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.
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 it does 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. The 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 for giftables and accessories that are unlike anything you might find at a traditional toy store.
1405 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
Equal parts clothing boutique and toy store, this is the sort of place where you can pick up a gift for anyone under 10. It's very well-edited, meaning that there aren't a ton of options, but they're all good, from Aden & Anais swaddle blankets, to non-toxic crayons, to robot-printed pajamas.
Chariots on Fire
1342.5 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
This gallery-like shop on Abbot Kinney is the brainchild of Ritz Yagi, who runs a creative agency of the same name. The offerings are spare, gorgeous, and special, whether it's a gem-inflected necklace or a perfectly imperfect hand-throw tray by Japanese artist Makoto Kagoshima.
824 Lincoln Blvd., Venice
This airy spot on Lincoln is kind of the perfect trifecta: Part café (plus donuts!), part home goods shop, and part florist. The taste level here is spot-on, as it's the sort of place where you might swing by for a latte and emerge with five hostess gifts and a stunning bouquet.
2308 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
Marble-topped Tom Dixon candles, cyan-hued wallets from PB 0110, and pretty sublime cashmere blankets are just a few of the offerings at this serene, grey-washed space. Bedding and linens, coffee table books, and Hella Jongerius plates round out the mix. The original location is in West Hollywood.
1100 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
While many stores on Abbot Kinney quickly come and go, Heist has become a long-standing staple, evolving and expanding with the ever-changing Venice. The large, modern boutique brims with labels both well-loved and still-unknown: You’ll find a huge range of Isabel Marant and Raquel Allegra, along with Newbark, Golden Goose, and Crippen.
1316 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
This sliver of space on Abbot Kinney has a really healthy selection of all the Scandinavian home goods lines we've all come to love: Iittala glassware, Arne Jacobsen for Stelton water jugs, and Marimekko trays. There's also a small range of clothing, and some cute stuff for kids.
566 Rose Ave., Venice
Like many businesses in this part of town, this beautifully turned out shop occupies a teeny, whitewashed bungalow, and artist-slash-designer Lily Ashwell makes excellent use of the space. There’s a little bit of everything here, starting with a tightly edited display of home goods (locally made tableware, hand-woven rugs, candles, art books, etc.) and ending with a house line of dresses, jumpsuits and flowing skirts—all of which are made from vintage fabrics.
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