Everything is blossoming and blooming, meaning summer is near. Time to shine some light and infuse some life into your space and wardrobe to match the scenery – and why not freshen things up in an environmentally friendly way?
Buying local strengthens the economic base of our community, lends a hand to non-profits (small businesses support them 250% more than large ones), keeps our community unique, and minimizes environmental impact by reducing transportation of goods and therefore decreases pollution, congestion, and habitat loss. The benefits are endless.
Check out the shops below for your eco-friendly needs, from dressers to gems, and everything else mindful in between. And after you stop by these lovely localities for an inspiring spruce up, keep searching for Mother Earth-friendly ways to respond to summer's call for joy, light, and love for nature.
Adornments and finery, all lustworthy and delicate, are tucked away in Little Tokyo, locally curated and surprisingly affordable. And Leola Lace offers more than just jewelry: vegan handbags, darling apparel, and endless accessories, making it the perfect place for gift hunting or a wardrobe update. Follow the shop on Instagram – over 50,000 others already do – for new arrivals that will draw you downtown for an afternoon visit. Remember to grab a ramen bowl nearby to fuel your excursion through this local treasure chest.
This boutique breathes new life into old pieces of furniture – think charming Victorian style desks and benches – with artful flair. The owner and designer, Krissy, has a floor of creations, but what makes this place special is her custom order option, all for a reasonable price. Pick your furniture and palate, and she’ll create a one-of-a-kind piece for your home. Boho Upcycle offers more than just the product; Krissy is passing along the skill of upcycling furniture with in-shop classes. Bring a piece of your furniture that needs some love, grab some all-natural chalk paint, and let the creative genius flow. Whether you need supplies, a nightstand, or a weekend activity, this shabby chic cottage is your one-stop shop for DIY furniture projects.
5th Floor Gallery
Eclectic items from all over the world are gathered at 5th Floor in Chinatown, and any of them would fit nicely in your home or serve as a unique gift. The owner, Robert, and his pup, Olive, will help you around this utopia of things you didn’t know you needed. 5th floor provides design within reach – sophisticated dining ware, local handcrafted jewelry, clever gadgets, and thoughtful furniture will keep you busy for hours. Both a boutique and an art gallery, this hideaway will brighten your day by just strolling through, or your home with domestic innovation. Make sure to check in on Yelp and get a free reusable bag.
Carol Young, Undesigned
Comfortable, fashion forward, and original, Carol Young’s designs are the pieces your wardrobe is missing. This studio boutique offers locally produced, sustainable design as well as cult brands such as Trippen, Julie Rofman, and Nervous System. The eco-friendly woman can find pieces of high quality recycled blends of fabrics that are handcrafted for this city’s creatives. Better yet, they’re seasonless and timeless. Come here for chic wedges, unique candles, and “undesigned” modern apparel.
Vine Street Market
Eco-friendly is fashionable, and Vine Street Market is proof. Angelenos love these multi-use bags that are made with re-purposed fabric, organic materials, and environmentally conscious methods. But this is no granola reusable bag – think mindfully Mary Poppins and oh-so adorable. Canvas, silk, vegan leather and suede, all clad in stripes and fun prints will carry your every need for shopping, the gym, and travel. At $65, these totes will last you years and give you peace of mind that you’re carrying with conscious.
Grace & Greene
One block from the beach in Redondo Beach Riviera Village, this self-proclaimed eco-friendly boutique is for everybody, offering up mindful duds for both men and women. You’ll find handmade goods from around the world, like Hippy Tree, Alternative Apparel, Earthen, and coveted Toms. Grace & Greene practices what it preaches – including green elements like bamboo flooring and low emission lighting, as well as bike parking. Cruise over for truly comfortable clothes with a vintage feel, the store’s own line of eco-swimwear, and surf gear, all fitting your casually conscious lifestyle and body with a breeze.