An uber cool local hangout in LA is Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Shopping on Abbot Kinney is undeniably a breath of fresh air for those in pursuit of unique fashion, art and home décor. Dubbed as the coolest block in America by GQ Magazine, this intriguing long stretch is bustling with a plethora of home-grown artists and designers to big time names like Kit & Ace, Current Elliot and Rag and Bone. Uncover a mix of modern chic and old school vintage fashion at LA’s hippest area.
If you’re in LA in September be sure to check out the coolest street festivals, Abbot Kinney Festival. It’s a day-long event that brings the Boulevard’s eclectic boutiques, artisan eateries and art galleries into a festival with a local flavour.
Alexis Bittar comes nowhere close to drab, commonplace jewellery. Here you’ll encounter the most exquisite pieces, all coveted by celebs and fashionistas. Select among a variety of styles, from edgy statement jewels to timeless and elegant designs. Alexis Bittar has also received rave reviews for its impeccable service from satisfied customers.
A piece of Aussie in the heart of Venice
A hidden treasure trove filled with decidedly sleek but easy-to-wear clothes, AUST celebrates the best of Australian fashion. This uber cool boutique showcases over 30 brands including Keepsake, Rhythm, The Mode Collective, Zimmermann, Damselfly, just to name a few. If your wardrobe is yearning for something effortless yet modish pieces then AUST hits the mark.
VINTAGE CASUAL WEAR FOR MEN AND WOMEN
Lure yourselves into the 70s with hip, retro vibes at Aviator Nation. This local store specialises in hoodies, T-shirts and trucker hats, perfect for sunny California. The store has a massive following and is possibly one of the go-to fashion stores in Abbot Kinney. We can see why, with their collection of colourful pieces that are incredibly soft and true to size. Aviator Nation truly transports vintage fashion to another level.
BOHEMIAN CHIC WEAR FOR WOMEN
It’s Paris meets New York at this Australian based boutique. Enter this luxurious boutique filled with understated and graceful styles. Flannel carries a series of rock-bohemian and chic looks for women. Adorn these playful pieces with their stylish yet comfy signature silk, rayon, cotton, linen and leather materials. If you’re into neutrals, you’ll feel right at home as the store is brimmed with a balance of cream and rosy hues.
STREET STYLES FOR WOMEN
This boutique strays away from the routine fashion trends with a random mix of styles exclusively hand-picked by owner, Nilou Ghodsi. “Stock only what you absolutely love and only what you’d absolutely wear” is a mantra she religiously stands by whilst curating independent fashion labels. The store accentuates edgy street styles fused with personal touches from these designers.
Modish fashion and accessories from around the globe
Kolu’s mission is simple. They want you to feel good about your look and wear what you love – till there’s really nothing left. And they do just that. With a cherry-pick mix of footwear, clothing and accessories arriving weekly from New York, Paris, Italy, France, Australia, Korea just to name a few, the choices are no doubt, endless. If you’re not looking for apparel, their collection of modish footwear will definitely make you stay.
An authentic botanical perfumery
Touted as one of the most celebrated perfume shops in the city – not a surprise looking at its repertoire of stores around the world – Strange Invisible offers the most delectable and evocative scents for all moods. Each botanical fragrance is formulated with certified organic, wildcrafted, biodynamic and hydro-distilled essences. That means the perfume captures the complete aromatic profile of a plant. Pick your preferred potion in this jewel-like perfumery.
Minimalist everyday products from Japan
Take a quick trip to the land of the rising sun at Tortoise General Store. This lifestyle mart offers a refined mix of day-to-day products like homewares, kitchenware as well as books and stationery and camping items for kids. Helmed by duo Taku and Keiko Shinomoto, the store carries practical yet unique products that champions exciting works by Japanese artist or artists using traditional Japanese techniques. The minimalist in you will squeal in delight at their clean, neutral coloured items.
GUIDE TO SHOPPING ON ABBOT KINNEY BOULEVARD