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April 17, 2015
Selling everything from graphic tees to modern outdoor furnishings, Los Angeles is packed full of great design shops we love.
Design boutique Poketo and its owners Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung

We recently introduced the Line hotel, one of our favorite new hotel renovations in the Los Angeles area, located in the booming Koreatown neighborhood. On the ground floor is the must-visit design and lifestyle boutique, Poketo, owned by entrepreneurs Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung. The boutique’s name is borrowed, endearingly, from Myung’s Korean grandmother who pronounced “pocket” as “poketo.”  This flagship store stocks everything from apparel to books, magazines, stationery, and apothecary items. 3515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010

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Carl Hansen & Son Showroom Los Angeles Helms Bakery Design District Culver City

The new Carl Hansen & Son showroom in Culver City is the perfect next step for this Danish modern furniture company, who expanded its attention to the U.S. market in 2011 with the opening of its SoHo, New York space. While this floor is not used for sales — with so many local dealers around, the company uses this space strictly as a showroom — its spacious interior is ideal for displaying furniture settings that could otherwise not be shown in smaller retail stores. 8745 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232 

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The Potted store's renovated interior

When the home design- and garden-loving duo Mary Gray and Annette Goliti Gutierrez teamed up to start a business, they developed a concept of a boutique shop dedicated to outdoor living. Thus, Potted was born. Years later, and many similar boutiques have come and gone in the Los Feliz area, it’s still one of the best shops in town. 3158 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039

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Vitra Showroom Los Angeles Helms Bakery Design District Culver City

After nine years at the Helms Bakery design center in Culver City, Vitra has revamped its Los Angeles showroom with a more open, expanded space. The enlarged space showcases the kind of live/work environment many companies and small business owners are moving toward. We've always been a fan of Vitra, but we absolutely love their improved showroom, which features the brand's softer furniture and lounge seating that coordinate with their work stations8753 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

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The words "Life Nature Love" (in background, in a framed print) are Garduno's guiding mantra; it's the phrase that inspired her to start Free City eight years ago.

Opened by former Fred Segal vice president Nina Garduno, Free City has been an L.A. design staple since 2002, and its first store launched in 2010. The brick and mortar shop, which now sells mostly self-branded designs from t-shirts to fashion and home accessories, can be found in Venice Beach. 1139 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, CA 90038 and 535 California Ave., Venice, CA 90291

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Design boutique Poketo and its owners Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung

We recently introduced the Line hotel, one of our favorite new hotel renovations in the Los Angeles area, located in the booming Koreatown neighborhood. On the ground floor is the must-visit design and lifestyle boutique, Poketo, owned by entrepreneurs Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung. The boutique’s name is borrowed, endearingly, from Myung’s Korean grandmother who pronounced “pocket” as “poketo.”  This flagship store stocks everything from apparel to books, magazines, stationery, and apothecary items. 3515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010

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