LA isn't a fashion center like NYC, but we are home to some very popular brands. We're know to be on the casual side of the fashion spectrum (a little more than I'd even care to admit!), which is why we are at the epicenter of the denim craze. JBrand, Seven for all Mankind, AG, Rock and Republic, True Religion... et all. American Apparel prides itself on being manufactured in LA. Splendid, Ella Moss, James Purse have built a following based on comfortable, soft, luxurious fashion forward separates. Comfort is a key consideration when most Angelenos dress because the West Coast moves at a much slower pace than the East. I think this town offers us the opportunity to dress with a less practical approach, however. We don't need the urban armor required in other cities because we get around in the cleanliness and comfort of our cars. We can wear white because we don't ride in dirty cabs and subways, for the most part. We do little walking, unless we are actually on a walk or hike, which means we can teeter around in heels all day. When we are walking to lunch or work, from our parked cars, we are not navigating cobble stoned streets because our town is a new town. Why not take advantage fellow citizens? If you do find yourself craving a walk on the streets of our city or can't make it to NYC but want an urban experience with a fashion bent, I recommend a jaunt to our Fashion District. It's a feast for the eyes if you enjoy diversity, color, texture, glitter and bacon wrapped hot dogs! My main objective is the visual feast rather than the shopping buffet. It's a lot of counterfeit loot, particularly in Santee Alley, and very cheaply assembled garments. There are a few gems to stumble on, however - it's all part of the flavors of the
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The famous bacon-wrapped hot dogs I mentioned...
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