Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 17, 2018, and we’ve put together a Father’s Day Shopping Guide full of great gift ideas for Dad.

  • L.A. Conservancy Last Remaining Seats Tickets
    Who doesn’t love movies? Better yet, who doesn’t love movies in a beautiful theatre? Treat Dad to the experience of seeing a movie the way movies were meant to be seen… in one of Los Angeles’ historic theatres.
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  • Experience Escape Room LA 
    Voted LA’s best live entertainment, Escape Room LA is the largest and most popular escape game room venue in Los Angeles. The rooms are live-action adventures where you’ll race to solve clues and puzzles and escape before your time runs out. Perfect for dads who love solving puzzles and riddles.
  • Escape to Virtual Reality: VR Gaming Experience
    Take gaming to the next level. This virtual reality experience is set up similar to an escape room. Two-player teams can select from a number of games to play, and motion tracking cameras allow you to walk through a virtual environment.
  • Pop Obscure Records & Art Gallery
    If Dad loves music, invite him on a trip down to visit this awesome records store. Pop Obscure Records is Downtown Los Angeles’ first vinyl only record store. The space is also an art gallery dedicated to showcasing works of art by established and up-and-coming artists.
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  • A new suit
    For all the dads out there who love style and fashion as much as we do… This wouldn’t be the Fashion District, if there weren’t great shopping options. May we suggest a new suit for Dad?

    • JB Clothiers, 859 S. Spring St, can help you design a custom suit just for Dad.
    • Ron Tomson, 840 S. Los Angeles St, has an amazing selection of suits.
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Image from Instagram: @jbclothiers

And if you’re still looking for more ideas, check out out the Santee Alley’s Father’s Day Shopping Guide here.

Whatever you decide to get for Dad, just make sure you tell dad just how much you appreciate him.

Happy Father’s Day, from all of us here at the Fashion District!

Celebrate Mom in the Fashion District

Need a gift for Mom? We put together a Mother’s Day gift guide and dining recommendations just for you.

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day Gift Guide:

Flowers from the LA Flower Markets: Flowers are the most popular gift for Mother’s Day and for good reason. They are scientifically proven to make people happy. Save up to 70% on arrangements and bouquets by shopping direct from wholesale vendors and importers at the LA flower markets. 8th and Wall Street

The flower markets will have extended hours for Mother’s Day starting Tuesday, May 8, 2018. See the full holiday schedule for California Flower Mall here and The Original Flower Market of Los Angeles & Southern California Flower Market here.

Hours of Operation
California Flower Mall, 825 S San Pedro St.
Día de las Madres, May 10: 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13: Open 24 hours from Saturday, May 12th through 7 p.m. Sunday, May 13th

Original Flower Market of Los Angeles & Southern California Flower Market, 766 Wall St.
Día de las Madres, May 10: 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Aesop Skincare: Formulated with efficiency and sensory pleasure in mind, it’s no wonder Aesop Skincare is a cult favorite. Their skin, hair, and body products are made with only the finest ingredients, making them an ideal gift. In fact, the brand is currently listed on both The Telegraph’s and Vogue UK’s Mother’s Day gift guides. Not sure where to start? The friendly staff at the 9th and Broadway location can help you pick out the perfect gift. 862 S Broadway

Anything from Heidi Merrick: Fashion District-based designer Heidi Merrick is the epitome of California Cool. Inspired by the California coast, Merrick’s breezy dresses and tops a exude a relaxed sophistication. The aesthetic extends to Merrick’s collection of home goods, both available at the 9th Street flagship. 115 W 9th St.

Luxury Perfume: A timeless gift that doesn’t have to break the bank. Shop Perfume Los Angeles and save up to 30% on name brand perfumes and gift sets. As a distributor, Perfume Los Angeles is a licensed vendor of luxury perfume brands. Their knowledgeable staff can make recommendations based on what perfume Mom’s worn in the past. 1115 Maple Ave.

Eco-conscious and Sustainable: Hyva Helsinki’s Scandinavian fashion and accessories are crowd pleasers and good for the environment. The boutique vets all of its brands to ensure they meet ecological and ethical values. It also carries vintage fashion and donates 5% of sales to charity organizations that benefit animals and the environment. 1040 S Los Angeles St.

Treat Mom to Brunch (and Dinner!)

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Poppy & Rose Salad

The district’s most popular dining spots are now open for brunch and dinner. Below are some of the local favorites.

Best Girl DTLA: Come for brunch and stay for rooftop drinks. Lobster Biscuits and Gravy and Crab Cake Benedict will be on the menu for Mother’s Day. Best Girl is in partnership with Chef Michael Cimarusti, renowned for championing sustainable seafood. Plus, the view from the Ace Hotel is worthy of its own celebration. 929 S Broadway

Poppy & Rose: The beloved brunch spot is now open for dinner. The new dinner menu features crowd favorites, like the Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Waffle, and a brand-new line up of fresh American and Southern-influenced dishes by executive chef Michael Reed, an alum of Osteria Mozza and Michelin-rated Sona. Poppy & Rose is located in the middle of the flower markets at 765 Wall Street.

Preux & Proper: Southern hospitality done right. Preux & Proper is a New Orleans inspired Southern restaurant providing locally sourced, sustainable soul food. The restaurant is open for Sunday brunch. Menu favorites include the baked mac & cheese, shrimp & grits and the “pate a choux beignets.” 840 S Spring St.

Rossoblu: No. 10 on Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants in LA is just as stunning during they day as it as night. Celebrated chef, Steve Samson has created the perfect dining experience in the middle of the district’s newest destination, City Market South. Inspired by Bologna, Rossoblu is a an ode to family, tradition, and craftsmanship. We recommend trying the pasta. It’s made fresh in-house. 1124 San Julian St.

Fashion District Prom Dress Shopping Tips

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Abby’s Prom Dress, 1033 S Santee St.

Fashion District Prom Dress Shopping Tips

Did you know there’s an area of the Fashion District dedicated to prom dresses and accessories? Shop Santee Street from 9th to 14th Streets for the best deals on prom dresses, fashion jewelry and accessories. Additional prom dress stores can be found on Maple Avenue from Olympic Boulevard to 12th Street.

For the guys, suit stores are located throughout the district. We recommend starting on Los Angeles Street from 7th to Olympic Boulevard and shopping in and around The Santee Alley. For more information on where to shop for prom, click the links below.

Fashion District Prom Dress Store Designer Fashions

Designer Fashions, 1108 S Santee St.

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Designer Fashions, 1108 S Santee St.

Fashion District Prom Suit

Suit X-Pert, 1123-B Maple Ave.

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Abby’s Prom Dress, 1033 S Santee St.

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Abby’s Prom Dress, 1033 S Santee St.

Fashion District Suit Pro Store

Suit Pro, 1028-A S Santee St.

Fashion District Prom Dress Store Roxy's Boutique

Roxy’s Boutique, 1115 Santee St, 213-536-5539

Fashion District Prom Dress Store Shaina

Shaina Couture, 1121 1/2 Santee St, 213-536-5252

Introducing the New Fashion District Logo

Fashion District Logo

In the last decade the Fashion District has transformed from a 9-to-5 business destination into a downtown neighborhood with residents, cafes, galleries, restaurants, bars, events and entertainment open well beyond 5 p.m. The district logo and branding need to represent the essence of the neighborhood, its palpable energy, vibrant colors and diverse offerings. The lady in the hat, with her tiny waist and dainty handbag, felt outdated.

Today the L.A. Fashion District Business Improvement District (BID) is announcing an updated brand for the Fashion District, which includes a new logo, colors, and font. We will roll out the new brand over the next couple of weeks. You’ll see the new Fashion District logo first on our website and social media and later on our Safe and Clean Team uniforms, marketing materials and signage.

Our goal is to illustrate the dynamic offerings and creative nature of the neighborhood. The new logo represents the diverse businesses, people, and industries that coexist here. The geometric letters, inspired by the architecture of the district, intersect to form new colors symbolizing the interconnectivity of our community.

The new color palette is, quite literally, the colors of the district. The black, salmon, hot pink, yellow, blue, and green can be found in the fabric rolls and mannequins that line the streets, the flowers and plants in the flower markets, the umbrellas in Santee Alley, the pink and green of San Pedro Wholesale Mart and City Market South, the murals that adorn the neighborhood, and the signage of The Orpheum and The Theatre at Ace Hotel.

Since the founding of the BID in 1996, the Fashion District has boasted a series of logos. Perhaps you’re familiar with this early purple design? Or this runway model version? The most recognizable of all Fashion District marks, and the one you probably recognize as our former logo, was not designed as part of the brand identity. The “lady in the hat” was created as part of a way-finding signage system for Downtown Los Angeles in the 2000s. In 2016, we officially adopted the way-finding icon as part of the Fashion District logo.

Though we are switching to a new logo and color palette, the “lady in the hat” will continue to exist in the public space as part of the City’s way-finding signage – for now.

We hope you like our new look!

Celebrate Love in the Fashion District

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This Valentine’s Day give happiness. Give fresh-cut flowers to your best friend. Spend time with your loved ones. Buy your significant other their favorite thing (without breaking the bank). And if you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got a couple recommendations for you.

Flowers: Save up to 70% on fresh-cut flowers at the Flower Markets
Did you know flowers are scientifically proven to make people happy? It’s true!
The L.A. Flower markets are extending their hours to the public for Valentine’s Day starting February 10, 2018. See the Valentine’s Day hours and tips for buying the freshest flowers in our previous post, here.

Experiences: Dinner Dates & Discounted Hotel Rates

For Romance:
Anatra, Valentine’s Day $85 prix fixe menu
Best Girl DTLA, Valentine’s Day Menu
Rossoblu, Valentine’s Day $95 prix fixe menu
For Galentine’s Day: 
Poppy & Rose, #BoozeandBrunch $17 prix fixe weekday special
 
For Sweets:
Little Damage, Special edition Valentine’s Day red waffle cones!

On a Budget:
DTLA Ramen, $30 Ramen & Sake Valentine’s Day Special
Hotel Discounts:

2.14 Valentine’s Day Events

Things: Valentine’s Day Shopping Guide
Our friends at thesanteealley.com put together shopping guides for the most popular Valentine’s Day gifts.

Have an event or special that should be added to this list? Email info@fashiondistrict.org.