Oldies but Goodies: 29 of the Best Vintage Stores EVER—According to the Designers Who Shop Them
Looking for a worn-in Wrangler jacket? A super-fly seventies Halston dress? Then you’re going to want to keep reading. —erica
Some dope shoes from Marmalade Vintage.
About Glamour, Williamsburg
Tara St James of Study: “I am really hesitant about submitting this because I feel like I’m giving up a best-kept secret, but here goes: My favorite vintage shop, by far, is About Glamour. It is the best place to find nearly new and vintage Japanese designers for great prices—including Yohji, Comme des Garçons, Zucca—as well as a lot of Vivienne Westwood. But shhhh!”
CJS Sales, Garment District
Stacy Herzog of frieda&nellie: “It is like going on a crazy treasure hunt for vintage jewels. You have to swim and dig through boxes and piles of inventory. The signed, rare, crystal wowzer pieces I have found make it well worth the hunt. It is unlike any vintage store, flea market, or warehouse I have ever been to.”
Fox & Fawn, Greenpoint and Bushwick
Sara Gates of Cook & Gates: “My absolute favorite vintage source is Fox & Fawn. Best of all is you can buy items directly off their Instagram feed. Call the store and get your payment info on file—then all you have to do is be the first to write ‘ring me up’ and your last name on any item you see, and it’s yours. Sheer brilliance!”
Marmalade Vintage, Little Italy
Ann Yee: “They have stand-out pieces and a great mix of designers. I’m always so inspired because of the abundance in texture, color, and pattern. I feel like I’m walking into a collage.”
No Relation Vintage, East Village
Collette Ishiyama: “This is a tough one, as I love a good treasure hunt and have many favorite spots in NYC No Relation Vintage in the East Village is pretty great. You really have to dig, but I found a camel Burberry trench there a few years ago for about $50.”
Stella Dallas, Williamsburg
Nikki Chasin: “The home store is great for textiles, and the clothing store is amazing, especially for old athletic and military garb. The last time I was there, they had a bulletproof vest!”
Andrew Spargo of GREI.: “We go there often when getting started each season. Many times I’ll buy fabric and indigo-dye it for personal pieces.”
Larry Paul of GREI.: “It’s also the bandana mother lode. They usually have a couple bins full of assorted colors—most are fairly common, but if you dig hard enough, there are rare finds.”
Yesterday’s News, Carroll Gardens
Annika Jermyn of mrs.Jermyn: “They get furniture from old brownstones around Brooklyn mostly. I pass this store every day on my way to the studio and often check out their treasures just for inspiration, even if I’m not buying anything.”
The Sweet As… space—stunning, right?!
Animal House, Venice
Sophie Monet Okulick of Sophie Monet: “I’ve been shopping at Animal House since I was 13. I love the tiki bar-meets-rock band hangout vibe. The owner collects vintage Pucci and skateboards from the sixties. You can always find a killer vintage tee and perfectly distressed jean jacket among the racks.”
Jeet Sohal of Bare: “I always find something that I absolutely cannot live without be it a fifties tulle gown, an Irish linen blouse, a French twenties cropped cardigan, or a Greek metalwork belt.”
Rose Bowl Flea Market, Pasadena
Tere Artigas of Gabriela Artigas: “I’m not into vintage clothing, but I love vintage furniture and antiques! Her, you can find Danish pottery, California design, and mid-century furniture in impeccable. It’s just great!”
The perfect suede bomber, c/o Where I Was From.
Brimfield Antique Show, Brimfield, Massachusetts
Jaclyn Mayer of Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer: “My favorite spot is probably Brimfield because you can wander for hours and never know what you’re going to find.”
Captain Betty’s, Delaware, Ohio
Allison Sires of Thomas Sires: “I grew up in Columbus, which is nearby, so my friends and I started going to Betty’s when we were in high school. When I’m back home, I still make a trip to check out what’s there. As one Yelp reviewer put it, ‘Captain Betty’s personality complements her eclectic collection of vintage clothing.’ If you’ve met Betty, you know what he’s talking about—which is a reason in itself to visit the shop.”
Colorado—like, the whole state
Isabel Halley: “My most favorite vintage sources are thrift stores in Colorado. The entire state is filled with an incredible range from cheap Salvation Armies outside of Denver that have stellar, perfectly worn denim to incredibly well-priced consignment stores in Aspen.”
My Sisters’ Closet, St. Paul, Minnesota
Jennie Engelhardt of Hare+Hart: “Living in New York, I have a plethora of great vintage stores within walking distance from my apartment, but my favorite is still over 1000 miles away in my home state of Minnesota. My mom and I discovered My Sisters’ Closet while driving down Grand Avenue in St. Paul on our way to get homemade chocolate from Just Truffles (another great Minnesota find). The store is a mix of vintage and consignment, and the owner does such a good job curating it that I never walk away without something really unique and special. I’ve found so many amazing pieces there—including a collarless eighties Chanel blazer for $145 that has become my staple jacket this fall.”
Orbuni wao-woo, Twi, Accra, Ghana
Maryanne Mathias of Osei-Duro: “The Accra bend-down, or ‘Orbuni wao-woo’— which means ‘dead white-man’s market’ in Twi. There are tons of bales of vintage castaways from England, Canada, and Korea. You can find piles of brightly printed gathered skirts, or amazingly worn Korean printed undershirts.”
Ragtag, Tokyo, Japan
Christine Marcelino of Materials + Process: “I don’t shop vintage much, but I did go to great spots in Japan. My favorite was called Ragtag in Harajuku. It has a great assortment of streetwear, formalwear, and designer labels. All the products are in amazing condition.”
Thanx God I’m a V.I.P., Paris, France
Hillary Taymour of Collina Strada: “I go here every time I’m in town. Their vintage YSL collection is remarkable. I’ve gotten amazing, lifelong pieces here, such as Jean Paul Gaultier silk pajamas and floral-print Dries van Noten dress pants.”
Where I Was From, Online!
Emily Sugihara of Baggu: “Claire is a friend and has AMAZING taste. I can reliably find something I love there.”
Ellen Van Der Laan of Baggu: “Their taste is totally WOWEE ZOWEE!”
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Peek Inside Gabriela Artigas’s Very First Brick-and-Mortar Shop
Kind of a big deal.
After making way-cool jewelry for a full decade, the L.A.-based sisters-slash-business partners Gabriela and Tere Artigas decided it was time to create a space for it all to live. “Alex, our brother, arranged the space to make you feel like you’re walking into our living room, where you can enjoy some espresso or tea while your relax or browse the jewelry cabinets,” Tere explains. “It’s an extension of our homes.” Check it out now (before it officially opens its doors in mid-October!). —alisha prakash
Gabriela: “This is the view from the front door. Our little deer that guard our space and the mid-century-inspired furniture are by Artless. We have two Italian greyhounds that look like deer, and since we can’t have them there with us all the time, we decided to impersonate them with our vintage guardian deer. On the walls, we have local artist Yuval Pudik’s shark tooth and a custom chandelier by Brendan Ravenhill.”
Tere: “When we first moved to L.A., I remember seeing this great red building on the corner of La Cienega Boulevard. The Coronet Theater has always been there; then the Roger Room, one of the coolest little bars in West Hollywood, opened. There was a little space in the middle that remained closed and empty. It’s a block from where we had been living for the past ten years. We had been watching the space for many years until we decided to make it our first Gabriela Artigas shop and showroom.”
Gabriela: “Our cage cuffs are displayed on wood, and our subtle cuffs are placed on a rose quartz. We try to play around with the hard and soft—accomplishing a subtle balance is what’s it all about.”
Tere: “The gray pedestals were custom-made for us by our brother. When you enter, you feel like you are coming into a gallery. We are inclined toward minimal décor—just the necessary things to make a space look clean and peaceful.”
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Spend a Day Hangin’ With Jenny Myers in L.A.
A (kind of lazy) Sunday.
“My weekdays and my weekends blur together—in a good way. I am totally immersed in work I love doing and am excited that I get to start and end each day with my partner David and our puppy,” says Jenny Myers, an architect and the jewelry mastermind behind Myers Collective. Sounds pretty awesome, right? Well, you’re invited to join her for an El Lay day—you know, via the internet and Jenny’s rundown below! —alisha prakash
7 A.M. - “My morning coffee. My boyfriend David and I are big fans of homemade lattes in Heath mugs first thing in the morning. So cozy.”
8 A.M. - “This is Koda. There’s nothing better than hanging with our six-month old puppy over a long morning walk or jog. He hams it up the whole way with all the neighbor pups.”
9 A.M. - “My weekends are great for sampling new design ideas and materials for Myers Collective. I work in a studio with the best proximity to my boyfriend’s piano. He practices three hours while I design and make. Muses!”
1 P.M. - “Time for lunch and errands. We just moved a bit west to an area called Longwood Highlands after many years in the Silverlake area near downtown. Even with more than a decade in Los Angeles under my belt, it still feels like this is exciting, unexplored territory. I love this city! This market/café, Food, is an unassuming gem not so far from where we live. The salads and sweets remind me of Ottolenghi, with the freshest ingredients and fun twists.”
6 P.M. - “Sunset hike. Nature-plus-exercise is the best. Some of my clearest thinking and best ideas have come from hiking in places like Griffith Park, Runyon Canyon, and Temescal Canyon.”
9 P.M. - “L.A.’s downtown has really blossomed in the last ten years with a lot of loft conversions and tons of new pedestrian-friendly places—grocery stores, cafes, bars, galleries—popping up all the time. We went to a restaurant/bar called Bar Amá in the bank district by chef Josef Centeno. It’s a fun little place with great atmosphere, food to share family-style (because you want to try everything!), and cocktails.”
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Jenny Myers Shares Six of her Way-Cool Architecture Projects
Coordinating buildings and jewelry, guys.
On top of making stunningly sleek jewelry, Jenny Myers creates equally standout buildings and structures. And, turns out, the accessory and architecture worlds aren’t so far apart. “It is a balance between big-picture vision and attention to detail that makes a project transcend,” explains the super-talented Angeleno. “The Myers Collective signature geometries have made their way into many of my architecture projects.” Check out a half dozen of those much larger creations here. —alisha prakash
“This was my grad-student thesis project. A circle becomes a triangle by folding the surface. This roof structure allows for an elastic space of production, experimentation, and representation for today’s arts education. It’s a modern take on Black Mountain College.”
“Wedges and triangles provide a twist on the typical row-house typology—maximizing access to views, light, and terraces and a series of shared/private green spaces for this conceptual design of a multi-unit housing in Boston. Here, dynamic spatial arrangements are created by aggregating, mirroring, and rotating the same prefabricated module.”
“Folded planes create an abstracted Los Angeles landscape in the exhibition designed with Clive Wilkinson Architects, shown at Never Built Los Angeles at the A+D Museum. I was a lead designer on the project while an employee at Clive Wilkinson Architects.”
“This project is named Isola Constellazione. Pentagons proliferate the La Maddalena Archipelago and thread together the many islands with a recognizable system that consists of paths, screens, terraces and volumes. Mirrored enclosures embed themselves in the wild topography while reflecting the surrounding nature, transforming to a network of light beacons at night.”
“As part of the exhibition team at Harvard Graduate School of Design working on the show New Trajectories: Contemporary Architecture in Croatia and Slovenia, curated by Mariana Ibañez, we designed, prototyped, and built triangulated frames skinned with a translucent textile that allowed for complex curvature.”
“This spiral arrangement of artists’ studios and sciences laboratories with an auditorium and administrative spaces interlaces uncommon functions via balconies, terraces, and bridges across a dynamic courtyard.”
Never Built photos courtesy of Benny Chan.
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Project Room Does a Restaurant Makeover in Under Two Weeks
And you’d never it by looking at the warm, polished outcome.
We’re not the only ones who think Project Room’s line of home goods and furniture is 10 kinds of awesome: Some of Los Angeles’s coolest restaurant owners have tapped Isaac Resnikoff and Lizz Wasserman to help amp up their spaces. And, in the case of Jessica Koslow’s popular cafe Sqirl, they did it in a jaw-dropping 11 days. Lizz gives us the scoop. —anthonia akitunde
“Sqirl’s one of our favorite restaurants in L.A.; the visionary behind it, Jessica, is fantastic. We went there for the first time for Isaac’s birthday breakfast on a rainy day. The food and vibe were awesome, but the space wasn’t totally conducive to sitting and enjoying how great the food was. The very slim shape of the room inspired the long (but skinny) communal table, the long marble bar against the bar, and the wood and metal stools we designed: The shape fits a bunch of people, but it’s simple and not too busy for the space.”
“Sqirl kinda exploded in a way I don’t think anyone was expecting, and it all grew out of this space that was originally Jessica’s jam kitchen. As more people came to try the food—and as it became more of a restaurant—it became necessary to rethink the entire space. We really wanted to focus on simplicity of materials. There are only a few materials used: carrera marble, alder wood, and steel. The hand-turned lamps use a little bit of color from hacked climbing rope that we disassembled and then restrung.”
“While the big reveal might have seemed like it only took 11 days, it was really a huge job. Our contractor worked around the clock to get everything together, and there’s still a little more to do. But it’s felt great to walk in and have that big, clean, open feeling to the space and to know that the changes to the space are helping to support all that Jessica and her team are doing. And selfishly, it’s really awesome to have my favorite dish—toast with kale and egg—at the marble table we designed and built, under the lamps we designed!”
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Trek Through Some Rad L.A. Landscapes with Amanda Loos
This has us California dreaming in a big way.
“I’m constantly inspired by the California spirit and vibe—endless summers and bright colors twelve months of the year,” says Kyyote’s chillaxed jewelry designer, Amanda Loos, who spent her teen years in La Crescenta and has since hopscotched around L.A. “I lived downtown in the Arts District in three different lofts,” she says. “My first next-door neighbor there was actually George Herms. Google him.” Now, she’s gone all one-with-nature, settling down in the San Fernando Valley. Check out the awe-inspiring spots that are basically in her backyard. —alisha prakash
“Haines Canyon Reservoir is less than two miles away from my house. When I need a quick hike and moment to myself, I’ll sneak away and sit near the water to watch the ducks.”
“The Deukmejian Wilderness Park is such a gorgeous place—you really get a sense of the true California desert landscape here, and there are some really scenic hiking trails. A small snake was sunning itself on the trail as I walked up. This park is three blocks from my parents’ house. They’ve done so much to restore it in the last few years.”
“On my drive from Haines Canyon to Deukmejian Park, I ran into a few adorable little neighbors and had to pull over. There were seven little baby deer that were walking across the road. I’ve also had mountain lion sightings and tons of coyotes—kyyotes!”
“Descanso Gardens is another oasis nestled into the mountains in our foothill community. In contrast to Deukmjian, this garden definitely feels more like a true forest, albeit a dry, desert forest. I love bringing my lunch and walking amidst the beautiful Coast Live Oak trees—some of them over a hundred years old.”
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Take a Tour of Gia Bahm’s Dope, Three-Story L.A. Home
Peter Jackson might be jealous.
Gia in her casa.
How would Gia Bahm, the Los Angeles-based badass behind the jewelry line Unearthen, describe her pad in Mount Washington? “It’s got a bit of a hobbit hole vibe, but you can feel all the love and time the owner has put into the place,” she says. “It’s set up in a non-traditional way—living room on the first floor, kitchen and bathroom on the second floor, bedroom on the top floor.” (Yah, that’s right, three floors.) Check it out. —alisha prakash
“A view from the top of the stairs of my bedroom, looking into the kitchen. I’d like to imagine that it looks like I live in a treehouse!”
“I totally lucked out on this rug from the Rosebowl Flea Market. The flea market is a super fun and very classic monthly Los Angeles event. If you visit L.A. the second Sunday of the month, it’s cool to check out. Prepare to be overwhelmed. And the couch is from a friend of mine—it was her grandmother’s.”
“This is the view from my kitchen down to the living room. The kitchen is basically a loft. There’s the piano below—I love when the piano gets played. I’m trying to learn, but so far I can still only nail part of a Wings song.”
“So many stained glass components! Super old. Total inspiration.”
“My gnome-y kitchen. The house was built in the twenties by a Hollywood director, so the story goes.”
“These are the doors to my bathroom! I love the handles and the rad/weird/special carved detail around them. I am planning to use the handles as inspiration for an upcoming design. See if you can guess it when it comes out…”
“This desk was in the house I grew up in, so it’s super comforting to me. It’s a place where some of my most special objects and memories live.”
“Real golden-hour light in the living room.”
“The front door. The house is light pink!”
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Best Coast: 6 Super-Inspiring, Chill Getaways From L.A.
There are plenty of things that make us jealous of Angelenos—airy studio spaces, ridiculous weather, and that crazy California produce, to name a few. And it turns out there is something else to be envious of: the oh-so-enticing daytrip options. Here, six cool, plugged-in L.A. designers detail the best places to go when Venice just won’t cut it. —erica
Nothing but bluffs in Point Dume.
“I love driving out to Point Dume for an afternoon of picnicking and beaching. It’s a secluded cove at the northern edge of Malibu—never very crowded and always private. All you can really see around you is the bluffs, the sand, and the sea.” —Laurel Broughton of Welcome Companions
“Encinitas, my hometown, is just a couple hours south of L.A. The beaches are beautiful, yoga studios are abundant, and there are organic-local-vegan-gluten-free restaurants on every corner. This is a beach destination, so pack those suits, surfboards, and sunblock.” —Asia Ragland of Feliks + Adrik
Carpinteria: all about the burgers and bikinis.
“Why is it so awesome? Because you don’t have to drive! You can take a train from Union Station downtown and get there in two hours. I like to pretend I’m on the Eurail and headed to some far off beach in Spain. The train drops you off right in the middle of this cute little town, blocks from the beach. I’d take the train there just to go to this burger joint, The Spot. It’s a minute walk from the train and another minute to the beach. Who doesn’t want to stuff their face with a burger and fries, before they put on their bikini?” —Corinne Grassini of Society for Rational Dress
Grotto Trail in Malibu
“I recently went on the Grotto hike out in Malibu. It’s up in the hills, and you feel like you’re in Utah or somewhere amazing out West. It reminded me why I love living in California.” —Natalie Mauro of Bones and Feathers Collective
Channel Islands—all one-with-nature.
“It’s only a 1 ½-hour drive to Oxnard and then a 30-minute boat ride from there—the ferry ride was so fun that many dolphins swam with us. The walk around the island took us about six hours—the air is so clean, and you can see ocean from everywhere on the island. When we stopped, only the wind sounded, and we felt like we were the only ones on the island.” —Yuka Izutsu of Atelier Delphine
“You feel like you are worlds away from L.A. Rent a golf cart, shop, hike, snorkel, and kayak in super-clear waters—and have some freshly pulled saltwater taffy from Lloyd’s of Avalon Confectionery.” —Jin Chon of A-thread
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Jennie Kwon Designs
Corporate law and jewelry design: The two fields might not have so much in common, but that wasn’t going to stop Jennie Kwon from leaving her big-time legal gig to pursue the latter. This was hardly a rash decision, either—Jennie had been dabbling in the things-you-can-wear realm for years and years. “I was raised in a traditional family where education was emphasized—I grew up playing the violin and had to balance those things growing up,” she explains. While in music conservatory—yah, that’s the kind of commitment we’re talking about—she made necklaces “out of literally whatever material was there.”
But it was when she took a break from working that she realized what she was missing. “I felt like the creativity I’ve had my whole life was sort of dying as soon as I started practicing law,” Jennie explains. “When I went on maternity leave, that’s when I figured out what direction I wanted to take my life.” After taking metalsmithing classes at a local arts center a few years ago, she took the plunge into the world of delicate, impactful fine jewelry in early 2013, and she hasn’t looked back. “I love seeing people’s faces when they try it on; they even gasp sometimes,” she says. “Jewelry has the power to be this one little thing that can make you feel unique.” —liza darwin
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The Fixers: The L.A. Spots Designers Rely on To Keep Their Goods Lookin’ Great
Got some nice things? Live in Ellay? Great, then you’re gonna use this guide like crazy: These are the places that super-talented local designers go when they need clasps fixed, skirts hemmed, and heels un-busted. —erica
Avo’s Watch Repair / 625 S. Hill St. #231, Los Angeles
“They repair fine jewelry while you wait—the best part is that it is tucked inside the St. Vincent Jewelry Center in downtown where you can shop wholesale fine jewelry. It’s amazing to go around and window-shop all the bling.” —Jin Chon of A-thread
Pasquale Shoe Repair / 5616 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles
“He’s repairing Amber’s prized handmade leather gladiator sandals she got in Florence, Italy. Why not take her Italian sandals to an Italian master cobbler, right? They’re not inexpensive but with shoes that you plan to wear forever, this is the go-to spot!” —Nicole Sutton of Workhorse Jewelry
European Shoe Repair / 15200 W. Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades
“It’s run by a older European couple. They are so sweet and prompt and do a great job.” —Cole Morrall of Bones and Feathers Collective
Griffith Park Cleaners / 2617 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles
“I don’t dry-clean often, but when I do, I always go here. It is near my house and is run by an older couple, and they’ve cleaned a massive floor rug for me for $30.” —Natalie Mauro of Bones and Feathers Collective
Crown Cleaners / 840 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles
“They do great alterations—and seem to handle spots really well.” —Brady Cunningham of Tenoversix
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