2017 LA Fashion District Prom Shopping Guide

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.

LA Fashion District Prom Shopping Guide

2017 LA Fashion District Prom Dress Shopping Guide

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 guides201320142015, 2016).

Where to Shop for Prom Dresses:

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).

Hours

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.

Shopping Tips

  • Search the directory: Looking for a specific style or store? Contact prom dress stores directly using the Fashion District directory.
  • Parking: We recommend parking in a private parking lot. Most parking lots are cash only and rates can vary from $5-15. Please note, all lots are independently owned and operated, and their hours of operation might vary.
  • Return Policies: In general, LA Fashion District prom dress stores in the area tend to have a “final sale” or very short return policy. We highly recommend trying on the dress before making a purchase and taking a second to check seams and embellishment details.
  • Alterations: Most stores will either offer alterations on site or can recommend someone nearby.
  • Pricing: Dress prices vary widely depending on the style of dress. Most dresses are in the $100-300 price range. Heavily beaded dresses will be the most expensive, while simpler designs will be on the lower end.

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.

Spring 2017 Prom Trends:

Without a doubt, 2017 is all about…

  • Details and embellishments
  • Sheer fabrics with appliques
  • Long dresses and skirts
  • 2-piece crop top and skirt styles

We stopped by a couple prom dress stores to see what they currently have in style. Scroll down for photos…

LA Fashion District Prom Dress Store

LA Fashion District Prom Dress

LA Fashion District Prom Dresses

LA Fashion District Prom Gowns

LA Fashion District Prom Dresses

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
(213) 612-0006
Hours: 9:30am – 5:30pm

LA Fashion District Prom dress store

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.

Entrance of LA Fashion District Prom Dress Store

LA Fashion District Prom Dress Details

LA Fashion District prom dress crop top

LA Fashion District prom dresses with beading and appliques

LA Fashion District prom gowns with embellishments and beading

Maral Fashion
401 E. 12th & Maple Ave. #18
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Second entrance for LA Fashion District prom dress store

LA Fashion District prom dress store display

LA Fashion District prom dress display

LA Fashion District prom

2017 LA Flower District Valentine’s Day Hours

2017 LA Flower District Valentine’s Day Hours: Flower vendors in the LA Flower District will be open as late as 8 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.

2017 LA Flower District Valentine's Day Hours

The LA Flower District is located in Downtown Los Angeles and spans six blocks between 7th and 8th Streets from Maple Avenue to San Pedro Street and 7th to 9th Street from Wall to San Pedro Streets. To use your GPS type in 755 Wall St. or 825 S San Pedro St.

2017 LA Flower District Valentine’s Day Hours

Southern California Flower Growers & Los Angeles Flower Market
755 and 754 Wall St.
Thursday, February 9:  6 a.m. – 12 noon
Friday, February 10: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday, February 11: 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday, February 12: 6 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Monday, February 13: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Valentine’s Day, February 14: 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The markets open earlier to the trade. See trade hours here.
Admission: $2 on weekdays, $1 on weekends
Known for: Bulk flowers, plants

California Flower Mall
825 S San Pedro St.
Thursday, February 9: 4:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Friday, February 10 – Sunday, February 12: 4:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Monday, February 13: 4:30 a.m. open 24 hours through Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day, February 14: Open until 8 p.m.

Hours are for the trade and the public.
Admission is free.
Known for: Pre-made bouquets and custom arrangements

What You Need To Know About Shopping in the LA Flower District

  • Expect savings of up to 70% on bulk flowers and 30%-70% on arrangements and bouquets.
  • Most vendors and parking in this areas are CASH ONLY. There are ATMs located inside the markets.
  • Most fresh-cut flowers are sold in bulk – 1 or 2 dozen at a time.

How to Buy the Freshest Flowers

  • Look for straight, firm stems. Discoloration or slime can indicate bacteria and split or curved stems are signs that the flowers are old.
  • Buy flowers with buds that are just beginning to open. Flowers, especially roses, travel a long journey to reach the markets. Those in full bloom have already reached their peak. The exception to this rule is the Gerbera Daisy, which will look like its in full bloom, and tulips, which should be purchased while the bulb is still fully closed.
  • Avoid flowers with loose pollen or seeds. They are past their peak.
  • More insider tips for first time flower market buyers, here.

Flower Care Tips

If you buy bulk flowers, please note they have not been processed. You will need to give them a little TLC to maximize their life span.

  • Remove the flowers from their packaging before placing them in a vase.
  • Remove excess leaves and cut the stems before placing them in water.
  • Keep your flowers in a cool place, away from direct sunlight.

LA Fashion District Thanksgiving Hours

LA Fashion District Thanksgiving Hours

What are the LA Fashion District Thanksgiving hours? We are expecting some retail businesses to open on Thanksgiving Day. Below you’ll find the LA Fashion District’s Thanksgiving hours.

Thanksgiving, November 24, 2016

  • The Santee Alley and surrounding retail businesses are expected to open on Thanksgiving Day, as they have done so in previous years. Please note, some stores may close early.
  • Wholesale vendors will be closed.
  • Flower vendors will be closed.
  • Textile vendors are expected to be closed, but some have opened in past years.

Black Friday, November 25, 2016

  • The Santee Alley and surrounding retail businesses are expected to open with normal business hours. Most businesses are open by 10 a.m. and start closing around 5 p.m.
  • Some wholesale vendors may open, although most have traditionally closed on this day. For specific vendor information please contact the individual designer showrooms or the San Pedro Wholesale Mart directly.
  • The LA Flower Market will open to the public at 8 a.m. and close at noon. Flower vendors in the surrounding area are expected to have similar hours.
  • Fabrics and notions vendors are expected to open with normal business hours, as they have done so in previous years.

Shop Small Saturday, November 2016

  • All businesses are expected to have normal business hours. For more information on the Fashion District’s business hours, click here.

Small Business Saturday is a nationwide movement to support local, independently owned businesses during the holiday season. As you may already know, most of the businesses in the Fashion District are family-owned and operated. Show your support! Shop local!

LA Fashion District Manufacturers

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Where do you find LA Fashion District manufacturers?

As the hub of the apparel industry on the West Coast, the Fashion District is home to a number of manufacturers and manufacturing resources. A full list of LA Fashion District manufacturers can be found on our business directory. In an effort to make your search for local manufacturers easier, we’ve compiled a list of manufacturers in and near the Fashion District.

Men’s & Women’s Factories:

9B Apparel
1407 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Cover Design Inc. Johnna Was
2423 E. 23rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90058

Women’s Factories: 

Candilejas Of Los Angeles
208 W. 8th Street #101
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Sewing Machines/Fixtures:

3A Thread and Supply Co.
1006 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90069

ACE Sewing Machine and Thread Supply Co.
214 E. 8th Street, Santee Corner
Los Angeles, CA 90069

Bega
110 E. 8th Street
Los Angeles, Ca 90069

Best Sewing Machine
207 E. 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90069

Zippers: 

Zip Up Zipper
828 S. Wall Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

We’ve also featured additional manufacturing contacts outside the district here.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

manufacturing la fashion district

Please note, many manufacturers in Los Angeles are actually located outside the Fashion District. They tend to be located in areas like El Monte, Vernon, City of Commerce and south of Downtown Los Angeles.

LA Market Week Tips for Buyers

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New to wholesale buying? Want to make your buying trips to LA more efficient? Learn how to successfully navigate showrooms and trade shows during LA Fashion Market with these three easy tips.

As the hub of the West Coast apparel industry, the LA Fashion District hosts five market weeks every year. LA Fashion Market takes places in the LA Fashion District’s designer showroom buildings. Buyers from all over the world attend LA Fashion Market to view designer collections for the upcoming seasons and place orders. There are multiple trade shows that exhibit during LA Fashion Market, featuring athleisure, contemporary, better contemporary, eco-fashion, accessories, maternity, and kids.

View the LA Fashion Market Fall / Holiday 2016 Buyer’s Guide here.

LA MARKET WEEK TIPS FOR BUYERS

  1. Time management: Managing your time while at Market is crucial. We recommend buyers make appointments with popular brands early, as they tend to book up quickly. We also suggest allotting time to walk the buildings, because sometimes the biggest successes are the showrooms you stumble upon by accident.
  2. Pre-plan: Buyers who come with a clear vision for what kind of styles and brands they are looking for will have a more successful market experience. Know your shopper and research brands you might be interested in ahead of time. To know what brands will be exhibiting at LA Fashion Market, check the Lines Directory. It is updated prior to each market week.We also recommend visiting trade show and showroom buildings’ websites and pre-register when possible. The LA Fashion District has a newsletters for wholesale buyers, which you can sign up for here. We also post market week and buyer information on this blog and on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.Lastly, as a buyer, make sure you inventory and budget levels are well planned out before Market.
  3. Network: Building strong connections while attending LA Fashion Market can lead to lasting partnerships with vendors. Bring business cards and always follow up with new partners. Take advantage of educational and networking events whenever possible.

SEMINARS, EVENTS, AND SERVICES IN THE LA FASHION DISTRICT

California Market Center

California Market Center (CMC)

  • CMC Retail Relations Service: Buyer perks, tours of the CMC building and show areas, suggestions on brands and showrooms, coffee, snacks, and other amenities
  • LA Fashion Market Seminars: Business tips and fashion trend information from recognized industry insiders
  • Market Passport Sweepstakes Promotion: Cash prizes ranging from $500 to $1000 for visiting showrooms and exhibitors
Designers and Agents
Image via Candy Washington

The New Mart

Brand Assembly
Image via ChicMi

Cooper Design Space

NEW RESTAURANTS NEAR LA MARKET

Verve Coffee 833 S. Spring Street

Preux + Proper 840 S. Spring Street

Pattern Bar 100 W. 9th Street

Terroni 802 S. Spring Street

LA Chapter 930 S. Broadway

NEW SHOPS NEAR LA MARKET

BNKR Broadway and 9th

A.P.C. 125 W. 9th Street

AltHouse 761 S. Main Street

Skingraft 758 S. Spring Street

Tanner Goods 860 S. Broadway

 

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