Just One Eye
Just One Eye is the ultimate shopping experience: part art space – part boutique! The store features multiple maisons: the couture houses of Valentino, Paco Rabanne, and Alexandre Vauthier sit alongside groundbreaking young brands such as Proenza Schouler, The Row, and Anthony Vaccarello. Fine jewelry from the likes of Wilfredo Rosado and Hoorsenbuhs hold court among an exquisitely curated selection of collectible furniture & photographs from artists such as Marilyn Minter, Noboyushi Araki and Andy Warhol. The unique aesthetic of the showroom is further enhanced by original artworks from Damien Hirst and Murakami.
l.a.Eyeworks began on September 9, 1979 when Barbara McReynolds and Gai Gherardi opened a single storefront on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, California. The original whim for this adventure? To challenge the prevailing norms of eyewear with proposals for a new, provocative revelation of the face. More than three decades and hundreds of frame designs later, l.a.Eyeworks remains a privately owned house of optical imagination. Summing it up, the three reasons l.a. Eyeworks edged out other optical heavyweights: They have L.A. in the name, bangin’ sales on a truly eclectic mix of glasses, and finally, Matt Groening (Simpsons creator ) draws their ads.
When you finally figure out it’s time to grow up and get your own signature scent that isn’t vanilla, freesia or some other sickly sweet fragrance, you’ll do well to stop by the Scent Bar, the fragrance boutique in Los Angeles companion of the website LuckyScent.
The clients target like to experiment with perfumes, to find new and unusual scents. The fragrances they stock are from very small indie brands made in very small amounts. They are not scents for the masses.
One of the last (and best) independent bookstores still standing in Southern California. It has the vibe of a small town, homey bookstore—complete with a store cat—but the might to lure top talents for events, regularly hosting heavyweights like Bret Easton Ellis, George Saunders, Chelsea Handler and others. Plus, they’ve got the satellite store devoted to books of art, design and fashion.
A dizzyingly encyclopedic music buying experience that offers something for everyone—An unmatched selection, Live free concerts, the best crate-digging in the world….and so much more. – even those who don’t actually need to buy music but just want to kill a couple of hours with really great people-watching. Come on down and dive in!
One of the most unique concepts around, within a distinctive architectural space in downtown Los Angeles (a converted turn-of-the-century warehouse), this cool shop is also a hair and nail salon and an event space. The clothing and accessories run local, with pieces from Clover Canyon, UNIF and Again clothing, much of which is produced nearby.
UNDFTD is an LA institution for those who are serious about their streetwear. They have one of the best sneaker selections in town, selling hard-to find, limited-edition kicks from a constantly changing inventory.
Text by Irene Pazzanese