Rodeo Drive isn’t the only haute shopping destination abuzz with out-of-towners and Angelenos. Coast over to Venice’s Abbot Kinney, a seaside retail therapy alternative overflowing with indie boutiques and luxury shops. Once you’re spent (energy or otherwise), recharge yourself at one of the many restaurants, bars, cafes, or art galleries along the bohemian block. Spanning about a half mile, this traditionally hippie ‘hood is perfect for a walkable (and kid-friendly!) afternoon adventure.
Trot into Burro, a locally owned Abbot Kinney haunt that’s definitely not your average souvenir shop. Forgettable tourist tchotchkes won’t find a spot on the shelves here; instead, you’ll find a curated collection of home goods, clothing, and novelty knick-knacks that even card-carrying Angelenos wouldn’t be ashamed to bring home. Try not to get lost in the store’s selection of cool LA history books, stylish letterpress stationery, Cali-cool clothing from local designers, luxurious handmade jewelry, and so much more. For pint-sized shoppers, there’s even an adorable boutique next door offering apparel, accessories, and toys.
Judging from its inventory of Cali-cool designer labels, it’s a surprise that Lula Mae was actually born on the East Coast. A new addition to Abbot Kinney, this cozy shop is bursting with essentials for every West Coast wardrobe. If you’re an aspiring style star, you can use a private shopping experience to pick up beach-ready basics by LA’s own Bella Luxx and LnA, day-to-night dresses by Parker and Lovers & Friends, dainty to edgy jewelry from Luv Aj and Gorjana, luxury designer pieces by Elizabeth and James and Pam & Gela, or playful footwear from big-name fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni.
Stag Provisions for Men
You know what they say about LA—it’s a land of transplants, and it wouldn’t be a creative capsule without them. Austin-groomed shop Stag Provisions for Men makes a good case for visitors to take up permanent residency. Its blue-blooded Americana style blends seamlessly with Abbot Kinney’s laid-back swagger. Style-minded gents can up their sartorial game with Southwest-inspired button-downs by RRL Ralph Lauren, modern garb by Gitman Bros., and luxe leather accessories by Portland’s Tanner Goods, to name a few. Cool ranch look not your thing? Get clean cut with Stag’s array of grooming products by Baxter of California and Malin+Goetz, among others.
Is your closet missing that certain je ne sais quois? Hit up fashion blogger-faved brand Iro‘s Abbot Kinney outpost, where there’s no shortage of investment-worthy wardrobe essentials for scoring that “I-woke-up-like-this” look that Parisians pull off effortlessly. Amidst the store’s industrial-cool vibes, you’ll discover sleek silk tees, figure-flattering denim, and buttery leather moto jackets that are expected in every It Girl’s closet.
Rag & Bone
Rag & Bone is one of the reasons why downtown girls and guys look eternally and effortlessly chic. Decked out with exposed brick walls and industrial metal accents, this New York designer’s third LA boutique stocks its signature classic tailored pieces with a hipster edge. Think satin tops in summer silhouettes, runway-ready boots perfect for stomping from the office to the bar, and wool blazers for the winter—you know, when the digits dip below 60 degrees in Cali. Once your retail therapy mission is complete, reward yourself with a kick-back sesh at the boutique’s hip backyard hangout.