The upscale clothing retailer Brooks Brothers is looking to open a new store inside the private social club, Jonathan Club, located at 6th and Figueroa. Although a lease has not been signed yet, according to the General Manager of the Jonathan Club, Matthew Allnatt, Brooks Brothers would be taking over the floral shop that is currently facing Figueroa near the club’s front entrance. The store would also be open to the general public with access to the store directly from the sidewalk. The new store would be approximately 1,400 square feet (including some space in the basement that would be used for the tailor shop) and would focus on the brand’s suit and business attire collection — a perfect fit with the club’s dress code and the high concentration of white collar jobs in Downtown LA.
Brooks Brothers has been closely tied with Downtown LA since the late 1930s as it was originally housed in the Brockman Building at 7th and Grand where the popular restaurant Bottega Louie is now located. Interestingly enough, Brooks Brothers relocated in 1989 directly across the street from the Jonathan Club (catercorner) but closed down in March 2010.
Downtown LA has been gaining tremendous momentum over the last several years, especially when it comes to the culinary scene. With the new City Target opening last month at the new FIGat7th, retailers are expected to be the next wave of developments downtown. Brooks Brothers returning to Downtown LA is a testament to the rebound in the retail scene here.