Abbot Kinney in Venice, CA…
Abbot Kinney is home to LA’s most eclectic retail scene, with its laid back, Californian vibe, it houses a great mix of independent designers and off beat labels, all with a passion for design: Here is our list of favorites from a recent weekend trip:
Leading interior brands, with great modern design, are housed together in this bustling bright store. We loved the Pantone range of folding chairs and the great gift selection including Hay and Clara von Zweigbergk’s Keleido Trays.
Sue Cowie has been in business with Colcha for 8 years. Well put together, with a friendly feeling, the store has a great mix of bespoke/art pieces and favorites like John Robshaw and Roberta Roller Rabbit. There is also a great pillow wall, decorative accessories, furniture, and art.
Fantastic lifestyle store, MILKMADE, is a select shop that “seeks out the most exciting and relevant creative movements & makers in lifestyle, fashion, and design”. Just up a few steps, this little haven had a very considered collection of fashion and lifestyle items for the well turned out. Our favorite was a denim Remi Relief hooded parka with a floral lining, genius.
Walking into Stronghold reminded us of walking onto the set of Broadwalk Empire. Originally a work-wear brand, revived in 2006, Stronghold still manufactures all of its products in the U.S. Standing for quality and authenticity, Stronghold stocks the house label as well as an edited collection of classic US brands like Pendleton, Russell Moccasins, White’s Boots, American Optical sunglasses, and Stetson hats.
This very busy lifestyle store had an urban feel and demographic, housing a little bit of everything. It is definitely worth a look inside.
Tortoise General Store
This amazing Japanese housewares and concept store is a must see, we spent hours in there looking at the carefully considered and curated items on sale. Dedicated to introducing and exhibiting works by Japanese artists, or artists using traditional Japanese techniques, TGS has a wonderful atmosphere of respect for craft and function.
Chariots on Fire
Just having opened in December, this stunning and selective store houses jewelry, ceramics, and is expanding into home with Apothecary; a mixture of local and international artists and designers. The curating was excellent here.
Will Leather Goods
Established by the Adler family, Will Leather Goods creates “handcrafted, timeless leather-goods of extraordinary beauty, durability and functionality…respecting the excellence and integrity of American Authenticity.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves- amazing product!
This was definitely one of the favorites. With a great So-Cal feel, General Store is a contemporary life style store housing organic, natural, and locally supportive, product lines from local designers and artists. A great selection of books, fashion, home, and bath products can all be found displayed on long tables in their airy light store: Terrariums, mixtapes, textiles from Rachel Craven & StudioPatro, rattan baskets, some wonderful up-cycled vintage, tie dyed blankets, leather handmade sandals and baggu bags, Lostines boards, We wanted everything.