The LA Fashion District has long been a center of creativity and a welcoming home for artists and galleries. Fashion is after all, often considered an art form. Most recently, Hong Kong-based Avenue des Arts opened at the corner of 8th and Los Angeles Streets and installed five new murals behind its new location. You can see the murals at 8th and Werdin Place. Late last month, Jeff Hamilton Studios hosted an international street art fair pop-up at 935 S Wall St, which the gallery plans to make a monthly event, and earlier this year Mugello Gallery opened at 818 Spring St. Currently there are at least 11 art galleries operating in the Fashion District and 11 large-scale murals, most of which are located in the northwestern quadrant.
Unsurprisingly, Eighth Street has become the connecting thoroughfare between the galleries and murals. The street itself boasts Pskaufman Gallery and seven murals, starting at Werdin Place and ending with Etam Cru’s Mr. Rooster at 8th and Wall Street. Eighth Street connects to the Santee Village courtyard, where REN Gallery and Diego Cardoso Gallery are located, and serves as a hub for residential life. Fashion District artists can be seen hanging out at No Ghost Bears (formerly Coffee Colab), their art is displayed at Cleaners LA, they walk across the street to grab tacos at Sonoratown from which anyone can enjoy an unobstructed view of Teddy Kelly‘s colorful abstract, (8th and Los Angeles St) or head over to Wild Living Foods (8th and Main St). The health food spot has an equally colorful mural inside. Nearby, there is another project by a Fashion District artist in the works.
Art is all around us. But in a place like the Fashion District, where the air buzzes with creativity and color and texture abound, it feels especially at home. The art here is vibrant, colorful, reflective of its urban location, and often culturally significant. It’s representative of the district. We highly recommend it.
Check out Fashion District galleries during the next Downtown Art Walk, on the second Thursday every month, 6-10 p.m. Take a self-guided tour of Fashion District murals using the map above.