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French Label A.P.C. Opens New Downtown LA Store

High-end fashion French label A.P.C. opened its first Downtown LA store near 9th/Broadway signaling the strong retail comeback of LA's revitalizing urban center

High-end fashion French label A.P.C. opened its first Downtown LA store near 9th/Broadway signaling the strong retail comeback of LA’s revitalizing urban center

The intersection of 9th/Broadway continues to push forward as one of the main epicenters of new retailers making a comeback in Downtown LA. This past Saturday, the high-end fashion French label A.P.C. (standing for “Atelier de Production et de Création”) finally opened its doors for business here helping to boost the intersection’s critical mass as it begins to take more concrete shape as a bona fide shopping destination. DTLA Rising first announced the rumors that A.P.C. was coming to Downtown LA a year and a half ago back in December of 2013. Replacing what used to be a nondescript art gallery (called Vista Art Galleria), the once forgettable space facing 9th Street has been transformed into a chic and modern fashion showroom and a head turner with a strong street presence.

Although A.P.C. is carried in many other high-end retailers like Nordstrom or Bloomingdale’s, only two US cities — Los Angeles and New York — have actual A.P.C. stores (Downtown LA, Melrose Place, and a new Silver Lake store opening this year). The French ready-to-wear brand was founded in 1987 and has become known worldwide for its simple minimalistic designs for both men and women. The new downtown store also carries shoes, handbags, accessories, and fragrances including a “post-poo drop” collaboration with Aesop, which also happens to have a beautiful store next door that opened last year.

With the opening of the new A.P.C. store, 9th and Broadway and the area surrounding it reaching as far as 8th and Spring is slowly but surely becoming a more cohesive urban enclave of high fashion, third wave coffee, and creative design — quite fitting being on the cusp of the Historic Core and Fashion District.

A.P.C. in Downtown LA will be open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm, and Sundays from 12 pm to 6 pm.

Next up, Australia’s Fashion Bunker flagship store opening later this year.

The new A.P.C. store in Downtown LA is now open near 9th and Broadway

The new A.P.C. store in Downtown LA is now open near 9th and Broadway

A.P.C. carries ready-to-wear fashion for both men and women

A.P.C. carries ready-to-wear fashion for both men and women

The new A.P.C. store adds to a growing roster of high-end fashion boutiques opening near 9th/Broadway

The new A.P.C. store adds to a growing roster of high-end fashion boutiques opening near 9th/Broadway

A.P.C. carries ready-to-wear fashion for both women and men

A.P.C. carries ready-to-wear fashion for both women and men

A.P.C. in Downtown LA is open seven days a week

A.P.C. in Downtown LA is open seven days a week

6 Comments

  1. aardvark says

    Love APC! This is a great addition, although I hope they can survive here until there’s more happening.

  2. Michael says

    Cool, I hope they’re around long enough to see some profits. I can’t imagine the current local residents have the cash for APC… My fingers are crossed for them to be a catalyst for the area.

    • Jake says

      I do have the cash for APC, however ignoring the problem that continues to grow around these new shiny toys we are seeing is tiring. I live in The Chapman on 8th and you can’t quite unseen the homeless man who kicked a #2 on the curb of what will be the new Broadway Trade Center.

    • CityofLostAngels says

      Residents with the cash?–A telling sign should be a quick look at the resident’s cars parked in our loft’s garage just a block away, Range Rovers, Maseratis, Lotus, BMW’s, Mercedes and Lexus seem to be in every other space, with a Prius sprinkled in-between each of those. LOL Not to mention all that fashionistas visiting the Fashion District everyday. Anyhow, they already took a quick $1k from me on opening day,…I’ll have to walk my dogs with blinders on from now on. LOL

      • Michael says

        you sound really cool! i hope you like driving your maseratis

  3. Mark Waxberg says

    Wonderful. Really thrilled to see them open, and will be sure to support.

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