Los Angeles Shops
A + R
777 S. Alameda St., Suite 100, Downtown
Though this design shop got its start in a space on Abbot Kinney, its relocation to DTLA is finally letting A + R stretch its legs a bit, and show larger pieces, like Bend Good's metal chairs and Scholten & Baijings' technicolored rugs. It's all arranged with smaller, more suitcase-appropriate picks, like Hay's Kaleido trays and Y'a Pas Le Feu Au Lac's vases.
1220 5th St., Santa Monica
Though its just two-blocks from the Third Street Promenade, which sucks up a lot of the area's oxygen, this is inarguably one of the most special toy shops in the country. Everything here is made of wood, from the pint-sized grocery store stands (complete with farmers market fruits and veggies) to the rainbow-hued teethers.
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 (their former Apolis store is now a pop-up within Alchemy) 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. It's Newport Beach location is equally stunning.
Aldea Home & Baby
3825 Main St., Culver City
It’s perfectly logical that after nurturing a thriving community of parents and kids in San Francisco’s Mission District, kid’s store Aldea founder Johanna Bialkin would set her sights on an equally family-oriented LA neighborhood: Culver City. That’s because community is just as big a part of the Aldea ethos as sustainability (most toys, clothes, and furniture reside on the eco-friendly spectrum), creativity (there are things here we’ve never seen anywhere else), and aesthetics (Oeuf, Monte, and Aelfie are just a few of the design-y brands on offer). There are weekly wine nights (for parents), story time (for kids), mommy-and-me yoga classes, live music, and more (for parents and kids). Walk through shelves upon shelves of giftables and Iittle nooks you’ll want to lift directly from the store and plop in your home as is—and the good news is that you totally can, by setting up an Aldea registry.
605 West Knoll, 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.
150 S. La Brea Ave., Hancock Park
This classic, mini department store is home to loads of denim, along with a smattering of harder-to-find labels and an endless array of racks of denim.
6400 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
Though there are two other locations in San Francisco and Berkeley, this Hollywood location, which occupies an entire city block, is the largest. The diverse music selection spans two floors, and an entire room devoted to jazz.
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.
826 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.
8675 Washington Blvd., Culver City
Tucked away in the back of the Helms Bakery building, Arcana is easy to miss: In fact, they seem to play it intentionally low-pro. They have an incredible selection of rare and hard-to-find art books, many of which are behind glass.
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