Andrew Christian Flagship Boutique is Leaving West Hollywood

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Andrew Christian Boutique West Hollywood - Photo by Marco Colantonio

Seasons change and so do the names and faces of the businesses in the city of West Hollywood. Another retail store is on its way out of the Boystown vicinity. Pink signage has gone up over the Andrew Christian Flagship Boutique announcing that it is leaving WeHo.

“25% off everything” a sign inside the store reads. “Moving to the new gayborhood Downtown opening soon.”

Andrew Christian Boutique West Hollywood – Photo by Marco Colantonio

According to a source, the West Hollywood lease was up for renewal. The retail store opted not to renew and is currently scouting for a new location in Downtown Los Angeles. The source tells WEHO TIMES that AC is looking towards DTLA because of the current change in the culture there where gay bars are booming and LGBTQ events like the Proud Festival grow each year.

AC’s last day of operations in WeHo will be in mid-January of next year. A possible new home for the flagship store may include the Pershing Square area near Precinct DTLA—a rock-n-roll gay bar located on South Broadway, which opened in May, 2015; the spacious, brick-lined bar is known for its lively events, cocktails and small menu of American food.

Another possible location is the Santee Alley—a popular retail shopping area in the LA Fashion District, which is best known for its festival-like atmosphere with over 150 stores and vendors. Santee Alley is located on an actual alley between Santee Street and Maple Avenue, from Olympic Boulevard to 12th Street.

Andrew Christian – Facebook screen grab

Celebrity designer Andrew Christian started his clothing line in 1997. He built his empire by selling his clothes at local boutiques. His line started off with sportswear and swimwear, but his business really took off when he added an underwear line to his collection. By 2006 his underwear line was a huge success. In 2008 he released a Black Line for a more dressy men’s wear. In the 2008/2009 season, the company also added women’s wear to their collection.

The Andrew Christian flagship Boutique lasted a little over 7 years in the city of West Hollywood. The store had a soft opening on Monday, May 24, 2010 and an official grand opening on Saturday, May 29.

A view of the Andrew Christian Store in West Hollywood before it opened in 2010.

It’s hard to say what will replace the soon to be vacant retail space, which is a prime location surrounded by bars, and popular eateries like Lisa Vanderpump’s P.U.M.P. Restaurant just across the street.

The retail space will probably not stay empty for long. A local business owner close to the Andrew Christian store says he’s already getting calls from potential renters asking questions about the upcoming vacancy and expressing interest in the space.

Don’t miss out on the 25% off everything moving sale. The store is located at 8943 Santa Monica Blvd. Visit their website at andrewchristian.com, or call the WeHo location at (310) 734-8590

Christian L.A. and Key West Homes are Also on the Chopping Block

It was reported earlier this year that the underwear mogul homes in both Los Angeles, CA, and Key West, FL, are up for sale.

Christians Beachwood Canyon home.

“In Los Angeles, his hillside hugger of a contemporary above historic Beachwood Canyon is listed at $4.199 million and his celebrity-pedigreed bungalow in the heart of Florida’s resort community of Key West is available at $1.265 million after first coming for sale at $1.5 million” according to Variety.

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Paulo Murillo
Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings close to 20 years of experience in LGBT media and more than two decades as a West Hollywood resident. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. Murillo’s work has appeared in numerous print and online publications. He was a contributor to LGBT magazine IN Los Angeles. He is known for the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, in which he covered breaking news and local events in the City of West Hollywood. His recent work has been published in the Los Angeles Blade and his articles, essays and photographs can also be seen on the pages of THE FIGHT Magazine. He started “The Share” feature for THE FIGHT, which spotlights members of the Los Angeles recovery community who share about their sober journey. He can be reached at editor@wehotimes.com

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