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The Bloc in Downtown LA Announces First Retail Tenants Incl. Wingtip from SF

More exciting details revealed about The Bloc including the new addition of SF's Wingtip offering a "one-stop-shop" for men (Photo: The Bloc)

More exciting details revealed about The Bloc including the new addition of SF’s Wingtip offering a “one-stop-shop” for men (Photo: The Bloc)

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.

Wingtip store in San Francisco's historic 1908 Bank of Italy building (Photo: jonnymetbird.com)

Wingtip store in San Francisco’s historic 1908 Bank of Italy building (Photo: jonnymetbird)

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15 Comments

    • wildstar says

      LOL – pining over the lost treasures of the Macy’s Fortress?

      • Lawrence says

        I know – give me a break. As if what’s currently there is so compelling. Downtown will always have history by nature of its architectural heritage and role within the city and region. Adding some decent shopping options to the mix doesn’t remove that.

    • mike says

      If you think the original Macy’s Plaza was history and worthy of keeping, you have a screw loose (no offense).

  1. Miguel says

    Ummmm I wouldn’t exactly call Macys Plaza “historical” unless you are REALLY into large empty brick walls… then by all means you should start a historical society.

  2. Sebastian says

    You’re right Damon, but it’s good to have a bit of a mix in downtown.

  3. Joe Downtown says

    I’ve defended the importance of maintaining downtown’s history on here, in particular the Jesus Saves sign. I got dumped on for doing so, because the consensus here preferred another high rise being developed right in front of it. Truly a shame. So Damon I understand the spirit of your comment.

    The Macy’s “fortress” on the other hand is a monstrosity that no one could have reverence for. It has no valuable history itself, and I’m not sure how it could be replaced with history. shopping and entertainment is always a welcomed addition to downtown, as long as it’s not taking away from it’s treasures.

  4. Anybody complaining about downtown creating a much better shopping experience needs to just get out. How dare you. Why can’t DTLA have the same stores as midtown Manhattan, Union Square, Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, downtown Seattle and others. We deserve more than some little vintage clothing store and swap meet crap. And our historic buildings deserve more than the swap meet bs and decades of rot and decay.

  5. Arlando says

    The mentality of people like Damon is why so much of downtown went into the outhouse to begin with starting over 70 years ago. Such Angelenos (assuming they’re all that connected to the city) are why even today there remain quite a few raggedy-man (and raggedy-woman) shops, particularly around Broadway, which have long been a huge embarrassment to Los Angeles.

  6. Brian Kena says

    @p….You are so right. We need stores just like every other downtown City in the US has.

  7. Brian, You are spot on with your comment. We DO need the same stores.

    • carter says

      I’m not sure we need all the same stores, or we would be building a grove-like atmosphere, not unlike a mall which happens to be a DTBD.
      Being unique is what has made LA’s new image viable, now it is just a matter of time before retailers worldwide recognize LA for what it is, a city like very few others anywhere, with demographics and disposable incomes to make it successful.

      • corner soul says

        Downtown is huge… there’s more than enough room for all the chains and all the boutiques.

  8. RWags says

    When is Olive Garden moving in? I love me some unlimited salad and bread sticks.

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