. The husband and wife duo who founded American Kids USA, a unique, urban streetwear brand for children, immigrated to the United States in the 1980s from small towns outside of Mexico City. They eventually met in Los Angeles while working in the same garment factory where they both learned to sew. The couple knew they wanted to start their own business and in 2004 they decided to apply the skills they learned in the garment factory and start to their own business.

American Kids USA was born. First as a clothing store and later as a brand. Eusebio and Magdalena opened their first store just a few blocks from their current storefront in the Fashion District. Thirteen years later, American Kids USA has grown into a global success, with retail and wholesale accounts reaching as far as Japan and Colombia.

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American Kids USA is all about contemporary urban streetwear for kids. Their clothing line includes graphic tees, sweatshirts, flannels, joggers and jackets for both girls and boys. What really sets the brand apart is the unique designs. Graphic tees, sweatshirts and jackets all have fun and unique images and sayings. Trendy flannels provide versatility with zippers and buttons, and the girls’ flannels even have cute pleated details on the back hemline. Hoodies have a zipper on the sides of their extended hemlines. Tees run from $10- $15, dresses from $15- $20 and sweatshirts and hoodies from $35- $40.

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The name, “American Kids” reflects the company’s values. The line is designed and manufactured in Los Angeles with the purpose of creating jobs and keeping jobs local, while maintaining affordable price points. The company remains a family-run business. The Arellanos’ daughter and son are actively involved in growing the company. Maritza studied fashion design and is self-taught in fashion marketing and management, mentored by her father. She has worked to expand the brand name, working on photoshoots, at trade shows, expos and fashion shows as well as with a brand ambassador on the Disney Channel. Her brother Jose is a fashion design student and does the design work for the clothing line.

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The spring collection is expected to debut soon, as well as a new mom-and-daughter line. Shop online at americankidsusa.com or visit them at their flagship store located at 442 E. Pico Blvd., located in the heart of the Fashion District’s children’s wholesale area.

American Kids is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

American Kids
442 E Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
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Remy Leather Celebrates 45 Years in the Fashion District

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Remy Leather, one of the few leather manufacturers left in the country, is celebrating over 45 years in business! Family owned since their opening in March 1971, they are proud to have always called the Fashion District home.

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Quality matters. Remy Leather manufactures leather and cloth jackets, coats and vests for men and women. Their production process is thorough to ensure that only the highest quality pieces are produced. Over 90% of the raw leather purchased is ordered from and tanned in Italy. Remy Leather then designs each piece, cuts to order, sews the garment, and ships the finished product.

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Remy Leather prides themselves on paying workers hourly, and not by piece. There is no pressure in regard to the production process, which keeps the quality up and prevents any inferior products from going through. All of Remy Leather’s workers have extensive knowledge in leather, with the average tenure being 18 years.

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Remy Leather products can be found in specialty and better department stores and soon the public will be able to purchase direct from the factory. A retail location will be opening later this year offering samples and overstock.

 

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Interested in carrying Remy Leather in your boutique? Contact Remy Leather!

If you have any questions you can contact Remy Leather at 213.747.5493 or info@remyleather.com

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Businesses Open During Main Street Construction

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

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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.

Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 12:00 p.m. — 12:00 a.m.

Friday – Saturday: 12:00 p.m. — 2:00 am

Sunday: Closed

 

Soleil Beauty Salon: 901 South Main St. Los Angeles, CA 90015

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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.

Hours:

Monday: Closed

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

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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

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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.

Hours:

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.

Sundays: Closed

 

WoodSpoon: 107 W 9th St. Los Angeles, CA 90015

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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.

Hours:

Monday: Closed

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.

Sunday: Closed

 

1810 Argentinean: 105 W 9th St. Los Angeles, CA, 90015

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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.

Hours:

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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Shop Shail K. Prom, Pageant, and Special Occasion Dresses in the Fashion District

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Bollywood actress Kimmy Verma’s Shail K. evening wear line has landed in the Fashion District.

Local boutique, Sahiba Fashions is the only Shail K. vendor in the area. The store opened about a year and a half ago and offers special occasion, pageant dresses, and evening gowns in all sizes (yes, plus-size!). Shail K. is known for it’s Indian-inspired designs. In fact, the line was created when Verma realized there was nothing in the market that successfully incorporated Indian culture with contemporary design. The dresses feature intricate hand-beaded details and silk lining. It takes four weeks to hand-bead one dress!

Styles range from sexy to modest, perfect for prom, pageants, and weddings. Prices range from $300 to $600, but shoppers can score major discounts by shopping blowout sales which are announced periodically on Sahiba’s Facebook  and Instagram. When we visited the store, cocktail dresses were marked down to $50! Layaway options are also available.

 

PROM GUIDE 2017

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Looking for a unique prom dress but don’t know where to start? Even though there’s 55+ prom dress stores in the Fashion District, Sahiba Fashions make itself stand out for it’s unique prom dress selection and customization options. Like the top on one dress and the bottom on another? Sahiba will custom make a dress combining both designs. Dresses can alsobe ordered and made in any color. Custom orders typically take six weeks to process and manufacture.

Prom shoppers are automatically entered to win the “Sahiba Prom Queen” contest. The winner gets free limo service, hair and makeup, and a prom photoshoot. Perhaps more importantly, Sahiba tracks orders by school and guarantees to not sell the same design to students attending the same prom. Prom shoppers an take advantage of the “good student discount,” just bring in your report card.

 

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Fun Fact: Bradley Cooper stopped by the store with his sister to shop for a Tony Awards dress.

 

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Mermaid silhouettes have been the most popular prom style for 2016.

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Gorgeous dresses regularly priced $300+ for only $50!


Sahiba Fashions

1153 Santee St., Los Angeles, CA 90015
310-935-4090
Monday – Saturday, 10a-5p

Questions about Sahiba Fashions or Sahil K? Contact Andrea Vargas at sahibafashionsla@gmail.com
Questions about the Fashion District? Contact us.

2016 LA Fashion District Prom Shopping Guide

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Every year the LA Fashion District puts together a prom shopping guide to help shoppers navigate Downtown L.A. and find the perfect prom outfit. (See or previous prom shopping guides: 2013, 2014, 2015). There are over 50 prom dress stores alone!

Dress, accessories, tuxedos and suit stores are listed in the Fashion District’s online directory at www.fashiondistrict.org/directory

 

VISITING THE LA FASHION DISTRICT

The district is made up of 100-blocks of fashion, fabrics, and flowers, but prom dress shoppers need only worry about the blocks on Santee Street between 9th and 14th Streets and Maple Avenue from Olympic to Pico Boulevard. Here is where you will find the majority of prom dress stores that are open to the public. All stores in the Fashion District are independently owned and operated, but majority will start to open around 9 a.m. and will start to close around 5 p.m.

Download a map of the LA Fashion District here.

Directions & Parking
Directions to the district from all freeways can be found here.

We strongly recommend parking in a private lot over street parking, as street parking fees in the district vary based on demand and can often cost as much as the private lots. Private lot rates vary based on the day of the week, time of day, and area of the district you are looking to park in. During the week, average rates range from $5 to $10. Most private parking lots are cash only. A list of parking in the area can be found here.

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THINGS TO KNOW

Pricing – Dresses start as low as $50 and go up into the thousands depending on style, quality, and designer. However in a recent survey of the district we found the average dress to be priced in the $100-$200 range.

Sizing – Most stores in the district carry juniors plus-sizes up to 3x and some go up to size 5x.

Alterations – While few stores offer in-house tailoring, most work with a nearby tailor who can customize your dress on-the-spot.

Accessories – Costume jewelry, clutches, and accessories can be found in the same area as the prom dresses. Accessories stores are generally concentrated on Santee Street from Olympic Boulevard to 12th Street.

Suits & Tuxedos – Men’s formal wear can also be found on Santee Street and Maple Avenue, from Olympic Boulevard to 12th Street, and on Los Angeles Street from 9th to 7th Streets. Search men’s formal wear stores using the LA Fashion District online directory. Suits and tuxedos are available for both rental and purchase.

Return Policy – About 95% of stores in the district have a final sale policy. This means merchandise cannot be returned or exchanged after purchasing.

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Prom Dress Shopping Tips

  • Shop on weekdays to avoid crowds and long lines. Saturdays and Sundays are the busiest days.
  • Shop with girlfriends to save more. Stores often give discounts to bridal parties and the same applies to prom dress shopping. If you and your girlfriends all get a dress from the same store, buy them together and ask for a discount.
  • Try it, before you buy it. If a dress is final sale, it is final sale. Stores will not allow returns or exchanges so make sure you are satisfied with the dress when you try it on.
  • Bring cash. Most stores accept credit and debit cards but if you are here to bargain you might have more success if you pay with cash.
  • Shop around. Many stores in the area carry similar dresses at different prices. We recommend visiting a couple stores before making a purchase.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are dresses so affordable?
Prom dress vendors in the Fashion District are often distributors or wholesale vendors, which cuts out the middle man and allows them to sell merchandise at lower prices. It also means that they sell significantly more merchandise than the average store at the mall, and that higher volume is another reason they can cut costs. Those savings then get passed on to the shopper.

Can I haggle to get a lower price?
Traditionally vendors in the LA Fashion District have been responsive to bargaining, but some vendors are more receptive than others.

Where can I see current inventory?
Check the Fashion District blog, Facebook, and Instagram for featured stores and photos of current inventory. Use the online directory to find stores with websites.

Are stores open when it rains?
Yes! The LA Fashion District is open rain or shine.

Additional questions? Tweet us! @lafashiondist