I hit the santa ana/long beach ones. Love this place.
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I was in LA in 1990.
Went there via the $69 go anywhere in continental united states cheap price.
So I was like what the hell I'll go.
We enter LA area but not quite there and I see a public laundrymat. I yell twice for the bus to stop so I could wash my clothes.
First time in California and it felt great!
I start washing and almost done just waiting for clothes to dry when a red tiny pickuptruck rushes in and the dude throws out a green military duffle bag and the passenger got out and the driver left in anger.
The girl was super pretty and I sat there listening to my walkman and I noticed that she was tossing in her silk blouse with her jeans and other various stuff.
Then she started pouring in bleach. I got up and yelled "Nooooo!!!!!!" I ran up to save her silk and grabbed everything and dumped it into the wash tub with water blasting I amazingly saved her silk!
I just remember as a teen I poured bleach on my white silk tie thinking it would take the ketchup stain out and it turned the tie yellow.
She thought at first I was there to attack her but she thanked me later by letting me in the Whiskey A GOGO. She was a dancer there.
She was also a tattoo artist and she gave me a free tattoo.
But I'm back on the east coast now and I wonder what she is up to now.... :-(
Well, I am in Long Beach, which, I suppose, is part of the Great LA area. Unfortunately, I don't know of any particular fabric shops. The garment district is pretty centralized a little south of downtown LA, so if you are planning a visit, you might find something good just by shopping around there.
I'm in Orange County. My only suit shopping experience was with Brooks Brothers about 10-15 years ago. It was a Brooksease suit for $400 or so (?), and I felt like I was buying a car.
I haven't bought a suit since then, but I did stop by Nordstrom Rack and Jos A Bank a few times, without seeing anything I liked.
I never realized how complicated the whole suit buying business is until I stumbled on this forum today. I always thought quality = price, and my idea of sophisticated shopping was to look for the highest pre-discount price item that I can afford after discount.
Now after reading a few threads here, I really want to buy a good suit in the $800-$1200 range (and probably a pair of shoes now that I think about it...). If anyone is planning a suit shopping trip anywhere around OC/LA and doesn't mind someone clueless tagging along, please let me know =)
Otherwise, I'm planning to read more about choosing the suit and then perhaps visit some stores to get a feel for different cuts and fabric.
Hello People of Los Angeles,
I need your help. I would like to introduce myself. I am a Savile Row trained bespoke tailor, and Central Saint Martins trained pattern maker. I've recently returned to LA to start my tailoring business. You can view some of my work at:
How would you sell suits in Los Angeles? I've tried a lot of different ways to meet customers on, and offline, and haven't found much traction. Could you recommend clubs, venues etc where people wear suits? This city is so spread out, I find it hard to meet people. We have the reputation of not wearing suits, but I only find it half true. People off the street level wear suits everyday. They are sitting in their cars though, not walking down the street like in New York, or other big cities. The old tailors have told me that they just hung a shingle outside their shop, and people came, but that is not the way it works anymore.
I appreciate the thought. I really should do more of that. I saw Adrian Brody a while ago, and my brain was screaming, "go up to him, and offer him a suit!" But I didn't, which I also don't totally regret. Celebrities deserve their space, and privacy.
For starter suits I'd offer, Drago, VBC, Cerruti, some Scabal, some Holland and Sherry, Fox Brothers, Dugdales, Stand Even, Bower Roebuck, Smith's Woolens, and maybe a few more. Some Italian, some English. All the best quality.