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June 23, 2016

Rena Masten Leddy Named Interim Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the LA Fashion District 
Business Improvement District (BID) has appointed Rena Masten Leddy to Interim Executive Director effective August 1, 2016.  She is currently serving as managing director. Kent Smith, the current Executive Director is retiring after 17 years with the Fashion District. His last day will be July 31, 2016.
Rena Masten Leddy has 24 years of business improvement district experience both as a consultant and executive director. She is currently on the International Downtown Association's Board of Directors and was recently elected to the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC).  

The Planning Report Recognizes Kent Smith's Successful Leadership

The Planning Report, an urban planing trade publication, published the first of a two-part interview with LA Fashion District Executive Director Kent Smith. The Planning Report highlights Smith's success as the leader of the Fashion District BID over the last 17 years and his contributions to Downtown Los Angeles. 

"One of the great things about BIDs is that they reflect the needs and desires of the neighborhood that they evolve from and grow up in." Read the full interview here.

TODAY "Take Me Home LA" Artist Exhibit at Maxfield Lofts

You are cordially invited to a new home as Los Angeles artists, designers, and performers take over rooms at the Maxfield Building - an Art Deco gem with new lofts, located at 819 S Santee St. Each room, in its own unique style, considers the question, "What does it mean to be home in Los Angeles?" Come for installations, galleries, pop-up shops, performances, live music, and more. Learn more at www.takemehome-la.com.

The Transformation of Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles Street has undergone numerous transformations. From manufacturing center to discount corridor and most recently menswear destination, Los Angeles Street is once again reinventing itself. The quiet transformation is most evident by the retail and wholesale tenants that have moved in to the ground and upper floor spaces in the last year. Here are the latest Los Angeles Street developments.

New Residential Project
Urbanize LA reports the owner of a small commercial building located at 823 S Los Angeles St. has filed plans with the City of Los Angeles to convert the building into 12 live-work apartments. The building is located next to the Academy Awards Clothes Showroom Building and already features ground-level commercial space. This is the latest residential development in the district. Construction is already underway at Broadway Palace, Broadway & Olympic Condos, Grether & Grether lofts, and the soon-to-open Maxfield Lofts. Read the story in Urbanize LA here.

Now Open: Dimepiece LA's First-Ever Retail Store
Streetwear brand Dimepiece LA opened its first-ever retail store on the second floor of the Merchant's Exchange Building, 719 S Los Angeles St. The boutique, named "Feeling Myself," is open by appointment only. The retail space doubles as a showroom. Racked LA has the details here.

Coming Soon: Perverse Sunglasses Flagship
Perverse Eyewear, the brainchild of NYX Cosmetics founder Toni Ko, is slated to open its flagship in downtown LA. Racked LA reports that the downtown location will be in the Fashion District at 1108 S Los Angeles St. Perverse is looking to revolutionize the eyewear industry in the same way NYX changed the cosmetics world, by providing quality products at affordable prices. Perverse sunglasses are priced under $60 and aim to fill the gap between high-end and fast fashion eyewear.

Verve and Coffee Colab Named Best Coffee in LA
Eater LA just named Verve Coffee and Coffee Colab two of the best 15 coffee bars in LA. They were chosen based on quality and consistency and share the title with Arts District favorites, Blue Bottle Coffee and Blacktop Coffee, as well as G&B Coffee at Grand Central Market. Congrats Verve and CoLab!
Coffee Colab
305 E 8th St
Los Angeles CA 90014

Verve Coffee
833 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Farmer's Market
Every Saturday, 9a-2p
Enjoy fresh produce, gourmet food, flowers, and entertainment at The Wall Farmer's Market, located on Wall Street between 8th and 7th Streets. Food, flowers, farmers, and fun!

Sample Sale Friday
Sample sales are held on the last Friday of every month and take place in the designer showrooms on 9th and Los Angeles Streets. Sample sale hours are typically 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click here for more info. 

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