STEVEN HIRSH

COOPER DESIGN SPACE

Cooper Design Space has done the community a tremendous service by stepping up with its fashion district space, fitted to LA’s creative lifestyles. The building was born in 1927 to suit LA’s fashion designers and manufacturers. During the 40s and 50s, Cooper refashioned itself to shine as LA’s premier address for fashion industry showrooms – before there was a California Mart or a New Mart. The Cooper building pioneered the terrain again during the 80s as one of America’s first discount retail centers, a model for today’s outlet malls. And in the 90s, the Cooper building anted up for the fashion district, working to persuade the LA city council to establish the city’s first business improvement district.

Today, renovated as Cooper Design Space, the building at the corner of 9th and Los Angeles streets is at it again as home base for LA creatives. The building hosts a space that embraces cross-pollination among LA lifestyle businesses in fashion, media arts and publishing. a space that encourages fluidity across functions by offering studio, office and showroom in a single location. The building hosts a space that embraces cross-pollination among LA lifestyle businesses in fashion, media arts and publishing. a space that encourages fluidity across functions by offering studio, office and showroom in a single location.

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