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Fabric Store from New Zealand seams like a nature fit in L.A.
Fabric Store from New Zealand seams like a nature fit in L.A.

In a gallery-like loft space on South La Brea Avenue, rolls of fabrics are displayed by color in rich cascades of texture and pattern. Tags on the rolls make it evident that this is no run-of-the-mill fabric shop: Some are labeled with the names of major fashion designers, such as Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg and Donna Karan. This is the first U.S. location for the Fabric Store, a New Zealand-based business that also has four retail stores in its native country and three in Australia. A major focus of the business is its emphasis on natural fabrics — silks, linens, leathers, lyocell tencel, viscose rayon, cottons (including Japanese cottons), Italian wools and New...

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