There are few things that I absolutely love about LA. #1- the Dodgers, and #2- the LA Fashion District, specifically the textiles (aka fabric).
Growing up, Mama Peep Toe introduced me to the Garment District, and over the years I have taken a few trips to get fabric for various projects- curtains, pillows, duvet covers, etc. They were all very simple square projects. And while I can still really only sew a square, I have come to TOTALLY appreciate the Mecca that is the LA Fashion District.
So, on my last visit to LA, I made Mama Peep Toe take me around the Garment District. Now I am going to warn you, it’s a little run down and a little gritty, but the fabrics are to die for!! According to this website, nowhere else on the West Coast even comes close, and I concur.
Now, the Fashion District itself is HUGE, so I suggest you start where Mama Peep Toe always takes me first: Michael Levine’s. It’s the largest store there (well, one of the only true ‘stores’):
We perused Michael Levine’s for a bit, and then hit the streets for the real fun!! Once you hit the streets, everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, is up for negotiation. It’s bargain shopping at its best. I didn’t get a pic of the street vendors, but I think this pic starts to hint at all the fabric that is available:
Can we say fire hazard?
First and foremost, Mama Peep Toe and I were looking for fabric for our Chuppah. I was envisioning lace, but a more modern looking lace (no sequins and puffiness for me). The best part of the garment district is if you can dream it, they have it. After about 8 or 10 stores, we found it, and I love it! The best part was that the fabric was only 8 bucks a yard!
Next up, I was looking for some fabric to help decorate the ceremony. This time I wanted something modern. We found a Nicole Miller ivory silk for 11 bucks a yard. Love it!
And finally, I wanted to get some cream pashminas for my maids. Unfortunately, we could only find fabulous $50 pashminas or cheapo $8 ones, so we decided to get something even better: vintage looking wraps. We got 4 for the girls at $18 each, and I fell in love with one myself.
Here’s a hint of everything we got together. All in all, it was a very successful morning shopping trip.
If you are in the LA area, I highly suggest a trip down to the Garment District. But make sure you go with someone who knows where they are going. Otherwise, it can be a madhouse.
Anyone else venture to an unknown land just for a few fabulous wedding day purchases?