A shopper's guide to Abbot Kinney in Venice
Fiercely independent, Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice is one of L.A.'s most forward-thinking shopping districts for artisan-made furniture, shabby chic housewares and vintage decorative arts and all manner of modern design. Swarms of food trucks makes for fun shopping along a street where many stores are set up in early 20th century bungalows.
The range of businesses is impressive: In addition to trendy bars, restaurants and clothing boutiques, you'll find a bespoke bicycle shop, a custom perfumer, genuine junk shops, Midcentury Modern dealers and stores devoted to Scandinavian and Japanese design. Parking, which can be sparse at times, is blessedly unmetered.
To kick off our annual series of L.A. shopping guides for design fans, here's a visual tour of Abbot Kinney, including newcomers such as Huset, Mono and the appropriately named Very Venice. Look for updates on other design shopping districts in the days to come.
Photos, from top: A leather sling chair and vintage Pendleton blanket at Surfing Cowboys; felt place mat and coasters at Zingara; Ryota Aoki's bowls and Kazunori Kochi's birds at Tortiose. Credit: David A. Keeps
-- David A. Keeps