As we wait eagerly for high-end French label A.P.C. to open (hopefully) later this month near 9th and Broadway, we have yet another fashion forward brand from Australia that will be making this hot intersection into their new US flagship debut that is sure to make a lot of women very happy. First reported on Apparel News, the fast-fashion Aussie brand BNKR (pronounced “bunker”) will be opening their very first brick and mortar store outside of their only other store in Adelaide, Australia here in Downtown LA at the historic 1916 Blackstone building, which was a former department store converted to 82 lofts in 2010.
The approximately 6,000 square foot store (larger than the global flagship Acne Studios across the street) will wrap around almost the entire building’s ground floor perimeter along Broadway and 9th Street. The arrival of BNKR really helps fill in this amazing intersection nicely as more momentum continues to build for other retailers to open in the Historic Core.
BNKR, owned by parent company Australian Fashion Brands, owns other labels including Cameo, Finders Keepers, Keepsake, The Fifth, and their higher end line TY-LR. In addition, their online store carries other independent brands like Jeffrey Campbell and Sol Sana that may likely end up in their new Downtown LA flagship store as well.
BNKR has already begun construction and is slated to open in the next few months, so expect sometime possibly in summer.
The BNKR Adelaide flagship will give us an idea what to expect for DTLA