Downtown Holiday Shopping: Men's Stuff
clockwise: Chubby Boob Mouse Shirt from Archrival; Vintage Victorian-era pocket watches from Estate Jewelry Buyers of Los Angeles; Nike Dunk Huxtables from Holy Grail; Men's Wool Sweater from Swrve.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — The third in this weekend's series of entries pulled from the shopping guide in our print version is for the men and boys in your life. Pick up a copy of blogdowntown Weekly for the full spread. Contributors: David Markland, Shannon Vasquez and Jenni Simcoe.
Guys are notoriously difficult to shop for, but Downtown is full of styles for any man from the classic to modern streetwear, along with plenty of collectible swag and other surprises.
Chubby Boob Mouse Shirt: Perfect for your Uncle Walt, the debased Disney fan on your list, or possibly anyone you know interested in underground t-shirt design. From the folks at Chubby Boob, you'll be hard pressed to find this shirt outside of Little Tokyo's Archrival. (DM) $30 / Archrival / 349 E. 2nd
Vintage Victorian-era pocket watches: Get your steampunk on with a vintage pocket watch. The turn of the century timepieces from the 1850’s to the 1920’s are solid gold or platinum with high grade movements. The store also has a platinum art deco pocket watch surrounded by diamonds. For the true steampunk look, get a Hamilton railroad pocket watch to put in your vest pocket and head to the Edison where you’ll fit right in. (JS) $300-$3000 / Estate Jewelry Buyers of Los Angeles / 615 Hill Street
Nike Dunk Huxtables: For the die-hard sneakerhead, the Holy Grail shoe consignment shop has numerous vintage Nikes, Adidas, and other shoes in mint condition years after production stopped. One such pair are the Nike Dunk Huxtables (mens size 9 1/2), suitably named in honor of Bill Cosby's 80s era sweaters. Selection and sizes rotate constantly. (DM) $200 / Holy Grail / 604 W. Pico
Swrve Men's Wool Sweater: “Designed to perform seamlessly on a bike and stylishly in the world,” this cozy Swrve Men’s Wool Sweater is a hit. The cyclist on your list will love the rear dual pockets and interior stash pocket. The Italian wool blend and stand up collar also make it perfectly suited for metro rides and walks with the dog. Shop locally and have a mini adventure on the elevator ride up to the 10th floor. When you enter you’ll be in the middle of the operation, a cool peek into the garment construction world! (SV) Swrve / 1031 S. Broadway #1002 (323) 842-5173 (suggested to call ahead)
For Dad, have you considered a designer tie? Everyone knows Dad loves being surprised with a tie for Christmas. Kick things up a notch with one from Louis Vuitton on the rack at the FIDM Scholarship Store, which includes ties among the numerous overstock designer clothing and accessories at bargain basement prices. Spend the savings on something for yourself. (DM) $4 / FIDM scholarship store / Grand & 9th
Michael Jackson Thriller Jacket: The Holy Grail for any Michael Jackson fan is this leather jacket modeled after the one he wore during "Thriller." Designed specifically for the video by Deborah Nadoolman Landis, the costume designer John Landis, the jacket will set anyone apart, whether at a cocktail party, zombie walk, or skating in Pershing Square. (DM) $580 / Popkiller / 343 E. Second
Spring Street Smokehouse "Beer-Sket": It's a rib joint in a can: Spring Street Smoke House's "beer-sket" contains their inhouse brand of BBQ sauce, rubs, a bottle or two of Angel City beer, and a branded t-shirt to wear after you spill the sauce on your white t-shirt. (DM) 35+ / Spring Street Smokehouse / 640 N. Spring
L.A. Themed Zippo Lighters: These L.A. themed Zippos are the perfect gift for the ironic smoker. They can use the Dodgers lighter to earn a smoking citation while watching the ball game, and LAPD shield lighter to burn the ticket, and the City of Los Angeles crest lighter to light up a stogie after Council overturns the smoking ban. Then again, maybe these are better for the delusional smoker. (DM) $22.95 / Panawest / 319 E. 1st