L.A. Fashion District
The Los Angeles Fashion District is a design, warehouse, and distribution nexus of the clothing, accessories and fabric industry in Downtown Los Angeles. Spanning 100 blocks in the heart of Downtown L.A., the Los Angeles Fashion District is the hub of the L.A. fashion industry, featuring more than 2,000 independently owned retail and wholesale businesses with apparel, accessories and footwear for the entire family. The district is also home to the lively Santee Alley, the largest selection of fabrics and notions in Southern California, and the L.A. Flower District, the largest flower market in the United States.The district is open to both the public and the trade. Designer showrooms and wholesale businesses are for the trade-only. However, Santee Alley and retailers in the surrounding area are open to the public, as are many of the businesses on the west side of the district.The Los Angeles Fashion District is easily accessible from the 110, 101, 10, 5 and 60 freeways. All-day parking is available at surface lots and structures on nearly every block; rates range from $8–15 for the day. Metered street parking is also available.
The Los Angeles garment industry was established early in the 20th century, and grew substantially in the 1920s and 1930s. In the 1950s, the area became a center for sportswear and women’s clothing, partly with the contributions of American Jewish entrepreneurs who had moved to the area from New York City. Sephardic Jews from North Africa and France entered the area’s garment trade in the 1970s; followed by Persian Jews fleeing the 1979 Islamic Revolution; and then Korean immigrants who had first emigrated from South Korea to Brazil, where they operated fashion businesses. By 2000, the area’s textile trade was dominated by Middle Easterners (including Iranians and Israelis) and North Africans, followed by Koreans. As of 2015, at least a third of the businesses were Korean, according to the Korean American Apparel Manufacturers Association.
The garment district’s evolution to include retailing in addition to manufacturing and wholesale sales, began in the Santee Alley. An alley that serviced the back doors of manufacturing and wholesale businesses, these businesses would open retail outlets out their back doors for one or two days a week. These retail operations grew into full-time businesses along four blocks and transformed the alley into a bazaar.
In March and October, the district is recognized for Los Angeles Fashion Week. Crowds. Celebrities, designers, media, guests, and VIP’s from all over the country come to sneak the first peek at new collections and trends. The LA Fashion Magazine highlights new designers, trend reports, fashion.
In 1995, a group of business owners in the Garment District established a business improvement district to improve the neighborhood. In 1996 the new group formally changed the name of the Garment District to the Los Angeles Fashion District.
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