There’s a cool, creative part of Downtown Los Angeles near Hotel Figueroa that’s visited by one and half million people annually – the Fashion District. And though we all know it’s there (it’s 100 blocks, so it’s impossible not to), it’s a mystery to many of us who live here, and especially to those who don’t.
THE FASHION DISTRICT
Spanning eight city blocks from East 8th to East 16th, and bookended by Santee Street and Central Avenue, the Fashion District is the go-to spot for wholesale buyers, retail shoppers, designers, fashion students and stylists. It’s a true microcosm of the mix across LA, fueled by the creativity that makes this city tick.
Insiders know the Fashion District near our hotel in Downtown LA as a bargain hunter’s paradise. Store after store of shockingly affordable styles, sold to the public at wholesale prices (to translate, that’s, like, up to 70% off retail prices). With more than 1,000 stores peddling styles within reach, you can do some serious damage here on a budget. Of course, the key to emerging with stuff that looks expensive is to know what you’re looking for and cherry pick the right pieces. That’s what so many of Hollywood’s stylists do to save major studio productions money—and you can definitely borrow a page from their sneaky book. But you won’t find any stores you recognize from the mall. Here it’s indie, indie, indie.
Throughout the Downtown LA fashion district, designer boutiques are everywhere, nestled between stalls and in buildings that definitely don’t look like they’d hold a trove of high-end duds. There are way too many to name, but there’s a few that stylists are particularly excited about. Check out newly opened Dimepiece in the Merchant Exchange building, the street-style designer’s first brick-and-mortar. The edgy women’s line has outfitted everyone from girl groups to Cara Delevingne. It’s by appointment, just FYI. Also check out Swedish-bred Acne Studios on South Broadway near our DTLA hotel (the designer’s largest shop in the world at 5,000-square-feet which also happens to house a giant mushroom), Virgo Downtown on East 9Th for a little bit of affordable vintage heaven and celeb-favorite ready-to-wear French label A.P.C. on West 9th. From the minimalist to the A-list, there’s a little something for everyone if you know where to go. 100 blocks. 1,000+ stores. All nestled in Downtown LA, just a few blocks from Hotel Figueroa. That doesn’t sound like a shopping district. That sounds like a challenge. ‘Til Next Time, Hilary