One of the most highly anticipated (and much, much needed) retail-focused projects in Downtown LA is the exciting $180 million makeover of The Bloc (formerly Macy’s Plaza). We’ve been watching the massive project unfold ever since it was announced exactly a year and a half ago (boy how time flies). We know Sheraton is getting a $40 million upgrade and Austin-based theater Alamo Drafthouse is coming to the third floor. And now some more exciting details have been revealed including two new retail concepts that will surely help put the new shopping center on the fashion map in a very crowded Los Angeles market. San Francisco’s uber cool men’s store Wingtip has signed on to open a massive location (this will be only their second store) in addition to a brand new retail concept from the owners of Apolis and Alchemy Works both located in our very own Arts District.
Wingtip is slated to open a 10,000 square foot “one stop shop” for “modern gentlemen” according to the store’s blog. Although the new downtown store will only be about half the size of San Francisco’s even more massive 21,000 square foot flagship (located next door to the iconic Transamerica pyramid skyscraper), the Downtown LA location will offer a similar experience and many of the same product items including: custom and ready-to-wear clothing (both professional and casual), cufflinks, pens, leather goods, cigars and cigar accessories, rare single malt scotches, fly fishing gear, and barware.
In addition, like the San Francisco location, the new Downtown LA Wingtip will also come with a “highly coveted,” members only social club to be located on the upper floors of The Bloc’s 32-story office tower, which will offer its members (open to men and women) a private bar and lounge, themed event space and meeting rooms, wine storage, cigar smoking rooms, among other amenities. For reference, Wingtip’s new LA social club will be identical in size to the SF location at 12,000 square feet.
And finally, from the owners and founders behind Apolis and Alchemy Works, CNTRLgroup, an exciting new retail gallery concept — still unnamed at this time — will also be joining The Bloc. The new gallery concept will offer a dynamic multi-brand collection of niche and established labels presented through a unique shopping experience where “fashion becomes art.” In addition, expect the new flagship store to host a variety of community-engaging fashion and lifestyle-oriented events that will both utilize the store itself and The Bloc’s lower level courtyard, which will have an exciting direct pedestrian connection into the 7th St/Metro subway station.
To learn more about Wingtip, visit them online.