FIDM Fashion Student Teaches Members of the U.S. Marines to Shop for details in Los Angeles’s Fashion District!

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Fashion student Linda Tang gives Marines a bootcamp course in shopping L.A.’s famed Fashion District.

FIDM Student Linda Tang and her boyfriend Nate show off Santee Alley sunglasses.

I love the diversity of items that you can buy

Thousands of Angelenos flock to Santee Alley on a daily basis. The shopping area in the Fashion District offers everything from clothes and accessories to perfumes, gifts and toys, all at a discount from more than 150 vendors. “I love the diversity of items that you can buy,” says FIDM fashion school student Linda Tang. “They have all the new trends before the season and you can find fast fashion garments, designer jeans, and knock-off accessories.”

Linda, who attends FIDM’s Orange County campus, recently blogged about her adventure teaching U.S. Marines how to “shop till they drop.” Her boyfriend Nate and his friends Erik and Geoffrey joined Linda for a day of suit shopping in Santee Alley. The occasion? These few good men needed to look sharp for the 92nd Anniversary of the Battle of Belleau in Paris. “We were looking for affordable, comfortable, and stylish suits that could be fitted and tailored in one day – no better place than Santee Alley!” Linda wrote in her post. The shopping trip was a huge success. Each young man left with a full suit, two dress shirts, two ties, one belt, and one pair of socks all for $100 each.

“I love to bargain and get my money’s worth,” Linda adds. “Santee Alley is a great spot to practice your negotiating skills.” She says the Downtown L.A. destination is unlike any other shopping experience in the area. Linda eventually hopes to work in the apparel industry and have her own line of motorcycle gear for riders and enthusiasts alike. “To me, a successful company is a business that positively impacts its patrons, people, and community while still making a profit.”

With four dynamic California campuses, FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is the premier west coast fashion design college, educating for careers in fashion, graphic design, interior design, and entertainment. FIDM’s graduates include renowned fashion designers like Monique Lhuillier, Emmy® and Academy Award® award-winning costume designers, top fashion industry executives, and entrepreneurs.


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