FIDM’s location in the heart of downtown LA provides an immense opportunity to explore right around the fashion school. Downtown has several booming industries—from production to wholesalers selling a wide variety of items. If you plan to start your own business, downtown is a good place to start educating yourself and gaining some valuable experience.
My favorite 5 places are:
1) Fashion District: From buying fabrics, trims, sewing, dyeing, printing, embroidery, pattern making, designing—anything related to the garment industry is here. You get a whole feeling for the apparel industry and good exposure to where to get things done at the right price. And, of course, speaking Spanish is a BIG plus.
3) Flower District: Be it a wedding, birthday, or any other celebration, I have seen people buying exotic varieties of flowers at wholesale. Really good prices and great quality, the flowers here would normally cost 3 times more in a store.
4) Toy District: The destination for wholesale toys. Good variety for a good price.
5) LA LIVE: Last but not least, food and entertainment are really important and LA LIVE is HOT in that area. From catching a game or a concert event to watching a movie, this place is really lively throughout the week. Eating joints, bars, lounges offer a variety of cuisines and styles. Also, there are nice hotels for visiting guests.