Best New Lifestyle Store, August 2009

Most clothing shops carry accessories and the odd fragrance, making “lifestyle shop” a slippery term. With Confederacy, there’s no doubt: It can outfit your closet with Proenza Schouler bandage dresses, your vide-poche with Tom Ford sunglasses, your bathroom with Baxter shave potions, your living room with Modern Alchemy candles, and your office with TeNeues books. Some may have smirked at the first retailer in Los Feliz to offer valet parking, but bringing Westside amenities to the Eastside takes guts; other shops in the area that attempted to showcase designers on the level of Phi and Michael Bastian have failed or moved. Confederacy has a vision for edgy yet wearable goods and the space—5,000 square feet—in which to execute it. The brick walls feature rotating art that has included Julian Schnabel sketches. The dressing rooms look like oversize phone booths and in fact have phones for calling a clerk. No lifestyle store is complete without extracurricular activity, and here that means events like the West Coast debut party for the Duckie Brown for Florsheim collection.