Over Christmas we were lucky enough to spend some time researching for our US launch.
Abbot Kinney, just off Venice Beach, LA, has a real mix of independent boutique shops and cafes, though they are slowly but surely being priced out of the market as rents soar. Its still worth a visit to get a feel for the movement of trends, as most of the retail owners have their ears firmly to the ground. Whilst we will be launching our first products in Seattle in 2015/16, it’s still worth going to LA for a few days if you are on the West coast. If you’ve not been before make sure you get some insider information about where to go and what to do – LA can seem like a charmless, sprawling mass if you don’t know where you’re going, and an amazing vibrant and fun city if you do!
We stayed in a wonderful house just off Abbot Kinney so, when we weren’t busy with meetings regarding other projects we have running, were able to stroll in every day. An old school friend lives in Venice and he showed us his favourite new LA haunts – its always good to update the black book!