One of the biggest problems with moving to a new area is the lack of knowledge about the resources available. This is especially a problem when starting a new business and trying to figure out where to shop for clients. While everyone now spends a good amount of time with online shopping, there is still nothing better than walking into a wonderfully curated store and seeing/touching/loving items for a design.
Since moving to Los Angeles, I’ve been trying to learn more about the hundreds of design stores and the various neighborhoods where the bulk of the stores are located. It’s a slow process but I’ve gotten a ton of help from other bloggers who have been gracious enough to mention their favorite LA places. (Here are a few great posts from Emily Henderson and Design Sponge.)
The first (and obvious) stop when I arrived was the Pacific Design Center. Interestingly, I found it much less engaging and interesting than the SF Design Center. It’s a little dark and there are ton of empty showroom spaces. Luckily, I was able to purchase awesome curtain fabric for a client.
Over the last few days, I also finally made it to a few other stores that I’ve been dying to visit.
Here is my list of LA fabric stores I’ve compiled from various resources. I haven’t had the chance to visit most of them yet but thought it would be very helpful to others looking for suggestions.
- Michael Levine
- Mood Fabrics
- F & S Fabrics
- Diamond Foam and Fabric
- Home Fabrics
- Bella Fabrics
- International Silks & Woolens
- Deco Home