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Meet Salvador Cruz, the Simon Doonan of Echo Park

A display from Cruz's "My Winter Gala" display at Out of the Closet. Photo via <a href="http://www.theeastsiderla.com/2012/01/echo-park-window-dresser-uses-imagination-and-disco-balls-to-create-storefront-fantasies/">The Eastsider LA</a>.
A display from Cruz's "My Winter Gala" display at Out of the Closet. Photo via The Eastsider LA.

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Thanks to The Eastsider LA, we have a fantastic profile of the man behind the conversation-starting window displays at Out of the Closet thrift in Echo Park. Salvador Cruz is currently a sales associate at the store, but he's been working on their window displays for a few months. The process sounds like a true labor of love. "Cruz starts thinking about the window displays – which are up for about two months at a time – well in advance of their public debut...Working with a glue gun, safety pins and 'lots of glitter,' Cruz assembles the clothes, mannequins and other merchandise into his often over-the-top creations." He mostly uses items donated to the store, but supplements with some of his own supplies including wigs and disco balls.

Cruz, who told the Eastsider that he hopes to return to school to study visual merchandising, is already planning his next display, which may be rock 'n' roll themed. You have until February 2nd to catch his current work, which he's named My Winter Gala.
· Echo Park window dresser uses imagination and disco balls to create storefront fantasies [The Eastsider LA]
· Out of the Closet [Official Site]

Out of the Closet

1724 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA