Grace Lee Shares Her 5 Top Made-in-L.A. Makers

The best local sources for chocolates, dresses, and…fanny packs.

Grace Lee loves her some Los Angeles, and with (many a) good reason. The very thoughtful jewelry designer’s long-term love affair with the city has been fueled, at least in part, by the friends she’s made there: hugely inspirational creatives producing seriously cool work. Just get a load of this local goodness. —dana covit


Clare Vivier: “I met Clare when I was just starting my jewelry line and was very nine-months-pregnant with our second daughter Camilla. I immediately fell in love—there is such a timeless nature to Clare’s collection. My current favorite is the leather fanny pack that Clare debuted for spring. It takes me to another level of chic mom. I wear it everyday—around my waist, cross-body, and without the belt, as a clutch, at night.”


Compartes Chocolatier: “Compartes Chocolatier treats are made in-house from scratch with all-natural ingredients at their chocolate factory in Brentwood. Buyer beware: One taste, and you will be a regular (I am living proof).


Black Crane: “I first ‘met’ Momo Suzuki, the designer behind Black Crane, when her home and closet were featured on Jeana Sohn’s Closet Visit. I was impressed with her pared-down home and philosophy—she proves that you don’t have to own a lot of stuff to be chic. The first time I put on a long Black Crane dress, I did not want to take it off. My current favorite is the Sage Green Jumpsuit.”


Handsome Coffee Roasters: “HCR is a must-try. I’m not a coffee drinker myself, but my husband loves it—and I am a sucker for great packaging, something HCR has down. It makes gifting the stuff that much better.”


Nico Nico: “My friend Sue Tsai is the designer behind Nico Nico, a children’s clothing collection. Her impeccable sense of style is obvious in her creations, which are all about sophisticated details and high-quality, often organic, fabrics. Her spring 2013 collection is titled ‘Good Times,’ and appropriately so: The first time my girls put on their Nico Nico striped jumpsuits they asked, ‘Mom are these for jumping!?’”

Speaking of made-in-L.A., score Grace’s Of a Kind edition: three colors of gold and one diamond on a slim little ring.

Photos by Becky Yee.

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