Los Angeles’ Best New Fashion Stores – WWD

Who says physical shopping is dead? LA has seen a surge of fashion openings in recent months, from luxury flagships on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills to indie destinations in Echo Park.

Here is a sample of hot spots to visit.

Loew

The Spanish luxury brand led by Jonathan Anderson opened its long-awaited first Los Angeles flagship in November. Surrounded by palm trees, with an ocean blue hand-glazed ceramic tile facade, a massive skylight that lets in the California light, and a gallery-worthy art gallery, the 3,700-square-foot Los Angeles store has many touches venues, including a bust of Justin Bieber by American artist Paul Pfeiffer.

There are 1970s wall chargers by Peter Voulkos, who established the ceramics departments at the Los Angeles County Art Institute and at the University of California, Berkeley, and rows of colorful glazed earthenware tiles by the late Southern California artist Doyle Lane.

The retail space features Anderson’s playful apparel for men and women, including an army green canvas windbreaker with a Silly String-like rainbow fringed collar, a figure-hugging glove-print jersey dress, blue jeans , tank tops and sweatshirts with the house’s anagram logo; the latest monochromatic bags inspired by the art of ancient Chinese pottery, the famous Puzzle bags and the puffy Goya bags and the cult favorite nail polish and balloon heels.

327 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills

The Los Angeles Loewe store.

Courtesy of Loewe

They plain

Luxurious Italian cashmere brand Loro Piana is focusing on its footwear with a Rodeo Drive pop-up open through Jan. 23, especially its white-soled shoes.

Comfort-chic suede styles for men and women include Open Walk slip-ons (fur-lined for winter), Summer Walk loafers and clogs made for resort living.

Loro Piana sneakers are also in the shop, including the running Weekend Evo and the very light 360 Colorama with merino wool upper.

The minimalist space also features a selection of giftable accessories, such as Extra Pocket bags and baseball caps that can be personalized with embroidery.

323 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills

Pop up Loro Piana Rodeo Drive.

Todd Snyder

New York-based menswear designer Todd Snyder has landed on the West Coast with a 3,300-square-foot location at The Grove mall.

Offering Snyder’s full collection of ruggedly refined Americana classics, tailored, utility-inspired workwear and streetwear, including his suede Dylan jackets. There’s also a selection of third-party brands and exclusive collaborations with Champion Sportswear and DS & Durga, as well as rare vintage watches and jewelery sourced from Foundwell, mules and bags from King Kennedy Rugs and exclusive Todd Snyder denim reworked by the New York patchwork expert Eva Joan and Moscot eyewear. The store also sells shoes from Birkenstock, New Balance, Vans, Converse, Alden and many more.

For drugstore products, Snyder turned to Aēsop for a shop-in-shop. Additionally, the brand is collaborating with Los Angeles-based Mr. Goodboy on a selection of rare vinyl, making the store a one-stop shop for men’s gifts.

198 The Grove Drive, Spazio H20, Los Angeles

Wyeth

Damsel in Dior no more, Los Angeles-based influencer and author Jacey Duprie launched her own fashion label and retail store called Wyeth at Platform LA

The label is rooted in California classics, including boat-neck sweaters in nautical stripes or “Yosemite moss” green, barn jackets, cotton tees, knit dresses, poplin shirts and shorts, $78 to $306 .

In addition to her fashion sense, Duprie has reported extensively online about renovations to her home over the years, including a Lake Arrowhead project. She contacted interior designer Martha Mulholland for this and the Wyeth store, which has a Spanish colonial feel, with warm stucco walls, reclaimed brick floors, a fireplace, custom light fixture crafted from native plants, flowers and cotton bolls (a nod to Duprie’s roots as a Texas cotton farmer’s daughter).

In addition to Wyeth, the store features vintage candlesticks and ceramics curated by Mulholland and a selection of third-party items, including wooden jewelry by Sophie Monet, velvet headbands by Jennifer Behr, denim by AGolde, dresses by Merlette, boots by Aeyde and more.

8830 Washington Boulevard, City of Culver.

Apt. 4b

It’s not often you walk into a store and feel like you’re in a 1990s apartment in the heart of Queens, New York. But that’s what happens when you walk through the door of Apt. 4B, which recently relocated to Row DTLA in downtown Los Angeles.

The 1,200-square-foot space features made-in-LA streetwear by Moon and Monique Moronta alongside vintage clothing from the ’80s and ’90s curated by Crystal Robles and Ricky Li of Tried and True Co.

777 South Alameda Street, The Row DTLA, Los Angeles

Arcade
Also on The Row, fans of the hugely popular A Current Affair vintage clothing trade shows (IRL and on Instagram) will want to visit Arcade, Richard Wainwright’s co-op selling clothing, jewellery, accessories and homewares sourced from top retailers.

The space is massive at 2,800 square feet with high ceilings and large display windows, and there’s plenty to see, including on a recent visit, a 1950s Sequined Cashmere Sweater for $198, a Jean Button Tuxedo Jacket Paul Gaultier for $498 and a velvet dress by Yves Saint Laurent for $898.

A Current Affair began 12 years ago and has been held in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, attracting an audience of vintage lovers, including Ulla Johnson, Alia Shawkat, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, B. Åkerlund and Dita Von Teese. The next fair is Saturday and Sunday at the Cooper Design Space in Los Angeles.

777 South Alameda Street, The Row DTLA, Los Angeles

A look inside the new Arcade store.

DTLA courtesy line

Lisa says Gah
Lisa Says Gah, a San Francisco-based sustainability brand and independent online boutique loved by Gen Z, has opened its first physical store in the trendy Echo Park neighborhood.

Lisa Bühler, the company’s founder, is known for eclectic vintage-inspired pieces loved by Gen Z and Millennials, including denim midi skirts ($188), tartan fleece Sherpa jackets ($158), and plaid slips ( $158).

She chose Los Angeles for her shop because she produces her collection in nearby factories and there is more access to deadstock fabric, which is a big part of her clothing collection. She also uses recycled fabric, organic cotton and bamboo.

Small-batch production is maintained anywhere from 65 units up to 300 units for best-selling styles, while keeping most prices under $200.

2147 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles

Spirit

Remember Esprit, a name that seemed to be everywhere in the 70s and 80s and then disappeared from the US retail scene in 2012?

The brand is back, under new Hong Kong-based owners, and has planted its first US retail flagpole in Los Angeles

“We chose LA as the place to pop up and do the first store because it was originally a California brand,” said William Pak, Esprit managing director of the brand founded in San Francisco in 1968 by Doug and Susie Tompkins.

The Esprit store features colorful lighting that works well with the white walls to highlight the collection of sports and casual clothing with a Californian vibe, including logo vests, polo shirts and T-shirts. In 2023, the shop will move to a permanent location across the street.

156 South Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles

Esprit pop-up on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Esprit has opened a pop-up store on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles after a 10-year absence from the US

Joel Marasigan

Anne Bing

Los Angeles-based designer Anine Bing has landed on Melrose Avenue in the heart of West Hollywood’s shopping district, opening a massive 2,400-square-foot flagship store selling her famous Kaia blazers, studded Charlie boots and Sonia leather pants that have become staples for the set of influencers.

“We grew 45 percent,” said Annika Meller, cofounder and chief strategy officer at Anine Bing, of revenue year-over-year. “We are profitable. So, we’re continuing on that trajectory for next year. We have put a lot of focus on brand marketing this year and will continue to do so next year.”

By the end of 2022, the brand will have 18 physical stores globally. Four new doors will open in 2023.

8211 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles

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