VF Corp., one of the world’s largest apparel companies, will move the headquarters of its Splendid and Ella Moss clothing lines to a historic industrial complex in downtown Los Angeles.
The clothier agreed to lease 80,000 square feet in Alameda Square near the intersection of Alameda Street and Olympic Boulevard, said real estate broker John Zanetos of CBRE Group Inc. The 10-year deal is valued at about $18 million.
VF will convert raw warehouse space into offices in preparation for a move early next year. The lease marks the beginning of an effort by landlord Evoq Properties to renovate long-vacant industrial buildings in the 1.5-million-square-foot Alameda Square and convert them into offices for tenants in creative businesses, Zanetos said.
“Downtown really has become an attractive area for a younger and more collaborative work environment, with the residential population growing, access to public transportation and an amenity base that has just exploded in the past few years,” he said.