Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bargain Shopping at Ameno

Santee Alley was originally the heart of the wholesale fashion industry in Los Angeles. On weekends manufacturers and importers would sell their overstock and one-offs from the back door of their businesses. Those "back doors" all faced the same alley, which would eventually be known as Santee Alley. The alley is now full-time retail operation but many a deal are still to be found, if you know where to look. "Where should I look?," you might ask. Well, we just happen to now this little store that's full of waiting-to-be-found gems...

Ameno is a women's wholesale and retail store selling a mix of trendy styles and classic staples. Retail prices range from $8-$32, meaning most items in the store are under $30! It's a great store for jumpsuits, boyfriend jeans, linen pants, maxi dresses, casual tops, and rompers.

While browsing the store we spotted 2 for $10 deals, $7.99 specials, basics starting at 3 for $10, and maxis prices as low as $10.

Party dresses were priced around $15. The store also carries an assortment of sportswear and business casual pieces, specifically blazers for $17!

Who doesn't love a good deal?!

1114 1/2 Santee St. 
inside Santee Alley

Like cute clothes and good deals? Check out Chocolate, a couple of doors down from Ameno.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Santee Alley Hidden Gems: Chocolate

This store is as good as its name... Chocolate is a retail and wholesale women's store located at 1120-E S Santee St. inside Santee Alley. It offers trendy clothing for young women at very affordable price points. We saw rompers, maxis, and tops all priced under $20! The quality of the clothing is also very good. Chocolate is not online, so this is truly one of those Fashion District gems you'll only find by visiting Santee Alley. Scroll below to see current styles. 

1120-E inside Santee Alley

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Santee Alley Summer 2015 Shoe Trends

Summer is practically here and summer shoe styles have arrived at Santee Alley. We stopped by Cherry Footwear (1049 Maple Ave.) to check out their new arrivals and get the inside scoop on the most popular trends for Summer 2015.

Summer 2015 Shoe Trends:

  • Pointed-toe Pumps
  • Rhinestone Heels - Especially for formal wear!
  • Slides - Last summer was all abut the Birkenstock, and this trend is an extension of that. The "criss-cross" slides pictured below are especially popular.
  • Single-Sole Strappy Sandals - These have been around for a while, but they are coming out in bright colors for summer.
  • 90s-inspired Platforms 







Thursday, April 30, 2015


We're doing a second makeup giveaway on Instagram! Head over to @thesanteealley to enter. Winner will be announced tomorrow, Friday, May 1!

The prize includes: a Beauty Treats Professional Blush Contour Palette, a City Color Contour Palette, a KLEANCOLOR Pro Artistry Sizzling Shimmer Eyeshadow Set, L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint in "coy", and J.Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in "heartadocious". 

Must live in the U.S. and be at least 18 years old. Winner will be announced on this post.

Monday, April 27, 2015

X-PRT Shoes Now Offering Kids Sizes

Last year we introduced X-PRT shoes, a retail and wholesale men's footwear store on Maple Avenue. We love X-PRT for its stylish casual styles and incredible prices, and we are very excited to announce they are now offering kids and baby sizes. Kids sizes start at size 10 and go up to size 4. Baby sizes go from size 3 to size 8. Adult sizes go up to size 13.

Even more exciting, X-PRT is online! Shop sport shoes, boots, dress shoes, and leather loafers at mkt.com/x-prt. (Please note, kids and baby sizes were not yet available to purchase online at the time this post went live). Scroll below to see more of the current inventory and check out X-PRT's Facebook and Instagram for new styles.

1119-A Maple Ave.

Pictured above are the kids loafers. Expect more styles to be available soon.
The cutest baby loafers.

Why shop X-PRT? Because they offer well-made, quality shoes and most are priced under $40. The styles are fashionable and range from casual sneakers to dress shoes.

Monday, April 20, 2015

HM Hormiguitas Giveaway Winner

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congrats to the HM Hormiguitas Makeup Giveaway winner! And thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

DK Hawaiian Clothing & Accessories

DK Hawaiian Clothing & Accessories recently relocated to 1108 1/2 inside Santee Alley. The store is a wholesale and retail vendor of Hawaiian apparel, accessories, and fashion jewelry. DK is a manufacturer and has other locations in the Fashion District, but this is the only one that is open to the public. 

In addition to Hawaiian inspired fashions, DK offers "Rasta" merchandise: clothing, totes, backpacks, beanies, jewelry, and accessories. Scroll below to see current styles.

DK Hawaiian Clothing & Accessories
1108 1/2 inside Santee Alley