Ever since the rapid gentrification of the area, Silver Lake has been living it up as the East side’s trendiest and relentlessly hip neighbourhood in Los Angeles. The hilly precinct now sees luxe-heavy high-end retailers like Aesop and APC amongst others, giving frontrunners like Abbot Kinney a run for its money.
Take a stroll – or rent a bicycle to fit in with the locals – through Silver Lake and pore over vintage shops boasting dynamic colours, aesthetically pleasant storefronts and indie designer finds. After shopping in Silver Lake, unwind at one of the countless coffee dens; artisanal eats and ultra-hip bars at the Sunset Junction stretch.
One of the best clothing stores in LA
You can’t deny California chic vibes in this shop. Bucks and Does features versatile and unique apparel for men and women – B&D tees for the men and a touch of bohemian while retaining a modern and chic style for the ladies. Probably why Los Angeles Magazine named it one of the “Best Clothing Shops in LA”. Their passion for good design is clear as you greet some of the hippest European and LA labels in the shop but Bucks and Does’ pride and joy lies in their very own label, The ODells.
Handbags and accessories with a Parisian charm
While working as a journalist for French television, founder Clare Vivier noticed a lack of functional yet chic laptop cases. She then decided to create her own line of handbags and accessories. The result is a marriage of classic shapes, modern detail and Parisian charm – yes, we’re still talking about handbags. Constructed of durable leather, the clutches, totes, crossbody, shoulder bags as well as wallets and cases come in a series of styles to suit every style.
Aesthetically pleasing fine jewellery and mood stones
A serious Silver Lake gem –no pun intended – Dream Collective offers up a slew of delightfully creative and aesthetically pleasing fine jewellery made from carefully select materials like brass, bones and enamel. California-based designer Kathryn Bentley’s inspiration comes from past design movements, travel, artisans, flea markets, architecture and textiles. What’s more, Kathryn is committed to sustainability and believes that her jewellery holds positive energy for her clients. Head to this earthy boutique for pieces you won’t find anywhere else.
Mega lifestyle store
Boasting a well-curated range of unique goods from designers and artists all over the world, Individual Medley amazes with their thoughtful selection of locally crafted home décor, paper goods, apothecary and vintage apparel. We couldn’t take our eyes off their recently revamped store – the perfect excuse to stay here all day – with an airier interior, allowing loads of natural light in.
Edited collection of independent designer finds
An enclave for independent designer finds, Lake is a boutique, which offers a splash of opposites – casual yet elegant, refined yet raw and simple yet sophisticated. These apparel are complemented with textiles, ceramics and thoughtful gifts like home décor and apothecary products. Tour this shop for a fresh wardrobe revamp or pick the perfect gift for a friend that has it all.
Over 200 indie and popular designers
Mohawk General Store offers up a slew of artfully curated products for men, women and kids – tending towards a casual style for men and dressy for the ladies. Their extensive assemblage of designers is pretty impressive, with over 200 emerging indie brands to household favourites in store and online. A noteworthy mix of mid-century furniture and sleek home accessories are also available.
Detroit’s signature men’s lifestyle store
With over half a thousand store locations and stockists sprouted across the globe, Shinola definitely needs no introduction. (But we’ll tell you all about it anyway). What began as a mere watch factory is now identified as an exemplary lifestyle brand for men and even women. Handcrafted in Detroit, the watches, leather products, bicycles, and other supplies created are made to perfection with the utmost attention to detail and quality.
Fun gift ideas
Not the best gift giver? Well, remove that stamp on your back with some help from Shout and About. Also known as a little urban oasis of paper, plants and gifts, this fun and cheery gift shop offers just about everything imaginable. Greeting cards, jewellery, journals, pouches and party décor this place is sprawling with perfect gift ideas. Take your time to look through every part of the shop, you’re bound to find the right gift.
Adorable yet stylish kid’s fashion
A little different from the mix of men’s and women’s fashion boutiques on the street, Sweet William is a chic clothing store that carries a refreshing range of delightfully cute and chic kid’s fashion pieces. Their apparel is made of the high quality by environmentally and ethically responsible manufacturers. If your little ones have a refined fashion sense, this is the boutique to head to.