The essential LA Gift Guide - Designer Gifts from Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is quintessentially known for it’s all-year round sun and casual laid-back lifestyle. But don’t forget that LA has been known to impress folks with it’s art, culture and architecture as well as the hipster-scene on the east side. It’s easy to find gifts for every type of personality on your gift list while giving them a little LA pizzazz. 


Start your journey by hitting up the flagship store at 115 S. Robertson Blvd. in Los Angeles. This store, within itself, could be considered “LA in a Store”. It embodies every aspect of what LA is all about – from featuring local LA designers and artists to selling enough items to outfit you from head to toe making it look like you’ve always belonged in LA. You’ll find pretty much anything and everything, gifts that will make you laugh, books that will make you blush and they cover the whole family – womens, mens and kidswear. So, eat your heart out, Paris Hilton, but don’t say that outloud as you literally might find yourself rubbing elbows with her in this store.

Fun Gift Alert #1:
Dream Key - $35

These keys were created by the company The Giving Keys with a pay-it-forward notion in the hopes that once you receive this key, you will eventually pass it on to someone who needs to hear this message. This company strides to help those who are transitioning their lives out of homelessness. Great cause!

Fun Gift Alert #2:
Brian Lichtenberg – Homies Sweatshirt - $98

If you want to fully represent the south side of LA but still look fabulous, then it’s an absolute must to op for this sweatshirt and support an LA designer.

Hennessey + Ingalls
214 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA

Head over to the west side and hit up Hennessey + Ingalls. This is by far, one of the coolest of cool bookstores and is slated to be the largest art and architecture bookstore in the western United States, which is perfect for that art nouveau bookworm on your list. And it’s actually quite a hot spot for art directors who work in the film and TV biz that are looking for a bit more of inspiration.

Fun Gift Alert #3:
West Coast Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design - $50
By: Zahid Sardar and Matthew Millman

This book let’s you intimately step into 25 homes that were designed by renowned western architects and interior designers. These homes are modern and sustainable which exudes California living.

Fun Gift Alert #4:
Herb Ritts – L.A. Style
By: Paul Martineau, Herb Ritts and James Crump

In tandem with the Herb Ritts – L.A. Style exhibit which graced the walls of the Getty Center this past summer, this book was created to display the works of Ritts. As an LA native, his iconic black and white imagery captured many famous actors and high-end fashion models.

End your day on the east side in hipsterville, Los Feliz and have a gander at the uber cool boutique called Confederacy, which was opened by actor/DJ Danny Masterson and celebrity stylist Ilaria Urbinati. This huge space was inspired by New York, Americana and the 40’s era, and touts a “shoe livin
g room”, a “Tea Room” for private fittings taken from the late fifties/early sixties era and a vintage telephone booths as dressing rooms all equipped with antique phones that dial the front desk so you never have to leave your room. If you’re working on sprucing up your man’s wardrobe or trying to impress your artsy little brother, then Confederacy is the place to make you seem like the cool, but not-too-cool gift giver. (Oh and take some time to shop for yourself as well! Ummm, can we say Alexander Wang?!?)Confederacy Fitting Rooms
Fun Gift Alert #5:
Michael Bastian – Bulldog Intarsia Crew - $780

LA is one of the most dog friendly cities around and your fella is sporting one of these, he’s going to catch everyone’s eye. And you might find yourself stealing this from him as it’s pure cashmere.

Fun Gift Alert #6:
Rachel Comey – Ludwig Derby (Granite) - $390

It’s old school, it’s new school. Put them on that your male counterpart and he will thank you for all the compliments he’ll get on being too cool for school.

—by Lorna Soonhee Umphrey


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