The Guide to Shopping in the Arts District

Hennessey + Ingalls | Photo: @hennesseyingalls


The Arts District wasn't always known as a shopping hub, but it's growing collection of retail outlets is attracting shoppers from near and far. Here, you'll find local boutiques and L.A. extensions of chic brands like Shinola and (Malin + Goetz) mixed with more alternative culture-minded shops. The bulk of the shopping is located either on 3rd Street or at One Santa Fe, but you'll also find a few hot spots off the beaten path.

Alchemy Works | Instagram by _jaystick_

Alchemy Works



The vintage Audi in the center of Alchemy Works gets the attention, but you'll want to take a closer look at the details inside this Arts District boutique. The inventory of lifestyle goods is displayed in a way that's part-art gallery, part-hip living room. It's the kind of place to go when you aren't quite sure what you want. However, if you do happen to need new glasses, you might want to head here too - there's a Warby Parker Glass House in the back of the store with a sizable collection of frames.

Artist & Craftsman Supply in the Arts District | Instagram by @theallisonburnscooper

Artist & Craftsman Supply - Downtown L.A.



Ordinarily, an art supply store doesn't seem like the sort of shop that's high on a traveler's list of destinations. However, Artist & Craftsman Supply in the Arts District is in possession of a small toy and novelty section that's an absolute delight. You'll find small things to occupy the kids, like glow-in-the-dark bugs and sidewalk chalk, but it's not just fun for the little ones here. Vintage-style robots, Edgar Allan Poe fake tattoos and an Edward Gorey jigsaw puzzle were some of the adult-friendly items for sale on a recent visit.

Patches at Descontrol Punk Shop | Instagram by @descontrol_shop

Descontrol Punk Shop



If you have a punk rock heart, Descontrol Punk Shop will instantly capture it. This small Arts District shop is so legit that their advertising looks like DIY show flyers. Inside Descontrol, you'll find classic tracks on vinyl and underground cassette releases, plus music videos and cult films on DVD and VHS. The clothing racks are filled with band t-shirts and vintage leather jackets. Since you probably don't want to wear a plain jacket to your next concert, you can get patches and pins here too.

Hatchet Outdoor Supply Co. in the Arts District | Instagram by @gatsbycoram

Hatchet Outdoor Supply Co.



Hatchet Outdoor Supply Co. isn't your average camping goods supplier. Sure, you'll find backpacks and first aid kits here, but the collection is a bit more refined than what you'll find at the big stores. Hatchet's menswear selection is ample and filled with casual clothing that's good for a barbecue, but might not be ideal for more rugged pursuits. Shelves are lined with candles and cabin spray in scents that bring the outdoors inside. It's certainly more of a place to pick up necessities for a glamping trip, as opposed to a camping one, but there are some fun finds at Hatchet Outdoor Supply.

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Hennessey + Ingalls



What's an Arts District without an art bookstore? In 2016, the mixed use One Santa Fe complex got exactly that. For decades, Hennessey + Ingalls had been a Westside institution, where they served generations of art professionals and the art curious. Moving to the Arts District seems to be a good fit for H + I, with its bounty of books on subjects ranging from architecture to music and cooking. Hennessey + Ingalls also hosts in-store events like book signings. Check their website for calendar details.

HUE at One Santa Fe | Instagram by @placehue

Hue



HUE is a high-end boutique that earned some buzz for its selection of chic, designer clothing when it opened at One Santa Fe in 2015. The store's lesser known attribute, though, is its shoe selection. If you drool over shoes, head here. HUE carries a lot of brands, but their selection of Toga Pulla, makers of gorgeous pointy-toed footwear, could keep folks with a penchant for '80s goth-punk fashion coming back to the shop.

(MALIN+GOETZ) in the Arts District | Photo courtesy of (MALIN+GOETZ)

Malin + Goetz - Downtown L.A.



(MALIN+GOETZ) has set up shop with a small space inside One Santa Fe. The New York-based beauty line and apothecary features high-end products for various skin types, as well as body products, fragrances and shampoos for human and dog hair, none of which is tested on animals. Head here if you're looking to indulge in beauty products, or you just want to browse in a place that smells divine.

Shinola in the Arts District | Instagram by @thejonco

Shinola - Arts District



If you've ever drooled over Shinola's gorgeous, made-in-Detroit watches, you can ogle in person (or perhaps buy one) in the Arts District. The accessories brand has a small shop on 3rd Street filled with the latest goods, from watches to leather bags and journals. You might even find a Shinola bike here.

Photo courtesy of A Shop Called Quest, Facebook

A Shop Called Quest



Comic book lovers should head immediately to A Shop Called Quest at One Santa Fe. This is not your ordinary comic book store. With a name derived from the band A Tribe Called Quest, this graphic hot spot fuses comic books with art and music to create a hub that feels very much like a club house when you walk inside. They collaborate with local artists on pop up shops. They bring in DJs. They even collaborated with the G.I. Folks for a line of pins and patches called Cobra x ASCQ. Moreover, their comic book selection is top notch, particularly if you're into indie and artist-driven works.