One of Los Angeles’ most eminent streets, Melrose dazzles with a jumble of various eclectic homewares stores like Sausalito-based Serena & Lily to fashion frontrunners – including the tremendously stylish Aussie swimwear label, Zimmermann and the decidedly sleek Dash boutique by the infamous Kardashian sisters.
Let your credit cards do the talking and take on this bustling tree-lined area filled with a myriad of shopping, dining and entertainment options – and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to spot a celebrity or two. Our guide to shopping in Melrose begins from the west end of Melrose Avenue all the way through to Highland Avenue.
Mix of emerging indie labels and international favourites
A cult favourite in the big apple, Assembly in Melrose intrigued us with its upside down store name display. This celebrated fashion label boasts a series of emerging independent and international brands carrying understated to cutting edge street style staples for men and women. Discover brands you’re never heard of or spot pieces from your favourite designers at this airy, white-spaced boutique.
Furniture and homewares shop that is apt for your man cave
Blackman Cruz is your go-to furniture store for the ultimate bachelor pad. Why? Well, their mix of products sits along the lines of eccentric, provocative and a trace of goth – with rich, dark woods clad in moody hues but oh-so-classy for your man cave. Brought together by the adventurous minds of Adam Blackman and David Cruz, this furniture shop acts as a resource for collectors and designers who share their passion for offbeat curiosities.
Environmentally sustainable and customised furniture
For over 2 decades, Cisco Home has been offering the best in beautifully sustainable furniture. Each item is built by local craftspeople right in their headquarters in LA. Encounter a discerning mix of upholstered furniture washed in environmentally friendly detergents to unique wood and metal products. The folks behind the gem pride themselves in melding natural elements of rural practicality with an urban style. Pictures don’t do justice to their products so you’ll just have to head on down to see the products in all its glory.
Luxury lifestyle store
Do not be deceived by the unassuming cement storefront. Inside is an alluring collection of some of the most stunning lighting, rugs, fabrics and trims, wall coverings, luxe bedding and fine china, just to name a few. Kelly Wearstler pushes the boundaries and defies all odds pertaining the elements of design. Proportions and scale are flipped and rotated, and different textures are knitted together. The harmony of masculine and feminine, classic and contemporary is central to Wearstler’s design philosophy. We couldn’t keep our eyes off the display of motifs, sculptures and objets d’ art sprinkled around the shop. What’s more, a commendable collection of noteworthy gift ideas like bags, fragrances, and jewellery is also available. Just one of the many talents this celebrated designer has.
The best vintage boutique in LA
Scout LA is an institution for everyone in the know of the latest in fashion. As its moniker suggests, the folks at Scout, including founder Joey Grana have an impeccable eye for the quirkiest to the most glamorous pieces you can find. It is no wonder; this vintage store is touted as the best vintage boutique in LA. This selectively curated mix includes stunning pre-loved pieces you can’t find anywhere else. Have a chat with Joey if you have a few pieces that need a second home.
A hub for inspiration and creativity
What begun as a humble business with a range of nursery goods is now one of the top design shops in the scene. Serena & Lily’s outlet at Melrose is stocked with graphic bedding, textiles, wallpaper and rug collections clad in a myriad of colours as well as furnishings, lighting and accessories. Visit the friendly staff for some assistance. Remember, no project is too big or small at Serena & Lily.
A serene space designed as a home
An apartment-showroom where everything you see is on sale? We’re sold. The Line offers a personal approach to retail by bringing together beautifully curated collections from established and emerging designers. Fashion, home and beauty are selected and styled in a minimalist-chic home setting on a weekly basis. Apart from featuring an enticing amalgam of the hottest brands, The Line also provides by-appointment shopping, personal styling as well as interior design consultation services.
Shopping in Melrose, Los Angeles