Ilaria Urbanati, who honed her taste and reputation while buying for local style-setting boutiques Satine and Milk, finally has her very own, hugely anticipated shop (she partnered with two friends, including actor Danny Masterson). There's an in-house café, plus 5,000 square feet of labels like Giulia Persanti and Boy by Band of Outsiders. We're big fans of such innovative conveniences as vintage phone-booth-style dressing rooms complete with handsets for calling in different sizes, plus a resident tailor.As featured in Lucky's City Summer Shopping Guide!
Camille de Soto got her start as an assistant manager at a Trina Turk boutique, where she began consigning bits of vintage jewelry. When the items flew out of the cases, she opened her own Eagle Rock place in April 2007. Her boudoir-y space has all the trappings of a fancy boutique, but a second look at its price tags reveals that nothing costs more than $150. There are horse pendants from the '60s, along with kelly green blouses by Collective Clothing and kookily patterned dresses from Plastic Island. From Los Angeles' Silver Lake neighborhood store listing, updated September 2008.
Wide wood-plank floors and an exposed ceiling that's lined with feed-bag-like sacks telegraph a French-farmhouse mood here. The sun-drenched front is packed with perfectly boho clothing, like Nili Lotan shirtdresses; the middle hosts a quaint apothecary; and the back room is replete with striped hand towels, oversize floor cushions, and cherry red bud vases. From Los Angeles' Silver Lake neighborhood store listing, updated September 2008.
Now spanning five adjacent storefronts, Jamie Rosenthal's mini empire has a wide-ranging scope, from children's toys to fancy art. Lost & Found Etcetera and Lost & Found Gallery are our favorites of the lot: The former features vignettes of hot pink Repetto ballet flats, Isabel Marant tunics, and tiny silver African trading beads. The Gallery is more restrained in its palette, showcasing everything from olive wood mixing bowls to prints of foxes. From the 50 Best Boutiques in Los Angeles.
Half of this newcomer is devoted to men's lines with a slightly streetwear-esque aesthetic, a straightforwardness that carries over to the women's side. Search out the California-based names, like Mike & Chris leather jackets and Crispin & Basilio beaded navy T-shirt dresses. From Los Angeles' Silver Lake neighborhood store listing, updated September 2008.
At celebrated L.A. restaurateur Melissa Richardson's first foray into retail, a fairyland theme prevails. Rebecca Minkoff bags rest on oversize crickets; a silver tree is dotted with Rupert Sanderson heels; and soaring sheets of metal with laser cutouts of flowers snake through the rooms, separating the eveningwear (Zac Posen gowns) from the casual selects (Paul & Joe tops). From the 50 Best Boutiques in Los Angeles.
The three tiny floors here are like staggered balconies (a staircase winds around the open center)—which, appropriately enough, makes this spot feel like a birdcage. The inventory has a cool magpie sensibility, too: There are Gary Graham dresses in soft peaches, cotton tops from Beatrez, and Servane Gaxotte necklace pendants of metal dolls in one-of-a-kind outfits. From Los Angeles' West Hollywood neighborhood store listings, updated September 2008.
The rolling racks are painted neon yellow, LD Tuttle and Repetto shoes arch across the floor in rainbow formation, and a looming shelving unit—made from cardboard boxes held together with binder clips—houses satchels and totes at this three-year-old retailer. The clothing here is just as artily undone: Voluminous tunics from Isabel Marant hang next to Bernhard Wilhelm tuxedo pants. For those who appreciate a gallery-girl aesthetic, this is a bit of a mother ship. From Los Angeles' West Hollywood neighborhood store listings, updated September 2008.
For the last decade, Diavolina—which started out on La Brea before landing on Robertson—has been the spot in town for a superlative roster of high-end shoe lines. The leopard-print-carpeted place also holds a slew of well-chosen clothing brands, including Alexander Wang, Grai, and Society for Rational Dress. From Los Angeles' West Hollywood neighborhood store listings, updated September 2008.
Dana Foley and Anna Corinna Sellinger met at a New York City flea market, where Foley was selling her handmade skirts and Corinna was dealing in vintage. More than 10 years later, they have two headily glamorous stores—the first is in Manhattan—to show for their winning collaboration. Corinna Sellinger still sources all the antique Mexican tops, while Foley turns out draped blouses and sexy dresses. From Los Angeles' West Hollywood neighborhood store listings, updated September 2008.