5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in the LA Fashion District

Earth Day can be celebrated in so many ways. Showing our appreciation to Mother Earth can be as simple as picking up trash in our local communities, or it can be used more broadly to bring awareness and inspire actions that make real environmental impact. However you choose to celebrate this magnificent planet, we encourage you to go beyond April 22nd. Here are a few super fun, fashionable, and delicious ways you can show your appreciation to our Earth all year around right here in the LA Fashion District!

 

Shop Sustainable Brands 

4.22.19 | 9am – 2pm | CMC Lobby

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Earth Day Brand Spotlight 🌿 @taylorandthomas_la is a female-founded sustainable, cruelty-free, luxury women's shoe company based in downtown Los Angeles: – “We believe luxury is quality, craftsmanship, AND ethics. Our brand is dedicated to using cruelty-free & sustainable materials & practices – from water-based polyurethane, to corn bio-content, to recycled plastic bottles, to castor beans, to manufacturing in small family-owned factories – we're working to change the luxury footwear industry's status quo. – The animal agriculture industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world, so cutting down on meat, dairy & leather consumption is a great way to show our Mother Earth some love!” 🌿 Shop their collection of luxury footwear at our #EarthDay #SampleSale Pop Up Shop, Monday April 22, 9am-2pm in our CMC Lobby. Open to the public! #lasamplesale

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In celebration of Earth Day, the California Market Center is hosting a special Earth Day Sample Sale Pop-Up Shop in the lobby of CMC. The pop-up will spotlight sustainability with a curated selection of brands known for their sustainability and socially conscious business practices.

That’s not all – CMC is also giving away a $200 Gift Certificate from one of the Earth Day Pop-Up vendors. You’ll be able to pick up a raffle ticket at the Event Info Desk and you must be present to claim your prize when the drawing is held at 1pm.

Featured Earth Pop-Up brands include:

Accoutrements LA, Arsayo Paris, CLED Jewelry, The Giving Keys, Johnny Concert Beauty, Native Shoes, Pao Tea, Parkland Bags, RockDoodles, and Taylor + Thomas Footwear.

 

Devour Wild Living Foods

760 S Main Street | 9am – 11pm

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A lifestyle that speaks for itself. Live WILD.

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Wild Living Foods offers a colorful menu – breakfast, lunch and dinner – from a fully organic plant based kitchen. We won’t go into the various ways meat consumption takes a toll on environmental resources, but we will encourage you to try eating vegetarian and/or vegan meals for the day. If devouring delicious Chocolate Mousse Crepes, Avocado Toast, and Flat Earth Pizza is what we have to do to save the planet, those are certainly “sacrifices” we’re willing to make ; )

 

Shop Second Hand

You can totally stay fashion forward and contribute to lessening clothing waste by shopping second hand. If there’s one thing we know about fashion, it’s that most trends are recycled. Reduce your fashion footprint by shopping for pieces at these local thrift stores:

 

Support Local Farmers

Wednesdays | 9am – 2pm | CMC Plaza

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THANK YOU! We're so grateful to our DTLA community for coming out & celebrating last week's Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting for #FarmersMarketatCMC. Your enthusiasm for the Fashion District's first-ever Farmers Market has well exceeded our expectations! Thank you for helping us support SoCal's local farms & indie foodie vendors. 🍇 We'll see you tomorrow for this week's Farmers Market! 9am-2pm on our Plaza! Rain ☔️ or shine! ☀️ 🍊 SHOP certified organic, chef-grade fruits, veggies & florals from local farms, including @black_sheep_farms2013, @air anch, @sunnycalfarms, @energybeefarm & more. 🥐 EAT & DRINK with @bouledepainla bakery, @cafe.santo coffee, @megustatamales, @avocadamama vegan pasta, @jarringfoods, @goodmexicangirl #vegan baked goods & more!

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Another way to celebrate Earth Day (and you can do this all year) is to support local farmers and contribute to the local economy by shopping our local Farmers Market. CMC’s Farmers Market offers chef-grade, certified organic, and sustainable produce, honey, eggs, nuts, and much more.

 

Ride Metro

This year, the Metro Board approved FREE train and bus rides on Earth Day. These free rides are designed to help reduce auto emissions, promote a healthy and sustainable environment, and combat climate change. Just think…if we all made Metro part of our daily commutes, we’d all save a half ton of CO2 emissions over the course of a year. Do it for Mother Earth!

Click HERE for more info about Metro’s FREE rides on Earth Day!

5 Coachella Essentials from the LA Fashion District

You’re probably either on your way to Coachella, already at Coachella, or having a serious case of Coachella FOMO. Whichever applies, this Coachella Essentials list is for you…because there’s always next year, right?!

1. The perfect outfit from Hellen’s Sample Shop, 810 E Pico Blvd #134. We guarantee you’ll find either a complete look for Coachella at Hellen’s OR you’ll find the perfect pieces to complete the perfect look. Win-win either way.

2. Accessories from Urban Outfitters, 810 S Broadway. You’re not doing Coachella (or any festival) right without accessories. Besides the usual statement pieces, we definitely recommend: a fanny pack and bandanna(s). You can thank us later!


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Accessories we can’t stop wearing. Or staring at. #UOonYou @UOCarolinas

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3. A handmade flower crown from Oldvine Florals, 132 W 7th St. It’s almost a crime to NOT have a flower crown at Coachella. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! The fresh sunflower crown pictured below will last an entire weekend in Coachella Valley. Pop into Oldvine Florals’ location or email them to book an appointment for you and your gals at their Flower Crown Bar!

4. Original piece(s) from Virgo, 216 E 9th St. It’s Coachella, so you obviously have to be original. Virgo’s been busy lately making some original pieces specifically for festival season. Check our their IG for a preview of what you can expect to see in store — you can also DM them to purchase pieces! 

5. Sunglasses from The Santee Alley. Because there’s no such thing as too many sunglasses — especially during festival season! If you don’t want to break the bank pairing the perfect sunnies with every outfit, or take a chance on losing your favorite shades during a killer set, build a super affordable collection of various shapes, sizes and colors from shops in the Santee Alley.


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The cat eye look is in! Photo Via: @sammysapparel #accessories #sunglasses #shopDTLA #santeealley

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And don’t worry if you’re not going to Coachella this weekend…there’s always Weekend Two! 😉

Insider Tips to Prom Shopping in the LA Fashion District

It’s that time of the year and we know shopping for prom dresses can be a little overwhelming. What color do you pick? Do you want a long dress? Short dress? Sleeves? No sleeves? The list of questions is endless!

Fortunately for you, we’re here to help. We took a walk throughout the Fashion District and found five stores that you shouldn’t pass up:

     1. Trendy Too, 948 Santee St

Insider Tip: Here you can find good prices and friendly people. 

     2. Tevam Dresses, 1307 Santee St

Insider Tip: They carry designer gowns and specialize in custom gowns. 


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     3. Mademoiselle, 914 S. Santee St

Insider Tip: You can find a large selection of dresses, veils and hair accessories.

     4. Fenucci Design Inc., 934 Santee St

Insider Tip: The staff can really help you find what you’re looking for. 

     5. Noell, 1401 S Santee St

Insider Tip: Expect nothing but exceptional service at Noell – their stylists have a special way of helping pick dresses that fit your body type and personal style.

Still looking for more stores? Try Cecilia Couture, Jolie Couture Paris, Jolene, Atria Couture, La Femme Boutique, and Laurel’s Couture — all within steps of each other on Santee Street. You’ll find dozens more prom dress stores in the LA Fashion District concentrated in this area — on Santee Street, from 9th to 14th, and Maple Avenue, from Olympic Boulevard to 12th Street. 

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 the dresses on 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.

In need of some dress inspo? Here are some of our favorites from our research.

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#ICYMI our friends at The Santee Alley wrote a blog post all about accessories for prom. Click here to check it out.

A Guide to LA Market Week: Fall ’19 Edition

ABOUT LA MARKET WEEK

The Fall 2019 LA Market Week, also known as LA Fashion Market will be held March 11th-13th at participating showroom buildings. Designers and brands will debut their collections for the upcoming Summer 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.

For the Lines Directory click here.

 

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 SpaceGerry 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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Scroll thru for an early look at this seasons’s LABEL ARRAY lineup, featuring a diverse mix of apparel, accessories, footwear & beauty brands for the diverse range of boutique buyers coming to Market from across the country. Make fresh brand discoveries with newcomers like @42goldshoes @shopsurlacote @save_the_duck @fullfaceproject @handfulbra @luvmyvines @blendingcandle @jerrybag_seoul & many more to be announced. Shop returning faves like @zleurope @shopsadieandsage @supergausa @stevemadden @pol_clothing @marciamoran_jewelry @shop_miashoes @luckybrand @chineselaundry & so many more. #LAMarketWeek Mar 11-13 For more about Label Array visit the website (link in bio) Register online by Mar 4 (link in bio)

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The New Mart127 E 9th St.

Cooper Design Space860 S Los Angeles St.

Gerry Building910 S Los Angeles St.


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It’s been a busy day @ D&A #designersandagents#spring2018#retailers#buyers

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The Lady Liberty843 S. Los Angeles St.

Academy Award Clothes Showroom817 S. Los Angeles St.

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.
  • Neihule Salon + Academy will be having special pricing just for Market Week. Call now to make your appointment: (213)395-0947

See you next week!

A Day in the LA Fashion District

Three-day holiday weekends are the perfect opportunity to discover new parts of your neighborhood or explore your city like a tourist. The LA Fashion District’s 100+ blocks of creativity, community and culture guarantee a fun day of vibrant adventure!

This guide is a suggested itinerary for a full day of leisure exploration. Modify the schedule to best suit your personal preferences — maybe you’ll linger at the Tuck Hotel for after-dinner cocktails — and be sure to tag all of your adventures using #lafashiondistrict on social media.

Enjoy “A Day in the LA Fashion District”!

10:30 AM – Brunch
Get a late start to your day and enjoy brunch at the popular Poppy + Rose. Because who doesn’t love brunch?

Brunch, Poppy + Rose

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12 PM – Shopping
It’s time to walk off that delicious brunch. Head on over a couple of blocks to enter the famously unique Santee Alley, most popular for bargain shopping and a lively atmosphere. Here you’ll find anything from toys to formal wear!

Santee Alley

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2 PM – Lunch
Lunch time already? You’re in luck because Sonoratown has just been named an “Essential LA Restaurant” by Eater LA and they live up to the laundry list of awards an accolades they’ve received over the past year.

Sonoratown

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3 PM – Fun
If you haven’t been to an Escape Room, this is your chance. Escape Rom LA opened in December 2014 and is now LA’s largest and most popular escape game company, presenting more than 80 games each week. Now that you’re fueled with the best tacos in town, you should be up for the mental challenge ahead. Good luck!

Escape Room LA The Pyramid.07

Photo Via Escape Room LA

4:30 PM – Art
If you escaped successfully, visit Avenue des Arts…literally right next door. Here you can see art from well known artists such as Matt Gondek, Brett Crawford, Pez and so many more.

Avenue des Arts

Photo Via @avenuedesarts_hk

6 PM – Dinner
Yes, it’s time to eat again! Dinner is served at Bar Garcia inside of the Tuck Hotel. Enjoy a small bite or a full crispy paella. Whatever you decide, we’re sure you’ll love it!

Bar Garcia, Tuck Hotel

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7:30 PM – Dessert
Last but not least, no day is complete without dessert. Little Damage is the place to go for a delicious treat AND a pretty new Instagram photo. Check out their IG feed to get a glimpse at what’s in store (or cone) for you.

Little Damage

Photo Via @little.damage

We’ll see you soon!