Downtown Holiday Shopping: Womens Wear & Apparel
clockwise: Hat making starting kit from the California Millinery Supply Company; hand embroidered sweater coat from Dolce Vita; Bubble wire necklace with pearls from Citrine; vintage straw and bamboo handbags from Citrine.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — The second in this weekend's series of entries pulled from the shopping guide in our print version tackles womens wear and apparel. Pick a copy of blogdowntown Weekly for the full spread. Contributors: Shannon Vasquez, Jenni Simcoe, and David Markland.
Downtown is a mecca for womens apparel and clothing. Starting with the Fashion District, everything from discounted designer clothing to one of a kind styles can be found just about everywhere you look. Here's some of what our writers found from a recent shopping spree.
Hat making starter kit: For the amateur millinerer, put together a starter kit of supplies for them to make their own hat. Skies the limit on what you can assemble, but staff member Diego helped us put together a basic package that include a top hat frame, rhinestone hatpins, vintage leis, and some fabric for under $40. (DM) $35+ / California Millinery Supply Company / 721 S Spring Street
Bubble wire necklace with pearls: You might miss this shop hidden inside a jewelry mecca if it weren't for the sparkling necklace in the window showcase tempting you inside. The rhodium plated brass wire encircles pearls like grape clusters in this gorgeous statement necklace, with chiffon ribbon ties in the back for an elegant finish. (JS) $90 / Citrine / 607 S Hill, Arcade #4
Vintage Straw and Bamboo Handbags: Not just for springtime, Vintage Straw and Bamboo Handbags will delight the lady who appreciates a finely patinaed closure or a classic shape to accessorize her wardrobe. With requests from A-list Hollywood celebrities, the bags and the shop are a true find. Exploring the historic fashionable building is half the fun of shopping “by appointment only” at Clever. For everyday or special occasion use, your recipient will appreciate not seeing herself everywhere. (SV) $55-$65 / Clever Vintage / 117 W 9th St. #918
Hand Embroidered Sweater Coat: The faux collar on this sweater gives a feel for the wild without having to leave your natural habitat. The graceful blend of colorful hand embroidery and fur trends makes each one distinctive. Also available in a pullover short sleeve version. Don’t be afraid to fur it up this holiday season! (SV) $129-$149 / Dolce Vita / 915-2 Santee St
Vintage fabric earrings and bracelets: Give the gift of two loves: vintage fabrics and accessories! L.A. based designer Muse repurposes vintage fabrics and ties to make one of a kind earrings and bracelets. Fabrics are sought out for their color, print and texture so no two will be alike. The bracelets look great stacked up the arm or worn solo. The colorful earrings add pop to any outfit and will be appreciated by all the women on your list. At this price you can afford a pair for everyone! (SV) $5-$20 / Haute Olive / 838 S. Spring St.
One of a kind feather hat: Local designer Drew Bird has the answer for the artful and ethereal. Each piece is one of a kind and personalized orders are welcomed. These whimsical headdresses worn by stars from Broadway to Hollywood will elevate anyone’s style to a new “hatmosphere”. Perfect for ringing in the New Year. (SV) $195 / Haute Olive / 838 S. Spring St.
Custom Leather Bohemian Hippie Bags: Murillo Leather crafts all their goods in site, including taking these bohemian hippie bags from raw sheets of leather to the dyed and painted works they sell in their shop. Additional modifications run the creative gamut including stamped initials, icons, or characters, and ink colors. Custom designs take up to five working days, or choose from a current selection on the shelves. (DM) $99 / Murillo Leather / W-6 Olvera St
Cozy Braided Ear Muff: Just what Santa ordered for all the girly girls on your list: From Mexico based designer Krone, these hand knitted muffs are the ticket to send the California chill packing. Available in White, Grey, Black and Pink, so everyone is “covered”. Reasonably priced at $52, these festive lids are going to go fast. (SV) $52 / Virgo / 216-A E. 9th St.