The LA Fashion District is known for being the kind of place where amazing deals and fashions are to be had if you know where to look. The various “sub-districts” frequented by bargain shoppers and treasure hunters have become as popular as the area itself: LA Fabric District, LA Flower District, Santee Alley, 9th and Broadway. (Yep! They are all in the Fashion District.) However, these popular destinations only make up a fraction of the 100-block area. In this series we will be sharing areas and businesses in the district outside of these sub-districts. These are the Fashion District hidden gems, starting with Los Angeles Street.
Los Angeles Street runs from the north to the south end of the Fashion District with stores offering everything from retail menswear to wholesale women’s accessories, but there’s a strip of Los Angeles Street between 9th and 7th Streets that holds some of the district’s most famed history and best retail stores. Over the next few weeks we’ll be highlighting the various businesses that make Los Angeles Street different from any other area in the Fashion District.
Historically Los Angeles Street has gone through numerous reincarnations. It was originally the center of apparel manufacturing on the West Coast and later became known for its discounts and manufacturers would sell their overstock goods to the public on weekends. (The original Santee Alley!) As manufacturing moved out of the area and wholesalers moved to to other areas of the district, the street became a retail destination for men’s suits and formal wear and is still the center for formal menswear in the Fashion District today.
Roger Stuart is perhaps the most famed of these suit stores. It has been manufacturing and selling suits to the City’s most prominent political figures and the local public alike for decades.
Naturally, it also offers the largest concentration of men’s footwear in the Fashion District, mostly men’s dress shoe. In recent years we’ve seen the addition of casual and more trendy footwear with the addition of stores like Blends LA, an athletic sneaker boutique.
Additional businesses that are not be missed – Bronzed Aussie and Localita The Badasserie, two “hole-in-the-wall” joints that serve amazing food and leave you wondering how it’s even possible. Bronzed Aussie is an Australian pot pie specialty cafe and Localita is a Vegan sandwich shop hidden in the Lady Liberty Building. Both are favorites on Yelp. You can read the reviews here and here.
We’ll be featuring a new Los Angeles Street “hidden gem” each week. Feel free to Tweet us @LAFashionDist with questions or just to share your favorite Los Angeles Street store.
Los Angeles Street business that have already been featured on the blog and you might have missed: