We spent two weeks in Los Angeles shooting for our June catalog. In that time, we explored the various neighborhoods and local shops, and quickly discovered a few favorites.
Around the corner from the former office of Charles and Ray Eames is Abbot Kinney Boulevard, a street filled with unique shops and restaurants.
Chariots on Fire
1342 ½ Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Proprietors Ritsuko Yagi and Oriana Reich describe their gallery as “a place to discover special things to covet for the ideas they hold and the beauty they represent.”
Tortoise General Store
1208 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Since 2003, this store founded by Keiko and Taku Shinimoto has been dedicated to introducing and exhibiting works by Japanese artists, or artists using traditional Japanese techniques. “While the human life span increases year after year, the life span of man-made products seems to decrease,” says Keiko, as he explains that they named their store Tortoise to symbolize their “slow and steady” approach to life and the products they carry.
Located at 1817 Lincoln Blvd., a few blocks from Abbot Kinney.
This utilitarian city bike is designed not only for recreation and sport, but also as a legitimate – and colorful – form of transportation.
A neighborhood in east L.A., Silver Lake has a mellow vibe that attracts nonconformists – including architects Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra who did several experimental works here.
3339 W. Sunset Blvd.
Designed by Bestor Architecture, this boutique showcases Clare V.’s totes, jewelry, clothing, and accessories. “Elegant boxes punctuate the raw interior with a hint of Paris panache,” says Bestor.
Mohawk General Store
4011 W. Sunset Blvd.
Bo and Kevin Carney opened their first General Store on Echo Park’s Mohawk Street in 2008. Two years later they moved to this location where you’ll find a thoughtfully edited selection of products – ranging from shoes to side tables – many of which are by local designers. “I went to a general store and they wouldn’t let me buy anything specific,” said Steven Wright (and a sign inside this store) but specificity is what this general store is all about.
DOWNTOWN ARTS DISTRICT
The Arts District began in the 1970s, when artists started converting empty factories into working studios. Thirty years later, developers brought residential lofts, retail stores and restaurants to the area, which was bittersweet for the longtime artists, many of whom have been forced to move elsewhere. Today the Arts District is home to the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), which resides in a quarter-mile-long former Santa Fe Freight Depot built in 1907.
Hammer and Spear
255 S. Santa Fe Ave.
Founded by husband-and-wife team Scott Jarrell and Kristan Cunningham, Hammer and Spear is both a showroom and a full service multidisciplinary design studio, comprised of a team of interior designers, architects, and product designers. The company’s aesthetic was inspired by the neighborhood and its community of artists.
826 E. Third St.
This retail, gallery and event space caught our eye because it had a Jeep Wagoneer parked inside. The retail offerings also include Warby Parker glasses, in case you need to see where you’re going in that vintage machine.
Located to the east of West Hollywood, this neighborhood includes cool shops and restaurants on Melrose Avenue and Beverly Boulevard. It’s also known for its farmers’ market, which has been the place to find locally sourced and specialty foods since 1934.
7525 Beverly Blvd.
Founded by Edith Heath – one of the matriarchs of modern design – this company has been producing handcrafted tableware and architectural tile in its Sausalito, California factory since 1948.
6819 Melrose Ave.
Founded in 2003 by Gerard O’Brien, Reform showcases rare examples of California modern from the latter half of the 20th century. From Sam Maloof to Paul McCobb to the Eameses, you never know what you’ll find.
6911 Melrose Ave.
This 20th-century antiques emporium offers furniture, lighting, paintings and architectural artifacts, all curated by owners Cliff Fong and Cameron Smith.
Do you have anything to add to this list? If so, comment below to share your favorite L.A. places.