A new retail boutique called Curio Los Angeles, selling trendsetting men’s and women’s clothing, has opened on 5th Street (between Main and Spring) on the ground floor of the Rosslyn Lofts just a few doors down from a new dance studio called Your Neighborhood Studio (from Culver City). Curio adds to an amazing independent retail district forming on 5th Street that’s helping to establish the Historic Core as a creative hub for one-of-a-kind businesses in Downtown LA including: Beautiful Fül, Last Bookstore, and Buzz Wine Beer Shop.
Curio, which means “a rare, unusual, or intriguing object,” opened last month and replaced what used to be a 800 square foot ground floor office space for local juice company Coba. The owner of the new retail boutique, Lora Myers, is passionate about fashion and has worked in high-end retail since she was only 16 (she is now 22). She started out as a precocious intern at Lisa Kline on Robertson and learned the business through multiple retail channels as well as having developed a keen eye for what’s trendsetting for both men and women.
“I’ve always loved fashion and been a very visual person,” Myers told me. “And when I started working in retail, it just clicked for me.”
Myers carries a slew of up-and-coming labels and designers including jewelry, many of them LA-based. Some examples include Gypsy Junkies and Blood is the New Black with the latter based right here in Silver Lake. In addition, Curio stocks popular brands like Jung Maven, Ovate, and Sisters of the Black Moon. Myers was excited to inform me that Curio is the only store in Los Angeles that carries Ovate and Sisters of the Black Moon.
“Now we get people from all over who stop in to shop for [Ovate and Sisters of the Black Moon],” Myers said. “Even though you can buy them online, people like to try things on, see how it fits.”
I asked Myers why she opened her shop in Downtown LA.
“I’ve lived in downtown for 4 years now and I’ve seen so many changes and growth here where at one point LA Cafe down the street was it,” Myers told me while reminiscing. “I think downtown is finally becoming more diverse in what there is to do down here and I wanted to contribute to a shopping area that’s more than just food and drinks.”
Curio is open Tue — Sat from noon to 8 pm and Sun from noon to 6 pm. Closed on Mondays.
For more info, please visit Curio Los Angeles online.