LA Shopping: Cool Boutiques You Must Hit This Summer
Pull My Daisy
This neighborhood boutique features local dress designer Deborah Viereck ‘s handmade dyed silky, simple dresses that are perfect for California. All the leather and lamb skin products are from Andrea Mercado out of Long Beach from bags to leather cuffs in red paten leather and snakeskin, plus leather feather earrings. You can even pick up 1970’s Mercedes vinyl wallets from Couch for a unique gift.
Pull My Daisy, 3908 W Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake (323-663-0608 – no website)
This artsy Larchmont Village favorite has expanded to Santa Monica Place bringing along their line that inspired by Dadaism and experimental art. You can also score jewelry by local artists Ankh by Racquel with dainty chains and mixed metals; Tiffany Kunz delicate hoops, bangles and rings or Project Home’s Asian-African flare using crochet and coins.
Fluxus, 143 N Larchmont Blvd (323-468-9320 or fluxusbrand.com/)
The best place to find Dolan by downtown LA designer Jodie Dolan who is known for the perfect silk front tanks with cotton backs. Goddis sweaters are 100 cotton with a beachy-flowly vibe from Venice and Sol Angeles ‘ fun open-back graphic t-tees with birds and waves from Newport Beach that are favored by Kourtney Kardashian.
Boca, 1024 Swarthmore Ave; Pacific Palisades (310-459-7259 orbocapalisades.com)
Polkadots & Moonbeams
No longer just a vintage store, designers here don’t get more local than living right around the corner and starting out as customers. Hot finds include Baily 44 dresses, tops and skirts draped in vintage fabric or Nightcap’s evolving nightwear line that has graduated to cotton stretch sweat pants that hug the body. Stop Staring features vintage bombshell hugging pencil skirts and ‘Mad Men’ style dresses.
Polkadots & Moonbeams, 8367 & 8381 W 3rd St. Los Angeles; (323-655-3880 or polkadotsandmoonbeams.com)
Michelle Jonas travel wear is perfect for a jetsetter with tie-dyed maxi skirts and dresses, kaftans and wrinkle free LBD’s and red carpet gowns. Also, check out the one-shoulder, zig-zag pattern long dresses from T-Bags Los Angeles, or Splendid’s under tanks, t-shirts and beanies.
Planet Blue, 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu (310-317-9975 or shopplanetblue.com/)
If you’re looking for something interesting and affordable in Santa Monica, skip the Promenade and head to Dame. Owner Dana Rossi carries Olive + Olivia (who just changed their name to Olivaceous); Piko’s solid dresses, tops, jackets and skirts; plus trendy duds from Audrey and printed flowing dresses from Collective Clothing.
Dame, 725 Broadway, Santa Monica (310-394-2402 or shopdame.com)
Don’t judge a space by its square footage – the tiny new Tribute on Montana carries some 90 labels including clutches by Claire Vivier, French hippie looks by Babakul or draped, layered pieces by Brochu Walker, and the more affordable ‘Girl’ line by Band of Outsiders. Whether you’re looking for a black sparkly cashmere sweater for a date or a fitted hip plaid jacket for a meeting, it’s all here.
Tribute El Nat, 1230 Montana Ave; Santa Monica (310-395-5796 – no web site)
This airy two-story brick and wood space with concrete floors carries Of Two Minds for that perfect layered, loose and laid-back yet chic look with a bit of fur trim or a slouchy suede boot. You will also find urban-edgy Raquel Allegra or sexy-tomboy NSF, plus a new line of very unique panties and thongs from Xirena, or chunky gold nugget rings from Charlotte Bjorn Delia.
Heist, 1100 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice (310.450.6531 or http://www.shopheist.com/)
Their in-house line of dresses are custom died utilizing Eco silk or wool, and hang alongside Jessie Kamm silk dresses in clean lines made on recyclable, hand printed textiles. Pick up a one-of-a-kind piece of ceramic art to wear around your neck by Renata Abbade.
TenOverSix, 8425 Melrose Avenue (323-330-9355 or http://shop.tenover6.com/)
William B + Friends
Starting out as a mobile pop-up shop around town, this local manufacturer quickly gained a following at farmer’s markets and along busy boulevards, but now you can shop for fur vests, skinny jeans, giant scarves, jewelry, hobo bags and booties at their first bricks and mortar shop.
William B + Friends, 8207A West 3rd Street, (323-782-0717 no web-site)
If you’re shopping for a hard to buy for jetsetting Angeleno, vintage fashionista or whimsical art collector – three new boutiques have opened this week that will help you on your way to finishing off you’re holiday list in style. Oh, you can also grab a bite to eat at all of these locations.
AHAlife opened at the SLS Hotel in the existing Regalo shop featuring unusual pill holder and whistle charm necklaces, metal cage clutches, and skull wine decanters for the rockstar in your life. One of a kind paintings (pictured above) were made from couples rolling around in paint and then having sex on the canvas – sounds like a typical weekend at Venice Beach, but we’ll take two for the dining room. The shopping has been simplified by the scan codes that work with your mobile phone, so the goods can be delivered directly to you, or the recipient, if you’re traveling. Of course, it’s easy to grab a drink or a bite of tapas at The Bazaar by Jose Andres once you’ve finishing racking up those credit card points. (465 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles)
Up on Sunset at the artsy Andaz Hotel, a pop-up shop has joined the ranks or reasons to visit the French-themed eatery or the private wine tasting room. Shop@Andaz by Alpha features quirky canvases with old school record labels or cassettes (remember those?) that make a great conversation pieces while you recognize your favorite 70’s and 80’s bands. Also on hand, Architectural Legos, Mokka waterproof plastic watches for that Palm Springs pool party, and don’t forget to pick up a retro YUBZ phone handle – complete with the long spiral cord, to plug into your iPhone. (8401 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood)
If you’re after vintage designer pieces, head to Robertson Blvd. to Motif. We spotted Gucci bags, furs, silky wedding gowns, YSL shoes and Channel lamps that look brand new and were a fraction of the original retail price. They also have a connecting cafe that features gluten free baked goods, sandwiches and wraps if you need a little pick me up to carry on shopping. (930 S. Robertson Blvd. Los Angeles)