A Month of West Coast Flea Markets With Workhorse

Shaking up your Sundays.

There’s a name for the euphoria that Zoë Chicco and Nicole and Amber Sutton feel when they approach a promising flea market. “We call it the antiques high,” Amber says. “It’s this feeling of knowing that you’re about to find something meaningful and gorgeous and unique.” Given that Workhorse’s line of handcrafted jewelry is brimming with old-world appeal, these guys ought to know. And these are the markets in and around Los Angeles that they dedicate their Sundays to. —mattie kahn


First Sunday of the Month:
Pasadena City College
Nicole: “We tend to head here more for décor objects than anything else, but you can really find all kinds of things here. A little while ago we scored these amazing antler-type horns, and I once left with basically a trunkful of glass decanter bottles.”  


Second Sunday of the Month:
Rose Bowl
Nicole: “You have to be careful here—it’s probably the most popular market in Los Angeles, so it can be a little overpriced. Still, it’s quite a scene and a fun way to spend a weekend. If you dig deep, you can find some great stuff.”  


Third Sunday of the Month:
Long Beach
Nicole: “Long Beach is awesome—just amazing. It’s definitely our favorite. The last time we were there, we got a whole bunch of little trinkets and things that we’ll incorporate into next season’s Workhorse collection. How many baby rings have we bought there? Too many.”
Amber: “On a great day, we’ll have gotten so much stuff that we have to go back with another car to just get the haul home.”


Fourth Sunday of the Month:
Santa Monica Airport
Nicole: “Santa Monica is smaller than the others, which is nice, because you can get there early in the morning and be done before lunch. The things that vendors sell there are usually a bit higher-end—really nice and kind of European, which we love. Going there is such a good way to wrap up the month, because it’s a little different than the others—a little quirky.” 

See what the trio’s flea adventures inspired them to make for us! This gold-and-diamond arrow bracelet is beyond.

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Go Home With Yuka Izutsu

Her sunny L.A. pad is, well, a lot like her line.

Yuka Izutsu’s easy-but-interesting California loungewear label Atelier Delphine has its brick-and-mortar counterpart in its founder’s Pasadena home. Originally built as a hunting lodge, the house recently got a new look, but Yuka was careful to keep the old features and their quirk intact. “There’s something special about the sun-faded parts, the inconsistent painting, and the weathered wood. You have to love it,” she explains. The resulting effect: the sort of full-blown West Coast cool that will make you want to put on something comfortable and stay a while. —mattie kahn


“This space was originally a patio, but we made it into a little office. You can see the best California sunsets from this window; the light is incredible. My husband collects mid-century pieces from all over the world, and a lot of them have found their way into this room. I love adding bits of color as accents.”


“I like Paul Klee’s paintings because they’re playful, colorful, and visually just so fun. This room is a three-dimensional version of his work. With the sunshine streaming in, it almost feels like you’re outside.”


“The Latvian bench is from Baltic Crossroads in Silverlake, the French three-legged table is from a flea market, and the African pillow is the perfect place to cozy up on a Sunday afternoon with a glass of pomegranate wine—my drink of choice.”


“I love air plants. I’m dreaming about getting one my size hung on the wall. From time to time, when they flower, they bloom with fresh, vivid blossoms. I buy them all at Cactus Center in Pasadena.”


“Before we started renovating, this room had a popcorn ceiling. When we peeled that away, we found the original beaming. What’s so unique about the house is that it’s retained so many of its original custom details—the shelves, the triangle-shaped corner where a telephone used to sit. We’re always playing around with it, adding things. My husband got a salvaged doorknob from the 1800s for the house. It’s hard to use, but we couldn’t help ourselves—we had to have it.”

Score Yuka’s equally stunning (and laid-back) edition: Little chambray shorts. Mmm.

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