To Live and Design In L.A.: Fabric Resources

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.

Pacific Design Center

Over the last few days, I also finally made it to a few other stores that I’ve been dying to visit.

Heath Ceramics to crush on tile that I probably can’t afford. This store is much smaller than the Northern California store but still makes you swoon for their wares.

Michael Levine Fabric. Fabric seemed to be a little overpriced but I discovered some new patterns that may work for contrast welting.

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

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