West Hollywood Shops
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.
8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Just about as famous as the city itself, Book Soup is the sort of place where you stop by to pick up a book, and end up sitting in an aisle, picking through its literary feast for hours.
8500 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
New York wellness mecca CAP beauty finally has a home on the west coast at Fred Segal. The tightly-curated, quality-obsessed company (CAP stands for clean and natural) is one of our most-trusted resources for natural (and we actually mean natural—no synthetics, parabens or other nasties) beauty.
7257 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood
It was only a matter of time until Lawrence Converso, owner of the eponymous modern furniture gallery, opened a space in LA. Known as one of design world's go-to dealers for all things modern, from furnishings to accessories, he started collecting nearly twenty-five years ago in Chicago, where his in-the-know customer base quickly grew (an online presence and an expansive NYC showroom soon followed). His new West Coast location on Beverly Boulevard showcases some of his incredible, rare finds by American and international modernist greats like George Nelson, Paul Evans, Tommi Parzinger, and more–all in an airy, bright space. (There's also a smaller room for showcasing unique sculpture and art exhibitions.) Converso himself is so approachable and outwardly passionate about mid-century design, you'll find yourself popping into the store often in hopes of catching him on one of his LA trips.
8327 W 3rd St., West Hollywood
We've been fans of this impeccably curated natural-beauty boutique since its original opening in San Francisco in 2015. It stocks a wide range of nontoxic brands from around the globe (more than a hundred), including top skin-care and makeup products from de Mamiel, Ilia, Kjaer Weis, Kypris, RMS, Tammy Fender, and our very own goop by Juice Beauty. Each of its locations (which also include Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Chicago) boasts a friendly and knowledgeable staff who will help you find healthy beauty essentials that fit your lifestyle and needs. Extra bonus: LA is one of the locations that has an exclusive Tata Harper spa in its space.
Cult Gaia (Closed)
8441 Melrose Pl., West Hollywood
Just in time for your next holiday getaway: everyone's favorite vacation brand Cult Gaia is setting up a temporary shop on Melrose Place, counting Alfred Tea and Moon Juice as its neighbors. From now through December 31st, not only will the Instagram-ready bamboo Ark Bags (now, in colors like lapis blue and multi) be on offer, but there's also a selection of packable, easy dresses, tortoise hoop earrings, and silk turbans. They've also teamed up with Assouline on a wall of vacation-themed coffee table books available to flip through, and perhaps inspire your next escape.
154 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood
Everything here is reliably excellent, and on-trend without being slavish. Many of the labels are Parisian—Carven, Iro, Isabel Marant—mixed in with a spot-on roster of denim from brands like Mother and Genetic Denim. Now, there are locations in NYC, Miami, and the newest one in Pacific Heights.
671 S. Cloverdale Ave., Mid-City
Desire Kohan has amassed a stable of envelope-pushing designers—Juan Carlos Obando, Osman Yousefzada, Damir Doma—that you can't find anywhere else. Everything is airily arranged in her light-filled space, which is tucked out-of-the-way near Museum Mile. Beyond the beautiful clothing, Des will always help you put a look together.
8365 W. 3rd St., West Hollywood
Inarguably one of the coolest selections of baby and kids clothing in Los Angeles, everything here is pretty much something we’d wear in adult sizes, from the Valentina silk dresses to the striped tank tops from Milk & Honey.
Elizabeth and James
189 The Grove Drive, #O-30, West Hollywood
Elizabeth and James recently opened their first stand-alone shop here in LA, and the edit brilliantly reflects designers Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen's proclivity for easy layers and simple jewelry. So it should come as no surprise that for the month of August they teamed up with another goop favorite, Love Adorned, to curate a small shop-in-shop—vintage fine jewelry, blessing stones, Suzanne Sullivan ceramics, plus leather zip pouches hand-painted by artist Jimmy Sheehan. Photos: Tristan Kallas
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