Exploring the LA Fashion District

September 14, 2012 by

Local Recommendations, Things To Do

Santee Alley in the Fashion District

Santee Alley in the Fashion District. Photo credit: IK’s World Trip via Flickr.

Los Angeles is known for many things, and one of them is for being a hotspot of trendy fashion. Surely you’ve heard of Rodeo Boulevard and Melrose Place. These hotspots are really only the tip of the iceberg, however, for Los Angeles fashion culture pervades the very fabric of the city, something for which you’ll get a feel for when you visit this happening town. To truly get a feel for fashion, and to see the latest trends with your own eye, head on over to the LA Fashion District—no trip to LA is complete without at least a peek. Not if you’re a fashionista, that is.

Los Angeles’ Fashion District is 100 blocks of accessory and apparel for all walks of life. Though this may seem daunting, the area is open and easily accessible for those who just wish to swing through. Open from Monday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., it’s here that you’ll find cutting-edge styles and fabulous fashion bazaars. Top on the list? Santee alley. In Santee Alley on Olympic between Santee Street and Maple Ave., you’ll experience a shopping experience you probably have come to expect in a Turkish promenade. Here, people from all cultural origins sell their wares—from socks to designer purses. Be prepared to haggle.

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Next up is The European Corridor, which can be seen as a cut-rate Rodeo Drive of sorts. On Pico Boulevard between Main and Santee Streets, you’ll find the international brands of high-end sophistication you’ve come to covet. And though expensive, these items are generally a steal when compared to retail pricing found in storefronts.

The Flower Market is just as you might imagine—a flower market to beat all flower markets. If you’re into what blossoms, you can find it here—on Wall Street between 7th and 8th.


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