Blue jeans company Levi Strauss has announced that it will move its Southern California office out of the California Mart building in the Los Angeles garment district to downtown Long Beach.
Levi Strauss signed a 10-year lease to occupy part of the 20th floor of the Landmark Square office building at 111 W. Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach. The clothing manufacturer’s decision to move its sales and administrative office was based on proximity to employees and large customers such as the Broadway department stores, said Dave Samson, Levi Strauss spokesman. Landmark Square also offered a lease that was “more cost-effective,” he said.
Although a number of garment industry business owners have complained that crime and image problems make downtown Los Angeles unsuitable for the fashion industry, Samson said those issues had nothing to do with Levi Strauss’ decision to move. “It was principally the proximity to our employees and customers,” Samson said.
The Southern California office of Levi Strauss has 34 sales and administrative employees, who provided extensive input about the move, which should take place in November, Samson said.