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.