Los Angeles Fashion District
The Los Angeles Fashion District is a design, warehouse, and distribution nexus of the clothing, accessories and fabric industry in Downtown Los Angeles. It spans 90 blocks and is the hub of the apparel industry on the West Coast. Designer showrooms and wholesale businesses are trade-only, but the district is open to the public, specifically Santee Alley and businesses in the surrounding area. Santee Alley is a heavily populated shopping path in the Fashion District between Maple and Santee Streets, stretching from Olympic Boulevard to Pico Boulevard. At times the LAPD has raided the alley to arrest counterfeiters. Similarly, the alley is also known for its illegal trade in live animals, which has been criticized by animal rights activists as cruel.
The Fashion District is near the Los Angeles Arts District, which is bounded by E. 1st St. (north), 7th St. (south), South Alameda St. (west) and the Los Angeles River (east).