Upscale Swedish clothing retailer Acne Studios is now officially open at 9th and Broadway on the ground floor of the beautiful art deco Eastern Columbia building. The new downtown location becomes the brand’s global flagship store at a whopping 5,000 square feet stocked with the hippest of fashion for both men and women and the first location to include an in-store Swedish Il Caffe. A private friends and family grand opening was held last night inside the new store with hundreds in attendance. I haven’t experienced this much positive energy on Broadway since the grand opening of Umamicatessen back in March 2012. The excitement within the air was palpable as live music played, champagne was poured, and well-groomed male servers wearing pink outfits (to match the store’s pink terrazzo floor) came around with sweet confections shaped like a mushroom referencing the store’s “Giant triple mushroom” art installation by Belgian artist Carsten Höller.
The opening of Acne Studios in Downtown LA shows the growing pull of our successful urban revitalization. Apparently, Acne Studios was close to signing a lease on the Westside (likely on Melrose) when the Executive Chairman Mikael Schiller discovered the beautiful Eastern Columbia building. A quick decision was made to open here instead of the auto-centric Westside and now we can be proud that such an exclusive retailer is actually located in the heart of Los Angeles.
What started in 1997, Acne Studios is based in Stockholm and now has about two dozen locations worldwide on four continents in cities like London, Shanghai, Melbourne, and now Los Angeles (the proud new global flagship store). The store carries clothing for men and women from casual chic to formal wear.
The store officially opens today on Dec 18, 2013 with store hours Mon thru Friday 11 am to 7 pm, Sat from 10 am to 7 pm, and Sun 12 pm to 6 pm.
DTLA Rising broke the news back in April 2013 that Acne Studios was coming to Broadway in Downtown LA. We also peeked inside the Soho New York store (the only other one in the country) for a preview of what was to come.