Los Angeles is one of the largest shopping capitols in the world. People come from all over to find clothes, shoes, accessories and more! LA offers a shopping experience that is only found in only a few remote areas across the globe: LA Fashion District! Shopping LA Fashion District is unlike any other shopping experience. You will find 90 blocks filled with over 1,000 stores that offer merchandise at discount prices.
Sure Los Angeles has fabulous places to shop like Rodeo Drive and the Beverly Center where you are sure to see a few celebrities and spend a couple hundred dollars on a pair of shoes but that's not the kind of LA shopping we're talking about. Were talking about block after block of discount shopping, shopping for the true shopper! Only in LA Fashion District will you find the best of LA shopping. Believe it or not LA Fashion District is even more of a tourist attraction than those fancy overrated shopping locations and if you have ever been to LA Fashion District you know why.
If it is your first time you will need to know the ins and outs, a few helpful tips before shopping LA Fashion District:
Not all stores are open to the public. Some are wholesale only. Signs will be posted outside.
You will find the lowest prices and least crowds if you shop LA Fashion District during the week, the prices tend to be higher on weekends knowing they will be getting a lot of tourists. However, some stores that are usually only open to wholesale buyers will open to the public on Saturdays. I would take your first trip during the week and if there ends up being a store you would like to shop that opens to the public on Saturdays you could always go back.
Visit with someone who has a sellers permit for an extra discount, make sure to bring your sellers permit with you when you shop LA Fashion District.
Dress casual and comfortable, again this is no rodeo drive its 90 blocks of potential ground to cover so dress accordingly and wear comfortable shoes you will be walking a lot!
If you plan on doing a lot of shopping while at LA Fashion District you will want to bring a luggage stroller. You will not be close enough to just run back to the car and you won't want to be holding those shopping bags all day!
LA Fashion District is not a great place for children, it's crowded, dirty, and extremely overwhelming.
Don't be afraid to ask for a better deal. You can negotiate your way to some pretty good deals. This is not your regular shopping experience; the price you see is not the price you will have to pay.
Bring cash. Not only for food and parking but for shopping. You will most likely be making a lot of small purchases as things are really cheap you don't want a million credit card transactions, cash is much easier. Also many stores only accept cash! Always remember to keep your purse with you at all times, it's pretty safe but you can never be too cautious.
Try to use the restroom beforehand. You can find restrooms at certain spots while shopping LA fashion district but unless you know where they are you are going to have a hard time finding them and most will be restrooms you won't want to use.
There is parking structures on almost every block for your convenience when shopping LA Fashion District, you will have to pay between $8.00 to $10.00 to park.
Again, shopping LA Fashion District is a great experience but with it being 90 blocks you are bound to feel lost if you don't know where you are going. It will take multiple shopping trips before you really know your way around. If it is your 1st time I would suggest ordering a free map from the LA Fashion District Website. I would also suggest that your first shopping trip start with The Santee Alley. Here you will find a bit of everything instead of having to shop blocks and blocks for different items.
Directions to Santee Alley
Directions to LA Fashion District
LA fashion district is pretty much the pulse for fashion, it's where it all happens. LA Fashion District is not only for tourists and shoppers but also for business owners and retail buyers. Have you ever wondered where the clothes you find in your favorite are ordered, here it is! Fashion district has a few buildings reserved for companies to show their clothing lines. Buyers/owners visit these buildings and the vendors they are interested in and place their orders for the upcoming seasons. You must be a business owner and have a valid sellers permit or be a retail buyer to enter and purchase from these vendors but this is where it all happens. From True Religion Jeans to your favorite pair of name brand shoes you'll find them here. For more information on wholesale buying in LA Fashion District check out:
Have fun shopping!