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LA Designer Jonny Cota’s Skingraft Relocating Flagship Store to 8th/Spring in Downtown LA

One of LA's hottest ascending designers, Jonny Cota, is opening his new flagship store at 8th/Spring in Downtown LA's Fashion District

One of LA’s hottest ascending designers, Jonny Cota, is opening his new flagship store at 8th/Spring in Downtown LA’s Fashion District

One of LA’s hottest ascending designers, Jonny Cota, is relocating his flagship store, Skingraft, from its current location at the Banco Popular building in the Old Bank District to 8th/Spring on the western edge of the Fashion District. The 2,600 square foot space couldn’t be more perfect for Skingraft, and when it opens, will contribute to this growing neighborhood not far from all the action happening at 9th/Broadway. Located on the ground floor of the Great Republic Lofts across from Terroni, the new space—long and horizontal—takes up almost the entire block along 8th Street and is lined with big beautiful windows, which will be used by the store to showcase their designs.

Construction is in progress right now on the new flagship store. The whole space won’t open at the same time, but in two phases. The first phase of the store will open by mid-to-late August 2014 and includes a section of the store located closer to the corner of 8th/Spring. The second phase of the store will open next spring 2015 (around May) and take up the remainder of the retail space that stretches along 8th Street almost to Main Street. There will eventually be two entrances to the store: one facing Spring and one facing 8th Street near Main.

Founded in 2006, Skingraft is the brainchild of designer Jonny Cota who has gained prominence in the fashion world as a “pioneer of the new American avant-garde” and reinforced by celebrity clients like A$AP Rocky, Rihanna, Beyonce, Tyson Chandler and others. He recently showed at New York’s Fashion Week and just opened a new store last year in Nolita (near Soho) on Prince Street. Even still, Cota remains proud of his LA roots and maintains the flagship store here in Downtown LA.

Outside of New York, LA is the other major fashion town in this country. You could say LA’s fashion influence is immense. Not only are we the largest U.S. manufacturing center left in the fashion industry, but so many brands people are exposed to on a daily basis are from LA from high-end denim like J Brand and JOE’s Jeans; casual basics like Splendid, American Apparel, and Forever 21; to high-end designers like Monique Lhuillier and Sue Wong.

For more info, please visit Skingraft online.

Jonny Cota

Jonny Cota (Photo: Complex.com)

Jonny Cota (Photo: Complex.com)

Skingraft in New York

New Skingraft store in NYC on Prince Street in Nolita (Photo: Skingraft Designs)

New Skingraft store in NYC on Prince Street in Nolita (Photo: Skingraft Designs)

Skingraft flag outside NYC store (Photo: Twelvmag.com)

Skingraft flag outside NYC store (Photo: Twelvmag.com)

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  1. Also moving not too far from that store is BLENDZ, the sneaker boutique we worked together on leasing them their space on 4th next to where I leased Skingraft their space. So fashion is finally moving into the Fashion District.

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