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Oficine
2912 Rowena Ave., Silver Lake
True to its name, Broome Street General Store is as much a place to get goods as it is a place to get goodies (coffee, flaky pastry, sweets). But back to the goods: perfumes, Tata Harper skin-care products, leather-bound journals, made-in-LA ceramics, olive oil from Spain, Italian Arborio rice. It was only a matter of time before the café began to overflow. And this overflow has encouraged the opening of Broome Street’s extension, Oficine. It’s a treasure trove of waxy Barbour jackets (for looking chic the three days a year it rains in LA), Staub kitchenware, exquisitely scented Fornasetti candles—the things you didn’t realize you wanted and won’t want to leave without. Next time you find yourself on this somewhat random stretch of Rowena Avenue, go in; you can’t miss the distinct emerald storefront.
Amanu Studio
605 W. Knoll Dr., West Hollywood
There are many reasons to travel to Capri. But one of the ones you probably wouldn’t think of is footwear. So good are the strappy leather sandals you find at the family-run workshops on the island that stylist Anita Patrickson used to stock up on custom sandals every time she traveled there. With Amanu Studio, she brings her love of the made-to-measure slides, gladiators, and thongs to the States. To make sure that her West Hollywood studio re-creates the experience as closely as possible, she worked with an Italian master cobbler for months to train her team. There are ten core styles to choose from, and everything from the leather sole to the straps is totally customizable and cobbled together right on the spot. You can be in and out the door with a pair of bespoke sandals in hand (or on foot) in eight minutes. Amanu even keeps your measurements on file—smart, because you’ll be back. Advance appointments are encouraged.
Armadillo & Co.
8715 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
You likely don’t spend much time thinking about rugs. And why should you? Jodie Fried and Sally Pottharst do it for you. In 2009, they launched Armadillo & Co., a line of rugs handwoven by artisan weavers in India. The rugs are known for being incredibly soft—and truly meant for living. In fact, Pottharst and Fried—who has three young kids at home—personally wear-test each of the rug styles before sending them to market. The Beverly Hills flagship is the first US retail and showroom space for the brand, so it’s meant to be a place where customers can come in, review samples, see pieces in situ, and ultimately customize the rug-buying experience based on what they need.
Casa Perfect
address upon request, Beverly Hills
When David Alhadeff first opened the Future Perfect in Williamsburg, he made waves by selling contemporary, well-designed furniture and small home goods by young, totally unknown designers. Nowadays, the store has grown up a bit and moved to Manhattan (Alhadeff added a store in San Francisco, too), highlighting the work of talented designers both burgeoning and established, mixed together and contextualized in a home-like setting. Last year, Alhadeff opened a West Coast showroom in a mid-century modern LA villa in the Hollywood Hills, and now it's moved to a new location—a Trousdale Estates house that Elvis Presley previously called home. The sprawling space, designed in 1958 by architect Rex Lotery, has serious Hockney vibes, in addition to floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. Look for lighting by Lindsey Adelman and furnishings by Piet Hein and Neri & Hu for De La Espada. Visits to Casa Perfect are by appointment only and you'll be given the exact address upon confirmation. Photos: (c) Pia Riverola.
Apiece Apart (Closed)
1817 Lincoln Blvd., Venice
Run your hands across the rack of light-as-air linen dresses or super soft high-waisted Merida trousers at Apiece Apart's newest LA home and you'll wonder why the brand hasn't had a storefront on the West Coast all along. (Its first retail location opened last year in New York City, near SoHo, where Laura Cramer and Starr Hout design the collection.) Here, the duo brings their love of the American Southwest to life, creating a dreamy space where a thoughtful edit of clothing in the prettiest blush, tan, and lilac palette is rounded out by Peruvian handwoven straw hats, espadrilles, and French market bags. Also of note: the Woman fragrance, a scent for women who don't really wear scents, designed by LA-based Bodha Modern Wellness. The pop-up boutique is open through September 2018. Photos: Tim Hout for Apiece Apart.
Vince
8538 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Vince is one of those brands that's so synonymous with West Coast living that it should come as no surprise its new 2,100-square-foot flagship exudes the same casual yet polished vibe. (For further proof, check out the brand's creative director Caroline Belhumeur's aspirational LA setup.) Light pours in through the floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto Melrose Avenue, and inside, the rugged industrial space is marked by concrete floors, vintage textiles, and greenery—yes, that's a cactus wall. Look for a rotating roster of men's and womenswear, plus footwear, like leather slip-on sneakers and easy pool slides.
Veronica Beard
8471 Melrose Pl., West Hollywood
Sisters-in-law Veronica Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard bring their East-meets-West-Coast sensibility to an 1,800-square-foot space on Melrose Place. They tapped Ralph Lauren veteran Carolina de Neufville to outfit the shop, marked by a pink facade, with their inimitable mix of leopard and greenery, plus a mix of vintage furniture and paintings by local artists. As far as the clothes go, their signature Dickey Jacket (a blazer with interchangeable dickeys) takes center stage, playing well with their new denim line. Timed to the store opening, look for a limited-edition run of denim jackets hand-painted by Donald Robertson, as well as a votive candle trio the duo designed with Robertson. To round out the assortment of flouncy floral printed dresses and sheer button-front blouses, there's an edit of sunnies from Le Specs, scarves from St Piece, and leather carryalls and pouches from Clare V.
Eataly
10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City
Occupying a cavernous space in Century City's Westfield, this Italian gourmet food emporium and restaurant space—which stretches across multiple floors—makes a solid attempt at replicating the charm of the Italian grocery shopping experience in America. Dozens of counters and mini kitchens make and sell everything from fresh mozzarella and home-made pasta, to vegetables and desserts. While the lines for each of Eataly's three restaurants are admittedly long the wait is worth it, whether you're opting to try the pizza at La pizza & La Pasta, the sustainably caught, wild California fish at the incredible Il Pesce Cucina, or just a few small bites and a glass of wine at La Piazza. The real beauty of Eataly is that after your meal you can wander back downstairs and purchase everything you just ate to recreate an authentic Italian meal at home—helped along with some solid advice from the highly knowledgeable staff that man every counter. Avoid weekends and arrive early until (or if), the initial buzz dies down.
Sunroom Malibu
3900 Cross Creek Rd., #3A, Malibu
Owner Lucy Jolis has the uncanny ability to pull together a shop full of brands you love (Apiece Apart, Rachel Comey, Warm, and Eve Denim), plus smaller, lesser-known labels like Shaina Mote and Miranda Bennett in a way that still feels surprising. The space, tucked into a well-trafficked corner of the Malibu Country Mart, is just as inviting to shop in—it's not overly packed with items to browse, instead it's thoughtfully broken up into swimwear, party dresses, wear-anywhere pieces. Don't miss the jewelry display, which includes a nice selection of small gold-and-turquoise pieces from Larisa Laivins, plus pendants by goop favorite CVC Stones. The original location is in Austin.
Converso
7257 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood
It was only a matter of time until Lawrence Converso, owner of the eponymous modern furniture gallery, opened a space in LA. Known as one of design world's go-to dealers for all things modern, from furnishings to accessories, he started collecting nearly twenty-five years ago in Chicago, where his in-the-know customer base quickly grew (an online presence and an expansive NYC showroom soon followed). His new West Coast location on Beverly Boulevard showcases some of his incredible, rare finds by American and international modernist greats like George Nelson, Paul Evans, Tommi Parzinger, and more–all in an airy, bright space. (There's also a smaller room for showcasing unique sculpture and art exhibitions.) Converso himself is so approachable and outwardly passionate about mid-century design, you'll find yourself popping into the store often in hopes of catching him on one of his LA trips.
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