LA’s Flower District

Los Angeles’ Flower district is the largest flower district in the United States. It is located in the LA Fashion District, a business improvement district birthed in a 1993 with a 12 block pilot project it presently operate in a 110 block service area.

The BID has been working to transform an historic Los Angeles manufacturing area into an exciting community of residential, retail, wholesale and manufacturing interests.

A visit to LA’s Flower District community is a sensory delight, described by some as a ”mood altering experience.” LA’s Flower District plays a vital role in this transformation, bringing the beauty and freshness of flowers, plants and greenery from all over the world to Downtown Los Angeles. The prettiest part of DTLA remains a secret to most Angelenos.

1892:

Los Angeles’ Flower District history began when Japanese farmers began cultivating flowers near Santa Monica and south Los Angeles.

1913:

The farmers open a flower market in downtown Los Angeles, close to where LA’s Flower District is today.

1923:

They incorporate as the Southern California Flower Growers, Inc. and move to The Southern California Growers Market, their current location at 755 Wall Street

1924:

The Los Angeles Flower Market of the American Florists Exchange moves from its first location on Winston Street to a building across the street from the “Japanese market” on Wall Street. The 700 block of Wall Street becomes the core of Los Angeles’ Flower District community.

1925 – Present:

Both the Southern California Flower Growers and the American Florists Exchange expand and diversify. The Los Angeles Flower Market of the American Florists Exchange – now known as the Original Los Angeles Flower Market is operated by the Mellano family.

From humble beginnings the Mellano’s grew multiple lines of business: breeding, farming, wholesale distribution, and shipping cut flower products to retail florists throughout America. They are respected leaders in California and the global floral trade.­­­

2016 – Present:

A big transformation is underway in the flower district community. The Southern California Flower Market shareholder collective unveiled a $100 million redevelopment plan for their 3.8 acre site.

They’ll upgrade one building and raze the other, replacing it with a 14 story tower holding 290 apartments and resident amenities.  50,000sf of office space, parking, and pedestrian paseos open to the public are planned.  50 flower market businesses will continue to operate in their modernized ground floor digs. The goal is to break ground in 2018.


The LA Fashion District is a 110-block district in downtown Los Angeles and is the hub of the apparel industry on the West Coast. The Fashion District caters to the wholesale and retail communities, with apparel and accessories for the entire family, textiles, flowers, live/work lofts and new apartment residences.

The LA Fashion District Business Improvement District (BID) is a non-profit organization, funded by a coalition of over 800 property owners dedicated to making their community a clean, safe and friendly place to live, work, shop, and do business through advocacy, maintenance, security and marketing programs.

CFM Owner and President Mark Chatoff has been Downtown LA revitalization champion since 1994. He’s a founding member of the Fashion District BID and serves on its Board of Directors.

From left to right Mark Chatoff, CFM; Ariana Gomez, LA Fashion District; Garth Kemp, KCBS-KCAL News Personality 2016 Valentine’s Day 24/7 Marathon