SHOP TALK

New year, new shopping destinations? LA is ripe with new retail right now, with even more covetable shops coming as the year continues. Here are a few new and upcoming stores I have on my radar (get those credit cards ready!). Whether you’re shopping for some fashionable new accessories or for closet inspiration, these design destinations are sure to have what you’re looking for!



Dover Street Market

The ultimate shopping destination landed in LA late last year, further putting the City of Angels on the fashion map. Known as one of the most cutting-edge retail concepts in the world (other locations include Beijing, London, New York, Singapore, and Tokyo), DSM consists of store-in-store installations, unique collaborations, exclusive capsule collections, and art exhibitions making it a truly unique experience. This is the go-to shopping spot for hard-to-find fashion and items like Comme des Garçons tees, Chanel and Repossi jewelry, Gucci gear and limited-edition sneakers.

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Heidi Merrick

Running through Jan. 31, 2019, Heidi Merrick, who has a flagship in Downtown LA, is debuting her first pop-up store in Malibu. The collection of cool, California pieces offers classic lines and versatile silhouettes. Her feminine designs transcend time...and freeways! The pop-up also includes art installations from Dewey Nicks and Mona Kuhn, and black surfboards shaped by her brother, Britt Merrick.

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Everlane

Though an official opening date hasn’t been announced, the popular direct-to-consumer brand for elevated essentials is slated to open on Abbot Kinney sometime this year. Whenever it opens, I’ll be popping in for cozy cashmere sweaters and affordable tees.

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James Veloria

The high-end resale boutique recently returned to LA with a pop-up shop at Opening Ceremony in West Hollywood. The assortment is teeming with tons of designer vintage finds, including Tom Ford-era Gucci and celebrity treasures like Madonna's look from the 1995 VMAs.

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Palisades Village

It’s as if I rubbed a genie lamp, wished for all my favorite brands to come together in one walkable destination and they appeared! That’s how I feel about Palisades Village, which recently opened in Los Angeles’ Pacific Palisades neighborhood. Stores include A.L.C., Alo Yoga, Anine Bing, Cuyana, Fleur du Mal, Jennifer Meyer, Rachel Zoe, Towne by Elyse Walker, Vince, and Zimmerman, among others. I mean, does it get any better than that?! I anticipate many Saturday shopping trips here this year.

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The Webster

It’s not slated to open until 2020 (sigh), but I’m counting down the days until Miami’s luxe multi-brand fashion store opens at the Beverly Center, which has undergone quite the transformation. From The Row to Loewe, Maison Margiela to Maison Michel, The Webster is always at the forefront of fashion, and I can’t wait to see what the LA flagship has to offer.  

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ONE-STOP DESIGN SHOPS

“These LA shops are just as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside”

No question about it, Los Angeles has become an international design destination and I couldn’t be prouder to live and work here. Not only are there fantastic, unique finds throughout the city; the buildings in which these gems are housed are also pretty special.  From airy galleries to museum-like chateaus to architectural multi-purpose spaces, LA’s stores allow shoppers find great additions to the home, while also inspiring them through their own design.

Here are a few of the shops around town that continually fuel my design dreams:

Alchemy Works -- Situated in a gallery-style space, this Arts District outpost offers curated coastal goods like whimsical ceramics, ocean-inspired artwork and a collection of men’s and women’s clothes and accessories that give new meaning to “California cool.”

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Consort Design -- From the venerable duo behind the popular design firm, the Consort store is a feast for the eyes. The shoppable showroom along “gallery row” is broken up into different rooms, similar to a home. Offering playful-yet-sophisticated goods like furniture, accessories, art and housewares, the assortment -- and the space in which they’re house -- deliver a refreshing edge.

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Croft House -- A chic showroom, this design destination houses incredible handcrafted furnishings like rustic bookcases, reclaimed wood coffee tables, industrial steel end tables and a selection of home essentials like linens, ceramics and housewares.  

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Garde -- This airy, minimalist shop with a European sensibility is a fixture among designers with discerning taste. Stocked with worldly, eclectic merchandise, each piece -- from vases to baskets to candlesticks -- tells its own story.  

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Leclaireur -- Situated in a stunning château-like building, this relatively new WeHo shop that hails from Paris provides a stylish selection of European-sourced furniture, paintings and objects. Don’t miss the fun Fornasetti products!

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Mansur Gavriel -- Pretty in Millennial pink, this charming indoor-outdoor shop embraces LA’s al fresco lifestyle. There’s a beautiful connection between architecture, landscape and fashion in this 5,000 square foot space that has a garden, pond and courtyard. Inside, a collection of ready-to-wear crafted from vintage Italian fabrics sits alongside the brand’s signature leather bags and home goods like Italian ceramics and Murano glass.

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Obsolete -- An antique shop-meets-art gallery, this museum-like boutique specializes in one-of-a kind items from furniture to art to decorative objects. Appealing to design-lovers’ many curiosities,  this elevated emporium is a treasure trove of finds and inspiration.

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Una Malan --  Furnishings, lighting, textiles and accessories abound at this atelier showroom along La Cienega Design Quater’s historic courtyards. The luxe and bespoke products are some of the most beloved among the design community, and the beautiful space is just extra eye candy.

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DESIGN DESTINATION

 

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It’s such an exciting time to live and work in Los Angeles! The city is officially on the map as one of the world's definitive design destinations and it’s truly inspiring. With a rolodex of resources throughout LA, I’m not sure I could ever satisfy my heart’s design desire. But, there are a few stores around the city that consistently challenge and electrify me, and are my ultimate “go-to’s” for all things design.  


 

A+R

This is one of the best curated stores in the city with incredible global brands. From architectural furniture pieces to modern light fixtures to clever decor items you don’t see anywhere else, I can almost always find items for my clients (and myself!) every time I’m there.

 

Cisco Home

As a designer I pay attention to every detail and Cisco Home has the same level of technical awareness. Each unique item is built by local craftspeople at their Los Angeles headquarters and uses top-of-the-line healthy materials like organic wool, goose feathers and down, and properly stained FSC woods.

 

Huset

A true one-shop-stop, Huset is a multi-purpose store, offering Scandinavian furniture and accessory brands for home and office, men’s and women’s fashions, as well as kid’s clothing and toys. This is by far one of LA’s best lifestyle stores.

 

JF Chen

Hollywood set designers know this place well and when you see the merchandise in the grand space you can understand why. Offering an eclectic collection of furniture and decorative arts from period pieces to masterworks, this 30,000 + square foot gallery and showroom is a sight to be seen.

 

Kelly Wearstler

A maverick in her own right, I adore Kelly’s discerning design eye. The brand is a genuine extension of Kelly’s aesthetic, with unique and playful products. Whether you’re searching for an art deco inspired wallpaper, cool marble stool or bejeweled bottle opener, her designs brilliantly balance historical reference points with contemporary influences, masculine with feminine, and classic with contemporary, in the coolest way possible.


 

Lawson-Fenning

The guys behind this brand are something special. Their vintage-modern furniture and home goods embrace the spirit of  Southern California’s raw beauty — the desert, the beach, the mountains — with a contemporary sensibility rooted in mid-century lines.  I love what they’re doing -- always mixing up their inventory, but still staying true to their California spirit.

 

The Line

A retail concept shop in which merchandise is arranged as an immersive experience within an apartment, you can shop fashion, home and beauty items with context. A focus on craftsmanship and emerging designers, The Line is one of the most alluring stores in SoCal. Insider tip: be sure to take advantage of their by-appointment shopping, personal styling, interior design consultation, and gift registries for the full experience.        

       

 

RH Modern

If you’ve been inside their LA flagship store you know it’s quite the experience. I love how they curate pieces from international artisans that are consistently stylish and timeless, whether you’re buying a coffee table for your living room, headboard for your bed or lighting for your kitchen. You always know what you’re getting in terms of quality which makes RH one of my favorite retailers.