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“Fashion district can be fun if you can find your way around!”

LA Fashion District
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Ranked #101 of 542 things to do in Los Angeles
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Owner description: The LA Fashion District is a 100 block district in downtown Los Angeles and is the hub of the West Coast apparel industry. It caters to the wholesale and retail communities, with apparel and accessories for the entire family, textiles, flowers, live/work lofts, and restaurants. It is home to Santee Alley, an outdoor shopping bazaar, and notable showrooms such as the California Market Center, Cooper Building, New Mart where annual LA Fashion Markets, LA Fashion Week, and other industry related tradeshows happen. Art is omnipresent in the LA Fashion District and as part of downtown's Gallery Row, the Fashion District is home to several art galleries that hos an eclectic mix of artists throughout the year, including the monthly Art Walk.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Fashion district can be fun if you can find your way around!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2014

Found lots of cheap clothes, purses, shoes, and prom dresses as well as lots of fabric stores and children's clothes. Had a hard time finding better quality fashionable clothes such as what you would find in Nordstrom or Saks. Did find one good store, Vertigo that had great clothes for a trendy office environment! Use the bathroom before you come as they are far between and dirty. Weekdays are the best time to come in the early morning or afternoon.

Visited January 2014
6 Thank Laura L
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Murrieta, California
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“Fun find”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2014

Do not go on weekends it is so CROWDED! Use the bathroom before you get there it is very hard
to find a clean bathroom. Ok now the shopping they have some great stuff, hand bags,shoes,
flat irons the good kind, make up like MAC and Urban decay. Fun place the clothing is not high end quality not even mid range quality think walmart-papaya some HM like clothing. Oh great place to buy costume jewlery. Also there are plenty of pay to park lots just don't leave valuables.

Visited January 2014
1 Thank Elvia92563
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San Diego, California
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“Interesting Place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2014

We've never been to the district, so we thought we'd give it a try. We were there the weekend after Christmas.

There are blocks and blocks of stores, and then more blocks. Santee Alley is an experience in itself - get there early to enjoy the shopping, otherwise you will be in a crush of people.

In my opinion - the quality of the goods is not so hot. But, that being said - we did make several purchases as its nice to know we spent $7 for a sweater that most likely won't be in style next year anyway. If you're looking for really good deals of Ross/TJMax quality - I think this is a good place to visit.

The wholesale items are mixed in with stuff we can purchase - but its not a big deal as they store employees are quick to let you know what you can purchase. Speaking of store employees - we encountered some very nice store employees, no one was pushy or tried to do a hard sell at all.

Bring cash, most stores want cash and not credit, though we did find a few that took credit.

Going on the weekend we did - many of the shops were closed. But that was fine - being our first trip up there, it was overwhelming enough so the quiet streets was welcome. I can't imagine this place during normal operations.

Suggestions: Be VERY specific in your recollection of where you park your car. All the lots begin to look alike after a while and they are all over. Bring cash. Study the map prior to determine which areas you want to hit (womens shoes, mens fashions, etc) and park near there if possible - again, know exactly where you parked.

Though many shops were closed when we went, the ones that were open were closing out their items because it was the last week of 2013. We got some really, really good deals - womens blouses for $5, etc.

Would we go again? yep, we're going to try to hit the closeouts again next year. Do I think the quality is very good? No, not particularly but I bought my son a jacket for $40 that we'd pay over $150 at a normal store. So, when he outgrows it next year I'm not going to even worry about it -

If you haven't been here before - its worth a visit.

Visited December 2013
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Redondo Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Its Obvious the Naysayers Definitely need to let me show them around”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

I live in California, I am in the Fashion District 3 times a week for business and pleasure.
I have learned how to navigate and find some of the best kept secrets you would definitely not want to share. If you are in town, and want to shop for trinkets (jewelry, fabric etc. Then you really need to be with someone who is well experienced in the FASHION DISTRICT, as you will clearly be lost on whats good and whats not!

Yes, we now have an influx of spanish speaking, why? They work there (labor is cheap), and they buy there, as cost of merchandise is also cheap. There are many hidden gems to find department store closeouts, Brand names sample sales and sooo much more!

Dont go if you hate being bumped or pushed or have a weak blatter, this is not for you!

Visited December 2013
9 Thank MogulMindset
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Charleston, South Carolina
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“Great Fabric District”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

Loved having the opportunity to go here to shop for fabric! I loaded up on Friday and Saturday morning. The parking is more expensive on weekend days, so if you can shop during the week, take advantage of cheaper parking. 9th and Maple is where it's at for fabric shopping. Park your car near here and spend a morning in fabric heaven. Take advantage of the street vendors for lunch and buy yourself a delicious street dog...though don't drip on your fabric purchase like I did!

Visited July 2013
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