Halloween Costume Shopping Guide
Do you have your Halloween costume ready? We’ve compiled a list of resources to make your last-minute Halloween costume search that much easier. Feel free to refer to the Santee Alley’s previous Halloween shopping guide for additional information here and scroll below for information on where to find costumes, costume accessories, wigs, makeup, and DIY costume supplies…
Adult Halloween Costume & Costume Accessories: The best places to find adult costumes in the Fashion District are the lingerie stores. The most popular brand is Leg Avenue, but we’ve also seen Be Wicked and a couple of lesser known brands in stock. On average brand name costumes start $40-$45, while costumes that are not brand name can be had for half the cost. A full list of lingerie stores in the district can be found on our searchable directory. We recommend visiting Santee Alley, where you will find the largest concentration of lingerie stores in the district. Spice Intimates (1143 inside Santee Alley) has a great selection of Leg Avenue costumes, and My Secret Fashion (1140 inside Santee Alley) has Be Wicked costumes.
For a one-stop-shop we recommend Spice Lingerie, located at 915 Santee St. Suites 3 and 4. Here you’ll find adult costumes, costume accessories, wigs, hosiery, and it is the only store where we’ve seen men’s costumes!
Outside the Santee Alley area, stop by Beverly Hills Hosiery (810 S Los Angeles St.) for custom and one-of-a-kind costumes and costume accessories. Established in 1934, Beverly Hills Hosiery is well-known for their vintage lingerie carries costumes year round and supplies many a Hollywood costume designer around town. It’s one of the district’s true hidden gems 😉
DIY Costume Supplies: Tutus, sequined tops and shorts, corsets, boas, masks, bunny ears… you name it we have it. Some of these items can be found at the lingerie stores mentioned above. Beverly Hills Hosiery in particular is great for DIY costume inspiration and supplies. For raw materials and specialty items – plain masks to decorate yourself, peacock feathers, butterfly/fairy wings, beads and sequins, millinery supplies, foam, etc. – we suggest paying a visit to the trim and bead stores located in the textiles area of the district. Our two favorites are Michael Levine (919-920 Maple Ave.) and Perial Company (908 S Maple Ave). Moskatel’s (738 Wall St.) is another great option for DIY and crafting supplies. Like Michael’s but bigger, Moskatel’s carries Halloween decor as well.
Wigs & Makeup: Again, Santee Alley is the go-to place for this. Just take a look at the selection below.
Kids’ Costumes: The best place for kids’ costumes in the district is Santee Alley. As of the day this post was written we’ve seen only girls costumes, mainly Disney inspired princess costumes. Three’s for Me (1055 Maple Ave.) has Frozen-inspired Elsa costumes!
We get a lot of questions regarding manufacturing and production services in the district. In an effort to better answer your questions, we partnered with Extreme Marking and Grading to answer the most frequently asked questions about marking and grading services in the LA Fashion District.
Grading refers to the process of creating additional sizes based on the sample garment; increasing or decreasing the measurements of a sample to create patterns for all necessary sizes. Then the patterns are fitted over fabric in the most efficient way possible. This secondary process is known as marking. Marking is the process of creating a guideline for how fabric should be cut to minimize waste. The “marker” is digitized and used during the production process.
The designer brings their pattern to a marking and grading specialist. It can be a paper pattern or digital file. (Paper patterns are digitized as part of the marking and grading process.) The pattern is then sized up and/or down (grading) and the production marker is created based on the new patterns.
First a pattern must be made. The designer then makes a sample from the pattern. Once the sample is finalized, it can proceed to the grading and marking process.
Be patient and don’t be afraid to make mistakes!
Extreme Marking and Grading specializes in first patterns, production patterns, duplicates, sample size runs, small productions, cutting, digitizing, grading, markers, file conversion, print outs, and marker plotting.
The company was founded by Jose Carlos Aguirre in 2001, who began his career in the apparel industry at the age of 14 working in a sewing workshop in Mexico.
Extreme Marking & Grading Inc.
719 S Los Angeles St #380
Los Angeles, CA 90014
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.
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
LA Market Week June 2017, also known as the Fall II/Holiday 2017 L.A. Fashion Market, will take place June 5th through the 8th in the LA Fashion District’s designer showrooms. During market week designers and brands, debut collections for the upcoming fall and holiday seasons and buyers are invited to view the new merchandise and place orders. LA Fashion Market is the West Coast’s premier destination for contemporary fashions, including apparel, accessories, and footwear. Various trade shows are hosted in the LA Fashion District during market week. Trade shows typically highlight established and up-and-coming designers that do not have permanent showrooms in the area. With thousands of brands participating in LA market week, this is the place for buyers to discover new brands and create new shopping experiences.
Designer brands exhibiting during the Fall II/Holiday 2017 LA Market Week include contemporary, better and advanced contemporary, eco-fashion, accessories, lifestyle, children’s and maternity. The Fashion District maintains an online directory of all brands participating in market weeks. The Designer Collections listing is updated prior to each market week.
California Market Center (CMC), 110 E. 9th St.
Cooper Design Space, 860 S Los Angeles St.
Gerry Building, 910 S Los Angeles St.
The New Mart, 127 E 9th St.
Additional Participating Showroom Buildings:
Trade shows for the LA Market Week June 2017 will include:
Market week is a trade-only event and buyers must be able to prove they have, or are working for, a licensed business.
Buyers will need to register for the LA Market Week June 2017 at each building. At the Cooper Design Space, Gerry Building and The New Mart, buyers and retailers are asked to bring a business card. At the California Market Center (CMC), in order to register for market weeks, you must be able to provide the following credentials:
Registration for LA Market Week June 2017 is typically on-site although some trade shows do offer pre-registration online.
Showrooms and trade shows typically open at 9 a.m. and will close at 5 p.m.
Ace Hotel is the closest hotel, only two short blocks away from the epicenter of LA Market Week June 2017. Market attendees can take advantage of discounted rates by using the code “MART.”
Click here to book your reservation.
Some hotels offer discounted rates through the individual buildings. Please check the respective buildings’ websites for additional accommodation offers.
A list of local parking structures and lots can be found here.
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