You’ve Been Served: 6 Hot-Weather Recipes That Our Designers Swear By

It’s summer! (Ok, no, officially that’s June 21—but close enough!) And these are the things you should probably make ASAP and devour on a porch-slash-rooftop while it’s still lovely (and novel) enough to do so. —erica

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Killer Pulled-Pork Sandwiches
You’ve gotta put the coleslaw on the bun—that’s a non-negotiable. This vinegar-style BBQ recipe comes straight from the grandmother of Rachel Albright of Academy Jewelry, so you know it’s legit.
Pair it with: A just-weird beer from one of Rachel’s hometown breweries, Strangeways in Richmond, Virginia. 
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“Mex-covitch” Fried Fish
It’s got a lot of garlic and some habanero kick—what’s not to like? If you ask Ayeisha Mesinger of Morgan Parish, it’s ideal dinner-party fare.
Pair it with: A watermelon-tequila concoction that makes for a stellar pitcher drink.
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Cucumber-Caramel Ice Cream
This is not an ice cream for basic bitches, that’s for sure. But Rawaan Alkhatib is nearly as passionate about baking as designing—so you can trust her on this one.
Pair it with: Some magically insane pastry from Ayako Kurokawa’s Dumbo, Brooklyn, shop Burrow, for some serious sugar action.
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Ochazuke
Once you get ahold of the ingredients, you can make this rice dish over and over again like THAT—that’s how Jade Lai, the powerhouse behind Creatures of Comfort does it.
Pair it with: Cup sake, possibly with pandas or deer on the container.
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Tried-and-True Michelada
If you ask us, iced-coffee weather is also michelada weather—and the chicks behind Workhorse agree. Their go-to for this beer cocktail: Tecate.
Pair it with: Grilled fish tacos, c/o those geniuses at Food52.
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Can’t-Be-Beat Burger
Per Han Starnes of Josi Faye, the best American burger comes by way of New Zealand: She unearthed this version while learning to spin yarn in the country and brought it home with her.
Pair it with: Ice cream that’s really not messing around, like Brambleberry Crisp or Roxbury Road from Jeni’s
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Lila Black Diamond Fox Necklace by Workhorse Jewelry for Of a Kind

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Brigid Knuckle Ring by Workhorse Jewelry for Of a Kind

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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

JEWELRY REPAIRS

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

Bubar’s Jewelers / 1457 4th St., Santa Monica
“They have been family-owned forever, like 80 years or something! They are well-priced, quick, and sweet.” —Cole Morrall of Bones and Feathers Collective

SHOE REPAIRS

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

DRY CLEANERS

Ritz Cleaners / 306 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles
“It’s expensive, but everything is always perfect.” —Laurel Broughton of Welcome Companions

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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We’re so into fine jewelry that feels super-sophisticated but still a little, well, light (because it has to work with your borderline-crazy nail art, amirite?). And talk about special: This gold number from Workhorse Jewelry completely nails it. Mmmhmm, those are three little diamonds in the arrow’s tip. —erica

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Read more about the ladies behind the line:

+ On getting things going in Florence.

+ On mixing up their famous Micheladas.

+ On what to do with your SoCal Sundays. 

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