Deep in the heart of downtown Los Angeles looms an industrial-luxe complex bustling with a growing collective of offices, curated outdoor shops and restaurants. Spread over six buildings, Row DTLA is it’s own unique L.A. environment and by far our favorite discovery during a recent art and design inspo trip. Located adjacent to the Arts District, it’s clear that DTLA is quickly becoming one of the city’s hippest districts.
From Produce To Apparel
Built between 1917 and 1923, the complex was originally a wholesale produce market, a hub for produce growers alongside train tracks going into downtown Los Angeles. In the early part of the century, it became the American Apparel headquarters that housed thousands of employees in it’s massive salmon-colored buildings.
Today you can still see the layers of bygone days in the facade of crumbling concrete. If you love weathered surfaces of fading paint and typography like we do, then Row DTLA is not to be missed! The towering concrete buildings with artistic details at every turn makes this environment uniquely stylish and innovative, yet hard to describe.
Shopping @ Row DTLA
Row DTLA’s assortment of creative retail shops offer a distinct collection of brands that you can’t find in commercial shopping areas around Los Angeles. From globally recognized brands to “under the radar” designers, the vibe is more alternative than LA glitz. Here are a few of our faves.
Stepping into this storefront is such a unique brand experience, we just have to share it with you. Tokyobike is a small, independent bicycle company from the suburb of Yanaka, Japan. Based on the concept of Tokyo Slow their bikes are designed for exploration with ease. With a Tokyobike, it is as much about the journey as the destination.
A whimsical design store that features local artisans and creative brands, Yolk is a blend of Scandinavian and Californian vibes. You can’t help to smile when you walk into this whimsical store. Pops of cheery color and pattern surround. Check it out Portlandia…their tagline is “Free Range Design” (meaning freedom of expression, individuality, artistry and sustainability). It’s as fun as it sounds!
Banks Journal is a modern clothing label inspired by coastal living. They create surf and lifestyle apparel and accessories as well as a curated selection of vintage rugs, vinyl, design books and products from like-minded brands. The DTLA storefront is their first brick and mortar, blending their Australian and Japanese heritage with their love of all things oceanic. The space is so amazing with a ceiling installation constructed of hundreds of linear pieces of wood, which feels very zen in the open, airy industrial space.
For quirky finds, Poketo is a design savvy lifestyle brand that collaborates with international companies. Poketo’s ethos is “art for everyday” with a goal to make art accessible to everyone. We love the whimsical color and pattern that this husband/wife duo brings to their products. Including Row DTLA, Poketo has four stores around Los Angeles and they are known for their online store, which is exceptional!
Hawkins New York
A superbly curated home goods store, Hawkins New York exudes high quality and minimal design. Artisanal comes to mind when you step in to this modern industrial space. We love trying on all of their indie-fragrances!
Flask & Field
Specializing in unique and delicious handcrafted wines, beers and spirits, Flask & Field also sells beautiful gifts. Check out their beautiful boozy gift boxes online.
Dining @ Row DTLA
Back in the day, people all over LA would flock to the LA Terminal Market to get their hands on the freshest produce. Now they are flocking to the complex for the fine dining establishments and hip cafes that have inhabited the newly developed Row DTLA. One of the featured foodie events hosted at ROW DTLA is Smorgasburg, L.A.’s largest destination for exciting local food, lifestyle vendors and artisans. Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. a hundred local vendors come together to create an unforgettable market.
Rappahannock Oyster Bar
Oysters from Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay, chicory Caesar salads and signature burgers are what’s cookin’ in this Row DTLA establishment. Rappahannock Oyster Bar‘s interior is beautifully designed with exposed wood and concrete interiors.
The Manufactory is a beautiful and gynormous space that houses a production bakery, market, two restaurants, coffee roasting facility (by Coffee Manufactory), & a coffee lab. It’s a terrific lunch spot and the food is simply divine! We met our dear friend, Robin for lunch. Thanks to him we didn’t miss this trend-setting establishment.
Row DTLA is continuing to take shape. We are so impressed with this iconic destination and are confident it will continue to offer the finest in experiential retail and design. The developer, Runyon Group says “We are reimagining the L.A. retail experience with smart, curated developments that are as much about community and experience as shopping”. Well done!
Written by guest blogger Kelly Kerwick. Most of the photos by photographer Tara Haney