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Date: 3/20/14 6:22 PM

I might have an 11-hour layover at LAX. Given traffic and security, is this enough time to make it to the Fashion District and back? Is there any public transportation between the two locations?

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Date: 3/20/14 8:23 PM

I don't know the answer to your question, but I hope somebody gives you a good answer and also mentions which stores you should go to.

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Date: 3/21/14 0:30 AM

If your layover is 11 hours and a domestic flight then yes you can go to the fashion district and back. There is public transportation but depending on the day you are flying it could be too much running around and you will not have a lot of time to shop because you would be on a shuttle, then a train, then another train and getting to the fashion district on a bus after the train. If you don't mind the cab fare it's worth it in the saving you a headache and about a 2 to 2 1/2 hours of public transportation each way that would eat 5 hrs of your time not including getting out of lax and getting back in. Your best bet unfortunately really is a cab. If you cab it, then it's a straight shot up the 110 north into downtown LA and depending on the time it could be from as little as 25 min to as long as an hour. Everyone knows where the fashion district is but if they ask for a street you want 9th and Maple. That is the heart of the LA fabric stores.

There you will see Michael Levine's (more expensive than most stores but it's worth a look for someone who has never been there), across the street is the loft (Michael Levine's clearance where you buy by the pound...easy to spend serious moola because it's a bargain! Some days are better than others), then there's Angel Fabric (on the opposite side of the intersection from where Michael Levine is) they have a lot of fabrics the people are nice and ask them if they can give u a better price. Never pay what they tell you right off the bat in Downtown LA. They will give you the price they think you can pay. Tell them to give you a better deal. There is also a big shop on the corner where fabrics are 1.99 but it's a 3 yd minimum but a lot of poly sheer fabrics. Nice for flowy dresses or skirts with lining underneath.

Anyway I could go in and on but if you have any other questions let me know. Happy and safe travels!

SPECIAL NOTE: Also if you like high quality fabrics there is a Mood Fabrics in West LA but it's obviously priced with the fabrics they carry $10 & up to $100+ it is awesome stuff though and down the street from Mood is The Fabric Store (owners are from New Zealand but they carry Papercut Patterns!! They have way cool stuff there $5.00 up to & $30/yd)

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Date: 3/21/14 6:37 AM

Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. This is extremely helpful.

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Date: 3/21/14 9:21 AM

If you have limited time, you may want to consider F&S fabrics, which is basically in Culver City and closer to LAX than downtown (check the reviews for more info). They are not inexpensive, but they are quite fun with fabulous fabrics and they do have a wonderful clearance section in the back. You would need to check the hours--of course, need to check the hours if you are going downtown to 9th & Maple area as well. You don't want to be wondering around after 4:30 p.m. or so. Also, be aware that much of the LA area does not have as many taxis cruising as many other large cities, especially in the fabric district or even near F&S--you may have to phone for one to come get you rather than hoping to flag one down. Downtown, you may need cash for some of the smaller jobbers. Finally, you may want to consider how you are going to lug your purchases back on the plane with you
Air travel is so iffy these days. . .hope you do get a layover and a chance to sneak in some fabric shopping.

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Date: 3/21/14 1:49 PM

If it was me, I'd actually reserve a rental car for the day that I picked up and dropped off at the airport. That will likely be cheaper than your cab fare and give you a bit more freedom.

I think your approach also depends on what you're looking for. The fashion district has a TON of stores, but it can be a little overwhelming. You're best going in with a game plan of a few stores that you've identified ahead of time (based on your shopping interests) than randomly picking stores. There are a lot of stores there with cheap poly fabric, and while you might get an initial rush from the deal, when you get it home, you'll have to think, "Do I really want to sew this?" (Full disclosure: when we moved last summer, I donated several large blue IKEA bags of fabric, much of which was fabric that I bought in the fashion district because it was cheap.)

Mood and F&S are both really nice stores and definitely worth visiting. I've read really great things about The Fabric Store as well, and I know that they carry a nice range of merino wools.

When I'm fabric shopping while traveling, I'm more inclined to buy 1 or 2 pieces of special-to-me fabric as souvenirs rather than a bunch of fabric that I'll have to ship home. If that tends to be the way that you shop, you'll want to allocate some time and energy for the higher end stores.



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Date: 3/21/14 4:01 PM

Driving in LA comes with tight parking, parking fees, finding addresses, etc. I would probably use the Cab but if you really dont mind the stress of LA traffic a rental car with GPS would work as well.

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Date: 3/21/14 8:49 PM

I hadn't thought of a rental car, but then again I definitely don't want the stress. I think trying to squeeze in a visit during the layover may be too much. The timing is in the middle of the week and I definitely don't want to get stuck in rush hour traffic.

Thanks, everyone, for responding.

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Date: 3/22/14 1:41 AM

As long as you were able to get out of the Fashion District by 4:30/5:00 you should be fine. I frequently had a class at USC just south of Downtown (lived in El Segundo right next to LAX) that would get done around 5 and it would be about 20 minutes to get home. The key is that the stretch of the 105 from the 110 to the airport is completely clear at that hour.

I would not rent a car. In my experience since leaving LA, it's a half hour to get a rental car shuttle to the rental car lot, plus another half hour to actually get your rental. And then add another hour to undo everything when you get back.

To be honest, a trip to Richard the Thread would be closer to the airport and much more satisfying, souvenir shopping wise.
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Date: 3/22/14 10:53 PM

Take a cab. They know the back ways with no traffic. I liked Michael Levine and the little shops around there. Mood is out of the fashion district but it is nice.

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