Shop Talk: Rachel Comey's Holiday Bazaar; Echo Park Craft Fair

4:58 PM 12/8/2016

by Sam Reed

Your L.A. guide to shopping for the week ahead.

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With t-minus 17 days until Christmas, it's the perfect time to finally finish up your holiday shopping before all the good stuff is gone. Here, the can't-miss events, deals and shopping soirees in L.A. this week.

  • Illesteva Opens at The Grove

    Angelenos have a new sunglass destination to keep their peepers shaded from the perpetual SoCal sun. Illesteva, the made-in-Italy sunglass brand, has opened a new outpost at The Grove.

    The shop — located in the space formerly occupied by Jessica Alba's Honest Beauty pop-up — carries the brand's full line of optical and sunglasses, as well as small leather goods, umbrellas and handbags. Guests can also choose to build their own specs from available lens and frame options, and have the glasses shipped directly to them.


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    189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036

  • Nasty Gal's Epic Vintage Sale

    Nasty Gal's annual epic vintage sale is back this weekend. 

    On Dec. 10- 11, the retailer is selling vintage designer digs from their vast collection, including pieces by Moschino, Chanel and Commes des Garcons, for up to 90 percent off at their Melrose store. 

    Doors open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, so we recommend you get there early before the goods are gone. 

    8115 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

  • Rachel Comey's Holiday Bazaar

    Rachel Comey is hosting a Holiday Bazaar for a cause. 

    The brand is selling a collection of works by more than 20 different artists, and 15 percent of the proceeds will go to the ACLU. Featured artists include illustrator Alex Reed, PKK Ceramics, Octave Jewelry and Haus Interior.

    The bazaar, which takes place Thursday evening, will also have complimentary cocktails served from 6-8 p.m. 


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    8432 Melrose Place, Los Angeles 90069

  • Echo Park Craft Fair

    Want a primer on L.A.'s homegrown Silver Lake and Echo Park design scene? Now in its sixth year, the biannual Echo Park Craft Fair taking over Mack Sennett studios this weekend is a great place to start. 

    The family-friendly fair features upscale artisanal goods from more than 100 local artists from the L.A. area, many of whom also sell their wares in boutiques around the world, including bag maker Agnes Badoo, clothing labels Ace & Jig and Jesse Kamm, jewelry designer Annie Costello Brown, shoe label Marais USA, apothecary Juniper Ridge and organic beauty range Shiva Rose, as well as food and drink vendors to help you keep your energy up as you shop.

    Founders Beatrice Valenzuela and Rachel Craven — each artists themselves — note that in addition to jewelry, fashion and art, this year's fair will feature a more robust selection of home goods than years past. New Made L.A., for example, is a small furniture company launching at the fair. Block Shop Textiles will have pillows and quilts in their LA-meets-Indian block print style, and and Heather Taylor will be offering her trendsetting tea towels and table linens.

    "We’re offering an experience," Valenzuela, who started the fair in her backyard with just 10 vendors in 2009, tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Everyone is putting out their best work, and every year its better and better." The two founders have also curated two gift sets, the field basket and the beauty basket, which feature a handful of items which they hand selected from the vendors.

    Tickets to the fair, open Dec. 10 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Dec. 11 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), are $10 per day, or $16 for a weekend pass. 

    1215 Bates Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

  • Joymode Pop-Up

    In a city full of pop-up shops, Joymode's new store stands out from the rest — because it doesn't sell products.

    Capitalizing on the "event" industry and millennials' desire for experiences over things, Joymode is an L.A.-based app which delivers supplies for various activities, from camping gear for your Joshua Tree trip to a movie projector for your backyard movie night, or the Snapchat Specs you need to capture all the memories. Members who have paid the annual $99 can simply select an activity on the app, and Joymode will deliver everything you need for the adventure. 

    Through the end of December, Joymode is launching a pop-up store where members and non-members alike can stop by and see some of the experiences available for purchase. Though membership is usually invite-only, guests can sign up for membership at the store, and their first experience will be free. 

    3333 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

  • Sonia Boyajian

    L.A.-based jewelry designer Sonia Boyajian is hosting a holiday sale featuring pieces from designers and artists including Louiza Babouryan, Brett Westfall, Araks, and Eatable of Many Orders.

    There will be plenty of one-of-a-kind gifts, including vintage collectibles by Kazue Westfall and limited-edition pins modeled after the fabulous women from Ari Seth Cohen's Advanced Style, not to mention Boyajian's bold statement pieces. Her current collection was inspired by Hollywood fashion icon Edith Head.

    The sale is open Dec. 10-11 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.



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    1947 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles 90068

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