Downtown doesn't just offer a booming retail scene—it's now growing into a full-on flea market mecca. In addition to exploring the Downtown Flea on Spring and the Arts District Flea on Colton, DTLA vintage collectors will soon get to experience Artists & Fleas, a legendary New York-based bazaar that's set to pop up here in just a few weeks.
Another Arts District score, Artists & Fleas' free market will be located at 647 Mateo Street and will run May 17-18 from 11am to 6pm. If all goes well, founders Amy Abrams and Ronen Glimer plan to make it a monthly market for art, design, fashion and food lovers. "People have asked us why now, why LA and what makes this market different from all other markets," Glimer tells us. "For one thing, we've found over the past 10 years that our community and network has grown with many designers who first started with us in Brooklyn over the past several years now making routine trips out to LA to participate in local shows and open wholesale accounts. In fact, a handful of our Brooklyn-based sellers will be coming out for the weekend to show and share the love."
Expect a unique crop of talent at A&F's debut show, including earthy jewelry from LA's own Nina Savill, re-worked vintage from Fair Season Vintage and reclaimed furniture from MFEO. Additional treats will include knock-out drinks from Zugo Liquitarian, a beer garden and a DJ booth with live sets throughout the day. Interested in becoming a vendor? Apply here.
· Artists & Fleas [Official Site]
· 27 Colorful Snaps From the Downtown Flea's Epic Debut [Racked]
· Downtown's Arts District Scores Its Own Weekly Flea Market [Racked]
· A Decade of Retail Advice From Artists & Fleas' Founders [Racked NY]