Blends store near 4th and Main in the Old Bank District is a hyper-trendy boutique selling the latest sneakers and apparel including Comme des Garçons. The shop, on the ground floor of the Banco Popular building, is one of the first pioneering retailers to open downtown in 2006. It’s also the first business that I recruited first-hand to Downtown LA when I began my downtown career in 2004 at the Downtown Center Business Improvement District (say that three times fast). I met the owner of Blends store, Tak, at The Lab in Costa Mesa, which is a supposed “anti-mall” designed to “look urban” stuck in an ocean of Orange County suburbia. I convinced Tak that Downtown LA — with its truly authentic urban setting — would be a perfect fit for his store. We eventually found him the spot near 4th and Main, and the rest is history.
Now seven years later, Blends will be moving out of their current location in the historic Banco Popular building. I am happy to report that Blends is committed to Downtown LA and is moving to another historic space in the Fashion District near 7th and Los Angeles Street.
It’s been known for awhile now that the Banco Popular building will begin adaptive-reuse conversion from commercial to residential lofts sometime in the near future. As a result, the current two ground floor tenants, Blends and apparel store Skingraft, will need to vacate before construction begins on the loft conversion.
By the end of October, Blends will move into a raw industrial commercial loft space located at 725 S Los Angeles Street. At approximately 2,500 square feet including the mezzanine, the long cavernous space sits on the ground floor of an historic gem built in 1928. Blends will be next to a small group of other amazing showroom retailers including martinMARTIN’s flagship and Henry Duarte’s atelier frequented by celebs.
These blocks along Los Angeles Street from 7th to 9th have so much potential with so many beautiful but neglected historic buildings lining the street. Currently still considered “the fringe” in Downtown LA revitalization, I hope to eventually see more high-quality and avant-garde retailers like Blends, martinMARTIN, and Henry Duarte open along Los Angeles Street — becoming the norm, not the exception.
For more info, visit Blends online.