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When we last caught up with Tarina Tarantino, the pink-haired designer was relocating her Melrose flagship to Downtown, where her Sparkle Factory was slated to open last summer. The business-boosting creative hub has yet to open its doors one year after its expected debut date, and the designer's camp tells us the seven-story space is expected to open "sometime this year."
"We're hard at work on renovations and in the process of leasing all of the other spaces," Tarantino reveals. The historic building is already home to OAK NYC's first LA outpost and will feature a vertical concept similar to Tokyo and New York's retail scenes. Once open, the Sparkle Factory—originally the L.L. Burns Western Costume Company building—will house the design maven's boutique on the second floor and her showroom and studio on the sixth and seventh floors.