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Licensed optician Garrett Leight, co-owner of this sleek optical eyewear gallery, knows a thing or two about cool frames. Plus, he has insider access to an exclusive collection of vintage Oliver Peoples styles, since his dad is the iconic brand’s founder and creative director. So along with the boutique’s impressive array of eyeglasses, which includes Thierry Lasry, Paul Smith, and the house brand, GLCO, you’ll encounter classic Oliver Peoples designs that can’t be found elsewhere. The merchandise sits on molded plywood shelving with undulations that evoke the dunes and waves of the nearby beach.

BAZAR

Proprietor Tina Wakino curates an expert mix of antique furniture, offbeat fashion pieces, and unusual accessories in this winning space, which has the nostalgic feel of a general store energized by a sharply honed modern eye. For example, customized vintage clothing and textiles from Mister Freedom designer, Christophe Loiron, are juxtaposed with imported craft items and Art Deco lighting.

TORTOISE GENERAL STORE

The pale wood shelves in this serene atelier, owned by Keiko Shinomoto and her furniture-designer husband, Takuhiro, hold an amazing compilation of simple, striking Japanese housewares. Cast-iron pans, bonechina dishes, hand-dyed cloth, and blown-glass sake sets are mostly produced using traditional craft methods, yet they have the pared-down, timeless feel of the best modern design.

A+R

Named for its owners, Andy Griffith, a former film editor and self-avowed design junkie, and Rose Apodaca, a style journalist, this is a whimsical home-furnishings shop with a modern, pop-culture twist. Colorful, functional objects—glass, ceramics, and more— from around the world are displayed in a cheerful museum-meets-gift shop atmosphere that’s completely charming.

MILKMADE

Everything is personally selected by owner Brian Lee in this very cool and inviting boutique, which presents a small, thoughtful mix of menswear and women’s wear brands from around the world. With its thoroughly contemporary take on the American heritage look, you’ll definitely want to check out this small, quaint shop, which caters to the neighborhood’s creative and artistic residents.

THE STRONGHOLD

Opened in 1895 as the first denim company in Los Angeles and revived in 2004 after a 55-year hiatus as a contemporary work wear brand, it continues to make products to the same standard and quality as the 19th-century originals. The Venice store sells both off-the rack and made-to-measure jeans—using selvage denim only—along with an edited collection of other nostalgic brands, including Pendleton, Stetson, and Filson.

THE JUICY LEAF

Named for the succulents that it artfully pots in sculptural arrangements, this elegant plantand floral design shop caters to the urban gardener who wants lush, low-maintenance greenery. Also known for its astonishing air plants, the store features do-it-yourself planting stations where customers can create their own arrangements or they can request the expert help of owner-designer Felix Navarro.

GUILD

This store, with clothing for both men and women, is like a gallery in which exquisitely designed clothing is curated with the utmost care. It’s a bit like stepping into the closet of a fashion connoisseur with decidedly scholarly sensibilities. While these items are certainly not for the beach, they embody the free-spirited, modern elegance that characterizes Venice. Compiled by the shop’s owner, Christopher Rosen, the collection includes Rick Owens DRKSHDW, Ann Demeulemeester, Haider Ackermann, Martin Margiela, and Raif


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