I had to go back to LA today to check on a custom table I'm having made for a client. The shop was just a few miles from downtown so I decided to stop by the Fashion Disctrict and see if there were any deals to be had. The Fashion District is great for a few reasons:
(1) It's really really inexpensive. Fabric prices range from $2/yd-$20/yd.
(2) You don't have to wait or pay for shipping, you can take it home with you right then and there.
(3)You get to haggle. Today I had a shop owner come running after me when I was leaving and brought the price of a pink leather hide down $50 from her original offer. How could I possibly say no to pink leather? (see photo below)
Sometimes you can score big on a great print, but if you're looking for a solid velvet or linen, you can almost always find what you need. Below are some photos of some cool stuff I came across today.
Jose helping me with my pink leather hide.
If you're new to the fabric district and looking for good upholstery or drapery fabrics, I recommend starting with Michael Levine (great prices, helpful workers, and tons to choose from), Castle Fabrics (great for scoring knock off well-known prints-Windsor Smith, KWID, etc., or just great prints in general), and Home Fabrics Inc. (good for silks and velvets).