Some very exciting news comes from several Eastern Columbia residents who have informed me that Acne Studios has signed a lease to take over the 5,000 square foot corner retail space in the Eastern Columbia at 9th and Broadway, making this the largest Acne Studios store in the world. Selling high-end clothing for both men and women, Acne Studios is a Swedish global fashion chain with an impressive list of stores in eleven countries, including fashionable cities like London, Paris, Tokyo, New York, Berlin, and now Los Angeles, which will only be the second store in the US (the other is in SoHo, New York).
It’s not surprising to me that Acne Studios would eventually open a location in Los Angeles (we are a major global city after all), but I am very pleasantly surprised that they have chosen to debut in Downtown LA over the “posh” Westside, such as Melrose or Robertson or even Abbot Kinney. Not to mention this will be their largest store in the world making it a flagship store. No doubt Acne Studios was likely swayed by the future Ace Hotel just a half block south and the beautiful architecture of the Eastern Columbia (and the rest of Broadway) unique to Downtown LA.
This could be the true beginning of Broadway’s revitalization as not only a dining destination, but also a future district to come and shop in. Basically, bringing back Broadway to what it used to be like historically when grand department stores lined the street. Acne Studios joins a growing list of new businesses clustered around 9th and Broadway including: Ace Hotel, Sparkle Factory, Umamicatessen, Two Boots Pizza, angelo:HOME, Om Nom Organics Market, and potentially an Urban Outfitters.
To view the collection, online shop and store locations, visit Acne Studios online.
(Images below from AcneStudios.com)