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Swedish Global Fashion Chain, Acne Studios, Opening Second US Location in Downtown LA

The Swedish global fashion chain, Acne Studios, is coming to the corner of 9th and Broadway in the Eastern Columbia (Photo: Google Maps)

The high-end Swedish global fashion chain, Acne Studios, is coming to the corner of 9th and Broadway in the Eastern Columbia (Photo: Google Maps)

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.

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  1. Scott Williams says

    AWESOME! ! This has made my night plus the latest episode of Scandal

  2. David Klappholz says

    Acne? Have they consulted a dermatologist?

  3. raymond3000 says

    So exciting!! LA is really continuing to establish itself as the premier fashion hub of the West Coast & the fashion world abroad! Go DTLA GO!!

  4. Is that a woman or a man? Anyways, great to finally see that spot filled up. Love that building. I have never heard of this place, but I assume it is expensive. Hopefully DTLA can support something like that now.

  5. brudy says

    This is great news. If you’re into clothes at all, you know this brand.

  6. Cristian Reyes says

    this is AMAZING news! I Love acne’s clothes! It is awesome that a high end, stylish clothing store is coming to downtown LA instead of on the westside. For them to come to downtown, it means that they really think downtown is going to experience a big boom. This I think is really going to encourage more retailers like Acne to come to downtown. Downtown needs more clothing places. I’ll definitely be shopping there when it opens!

  7. brudy says

    And while they have a lot of stores in Europe, the only other one in the US in NYC. This is good news, one that other fashion retailers will take note of.

  8. Dear Reader, please note, “Acne, pronounced ACK-nay by the [Swedes], stands for Ambition to Create Novel Expressions. It’s best known in the States as a denim line, but in reality jeans aren’t even the half of it. Acne, the enterprise, is a collective ideas machine powered by a diversely talented and, it’s worth mentioning, drop-dead-beautiful team of designers and agents. Since 1966, when [“mastermind” Jonny] Johansson founded the house with three friends, its Ambition has yielded a film company, a digital graphics division, a toy department, and Acne Paper, a large-format biannual culture magazine that runs an intoxicating mass of information: optimism in print. Everything but the magazine’s Paris office–jeans and the extensive men’s, women’s and children’s lines; the art and advertising agencies, too–is housed in Acne headquarters, a former bank in Stockholm’s Gamla Stan, or Old Town.”
    — Jane Herman in Vogue, September 2008

  9. Nice to know some high-end or already established urban clothing stores coming, but funny, that some stores in DTLA carry that stuff right now… and those buyers come to DTLA stores to get ideas and brands to bring to their own stores….

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