los angeles: please do not enter store opening

© please do not enter / photography: elizabeth daniels

the revival of downtown los angeles is an ongoing affair, and along the way a string of interesting new businesses have popped up, especially in retail. one of such gems is please do not enter, a concept store and art space set up by paris transplants nicolas libert and emmanuel renoird. the duo share an interest architecture and have a respective background in high-end real estate and interior design, and have been avid collectors of design and contemporary art. pulled by the dynamic scene in california, they decided to relocate and fuse their interests and passion into this new venture.

perched on the top floor of one of the pacmutual towers - a historic landmark complex built in 1926 - with stunning views of the downtown area, it occupies a 1,550 sq.ft. [144 sqm.] which has been meticulously tweaked to transition from office bland to utilitarian chic. ceiling panels have been removed to expose a mosaic of utility pipes against a backdrop of raw concrete, paired with sections of exposed brick walls, select furniture pieces and chunky displays. please do not enter is very much a hybrid space that caters to progressive shoppers with a knack for an eclectic range of high-quality goods. accordingly, it features a carefully selected and timeless range of contemporary goods.

from design to art and men's fashion, each piece has an unheard-of story that the founders are longing to tell. currently on the shelves are brands such as christophe lemaire, aedle, gaspard yurkievich, maison francis kurkdjian and walter van beirendonck. as for the art and design, libert and renoird feature pieces that are either unique or small editions, and currently includes designs by arik levy, joey roth, slava mogutin, élise gabriel and grégoire chenau. but that's not all, folks. the owners aim to actively engage with their new homeland on another level as well through commissioned projects and site-specific installations outside of the please do not enter space. access to the store is by appointment only. location: 523 west 6th street, suite 1229 [downtown].

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