Ever since its booming resurgence, Downtown, Los Angeles is quickly becoming the cool hangout for young and creative minds. The Arts District, Fashion District, Little Tokyo and the Financial District are major areas that form this spirited precinct. Most shopping opportunities can be found in the Arts District where plenty of abandoned factories take new avatars in the form of luxury retail boutiques, art galleries, event spaces and cafes.
We suss out the coolest shops to visit in the Arts District (and one that’s a little off the area but well worth the visit). All in our guide to shopping in Downtown, Los Angeles.
A curious mix of home-bred labels
If you’re looking for a gift or anything peculiar, you’ve come to the right place. Books, home accessories, men’s and women’s apparel, ceramic and stationery – you’ll find that all products at Alchemy Works though ordinary, are unique on its own. Apart from offering a curious jumble of probably every cool label imaginable, this 1800 sq. ft. space rotates between a gallery and event space.
Vintage-inspired women’s fashion boutique
AltHouse is a vintage inspired multi-brand women’s boutique that carries a selection of women’s brands new to the L.A. market – discovered by designer and style expert Jennifer Althouse. Their range consists of statement pieces to affordable must-haves and includes coveted brands along the likes of Suno, Alasdair, kimem, Rachel Comey and Rodebjer.
Fine jewellery, artwork and handcrafted pieces
If you are a gull for bold and chunky jewellery then enter with caution because you will not be leaving empty handed. Esqueleto features a thoughtfully curated selection of fine jewellery, artwork as well as handcrafted objects. The boutique represents both local and international contemporary jewellers, ceramicists, and fine artists. This boutique may be a little off Downtown L.A. but rest assured it is well worth a visit.
Unique luxury lifestyle boutique
With over 30 years of experience in retail, it’s no wonder Louisville’s Guerilla Atelier stands out from contemporaries. The specially curated men’s and women’s collections, handcrafted pieces, fragrances, books and fine art have a few things in common – innovation, craftsmanship and timeless quality. You’ll want to step right in even if you had no intention of buying anything.
Top designer and manufacturer of luxury linen
Touted as the top designer and manufacturer of luxury bedding, bath towels, napkin, tablecloth and apparel, MATTEO is the best place to go for the ultimate comfort. They even sew their pieces in a large workshop adjacent to their design studio. Don’t expect a bevy of colours here – MATTEO focuses on muted palettes of white, grey, beige and navy blue. But who needs colour when you’ve got comfort in check?
The designer emporium
Founded in 2003 by husband-and-wife team Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung, Poketo is a lifestyle brand and purveyor of design-driven wares meant to instil art into everyday living. The cheery boutique has everything from design-led stationery, books and trinkets to ‘artsy’ tote bags, cards, and lifestyle products. Pop by this place and you might also find art exhibitions, workshops, and other related events.