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Lucky Brand opens new headquarters in Arts District; brings 250 jobs to Downtown

By Andrew Lopez
Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at 04:07PM
Andrew Lopez

Lucky Brand Jean's new headquarters in the Arts District of Downtown.

Today was the grand opening of Lucky Brand's new headquarters in the Downtown Arts District. The opening of the 46,000 square foot space brought with it 250 new jobs.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa praised Lucky for creating employment opportunities in Los Angeles, “the creative capital of the world.”

“The number one thing is putting people back to work,” Villaraigosa said. “Bringing jobs to any part of L.A. is important to us.”

The Lucky building sits near the train tracks and L.A. River and seems to have drawn inspiration from railroad stations of the 1940s. The building’s spacious walkways and work spaces are accentuated by the clean, light colors of the walls.

"It's not only a beautiful location, it's a business smart location," Councilman José Huizar said. "We have everything that can make this a success here."

Huizar gave credit to Villaraigosa for bringing business into the city with his three-year tax break for companies that relocate to Los Angeles.

“This is a real effort to continue providing jobs and the types of businesses we want to see in the city of Los Angeles,” Huizar said. “(Lucky Brand) is a shot in the arm for the Arts District.”

Lucky was founded by Gene Montesano and Barry Perlman in 1990 and now has 209 retails stores throughout the U.S., selling shoes, accessories, apparel and jewelry.

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