Who’s Here and Why
Downtown LA has been the city’s commercial center and home to traditional industries like finance and law since the 1920’s. As we approach the 2020’s, Downtown has become LA’s capital of creativity, and as a result, it is emerging as a prime location for innovative industries like media and technology.
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Industry Focus Tour
This bus tour focuses on the specific industries of DTLA’s diverse ecosystem, featuring leading companies in Architecture, Design & Engineering; Technology, Media & Entertainment; Finance, Legal & Business Services; Fashion, Marketing & Consumer Products.
Financial services firms have long been drawn to Downtown for its Class A office spaces, prestige locations and amenities, easy freeway access, and even skyline signage opportunities. Renewals and expansions by some of the sector’s largest tenants underscore its continuing appeal.
- Bank of America
- City National Bank
- Ernst & Young
- Oaktree Capital Management
- Wells Fargo
With one of the largest concentrations of courts and government agencies in the country, Downtown is a prime location for legal services, with globally-recognized firms like Fragomen (immigration) and Wilson Sonsini (tech) setting up shop in DTLA over the past few years.
- Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard Smith
- O'Melveny & Myers
- Paul Hastings
- Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton
- Sidley Austin
As the center of a global gateway city, and one of the world’s largest regional economies, DTLA is ideal for B2B services firms. The concentration of businesses, range of industries, and access to the region, give these companies a competitive advantage.
- Boston Consulting Group
- Willis Towers Watson
- Resources Global Professionals
Downtown is the primary hub of the real estate industry in Los Angeles, and its most dynamic market. Leading firms like CBRE, Brookfield, and Rising Realty are pushing boundaries, embracing DTLA’s innovative spirit and fueling its dynamic growth.
- Cushman & Wakefield
- Rising Realty
- The Sydell Group
Downtown is a natural fit for engineering, with its concentration of related industries and government entities like LA Metro and Public Works departments for LA City and County. Talent is another big draw, with three of the country’s best engineering schools – USC, UCLA, and CalTech – in striking distance.
- Buro Happold
- Jacobs Engineering Group
- Miyamoto International
Gensler’s relocation from Santa Monica sparked a wave that has made DTLA the center of the region’s architecture industry and attracted other creative industries. The number and scale of development opportunities in Downtown itself is a major competitive advantage as well.
- Skidmore, Owings & Merrilll
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Interior Design & Furniture
With its critical mass of architects, engineers and real estate firms, DTLA is a great option for related industries like interior design and furniture. Creative energy, access to talent, and a high volume of project opportunities make the area even more desirable.
- OFS Brands
- Tangram Interiors
Downtown has long been the “back room” of the fashion industry, with the largest collection of wholesale businesses outside of NYC. Today, that supports a new generation of globally recognized designers, and a new wave of fashion-tech companies making DTLA home.
- Lucky Brand Jeans
- Perverse Sunglasses
- Splendid/Ella Moss
- Tarina Tarantino
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Consumer Goods & Services
While fashion is the largest consumer goods industry in DTLA, a diverse range of new companies are building toward a critical mass in the design, manufacture, and sale of innovative products in categories such as food, household, and pet supplies, and experiential services.
- Califia Farms
- Ergo Baby
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Media & Entertainment
The growth of media and entertainment in DTLA is tied to its emergence as a cultural center and hub of creative talent. From pioneers like All Def Digital, to established companies like Warner Music Group, Downtown is rapidly becoming the place to be.
- All Def Digital
- Warner Music Group
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Marketing & Communications
It’s no surprise that companies at the intersection of creative and commercial would be drawn to DTLA. Perhaps no other industry benefits more directly from close proximity to business clients and creative talent, and being immersed in the cultural energy that defines today’s Downtown.
- A Hundred Years
- Level 3 Communications
- Social Reality
- The dFm