Fashion & Fabric District – Downtown LA

October 13, 2012 |  by  |  Photos, Travel

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Buying fabric in Canada can be limiting at times. Very few stores and very few different products. When Bryce and I decided we’d take a small vacation in October I wanted to visit either New York City or Los Angeles (yes, both have fashion/fabric districts). Together we decided on LA – neither one of us had ever been there before, the flights from Edmonton were 3 hours (not like the red-eyes we’d be taking to New York City), and well, the weather was beautiful. Below you’ll find me hunting for fabric…all in one afternoon.

Fashion Fabric District: 3ten.ca

The streets are lined like this for blocks.

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FiDM

FIDM (a well know design school, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and Project Runway, LA, season 6 was filmed there) is a scholarship store that is open to the public. Scholarship store? It’s a non-profit store that gives students jobs and from the sale of all merchandise and fabric, they give the students scholarships to the school.

The best part – the back wall is full of fabric – most for $1 a yard (basically a meter) What?! A dollar?! I got knits, terry cloth, lining, and so much more all for $52 (that’s 52 yards of fabric!!)

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What to choose, what to choose…..get it all Ali!

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Fashion District

2nd stop of the day…the Loft – 917 Maple Ave. The rest of the stores are in the same few blocks – we street parked (although there are many lots) and kept feeding the meter (watch out, though – they mark your tires!)

Fashion Fabric District: 3ten.ca

$2.50 a pound?  hmmm – Okay!

Fashion Fabric District: 3ten.ca

I had to hunt…but so worth it. The cardboard boxes are filled with odds & ends of fabric, but don’t be fooled, some are more than a yard long. Also, along the walls they have large rolls of fabric all divided by colour. I purchased 12.5 pounds, so with tax around $45 and it filled 4 bags the size of the large Fabricland ones! Score!

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Michael Levine – the go to shop for everything (even a 25 cent bathroom break). (the photo below is of their home decor store across the street from their main location – 920 Maple Ave).

Designer fabric? Yes! Chiffon? Yes! Serger thread, 4 for $1? Yes! I need a serger…

They ship to Canada, too! Bonus.

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Want a bargain? Haggle? True textile buying experience? Visit the places below!

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Santee Ally – very hectic, noisy and full of hustlers trying to sell you things. Fun? Depends on your mood. If you’ve never been, visit for a few blocks.

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Overall, a fabulous way to spend an afternoon carrying bags full of fabric…good thing I brought an extra suitcase or two!

Fashion Fabric District: 3ten.ca

How did I know where to go? Much help of the internet! Special thanks so Kathi Rank of PatternReview.com for her in-depth article on the LA Fashion district and also to Dana from danamadeit.com who’s favourite stores are many of the ones mentioned above.

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