There once was a time when the Los Angeles retail scene was dominated by images of designer flagships lining Rodeo Drive. And while those boutiques are still bringing in a steady stream of tourists and ladies who lunch, fortunately the LA retail community is much more vibrant, innovative and nuanced than it's been in years, with an assortment of some of the most influential shops in the country spread throughout the city. Capsule Women's Brittany Mladineo recently returned from a trip out West, and came back with her picks for six must-visit LA stores.
Mohawk General Store
The Los Angeles standby is notable for its unmatched brand selection. "The roster of designers sold at Mohawk is so well-rounded," said Mladineo. The assortment includes current mass appeal faves like Alexander Wang and and Rachel Comey, merchanised alongside cult picks like Jacquemus, Nomia and Eytys. Mladineo also points to the store's apothecary section for a dream mix of Juniper Ridge, Santa Maria Novella and Kelly Lamb.
4011 and 4017 W. Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake
"Alchemy Works is one of the most beautifully merchadized spaces in Los Angeles," Mladineo says. Located in LA's thriving arts district, Alchemy Works bills itself as "a gallery, retail, and events space," a versatile concept reflected in both the design of the venue and in the brands they carry. Everyone from Givenchy to Warby Parker and Snow Peak can find a home there. Currently, the shop also features a vintage Defender parked in the middle of the room - a testament to the eclectic tastes on display.
826 E. 3rd Street
While Acne’s status as a perennial favorite for fashionistas around the globe makes the brand relatively easy to find, the LA flagship shop is notable for its interesting location downtown.“The store itself is quite modern,” says Mladineo, “but its housed within a classic Art Deco building, which makes for an cool juxtaposition.”
855 S Broadway
Billed as “art and design for your everyday,” Poketo sets itself apart from other shops with a playful, colorful interior and a wildly eclectic brand mix.If your shopping list includes Hello Kitty stationery, Woolrich bags, cement planters from Chen Chen and Kai Williams and funky, geometric jewelry, well – you can get them all here.“Poketo is a genuinely fun place to shop,” says Mladineo. “And you can’t say that about everywhere else.”
820 East 3rd Street
When LA-via-Mexico jewelry designer Gabriela Artigas set out to open her first retail location, she found the perfect spot in a former vintage jewelry shop. "Gabriela and her team took the bold, brash red and white interior and completely reworked it into a clean, minimal space that really allows the jewelry to shine," reports Mladineo. "But there are enough interesting details in the fixtures and displays to make it feel like you're discovering something new when you walk in."
370 La Cienega Blvd
Already a favorite among in-the-know shoppers, RTH continues to find new fans in locals and visitors alike with its truly unique shopping experience. Spread out over two locations located a few doors from one another, RTH offers leather goods, reworked vintage, weavings and found objects in abundance. "It's unlike any place I've shopped before," notes Mladineo. "It makes me excited to come back each time I'm in LA to see what else they have in stock."
537 & 529 N. La Cienega Blvd