Okay, we all know that 9th/Broadway is totally on fire! The once desolate intersection at the cusp of the Historic Core and Fashion District is quickly becoming the hub of some serious retail activity in Downtown LA as both Acne Studios and Urban Outfitters prepare for an opening later this month and Aesop and Tanner Goods are planning a Jan 2014 opening. Don’t forget Ace Hotel is also opening on Jan 15, 2014 and Tarina Tarantino’s Sparkle Factory opening summer 2014. So could this get any better? The answer is a resounding yes! Add two more high-end retailers to the growing list: indie store OAK NYC and global French fashion line A.P.C.
Several local sources have alerted me about this, and although exact locations are still uncertain for both OAK NYC and A.P.C., I have confirmed with OAK NYC that they are, indeed, planning to open in Downtown LA in early 2014. The 9th/Broadway corner retail space at the Blackstone Apartments seems to be a logical place currently occupied by an art gallery, but that’s just a guess. OAK NYC is a high-end indie clothing retailer from New York with only two locations, one near NYU and another in Brooklyn. Downtown LA will be only their third location.
Two separate local sources have also informed me that A.P.C. — basically Swedish Acne Studios’ French counterpart — is looking to open near 9th/Broadway sometime next year as well. Rumors point to an art gallery along 9th Street on the ground floor of the Ninth/Broadway art deco building. Apparently, A.P.C. has been looking for an opportunity to relocate their current store in West Hollywood near Melrose and La Cienega. This would definitely be that perfect opportunity to be a part of a growing retail movement in Downtown LA.
More details should surface regarding these two exciting retailers soon.