Shopping with A Side of Coffee

A Fashion District Coffee Shop Guide

Have you noticed all the new pastry and coffee shops in the district? From the recently opened Paris Baguette to long-time neighborhood staples like No Ghost Bears and Verve Coffee.

The Fashion District is quite the destination for a good cup of coffee. Here’s why:

 

We have the best independent coffee shops in Downtown Los Angeles.

 

1. Earth Bean Coffee, an organic and fair trade roasting house, locally owned and operated. As a partner with One Tree Planted, Earth Bean Coffee helps plant a tree for every coffee purchase made on their website. 1040 S Los Angeles St.


2. Ben N Lin is a lovely cafe on the corner of 9th and Crocker Streets serving Copa Vida coffee, Bread Lounge pastries, sandwiches, and light bites. 921 S Crocker St.


3. Delicious Together is best known for its Illy coffee, boba tea, Vietnamese coffees and Taiyaki fish pastries. Sitting on the corner of 9th and Santee, it is the perfect place to grab a treat while shopping. 859 Santee St.

best coconut coffee ever!

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4. Mega Bodega serves coffee from Four Barrel SF and fine teas from Steep Tea Co. in Oakland. Beer is served all day. 1001 S Broadway 


5. No Ghost Bears is where the locals (and their puppies) hang out. It’s millennial pink interiors and wall art offer a unique atmosphere – a truly independent coffee shop. 305 E 8th St.

Happy Friday

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The best coffee shops for getting work done are also local favorites.

 

1. Verve Coffee has locations throughout California but none like this. The vertical wall garden is the perfect place to sit, relax, and enjoy a nice, strong cup of coffee. 833 S Spring St.


2. Paris Baguette, a Korean franchise known for their beautiful pastry displays and delicious treats, opened a cafe on the corner of 9th and Los Angeles Streets. 200 E 9th St.


3. Best Girl at Ace Hotel has a walk up window where you can get $1 Stumptown coffee if you bring in your own mug. Best coffee deal in town! 927 S Broadway


4. Cognoscenti Coffee, located in the new City Market South development, this coffee shop sits in a beautiful plaza with large communal tables perfect for getting work done. 1118 San Julian St.

 

More coffee coming soon…

 

1. La Tropezienne, one of Saint-Tropez’s most celebrated bakeries is opening at the corner of 8th and Main  Streets, in the former AltHouse location. The French bakery is known for their tarts and breads. It currently has one location on La Brea, with another coming soon to West Hollywood. Read more761 S Main St.

Weekends are always better with a French touch! 🇫🇷

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2. Stumptown, with locations across the country, this new location will be the second one in Los Angeles. Read more about the upcoming location here. 801 S. Los Angeles St.

For a little magic just add ✨ Cold Brew ✨⠀ ⠀ 📸 @hnnh.gram

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Thanks a latte for reading!

Your Guide to LA Market Week Spring 2019

LA MARKET WEEK SPRING '19

ABOUT LA MARKET WEEK

The Spring 2019 LA Market Week, also known as LA Fashion Market will be held October 8th through October 10th. Designers and brands will debut their collections for the upcoming Spring season at the showroom buildings on 9th and Los Angeles Streets. Additionally, multiple trade shows showcasing temporary collections (designers that do not have permanent showrooms in the Fashion District) will also be showcasing collections.

REGISTRATION AND BUYER REQUIREMENTS

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 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:

  • ONE of the following (copies are allowed): business license, seller’s permit, lease agreement, filing of fictitious business name (documents must be pertinent to the industry)
  • ONE of the following (per person): personalized business card, payroll stub, company credit card with buyer’s name

Registration for LA Market Week is typically on-site although some trade shows do offer pre-registration online.

LOCATIONS

California Market Center (CMC)110 E. 9th St.


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The New Mart127 E 9th St.


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Downtown we meet again! #stylist #fashion #photoshoot #luckyjeans #prepwork

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Cooper Design Space860 S Los Angeles St.

Gerry Building910 S Los Angeles St.


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Time to learn about @thegerrybuilding!

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The Lady Liberty, 843 S. Los Angeles St.


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Discovering something new every day #LosAngeles #LadyLiberty#WallMural

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Academy Award Clothes Showroom, 817 S. Los Angeles St.


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Work flow, work squad 💬 #dontfeedthemodels #workflow #showroom

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SOME RESTAURANTS TO VISIT NEARBY

PARKING

A list of local parking structures and lots can be found here.

TIPS FOR BUYERS

  1. Time management: Managing your time while at Market Week 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. We also recommend visiting trade show and showroom buildings’ websites and pre-register when possible. Lastly, as a buyer, make sure your inventory and budget levels are well planned out before your visit.
  3. Network: Building strong connections while attending LA Market Week 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.

BONUS TIPS

  • Free parking at the CMC for registered buyers.

Shop Vintage in the Fashion District

Where to shop vintage in the Fashion District

Shop Vintage in the Fashion District

Did you know the Fashion District has a growing number of trendy vintage clothing stores and stores with vintage inspired styles? From expertly curated selections of designer vintage wares, to our favorite thrift shops, we rounded up the best places to shop vintage in the Fashion District.

1. Virgo


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LOOKING GOOOOD!! 🍭 Vintage Tee dated ‘79 // Ladies Medium // $68 // Come by or DM to PURCHASE

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If you are looking for on-trend vintage clothing, then you will want to shop at Virgo. Their refurbished Levi shorts and vintage crewnecks will allow you to be both comfortable and fashionable at the same time. And don’t forget to take a picture with their cute wool llama! Virgo, 216 E. 9th St., (213) 988-8899

 

2. Appointment Only Please


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Some of our latest vintage finds. #vintage #vintageclothing #prints #hawaiian #patiodress #boldcolors #screenprinting

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Clever Vintage Clothing specializes in hand-picked and one of a kind vintage clothing and accessories mainly from the 40’s and 50’s.
NOTE: They are open from Monday through Saturday by appointment only. Clever Vintage Clothing, 117 W. 9th St. #918, (310) 650-8357

 

3. The Curated Bandit


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We’re open today until 5! Come stop by for cute finds in a second hand shop! #dtla #secondhandlove

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For a less Vintage look and more of great second-hand deals then make sure to shop at the Curated BanditThe Curated Bandit, 824 S. Broadway 

 

4. Accessories Wall-to-Wall

While not all of their items may be vintage, Vafa Gifts has an enormous variety of vintage-inspired jewelry and accessories. Not to mention that the store itself is an experience with their floor to ceiling accessories. Vafa Gifts, 305 E. 9th St. #105C, (310) 666-6698

 

5. In Case You Prefer Victorian-Boho Inspried Designs
For a store that doesn’t have actual vintage clothing but rather victorian-boho inspired designs make sure to visit Flair CollectionFlair Collection, 1136 Santee St., Suit D, (213) 745-8080

 

BONUS: A Showcase of all the Best Vintage Clothing, Accessories, & Jewelry

A Current Affair is a shopping event where vintage clothing, accessories and rarities  from over 65 retailers and private dealers. The event is held twice a year in the Cooper Design Space. Learn more here. Cooper Design Space, 860 S Los Angeles St.

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!)

poppy and rose salad

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

Fashion District Prom Dress Store Abby's 4

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.

Fashion District Prom Dress Store Designer Fashions 2

Designer Fashions, 1108 S Santee St.

Fashion District Prom Suit

Suit X-Pert, 1123-B Maple Ave.

Fashion District Prom Dress Store Abby's 3

Abby’s Prom Dress, 1033 S Santee St.

Fashion District Prom Dress Store Abby's 2

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