With two new garment mega-centers opening within weeks of each other and a driven group of industry insiders hoping to give fledgling fashion designers a place to work and sell downtown, suddenly everybody's spewing our favorite F-word: fashion. What does it all mean? We sew it up for you.
Author: Rob Brinkley
Fashion Industry Gallery
Snappy little nickname:
Sexy, concrete-floored gallery space for more than 30 permanent and temporary clothing and accessories showrooms -- men's, too.
Contemporary, sportswear, modern.
Downtown at Ross and Akard in the former mid-century-mod Southwestern Plaza office building, smack in the middle of the Arts District.
Phase one, 50,000 square feet; phase two, another 50,000.
Retail and wholesale buyers from around the country.
Lines to love:
Tracy Reese, Me&Ro, Trina Turk, Nicole Miller, Tocca, Frankie B., Jack Space, Poleci, Puma, Paul Frank Industries, Miss Sixty.
Locals to love:
Eve Reid, Elizabeth Showers, Two Blonde Lizzards, Bonnie Basham.
The chic FIG Lounge offers up food and drink under spectacular rainbow-hued tile mosaics saved from the building's original interior.
Each showroom gets the sexiest security gates in the universe: sliding panels of square steel tubing and different gauges of metal mesh, all arranged in a Mondrian-like composition.
The Clutts Agency (reps for modeling, hair, makeup, location scouting and more).
Thursday to Sunday, June 3 to 6.
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