Culver City Shops
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.
Big Daddy’s Antiques
3334 La Cienega Pl., West Adams
For 20 odd years, Big Daddy has been filling a corner on La Brea with pieces sourced from around the world—and by pieces, we don't mean straightforward couches and case goods. This is the sort of place where you go for something significant and statement making, whether it's a vintage dental case, an antique birdcage, or a seasoned Louis Vuitton trunk. You can also find them at the Rosebowl Flea, or at their warehouse in San Francisco.
8870 Washington Blvd., Culver City
Owner and buyer Jen Mankins has built a bit of an empire out in Brooklyn, drawing Manhattanites out to shop in the process. Now, you can peruse the same edit in Culver City, where you’re greeted by an entrance courtyard replete with its own native plant garden. Within: Mankins’s eye for both quirky and cool, meaning that you’ll find a pretty irreverent (and bright) mix here, along with picks from Ulla Johnson, Apiece Apart, Mansur Gavriel, and A Détacher.
11708 Washington Pl., Culver City
Tucked away on Washington Place near the Mar Vista/Culver City border, Calder Blake is an oasis of timeless basics that are intended to last, from simple made-in-the-States cotton jersey tees to solid tank dresses, ribbed bodysuits, and simple cotton pants. All of owner Amanda Blake’s designs channel a minimalist, utility-driven elegance, complemented by a small selection of accessories and home goods, like jewelry from artist Erin Considine and pottery from LA native Victoria Morris.
3225 Helms Ave., Culver City
Occupying the former Helms Bakery building, this department store-like store sits in a complex that also plays host to Room & Board, and a handful of rug and lighting boutiques. It's divided into shop-in-shops for various vendors, which means that you'll find vintage collectibles arranged next to fancy furniture lines and bedding companies. They have two other LA locations (a store downtown and a pop-up in Santa Monica), as well as one in SF and one in Orange County.
8840 Washington Blvd., Ste. 106
California-based designer Janessa Leoné finally has a brick-and-mortar space where you can peruse her line of structured, beautifully made hats, which manage to be minimalist while still making a statement. The same can be said of her line of leather accessories, which are also fashioned in her signature neutral color palette. The other side of the brightly-lit space is home to footwear brand Freda Salvador, whose quirky brogues and stacked-heel boots are a fitting complement to Leoné’s wares.
3760 S. Centinela Ave., Culver City
Based in Culver City's Japanese food market, Mitsuwa Market, the Japanese-based Kinokuniya offers great notebooks, stationery, pens, and gifts. Kids, in particular, go nuts here. There's also a location Downtown.
8810 Washington Blvd, Ste. 101
Visiting Magasin is like walking into the closet of a guy who knows how to dress impeccably, in every aspect of his life. Created by Josh Peskowitz, the former men’s fashion director at Bloomingdale’s, this small-but-mighty shop offers everything from the perfect track pant to impressive tailored pieces from an edit of cool brands that include Salvatore Piccolo, Levi’s Vintage Clothing, and XLarge.
8634 Washington Blvd., Culver City
Started by Paige Appel & Kelly Harris (founders of the much-loved event design business Bash, Please) opened their long-awaited shop on Washington boulevard in Culver City, within easy striking distance of nearby Platform, where there's also some excellent shopping to be had. The buy is a mix of one-off items like West African woven fans and Zuni stones along with pieces from up-and-coming designers, like Beatrice Valenzuela slides, Cinq jewelry, and Sara Barner bags. The apothecary has great body oils and some Shiva Rose creams, as well.
11270 Washington Blvd., Culver City
If you're looking for an incredibly long farm table, or a bed from an orphanage, look here. Everything here is insanely cool and patina'd, from the perfectly restored furniture to the truly one-of-a-kind finds. They've elevated store design and arrangement to an art, too, making this a fun place to browse.
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