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Fashion's Night Out Highlights Downtown's New Retail Scene

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, September 09, 2010, at 06:20PM

Launched in New York City in 2009, Fashion’s Night Out is an effort to celebrate and support the fashion and retail industries.

The City of Los Angeles got on-board for 2010's event, which takes place on Friday, September 10, putting together a suite of events centered around the Beverly Center.

In a kickoff event earlier this month, the Mayor’s office touted the industry’s $5.7 billion yearly contribution to the Los Angeles economy.

Fashion has always been big business for Downtown, with manufacturing and showrooms occupying the area now known as the Fashion District for nearly a century.

Only two Downtown events are officially part of the national event.

For A Current Affair, twenty vintage retailers and private dealers will be bringing their wares to the Cooper Design Center (860 S. Los Angeles) for the pop-up vintage marketplace. Festivities run from 6 to 10pm on Friday, and then from 10am to 5pm on Saturday. $10 admission.

Parking itself on Main Street outside the Main Mercantile building (620 S. Main) will be a traveling boutique from designer Cynthia Rowley. The shop on wheels features Rowley’s full line of clothing, accessories, books and gifts. Dressing rooms are included in the converted shipping truck, so no worries about being unable to try on that potentially great find.

Lately, though, Downtown has also become a home for young fashion retailers, and on Friday two dozen stores will be open in the Historic Core and Fashion District, offering a wide variety of styles and accessories.

Several spaces will be having their soft-openings during the event, including Katie Kay’s GATHER at 639 S. Main, a new flagship showroom and retail store for martinMARTIN at 713 S. Los Angeles and the Bliss Boutique at 204 W. 6th.

Downtown may not yet have the retail reputation of a Melrose Avenue or an Abbot Kinney, but the neighborhood has quietly accumulated quite the collection of one-of-a-kind offerings. That’s something worth supporting all year long.

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