2017 LA Market Week Dates

2017 la market week dates

The LA Fashion District hosts five market weeks a year. LA Market Week, also known as LA Fashion Market, is a trade event in which designer brands and showrooms debut their collections for the upcoming season. Along with the district’s permanent showrooms, various trade shows participate in market week throughout the year. For a full list of participating brands, see our Lines Directory, which is updated prior to each market week.

The 2017 LA Market Week Dates will be as follows:

  • January 16-19, Summer 2017
  • March 13-16, Fall 2017
  • June 5-8, Fall II/Holiday 2017
  • July 31-August 3, Holiday/Resort 2017
  • October 2-4, Spring 2018

Market week is a trade-only event. You must own or work for a licensed retail business to purchase wholesale. Buyer requirements are listed here. Additional trade shows including LA Textile and LA Majors are listed here.

There are six main showroom buildings, California Market Center, Cooper Design Space, The Gerry Building, The New Mart, The Lady Liberty Building, and Academy Awards Clothes Showroom Building. Learn more abou the Fashion District’s designer showroom buildings, here.

Questions? Tweet us! @lafashiondist

Remy Leather Celebrates 45 Years in the Fashion District

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Remy Leather, one of the few leather manufacturers left in the country, is celebrating over 45 years in business! Family owned since their opening in March 1971, they are proud to have always called the Fashion District home.

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Quality matters. Remy Leather manufactures leather and cloth jackets, coats and vests for men and women. Their production process is thorough to ensure that only the highest quality pieces are produced. Over 90% of the raw leather purchased is ordered from and tanned in Italy. Remy Leather then designs each piece, cuts to order, sews the garment, and ships the finished product.

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Remy Leather prides themselves on paying workers hourly, and not by piece. There is no pressure in regard to the production process, which keeps the quality up and prevents any inferior products from going through. All of Remy Leather’s workers have extensive knowledge in leather, with the average tenure being 18 years.

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Remy Leather products can be found in specialty and better department stores and soon the public will be able to purchase direct from the factory. A retail location will be opening later this year offering samples and overstock.

 

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Interested in carrying Remy Leather in your boutique? Contact Remy Leather!

If you have any questions you can contact Remy Leather at 213.747.5493 or info@remyleather.com

Any questions about the Fashion District? Contact us

Where to Buy Wholesale Shoes

Wondering where to buy wholesale shoes in Los Angeles? The LA Fashion District’s wholesale shoe vendors are concentrated on E. Pico Boulevard from S. San Pedro to Stanford Street. Here you will find wholesale sandals, heels, boots, booties, and flats. To help you narrow down your search, we’ve selected three wholesale shoe vendors to feature: W&M Shoes, BEST SHOES, and CJ Shoes Inc.

A quick note about buying wholesale: “To buy wholesale” means you are buying items in bulk to resell. To purchase wholesale items in the fashion district you must be able to prove that your licensed to resell. Any of the items on this list can be used as credentials. All wholesale vendors have a “minimum.” This is the minimum quantity of pieces you will need to buy, typically of the same style.

WHERE TO BUY WHOLESALE SHOES:

Where to buy wholesale shoes in Los Angeles

W&M Shoes
W&M Shoes requires minimum orders between 12 and 18 pairs, depending on the style. Prices start at $20 per pair of shoes. To place an order visit W&M Shoes main office and showroom at 757 E. Pico Blvd, Los Angles, CA 90021. Customers can reach the store at 213-742-1207 or via email at wmshoes@sbcglobal.net.

 

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BEST SHOES
At BEST SHOES, minimum orders also range from 12 to 18 pairs, depending on shoe style. BEST SHOES manufactures its own shoes. The showroom is located on 737 E. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90021. Customers can reach the store at 213-746-7565 or via email at bestshoes@sbcglobal.net.

 

Where to buy wholesale shoes

CJ Shoes Inc.
CJ Shoes Inc. requires minimum orders of 12 pairs to 18 pairs. Prices range from $5.50 to $30 per pair. CJ Shoes Inc. is located on 739 E. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90021. Customers can reach the store at (213) 765-3404 or via email at cjshoesla@yahoo.com. See CJ Shoes Inc.’s collection online at www.cjshoeswholesale.com.

 

The wholesale shoe vendors featured in this post are “cash-and-carry.” This means buyers take the merchandise with them immediately after purchasing or arrange to have the shoes delivered to their store by a third party.

BUYER TIPS:

  • Be sure to visit the buyer requirements page to understand what you need to buy wholesale shoes.
  • Refer to the LA Fashion District map to locate where the wholesale shoe vendors are located.
  • Find designer wholesale shoes in the fashion district here.
  • Find more cash-and-carry wholesale shoe vendors here.

LA Market Week June 2016 Buyer’s Guide: Fall/Holiday 2016

LA Market Week June 2016

ABOUT LA MARKET WEEK JUNE 2016

LA Market Week June 2016, also known as the Fall II/Holiday 2016 L.A. Fashion Market, will take place June 6th through the 9th 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.

PARTICIPATING BRANDS

Designer brands exhibiting during the Fall II/Holiday 2016 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 Lines Directory is updated prior to each market week.
Search the Lines Directory here.

LOCATIONS

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

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  • Showroom Directory
  • Select showrooms will be open as early as Sunday, June 5th for LA Market Week June 2016 appointments.
  • Pre-Register here to be entered to win a dinner for two at a DTLA restaurant.

Cooper Design Space860 S Los Angeles St.

Cooper Building - LA Market Week June 2016

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Gerry Building910 S Los Angeles St.

Gerry Building - LA Market Week June 2016

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The New Mart127 E 9th St.

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Additional Participating Showroom Buildings:

TRADE SHOWS EXHIBITING AT LA MARKET

Trade shows for the LA Market Week June 2016 will include:

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 June 2016 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 June 2016 is typically on-site although some trade shows do offer pre-registration online.

DIRECTIONS

Directions to the Fashion District can be found here.  You can also download a map of the area here. LA Fashion Market Week June 2016 takes place in the area outlined in red below.

HOURS

Showrooms and trade shows typically open at 9 a.m. and will close at 5 p.m.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Ace Hotel is the closest hotel, only two short blocks away from the epicenter of LA Market Week June 2016. Market attendees can take advantage of discounted rates by using the code “MART.”
Click here to book your reservation.

Ace Hotel

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Additional hotels in the area are listed here.

Some hotels offer discounted rates through the individual buildings. Please check the respective buildings’ websites for additional accommodation offers.

PARKING

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

 

Have additonal questions about the LA Market Week June 2016? Tweet us! @lafafshiondist

Buying Wholesale: Online vs. In-person

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The LA Fashion District is home to thousands of wholesale showrooms, both designer and cash-and-carry or “fast fashion.” Buyers from all over the world come to Downtown Los Angeles to source merchandise for their stores and boutiques. Traditionally, sourcing had to be done in-person but the internet has changed everything. Now buyers can source merchandise online from wholesale marketplaces, but are they paying a premium for the online services? We partnered with online boutique KyootKlothing.com to find out.

Andrea Sager, owner and buyer for KyootKlothing.com, was planning her first-ever trip to the Fashion District when we connected with her on Twitter. She started her business while in law school (she is still a law student) and had up until then sourced merchandise for her boutique exclusively online. KyootKlothing.com caters to professional women and offers causal and business-casual clothing. Andrea’s goal is to maintain the quality of her products while providing options for women of all shapes, sizes, and budgets.

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In her quest to provide the best possible quality and price, Andrea booked a flight to Los Angeles and spent two days researching wholesale pricing and style options in the Fashion District. As part of our partnership she let us tag along to take photos and reported back on her experience. She concluded that wholesale merchandise in the district is in fact more affordable when compared to the major online wholesale marketplaces.

While many of the wholesalers in the LA Fashion District do not have a website, they are still dedicated to building strong relationships with buyers. As Andrea learned throughout the process “there’s no better way to build a relationship than face to face.” Many of the wholesalers encouraged Andrea to call if she saw similar items on other websites, as they would give her a better price. For new buyers, Andrea recommends spending at least two full days in the district, as there is not enough time to see everything the area has to offer in one day!

Insider Tip: Many wholesale LA Fashion District vendors sell online through third-party wholesale marketplaces. The online platform acts as the middle-man between the wholesale vendor and the buyer. When you shop directly from the vendor, it eliminates the middle-man and any of the costs that would have otherwise been incurred in the process.

Additional benefits of buying wholesale in-person include knowing the quality and fit of the product at the time of purchase.

To see Andrea’s finds visit KyootKlothing.com.

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So now we know, making that trip to the Fashion District WILL save you enough money to make that flight worth it!

And for all our first-time business owners, we asked Andrea to share her top 5 tips for starting a fashion business.

  • Be persistent. It does not happen over night. Andrea started her business in August 2015 and continues to do everything she can to market her store including social media, Instagram giveaways, reaching out to influential bloggers, and staying involved in her local community.
  • Be financially savvy. Andrea saved-up to start her boutique and continues to finance her own business.
  • Know your audience. Always remember that you are buying for your customer, and not for yourself!
  • Believe in yourself. Self explanatory, right?
  • Make sure you buy (wholesale) ahead of time. Create a timeline to buy the merchandise for your store. Make sure allow yourself enough time to take photos, edit them, and upload them to your site. Remember that the product still needs to be “in” at the end of this process.

If you have any questions about buying wholesale in the district, please contact us!

*Andrea did most of her sourcing on the eastern side of the district, in the San Pedro Wholesale Mart and surrounding area.