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LOTR Costume's FIDM tour and Gather

We're using the movie costume exhibit at FIDM to have a weekend party in Los Angeles... come play with us.  Makes a great excuse to visit LA.  Includes garment district tours, dinner and whatever other trouble we can get into.

All Exhibit details, including location and parking <here>.

Calendar of events:

  • Friday, March 7th, 2003
    • All day LA garment district tour
      • We're still working on the event.  We're going to try and do some car pooling.
      • Early start - 10:30am - see below for details
    • Group dinner in the evening
  • Saturday, March 8th, 2003
    • FIDM tour
    • Mini Garment District tour and introduction
      • 1pm aprox 3:30
      • Meeting at Embee's, 9th and Maple - see below
    • Evening ????  Movie


Join the LOTR_Costume_Gather yahoo group for planning the weekend.

We have an RSVP List.  Places for comments in the Database there.  We'll hammer out details there.

We're going to try and do some car pooling and putting up out of town folks.

Contact:  Cat - or 818-988-7987

Intro to Garment District Touring

If you've never been downtown before a few tips.

  • Dress down, no shiny jewelry even if plastic.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.  Much walking.
  • Sun screen is a must as is a hat for the sun sensitive anytime the sun is out.
  • Cash speaks. "How much for a yard?"  then "How much for 10 yards, cash?"
  • Some places with barter; some will not. 
  • Most places DO NOT have marked prices nor marked fiber contest.  If you really need something, be ready to get a swatch and go out on the street and do your own burn test.
  • Checks are a no-no most places.  There are some ATM machines down there, but they're not always working.
  • Keep a close watch on your purse at all times.
  • Bathrooms are few and far between, but our "home base" will be  a place with bathrooms.
  • We're going into many small places.  Be prepared to take notes.  Some allow swatching and will staple the samples to business cards, some don't.  Then you need to make a minimum purchase to get a sample.
  • The main area we're covering is Maple street between Olympic and 8th.
  • Eating: There are now some "brand name" places on Santee south of Ninth. (One street west)  On the weekends lines can be long... and the bathroom lines even longer w/ purchase only.  Starbucks, Subway, McDonalds, El Polo Loco and more.  The hot dog carts on Maple are "safe" and the dogs are good.

Meeting down in the LA Garment District

The big tour is Friday, March 7th, 2003.  Meeting time is

Getting down there... from the north side of Los Angeles.

  • Takes your favorite freeway to the 110 Freeway south
  • If you're transferring from the 101, you need to move over 2 lanes quickly.
  • You need to be in the middle of the 110.  DO NOT take the Wilshire/6th ramp.
  • right after the Wilshire ramp, get all the way over to the right.
  • Get off on 9th.  (It only goes East.)
  • Get into a middle lane
  • (If you're going to FIDM, get on the right side, you park in the building right after Hope Street.)
  • Past Los Angeles Street and the street becomes two way and you should now be in the left lane. (Santee.)
  • Turn left on Maple Street
  • Go up about half a block and look for the flag man. 
  • Turn left into the building and go up the ramp.
  • Park
  • Take the elevators down
  • Right across from the elevators in the center on the inside corner is EmBee's.  Introduce yourself to the shopkeeper and wait for us there.

Short version:

  • Meet at the building on 9th and Maple. The northwest corner.  Inside corner store... EmBee's


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