Today The Sche Report presents a new segment called “The Block” which focuses on a block radius of stores within different parts of the world. I visit the stores in that block and pick out my favorite things to share with you. From art to fashion and interiors, I’m going to tell you why I love them and where you can buy them.
This week I visited West 3rd Street in Los Angeles between Sweetzer and Flores. This block is actually quite special in it’s assortment making me very happy to have chosen it for the first feature of The Block. I found this block to have a slight Japanese aesthetic coupled with a high-end design approach. I found many things that I loved, but edited down to just one or two pieces from each store based on what I would want right now for the start of the Spring season. Hope you are inspired!
Arp is an creatively curated jewelry store featuring exclusive distribution from some great artists around the globe. From Gabriella Kiss to Ted Meuhling, Arp sells delicate modern jewelry that is both fine and high in design. You might find sculptural pieces by Darcy Miro as well as edgy items from Nicole Landaw. The aesthetic of the store is beautiful with a neutral palette to best display their assortment of jewelry. If you are looking for that special something, or if you just want to be inspired by design, I would definitely recommend a stop into this special little store.
NS Temp featuring Issey Miyake
On our venture, we were thrilled to discover the new NS Temp featuring Issey Miyake that the owner of Noodle Stories recently opened. I love Japanese designers and I have always been a big fan of the genius technique of Issey Miyake. The store carries all of his lines including his secondary line Cauliflower, the Apoc line and his organic infused line Haat. Check out this store to see all of Issey’s details up close and personal and be inspired by the digital influence he has had on fashion for the past several decades.
Always a favorite for picking up well designed shoes that last for years, the Sigerson Morrison shop also lands on this block. The shop is perfectly placed as the only women’s shoe store and Sigerson’s aesthetic magically goes along with the conceptual stores around her. Consult one of the most stylish shop girls around town, Niko, and you can bet you will be walking out with a few new pairs.
I am a big believer in buying high designed pieces that might cost a little more but that will live in your closet forever. A lot of the times, these types of garments come from Japanese designers which is why I love them so much. Noodle Stories is definitely the place to go for this aesthetic. Carrying some of my favorites from Junya Watanabe, Sacai, Margiela, Comme des Garcons and accessory designers Ten Thousand Things, this store is a sure stop for High-end minimalism in full effect. Look for solid or striped sweaters in luxurious cashmere, sumptuous leather shoes and bags, crisp solid button-downs, immaculately constructed jackets and avant-garde dresses and tops from the hip, high-concept designers from Tokyo to Paris.
D. L. Rhein
A brother and sister team own this gift store chock full of pick me ups from candles and apothecary to home decor items, jewelry and hand painted scarves. The merchandising of the store is impeccable with items grouped by color and aesthetic telling a story that convinces you to walk out with more than one item. What’s great is that their prices are fantastic starting at $1 and hitting every price in between to ensure that everyone leaves with something special. Named one of LA magazine’s “Best new retailers of 2010″, this is a great place to have on your radar.
The former Lucky Jeans duo of Gene Montesano and Barry Perlman just recently started their newest venture in their new line and retail store Civilianaire. The line is comprised of classic Americana industrial and military inspired basics manufactured in the USA – but with high-end Japanese cotton and long-lasting fabrication. I am always a sucker for Japanese denim and when I saw the details on the inside of their denim, I was blown away. The store is mostly men’s with a small assortment of women’s, and definitely a place I would take a man shopping. If you are ever in the Montecito area, be sure and check out their flagship which recently opened.
This store has always been one of my favorites when I am in need of a special gift. They have such an amazing collection of designer objects, jewelry, tableware and books and I can always find something perfect. Items are priced well and there is something for every budget. This is the type of place where you can find an amazing baby gift as well as designer tupperware. With a store in Silverlake as well, OK has a reputation in this town that is highly deserved. If you have never been, I highly recommend a stop in to see the latest and greatest in designer objects and housewares.