This story first appeared in the July 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Combine the best of both worlds, shopping and being near the beach, by starting out your retail adventure in Venice. While boho-chic Abbot Kinney is the main go-to, some of the Westside’s most exciting retailers are setting up shop on an up-and-coming stretch of Lincoln Boulevard. Start at Pearl Drop (328 S. Lincoln Blvd.), the latest retail offering from longtime L.A. designer (and Jack Nicholson spawn) Jennifer Nicholson, who stocks her eclectic digs with hand-dyed wares by fellow L.A. clothier Gregory Parkinson (Lily Collins is a fan), statement baubles by famed hippie jewelry label Alex & Lee as well as her own namesake collection. Pick up Pendleton jackets and other heritage-heavy gear at Tradesman, the plywood-accented men’s shop owned by former Gap visual merchandising vets Doug Behner and Ruben Leal (1807 Lincoln Blvd.). For a jewelry fix, All For the Mountain/Sacred Door (2118 Lincoln Blvd.) showcases local artist Carly Margolis’ futuristic-meets-tribal necklaces and the occasional tie-dye workshop. For drinks, the intimate rooftop at Hotel Erwin (1697 Pacific Ave.) is ideal for sipping a blood orange julep at sunset before grabbing a lobster roll at breezy new seafood spot Salt Air (1715 Pacific Ave.).
Start with brunch at Barney Greengrass (9570 Wilshire Blvd.), the rooftop lox-plate purveyor at Barneys New York that CFDA-nominated jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer calls “delicious and decadent.” After drooling over Meyer’s delicate, playful gold pieces and Alexander Wang cutout bathing suits, head down the street to try on sleek foot candy from supermodel Anja Rubik’s new capsule collection for Giuseppe Zanotti (9536 Brighton Way). On Rodeo Drive, engage in some shopping damage at Carolina Herrera’s new CH boutique, which carries her classic, ladylike, lower-priced line as well as her collection of crisp, white button-down shirts (230 N. Rodeo Dr.). And don’t miss Saint Laurent’s too-cool-for-school metallic sandals and tailored blazers at its marble-and-chrome-filled temporary digs (469 N. Rodeo Dr.). “I’m obsessed with everything sort of Saint Laurent — Hedi Slimane’s new grunge everything!” says Meyer. Next, head over to La Brea, where a stretch between 2nd Street and Beverly Boulevard is shaping up to be one of the new great shopping zones. Pre-spree, grab a chicken salad and Greek yogurt toast with a side of people watching at The Sycamore Kitchen’s outdoor patio (143 S. La Brea Ave). Then hit up the second outpost of Venice design mainstay A+R (171 S. La Brea Ave.) — owned by style journalist and curator Rose Apodaca and one-time film editor husband Andy Griffith — which is the place to find limited-edition welded steel chairs by artist Oskar Zieta mingling with inexpensive Pantone color coffee mugs. High-end vintage emporium What Goes Around Comes Around (159 S. La Brea Ave.) has a major collection of ’80s Chanel and a secret back VIP room full of rare Alaia and Valentino goods that top Hollywood stylists like Karla Welch love to pull. Other top shops include Undefeated, the superstore that helped put American sneaker culture on the map (112.5 S. La Brea Ave.), men’s shop General Quarters (153 S. La Brea Ave.) and the airy, namesake boutique (318 N. La Brea Ave.) from T-shirt maven Cheyann Benedict, the founder of C&C California. Show off your new garb at Petty Cash Taqueria (7360 Beverly Blvd.), a casual contemporary Mexican spot with a good scene, even better octopus-infused tacos and Mezcal for days.
Grab some eggs and hash browns at trusty mainstay 101 Coffee Shop (6145 Franklin Ave.), which lures names like Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan, and then head five blocks east to Counterpoint Records & Books (5911 Franklin Ave.) to peruse a mighty selection of gently loved art and design tomes. Next, get ready to explore the best of the Eastside and downtown. In Los Feliz, stop in to Confederacy (4661 Hollywood Blvd.), the mostly menswear outpost co-owned by top stylist Ilaria Urbinati, who works with Bradley Cooper and Nina Dobrev. Less than a mile east, gawk at the artsy, affected street style in Silver Lake’s Sunset Junction, where DJ Kevin Carney and wife Bo have just expanded their popular Mohawk General Store (4011 W. Sunset Blvd.) to include a stand-alone men’s shop filled with all the Dries Van Noten gear fit for a modern moneyed hipster. Farther along Sunset is of-the-moment leather maker Clare Vivier’s flagship shop (3339 Sunset Blvd.) as well as Gogosha Optique (3208 1⁄2 Sunset Blvd.), with an expertly curated collection of head-turning Mykita and Thierry Lasry shades that has a big fan in Lady Gaga. It’s then just a 10-minute drive to downtown’s Arts District. Find preppy, fair trade blazers and gingham button-downs at Apolis Common Gallery (806 E. 3rd Street) and pieces by the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Timo Weiland at former stylist Thed Jewel’s graffiti-decorated 12345 (811 Traction Ave.). Cap the day with an indulgent slice of Mexican chocolate pie from the Pie Hole (714 Traction Ave.).
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