Los Angeles Shops
A + R
171 S. La Brea Ave., Hancock Park
Though this design shop got its start in a space on Abbot Kinney, its relocation to La Brea 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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1918 Lincoln Blvd., Venice
If you're looking for the perfect (and organic) t-shirt, look no further. Australian brand Bassike (pronounced “basic”) has been on our radar (and in the goop shop) for a while now—in no small part, because they do great soft cotton jersey t-shirts that hang perfectly. Everything is made from organic and sustainable cotton, yet every piece is luxurious, modern, and structured. Their first brick-and-mortar in the states is in Venice—the heart of LA’s surf and skate culture, which is a nice match for the brand as it has its roots in the Australian surf town of Avalon. Light-filled and spacious, the interior echoes the line itself—sleek and modern, with neutral tones and architectural shapes. Do not leave without rifling through the kids section.
1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
In addition to being one of the longest standing shops on Abbot Kinney, Bazar is also one of the most special. Owner Tina Wakino keeps the smallish space packed with antique furniture, textiles, and racks of hard-to-find international brands and vintage pieces for both men and women, then she rounds out the assortment with imported apothecary favorites from Santa Maria Novella and Astier de Villatte. Though small, the children’s section holds incredibly adorable options of giftables and accessories that are unlike anything you might find at a traditional toy store.
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