November 4, 2010

West Third Street | Shopping & Dining in LA

The span of West Third Street, from approximately La Cienega to La Brea, is one of LA's many shopping and brunch destinations - with an array of vintage, indie designers, and high-end boutiques sprinkled with a healthy dose of bakeries, frozen yogurt outposts, and a few dozen hair/nail salons. It's one of the areas I absolutely have to go to every time I visit Los Angeles, (which, I keep finding this shocks people, is my hometown). Lots of LA visitors know to go to Robertson and Melrose, but for the most part, it seems like West Third Street is kept to the locals. In other words: go there.

SATINE

Satine is one of my favorite stores in Los Angeles, and ever since they moved into their new, giant location further west on the street, my love has only grown stronger. It's one of only a handful of small boutiques that carries labels like Balenciaga, Thakoon, Tsumori Chisato (swoon) and Dries van Noten. Satine also boasts an impressive collection of shoes, jewelry, and sunglasses - with vintage and new pairs to choose from. Seriously, this store is just so damn cool.





Satine / 8134 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048 / 323.655.2142

MILK
I've been shopping at Milk since I was in high school. This is a spot that always has a fun, eclectic selection, and there are usually bargains to be found in their sale section (many years ago I bought a McQ by Alexander McQueen sweater for something like $30). Milk is touted as being a "one-stop-shop," with a wide selection ranging from clothing, shoes, and accessories for the entire gender spectrum, but also including lifestyle products, beauty, lingerie, and more. They carry, literally, dozens of brands and designers, among my favorites of which are Sonia Rykiel, Alexandre Herchcovitch, and Vena Cava.



Milk / 8209 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048 / 323.951.0330

THE REFORMATION
Though they have a location on the Lower East Side in NYC, The Reformation was a new find in this neighborhood for me. I fell in love instantly when I peered into the window and saw navy blue velvet and raw wood paneling throughout the store. The Reformation is definitely New York in personality, but this west coast outpost offers a bit of a native Los Angeles flair with locally inspired recycled and vintage pieces. They also bring some of the best of the east coast over, with pieces from Chris Habana's jewelry line. The concept of their own in-house line is to reinvent and recycle vintage pieces, and give them a new life.




The Reformation / 8117 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048 / 323.203.1102

OK
West Hollywood is home to tons of great stores with novelties, books, and home decor, but OK is among my favorites, for its laid-back atmosphere and playful personality. OK has a great selection of art and design books (actually, I noticed in many stores that LA has a particular fondness for coffee table books... hmm), as well as wonderful cookbooks. Their home accents are also wonderful; I'm still crushing on their wooden block alarm clock.





OK / 8303 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048 / 323.653.3501

JOAN'S ON THIRD
I'm pretty sure everyone in West LA has been to, and is in love with, Joans on Third. It's kind of a Californian version of Dean & Deluca, with counters for baked goods, coffee, homemade pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and more. My personal favorites are their salads and the pretzel croissant (it gives the pretzel croissant at City Bakery in NYC a serious run for its money), and they also carry a nice selection of imported candies, like violet and raspberry marshmallows from France. Go, sit outside, and enjoy the people watching and nice weather.





Joans on Third /
8350 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048 / 323.655.2285

11 comments:

  1. Ive always wanted to go into this big fashiony stores but they're so fashionably intimidating!! It took me forever just to go to Opening Ceremony! I'll have finally make it to Satine though!

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  2. Wow..such great images as always.

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  3. Great Finds in LA. Thanks for the introductions. I need to try Joan's on Third. Beautiful pictures and gorgeous Nov weather :)

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  4. Thank you for the boutique review = love them all. Especially OK. Wonderful images and rundown. Time to shop.

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  5. Nice boutiques and what is that salad? Sure looks good.

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  6. be still my heart. This post was painful and inspiring. I need to go there and am so far away! LOL

    <3 Anika

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  7. Wow...I've never been to LA; but I would love to go one day!

    S*

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  8. i have been in LA about four times and i love west hollywood. there are great shops and yummy restaurants. it's the perfect place to spend fun days! since i'm not an LA pro, i have never heard of the satine shop, which really is bad! it looks like they have AMAZING clothes! i'll check it out for sure the next time..xox from san francisco..

    http://chouchouslittleworld.wordpress.com

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  9. Eli: There's seriously no reason for you to feel intimidated!! Just walk in and enjoy yourself.

    Monique: Thanks so much!! Sadly this was among the last batch of pictures I took before my camera died and needed to be sent away for repairs...

    Afi: Thanks! Yes, you have to go to Joans. It's a must.

    Kari: Thanks so much! You should definitely check out these shops!

    Gazel: Thanks! The salad is the southwestern salad from Joans on Third. It's filled with jicama, curried chick peas, red peppers, tomatoes, roasted corn, avocado, tortilla strips and spicy cilantro dressing. SOOO GOOD.

    Anika: If you find yourself in California, LA is definitely worth visiting, then drive all the way up the coast line to San Francisco! It's my favorite city on the opposite side of the country :)

    S*: You should visit!! And when you do let me know, I'll jot down some of my favorite places for you.

    ChouChou: West Hollywood is definitely one of my favorite LA neighborhoods! You NEED to go to Satine. The selection is really incredible :) xx

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  10. i have been in LA about four times and i love west hollywood. there are great shops and yummy restaurants. it's the perfect place to spend fun days! since i'm not an LA pro, i have never heard of the satine shop, which really is bad! it looks like they have AMAZING clothes! i'll check it out for sure the next time..xox from san francisco..

    http://chouchouslittleworld.wordpress.com

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  11. be still my heart. This post was painful and inspiring. I need to go there and am so far away! LOL

    <3 Anika

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