1. Michael Levine (920 Maple Ave)
This is a huge store (60,000 square feet according to their website) that literally has everything.
We were there for nearly an hour, and I hadn't even covered half the store yet. A few of us returned later, I think we were there another hour but I still didn't cover everything in this place! The quality is good, and the prices are incredible.
I went crazy for knits here. Basic cotton jerseys were $3/yd, I also got some organic cotton/lycra for $4/yd and a metallic-coated grey sweatshirt knit for $5/yd.
2. Fabrics Fabrics (403 E 9th St, I think)
No, you haven't died and gone to heaven. You are at Fabrics Fabrics, my friend.
Many of the fabric shops in the Fashion District are teeming with polyester, and it would be easy to walk right by Fabrics Fabrics thinking it's one of those places. Don't make that mistake! This place is filled to the rafters with bolts of unique, quality, natural fiber fabrics, and the prices make it impossible to leave empty-handed. Great sales staff, too.
3. Mike's Fabrics (821 Wall St)
Mike's is a small, bright, well organized shop, with friendly sales staff and killer prices.
That was it for the fabric purchases. And I stayed (just) under my $200 budget.
Carrying around all this fabric was made easier with the help of this awesome Envirosax bag that all PR Weekend registrants received.
Next time I'm in LA, I'd like to visit:
B Black & Sons - What kind of place closes at 3 pm on a Saturday? B Black & Sons.
Mood - Located in a different neighborhood, we just didn't have time to fit it in this time.
(left) Showing off our blouses; (right) Learning couture techniques in Susan Khalje's class
There were over 50 PR members in attendance, and it was truly a treat to hang out with such a fun group of like-minded women. There were a lot of comments like, "Isn't that a Vogue dress?" and "Oh, the Burda wrap top!" Big thanks to Deepika for starting it all and "hello" again to everyone who attended! The weekend went by way too fast.
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