Exploring the Melrose Arts District: New Fashion

Exploring the Melrose Arts District: New Fashion

These days, it’s all about the comfort while you make your fashion statement, and there’s no place better to find comfortable, unique looks than the Melrose Arts District. Post-pandemic, we have new boutiques opening weekly featuring every kind of street wear from new and pre-owned, to fashion forward and vintage. Whatever your style, we’ve got a fit, so come visit soon. Here are some of the latest additions:

Due-Date Studios

Love the lived-in, soft cozy appeal of vintage tees, sweats and jeans? This recent addition to the Melrose Arts District’s extensive selection of vintage clothing stores should satisfy all your thrifting dreams. A longtime mainstay of the Melrose Trading Post, Due Date has branched out to brick and mortar, carrying everything from artist tees—like DMX, Michael and Janet Jackson—to old-school Lakers and Chicago Bulls shirts, cartoon and college sweats and even Louis Vuitton carryalls.

7362 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

From Away

If you’re a big KAWS fan (a.k.a. artist and designer Brian Donnelly), From Away will be your kind of heaven. Kaws’ work features distinctive graphics such as the use of Xs on hands and nose and ears, as well as pop culture icons. He and a number of other pop artists are the main attraction here, showcased on new and previously owned t-shirts, sculptures, toys, skateboards and accessories. And if you’re looking to consign high end pop culture items, From Away is happy to oblige.

7322 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

La Ropa

The look is the key at La Ropa Melrose. Goods include embroidered and printed graphic tees, sleeveless hoodies, trucker hats and jewelry featuring the store’s signature Kiss of Death and La Ropa motifs, plus much more.

7707 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Handle Con Care

Individuality reigns supreme at this new addition to the District. Handle Con Care offers one-of-a-kind handmade designer garments, unique accessories, vintage shoes and art. Examples of specialty items include embellished “Mood Swings” pants featuring gesturing hands, indicating the day’s spectrum of moods.

7813 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Heat Exchange Melrose

It’s “the heat that gets you going” at this eclectic hotspot. Whether you’re looking to buy, sell or trade new or gently used designer label items, Heat Exchange Melrose welcomes everyone. Designer pieces from Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga live side-by-side with classic rock and cartoon tees, sports apparel and TV/movie-themed goodies, making for a fun and ever-evolving shopping experience.

7817 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 297-3063


Spply&Dmnd is the brainchild of Kevin Torres, originally a dancer/choreographer who was always into fashion. In Kevin’s words, “Spply & Dmnd is a one stop shop, from music producing to graphic design to consulting to brand awareness to just being a lifestyle.” Products for sale include message t-shirts, iconic sneaker brands, and special collabs with names like West Coast Customs, Death Row and Steven Cannon. One other fun fact? Spply&Dmnd holds free dance trainings as a way to give back to those that want to dance without worrying about paying.

7667 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles CA 90046

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