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July 13, 2017

Where Fashion Meets Art

Photo by BIRDMAN

The LA Fashion District has long been a center of creativity and a welcoming home for artists and galleries. Fashion is after all, often considered an art form. Most recently, Hong Kong-based Avenue des Arts opened at the corner of 8th and Los Angeles Streets and installed five new murals behind its new location. You can see the murals at 8th and Werdin Place. Late last month, Jeff Hamilton Studios hosted an international street art fair pop-up at 935 S Wall St, which the gallery plans to make a monthly event, and earlier this year Mugello Gallery opened at 818 Spring St. Currently there are at least 11 art galleries operating in the Fashion District and 11 large-scale murals, most of which are located in the northwestern quadrant.

Unsurprisingly, Eighth Street has become the connecting thoroughfare between the galleries and murals. The street itself boasts Pskaufman Gallery and seven murals, starting at Werdin Place and ending with Etam Cru's Mr. Rooster at 8th and Wall Street. Eighth Street connects to the Santee Village courtyard, where REN Gallery and Diego Cardoso Gallery are located, and serves as a hub for residential life. Fashion District artists can be seen hanging out at Coffee Colab, their art is displayed at Cleaners LA, they walk across the street to grab tacos at Sonoratown from which anyone can enjoy an unobstructed view of Teddy Kelly's colorful abstract, (8th and Los Angeles St) or head over to Wild Living Foods (8th and Main St). The health food spot has an equally colorful mural inside. Nearby, there is another project by a Fashion District artist in the works.

Art is all around us. But in a place like the Fashion District, where the air buzzes with creativity and color and texture abound, it feels especially at home. The art here is vibrant, colorful, reflective of its urban location, and often culturally significant. It's representative of the district. We highly recommend it.

Check out Fashion District galleries during Downtown Art Walk, today and on the second Thursday every month, from 6 to 10 p.m. Take a self-guided tour of Fashion District murals using the map above.

Leather France Textile Event, July 13 & 14

Leather France presents a special, two-day event featuring exotic leathers from French tanneries Alran SAS, Carriat, Cuirs Du Futur, Haas, HCP Group, & Raynaud Jeune. Open to the trade. 9a-5p | Suite C840 (8th Floor, C-wing) in the California Market Center.

More info:  leatherfrance.com

LA Market Week, July 31 - August 3

Save the date for the Holiday/Resort 2017 LA Market Week, July 31th through August 3rd. LA Market Week is the largest fashion trade show event in Los Angeles. The market takes places five times a year in the showrooms building at 9th and Los Angeles Streets. This event is open to the trade only. Click here for more info.

Where to Shop for Swimsuits in Santee Alley

July is here, but summer is far from over. There is still plenty of time to hit the pools and beaches. What better way to make a big a big splash at the next pool party than with a great swimsuit and accessories. Santee Alley has great shops with plenty of choices. Here are just a few with new trendy looks to get you through the rest of the summer...
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The Wall Farmer's Market
Enjoy food, flowers, and fresh produce at The Wall Farmer's Market every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The farmer's market sets up in front of the flower markets on Wall Street between 7th and 8th Streets.

Los Angeles Street Streetscape Project

Pardon our dust! We're working to make Los Angeles Street more pedestrian friendly. Learn more.

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