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L.A. Arts District to host Artists & Fleas market May 17 and 18

L.A. Arts District to host Artists & Fleas market May 17 and 18
The Artists & Fleas market sets up shop this weekend in downtown L.A. Among the vendors will be MFEO, which makes this Rohe club chair from reclaimed barn wood.

L.A.'s Arts District continues to be a magnet for fresh retail buzz, with the latest event coming via Brooklyn, N.Y.

Artists & Fleas, a curated marketplace for enthusiasts of vintage and handcrafted goods, has become a destination in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood and at Manhattan's Chelsea Market. Now it's setting up shop in downtown Los Angeles this Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"We've always enjoyed immersing ourselves and fostering a community in a neighborhood poised for growth and bursting with creativity," says co-founder Ronen Glimer. "We did it when we started in Williamsburg 10 years ago, and we feel that the Arts District is a kindred spirit."

Vendors include Mt. Washington Pottery, downtown-based Groceries Apparel, RotdCreations potted succulent gardens and MFEO reclaimed wood furnishings. Glimer and Artists & Fleas co-founder Amy Abrams have invited some New York City-based designers and sellers to participate in the market's Los Angeles premiere too. There will be food vendors and a DJ on site.

The weekend event is a pilot project of sorts. "All of the exciting things happening in art, design, food and fashion across the city -- but especially in and around downtown L.A. -- make us extremely enthusiastic and looking forward to the possibilities for creating a West Coast market," Glimer says.

Artists & Fleas, 647 Mateo St., Los Angeles. www.artistsandfleas.com.

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