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Flight Club reopens LA flagship store after two years – Footwear News

Flight Club is back in Los Angeles after two years.

The sneaker consignment store, which closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic, has quietly reopened its Los Angeles flagship at 535 North Fairfax Avenue.

The newly renovated space features textured concrete and metals, inspired by materials found in the city as well as works by American graffiti artist Stash. The retailer’s sought-after selection of sneakers, including player exclusives and other rare collectibles, are also on display, in addition to limited-edition merchandise and Flight Club-branded apparel.

In May 2020, the store was ransacked along with a host of other luxury retailers amid civil unrest following the murder of George Floyd. Now, Eddy Lu, CEO and co-founder of GOAT Group, which merged with Flight Club in 2018, is ready to bring “the full Flight Club experience back to Los Angeles.”

“While our digital business has grown exponentially, reopening our Los Angeles store has remained a priority for us,” Lu said in a statement. “As a cultural staple of the Fairfax neighborhood, we look forward to finally reconnecting with our community in person.”

To celebrate the reopening, Flight Club said it will host special events and other community initiatives throughout the year. The store officially opens to the public on Friday, July 22.

Established in New York City over 15 years ago, Flight Club revolutionized sneaker retail as the original consignment store for rare footwear. In addition to the LA flagship, the retailer also has stores in New York and Miami.

When Flight Club merged with GOAT in 2018, the sneaker community was buzzing as two go-to outlets for rare shoes came together to form “the world’s largest sneaker marketplace.” At the time of the merger, the pair also announced a new round of funding, from Index Ventures, to the tune of $60 million.

Since then, the GOAT group secured $100 million in strategic investment in February 2019, led by Foot Locker. In September 2020, D1 Capital Partners led a Series E funding round valued at an additional $100 million. And, in May 2021, Park West Asset Management conducted a Series F investment round valued at $195 million.

Inside the Los Angeles Flight Club store on Fairfax Avenue.

CREDIT: Courtesy of Flight Club

Flight Club reopens a store in Los Angeles

Inside the Los Angeles Flight Club store on Fairfax Avenue.

CREDIT: Courtesy of Flight Club