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Si­bella Court cruises around the de­sign hotspots of LA.

LOST & FOUND Ev­ery­thing you need for your­self, your chil­dren, and your home is here. Each piece feels cu­rated – by owner and vi­sion­ary, Jamie Rosen­thal. Think hand­made, global ma­te­ri­als to mix and match. I was cov­et­ing hand­made leather shoes, ev­ery­thing in the home store, a leather wo­ven bag... The main store is manned and you can re­quest which other ones (there are six) you would like to browse. I bought em­broi­dered, smocked and pat­terned clothes for my daugh­ter, jeans and sweater for my­self and an African cot­ton dyed blan­ket for home. lo­stand­found­

RESTORA­TION HARD­WARE HQ Just the thought and ex­pense be­hind this fit-out is im­pres­sive, show­cas­ing RH fur­ni­ture in a res­i­den­tial set­ting. It is as though you are walk­ing through an im­pres­sive house or 5th Av­enue apart­ment. This is ar­chi­tec­ture blurred with the re­tail ex­pe­ri­ence. I was green with envy at the ter­race and wanted to in­vite my friends over for an af­ter­noon of loung­ing around play­ing ping pong and pool and drink­ing rosé un­der the an­cient olive trees, and light­ing the fire pits as the sun sets. restora­tionhard­ the­gallery­on­mel­roseav­enue

RAG & BONE Even if you don’t feel like clothes shop­ping, pop into Rag & Bone on Mel­rose Av­enue for the shop fit-out alone. I could def­i­nitely move my home or of­fice in here. Sand­blasted her­ring­bone joists line the ceil­ing, and there is beau­ti­ful metal work on the doors, stairs and sig­nage. I couldn’t re­sist the es­padrilles.

IMOGENE + WIL­LIE (UNDIS­CLOSED) This place is amaz­ing, sell­ing hand­crafted, tai­lored to fit jeans. It is only open on cer­tain days, so check be­fore you go. It’s a shared space with a motorcycle de­tail­ing com­pany among others. A cav­ernous place with the shop part clev­erly de­fined by an au­then­tic Ber­ber tent sit­ting in the mid­dle – an in­cred­i­ble vis­ual blast. imo­ge­ne­and­­closed

OB­SO­LETE This place just makes my heart skip a beat. Edg­ing on the side of cu­rated mu­seum, it’s full of ever-chang­ing vin­tage cu­riosi­ties, light­ing, art­work and fur­ni­ture dis­played as in­stal­la­tions in ways that make you smile. This old ware­house is a must and don’t miss the gar­den with sil­ver birch, bon­sais and an out­door din­ing room. ob­so­ BRENT­WOOD COUN­TRY MART This is a one-stop shop that has some of my favourites in­clud­ing James Perse, Pippa Small and Ca­lypso Home with a Farmshop, de­signed by Home Stu­dios. Serv­ing good­ness all day long with sea­sonal Cal­i­for­nian food. brent­wood­coun­try­mart. com/shops

MIS­TER FREE­DOM A trea­sure trove of vin­tage cloth­ing from the 1850s. This is the place to find great clothes and books or shop their twice-yearly col­lec­tions for pieces based on his­tor­i­cally orig­i­nal cloth­ing that never go out of fash­ion. Check out the vis­ual mer­chan­dis­ing and tags – they alone make me buy things! mis­ter­free­

NICKEY KEHOE Helmed by Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe who have great taste and are cu­ra­tors of thought­ful de­sign. Not only can you gather in­spi­ra­tion from their shop, you can also hire them to trans­form your home. nick­eyke­

BLACK­MAN CRUZ I re­mem­ber my first visit to BC about 20 years ago and be­ing im­pressed by an orig­i­nal baby blue vel­vet set­tee that fab­u­lously sat with the ex­pertly cu­rated vin­tage light­ing, ob­jects, fur­ni­ture and art that Black­man Cruz is known for. To visit this cav­ernous gallery­ate­lier-em­po­rium is an af­ter­noon well spent. black­man­

COUNTY LTD If you love 20th­cen­tury de­sign and the likes of Isamu Noguchi, Carl Auböck and Bar­bara Hep­worth, this is the place for you. Fur­ni­ture, ob­jects, pot­tery, books and cool stuff. The con­sign­ment store next door, Gift of Garb, makes it well worth the trip.; giftof­

GARDE New wares for the home or­ches­trated by Scotti Sitz and part­ner John David­son, who has an ea­gle eye for great de­sign by lo­cal and global ex­po­nents.

TO PACK Mc­tavish long­board (1) The So­ci­ety Inc cap (2) Is­abel Marant tai­lored shorts Vans leather slip-ons (4) Kind.sir ‘Bon Voy­age’ lug­gage tags (5). Made of leather and per­son­alised with re­turn ad­dress or a favourite quote, mine are beau­ti­fully aged now

This page, clock­wise from above Vin­tage cu­riosi­ties at Ob­so­lete. Chill out at The Ace Down­town. In­spi­ra­tion abounds at Nickey Kehoe. Gra­cias Madre is an or­ganic ve­gan Mex­i­can restau­rant with plenty of menu choices.

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