6 Top Shopping Destinations on Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Shop for top styles and accessories steps from the beach on Abbot Kinney Blvd. Spend the day shopping. Watch the sunset on the beach. Hit nearby bars and restaurants after dark. LA has plenty of fun ways to get your tourist on.
Despite an influx of internationally renowned brands along this quaint Venice street, its eclectic, fashion-forward sensibility is alive and well.
To wit: Principessa (1)—a haven for free spirits drawn to its selection of flowy caftans, fringe bags, Tori Praver beach essentials and music-festival musts, including feather-bedecked head-bands (with a sprinkling of dream catchers and the like for good measure).
At LFrank Jewelry (2), a veritable treasure chest of fine jewelry awaits. Shop the latest from locally based designer Liseanne Frankfurt’s 18k gold offerings, including delicate stackable rings and gem-laden sculptural earrings.
Meanwhile, think of fashion boutique Heist (3) as an extension of the closet of owner Nilou Ghodsi, who is celebrating her 10th year as one of the premium retailers on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. This two-story spot is the place to come for one-of-a-kind finds, as well as cult brands including Crippen, Raquel Allegra and Giada Forte.
Across the street, California designer Kendall Conrad (4) showcases her signature handbags and leather cuffs alongside her more recently debuted footwear and brass jewelry collections, the latter of which often take cues from her love of horseback riding and her late father’s days as a matador (think horn-shaped earrings and ear cuffs inspired by bull nose rings).
Several blocks away, at Karen Craven’s Burning Torch (5) boutique, shoppers can immerse themselves in a world of vintage eyewear, handcrafted furniture and the brand’s “upcycled” collection, an eco-friendly line of clothing and jewelry created from recycled materials.
Let some of Abbot Kinney’s cool vibes rub off on you at Guild (6), an expertly curated selection for men and women of revered contemporary fashion brands including Haider Ackerman, Greg Lauren and Rick Owens Drkshdw.
Adapted from “Shop the Block” by Lesley McKenzie in the Sept. 2014 issue of Where Los Angeles magazine.