Thursday, February 11, 2010

It's Art Walk Night - And All The Fashion Stores Will Be Open - Plus Special Installations!

It's the second Thursday of the month - February 11th, 2010 - one week before the THIRD Thursday of the month Fashion Walk of February 18, 2010.  But the good news is you don't have to wait to get Valentine's Day fashion gifts.

The map of all tonight's fashion events will be up on the website – - by 6 PM tonight or you can pick up a copy of the Fashion map after 6 PM  tonight - along with the Art Walk map  - at the Art Walk Lounge just off 5th and Main at 114 W. 5th Street.

Tonight's Art/Fashion Walk includes two special installations at 4th and Spring - starting at the Banco Popular Building on the NE corner where -  Little Tokyo Invades Art Walk!  Tonight only there will be selections - and sale items - from Little Tokyo’s leading clothing boutiques & art galleries such Archrival, Hold Up Art, RIF LA, NO. A & plus a non-Little Tokyo special guest, Rized Mental Couture.  

Next, across the street,  the new Pop-Lock Gallery just opened at 5th and Spring, will have an installation at the Continental Gallery on the SE corner of 4th and Spring until February 22nd.  And tonight - there will also be the Live Screen Printing of T-shirts.

Then, just down the street at 125 W 4th Street, between Spring and Main, the hit of last year's runway shows, Skingraft, will have a storewide 15% off sale - plus selected items at 35% off - on all men's and women's designs.  Also showing will be artists Adrian Gilliland & Jeremy Friend.

Also at 125 4th Street,  BLENDS will have the latest in limited edition sneakers – many of them ust unpacked today!, urban clothing lines - and some ... amazing... art up on their walls.

Across the street, at 120 W. 4th Street, Elmer Ave will feature not just their newest line of formal and semi-formal men’s and women's clothing - but also a great selection of men's ties, hats, hoodie sweatshirts, T-shirts - and a selection of limited edition designer skateboards.

Then at 430 S. Main Street, Stella Dottir, winner of best store awards from both the Downtown News and the LA Weekly, has her usual wide selection of one of a kind vintage and classic designed clothes, hats, gloves and other accessories and then down the street at 5th and Main the hot, hip new furniture and accessory store  - (Sub)Urban -  will also feature two of LA’s hottest upcoming artists.

Next at 5th & Spring, Spring Arts Tower hosts the opening of the CB1 Art Gallery, a show by Deborah Martin at 209 W. 5th Street and the Pop Lock Gallery at 211 W. 5th will besides its usual art and photography – have a special selection of limited edition sneakers.

And cross the street, at 460 S. Spring, the brand new old school men’s barber shop – Bolt Barbers – will feature its own clothing line for sale

Just block away, Sixth Street’s upcoming Fashion Row begins with New York Hats just west of Spring Street at 217 W. 6th  (closes at 6 PM, though) and Crack Gallery’s Pop Art & cool clothing at 204 W. 6th St. 

Then, just east of Spring and before Main on the north side of the street, are KAPSOULT’s contemporary & vintage clothes along with sunglasses and dozens of other gift items; next is Flea’s extensive selection of  clothes, vintage & contemporary furniture, books, contemporary art, hats and many other things you’ll wish you owned; and finally the one-of-a-kind clothing store Apliiq where you can buy one of a kind garments – or design your own clothes by having rare and unique textiles applied to everyday garments.

Lastly, on the final block of this three block district, between Main and Los Angeles Streets, are Pussy and Pooch at 564 S. Main where you can always find the finest in pet couture and accessories (as well as grooming), just before you reach Upper Playground’s fusion of fashion with fine art by locally and nationally known artists – and its separate art gallery at both at 125 E. 6th Street.  And next door to them are Mr. Cartoon’s Tattoo Shop and his adjacent clothing shop, The Last Laugh, where artist designed clothes, sneakers – and specialty items, including one of a kind toys – can be found.,

Lastly, saving some of the best for last – there’s Downtown’s newest Fashion Corner at 7th and Main where the NW corner already has five fashion destinations and is about to add at least two more destinations, including the expanded store of Fremont. 

Already open on the Main Street side is Symbiotic Form, a multi-designer boutique of vintage inspired woman’s hand bags – at amazingly low prices, hats, and clothes, along with many unique gift items and jewelry.  

Next, a few doors down is 1-Man’s Trash  - a line of vintage inspired and remade vintage for men, women and children that includes runway fashion.  Also in that store, is an extensive collection of carefully curated vintage fashions for those who are looking for only the best.

Finally, on the 7th street side of 7th and Main, just before where Fremont is about to open, is the Z Loft Boutique which features not just vintage clothing of every kind and every price from around the world - but also a wide assortment of accessories and other designer items that meet every taste and pocket book.

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