This holiday season, DTLA is truly a shopper’s paradise! Big name brands are rubbing elbows with experiential stores, artsy concept shops, and an ever-passing parade of retail pop-ups. With so many options to choose from, it’s a good thing December has just begun!
Here are some ideas for Holiday Shopping that will bring good cheer to everyone on your list!
Dover Street Market 606-608 Imperial Street Los Angeles, CA 90021
Dover Street Market, one of the most exclusive and highly regarded retail trendsetters in the global fashion scene, recently opened DSMLA, its Los Angeles flagship store located in the Arts District just two blocks from the LA River. Housed in a 15,000 square-foot warehouse, painted a graphic white, DSMLA is the latest art-meets-retail concept from the Commes des Garçons label. Once inside, you’ll be greeted by a life-size hippo sculpture and there the fun begins! The interior is laced with a warren of arresting visual displays, art installations, chain link fencing, and galvanized metal, creating distinct sections for coveted brands like Gucci, Palace, noir kei ninomiya, Chanel Fine Jewelry, Marc Jacobs, and Comme des Garçons Women’s and Men’s. Holiday hours, parking and public transportation info here.
Jumpman LA 620 S Broadway Los Angeles, CA
Situated on DTLA’s “Sneaker Row,” a collection of athletic shoe and streetwear stores on South Broadway between 4th and 9th streets, Jumpman LA is a three-story 25,000 square-foot experiential retail space from Nike’s Jordan Brand–Michael Jordan’s shoe and athletic wear label, in partnership with footwear retailer Footaction. Serving as a hub for athletes, creatives and passionate Jordan fans, Jumpman LA encourages customers to test drive their products in a sports-science-equipped Flight Lab weight training room and full regulation-size rooftop basketball court. After all that exertion, patrons can relax in the recovery lounge.
UNIQLO THE BLOC 700 S Flower Street Los Angeles, CA 90017
OPENING December 13, 2018
A Tokyo fashion and clothing company with locations in 12 countries, UNIQLO is one of the five biggest specialty fashion retailers in the world. Owned by Fast Retailing, a Hiroshima based company, UNIGLO is known for making accessible, affordable T-shirts, jeans, outerwear, and casual wear for women and men. One of UNIQLO’s main products is HEATTECH–a thin, anti-static, stretch fabric that keeps in heat and dries quickly–perfect for wearing layers of clothing. UNIQLO parent company Fast Retailing is a signatory to the UN Global Compact, that fosters responsible action among companies and organizations and aims to materialize sustainable growth for the international community. As a signatory, the company will contribute to ongoing social progress in keeping with its sustainability statement, which is Unlocking the Power of Clothing to create a force of social good.
Gentle Monster 816 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA
Korean eyewear brand Gentle Monster takes the concept of immersive, artful shopping to new heights–marrying their signature experimental visual style with unique, boundary-pushing sunglasses. The Los Angeles store brings a zen mood to the core of DTLA’s historic theatre district with Gentle Monster Harvest, inspired by the spirit, emotions and oriental traditions associated with harvesting. The space takes visitors on a journey through the stages of harvest from paddy fields through threshing with captivating kinetic installations and handmade visual objects to create a unique and never before experienced space.
Made by DWC 325 S Los Angeles Street Los Angeles, CA 90013
MADE by DWC is a social enterprise operated by the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) to provide job training and transitional employment in product and retail environments for women transitioning out of homelessness. By purchasing from MADE by DWC’s signature line of products, you directly contribute to ending women’s homelessness in Los Angeles. Products include apparel, bags, candles, cards, gift sets, journals and soap. Want to give back this holiday season? Made by DWC’s volunteer program is run by Downtown Women’s Center. More details here.
Marfa Book Co Pop Up at ICA 1717 E 7th Street Los Angeles, CA 90021
Marfa Book Co. is an independent bookstore, publisher, and project space based in Marfa, Texas. After 20 years as a brick-and-mortar shop, Marfa Book Co. opened its first experimental pop-up at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2018. The store offers an eclectic catalog from publishers such as Gato Negro, an art and poetry press based in Mexico City; Dorothy, a publishing project, a St. Louis-based publisher dedicated to prose works by women; Haymarket, a publisher of progressive political theory and social history; and Primary Information, a specialist in facsimile reproductions of artists books and writings from the 1960s and 1970s. Marfa Book Co. is committed to the belief that bookstores can provide their communities with spaces for generative cultural encounters. They will be co-presenting a number of public programs during their time at ICA LA, and will also continue ICA LA’s exceptional partnership with local bilingual children’s bookstore LA Librería.
DTLA//IRL Pop Up LA Athletic Club 431 W 7th Street Los Angeles, CA 90014
The Downtown Central Business Improvement District recently launched DTLA//IRL, a Holiday Pop-Up on the ground floor of the Los Angeles Athletic Club in the heart of DTLA. Curated by Handcrafted LA, the DTLA//IRL store features products from Handcrafted, LA Original, Sub-Urban Riot, LA Athletic Club, Skidrow Denim + Apparel, Downtown Women’s Center, Piece by Piece, Back2Garden, Cake Denim, Pocket Square and more. Need a break from shopping? Step into the Recharge Lounge, with furnishings and decor provided by partner West Elm, and enjoy free goodies to relax and refresh. DTLA//IRL is a permanent pop-up retail shop and an extension of downtown’s Pop-Up Connect Retail program, which aims to promote the retail experience and culture in Downtown Los Angeles and forge partnerships with retail owners.