Raan Parton, Creative Director and co-founder of the Apolis apparel brand, moved to L.A.’s Arts District in 2006. The compact neighborhood, sandwiched between Downtown and the L.A. River, used to have a sordid reputation. Parton lived in a large loft that “didn’t really have any windows” but had a colorful history. The space was referred to as “the clubhouse” back in the 1990s, functioning as a kind of after-hours den for patrons of Al’s Bar, a punk rock dive down the street.

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