Think of Palm Springs and either one of two things spring to mind. Towering palm trees silhouetted against a blistering blue sky, or midcentury modern design. The lush desert oasis stands proud as a visionary example of midcentury modernism – a colourful landscape dominated by decorated architectural landmarks and sleek modern homes. More recently, Palm Springs enjoys a seasonal popularity, every time Coachella winds into play.
Here, shopping is as uncomplicated as it can get. Towards the north end of Palm Canyon Drive (a.k.a. the 111), is the Uptown Design District – a mecca for vintage and modern furniture shops. Lovers of the old and new will be equally delighted with their pick of fashion, vintage, mid-century to modern furnishings and gifts.
Retro vibes and lots of orange
Aside from a fascination with the colour orange, Distinctive Home has much to offer by way of modern furnishings with a distinct retro vibe. A wide range of furniture styles is offered here, ranging from Mid-century to Hollywood Regency and Milano Mod. We love how they don’t shy away from colour, imbuing the interiors with a fresh vibrancy that mirrors the dramatic landscapes of the surrounding desert. Small decorative accents such as vases, frames, cushions and candles help bring the mod aesthetic to life.
Premium Jewellery that won’t break the bank
With gems bright enough to rival the shine of Palm Spring’s Hollywood patrons, Signature Palm Springs is a popular spot for premium jewellery that won’t break the bank. The newly renovated downtown boutique is the epitome of sophistication, bedecked with glistening 20 to 40 karat jewels and cabochons crafted from precious gems and stones such as rubies, sapphires and amethysts. Vintage sterling silver bracelets dating back to the 40s and 60s wink at us from behind reflective glass cases, the perfect choice for those with more moderate tastes.
Palm Springs is a haven of vintage shopping that will satisfy even the biggest foragers’ appetites. Weave through the honeycomb-like small lanes like Perez Road or simply follow the main drag of Palm Canyon Drive for an assortment of consignment shops, thrift stores and boutiques. The best place to relive the midcentury aesthetic experience, vintage furniture shops like Hedge and The Private Collection are packed with rare and authentic pieces, restored to full glory. On the flipside, Just Modern offers modern reproductions of original mid century designs. Thrift stores scattered along the road present hours of treasure hunting for pre-loved designer clothing, reasonably priced antiques, vintage jewellery and all sorts of oddities.