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LA’s Fashion District: Why You Should Care

When people think about the very best in high fashion, the scenes that often come to mind involve supermodels, runways, and either New York City or Paris. But, there is another major powerhouse in the fashion industry – the LA Fashion District.

Spanning 100 blocks of DTLA, it’s the largest apparel hub on the West Coast consisting of over 4,000 businesses, 1,500 showrooms, and a whole lot of ingenuity. Beyond hosting LA Fashion Week, which shines a light on development and progress of DTLA, the District helps burgeoning designers and entrepreneurs build their businesses and brands. The economic impact is immense. And, in addition to all that, it’s just a way to have fun in DTLA! If you find yourself visiting this historic district, here’s what you’ll see…

Wholesale

Colorful clothes on clothing rack

*image from LA Fashion District’s Facebook

The majority of business that is done in the area is on the wholesale side. The wholesale vendors and designer showrooms make up about 80 percent of the LA Fashion District. Thousands of wholesale businesses line the streets. Additionally, five times a year, the District hosts the LA Fashion Market, which connects wholesale buyers and retailers all over the world to the hottest designers and latest collections. It’s worth noting that the majority of these vendors and showrooms are for trade-only.

Textiles

Colorful clothes on clothing rack

*image from LA Fashion District’s Website

Textiles are big business in DTLA! For designers and craft lovers, the Fashion District is a mecca. In fact, it has the largest collection of textiles and notions in the United States with almost 200 retail and wholesale textile vendors. From the simple to exotic, whatever fabric, bead, trim, or other craft or home decor accessory you need is probably on the shelves of one or more of the LA Fashion District retailers. To take a gander at the massive selection, just make your way to the four-block area that’s between Olympic Blvd and 8th Street, and San Julian and Maple.

Santee Alley

busy santee street in downtown LA

*image from LA Fashion District’s website

For a more eclectic selection of products, make sure to hit up Santee Alley. The 3-block retail shopping path between Maple and Santee is known globally as the place to go for incredible bargains. This outdoor market is open to the public and home to more than 150 independent vendors and shops. With such a wide variety of deals that include discount clothing, accessories, toys, and beauty products, this is a must-see part of the LA Fashion District!

LA Flower District

pretty colorful flowers

*image from LA Fashion District’s Website

Along 8th Street is the LA Flower District. There are two major attractions within this area: The LA Flower Market and the California Flower Mall. The Flower Market is located on Wall Street and is the largest of its kind in the U.S. There is a fee for entry and access is limited, so make sure to check the website for information and hours.

The California Flower Mall is in the heart of the Flower District and boasts 45,000 square feet of flowers and plants from all over the world. Here, professionals and hobbyists alike can choose from over 50 vendors on any day of the week.

*image from California Flower Mall’s Website

Gallery Row in the LA Fashion District

pretty colorful flowers

*Image from LA Fashion District’s website

Art and culture are a big deal around these parts! The Gallery Row District in the heart of DTLA includes a plethora of galleries, theaters, museums, and public art installations. And, on the second Thursday of every month, there’s also an art walk that attracts thousands of people. It’s a great way to have some fun in DTLA! The Fashion District and Gallery Row intersect at Spring Street where there are nearly a dozen awesome art galleries.  

LA’s Fashion District is essential to both the fashion industry and the citizens of Los Angeles. Beyond the economic impact, it also just brings the community together. We should know – WREN Apartments is 10 minutes from the LA Fashion District!

The close proximity to things like the Fashion District is only a small portion of the benefits you get at WREN. We make sure the vibrancy of LA carries over to our apartment community. Amenities like a private fitness center, business center, and conference room allow DTLA-ers to focus on their health and career as they see fit. An onsite restaurant keeps residents connected to their neighborhood and community without them having to really leave home. Plus, WREN’s sizeable apartments showcase a modern and urban aesthetic, but warm and natural tones maintain a sense of comfort. There’s much more we can talk about, but we know your time is precious.

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10 Best Spots for a Quick Bite in South Park, DTLA 2017

Los Angeles is constantly growing and evolving, and the neighborhood of South Park is getting more and more exciting by the day. At WREN apartments, we’re proud to be able to provide the residents of our apartments in South Park, LA with the opportunity to live and flourish in a dynamic and eclectic urban atmosphere.

It’s no secret that one of the reasons that DTLA is so great is because of all the amazing dining options, especially if you’re on the go. So here they are: the ten best quick places to eat in South Park, LA.

1. The Briks

The Briks is known for its innovative dishes and unique atmosphere. You’ll enjoy watching classic movies while Chef Mario Christerna provides you with a variety of surprisingly affordable North African and Mexican dishes. The Briks offers brunch, lunch and dinner, and between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., you can take advantage of an awesome happy hour.

Directions to the Briks from WREN

2. EJ’s Bites

Fast food doesn’t have to be unhealthy food. Since 2015, EJ’s has proven this by serving delicious and healthy pitas, bowls and salads. Only fresh, raw ingredients are used in their meals, and the pitas and falafel are made daily. Residents of WREN apartments have found that this is one of the best places to eat in South Park, LA if you’re in a hurry. The service is prompt, attentive and friendly. So, if you need to quickly get your protein on, definitely check it out.

Directions to EJ’s bites from WREN

3. Arashi Sushi

Many of our residents have had the pleasure of experiencing Arashi Sushi since it is just a 7-minute walk from WREN’s apartments in South Park, LA. For 20 years, Chef Ken Park has been using his skill and creativity to turn sushi into true works of art. It’s no wonder why Arashi calls the menu “art” and the chef an “artist”.

Directions to Arashi Sushi from WREN Apartments

4. COW DTLA

            COW, which is literally just around the corner from WREN, has become a favorite among our leasing staff. It’s probably because they crank out deliciously wholesome breakfast food and unbeatable coffee nice and quickly – perfect if you’re on the go. Taking inspiration from mediterranean and vegetarian foods, COW is the #1 spot if you’re after quick breakfast eats in DTLA. 

Directions to Cow from WREN

5. Tom’s Urban

Tom’s Urban made our list of the best places to eat in South Park, LA because it’s perfect for drinking a beer, savoring some high-end comfort food and watching a game, if you have some time. Plus, the Staples Center is right next door, so if you plan to see the action in person, Tom’s is perfect for both pre and post game!

Directions to Tom’s Urban from WREN

6. B.S. Taqueria

B.S. Taqueria, a modern Mexican restaurant known for its delectable tacos and margaritas, is less than a mile from WREN apartments. The atmosphere is casual and fun and, if you or your friends are vegetarian, there are many meatless options available. In fact, the staff will kindly modify dishes to accommodate dietary restrictions.

Directions to B.S. Taqueria from WREN

7. Live Basil Pizza

Everybody loves a good pizza! This is why Live Basil Pizza is known as one of best places to eat in South Park, LA. Live Basil prides itself in using natural, quality ingredients. In addition to being just a few minutes from our DTLA apartments, Live Basil is also right next to several of DTLA’s sports and entertainment venues, which is why many of our tenants have made it their go-to spot for a quick bite before a game or show.

Directions to Live Basil Pizza

8. California Kabob Kitchen

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention California Kabob Kitchen when talking about the best places to eat in South Park, LA. This spot is a favorite of WREN apartments. Regulars always make sure to show up hungry for the large portions of mouthwatering Persian and Mediterranean food. Make sure you come ready to eat!

Directions to California Kabob Kitchen from WREN

9. Hoke Poke

Poke has become incredibly popular over the last couple of years, and when you taste Hoke Poke, you’ll understand why. Chef Lauren Haas creates scrumptious poke bowls using only sushi-grade fish and fresh, sustainable ingredients. Hoke Poke offers traditionally Hawaiian dishes with hints of Japanese influence. For many DTLA-ers, Hoke Poke is arguably the best poke in all of Los Angeles.

Directions to Hoke Poke from WREN

10. Impresso

The best places to eat in South Park, LA are not always full-service restaurants. Impresso is small hidden café that is about a 5-minute walk from our apartments in South Park, LA. Outside of the java that satisfies even the hardest-to-please coffee critics, Impresso also serves breakfast, salads, sandwiches, breads and croissants.

Directions to Impresso from WREN

When it comes down to it, it was an easy decision to choose South Park as a home for WREN apartments. We continuously work to create unique and vibrant living experiences, and DTLA perfectly complements the culture of our community. When our residents are not out exploring the city, they’re enjoying our stylish, modern apartments and top-of-the-line amenities that encourage comfort and balance.

Are you ready to live a balanced lifestyle? Contact WREN today!