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Apolis
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.
Aritzia
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.
Armadillo & Co.
8715 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
You likely don’t spend much time thinking about rugs. And why should you? Jodie Fried and Sally Pottharst do it for you. In 2009, they launched Armadillo & Co., a line of rugs handwoven by artisan weavers in India. The rugs are known for being incredibly soft—and truly meant for living. In fact, Pottharst and Fried—who has three young kids at home—personally wear-test each of the rug styles before sending them to market. The Beverly Hills flagship is the first US retail and showroom space for the brand, so it’s meant to be a place where customers can come in, review samples, see pieces in situ, and ultimately customize the rug-buying experience based on what they need.
Azalea
956 Valencia St., Mission
Corina Nurimba and Catherine Chow, the two Cornell grads behind Azalea, are big believers that shopping should be an experience, and a pleasant one at that. This means that customer service is priority number one at both the original Hayes Valley outpost and the newer one in the Mission. The stores are split into men's and women's sections and do a really great job of staying current and affordable with the brand offering but not super trend-driven in the assortment (Topman and Nudie jeans for guys; OAK, T by Alexander Wang, and the house line for gals).
Azalea
411 Hayes St., Hayes Valley
Corina Nurimba and Catherine Chow, the two Cornell grads behind Azalea, are big believers that shopping should be an experience, and a pleasant one at that. This means that customer service is priority number one at both the original Hayes Valley outpost and the newer one in the Mission. The stores are split into men's and women's sections and do a really great job of staying current and affordable with the brand offering but not super trend-driven in the assortment (Topman and Nudie jeans for guys; OAK, T by Alexander Wang, and the house line for gals).
A’maree’s
2241 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach
A’marees originally opened in the 1970’s in a modest retail space and has since moved to a stunning waterfront location, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows and a private dock. Around town, everyone seems to know the family behind the boutique—Nancy Brown and her daughters Dawn Klohs, Denise Schaefer, and Apryl Schaefer—for their impressive edit of Alaïa and Céline, plus jewelry by Marc Alary. The ladies also stock some pretty incredible art.
Bassike
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.
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