The textile- or garment district is a fabrics buff’s heaven!
This shopping nirvana is bounded by I-10, 7th St, San Pedro St and Broadway (more or less).
Two of the most popular destinations are the California Market Center on 110 E. 9th and New Mart 127 E. 9th. and the outdoor Mall, Santee Alley between Olympic and Pico Boulevards.
Just navigate to 300 East 9th Street, which is the Starbucks at the corner of 9th and Santee.
The parking here is an experience in itself, the hustlers step out into the middle of the street trying to hijack customers. While we were there a hefty argument broke out between two of them accusing eachother of stealing customers. It got close to a scufle before new arrivals broke the tension.
The Los Angeles Garment District spans 100 blocks, with over 1,000 stores and warehouses selling fashions and accessories at 30% to 70% off retail prices.
Saturdays are the busiest Los Angeles Garment District shopping days, when wholesale-only shops open to the general public.
The Sunday shopping epicenter is Santee Alley between Olympic and Pico Boulevards, where you’ll find low prices, lots of knock-offs and fakes.
Los Angeles Garment District designer showrooms hold sample sales the last Friday of the month, especially at California Market Center (110 E. 9th) and New Mart (127 E. 9th), selling one-of-a-kind pieces and overstocks. Most take cash only.
Getting the Most Out of the Los Angeles Garment District
To help you explore the garment district, the Los Angeles Garment District website offers helpful tips.
A few tips may help you enjoy the Los Angeles Garment District:
- Restrooms are scarce. Use them when you find them.
- Dress casually in clothing that’s easy to take on and off
- Bring cash to get the best prices – and it’s OK to bargain: How much for this? What if I buy this, too? What if I pay cash?