OAK NYC Brings Downtown L.A. a Dose of NY Cool

Oak Los Angeles

Oak Los Angeles

There are venerable New York boutiques that we always make beeline too between Fashion Week appointments. On the list of “wish it was here in L.A.” is Anna Sui, always a stop for quirky boho frocks (and her makeup line), and the FTD editors always swing by Kirna Zabete for Jennifer Lopez sightings and veritable buffet of Céline bags sans tourists. Undoubtedly, there’s a visit to Oak, the New York institution that’s known for classics with a dash of goth — it’s just the thing for fans of Rick Owens designs but without the deep-pocketed means to acquire actual Rick Owens designs. But the trek to Oak is about to get a little less strenuous, because the boutique has opened up shop right in the heart of Downtown L.A.

Oak Los Angeles

Oak Los Angeles

Situated right across the street from the new Ace Hotel, Oak has prime ground floor real estate at Tarina Tarantino’s Sparkle Factory. The spot is also just short walk to the new Urban Outfitters’ Rialto Theater location, the new Aesop shop and the gleaming Acne Studios flagship. In other words, the shop is right in the heart of what’s happening in the Downtown L.A. shopping scene. It’s a perfect fit, too, because Oak has always been known for bringing together an eclectic mix of labels, both local and global, which is exactly what sets it apart from the Scoops, Kitsons and Planet Blues that Angelenos have become accustomed to shopping. And while we’ve been able to browse a little bit of Oak’s merchandise online at Net-a-Porter and Saks, it’s always amazing to see a fully realized Oak shopping experience right here on our side of the country.

Oak Los Angeles

Oak Los Angeles

Oak is known just as much for its in-house brand as the carefully curated brands it carries. In fact, GQ editors are huge fans of the label as well as New York’s hipster crowd, which can be seen outfitted in Oak’s black hoodies, draped cardigans and more no matter the season. Black is the main color when you step into the store, since much of Oak’s merchandise leans towards the inky hue. But among the indigo jeans, slouchy tees and more, you’ll find a great selection from labels such as Costume National, BLK DNM and more throughout the 2,200 square foot store.

Guys and girls can shop together in the co-ed space, but girls will no doubt gravitate towards handbags from Kelsi Dagger and Vic Matié alongside sky high shoes from Atalanta Weller and more sensible summer-ready strappy sandals the Last Company. And good news to those who don’t usually trek to Downtown L.A. (though we must say the sojourn to Downtown is easier than booking a flight to New York, just saying), Oak is already planning a Beverly Boulevard location — and there’s a new shop just open in Paris if you’re feeling a little transatlantic. You can credit this global expansion to American Apparel, who bought Oak late last year.

Oak is located at 910 South Broadway, in Downtown Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.oaknyc.com.

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