Since we are not based in California, we were unsure what to expect on our first trip to the L.A. Fashion District. We looked up a few stores and made a list of the places we wanted to visit.
We flew to Los Angeles, got in our car and turned on the navigation. We could see the many stores directly from the highway so we got off and stayed vigilant to find parking. It was a surprise when we found parking very easily. It was a meter parking spot on Crocker St. We visited the Fashion District on a Wednesday and saw shipping trucks parked on every street and alley.
The stores were sparse with customers. We noticed a handful of stores that were filled with boxes which made it very difficult to look inside and shop. We skipped these stores because we only had a certain amount of time (stores close around 5:30pm).
As we walked into different stores, the level of customer service varied greatly. Some stores looked at us and thought we were shopping retail but were still helpful. Other store associates would not look our direction or acknowledge that we were there. One store stands out because they offered us bottled waters and were friendly through the entire process.
Here are a few things we learned: meter parking only allows for 2 hours so you will need to put more money in every few hours, bring your business license because most stores will want to see it, and not everything you see is available at that time. Some items are for pre-order and we found that even some clothing items were only an idea for a future product.
All in all, we had a fun time shopping at the L.A. Fashion District. We came back with a lot of beautiful clothing that we can't wait to share with you!