FREE ENTERPRISE: LA Fashion District booms, fosters new designers (CA)
LOS ANGELES — In a field dominated by big designers backed by even bigger fashion houses, one small part of downtown Los Angeles is shaking up the fashion industry.
The 100-block LA Fashion District, home to more than 4,000 businesses and around 1,500 showrooms, prides itself on fostering a creative, entrepreneurial spirit that helps lesser-known designers thrive. Take Bri Seeley, for instance. The native Minnesotan brought her brand from Seattle to the City of Angels in 2013.
“My grandmother taught me how to sew when I was about seven, so this has been something that’s just been in my blood,” said Seeley. “Being a fashion entrepreneur is a lot less about being a fashion designer than it is about being an entrepreneur.”