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Alchemy Works
826 E. 3rd St., Arts District
Set up in the center of the most walkable stretch of the Arts District, Alchemy Works is the brainchild of Lindsay and Raan Parton (his shop, Apolis, is just a few doors down) and aims to bring a bit of the coastal lifestyle to downtown. The industrial-style shop doubles as an events space, so there’s lots of room to roam around and admire the hand-picked apothecary pieces, letterpress prints, indy-designer accessories, and more. Also sharing the space is a Warby Parker shop-in-shop and a Blacktop coffee counter.
Apolis
806 E. 3rd St., Arts District
Apolis is the brainchild of brothers Raan and Shea Parton, who started the social enterprise (they've officially been a B Corporation for years) back in 2004. Their mantra is "advocacy through industry," a guideline that drives their manufacturing both in the Los Angeles garment district and at factories overseas, where they employ artisans at fair wages regardless of their location. While it's undeniably fun to shop their website (you can see where each product was manufactured, alongside info about the people who made it), their flagship store in the Arts District is by far the best place to get a sense for the brand. Inside the gorgeously appointed shop, you'll find tailored men's basics and luxurious accessories like leather luggage and their famous burlap farmers market bags, which have achieved a cult-like following in LA. Check their calendar to attend one of their community events, where they bring entrepreneurs, artists, and other tastemakers to their space for talks and performances.
Aritzia
10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City
We've long been fans of Aritzia's suped-up basics—a well-tailored trench, a crisp poplin ruffled blouse, lacy bralettes, and high-waist trousers, are among our favorites—so when we heard the Vancouver-based retailer was opening their first LA flagship over at Westfield Century City mall, we collectively rejoiced. Across 11,000-square feet the warm, wood-heavy space feels like a well-appointed residence, with built-in millwork, marble accent tables, steel-and-glass dividers, and herringbone marble floors—and lots of greenery. (This is LA, after all.) A bonus: there's a VIP shopping area too for those who want a bit more privacy.
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