The Classic Los Angeles Guide
We’ve found that when our New York friends come west, they abide by a very specific Hollywood itinerary: Here’s classic L.A., no curveballs allowed.
Nickey Kehoe7221 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood | 323.954.9300
Interior designers Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe put out their own own line of perfectly-textured home goods (solid cast brass hand sconces, tufted headboards, hassock ottomans), which they've mixed with an eclectic range of accessories at this subtly-industrial shop. You'll find Japanese bear bookends, pillows cut from vintage Hmong embroidery, black-bristled brooms, and Astier de Villate journals—and you'll want to buy it all.
Elyse Walker15306 Antioch St., Pacific Palisades | 310.230.8882
Though its Pacific Palisades location feels a little far-flung, this mini-department store justifies the trip: At 2,000 square feet, it’s expansive but manageable, and the racks are filled with everyone from Alexander Wang and Rag & Bone, to Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen. Don’t miss the shoe and bag selection, which includes the greatest hits from Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin, and Lanvin.
Turpan225 26th St., Brentwood | 310.899.6711
Everything at this pristine home store in the Brentwood Country Mart is a design classic—past or future. While it's the sort of spot where you duck in for a hostess gift, it's invariably the sort of store where you end up re-thinking your china and splurging on some steak knives too. They also have impeccable stationery, beautiful blankets, and every conceivable size and color of Comme des Garçons pouch. There's also a location in East Hampton.
Curve154 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood | 310.360.8008
Everything here is reliably excellent, and on-trend without being slavish. Many of the labels are Parisian—Carven, Iro, Isabel Marant—mixed in with a spot-on roster of denim from brands like Mother and Genetic Denim. Now, there are locations in NYC, Miami, and the newest one in Pacific Heights.
Maxfield8825 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood | 310.274.8800
This iconic mini department store—owned by Tommy Perse, father of James—is inarguably one of the most special shops in the world. Perennially cutting edge, the all-black space houses designers like Rick Owens, Balmain, and Alexander McQueen as well as an extensive collection of vintage Hermès bags.
Garde7418 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood | 323.424.4667
Marble-topped Tom Dixon candles, cyan-hued wallets from PB 0110, and pretty sublime cashmere blankets are just a few of the offerings at this serene, grey-washed space. Bedding and linens, coffee table books, and Hella Jongerius plates round out the mix. There's also now a location in Venice.
Ron Herman11677 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood | 310.207.0927
Located upstairs in Fred Segal, this is one of those iconic pace-setting boutiques where Free City sweats mingle with runway pieces from Lanvin, YSL, Balenciaga, and Commes des Garçons. There are additional locations in Brentwood, West Hollywood, Malibu and Japan.
Jill Roberts920 Montana Ave., Santa Monica | 310.260.1966
Since 1995, Jill Roberts' mini-chainlet of boutiques have been holding strong, offering that specifically LA-buy: Plenty of denim and t-shirts, plus a few stand-out pieces from designers like Rag & Bone, Alexander Wang, and Kelly Wearstler. There are two other LA locations: Beverly Hills and Studio City.
Satine8134 W. 3rd St., West Hollywood | 323.655.2142
Former lawyer Jeannie Lee opened Satine on Third Street when it was just getting established as a shopping destination—and her forward-thinking sensibility and buy was probably what ultimately pushed it over the edge to become one of the city's busiest drags. There's now a general store styled outpost on Abbot Kinney in Venice, but at the mothership, not a lot has changed. You'll still find classics (Preen, Rochas) and progressives (Prism, The Odells) artfully mixed together.
Mameg9970 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills | 310.556.2600
Mameg is tucked away behind the mirror-fronted Maison Martin Margiela on Little Santa Monica, and should you not know to look, you’d never know it was there. But search it out, and you’ll find a pretty rarified world. Here Eatable of Many Orders sweaters mingle with Cosmic Wonders dresses, and Jil Sander cardigans rest next to Hussein Chalayan hats.
The Original Los Angeles Flower Market754 Wall St., Downtown | 213.627.3696
For crafty types, Downtown's wholesale flower market (it takes up close to two city blocks) is a DIY goldmine. Yes, there are fresh flowers and succulents—both locally and globally grown—as far as the eye can see, but you can also come here to snag supplies like vases, gardening tools, and ribbon for a song. Pros get first dibs daily; during designated times, the general public can pay a $2 admission fee to shop.
Ron Robinson8118 Melrose Ave., Melrose | 323.651.1935
As part of the Fred Segal center on Melrose, this boutique is a destination in itself–just head there any day and you'll find the restaurant packed with shoppers. Ron and his wife Stacy–who are both LA style and culture icons–stock some of the best beauty lines from across the globe, including our own goop Fragrance. We love going here to discover new brands and shop for gifts. There's also a flagship location in Santa Monica.
Brentwood Country Mart225 26th St., Brentwood
This 1950s old-time country mart got a renovation and restoration about a decade ago. Home to a spate of great boutiques (Jenni Kayne, Turpan, Broken English, adorable kids store Poppy), it wins huge points with little ones for its interior food court, where you'll find the world's best chicken (Reddi Chick), burgers (Barney's), and tacos (Frida). There's also an old-school candy shop (Edelweiss), an ice cream parlor (Sweet Rose Ice Cream), a book store (Diesel), a toy store (Toy Crazy), and a mini carousel.
RH West Hollywood8564 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood | 310.652.0323
While you've probably been to plenty of Restoration Hardware galleries, you've definitely never seen one like this. Set in the heart of West Hollywood's design district a few blocks from the Pacific Design center, Restoration Hardware's Melrose location is one of the biggest in the country, occupying a full block and spanning three stories, each filled with RH's signature simple, classic, and supremely comfortable designs. In true LA style, the entire space is open-air, with wide doors that open to the street during the day. Perhaps the best part of the entire setup is the green rooftop—filled with trees, fire pits, couches, and even a ping pong table—that's open to the public anytime the store is open.