If you're a sewist ... or do beading ... or can make a purse or shoes out of a beautiful piece of leather ... the fashion district in downtown LA is the place for you! After wandering through only four or five blocks of stores, my head was spinning! This is definately the place to be if you're a designer because you can put your hands on any number of beautiful components to take a project from ordinary to over-the-top!
Lots of fabric for home decorating or dressmaking. You can see costumes or dresses waiting to spring out from the bolts of fabrics from all over the world. It was hard not to be distracted by all the pretty pieces ... I had no idea what I'd do with them but there were so many I'd love to take home!
There were so many styles of rose trim in just about every store that sold that kind of thing. I've seen the roses popping up in paper crafting and really like them so the more I saw the more seemed to appear!
And here's the view from midway back in the store ... with even more behind me. Can you imagine? It's all trims and buttons and components like that. They had fabulous metal buttons that would be terrific for a store in White Bear Lake but too many choices made it overwhelming at the moment ... but I know my way back! I did buy some trims that had lace and twill and hooks and eyelets all together ... sort of the look you see in Steampunk or as trims on items from Urban Outfitters. They were really interesting and different.