Los An­ge­les

Bri­tish footwear de­signer Ni­cholas Kirk­wood’s epony­mous la­bel re­cently turned 10. He tells us how to make the most of the City of An­gels

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hen i first started go­ing to Los An­ge­les, I used to get frus­trated be­cause it’s so spread out and the time zone makes it pretty tough to in­ter­act with Europe. Now, how­ever, there are some things I re­ally like about it. I went over in July to de­sign the new col­lec­tion and, ac­tu­ally, the time zone com­pared to Lon­don means I can just get up in the morn­ing and get all of my emails done by about 10 o’clock. I can then get out to start re­search­ing and de­sign­ing. Los An­ge­les has be­come a real cre­ative cen­tre—a lot of de­sign­ers are mov­ing their stu­dios to the city and the art scene is be­com­ing much more preva­lent. Also, be­ing around sun­shine ev­ery day is quite in­spir­ing for me.

An ideal day for me would start with a lit­tle hike, per­haps around Run­yon Canyon. I’d prob­a­bly have some healthy break­fast with a wheat­grass shot or what­ever health trend is in vogue at the time. I usu­ally stay at the Chateau Mar­mont in West Hol­ly­wood—i like the area be­cause it en­cour­ages you to be both good and bad. If you feel you’ve been too healthy dur­ing the day, you can go out and mis­be­have in the evening. I of­ten rent a house up in the hills to do my de­sign­ing; I re­ally like to close my­self off. The city is amaz­ing—five min­utes from West Hol­ly­wood you can be up in the hills.

LA is pretty spread out, so I only oc­ca­sion­ally go down to Venice Beach—it’s def­i­nitely amus­ing with all the mus­cles and roller skat­ing. It re­ally lives up to the cliché. For shop­ping, there’s a vin­tage fair once a month at the Rose Bowl sta­dium. It’s huge and out­doors, so it can get pretty hot in the sum­mer. But it’s a re­ally amaz­ing place—there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one, from vin­tage fur­ni­ture to clothes and shoes. It’s fan­tas­tic for re­search, es­pe­cially if you’re a readyto-wear de­signer. LA is the best place to buy train­ers, too; there are tons of amaz­ing spe­cial edi­tions and vari­a­tions you don’t find in Europe.

One of my favourite places to eat is Sushi Park. It’s re­ally unas­sum­ing and hid­den away above a car park. It may be pretty low key, but they have the most in­cred­i­ble sushi—some of the best I have ever tried. For drinks af­ter din­ner, the Soho House is a good op­tion; I of­ten go there to meet friends who are in town. We spend a lot of time out for din­ner—ei­ther at restau­rants or at peo­ple’s houses—when we are in the city.

There are a lot of bril­liant mu­se­ums in LA. You’ve got the LA County Mu­seum of Art, or LACMA, which al­ways has re­ally great ex­hi­bi­tions. Re­cently, there was an ex­cel­lent one about mid-cen­tury Cal­i­for­nia—all the cars, how peo­ple were liv­ing and lots of arte­facts from the era. I found my­self re­ally in­spired. An­other good show was of the late artist Chris Bur­den, who cre­ated this whole world cityscape based on the 1920s film Me­trop­o­lis. You could view the struc­ture from the gallery above, and the build­ings were made of dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als.

I al­ways pack my shorts and flip-flops when I go to LA, as I know I will get the op­por­tu­nity to dress for warmer weather. I’m sure to pack mois­turiser when I travel, as I get dried out trav­el­ling on planes and in air-con­di­tioned cars. I al­ways bring back all those fan­tas­tic Amer­i­can things for my UK friends. There’s a place called Earth­bar where you can get all the mul­ti­vi­ta­mins you could ever dream of. Ev­ery­thing seems so much stronger over there—they have gi­ant pills that you can’t even swal­low.

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