The LA Fashion District is a treasure trove of unique fashion finds, but you haven’t thought about buying these unique gifts here before.
The private label manufacturer is known in the industry for premium quality t-shirts and leather goods. Its only retail location is at 210 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014. richhoneyapparel.com
The Holy Grail specializes in one-of-a-kind and hard to find sneakers. The consignment is located at 836 S Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90014. holygrailgoods.com
Suits & Knives fuses unique roasting techniques from around the world to create interesting textures and flavors. Locally roasted in small batches, it is sold at Coffee Colab, 305 E 8th St #3, Los Angeles, CA 90014. suitsandknivescoffee.com
Yes, we went there. Eating an original bacon-wrapped “street dog” is an experience everyone should be treated to. The Alley Dog, 317 E 12th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015 thealleydogs.com
The LA Fashion District is home to a number of galleries, often featuring work from local artists, including The Hive, Ren Gallery, Gloria Delson, Fathom Gallery, Diego Cardoso, and Clay Shaper Gallery.
Sure the hotel chain has other locations, but this is the only one that’s also a historic theatre. Ace Hotel DTLA, 929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015 acehotel.com/losangeles
Image via Spektakles
Unique sunglasses with great style. Shop Spektakles at 212 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014. spektakles.com
Really! Anything you purchase in the district can be taken to one of the local embroidery shops to be customized. Find the embroidery shop closest to you using the LA Fashion District online directory, here.
A new old-fashion record store. Pop Obscure Records has new and used vinyl, collectibles and autographed merch. 735 S Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90014 popobscurerecords.com
Imagine this; you’re walking down Los Angles Street window shopping near 11th when a bright red fire escape catches your eye. The façade of the building is impeccable, and there are flowers, in variations of pink, cascading down the front display windows. The flooring is a welcoming bright white marble, with sleek mirrored cabinetry, and row upon row of colorful sunglasses, that look fresh off the runway, adorn the walls. Now stop imagining, because you have arrived at PERVERSE.
PERVERSE, having opened in 2016, is one of the newest businesses to call the LA Fashion District home. However, while they may be the new kids on the block, their history in our District is anything but that. Founder, Toni Ko, started her first company in the California Mart in 1999 at the tender age of 25. A company that most people in the Fashion Industry, MUA world, and anyone who’s bought cosmetics from a drugstore might be familiar with, NYX Cosmetics. While Toni has now transitioned away from the makeup world to make her mark in the sunglasses game, she has not shifted when it comes to her sentiments regarding her love of Downtown LA and the Fashion District. Establishing the PERVERSE location one block away from the Mart citing the “young, hip, cool, and urban energy” as matching the PERVERSE brand – Toni Ko has come back home.
Aside from the interior design, what truly makes PERVERSE unique is their ability to marry high-end quality merchandise with consumer friendly costs. Each PERVERSE sunnie in designed in-house by a design team who spends their time researching upcoming trends to curate and develop the perfect sunglasses collection. The team uses “high-quality plastics, acetates, and high-quality hinges” to then produce their sunglasses, including BPA-free Copolyester which is environmentally friendly. Focusing on every detail to maximize the uniqueness of every style – with each sunglass being crafted with such care – you’d expect prices to break the bank. Wrong! It’s PERVERSE’s mission to bring style to every person at an affordable price with prices starting as low as $40. In addition, PERVERSE has a 1:1:1 charity initiative that applies to every purchase.
Collections are updated seasonally, so 4 times a year, with the occasional early launch of a style too hot to keep under wraps. Another unique aspect to PERVERSE is their Capsule Collection Collaborations, where they partner with a Celebrity or Influencer to produce a limited collection of sunglass styles. Their most recent collaboration debuted this month as they partnered with KimChi of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame. With their endless selection of styles, we asked a PERVERSE representative what seems to be the most popular right now; Jerome and Dawn Patrol are among the top sellers, providing a “minimal yet so stand-out chic look.” Noting that while these may be best sellers “everyone has their own style identity,” and with endless options, there is a style for everyone so stop by PERVERSE and find your style identity.
1108 Los Angeles St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Holy Grail (noun): Something that you want very much but is very hard to achieve
Unless you are a sneakerhead, in which case the Holy Grail is now located at 836 S Los Angeles St. The sneaker consignment shop specializes in rare and collectible sneakers including Air Jordan, Nike Basketball, Nike SBs, Nike Dunk, Nike Air Force, Nike Running, Adidas, Vans, and more. The shoes, neatly wrapped in plastic, line the walls of the new Fashion District location (Holy Grail first opened in South Park) between 9th and 8th Streets, just a block away from Nice Kicks and down the street from Blends. While you’re there, check out the ultra-rare pairs in the glass case.
All items for sale are thoroughly inspected for authenticity. As per Holy Grail, sneaker values are based on the rarity at the time of release, time since release, and the overall history behind a particular model. Prices are set by the individual consignors. All items are dead-stock/brand new unless listed as used.
Holy Grail, 836 S Los Angeles St. 90014
LA Fashion District, Downtown L.A.
The LA Fashion District Prom Shopping Guide is here! We have dozens of prom dress stores in the area and hundreds of dresses to choose from.
The annual LA Fashion District prom dress shopping guide is finally here! In this guide we share everything you need to know about buying prom dresses in the LA Fashion District. (See or previous prom shopping guides: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016).
There are dozens of prom dress stores in the LA Fashion District, most of which are concentrated on Santee Street and Maple Avenue from 9th to 14th Streets. (Download a map of the area here).
LA Fashion District prom dress stores are independently owned and operated, but most open between 9 and 10 a.m. and close between 5 and 6 p.m. Prom dress stores are open 7 days a week.
The best part about shopping for prom dresses at the LA Fashion District is that most of the stores update their collections regularly, meaning there’s always new dresses to shop! The selection of LA Fashion District prom dresses is unparalleled.
Without a doubt, 2017 is all about…
We stopped by a couple prom dress stores to see what they currently have in style. Scroll down for photos…
At LA Queen’s Boutique it was all about detailed embellishments with neutral and bright colors, gold and platinum long dresses and princess silhouettes in pastel colors.
LA Queen’s Boutique
912 S. Santee St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Hours: 9:30am – 5:30pm
At Maral Fashion we found two-piece styles in neutral and bright colors, short prom dresses, embellished trains and mermaid silhouettes.
Tip: Some stores offer discounts for group purchases. Bring your friends and ask the store if they’ll give a discount if you all buy from the same shop. It never hurts to ask.
401 E. 12th & Maple Ave. #18
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Eusebio 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.
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.
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.
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.
442 E Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA