L.A. Is America's Most Fashionable City
And a new report has the numbers to prove it.
A new report is backing up what designers like Rodarte, Hedi Slimane and Jeremy Scott and have been hinting all along: Los Angeles is, indeed, the most fashionable city in the U.S.
Compiled by online real estate experts Trulia and timed to coincide with New York Fashion Week, the new data ranks 100 metro areas in the United States using a fashion index compiled from Yelp local business listings and Trulia real estate listings.
The first metric takes into account the number of Yelp businesses related to fashion in a metro area, divided by the number of occupied households according to Trulia data. The second measure looks at the number of real-estate listings in a metro area that boasted fashion-related amenities such as dressing rooms and walk-in closets.
Los Angeles came out on top, followed by New York City in second place and Anaheim in third.
A second report released by JLL last month gives hints at just who might be dropping cash at local businesses and filling their giant closets, with a look into L.A.’s spending power according to neighborhood. Venice, for example—where Abbot Kinney Boulevard is home to the likes of Rag & Bone, Current Elliott and Lucky Brand—leads the charge, with each resident spending $17,351 on retail annually.
Beverly Hills ranked second, with $15,788 spent on retail per capita each year, and Santa Monica on its heels at $15,231 and Mid-Wilshire at $11,825.
Downtown Los Angeles was fifth on the list, at $8,122, but the report cautioned that this could go up with the increase of retailers setting up shop in the area, joining the likes of A.P.C. and Acne Studios. In April, Scott, the creative director of Moschino, showed the label’s resort collection as part of the inaugural, two-day WME IMG-backed MADE LA event held in the neighborhood.