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Nina’s LA Story

As a New Yorker (I think? 7 years!) by way of Los Angeles, I found myself creating a list of places to visit during my recent trip back West. I tend to go at the behest of my family or for some reason, but this time I decided to go just because and revisit some of my favorite places and discover new ones and I’m excited to share them! Of course, this is not a comprehensive list and I’ll let you know ahead of time – there is no mention of Abbot Kinney. I only had a few days and there’s a lot of traffic!

-Nina Jefferies

 

Beverly Grove / Fairfax / Hancock Park

 

American Rag Cie / Maison Midi – One of my long standing favorites, American Rag has a great mix of contemporary and vintage clothing/accessories and home décor. The men’s clothing is especially worth the trip.

 

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A.O.C – Delicious tapas with a great outdoor space and a good crowd. I’ve since thought about the Spanish fried chicken and the wine…

 

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Garde – Gorgeous, well-curated, modern home décor shop. Simple but well-made products with an airy atmosphere.

 

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Gibson – Eclectic shop packed with collected art, furniture and accessories. Every item feels like it has its own rich story. This is one of my favorite places of the trip.

 

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Ige – Cute shop filled with unique gifts, especially for kids.

 

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Joan’s on Third – Classic marketplace/to go and sit down. Best for breakfast!

 

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Modernica – Shell chair heaven!

 

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Nickey Kehoe/NK Shop – A mix of found and modern décor from the designer duo Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe.

 

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Scent Bar – If you like interesting fragrances, this is a must. The store, which began as an online venture, has every kind of scent. My favorite part: the scents are grouped by preference (woodsy, floral, etc.) so you can easily navigate the options, although the excellent customer service will get you trying and loving new things, too.

 

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The Detox Market – My favorite place for eco-friendly apothecary products.

 

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Los Feliz/Silver Lake

 

Broome St. General Store – A small, cute store and coffee shop in one, this was another favorite of mine. They have hard to find apothecary goods and accessories and a great outdoor patio.

 

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Glory Sales & Service – Cool motorcycle & men’s clothing shop with everything from Ruby Castel helmets to Red Wing boots.

 

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Mohawk General Store – Beautiful clothing and home items with nice displays. Reminds me of a shop in Nolita with bit of California (see tie dye below).

 

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Spice Station – An amazing selection of any spice you might want, tucked away from the street behind a little courtyard.

 

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Wacko – Around since the 80s, you can find a great collection of books, every kind of tchotchke imaginable, and even an art gallery in the back.

 

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Downtown LA

 

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Ace Hotel – Good cocktails on their rooftop bar.

 

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Apolis: Common Gallery – Simple and stylish branded retail shop. The store doubles as an event space as well.

 

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Alchemy Works / Warby Parker – Gallery, retail and event space with Warby Parker products in the back. It would be my first stop for a cool gift.

 

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Blacktop Coffee – Attached to Alchemy, Blacktop Coffee serves San Francisco’s delicious Sightglass Coffee. Shout out to Mom ordering a coffee!

 

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Grand Central Market – Food market with a mix of old (some 20 years old) and new vendors. I grew up visiting the Market when you had to fight off pigeons to eat your meal. You can now eat in peace, but it still has a rich layer of history.

 

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Guerilla Atelier – A lofty warehouse with home décor, accessories, clothing and art carrying items like Comme des Garçons fragrances, Missoni towels, and Fornasetti candles.

 

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Matteo – Some of the most comfy, beautiful bed linens around. Made in LA, Matteo uses the best linen and cotton in vintage washed styles and colors that I love to mix and match. Their space is an open space with tons of bright light and pretty product.

 

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Poketo – Tabletop, home accessories, stationary, and kids items fill this bright space, kind of like an accessible museum gift shop. Also a great place to pick up a gift.

 

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Oh hey, I know him! Also in LA this weekend was fellow ICRAVE’r and Designer, Nick Domitrovich. Nick was one of the featured presenters at Dwell on Design, a curated design showcase event at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Downtown LA. He spoke to the well-attended event about 3D Printing and its current and future effect on design, physically, digitally and operationally.  Afterward, we explored the show, viewing the newest products from our friends such as Parquet by DianUrban & Origin, and Cerno.

 

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Until next time, LA…

 

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