The following is a list of frequently asked questions and answers regarding the LA Fashion District.
Q. What are the hours of operation in the LA Fashion District?
A. General business hours are Monday – Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturdays are the busiest days, as many stores that are wholesale-only will sell to the general public. Sundays, only about 30% of the stores are open. Santee Alley and many stores around Santee Alley are open 365 days a year. Individual store hours may vary, contact stores directly.
Q. Is the LA Fashion District open during holidays?
A. Most businesses in the district observe all major holidays. However the Santee Alley and surrounding retail vendors are open during holidays. Individual store hours may vary, contact stores directly.
Q. How do I get to the LA Fashion District?
A. The LA Fashion District is located in downtown Los Angeles and is easily accessible from the 110, 101, 10, 5, 60 freeways and by public transportation. For more detailed driving directions.
Q. Where can I park and how much will it cost?
A. Parking is available in surface lots and structures on nearly every block of the Fashion District and ranges from $8 – 15 for the day. Metered street parking is also available.
Q. What hotel accommodations are available?
A. The Ace Hotel is currently the only hotel located in the Fashion District, but there are plenty of options in Downtown LA. View a list of nearby hotels here.
Q. Where is Santee Alley located?
A. Santee Alley is an actual alley, located between Santee Street and Maple Avenue. The Alley starts on Olympic Boulevard and goes for two blocks, where it connects to the New Alley. Directions to Santee Alley.
Q. What credentials are needed in order to purchase wholesale?
A. Generally, In order to purchase at wholesale in the LA Fashion District, a wholesale/resellers license or tax ID number is required. Each store has its own minimum requirements.
Q. What is required to attend/register for market weeks?
A. Buyers and retailers wishing to attend market weeks at the district’s designer showrooms will need to register 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, a photo I.D. and business card or business tax I.D. is required. Please view our buyer info page for more details.
Q. How do I start a fashion-related business?
A. The Mayor’s Economic Development Team is available to help you get started with permits, licenses and more.
Q. When is the next sample sale?
A. Sample sales are generally held on the last Friday of every month, as long as it does not conflict with a market week. We post the upcoming sales for the month on our Facebook, Twitter, and blog.
Q. How do I get a job/internship in the LA Fashion District?
A. A good resource for finding jobs and internships in the LA Fashion District is through the classified sections of the various industry publications. The Cooper Design Space also posts available jobs and internships on their blog.