Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Santee Alley Prom Shopping Guide

Image Bridesmaid & QuinceaƱera, 1026 Santee St.

Prom dress? Check. Heels? Check. Accessories? Check. Tuxedo, tie, and dress shoes? Check, check, check! Santee Alley has everything you need for prom, and in this post we're going to help you find it.

For those of you who are new to the area, Santee Alley takes up two blocks of the LA Fashion District and offers special occasion apparel, accessories, and footwear for men and women at steeply discounted prices. The alley is located between Maple Avenue and Santee Street from Olympic Boulevard to 12th Street.

Prom Dresses
The majority of prom dress stores are located on Santee Street between Olympic and 12th. There is one dedicated special occasion dress store located inside Santee Alley - Top Star (pictured above) - and many women’s apparel stores will stock special occasion dresses during the prom season (March-June). There’s also a couple stores located on Maple Avenue between Olympic Boulevard and 12th Street.

Heels & Special Occasion Shoes
We have at least a dozen women’s shoe stores in the area carrying heels, sandals, wedges, and flats in all colors. Shoes typically range from $15-30. See some of the shoe store’s we’ve featured on this blog: Betty’s Shoes, Cherry-4U (pictured above), Sensual Steps, Forever Shoes, I Heart Fashion, and Instagram favorite – Lola Shoetique.

Jewelry & Accessories
The majority of jewelry and accessories stores are located on Santee Street between Olympic Boulevard and 11th Street. Inside the alley you will also find Halo Handbags, LA Purses, Fashion Fantasia (pictured above) and Accessories High Bijoux.

Cebu, 1022 Santee St.
Fashion Vogues, 1008-B Santee St.

For the Guys
We’re not just girly glitz and glamour here, we’ve got the boy’s covered too! You can actually buy a suit for the same price or under the cost of a rental. Suits are often sold in package deals that include a tie, shirt, and various accessories. Most package deals are offered for about $100. 

Suit stores can be found throughout the Santee Alley on Maple Avenue, Santee Street, and inside the alley including Bucci and BZ Studio.

Aron Imani, 1013 Maple Ave.

Want to know more abouSee our previous post on saving money for prom here. Questions? Tweet us! @shopsanteealley or message us on Facebook.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Santee Alley is Open on President's Day

Friendly reminder Santee Alley will be open on Monday, February 16, 2015 for the President's Day holiday. Stores will have normal business hours, opening as early as 9:30 a.m. and closing as late as 5:30 or 6 p.m.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Valentine's Day Shopping Guide: For the Traditionalist

Valentine's Day is less than a week away! Still not sure what to get your significant other? We're sharing some of the most popular gift items in Santee Alley as part of our Valentines Day Shopping Guide series... 

A tried-and-true favorite of lovebirds everywhere, perfume remains one of the most popular gifts for Valentine's Day. The Santee Alley boast three discount perfume and cologne vendors, where you'll find brand names at discounted prices.
  • K.K. Distributors located at 1115 1/2 S Maple Ave inside Santee Alley
  • Bonita Perfumes located at 1133 S Maple Ave inside Santee Alley
  • Magic Perfumes located at 313 E 12th St inside Santee Alley

For the best selection in licensed and authentic brand name perfumes we highly recommend K.K. Distributors. They carry hundreds of brand name perfumes including Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Ralph Lauren, YSL, Vera Wang, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, and Lacoste. K.K. is a licensed distributor, meaning they can offer lower prices (up to 70% off retail price!) because of the large quantities they work with. By purchasing direct from the supplier, you cut out the middle man and save even more! See our previous post on K.K. Distributors here.

Also featured for Valentine's Day:

Monday, February 2, 2015

Valentine's Day Shopping Guide: For the Handbag Obsessed Gal

With Valentine's Day only two weeks away, it's time to start shopping for your significant other. Not sure what to get him/her? Over the next few days, we'll be sharing some of the most popular items in Santee Alley as part of our Valentine's Day Shopping Guide series.

LA Purses

For the handbag obsessed gal in your life, Santee Alley offers the latest in handbag and accessory trends. There are no less than 6 handbag stores in the alley! If handbag shopping for your loved isn't something you feel comfortable with, consider gifting them a handbag shopping spree. Most bags sell for $20-40, ensuring that whatever she picks will be within your budget ;)

Debi's Fashion

Where to shop for handbags in Santee Alley:

New 9 Handbags
Questions or comments? Tweet us! @ShopSanteeAlley

Friday, January 30, 2015

Valentine's Day Shopping Guide: For the Beauty Lover

With Valentine's Day only two weeks away, it's time to start shopping for your significant other. Not sure what to get him/her? Over the next few days, we'll be sharing some of the most popular items in Santee Alley as part of our Valentine's Day Shopping Guide series.

For the beauty lover in your life, Santee Alley has make-up artist favorites from cosmetics to beauty tools. Here you'll find makeup, makeup brushes, nail polish, fake eyelashes, straighteners, hair curlers, hair extensions, and more. Most stores carry popular brands like NYX Cosmetics and L.A. Girl.

Why are Santee Alley prices so much lower than retail and department stores? Most of the makeup stores in the alley are owned by distributors. This means they sell much larger quantities than your average beauty store, which in turn allows them to sell products for less. The stores featured in this post are licensed distributors.

  • HM Hormiguitas, 315 E 11th St. #315-B inside Santee Alley, 323-200-8124
  • Iyalorde, 1006-F Santee St. inside Santee Alley

For the product junkie that already has it all, we recommend Nature Republic. Nature Republic is a Korean beauty and skincare line that opened recently in the alley. The Santee Alley location is the only one on the West Coast! In addition to makeup, they also offer face masks, moisturizes, hand lotions, face wash, and body scrubs all inspired by nature.

Friday, January 16, 2015

How to Lease Space in Santee Alley

Interested in opening a store in The Santee Alley? You've come to the right place! To lease a space in the alley you'll need to contact one of the various real estate groups representing properties in the area:

Kluger Properties
Lance Kluger

Quantum Associates
I Hassan, Commercial Real Estate


North Alley Association
Santee Maple Alley Association

210 East Olympic Boulevard #202
Los Angeles, CA 90015

How much does it cost to rent space in Santee Alley?
Rent will vary by the size of the space and location. It is best to contact the leasing agents directly for rates.

How do I know what spaces are available?
The best way to see what spaces are available is to walk through the alley. Spaces that are for lease or will be on the market soon will have a banner with contact information for the leasing agent handling that property. If you cannot visit the alley, you will need to call the numbers listed above and inquiry are about vacancies.

Who do I contact for general information about opening a store in Santee Alley?
Please contact North Alley Association/Santee Maple Alley Association at 310-203-0101 or 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

District Boutique

Photo Tj Wessels
The moment when you realize that your favorite IG boutique is actually in Santee Alley!

We've long been fans of @district_boutique's expertly curated outfits on Instagram and finally got the chance to stop by their brick-and-mortar location in the alley. District Boutique is located at 1137-B Maple Ave, inside Santee Alley between 11th and 12th Streets.

While at the store, we met with Tiffany who also manages the Instagram account. She's such a sweetheart and super stylish. In fact, the entire team at District Boutique is sweet and knowledgeable. It's the kind of store you want to go when you're putting your Friday night outfit together and need some styling tips ;)

You can see more of their current styles at

Trend Alert: Pantone color of the year - Marsala - and floppy hats!

District Boutique
1137-B Maple Ave inside Santee Alley
Los Angeles, CA