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Inside Building Block’s Minimalist-Cool Bag Boutique in Chinatown

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When you visit Building Block's bag shop for the first time, don't look for a Building Block sign. The LA-based accessories brand's new boutique and design studio moved into the historic Mandarin Plaza this Saturday and opted to keep the space's old sign, Great Wall Books & Arts, as an homage to its predecessor.

Totaling 2,000 square feet, BB HQ 2.0's retail space monochrome geometry lover's dream, stocking creative sisters Kimberly (a former Honda designer) and Nancy (a former Nike designer) Wu's full collection of artful accoutrements. The duo collaborated with equally creative pals Kristin Dickson-Okuda and Shin Okuda of Iko Iko for the shop's furnishings, which include a minimalist wooden side table and a sculptural steel cash wrap that complements their sleek inventory.

On top of stocking BB's signature bucket bags, rucksacks, belt bags, and more luxe leather goods, the boutique also offers cool books selected by Suzanne Wu.

Building Block is open Wednesday through Saturday from 12 to 7pm and Sunday from 12 to 5pm.