Monday, August 1, 2022

Fabric, Fabric, Fabric

 I have been spending the weekend in Woodland Hills, California attending an educational experience to teach others more about the history of fashion. Then earlier I went on a tour to the Los Angeles fabric district. If you have never been there, it is a treat. There are so many stores filled with so many different designs and types.

Other stores offer finished clothing from underwear to prom and bridal dresses to anything you could dream of and many of the prices were quite reasonable such as mens underwear at 5 for $10, etc. in addition, there are stores filled with jewelry, findings, ribbons, leather clothing, tiaras, sparkly appliqués, and so much more.

With one trip, you could find the clothing needed to outfit the members of the whole wedding party and find all the luggage for the bride and groom, get all the earrings, necklaces, etc, all within a few blocks. There is even a spot off towards the edge with flowers you might want for the wedding. Many of the bridal stores either carry or are next to stores with dresses for prom or other fancy event.

If you would rather create your own clothing, one can find sewing machines, fabric, thread, zippers,

buttons, trim, appliqués, beads, and just about everything needed to finish it. Want a good wool? You’ll find it there. You’ll find silks, satins, linen, mixtures of all sorts, polyester, rayon, and more. If you know who to see, you will know their claim the silk is 100 percent silk but for others, it is necessary to perform a burn test. Yes, I have done many a burn test to check claims and sometimes the threat of a burn test is enough to have the salesperson to change from 100 percent silk to its a silky polyester. Big difference.

The area has been there for a long, long time and it appears to have survived Covid relatively well. What is different is the increased number of small food trucks around the area. Some are extremely small with a table made out of two saw horses with a board across them, topped with a plastic table cloth.

If you are ever in Los Angeles and you have time, hop down to the area around 9th and Maple and spend your time exploring, shopping, and being proud of what you got. Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear.  Have a great day.

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