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The Fabric Store
This Mulberry coat was recreated with the Fabric Store wool

Los Angeles has a thriving garment district--three cheers for U.S.-made fashion!--but seriously, we don’t have the time to pick our way through downtown throngs to find great fabric. Even if we did, our sewing knowledge is sadly limited to tacking on a button and handicapping Project Runway contestants.

That’s why we’re jazzed about the Fabric Store, a luxury textile boutique that just opened on La Brea’s retail stretch. Inside the clean white space, staffers are eager to help us non-sewers pick out beautiful knits, bouclés, even laser-cut leathers.  

But the best part? The Fabric Store has a referral program in which it plays matchmaker between you and a local seamstress who will take your fabric and re-create any garment your heart fancies.

First, we’re having our favorite wide-legged trousers recreated in the shop’s rainbow of fine Merino wool. Then we’ll be ordering a snazzy blouse from one of the kaleidoscope of ikat-printed silks. And for special nights out, we’re envisioning cigarette pants in sequined georgette (so much cheaper than going to Isabel Marant).

And when we get a compliment, we can just say: “Oh this? Just a little something from our dressmaker.” 

The Fabric Store, 136 S. La Brea Ave.; 323-931-8300 or

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