Artisan Los Angeles
In Los Angeles, the artisan industry is given a Hollywood-style dose of glitz and glamour. Major brands offer exclusive bespoke services, traditional workshops name A-list stars among their clientele, and even the local farmers market offers a unique twist. Visit some of the best artisans in Los Angeles with this two-day itinerary.
Start the day with a five-minute drive from The Beverly Hills Hotel or a 10-minute drive from Hotel Bel-Air.
Brioni brings Italian sartorial tailoring to Los Angeles. Choose the bespoke service for a personalised fit, customised design and unrivalled quality. Customers can select all elements of their ideal suit, from the fabric and cut, to the lapel shape, buttons and lining. An intricate process then follows that takes over 22 hours and 6,000 stitches to complete.
Then, take a five-minute walk to & Other Stories.
& Other Stories
Trendy boutique & Other Stories is one of the few places in LA where clothing is designed in-house. It specialises in stylish ready-to-wear clothing, shoes, bags and jewellery, often made in collaboration with emerging designers. When browsing, take note of the labels, which will state Paris, Stockholm or Los Angeles Atelier, to see where each item was designed.
Drive for 15 minutes to reach The Original Farmers Market.
The Original Farmers Market
Founded in 1934, The Original Farmers Market brings a taste of tradition to the modern Grove shopping complex. Every day of the week, grocers join restaurateurs to offer everything from fresh meat, fish and baked goods to coffee, oysters and pizza. Don’t miss Michelina Artisan Boulanger, for delicious homemade pastries and breads.
Next, take a five-minute drive to Willie’s.
Willie’s Shoe Service
Willie’s Shoe Service has been making shoes fit for Hollywood stars since 1956. One of the finest bespoke shoemakers in the city, the cobblers at Willie’s use time-honoured techniques to craft footwear that’s not only of excellent quality, but fits the customer perfectly. Star clients throughout history include Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen and Fred Astaire.
The final stop of the day is a 20-minute drive from Willie’s.
Tucked away in FOLD Gallery is one of LA’s best-kept artisanal shopping secrets: the “Handmade in LA” corner. Located within the concept store is an entire section dedicated solely to local artisans and craftspeople. From handmade leather accessories and handbags to soaps and candles, there’s so much to discover in this intriguing space.
To return to your starting point, it’s a 25-minute drive to both Hotel Bel-Air and The Beverly Hills Hotel.
Begin Day Two with a 20-minute drive from Hotel Bel-Air or The Beverly Hills Hotel.
Leading LA’s home-roasting coffee trend is Cognoscenti Coffee, a café intent on offering visitors an alternative to chains like Starbucks. Start the day right with a perfectly brewed cup of one of Cognoscenti’s own roasts, or choose from a rotating selection of beans sourced from other local roasters.
The next destination is a 10-minute drive away.
Atelier de Troupe
For handmade contemporary furniture and lighting in LA there’s one place to go: Atelier de Troupe. A key fixture on the local design scene since opening in 2011, the atelier manufactures stylish and innovative pieces that are handmade in-house using high quality materials. Access to the showroom is by appointment only, so call in advance.
Then, take a 25-minute drive to Christy Dawn in Venice.
LA may be full of international designer brands, but why shop for what you can find abroad when you can pick up one-of-a-kind pieces at Christy Dawn? Every item in the store is hand-sewn by local artisans from the leftover fabrics of larger fashion houses, making each piece limited edition. Quality craftsmanship and sustainability is key to creating Christy’s delicate vintage-inspired womenswear.
Then, take a 10-minute walk down Lincoln Boulevard to Nick Fouquet.
Beloved by icons like Pharrell, Madonna and Bob Dylan, Los Angeles premium milliner Nick Fouquet offers seasonal ready-to-wear pieces for men and women. Every bohemian offering is carefully handcrafted by a small in-house team, following close to twenty intricate steps.
Take a 50-minute drive into Los Feliz to reach the final stop.
Bring the day to a close at candlelit wine bar, Covell. The establishment eschews a drinks list; the craft of owners Dustin Lancaster and Matthew Kaner is their ability to curate an individual wine menu for every customer based on his or her personal taste. Alongside the comprehensive collection of unusual small batch wines are eight rotating beers on tap and moreish bar food to complement the drinks.
From here, it’s a 40-minute drive back to Hotel Bel-Air or The Beverly Hills Hotel.
All journey times are approximate and subject to variation.