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Inside the Amazing, Art-Happy Guess Headquarters in DTLA

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If you thought American Apparel staffers were the luckiest employees in Downtown LA, guess again. Last week we stopped by Guess' mindblowing HQ, where team members have access to exhibit-worthy art, gourmet food and inspirational entertainment on the daily. Naturally, we caught a serious case of office envy.

Our tour was specifically at the iconic denim and lifestyle brand's 78,000-square-foot creative studio called Building 3, which houses the main reception area, design departments, multiple lounge areas, a café that rivals any top-notch eatery, an outdoor dining patio and a snazzy, full-service kitchen.

The space also showcases founders Paul and Maurice Marciano's ever-growing art collection, which is often interchanged with new pieces that are occasionally delivered by the artists themselves. Takashi Murakami once came in to deliver a piece to Paul.

Besides first-rate amenities and celebrity visits, a key perk of working at Guess headquarters is being constantly inspired by your surroundings. Paul and Maurice always envisioned an open environment where designers can feel encouraged to create. Another creative space within the building is a 4,150-square-foot auditorium on the first floor, which features built-in bleachers and serves as a platform for full-scale fashion shows, movie screenings and music performances.

While one would think that the founders of such a legendary label are rarely seen on the production grounds, it's actually quite the opposite. Paul and Maurice eat lunch there every day and are accessible at all times. "That's why people want to work here and stay here; it's not like you clock in and clock out," a staffer tells us. "We're a family and all have the same goal—to see this company succeed."
· Guess [Official Site]
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